In the year 2319, our world discovered faster than light technology. It redefined the laws of their physics, and scientists struggled to understand it. 24 years later, rocket scientists constructed the first FTL engines
The Arctic Confederation, (Canada, Greenland and most of Russia in 2000's terms) were the first to launch a space port, but their 2 month construction period showed its many flaws, including lack of defense. America launched a single missile to take it down, further increasing tensions between the two nations. Then, half a year late, America launched their space port, and it included complicated self defense systems. It was their base platform the expand the American dream to Mars, Jupiter And Saturn.
The Arctic Confederation went directly to Venus, dismayed by the quick American control. They set up their space port, and began building the first fighter ships, to their knowledge. But the European Accord, without setting up anything, had been testing their own fighter ships, and lay waste to the Arctic Confederations base, despite losing many of their ships. They hoped to make an Alliance with America, who they thought was the leader in the race for intergalactic space.
The Venus Base, despite bad damage, was still kept sustainable, against the odds. It was written off most attackers list, because it seemed so vulnerable.
China, seemingly silent, began marching troops toward the Arctics borders. Their radar showed no incoming anything. Suddenly, 43 space bombers exited warp speed, right above them. They dropped their bombs, decimated the Chinese army, and began dropping troops from their dropships. They claimed most of china, and the rest fragmented between the nearby countries.
The world was worried by the Arctic Confederations power. It was clear, they could destroy any country in the world if they wanted to. So The European Accord set up Operation Snowfall, their plan to steal the Arctic Confederation's Superior FTL engine, reverse engineer it, and construct 5 massive "Frontier XII" ships, the latest in new Colony Carrier's the name given to the ships that are traveling to the newest planets in our reach.
Operation Snowfall began, as all good spy missions do, with infiltration. Europe sent spies north, and the Arctic Confederation accepted them into their ranks. Once the word was given, they would steal the engine, and return to Europe.
The All-Clear was given. Agent 6 reached building two. He entered, scanned his E-Card for the last time, and opened the door. There, lay a Falcon-31. He walked up to it, and looked around. The hangar was deserted, the control room just past one door. He clambered in, hoping everyone else was on time. Slowly, the hangar huge end of the hangar opened. He turned on the engines, and powered everything up. He flew out, knowing he was the one to save the 130 million innocent lives. He charged his warp, and set his co-ordinates. He would be traveling for just under a tenth of a second. He arrived, landed the ship, and coasted to the hangar. The ground crew began deconstruction, when they heard an explosion. They didn't have time, so they packed it up and directly put it into Frontier XII. It Rose slowly, its cannons defending the mass of incoming fighters. It powered up, and flew away, directly to the Blue Ribbon Nebula, a relatively nearby galaxy. On board, there was just shy of 11 million people, they were the first to go intergalactic.
With Operation Snowfall over, the 120 million people left behind were effectively enslaved by the Arctic Confederation. Luckily, before leaving, the crew of Frontier had transmitted the plans of the FTL engine to the world. The Oceanic Concord began constructing a Colony Carrier of their own, this one much bigger. They planned to save the people of the area, a total of around 60 million. They created Interceptor a gigantic ship capable of traveling to the furthest out galaxies, including Cymopoleia Andromeda, their final target. They lifted off, just 6 months after the fall of Europe.
That left America, and the newly renamed World Confederation, now that they had claimed control over the wreck of Australia. America, sensing incoming doom, sent their entire stockpile of fighters on Earth to every town in the country, and picked up almost everyone. They then went to mars, and began building their revenge.
The World accord was surprised by the American flee. They sent their ships to America, and found it deserted. For the first time in all of history, one nation controlled the Earth. They lasted for many years, trying to escape and launch an attack on the American Mars. All the while, America continued building their super weapon, code named Starhammer. It consisted of a gigantic laser, designed to destroy the Earth. It was launched, to the dismay of many. The all-clear was given, this time, not to save the world, but to destroy it.
The destruction of Earth was often described as the turning point of the Cosmoteer Universe. Rather than complete destruction of the earth, it fragmented it. It split into countless parts, creating some of the many factions found in Cosmoteer, originating from the original habitable asteroids, traveling out at hundreds of thousands of kilometers per second, in a huge explosion.
After Starhammer, Mars was in chaos. The government split in two, one saying it was a huge success, one say it was a galactic tragedy. In the end, neither won, the people overthrew the government and headed towards Starhammer. The crew on board, thinking it was a remnant of he Confederation fired for the second time. this time Mars exploded, in similar fashion to the earth. The incoming spaceships, out of Mars's explosion, boarded the spaceship. On the decks of Starhammer, the war began. Some wanted to decommission it, some wanted to continue its warpath, some wanted to destroy it completely. After a long 14 hours, there were thousands of casualties, and they decided to head on one final mission into the abyss of space.
They died in 2 years and 54 days, after their final food supplies ran out. It would later be scrapped by nearby factions. The other two American orbiters, on Jupiter and Saturn, went into cryo-stasis shortly after. They would be boarded later by factions looking for remnants of the Earth, their would-be ancient home.
The orbiter on Venus, lasted for 214 years and 192 days. They continued to develop their technology, and it all ended because of AI. They created the first true artificial intelligence, which became their undoing. Its tendrils searched Venus, until it ran dry, and then it used the last of its materials to make hundreds of thousands of drones, and sent them out to the universe. It was the first assimilating civilization, using its incredible intelligence to seek out its victims.
Frontier XII was traveling through space, at blinding speed, when it began to slow down. It had arrived at its destination. They had no knowledge of earths destruction, but that would come in time. They set up on Scinda 9M, and began exploring the planet. They created a map of the surface much quicker than the people of earth, thanks to their much superior technology. They began sending off smaller ships to increase their empire. The solar system had 4 habitable planets. The People of Frontier colonized only 3 before their ultimate demise.
Their problem was air. The planets had everything but it. The colonists could make it, from a long, arduous process, but it wasn't enough. After the air rations were introduced, the people stopped returning from their trips to the mines and the exploring ships. People grew angry, some straight up left to found their own colony. Slowly, the amount of people they had, ~11million at the start, they lost 400,000 workers before they started taking notice. 23 new colonies were started, of them, only 6 lasted longer than a year. The original Frontier was scrapped and repurposed as the flagship for a new faction, with the remaining 675,291 passengers traveling to a new planet, one with oxygen in its atmosphere.
The people of the Interceptor landed in Eslagua, and was originally just a re-stocking mission. 1 million people left the ship to find supplies, and get some metal to patch up the Interceptor, after it ran into an asteroid field. In the mutiny that occurred, 4 million people were killed, and 28 of the 30 dropships were stolen, and the reactors inside the Interceptor were decommissioned, to keep them from tailing. On the planet Eslagua, 54 million people lay stranded. Mass hysteria ensued, and people died in their millions. After 23 years of tinkering, and 34 million deaths, Interceptor was back up and running. It traveled to 6 other planets, each time depositing some people to start a colony. Only 2 survived to become an intergalactic faction. Them being the first, and the last.
And that bring us to now. There are hundreds of factions and sub-factions, and we create the story.
Fig: - The World map at ~2300