2013-2019 The "Terrible Teens". Economic depression caused by
energy crisis, followed by World War III (Sino-Muslim
Coalition against Allies). Some use of bio-terrorism and
battlefield nukes by Coalition, with limited retaliation
by Allies. 100 million fatalities.
2031 Public exposure of existence of mammaloids, results of
a "black project" from the war to create genetically
upgraded animals for use as "disposable" soldiers in special
situations where their natural abilities may come in handy.
Their intelligence level is raised to at least human normal.
They are made bipedal and able to manipulate objects almost
as well as a human. Vocal abilities are only partial, you
really have to be familiar with their "dialect" or listen
very closely to understand them.
2034 Release of nanojuve, a treatment which reduces physical
age to early maturity. At first it is widely believed that
life spans would stretch to millennia, but later it is realized
that struldbrugism, caused by irreversible changes in the
brain resulting from daily learning and memory, limits the
useable life span to approximately 200-250 years without
amnesia causing brainwipes.
Middle Century 21 Society and culture is torn apart by conflict
over a view for the future. Young people are split into the
"Garden" people, who seek "infinite diversity in infinite
combination" and the "Perfect" people, who "seek the one
2069 Loss of the Moonbase in a life support system failure.
Since mammaloids were originally designed to be "expendable",
the crew is replaced by mammaloids, rather than subjecting
humans to the dangers of space.
Late Century 21 Mammaloids become popular as "exotic pets" when
progressing technology makes them economically affordable to
the masses. Society becomes gridlocked by culture-wars and
scandals, called the "Tercentennial Malaise". Technological
progress and scientific research is virtually halted by
humanity, leaving only the lunar mammaloids in advancement.
2096 Religious revolution in United States when fundamentalists,
evangelicals and other right-wing conservatives finish
capturing and controlling the Presidency, Congress and
Supreme Court. Begin the systematic extermination of all
2097 The National Mammaloid Regulatory Department kills 99% of all
mammaloids by forcing other countries to kill or turn over their
mammaloids under threat of nuclear attack. Survivors are only
those who are hidden by friendly humans (at risk of their lives)
or those who manage to hide out in wild areas. Attempts to
"starve" out the lunar mammaloids by cutting supplies fails.
2098 _The Terrible Swift Sword_ is launched to neutralize the
Moonbase. The battle-spaceship is destroyed by a gamma-ray laser
array invented by the mammaloids. They then use the tesla cannon
to destroy the American spaceports and major American cities,
as well as Mecca when the Muslims refuse to revoke a fatwa
against mammaloids. (The tesla cannon is a "souped up" super
gauss gun or mass driver, firing silo-sized "bullets" at
hundreds of kilometers per second, outrunning America's satellite
anti-ICBM system and packing the kinetic energy of a *large*
hydrogen bomb). The government refuses to capitulate until
the nation literally unravels. First Human War casualties:
6 million mammaloids/100 million Americans.
Early-Mid Century 22 Lunar mammaloids begin "upgrading" other
species, eventually bringing about the "700 species"
(actually 728). Details of the exact algorithm for upgrading
the new species are varied and classified, to make germ warfare
harder for humans. Also, colony ships are launched on an orbit
toward Ceres, but are diverted to other asteroids in mid-flight.
All human satellites are destroyed, as are any launched, by
2165 A small asteroid destroys much of southeast Australia. Since
the anti-meteoroid system placed around Earth after the Montana
Meteor of 2023 was destroyed by the mammaloids, they are blamed
for the carnage. Riots kill many of the mammaloids functioning
as military observers on Earth. An ultimatum is delivered to
the UN, and rejected. On December 25, the mammaloids launch
an attack against the human race, initially using killer nanites
and, when human medical technology develops cures for this,
escalating to antimatter bomb strikes.
2166 The _Vengeance_, a human battle-spaceship equipped with armor
using a "reverse" laser effect to perfectly reflect the
gamma-ray lasers of the mammaloids, attacks the Moonbase
and destroys it, but the mammaloid government had secretly
moved itself and much of the mammaloid population to Farside.
The _Vengeance_ then proceeds to Ceres but finds it unoccupied.
On the way back to Earth the captain stops at 2026TM-13 and
discovers a mammaloid colony, which is destroyed. It is found
that the colony was a creche populated solely by mammaloid
rats, thousands of young with a few adults. The _Vengeance_
returns to Earth and informs the UN that there are apparently
millions of mammaloids hidden among hundreds of thousands of
asteroids throughout the belt. It is sent out to hunt down these
colonies, but by the time it finds one, the mammaloids have
figured out how to vary the wavelength of their gamma-ray lasers
out of the "reverse" laser band. The _Vengeance_ is destroyed.
2169 By now, the surface of the planet is devoid of human life.
A troglodyte civilization has arisen, since the deteriorating
relations before the Second Human War, coupled with advanced
construction technology, allowed many to escape underground
before the surface became uninhabitable. Still, out of 20
billion humans in 2165, 8 billion hide underground and
12 billion have perished. The mammaloids lost 25,000 in the
Second Human War, most at 2026TM-13. Finally, the mammaloids use
Von Neumann machines to begin dismantling Mercury and assembling
two Dyson Hemispheres around the sun. They then use these to
power a giga-gamma-ray laser to vaporize Pluto. They tell the
UN "Surrender or the next beam hits Earth." Earth surrenders.
Late 22nd Century Mammaloids develop a chrysalis machine to
transform individuals by species, sex, etc. Initially they
take the most radical species bigots and turn them into
mammaloids. Most of these take their own life. The mammaloids
plan to fast-grow their population (doubling every decade)
till they outnumber humans in about a century, and then
mass-transform the whole human race.
MAMMALOID SOCIETY (22nd Century)
The mammaloids are a military dictatorship, dedicated to
protecting themselves against Homo Sapiens. A mammaloid
has a name of the following form:
Gamma Grisnak-7 Mungos
The commanding officer of the military observers on earth in
2165 was rank Gamma, the seventh (of any species) to be named
Grisnak and was descended from the banded mongoose (genus Mungos).
Personal names are chosen as 2 syllable words with no English meaning.
The "generalissimo" was Alpha Meega-13 Crocuta. The ID number
was pronounced "one-three" (not "thirteen", to avoid confusion
with "thirty") and she (names are not distinguished by sex) was
a spotted ("laughing") hyena.
The mammaloids have a bell-shaped curve in politics. In c2200,
most favor the long-term plan to transform humanity.
The "hard-liners" want to exterminate humanity. The "moderates"
want to incorporate humanity into a 729 species civilization,
just one equal to the others.
This has some similarities to the HEA universe, but it is not
a "Kobayashi Maru against the Organians". Humanity is *much*
more evenly matched against the mammaloids (in spite of blunders
in the two wars that got us into the mess we are in) and
struggle against our fate would be far more interesting in this
story universe. I am open to the human race winning a Third
Human War, subject to the condition that the mammaloids *cannot*
be annihilated to do it. There is also a lot of background to
this universe that I could add (example: the "Christian Soldiers"
were a First War boys organization, similar to the Boy Scouts
or Hitler Youth), concerning mammaloid and human religions,
culture, art, etc. (I had this universe in my head, in one form
or another, back to my childhood in the early 1970s!).
While a *lot* of science fiction goes into the stew that produced
this universe, a couple sources deserve special mention. The
Dyson Hemispheres were inspired by Marshall T. Savage's _The
Millennial Project_(of course, he proposed them for much more
peaceful uses!). I also used the generational theory of history,
as I understand its depiction in the works of William Strauss
and Neil Howe, to model my 21st Century America. I recommend
reading their works...they may be the most important books of
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