Terran Confederation, -2398 to -2204

Terran Confederation SymbolInterstellar government consisting of Terra ( Sol / Solomani Rim 1827) and its colony worlds.

The United Nations and UNSCA

The Terran Confederation has its roots in the formation of the United Nations Space Coordination Agency (UNSCA) in -2508 (2010 AD), and the Treaty of New York, signed in -2499 (2019 AD). Essentially, the treaty placed the armed forces of the major nations of Terra ( Sol / Solomani Rim 1827) under the centralized control of the United Nations (UN), until that time a loose organisation of the nation states of Terra ( Sol / Solomani Rim 1827), with no governmental authority.

In addition, the treaty formalized the changes that had been made in the structure of the United Nations up to that time. The Secretary General was granted a wider range of executive powers than before. The Secretariat, previously an unofficial advisory group of representatives from the major nation-states, was made the chief legislative body. The General Assembly was retained, but it was an institution without real power and served merely as a forum for debate among the representatives of both major and minor nations. The Security Council was dispensed with altogether.

Jump Drive and First Contact

In addition to handling mundane responsibilities that helped avoid conflict, UNSCA soon became a clearing house for space operations. One of UNSCAís natural directions was research. In -2431 (2087 AD), UNSCA researchers in the systemís asteroid belt who were looking for better drives to transport ores discovered jump drive. The first jump drives were used only in the solar system - they were too weak to be used for interstellar travel.

In -2422 (2096 AD), for various reasons, the first interstellar jump expedition travelled to Barnardís Star ( Sol / Solomani Rim 1926) rather than Alpha Centauri ( Sol / Solomani Rim 2027?). Upon their return in -2421 (2097 AD), the expedition members were hurried into a hushed meeting with UNSCA. The expedition had encountered alien intelligent life - humans no less! The expedition members had encountered a Vilani prospecting outpost, an outpost on the very fringe of a vast, advanced empire controlled by alien humans. It came as quite a shock to the Terrans that many of the worlds only a few parsecs away were already claimed. Politicians echoed the popular sentiment that it was unfair for alien humans from several hundred light-years away to claim worlds near Terra ( Sol / Solomani Rim 1827). Individual nations began expanding their armed forces and building starships.

Formation of the Terran Confederation

Over the course of the next three decades, UNSCA and the UN transformed itself into a true world government, which administered the defense of Terra against the Vilani Empire. Representatives from the Terran colonies formed on other worlds were granted membership into the General Assembly of the United Nations. In -2400, the UN officially changed its name to the United Worlds. Two years later, the name was changed again to the Terran Confederation (-2398 / 2120 AD). Modern historians, for simplicity, use this term exclusively.

The Terran Confederation fought a series of interstellar wars with the Vilani Imperium over the period -2408 to -2219. These wars ultimately resulted in the fall of the Vilani Grand Imperium. The Confederation was dissolved in -2204 upon the proclamation of the Rule of Man to replace the Vilani Imperium.

(SUPP-11: p24, 1107; MT-ENCYC: p41, 1120)

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