Twilight, -1776 to -1526

The failure of the Rule of Man triggered the collapse of most of interstellar civilization. While interstellar travel and commerce continued, it was at a greatly reduced rate, and the many worlds of the Imperium turned in on themselves. The period of collapse is termed Twilight, and lasted for two and a half centuries.

Modern historians consider Twilight to have begun in -1776 when the central RoM treasury on Hub ( Ershur / Massillia 0402) refused to acknowledge a monetary issue of the branch treasury at Antares, which triggered a financial collapse and the destruction of large-scale trade within the Imperium.

The end of Twilight is commonly accepted as the year -1526, when the last governmental body claiming to be the Rule of Man ceased to exist.

(SUPP-11: p25, 1107; MT-ENCYC: p43, 1120)

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