Timeline of the e-Sc@pe Universe.
This timeline shows the chronology of events in the e-Sc@pe universe. It shows notable events of the past as well as marking the events of the novels.
2100 – Due to corruption and mismanagement, most cities are bankrupt. Various large corporations purchase the land and begin building over the top of the old cities, creating the cities of the future. Towering mega-cities are built from merging several smaller cities. It is advertised as a way to provide jobs, stimulate the economy, and maintain social order. A timeline of economic recovery, making grandiose claims, is used to sell the governments and citizens on the idea. The corporations agree to pay for the construction out of their pockets.
2106 – Most of the mega-cities are complete. New city governments are in place but they are extremely agreeable to the demands and wishes of the corporations that paid for their particular city. No one objects because homeless rates are falling and jobs are plentiful, mostly in construction.
2112 – The first space elevator is built along with a space station, dubbed Project N-Path. It is built and paid for by the largest corporations and the United Nations, under joint ownership. This was done to ensure there will always be a neutral path for any corporation and / or government to venture out into space. Securing raw materials and resources are the main driving force behind this project.
2115 – Non-neutral space elevators are built along with their space station counterparts. Most of these were constructed hastily due to the constant bickering among the parties involved in Project N-Path. This causes a setback in government space colonization timelines. This also advances many corporate timelines for space research and development, making things easier for their research and development employees.
2118 – Corporate planet colonization begins in order to secure valuable resources and discover new elements. The first space resort is opened. It only caters to the wealthy and powerful. Governments are still bickering over Project N-Path, and lack the capability to colonize the moon.
2130 – Space travel is still mostly restricted to the wealthy. However, regulations on employment contracts are loosened. This allows the corporations to hire workers as indentured servants in order to pay for their space travel. They are often used as cheap labor for asteroid mining.
2135 – Some cities are constructed under the sea. Most of these are owned by the communities that paid for them instead of the corporations. They each have a variety of governmental styles. The corporations that exist in these cities are small to medium, and answer to their respective governments. The cities are constructed to be self-sufficient. Their main exports are usually sea food and aquatic vegetation products.
2141 – Most indentured servitude contracts are abused. The corporations charge high prices through the company store to their workers, especially on required items like oxygen, protective gear, etc. They are encouraged to purchase what they need on time credit, extending the length of their contract.
2149 – It is now common place for indentured servitude contracts to extend past the life expectancy of the worker who signed it, allowing the corporations lay claim to any property and funds a worker may have upon death. In some cases, their children are forced to work off their parents debt. It is an illegal practice, but there is no one on these planets to enforce the laws on behalf of the workers. Most instances of this crime are covered up by the corporations using any means necessary.
2153 – Tripp Anderson is born.
2155 – Hiring someone to handle something by “any means necessary” becomes a booming business with the criminal elements in society. Corporations use them regularly, spreading wealth, weapons, and equipment around on the black market.
2163 – Corporations have flourished and grown exponentially large due to legislation earlier in the century. Some grow large enough to be classified as “Mega-Corps.”
2164 – Lobbying efforts by the Mega-Corps are successful. These Corporations are finally granted the right to raise their own corporate police forces, to enforce their intellectual property rights, as well as any other legal matters that pertain to the Mega-Corp. It was “sold” to the government as a way to save them money, taking the enforcement burden and expenses off of them while still maintaining government oversight. A three year tax decrease was tacked on as a rider to garner support with the general population.
2165 – Unemployment is almost non-existent. Most of the homeless population work as corporate police or security guards, and live in the corporate barracks. The decade is called “The Booming Sixties”. The rest own their own small business, or home based business.
2166 – The tax breaks end. Through buyouts, or the misuse of the corporate police, almost all smaller, and home based businesses are either purchased, bankrupt, or seized. The homeless population begins growing again, leading to underground societies, resistance movements, and gangs.
2169 – The corporate police forces are often referred to as “Corporate Armies”. Most of them are now larger than government armies. Several of them are better equipped as well. The corporations begin to severely crack down on copyright infringement, intellectual property theft, as well as other crimes deemed to threaten them, overstepping their authority. Occasionally, corporations fight in the streets, with the national governments able to do little more than act as mediators rather than admit they are out-gunned. Once the corporations realize this, they gradually stop paying their taxes, leaving the governments in worse shape.
By the end of the year, the governments are unofficial “protectorates” of the corporations. To maintain order in the economy, a world wide momentary unit was created, called “the credit”, where an average meal at a fast food restaurant would cost anywhere between five and ten credits. The governments were allowed to keep their money in circulation, but the corporations ad campaigns painted a dirty, almost sinister slant on the use of paper currency. “Cred-chips are the wave of the future!”, they said, forgetting to mention the fact that most of these could be tracked, and used for ad targeting, as well as various other “big-brother” types of surveillance.
2170 – Tripp’s 17th birthday. Events in the Nascent book.