Timeline

Below is a timeline of the details, events and people who have had an impact so far on the stories told on Star Trek: Challenger. These events take place in the 22nd century.

  • 2053: World War III ends. Over six-hundred million are killed with a majority of world governments in ruins. Those governments that remain take part in signing a cease-fire treaty in San Francisco, USA. For the next decade, most countries look inwards in rebuilding and helping their own civilisations. Only a few, begin providing humanitarian efforts to others. The world economy remains in a state of great depression with stock markets remaining at the same levels they were at the start of the war. Trade between countries is limited. 
  • 2063: Zefram Cochrane launches the Phoenix, Earth’s first faster-than-light ship. His test-flight catches the attention of a nearby Vulcan survey ship, theT’Plana-Hath, which investigates the warp signature. The Vulcans land their ship in Bozeman, Montana and make official first contact with Humanity. 
  • 2065: The United Earth Space Probe Agency (UESPA) is established, the first planet-wide space program. The motto of the organisation was set as: “Science leads”. Deep space probes and colonisation programs are developed on the back of Zefram Cochrane’s work. The Vulcan government agrees to assign advisors and consultants to help the agency.  
  • 2067: The UESPA launches the first of ten deep space probes using warp drives. The first probe, Friendship 1, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Over the following year, the remaining nine probes are launched – all heading in different directions. Also, in this year the UESPA starts to establish bases on Luna, Mars and other asteroids. 
  • 2068: The UESPA begins to search for other Earth/Minshara-type worlds. Project Terra Nova is setup after it is decided that Alpha Centauri III, the nearest habitable world to Earth, maybe too harsh for Humans to settle on. As a result of constant exploring with the Friendship probes, humans discover a habitable world in the Eta Cassiopeia system. After a number of details scans are taking by Friendship 1, plans are put into place to setup a colony. 
  • 2069: The SS Conestogais sent to Eta Cassiopeia III with over two hundred colonists. The planet would be named Terra Nova. 
  • 2078: The New United Nations collapses, but the United Earth Movement (which had been born on the ideologies promoted by the UN) continues to gain popularity across the world. The collapse though does trigger what is called the Post-Atomic Horror in many countries, especially those who were member states of the Eastern Coalition. The Vulcan government provides support with the humanitarian crisis that has existed for over twenty years now. They provide food, clean water, clothes, shelter and basic medical support.  Also, the Conestoga finally arrives in the Eta Cassiopeia system and the Terra Nova colony is founded. 
  • 2081: The Post-Atomic Horror era comes to an end by the fact nations work together to end the social-injustices, poverty and diseases that ravaged so many. The UESPA has the biggest impact on developing a cultural of multi-nations working together. It is scientists, engineers, mathematicians and philanthropists that lay the ground work in pushing forward the need for all of humanity to work together. This pressurises politicians and leaders of many nations to reconsider current policies and strategies. 
  • 2083: The London Conference, hosted by the British government, takes place and a majority of word leaders and delegates meet to discuss moving forward in establish world-wide peace for all of humanity. The goal of a United Earth Republic is proposed, agreed and the aims to have it established is set for 2113. 
  • 2091: The UESPA leads a multi-nation project and establishes further colonies on the Moon. The Lunar Colonies are established and within four years more than two-hundred thousand people settle there. A majority of them join the various businesses that are setting up mines.
  • 2103: Once again, the UESPA leads another joint international effort to fully terraform Mars. They are successful in establishing self-sustaining civic environments, based on the designs of the Millennium Gate. This results in the first Human colonies on Mars being established successful. Large quantities of people are desperate to leave Earth and apply to become settlers. Within a year over a million people migrate to Mars. 
  • 2105: The Martian War of Independence takes place and has a significant impact on Earth’s economy and political will. The Fundamental Declarations of the Martian Colonies grants Mars local autonomy from the governments on Earth. This leads to a change in Human rights, primarily for those who decide to live away from their nation states beyond Earth. 
  • 2113: Unfortunately, the United Earth Republic fails to form due to a number of nations pulling out of the agreement. Nevertheless, some of the treaties that had been worked on are formalised. Open and free trade among nations is re-established and the World Trade Organisation is reformed. Further international agencies and programs are either renewed or created. The UESPA receives further funding and has its mandates expanded to undertake further missions to explore space and establish more colonies. A new branch within the UESPA is formed: Starfleet. Starfleet becomes the formal active division that aims to deal with scientific and space exploratory matters.
  • 2115: Frustrated at world leaders, a group of humans (including Zefram Cochrane) leave Earth in a series of colony transports. They head to the Alpha Centauri III and begin to develop the world as an independent colony. 
  • 2125: World leaders gather in London again in response to the civilian uproar over the failed attempt at the United Earth Republic. The London Agreement lays out plans for the established for the United Earth Government. All nation states that sign have five years to prepare for the new world government to take place. The signing of the treaty is well received around the world, except from the people who live in the United States of America, China and Australia. These three countries decide not to join the world government. Representatives from human colonies beyond Earth are involved in the process too as plans are drawn up to unite all humans under one government.
  • 2130: The Traité d’Unification is signed in Paris, France. The United Earth Accords become the constitution for the new world order. The Global Defence Force (GDF) is established as Earth’s main branch of military. 
  • 2132: The United Earth Government is renamed the United Earth Commonwealth after leaders meet on Luna for a summit to review the success of the United Earth Government.  The Luna Settlement is signed, not only does it rename the government, it also allies Earth and other colonies established by Humans under one government. Nation states, colonies and other territories keep a level of local autonomy, but overall jurisdiction is handled by the Commonwealth. The use of the old phrase the ‘Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts’ becomes the UEC/UEG’s mantra. 
  • 2135: The United Earth Commonwealth formalises a new alliance with the Vulcan Confederacy, part of the work includes further support in developing Earth’s deep space exploration agenda and being a member of the Interspecies Medical Exchange program.
  • 2151: As a result of its successful Warp Five program, Earth launches the Enterprise NX-01, leading to numerous decisive first contacts over the coming years.United Earth makes first contact (via Enterprise) with the following races:
    • Klingons
    • Rigelians
    • Suliban
    • Axanar
    • Xyrillians 
    • Andorians
    • Akaali 
    • Malurians
    • Nausicaans
    • Valakians
    • Menk
    • Coridinates
    • Tesnians
    • Eska
    • Kantares
  • 2152: Construction of the Columbia (NX-02) continues and construction on Challenger (NX-03) begins.
  • Enterprise continues its mission and makes first contact with the:
    • Tandarans
    • Kreetassans
    • Mazarite
    • Torothans
    • Risans
    • Paraagans
    • Romulans
    • Tellerites
    • Retellians
    • Kriosians
    • Takret
    • Arkonians
    • Tholians
    • Enolians 
  • 2153: Enterprise continues its mission and makes first contact with the:
    • Antarrans 
    • Xantorans
    • Vissians
    • Tarkaleans
    • Tellarites
  • The Xindi attack Earth and Enterprise is ordered back to Earth. Over seven million people are killed in the attack. Enterprise is tasked in locating the Xindi and preventing them from launching another attack against Earth. Enterprise enters the The Delphanic Expanse and makes contact with the:
    • Xindi
    • Osaarian
    • Loque’eque
    • Skagarans
    • Triannons
    • Sphere Builders
  • 2154: Enterprise continues its mission and makes first contact with the:
    • Illyrian
    • Kovaalans
  • Enterprise successfully concludes its mission to stop the Xindi’s second attack against Earth. The ship is put in to dry-dock for heavy repairs and refits. Once completed the ship is sent out to avert a disaster with the Klingon Empire. This event is later known as the Augment Crisis, where genetically enhanced Humans from the Eugenics War have attacked a Klingon ship, killing its crew and causing havoc on relations between the Empire and the United Earth government. Enterprise is able to stop the Augments with the help of their creator/father Doctor Arik Soong. During this mission Enterprise makes first contact with the:
    • Orions
  • Vulcan undergoes a massive political change in its government after the Kir’Shara Awakening incident takes places. A new government, led by T’Pau plans to ensure peace with the Andorian Empire and allow Humanity to explore the stars by itself without the Vulcan Confederacy watching so close over their actions.
  • Tensions between the United Planets of Tellar and Andorian Empire go on the rise after a number of their merchant ships go missing along their shared borders. The United Earth government offers to mediate the situation however Enterprise soon discovers a secret plot planned by the Romulan Star Empire to destablise the area. Because of this the United Earth and its Commonwealth begin talks with the United Planets of Tellar, Andorian Empire and Vulcan Confederacy to formalise stronger relations to deal with the threat. During this event Enterprise makes first contact with the:
    • Aenar
  • Columbia (NX-02) launches.
  • Talks hosted by the United Earth government to form a mutual-defense alliance begin. Those presence in the initial talks include the United Earth, the Vulcan Confederacy, the Andorian Empire, the United Planets of Tellar, People’s Republic of Coridan, United Rigel Colonies and Denobulan Confederation. The latter three pull out of the talks by the end of the year however the other four powers continue with discussions to formalise the alliance. 
  • 2155: In February Challenger (NX-03) launches.
  • Enterprise escorts a diplomatic team to Coridian Prime to convince the Chancellor to bring the Coridian government back to the talks to form the Coalition of Planets. Captain Archer and Commander T’Pol are able to convince the Chancellor to do such a thing.
  • Columbia is sent to the Rigel colonies to persuade the Rigelian government to re-consider their position on joining the Coalition of Planets. The government requests more time to ponder their options. 
  • Challenger leads a diplomatic convoy of ships to Denobula to convince the Denobulan government to return to the Coalition of Planets’ talks. The mission is herald a success, besides some aggressive setbacks from the Orion Syndicate against the convoy.
  • February 23rd: Coridan Prime is devastated by a Romulan attack. The incident leaves half its population of three billion dead, half of its dilithium reserves destroyed and its ecological system in shambles. It is estimated that will take at least a century to recover. Almost a week later, the People’s Republic of Coridan officially announces to others what took place and withdraws from further talks with the Coalition of Planets. The United Rigel Worlds and Colonies back out of joining too.
  • In early March, the Romulans attempt to prevent the United Earth government from developing the world, known as Archer IV into a colony by attacking a convoy of colonists. Challenger along with other allied ships stop the Romulans and save the colonists.
  • March 5th, the Coalition of Planets, a mutual-defence alliance created between United Earth Commonwealth, the Confederacy of Vulcan, the Andorian Empire, and the United Planets of Tellar is formed. 
  • In mid-April, the Andorian colony of Docana is attacked by rogue elements of the Nausicaan and Malurians. The crew of Challenger assisted the Andorians in liberating their colony and removing the invaders. It is later discovered that the Romulans orchestrated the whole plot in attempt to de-stabilise the Coalition in declaring war against the Nausicaans and Malurians.
  • May 4th 2155, Discovery NX-04 is launched under the command of Captain Frank Müller.
  • Challenger is ordered to make official first contact with the government of the Deltan Union.