Great Set Of VSF Rules

Great Set Of VSF Rules
Rules By Terry Sofian

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A REVISED TIMELINE OF HISTORY

This is a revised timeline with elements from Parroom Station and Space 1889 and our own ideas.
1861-66
US
civil war ends with Texas and parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas held by rebels and parts of several northern
Mexican states ceded to Confederacy by Maximilian in exchange for military support. Mexican revolution crushed by French and Confederate armies.
1860-63
Captain Nemo's anti-war campaign sends untold numbers of warships and supply ships to the bottom of the sea. Professor Arronax reports the Nautilus sunk in a storm in the Gulf of Mexico.
1866
Formal Treaty of Mexico City signed.Creating the Tripartite Alliance of the French,Confederacy, and Imperial Mexico.
1870
Jules Verne publishes immensely popular account of Professor Arronax's encounter
with Captain Nemo.
Franco-Prussian War begins.Sept. 1, 1870 120,000 French troops under
Maurice were close to defeat by 200,000 German troops under
Helmuth von Moltke. When a Confederate army of 150,000 hit the Germans
on the flank driving them off the field with heavy losses to both sides. War
ended at the negations table with Emperor Napoleon III and the Second Empire
remaining in power.
1871
New sighting of the Nautilus submersible, generally believed to be hoaxes
inspired by Verne's book.
Wilhelm, King of Prussia, proclaimed German Emperor in Berlin.
1872
Three Empires league established
in Berlin, alliance between Germany, England,and Japan.
Grand Alliance formed and signed in Saint Petersburg
consisting of France, Russia, Italy,Imperial Mexico and
the Confederate States of America.
The Nonaligned Accords signed in Madrid, although not a formal alliance
per say the signing parties enacted this treaty to counterbalance the great powers
and to safeguard their interests. The countries covered are Spain, Austria-Hungary,
Belgium,Netherlands, and Portugal.
Verne recounts his journey around the world in 80 days.
1873
Abolition of slave markets in Zanzibar.
1875
Britain buys 176.602 Suez Canal shares from Khedive of Egypt to gain controlling share.
1877
Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India.
1879
The first Invader cylinders fall on Britain.
Chelmsford, eager to settle the Zulu question before returning
war-ravaged Britain, pushes across the Zulu frontier, precipitating
the Zulu War.
1880
The second Wave of Invaders attack Earth.
James A. Garfield killed in the invasion; Chester A. Arthur steps into his place
on the political scene.
The first New York electric street lights brighten the rebuilding city.
1881
Ingersoll utilizes Invader technology to first subterranean "mechanical mole."
Chester Arthur inaugurated as 20th President of the U.S.; he is shot and killed in
Sept.; succeeded by Vice President William W. Waterford III.
Flogging abolished in British army and navy.
1882
Three-mile limit for territorial waters agreed upon at Hague Convention.
Maxim patents recoil-operated machine gun.
Cavor unveils his prototype lifting engine.
Parsons' 1st practical steam turbine amazes viewers with its small size, a
benefit gleaned from Invader technology.
1883
British government announces intent to invade Mars.
Daimler's landship prototype embarassingly breaks down during
its first public display.
1884
Gen. C. G. Gordon reaches Khartoum; Mahdi refuses to negotiate and
occupies Omdurman.
Germans occupy South-West Africa with lightning speed, deploying a new,
smaller version of Herr Daimler's landship.
Grover Cleveland elected U.S. President and vows to join the crusade against
Mars, revealing that US ethyr conveyors are under construction.
Berlin Conference of 14 nations on African affairs is stalled when the Germans
displayed their first ethyr conveyor hull. The scramble to join the Martian Punitive
Expedition truly begins.
1885
Allain Quartermain's adventure of King Solomon's Mines.
Great Britain's London debut of their Battle Strider walking machines is nearly upstaged
by the appearance of a smuggled-in American Colossus machine. The Colossus breaks
down on arrival at Crystal Palace.
The Mahdi takes Khartoum; Gen. Gordon killed in the fighting; British evacuate Sudan;
death of Mahdi but it all fades to the inside pages of newspapers as the interplanetary fleet
lifts for Mars.
The Congo becomes a personal possession of King Leopold II of Belgium.
Germany annexes Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The deposed Sultan of Zanzibar enters
into a secret arrangement with Leopold of Belgium, buying his favor with "a treasure
of unearthly value."
1886
The Battle of Landing marks the Martian Punitive Expedition's arrival on Mars; Campaigns against the Holheem of Parroom.
Dr. Jeckel's strange case.
Tesla constructs electric motor in part based on Invader technology; Edison and Swan, mining the same source, produce electric lamps.
1887
First Colonial Conference opens in London; Mars is the most prominent topic.
Queen Victoria celebrates her Golden Jubilee and announces the opening of grand new Parroom Station Ethyr Port Complex
Sherlock Holmes begins practice.
1888
The Wars of Domination begin on Mars, their end marked the Battle at the Wells of Silence and the elimination of the Sverdlinker cult in 1895
Jack the Ripper murders six women in London.
Aeronautical exhibition in Vienna eatures demonstration flights of imported Martian float ships and early attempts at flying machines based on Invader designsf.
1889
Frederick Abel invents cordite.
Cecil Rhodes' British South Africa Company and Garnet Worthington's British Syria Plenum Company granted royal charters.
Eiffel tower designed for Paris World Exhibition.
A.H. Becquerel, studying Invader technology, discovers radioactivity.
1890
Dorian Gray's secret revealed
Count Zeppelin builds his airship using salvaged light weight Invader alloys.
1894
Kipling tells story of Mowgli.
1895
HG Wells recounts the adventure of the Time Machine, a coterie of scientists led by O.C. Marsh, G.E. Challenger, and A Huxley call it a fraud, Wells recants, calling his book a work of Scientific Fiction vows to henceforward stick to Scientific Fact.
The so-called "Conflicts of Interests" begin on Mars with a Franco-British clash on Syria Plenum.
1896
Helium discovered by Wm. Ramsay.
1897
HG Wells reveals the truth about the Invisible man.
1898
HG Wells publishes his authoritative account of the First Martian Invasion.
1899
It is learned that the Invaders were not all exterminated.

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