Blue Planet

 
The year is 2199 and life on Earth is a hopeless struggle with economic chaos and social decay. Incorporated city-states dominate the political landscape and natural resources are virtually exhausted. Civilization has barely survived a 75-year dark age known simply as the Blight. For more than three decades, an engineered virus ravaged the world's agricultural crops while social panic reigned and billions died of starvation. Once-great cities lie in ruin and anarchistic, famine-ravaged Free Zones have claimed whole regions of the globe. the years that followed.
 


So begins the opening chapter of the Blue Planet Players Handbook. A wonderfull multi-colored RPG by Biohazard Games , published (until recently) by Fantasy Flight Games. Blue Planet takes place on a distant world, discovered in 2078 behind a wormhole. Poseidon, as the world was named, turned out to be remarkably similar to earth; with one big difference : 95% of its surface was covered with water ...

TIMELINE

The following material is abridged from the Blue Planet Players' Guide.
It contains only that information from 2010 onward that majorly impacts the Blue Planet setting, and is intended only as a quick reference guide.
Those desiring the complete timeline should consult the Player's Guide.
Year
 
Event
 
2011
 
Lavender Organics patents a preliminary method of human genetic manipulation.
2019
A Zero Nation poison attack kills over 2.000 people in LA, Paris, Tokyo, London and Berlin
2027
Biogene Corporation becomes first corporation to obtain legal persecutory authority, effectively becoming the first Incorporate state.
2035
Biogene implants biomonitors in all of their executive staff
2042
Woodshole Oceanic Institute develops a method to uplift cetaceans to human intelligence levels. The process id dubbed "Genlifting"
2050
Preliminary steps taken for the establishment of Luna; earth population 8.8 billion
2076
Colonization
Wormhole discovered
2077
Prometheus II launched
2078
Prometheus II enters Wormhole, exits in Serpentis system, gathers data, and returns through Wormhole.
2079
Earth Skyhook completed.
2080
Argos 12 mission to Poseidon; Athena Project begins. GenDiver begins genetic redesign projects.
2085
UNSS Cousteau completed & original Poseidon colonists chosen.
2086
Cousteau launched, passes through Wormhole, enters orbit around Poseidon.
2087
Cousteau begins unloading. Construction of Haven begun.
2090
Blight
Fischer virus begins the Blight.
2093
Construction of Athena Project resupply vessels halted, effectively ending the project.
2094
UN offers sovereignty to any Incorporate state capable of governing where national governments fail.
2095
UNGEO given enforcement authority in an attempt to combat the Blight.
2095
Cousteau's main computer fails. Ship cannibalized for materials
2100
UN votes to subordinate the organization to the Global Ecology Organization.
2110
First report of aboriginal contact.
2115
Cousteau's landing vessel crashes during a rescue attempt
2118
Orbit of Cousteau decays and sends craft crashing to Poseidon's oceans.
2120
GEO declares Blight to no longer be a threat.
2121
 
Body of aborigine discovered floating in Kingston harbor.
2156
UN restored, but GEO not disbanded.
2165
Re-contact
Recontact; UNSS Adm. Robert Perry arrives in Serpentis system.
2172
First resupply vessel UNSS Ballard arrives in Serpentis system.
2174
Floating research facility is destroyed by marine animals. A cry for help was never issued.
2185
Atlas Materials discovers xenosilicate Longevity Ore ("Long John").
2187
Long John rush to Poseidon begins
2190
First floating town, Dyfedd, is build by Lavender Organics.
2192
GenDiver destroys Atlas' Undersea Habitat. A minor Incorporate war breaks out.
2194
GEO appoints a Justice Department commission (Marshals, Magistrates, and Shock Troops) to Poseidon to end Incorporate war.
2195
Prosperity Station built to facilitate transport to and from Earth through the Wormhole.
2199
The present day. Poseidon population reaches 2 million