In the aftermath of World War III mankind faced an existential crisis. Nuclear winters raged across the globe and once proud nations brought to their knees. In order to achieve prosperity and progress again, the surviving advanced states combined their resources and assets, mainly politically and economically. However, Earth was in poor condition. Seas were becoming increasingly irradiated and once fertile ground turned in to wastelands. Humanity had to look outward. The international cooperation structure thus soon became known as the Global Space Alliance.
The biggest step to this end was to expand upon the Mars colonies and improving its ecological sustainability. Technologically, the GSA could start this operation right away, but it still lacked the vast amounts of fuel that was required. Leaving this problem for the time being, the GSA set up the foundations of what was known as Project Eclipse. This lunar station would act as a waystation, off world residence and port to and from Mars. Halfway through completion, GSA researchers found a new element deep below the surface of the Moon: Molochite.
Extensive development and experimentation with this new element led to the solution of the GSA’s fuel problem. Combined with Deuterium, which could be found in abundance on Mars, Molochite proved to be an excellent propellant. Additionally, an Aluminum-Molochite alloy demonstrated a sturdier and more lightweight alternative to conventional spacecraft construction materials. As such, extraterrestrial trade and transport flourished.
The processing of the mined Molochite happened back on Earth, centralized under GSA direction and coordination. In large city-encompassing factories, the raw materials were manufactured into fuels and plates of durable plating. While the aeronautics industry was the main consumer of Molochite infused plating, the cybernetics and computing sectors were boosted as well.
While the versatility of the new element greatly aided the GSA’s global and interplanetary centralization, there were some who resented the GSA monopolies and bureaucracy. After the Global Space Alliance’s transports became the target of pirate raids and disruptions, the GSA increasingly militarized their operations on Earth, Eclipse and Mars. Shortly after, a union of citizens, miners and merchants quartered on Eclipse rose up in rebellion, each with differing motivations but united in their dissent against the GSA.
While the infighting continued, both sides were unified for a brief moment as a gigantic spire appeared near to Earth. With blazing speed the spire crashed into the Earth's crust. The shockwave from the impact caused enormous tsunamis, tremors and earthquakes, however that proved to be only the beginning. Almost immediately the spire and the various shards that were torn off it by the impact started spewing thick, vile smoke into the atmosphere.
Within weeks whole city sectors were reporting strange behavior in their residents, as more and more people became infected by virulent spores. As this process continued, panic and riots erupted throughout the streets. Meanwhile the GSA mustered forces to reclaim the cities and protect its citizens. While initially successful, the defenders were soon faced with a more troubling opponent than riots. The infected individuals, physically distorted and mentally warped, frantically assaulted the GSA soldiers. To make matters worse, these human ‘husks’ were aided by swarms of even more fearsome creatures.
Pushed back and beaten, the GSA found it had little choice but to preemptively target and destroy possible threats. While this led to even more resentment amongst the rebellious factions, the GSA’s actions seemed to be effective. Out of pragmatism and pure necessity, the dissenters turned their full attention to combatting this alien Hive, alongside the GSA. Even though humanity was winning the majority of the battles, it proved unable to win the war. Every defeat dwindled their manpower and resources, while the lifeless human bodies seemed to bolster the Hive’s forces.
In an attempt to evacuate and outrun the invaders, the GSA used as many resources as they could muster to get to Eclipse or the Mars colonies, while others tried their luck by seizing commercial space flights and space haulers. Inevitably, the Hive’s infection spread to the off-world stations and colonies and it was at this time the GSA unveiled their disputed secret: Parhelion station.
Parhelion station proved capable of pushing objects through a black hole by launching them with blazing speed. The only danger was that once something had gone through, there would be no return. Once the inflow of scientists, military personnel, workers and refugees ceased, and all arrivals were strictly inspected and checked, what was left of mankind prepared for their exodus into the unknown.
The journey through Parhelion wasn’t without peril however. Of the countless vessels that embarked on the traverse, roughly three quarters had successfully reached the other side. Those that did succeed found their next destination. A planet abundant with liquid water and near Earth-like plate tectonics, aptly named Terra Nova, was to be their new home. Although the indigenous wildlife was predominantly hostile in nature, the new settlers were able to quickly establish a permanent city. Alongside seeds brought from Earth and Mars, a number of local crops and other vegetation could be used for largescale farming. Before long, Terra Nova was home to a new civilization.
Sending out probes and scientific expeditions to nearby planets yield two prime targets for further investigation: the damp, seemingly inhabited, world Mira and the resource rich Yarin. It became painfully clear however that, after sporadically losing contact with the outer most facilities, humanity failed in out running their old nemesis. Both planets housed sprawling networks of Hive influence. With nowhere to turn to, the GSA prepared for a fight to the death in an effort to contain the Hive's violent destruction once and for all.