“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.“
– An ancient Ionian proverb of unknown origin
The history of man is pitted with the rise and fall of nations of the back of one another, and the Ionians are no different. Countless wars and atrocities have been committed by the Ionian people against one another in the long march to peace and prosperity. Yet the ashes of war can be a catalyst for brilliance. From the fractured and fractious system-states of bygone eras, a few great individuals managed to forged the Ionian people into a single entity driven towards democracy, progression and personal freedom.
Table of Contents
- 1 Ionian Dark Age (N/A – 2710 CE)
- 2 Ionic Wars (2710 CE – 2860 CE)
- 3 Inter-War Period (2860 CE – 3024 CE)
- 4 Ionian Spring (3000 CE – 3031 CE)
- 5 Golden Age of the Ionians (3031 CE – 3155 CE)
- 6 Reformist Period (3155 CE – 3187 CE)
- 7 Expansionist Period (3187 CE – 3314 CE)
- 8 Ionian Wars (3314 CE – 3345 CE)
- 9 Peace of Arsithos (3345 CE – N/A)
Ionian Dark Age (N/A – 2710 CE)
Main Article – Ionian Dark Age
The origins of the Ionian Dark Age remains a subject of much debate. Theory and conjecture have provided a number of different theories as to its origin, and the few pieces of literary work that have survived into the modern day fill in the gaps between then and the Ionic Wars of the 28th and 29th centuries. The most prevalent theory among the Ionian historical community is that the HCP colonists of the Ionian Cluster established themselves on a number of worlds deep within the region. Over the span of decades the colonists of the Ionian Cluster rapidly established early extra-solar communications and jump routes through limited MAG-capable starships. Yet with little to no communication between the colonies of the Ionian Cluster and Earth, colonial administration broke down leading to a period of interregnum. The Ionian Dark Age is cited as the catalyst from which Ionian culture was born. Where or why the Ionian neo-Hellenistic culture began is uncertain, historians believe it to have originated from one of the two maritime powers of the time; Phonecia or Ossyria. The Ionian Dark Age saw a complete degradation of the early extra-solar communications network and a halt to all extra-solar trade in the region. Many worlds became cut off from the rest of the Ionian Cluster, and thus the rest of Humanity as well. Only the Kingdoms of Phonecia and Ossyria possessed, for the time, large scale fleets of MAG capable starships.
The dark age saw the rise of the Ionian Kingdoms. In the absence of colonial administration from Earth. Tyrants came to rule over the scattered colonies of the Ionian Cluster, similar in nature to the old kings of Europe or the tyrants of ancient Greece and Rome. With the knowledge of MAG Drive production lost, many Ionian states were locked within their own star systems, oblivious to the greater galaxy moving forward without them. As such, social and technological stagnation and even in some cases decline appeared on a number of Ionian worlds.
By the early 27th century states such as the Kingdoms of Ptelea and Ossan had developed rudimentary MAG Drives able to traverse short distances, slowly bridging the gap between the Ionian states, yet they were reluctant to hand over their monopoly to the rest of the Ionian Cluster, thus keeping the knowledge to themselves. Ptelean and Ossian merchants became common site over the next century with many Ptelean and Ossian artifacts being found far abroad. Early tritires began to appear by the mid 27th century within the navies of the Ossians and the Pteleans, vessels mounted with rudimentary ballistics weapons powered by three rear mounted Ion drives, from which they get their name sake.
During the Dark Age many Ionian worlds were fractured between warring tribes and clans which sought dominion over the planet, or a peaceful existence. Foslara and Uskides are two known worlds known to have harboured a number of different sovereign entities at one time. These fractured worlds would not come together until the mid 28th century in the aftermath of the First Invasion of the Baqqiri Marches during the Ionic Wars, and would not truly unite until the Ionian Spring.
Ionic Wars (2710 CE – 2860 CE)
Main Article – Ionic Wars
Inter-War Period (2860 CE – 3024 CE)
Main Article – Inter-War Period
The Inter-War Period was a era of Ionian History filled with bloody sporadic warfare between the Ionian Kingdoms that lasted for one hundred and sixty four years. KiThe Ionic Wars had seen the Ptelean and Ossian MAG Drive technology become readily available for the greater Ionian Kingdoms, and the discovery of more powerful and efficient weapons of war through the capture and study of Gaennai military technology
Ionian Spring (3000 CE – 3031 CE)
Main Article – Ionian Spring
Lasting for roughly 31 years the Ionian Spring saw a dramatic political shift in the Ionian Cluster through a series of political reforms and revolts, brought about by initial peaceful protests against the tyrants of the Ionian Cluster and their constant conflicts.
Initially started by the Foslaran Revolt; a planetary wide revolt of the Foslaran populous against the reigning tyrants, revolt spread throughout the Ionian Cluster like wildfire. In a matter of three decades the former Ionian Kingdoms fell sway to democratic rule and liberal freedom either through peaceful reform or violent rebellion. The political shift of the Ionian Cluster acted as a catalyst in conjunction with the Inter-War Period to birth the early Ionian League.
Golden Age of the Ionians (3031 CE – 3155 CE)
Main Article – Golden Age of the Ionians
With the states of the Ionian Cluster severely weakened by nearly 280 years of sporadic warfare and the brief but bloody Ionian Spring, many worried. Looking outward at the rest of the Known Galaxy, the threat of losing their hard fought freedoms were everywhere; the Strife of the Lost splitting the Gaennid Empire into a thousand pieces, forcing many of their people north fleeing the destruction of their civil conflict, and the Alliance – Empyrean Quasi War to the west threatening to spill into all out open warfare.
Through the chaos in aftermath of the Ionian Spring, Prime Archon Endre Velis saw a means of uniting the Ionians like never before. He dispatched his envoys across the Adraedies Gap, to worlds such as Ossyria, Edontos, Onessa and Destadus, summoning their leaders to Idithos. There, through the Conference of the Core, the Ionian League was born. With the ratification of the Ionian Constitution in 3031 by the five Core Founders: The League of Ionia, the Osyrrian Confederation, the Kingdom of Acleron, the Onessan Republic and Kingdom of Actanus the first, true Ionian state was established. With the further establishment of the Ionia Termini the Ionian League was linked the rest of the Eastward Rim and the Known Galaxy, allowing Foslara to become the capital 23 years later, and would remain so for the next 337 years.
The Ionian League’s first century saw a boom in membership that, by the end of the 31st century saw the Ionian League control the entire Ionian Cluster. The discovery of the Ionia Gate in the mid-30th century saw the Ionian League reconnect with the rest of human space across the Eastward Rim and among the larger super-powers. With the Ionia Gate and a number of early Parliamentary projects the Ionian Cluster slowly healed, and in some places even thrived. Ionian culture blossomed under the Ionian Parliament.
This was not to last forever however. In the years following the turn of the 32nd century the Ionian League faced turmoil after turmoil. Decentralized by nature the Ionian League possessed no centralized military – thus the member worlds of the Ionian League relied on their own armies and navies for protection, and in extreme cases the Ionian Military Coalition. Yet years of prosperity had made the Ionians blind. In 3114 the Ionian League’s android population rebelled against their masters, leading to a prolonged conflict known as the Great Android Revolt. The conflict raged only for a single year, yet saw a number of worlds thrown back into the fires of warcraft. The conflict came to a swift conclusion after the Battle of Tempos IV where the unified Ionian Military Coalition dispatched the last of the renegade android fleet and sent them fleeing into the darkness of the void.
Though the war was over within a year, it had left the Ionian League in a vulnerable state. A state which a larger Star-Nation could exploit to their own gain. In 3121 looking for territorial expansion and resources the United Commonwealth of New Camelot launched an unprovoked invasion of the newly colonized Pagathar Expanse, centralized on the lush agri-world of Aclydes. The systems militia of Aclydes held out for seven days before the planet finally capitulated, during which the Ionian League scrambled and struggled to respond to the threat, hastily gathering the Ionian Military Coalition. Promptly within the next few weeks the United Commonwealth of New Camelot began a campaign of conquest throughout the Pagathar Expanse, facing little resistance in the poorly organized IMC. Thus the Ionian Parliament, pressured by militarists, passed the Military Creation Act of 3122. The Ionian Military Coalition was hastily, and poorly, reorganized into a centralized fighting force to combat the United Commonwealth on numerous fronts.
The war came to an end after three years of fighting and the complete destruction of Aclydes’ surface. Though the war had been won, it had been costly. Millions had died during the duration of the conflict, and the Ionian League had spent billions funding the war effort. Rumblings in the Pagatharan colonies also suggested a growing secessionist movement. After almost 30 years of protests and terrorist actions against the state the Ionian League granted complete autonomy to the Pagatharan colonies who thus went on to form the Pagatharan League.
Following the secession of the Pagathar Expanse and a large portion of the mineral rich Trillian Badlands, the Ionian League faced a serious economic crisis.
Reformist Period (3155 CE – 3187 CE)
Main Article – Reformation Period
The Reformatist Period was the shorted era in Ionian History, lasting a total of thirty seven years. During this time the Ionian League witnessed a near-complete economical collapse, rising anti-Gaennai violence and subsequent conflicts. Named for the Galani Reforms; a series of wide reaching reforms ushered in by Chancellor Zandra Galani and the Ionian Parliament in 3162, her reforms looked to completely restructure the Ionian government and its economic policy. These reforms also saw a complete restructure of the Ionian Military Coalition and the introduction of greater foreign corporate entities in the Ionian Cluster.
Since the end of the Pagathar Secessionist Crisis, numerous Ionian fringe groups formed to counter the rising levels of Gaennaire refugees into the Ionian Cluster began to take a more active roll. The years preceding the Galani Reforms in 3162 saw a wave of peaceful protests calling for a stop on Gaennai immigration into the Ionian Cluster, as well as a harsher immigration policy within the Ionian League. The Parliament however looked to increase its standing with the fragmented Gaennai houses and clans in fear of encoring more conflict, thus many of the protesters demands were ignored, and any motion within parliament holding any kind of anti-Gaennai sentiment was curbed immediately and instead lobbied numerous restrictions on immigration as an alternative in order to moderate public order. In 3167 Delegate Gaelan Hallaca of Uskides formed the Isolationist Party within the Ionian Parliament. The formation of the Isolationist was prey to much controversy concerning its supporters and their active roll in Gaennaiphobic violance across the Ionian League.
In 3170 the Committee of Refugees faced a series of scandals and media backlash during the height of the Reformist period after a number of incidents including human trafficking and the poor treatment of refugees in temporary settlements on Argos, Adritus and Uskides. Many called for the organization to be reformed, others to have it completely abolished and offer the Gaennai refugees complete asylum in the Ionian League. A number of refugee riots on Adritus and Argos, and the eventual hijacking of the Persivan warship Castella lead to conflict in the Persivo Star System between the Persivan Republic and Gaennai Insurrectionists.
The public order crisis in the Persivan Republic eventually lead to the Persivo Crisis, the closing of the Persivan Crossroads and wide spread fighting in the Persivo Star System. The crisis soon became a detrimental set-back in the governments social, political and economical revitalization plans. Eventually in 3174 an Ionian Military Coalition task force was to bring the conflict to a swift close to the conflict in the stead of the Persivan Republic’s ineffective navy. A plan was made to relocate Gaennai refugees from the world of Argos to the near by world of Alicyon, eventually becoming known as Farahid Ukhraa (Gaennai: New Farahid). The resettlement of Gaennai refugees from Argos to Farahid Uhkraa brought a swift end to the conflict and the re-opening of the Persivan Crossroads. Many worlds would continued to suffer from ineffective infrastructure and public order crisis’ until the Expansionist Period began in 3187.
In tandem with the Persivan Republic’s Persivo Crisis the Kingdom of Uskides and its Neo-Crusaders were likewise locked in conflict against the planet’s Daalam population. Whilst usually an isolated people raiding Uskidian jungle outposts and infrastructure, Uskidian hydroponics farms and other crucial facilities began to fall to Daalam terrorist attacks, the tribesmen setting off home made explosives or massacring the facilities work force. On the 14th of May 3171 the reigning King of Uskides for the first time since the Inter-War period called for a crusade to be lunched against the Daalam tribesmen, thus the Rainforest Crusades began; a series of guerrilla conflicts within Uskides’ jungles. The conflict, though historically considered to have ended in a stalemate, forced the Daalam deeper into the jungles and eliminated the immediate threat they posed to Uskidian society. The Rainforest Wars came to a close in the early months of 3186, a year before the opening of the Pelidion Gate.
Expansionist Period (3187 CE – 3314 CE)
Main Article – Expansionist Period
The Expansionist period was, as the name suggests, was a period of expansion for the Ionian League after the opening of the Pelidion Gate in 3187. The discovery of the Pelidion Gate opened the Cronus Rift to the Ionian League and the rest of the Eastward Rim. In the first few decades Ionian recon teams began mapping the Cronus Rift and establishing first contact with numerous ethnic and culturally Ionian system states. By the turn of the century the Ionian League had already begun numerous colonization plans around the Pelidion Gate, including the planet Pelidion itself.The Expansionist Period has been marked as a revival period for the Ionian League, stabilising its economic depression following the Aclyden War and the end of the Golden Age, as well a relieving the built up pressure previously placed upon the Ionian League’s ageing internal infrastructure.
With the space for an eastward expansion, hundreds if not thousands of individuals embarked on private and state funded colonial expeditions into the region. Through investment in Extra-Solar communications, ansible relays were established between the existing Ionian member worlds as well as their colonial holdings in the Cronus Rift, replacing the much older means of interstellar communication, some of which dated back to the Inter-War period.
The Pelidion Gate’s connection to the Thaedonian homeworld of Camelot Newydd spurred the Militarists into action, who again called for the formation of a unified Ionian military, noting that the termini like between the Cronus Rift and the King’s Reach gave the Thaedonian government the ability to directly attack Pelidion and possibly cut off the crucial termini link between Ionia and Faros, cutting off the only viable means of rebuild their shattered economy. Unwilling to commit to the monumental task of establishing a unified Ionian military, the Ionian Parliament dispatched a diplomatic delegation to Camelot Newydd to address the parliaments concerns with the Cronian border. After two weeks of diplomatic talks, the Ionian delegation coerced the Thaedonian Government to sign the Farburn Accords, establishing the official boundaries of the Ionian League and the Commonwealths of Thaedonia in the surrounding region of the Cronus Rift and cementing a lasting peace between the two nations for generations to come.
As with every great period, the Expansionist Period was not without its conflict. The distance between the Ionian core worlds and their Cronian holdings lead to rising independence movements among the burgeoning colonies. Protests on Pelidion and many other worlds called for the formation of their own planetary governments and representation on the Ionian Parliament. Mismanagement within parliament and the Ministry of Defense lead to the Cronian Wars, a series of anti-terrorist operations and small scale conflicts among the Cronian colonies. The Cronian Wars officially lasted from 3275 until autonomy was granted in 3283, yet fighting in the Cronus Rift would continue off and on until the advent of the Ionian War in 3336.
Ionian Wars (3314 CE – 3345 CE)
Main Article – Ionian Wars
The Ionian Wars was one of the greatest periods of turmoil since the Inter-War period. Spanning 41 years, the Ionian Wars saw the rise and fall of a number of different Ionian star-nations native to the Ionian Cluster, and saw the rise of the Ionian League once again as the dominant power in the region.
The Ionian Wars began with the Pagatharan Civil War which saw a dramatic shift in Pagatharan government, the secession of the Trillian states and the rise of the Trillian Alliance. The Pagatharan Civil War was instigated by execution of the ruling Exarch and his dynasty in the aftermath of the Pagatharan Revolution in 3313. It was a multi-party war in which numerous factions fought within the ruined Pagatharan League to determine its political future. The two dominant factions were the Maragites followers of Grand Admiral Dosithios Maragos and the Loyalists, followers of the old regime. The conflict ultimatly ended with a Maragite victory and the expulsion of the Loyalists into the Trillian Badlands.
In the following decades, the new Pagatharan League lead by Lord-Exarch Dosithios Maragos sought dominion of the entire Ionian Cluster and an end to the corruption of democracy – their initial goal was the weak alliance of the Trillian Badlands. Their efforts to destabilized the region lead to the Trillian Crisis, a number of small skirmishes and human rights violations across the Trillian Badlands untimatly concluding in the invasion of the Badlands by the Pagatharan Military in 3331 and the Rape of Milenion in 3336, eventually leading to full Ionian intervention.
The Ionian War was declared on 23rd May 3336 a week after the destruction of Milenion during the 122nd Emergency Meeting of the Ionian Parliament, during which Fleet Admiral Odysseus Sarkis addressed the entire parliament concerning the Rape of Milenion and the threat posed to Ionian freedom by the Dominion of Pagathar. The Ionian War would see fierce fighting across the Ionian space, predominantly in the Trillian Badlands, Adreadies Gap and Pagathar Expanse with naval actions occurring in the Cronus Rift. The Ionian War saw the rise of the Unified Ionian Military and the establishment of groundwork for the League’s post-war economy. The war came to a close at the Battle of Ilios on the 8th of October 3345 followed by the signing of the Trillian Concordance on the world of Arsithos three days later, bringing an official close to the conflict.
Peace of Arsithos (3345 CE – N/A)
Main Article – Peace of Arsithos
On the 11th of October 3345 the Ionian League and the remnants of the Pagatharan Government signed the Trillian Concordance of the the surface of Arsithos, bring a formal end to the decade long conflict of the Great Ionian War. The Trillian Concordance secured the Ionian Government’s hegemony over the Ionia Cluster and other subsequent regions of the Ionian League. What remained of the Dominion of Pagathar in the aftermath of the Great Ionian War was reorganized into the Pentasar Alignment; a democratic state situated in the former territory of the Pagatharan League with oversight by the Ionian Government. Likewise the Trillian Alliance was re-established in the Trillian Badlands. Both states would become members of the Ionian League by the end of 3345.
On January 3rd 3346 Gaius Galani and his Centrist – Militarist coalition were elected into office. He called for a new era of peace, progression and reparation in the wake of the three decades long Ionian Wars. Slowly the Ionian League began to regain its power and the government began a focus on reconstruction. Reconstruction efforts across the entire Ionian League were further bolstered by corporate interests in the Cronus Rift and the Helligus Reaches, and the discovery of the Halesus Expanse in 3348. By 3372 the Ionian League had returned to its pre-war state, and with increased government funding and the influence of organisations such as the Planetary Genisis corporation the League looked to extend its reach and contend on a level with other neighbouring star-nations. The Maheras Reforms saw a rapid development of the Unified Ionian Navy from an amalgamation of system fleets to a true standing navy capable of rivaling any of its neighbours thanks to the guiding hand of Grand Admiral Diokles Maheras.
The Peace of Arsithos was not without its own conflicts. In 3366 the Ionian League was plunged into the Thyrasian Crisis, a diplomatic crisis between the Ionian League and the Thyrasian Coalition of the Helligus Reaches. Whilst mostly bloodless, the Thyrasian Crisis saw a small number of skirmishes erupt between Ionian expeditionary forces within the Kategion Corridor and members of the Thyrasian Common Navy. By the end of 3366 the Thyrasian Coalition was poised for war, read to invade the Kategion Corridor and take back land that had rightfully belonged to it. Only one battle was fought during the brief conflict, the Battle of Boethus. The battle was a decisive victory for the Ionian League, and enough to force the Thyrasian Coalition back to the negotiation table. on the 18th of January 3367 the Ionian League and Thyrasian Coalition signed the Kategion Agreement, bringing the crisis to a formal end. Three years later the Thyrasian Coalition would join the Ionian League as a full member state.
Throughout the early 3380’s social discord on Uskides escalated until the attempted coup d’eta by General Adrastus Karahalios, cousin to the reigning King. The Second Uskidian Civil War lasted from 3386 to 3388 and saw intense fighting both on the surface of Uskides and throughout the Aphyn Star System between Uskidian Royalists, the Unified Ionian Military and Uskidian Separatists.
Following the destabilisation of the Ionian Parliament in the aftermath of the Second Uskidian Civil War, the Exarchate of Gozen launched a hit-and-run raid campaign against Ionian merchant vessels and military patrols within the Helligus Reaches before eventually attempting to annex the planet of Cuthos in a failed invasion. In the aftermath the Ionian League mounted a response; an expeditionary force was deployed to Gozen IV, the capital of the Exarchate in order to pacify the rogue state, following which the Ionian League occupied the planet until a new government could be established. The Pacification of Gozen IV and the subsequent bloody occupation was considered the result of poor mismanagement on behalf of the Ionian Parliament and Ministry of Defense.
The latter half of the 3300’s saw the steady escalation of hostile activity in the Empyrean See and throughout the Known Galaxy, which prompted the Ionian government to initiate a number of military focused reformation schemes, including the New Navy Modernisation program and the New Army Modernisation Program. These initiatives were aimed to stream line the Unified Ionian Military, making both the Unified Ionian Navy and Unified Ionian Army much more cost effective and tactically effective. During the 3417 elections, Delegate Alexandria Eliades and her Centrists party took office with a majority vote.