The Dark Years

The Dark Years defines the time during which Ramaxicon (Earth) endured a combined impact and volcanic winter. Solar radiation failed to penetrate the atmosphere, and intense tectonics and tidal devastation altered the planet’s geography. It is recorded by helovx scholars as beginning March of 2025 and ending approximately sixty years later, in the early 2080’s.


no_image_available_3When the Eros impactor hit the Ugataxol (Arabian Sea), it caused a global heat pulse that created vast quantities of water vapor and carbon dioxide. This burning off of the waters led to a concentrated greenhouse effect, melting Ramaxicon’s non-polar glaciers within a year.

Plate tectonics aggravated by Ixco’s orbital shift resulted in massive volcanic eruptions throughout the planet. In 2025, the Yellowstone Caldera in North America erupted, killing millions that had evacuated to the interior to escape rising seas and flooding rivers. Subsequent hydrothermal explosions at Yosemite led to massive bedrock collapse in the central portion of the Rocky Mountains while the eruption itself released mass quantities of regolith into the planet’s atmosphere.

Volcanic ash and sulfuric acid in the atmosphere blocked Suva’s rays and raised Ramaxicon’s albedo. It set off a long-term cooling effect that destroyed crops and livestock, depleting the resources governments required to sustain control of the populace. In the two years following the Eros Impact of 2022, 62% of over 7.7 million helovx, perished. During the Dark Years post-eruption, 87% of the surviving population died due to natural and helovxi-made disasters, environmental pollution, starvation, disease, and violence over resources.


KEY EVENTS
THE DARK YEARS

Last Visible Sunlight Recorded: March 19, 2025-2086
Mass extinctions of various land mammals – 2020s-2080s

Ural Wall Completed 2027
Slavs began the Wall in 2021, anticipating destructive earth changes.

Gabonese refugees encounter the Femmar – 2028
Gabonese flee violence in Africa by taking to boats on the Atlantic. After surviving hurricanes and storm, they encounter a battalion of marixi scouting the waters near the Southern Ocean. When met with violence, the marixi murder every man and boy, then guide the women and girls safely to South America.

Bands of Maori organize at Aoraki 2030-35
Non-Maori are murdered or purged from New Zealand by the United Tribes.

The Sahara Wars 2030-2042
Refugees from Western Europe, Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey settle in the Sahara where rains begin falling in winter. After a decade, religious factions form:

  • Islam dominates the North
  • Eastern Orthodox Catholicism takes hold in the west
  • Catholic-Protestant League forms in the South

Nigerian and Congolese in search of fresh water encounter the southern Catholic Protestant League; culture and racial divisions spark skirmishes that erupt into all out warfare. The war ends after the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa surrender, but most are slaughtered by thermobaric missiles sent by the northern and eastern factions.

Meltdown at Mount Kamen- 2038
Behind the walls of Uralskey, 2/3rds of the Slavic population dies due to a meltdown at their only operational nuclear power plant.

Genetic Bottleneck – 2040-60’s
Approximately 7,000 helovx remain alive; cannibalism begins in remote regions.

The last known recorded helovx broadcast occurs in April of 2055.
VHF FM weather radio stations (NOAA Weather Radio) broadcasts a coded message from the Harris Group (named for the Last president of the United States) calling for a gathering of scattered African American populations to meet at the Utah Bay.

Avian and marine life rebounds in the – 2050-70’s
Due to extensive genetic engineering in Ramaxia, certain species begin thriving between the poles.
In 2052, people in Asia, South America, and New Zealand begin cultivating seaweed.

African-American refugees make landfall in the former Alaska – 2068
Over a thousand black women and children establish Holy Cross.

Global tectonic and volcanic activity settles – 2070’s
Last major eruptions occur off the coast of New Zealand, where sinking sea levels expose hundreds of miles of once submerged bedrock.

Global tides become standardized 2070’s
Isolated whaling and fishing start among humans.
Femmar begin force-glaciating the Eastern Ice Sheet.

Populations come together and form nations- 2070-80’s
Maori form the United Tribes of Aotearoa
Descendants of Gabon and South America form Brasilia
Asia is renamed Yazhou, and the One-Nation calls itself, Jungwa

The North American Union established – 2072
Appalachia, Midlands, and the Texan Territory unite and ratify a constitution.

Ash Depletion allows for mining and farming – Early 2080s
Subsoil becomes healthy enough to support small-scale farming
Large scale mining operations begin between the poles.

Tasmantis Invasion – 2074
Australian ships arrive on the newly risen lands of Tasmantis seeking natural resources. They defeat Maori factions and seize tribal lands.

Reports of sunlight seen throughout the globe – 2085
Sporadic hours of sun lead to full days by the late 2080’s

First Ramaxian Flier Seen – 2186
Maori make contact with Femarctic geological scouts.

Kenyan Incident leads to formation of a Theocracy 2188 – 2190s
After a fight erupts over fresh water deposited by a Ramaxian lifeform, Femarctic marixi attack and wipe out the Catholic-Protestant League. The power vacuum prompts the Eastern Orthodox Catholics and Islamic peoples to join forces; merging their religion into one Eurislam Orthodoxy, they come to govern the African Trisect.


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