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.

THE DARK YEARS – KEY EVENTS

  • 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 fleeing Congolese migrations flee Africa on the Atlantic. After surviving hurricanes and storm, they encounter a battalion of Marixi scouting the waters near the Southern Ocean. The Marixi encounter violence, killing every man and boy, they guide the women and girls safely to South America.
  • Bands of Maori organize at Aoraki 2030-35
    • All non-Maori are murdered or purged from New Zealand.
  • The Sahara Wars 2030-2042
    • Refugees from Western Europe, Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey settle in the Sahara where rains begin falling daily. 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
    • Sahara newcomers confront the Nigerian and Congolese in search of fresh water. Culture and racial divisions spark skirmishes that erupt into all out warfare. The war ends after the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa surrender, but they are slaughtered by the Catholic-Protestant League.
  • Meltdown at Mount Kamen- 2038
    • 2/3 of the Slavic population behind the walls of Uralskey dies due to a meltdown of their only operational nuclear power plant.
  • Widespread Cannibalism threatens helovx survival – 2040-60’s
    • Genetic Bottleneck – roughly 7k helovx live between the poles
  • 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 post-impact leader Kamala Harris) calling for a gathering of refugee African American populations to meet at the Utah Bay.
  • Avian and marine life rebounds in the – 2050-70’s
    • Due to extensive genetic engineering by Ramaxia, certain species thrive between the poles. In 2052, people in Asia, South America, and New Zealand begin cultivating seaweed.
  • African-American’s 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
  • Global tides become standardized 2070’s
    • Isolated whaling and fishing start
  • Populations come together and form nations- 2070-80’s
    • Maori form the United Tribes of Aotearoa
    • Descendants of Gabon and Southern America form Brasilia
    • Asia is renamed Yazhou, and its One-Nation is called Jungwa
  • The North American Union is created – 2072
    • Appalachia, Midland, and the Texan Territory form and ratify a constitution.
  • Ash Depletion allows for mining and farming – Early 2080s
    • Subsoil 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 and raid 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 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, the 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.
  • AGE OF DIPLOMACY BEGINS

TIMELINES


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