0PN, March 13
The Naksa, the battle which destroys the centripetal drive and ansible. The crew of 3500 is reduced to around 2600 survivors. Two commanders (SUHAIL and VIHAAN) claim control of the ship, which results in a three-month and increasingly tense interregnum.
0PN, June 4
Vihaan’s forces move to arrest Suhail’s loyalists, who fight back and respond by arresting Vihaan loyalists. This is considered to be the date of Batwara. Fighting continues throughout the rest of the year as cells repeatedly change hands.
The dust settles for a short period of time; the 2600 survivors of the Naksa have been reduced to 2100, with 1300 taking orders from Commander Vihaan and 800 taking orders from Commander Suhail. A negotiated attempt at resolving the crisis breaks down, and fighting flares up again.
Little more than a year into the conflict, the two factions have already established the rough boundaries that will continue for the next several centuries: Vihaan’s forces controlling most of levels A and B, and Suhail’s forces controlling most of levels C and D. As the year goes on, it becomes clearer and clearer to everyone aboard the ship that the centripetal drive and ansible are irreparable.
Both factions seal their portals and engage in frenzied survival work, punctuated by alternating attempts to invade and take control of the entire ship.
The first child is born onboard the Rann of Kutch, to Suhail loyalists. Commander Suhail’s faction organizes itself as a democratic Islamic republic.
Eight years after the Naksa, the division of the ship has begun to be thought of as a status quo. Instead of referring to “the whole ship”, people begin to refer to “the entire vara”, which begins to seem like it might give the sense of “the entire world”. Late in the year, an Accord is signed recognizing the two separate “nations” of the vara.
An ugly conflict breaks out as the IDR attempts to seize the entire computer network, the worst violence seen since Batwara. For the first time, it feels as if two nations are at war with each other.
A period of separation and isolation; the aftermath of the war results in a great separation of networks and almost no communication between the nations for almost a decade, except for quarterly heavily-monitored trade through the former bridge.
Detente, as networks ease restrictions. It ends when an IDR spacewalker is killed by HZ point-defence lasers. HZ pre-emptively “defends” itself by attempting to seize Taprobana. This results in a full-scale invasion by the IDR which, though a smaller nation, occupies a third of HZ territory. HZ, in desperation, establishes its antimatter weapons as “deterrents” and forces the IDR back across the border.
Under the threat of the antimatter deterrent domes, the IDR is forced to bend before advancing HZ forces. HZ begins to speak of “one vara, one government”
Theft of HZ antimatter allows IDR to construct a deterrent of its own; the humiliation leads to the HZ Civil War and withdrawal of all HZ forces from IDR territory.
HZ Civil War; border sealed, communication networks fully segregated.—
26PN-48PN Border remains sealed for the next 22 years.
370PN Border sealed. It will remain so for the next century.
470PN Planned opening of the border.—