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Note! This is just an attempt by Ben to keep track of how everything is organized, especially chronologically, and preventing any contradictions we may be skirting dangerously close to. None of it is official, although most of it is based directly off of canon. Feel free to interpret it all how you will.
Cycles: Highly ambiguous. Andrew uses cycle to mean roughly "day", I suspect, in Battle for Oubliette 2, while Church at Nine West implies that cycles are much longer than a Terran year, as someone lives a natural lifespan in 17.4 of them. It could just be a difference between the Terran chronometry and the Alphas chronometry. Or Oubliette 2 takes a very long time to rotate on its axis. Which is by no means impossible, but means that entry has a highly misleading use of the term "weeks". Of course, Leo Brande could have lead a short life (although probably one longer than 17.4 terran days), as religious people are occasionally against various life-extending medical techniques that could otherwise be in common use. It's likely that Belasyse Finch's life was much longer than 17.2 cycles, regardless of how long a phase is (And he lived at least 3 of them, after reaching quite a few years of age, although years was used as an unspecified term there). Keep in mind the Orbital Wars themselves almost definitely lasted a few generations.

Hmmm, the idea that, when otherwise unspecified, "day" and "year" and "month" could refer to almost any unit of time depending on the speed of rotation of the planet on its axis and around the star it orbits, will probably be a saving grace later on when it comes to preventing contradictions of time measurement. And a matter of much confusion that probably led to us scholars needing to make a single "unified" document on the history of the Orbital Wars.

Phases! Introduced in Belasyse Flinch, which I've decided to run with because they'll hopefully make chronology much easier. There have to be a minimum of 8 phases, as the New Unified Terrans were formed in phase 4, and they took place in the Battle of Oubliette 2, which is "a little over midway" through the Orbital Wars. There can be any number greater than 8, however. And there's still no clue how long a phase is. One man can live through at least three of them, but given scifi setting life extension techniques, that really doesn't tell us anything.

More on the B-round (and early C round) and how it incorporates into everything later this week, hopefully.

The Qirel Encounter is the start of the Orbital Wars, according to Belated History Effect. The Book of Veere establishs that Kelvodist dymetricists appeared a while before that.--Josh: Kelvodist dymetricists have potentially existed since time immemorial; their discovery and the subsequent research that went into them have yet to be accurately place in the timeline.-- Alexander Ducant's lifespan obviously includes the Qirel Encounter. Amorphians were discovered at some point during his life (or possibly before, I suppose, although he was studied them quite a bit), although whether they were found before or after the Qirel Encounter is unspecificed. Allellodrene was designed by Pharmacon somewhere around about a year before the Qirel Encounter, and Pharmacon has holdings on the Amorphian planet, however. There's no explicit relationship between these two facts yet, however, chronologically or otherwise.

Alluria is designed off of Allellodrene, which means its use also would have had to have been developed during the wars themselves, rather than very far before. It also means Sable Aliss, as the first famous user, probably lived during the earlier years of the Wars. Abrasia is also tied to Allellodrene. Since Abrasia existed as a condition at the time of the publishing of Kelvod Agitation Theory, this means that the latter was published during, or in the year before, the wars themselves. Dymetricists have been along longer than Agitation Theory. Makes sense.

New Unified Terrans, formed in phase 4 - Possibly the "Union" refered to but uncited in Amorphians? Especially since that entry is also currently the only one that mentions "Earth", too. Amorphians also refers to "the Conflict", which could be assumed to be the Orbital Wars, except that it only has two sides, since the term "both sides" was used. The "Conflict" might be related to an event which started the Orbital Wars and dragged multiple sides in later, however. Did the Qirel Encounter lead to The Conflict, which lead to the Orbital Wars? Hmmm. (Drutan Collective indicates that there is an old union referred to only as "the Union" and a new union, which is referred to as "the New Union" or the "New Unified Terrans". This seems to conflict with the Amorphians entry's statement that the Amophian home world is currently under union quarantine, but it's not much of a stretch to say that Amorphians refers to the New Union. -Ornithopter)

Dysgnostics - Little known. Averianism formed off of them before the Manifesto of Qirel. Since Averianism was formed in Alphas, and since Alphas was "largely destroyed" during the Qirel Encounter, that implies (although it doesn't prove) that the Manifesto of Qirel was sometime before the Qirel Encounter, which also means Dysgnostics and Averianists were established prewars.

East Rim Consortium - Obviously existed before the war began, as Alphas played an important role in politics in it before the Qirel Encounter. Obviously existed a while later, as Alluria was the recreational drug of choice there for a while. Question: East Rim of what? The galaxy?

More to be added as it arrives.

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