Standard Human Schooling

This page is intended to present how humans are typically taught in schools under galactic law, as well as highlight propaganda and inconsistencies.

Human textbooks

It's important to note that everything here is to be taken as a summary of how it is described in human textbooks in the year 3152. Inaccuracies will be noted with popup text1.

Modern human history

Post-modern human history, as it's defined in 3152, starts in 2943 with the discovery of anomalous materials. Modern history spans from 1957 with the launch of the Sputnik probe to 2943. Early Modern History is defined as the years from 1492 to 1957, with Medieval history spanning 476 to 1492. Ancient history spans from 60000 BC to 476 AD.

Exploratory phase

Humanity first invented the warp drive in the year 2086 and began building probes to send to other star systems. In the year 2135, humanity made first contact with an alien species when the hiltorel discovered and intercepted a warp probe in Tau Ceti. They sent an envoy to Earth to greet us, and were received with open arms.2 They told humanity about the Galactic Community in a fully televised event, the first event that was televised so widely since the moon landing. They did, however, note that humanity would not be permitted to join the Galactic Community at that time,3 and that aliens were forbidden to share much in the way of technology with them.4 Humans were, however, told that they were permitted to expand outside their borders and begin colonizing planets; the hiltorel even started them off with a carefully-curated list of those that humanity might find suitable, based on their own previous exploration.5

In 2160, the first human colony was founded: Korolyov City. Humanity began rapidly expanding elsewhere, with Freedom's Landing in 2166, Tagh Dara in 2171, Queqiao in 2176, and Shinkyo in 2181, as the various nations of earth began putting out their own colonies and bases. Humanity and Hiltorel got along splendidly, with the hiltorel adoring and being fascinated with humanity's various cultures (particularly Pacific and East Asian), and the humanity adoring hiltorel music, dance, and written language. The cultures of Earth and Hsilkori mixed in various ways, and everyone was quite happy with the arrangement.

Unfortunately, it wasn't to last long. By 2247, human-alien relations began to feel a bit strained, with various alien species beginning to refuse trade with humans as a direct result of hiltorel politics and the Galactic Community.6 Humanity continued to try to engage in friendly, cooperative trade,7 and many of them migrated to hiltorel worlds to become citizens.8 Humanity's relationship with the hiltorel deteriorated almost completely following the establishment of humanity's 25th colony in 2276.9 This colony, and many others, were founded by megacorporations that operated outside Earth's ability to control them. By this point, slave rings had begun to rise up in fringe groups, trading both hiltorel and other humans.10

Human-Hiltorel war

In 2307, following a number of border disputes, Hiltorel declared war on humanity and destroyed four human military cruisers that were patrolling beyond hiltorel borders, marking the start of the first human-hiltorel war. They accused humanity of intruding on and violating hiltorel territory. The governments of Earth said they had done no such thing; all the colony expeditions they had sent out were founded on worlds quite close to Earth itself. They countered by saying the hiltorel were behaving rashly and their violent response was unmerited and in violation of various agreements, including the laws of the Galactic Community itself.11 They also stated that they had only ever expanded into empty, unclaimed space, and criticized the hiltorel for declaring war without attempting to resolve the issue peacefully,12 as well as for being needlessly greedy, as the hiltorel empire already had 14% of the stars in the galaxy in their "territory", while humanity only had 0.2%.13 Humanity attempted to negotiate peace talks, but these amounted to nothing, as neither side was willing to compromise.

The Human-Hiltorel War lasted for 132 years, spanning from 2307 to 2439. The species were very evenly matched; wars would be fought back and forth over planets, and one side would take a world only to have it retaken months later.14 The result was a slow creep towards Earth, punctuated by peace agreements that were quickly overturned;15 the hiltorel refused to stop and seemed dead-set on conquering Earth no matter the cost.16 Humanity put up a fierce fight in defense of their home, but in the year 2428, the long-remembered Battle of Taghdara took place; a combination of defectors and poor tactics resulted in a catastrophic loss for the human forces,17 effectively breaking the backbone of the human military alliances. The hiltorel fleet continued almost unchallenged to Earth, razing both the American and Russian colonies of Korolyov City and Freedom's Landing along the way.

During the battle for earth, humanity put up a fierce fight, managing to keep the hiltorel from forcing their surrender for eleven long years. The hiltorel, unable to deal with Earth's "high" gravity, were forced to use specialized exosuits in order to fight on the surface. These were fairly unreliable and easily disabled; this significantly helped the human resistance. At long last, in the year 2437, despite the Hiltorel Queen Mofata Qixow Wasaki's explicit orders to use restraint,18 the hiltorel generals switched tactics: they began a scorched earth campaign of orbital bombardment,19 resulting in over 87 million civilian casualties20 and the complete decimation of many landmark human cities. Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Milan, Beijing, Lima, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Baghdad, Tehran, and Dallas were hit particularly hard in the first hour,21 and were afterwards deemed "uninhabitable". Australia's government collapsed and the United Kingdom swept in and took Australia "under their protection", forming the new United Empires.

Hiltorel enslavement of humanity22

In the year 2439, the war finally ended, and humanity's last governments surrendered. Humanity's militaries were dismantled, both on Earth as well as the colonial megacorporations' private defense forces. The Hiltorel then enslaved humanity, demanding heavy taxes from each major city to prevent them from rising back up.23 They forcibly migrated human populations from humanity's border planets to ones nearer Earth, and set up work camps that gradually genocided entire human Spacer civilizations.24 In all, they reduced the number of planets that humans held from 36 to 18, and killed over 2 billion over the course of the next decade, these deaths consisting primarily of individuals labeled by the Hiltorel government as either "radicals" or "rebels".25 They also attempted to migrate a fair number of citizens from Earth to the other colonies, in an attempt to "solve" Earth's longstanding poverty crisis, but eventually abated in the face of significant public outcry. Had they continued, Earth's population would have been reduced to roughly 700 million, the lowest it would have been in seven centuries. Instead, it was only reduced to 7.4 billion, as opposed to the previous 10.1 billion.

The hiltorel quickly took control of human media, dismantling corporations that had stood for centuries and replacing them with hiltorel-operated media services to provide a "more harmonious" news service. They also took control of schools, both on Earth and in the colonies, and rewrote textbooks in an attempt to instill their anvilicious belief in future generations that the pre-war humans were bad, and that to serve the hiltorel and work for the mutual advantage of the species would be a honorable, respectable goal.26 Around this same time, various terrorist cults such as Kristinity and Eslom sprung up, drawing from the older, similar religions of Christianity and Islam, in an attempt to rebel against hiltorel rule.27 At the same time, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster flourished, persevering despite extensive religious persecution,28 and the Norse Pantheon arose from the dead as well. (This was also encouraged by the Hiltorel. By coincidence, the Norse Pantheon was actually uncommonly similar to the hiltorel's own primary religion.)

By the year 2551, humanity had become much more restless - partly because of hiltorel rule, and partly because starvation was becoming a global issue. By that point, Earth's population was nearing 23 billion, over 12 times the population of the average offworld colony, and Earth's own crops were very far from being capable of sustaining so many people. Protests became commonplace,29 and crime was beginning to rise at a frightening pace. The hiltorel, partly out of fear and partly out of an effort to lock everything down, introduced a set of laws that essentially turned Earth and its surrounding colonies into a police state. Special hiltorel troops were sent down to Earth and her colonies, often in full mechsuits, intending to keep a close eye on humanity and ensure we followed their new laws to the letter. Speech against the hiltorel was not tolerated and troublemakers would be shipped to concentration camps on airless moons to spend the rest of their days mining.30 They set up curfews for all human cities and heightened surveillance measures, reducing personal freedoms and liberties at the same time. They also began making a more unified attempt to shift humanity's population off of Earth: while the hiltorel regime had succeeded in reducing poverty in the colonies, on Old Earth it was still commonplace, and food shortages were ubiquitous and constant. The hiltorel also put much heavier taxes in place on the outer colonies, intending to take a portion of food that the outer colonies produced and ship it to Earth, where it was more desperately needed. This only ended up making the outer colonies begin to starve as well; there was simply not enough food to go around.31

World War III

The threat of a third world war began to loom at this point. The United States and Russia were at each others' throats, meddling in each others' politics. Even their citizens hated each other, and both thought the other was hoarding food. Seeing as neither had enough food to feed their swelling populations, this was a significant problem. Russia had re-acquired Alaska as part of a trade agreement in 2463, and both countries also saw the ever-diplomatic Canada as a target for conquest. Russia was also considering taking Japan for their military arsenal, and the United States was thinking of taking the Mexican States, which at that time extended well into South America. Worldwide, Brazil was very severely overpopulated and looking to expand, although they had allied with the Mexican States. China was dealing with unrest, famine, and severe overpopulation. India felt cramped and wanted to expand as well. And so, things were ripe for a third world war.

World War 3, the third and final worldwide Old Earth War, began in 2583 and lasted 8 years. Roughly 440 million people died, accounting for approximately 1.91% of the Earth's population at the time - roughly 23 billion. Historians estimate that without the intervention of the hiltorel seeking to protect their own assets,32 casualties might have been up to 880 million, twice what they actually were. The hiltorel, trying to take control instead of permitting humanity to solve its own disputes, moved much of their fleet to Earth and put the planet on lockdown and quarantine. They sent their troops down to the surface to try to stop the fighting, while bombarding suspected human military bases from orbit.

The war started with three main sides: The "Allied" side, with the United States, the United Empires, Canada, South Africa, and the European Commonwealth States. On the "Axis" side was Brazil, the Mexican States, Russia, Japan, the Imperial Chinese Hegemony, the majority of Africa, the Middle East, and Thailand, which had by that point overtaken most of the Southeast Asian islands. The United States and Russia initiated the war, devastating each other with nuclear strikes. Their governments collapsed immediately. At this point, the Axis side fractured into three groups - the Central Union (Most of Africa, the Middle East, and Russia), the Eastern Suns (Imperial Chinese Hegemony, Thailand, Japan, and India), and South America (Brazil and Mexico). The Central Union was devastated and overrun; the former territory belonging to Russia was completely overtaken by Japan and their robotic armies. India and China swept to the west, pillaging as they went, although China stopped partway to deal with a civil war; they had expanded to the point that their fragile government could no longer easily keep the peace. India pushed forwards into Africa to find that Africa had already mostly been taken by the Allies and South America - at that point 41% Allies and 59% South America (mostly Brazil), with the northwestern bulge a shamble of contested territory. Meanwhile, the United Empires overtook most of the United States, to "protect" them, as did Canada in the north, and the Mexican States in the south.

Independence War

During World War 3, while the hiltorel were focusing on Earth, the outer colonies (themselves with a combined population of 36 billion, or roughly 160% that of Earth) formed a vast, singular alliance. They were primarily corporation-controlled at that point, and this move represented a merger between a good number of companies. Together they worked on building a new fleet utilizing stolen and reverse-engineered technology - an effort that had begun decades previously, mainly in secret, off-the-records facilities that the hiltorel never knew existed. However, now, with the hiltorel distracted, they were able to assemble a powerful fleet. The fleet traveled to New Earth in 2591 and decimated the hiltorel blockade, which wasn't prepared for space combat. The hiltorel fleet put up a very valiant fight for having been taken unaware, but were ultimately defeated and the survivors forced to warp out.

Humanity, satisfied with the removal of the Hiltorel from Earth and her colonies, began to work on rebuilding while sending out a fleet to negotiate a peace treaty with the Hiltorel at Aziho Station, one of the furthest human outposts.33 However, they were met by a combined fleet of the Plodii, the Bhezians, and the Gorvans, who together demanded that humanity cease and desist, and permit themselves to be ruled by a council from the Galactic Community.34 They attempted to threaten the human fleet into agreeing to this by show of force, and when their attempts failed, they attacked the human fleet.35 The initial battle - the Battle of Aziho Station - was only a marginal win in humanity's favor.36 Humanity's push was quickly beaten back to Earth following this; only a token fleet was left to protect earth and willingly lost to a Bhezian/Hiltorel attack in order to convince the Galactic Community that humanity's revolution was routed.37 The Bhezians took over Earth with their advanced (and plentiful) armies, forcing an end to WWIII and any human resistance.

Over thirty years later, in late 2625, humanity's "Spacers" abruptly attacked the orbiting Bhezian and Hiltorel fleets again, decimating them. The new fleet, led by the gigacorporation United Galactic, had reverse-engineered tech from the Battle of Aziho Station, and were a much closer match to the alien fleets than previously, in addition to having specially-trained military tacticians that were far superior to those of their enemies. The third and final Battle for Earth was a complete curbstomp, with almost no losses on humanity's side - historians estimate that United Galactic lost less than 2% of their fleet's value, while the Bhezians and Hiltorel lost almost everything. Following this, humanity made a beeline for the Hiltorel homeworld, Hsilkori. By this time they had realized that the hiltorel must be crushed if they were to have any peace.38

The Battle for Hsilkori, in early 2627, was brief, and when it was over, all four alien fleets were destroyed - Plodus, Bhezian, Gorvan, and Hiltorel. Even following this, the hiltorel vowed vengeance and promised that they would eliminate humanity the same way they had previously eliminated the Wralk.39 In the year 2628, Hsilkori was glassed; all its cities were destroyed until nothing of value was left standing, both through traditional ballistic orbital bombardment and nuclear detonations. It was a close call, as plans were later uncovered that showed that the hiltorel planned to destroy Earth and its colonies via a bio-engineered plague.40 The replacement hiltorel queen surrendered; humanity was given much of the hiltorel's territory, and the hiltorel promised to make no further attempts to attack or otherwise interfere with humanity.

The Galactic Cleansing

The Galactic Cleansing, the largest war in human history, cost approximately 117 billion human lives41 and lasted 338 years, spanning from 2658 to 2996. It resulted in the death of roughly 7.5 trillion aliens42 (a ratio of 1 human death to 64 alien deaths43) and pushed surviving alien populations out towards the edges of the galaxy. There were several human "factions" in the war, allied under mostly the same banner; the largest of these was United Galactic, a gigacorporation that arose from some of the outer colonies, primarily the "children" of Taghdara and others. Others included Wodenmir Corp., Aurnivar Co., and M-Agna Qu-Alitas.

The official beginning of the war is typically marked as 2658, when an aggressive hiltorel subsect attempted a large, powerful attack on Cresero Colony, obliterating the headquarters of Jolly Rabbits Inc, previously a major contributor to the war and manufacturer of many of the ships that glassed Hsilkori.44 Humanity responded with a strong push into hiltorel space, spearheaded by United Galactic. The hiltorel put up fierce resistance wherever humanity went,45 and humanity systematically eradicated them, as they were deemed too dangerous to be allowed to escape.46 They began eliminating the gorvans at the same time, although they met much stronger resistance; gorvans proved to be quite good at defending themselves and were excellent pilots. Their fighter fleets often overwhelmed human forces, and humanity eventually stopped pushing in their direction, focusing instead on the galactic core.

Only 28 years after the Galactic Cleansing started, in the year 2686, humanity's gigacorporations (led, again, by United Galactic) signed an agreement stating they would no longer use slaves for any reason. This was done primarily to help ease negotiations between them and the other species they encountered; they had found that species were much less likely to be hostile if they weren't afraid of being enslaved.47 Any slaves that these gigacorporations owned were released with much fanfare, and shipped off to their own worlds.48

As they began to encounter more Bhezian resistance towards the galactic core, humanity began employing, breeding, cloning, and growing their own armies of Wralk to assist in conquering the galaxy. Wralk had previously been brought to the brink of extinction, and humanity helped bring them back and give them a place in the galaxy. (The cloning and growing turned out to be a very bad idea; the clones and vat-grown wralk eventually turned on humanity and caused some of the greatest losses of the Galactic Cleansing, killing several billion people before their rebellion was finally put down. Following this, cloning and growing were outlawed and are still taboo, looked upon as a foolish, primitive method of raising armies that is guaranteed to backfire.) They later did prove their merit, however, when battling the Bhezians and Plodii; as part of their religion, they greatly despised these two species and would battle against them with increased fervor. This later faded over time, but it was sufficient to turn the tide in many battles, especially on the ground. Wralk were frequently used as shock-troop infantry and boarding crews, to devastating effect.