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The dates for these pages were established as standard in the days of the Jewish Renaissance under Governor Solomon of the province of Judah in the 31st century before the present. Consequently, the proposed date of the emergence of the first humans from the rain forest which once covered much of Shinar was designated Year One. Verifiable dates, based on the archives in Babel, were at that time reassigned to add 1802 years to the "Year of the City" used until then. Since these dates became the norm, used throughout the solar system as a standard from the time of Augustus of Rome (Italian province, Eretz), no attempt has been made to use any other system.
Year One. The original pair of modern man came out of the rain forest. All mankind, from Eretz to the Nimru system over 2000 light years away, has been genetically traced back to this area. Population studies are inconclusive due to the great flood that almost destroyed the ancient community.
1656. Survivors of the great flood make their way down from the "mountains of Ararat" into the plains of Shinar. No other surviving communities have ever been found. It is assumed that these survivors were the remnant of the estimated one million descendants of the original pair.
c. 1700. Humanity has spread out across the plains of Shinar all the way to the coast and has formed numerous small settlements in the area. Agriculture is rapidly developing and the population is growing.
The Babylonian Era
1802. Nimrod, the first king of Shinar, begins building the great tower that was to become the center of mankind for over a millennium. This date was called Year One until the Jewish Renaissance. The influence of the Jewish religion over the leadership at Babel at the time caused a change in the calendar that has lasted until the present day.
c. 1900. Human expansion has reached OTL Greece in the west and India in the west, though these frontiers are primarily populated by small outposts.
1969. Telescopes examine Yerach (OTL = Luna) extensively in the 267th year of the Nimrod Dynasty. Declarations from Babel proclaim the beginning of a glorious era as "God has left his throne." Many among his cabinet, especially the oldest of the elders (reported to be "the ancestors"), object to such presumptive language. Shem, son of Noah, and much of his clan, are exiled to the shore of the southern Sea because of their opposition.
2006. Noah dies in the province of Aram among the Semites who had resettled there.
2008. Abram Ben-Terah is born in Ur, the town by the sea that had been founded by Noah's son Ur (also known as Ar-p-haxad, "Light of the plain").
c. 2200. Humanity has spread across the Old World to the farthest reaches of Africa, Asia and Europe.
2454. The New World Continents of North and South Gomeria are discovered.
2522. OTL Australia and New Zealand are discovered.
3000. The farthest parts of Eretz are claimed by mankind as the South Gomerian continent is fully incorporated. the world population tops eight billion people and talk begins about moving to other places in the solar system.
3050. Over two thousand years after the settling of Babel, mankind takes its first steps on another world, in the common tongue called "Yerach."
3050. Calendar reforms during the time of Governor Solomon of Judah lead to widespread acceptance of the traditional date of Creation among the Yahwehists, believers in the "one true God." Scientists in Babel confirm that genetic and population studies show that, in the least, the progenitors of humanity had lived about two thousand years before Babel.
3120. Explorers, launching from the province of Gomer (OTL = America), step foot on the planet Meadim (OTL = Mars).
3137. The probe Shalom ("Serenity") reaches the asteroid Dagan (OTL = Ceres). Exploration of the Asteroid Belt for resources and potential colonization opportunities begins.
3150. Probes begin aggressive terraforming of Nohgah (OTL = Venus) with hopes of landing men on its surface within a century.
3170. Probes reach the outer planets Tsedeq (OTL = Jupiter), Khiyun (OTL = Saturn), Shamaym (OTL = Uranus), and Benmaym (OTL = Neptune). Content with colonizing the inner planets for now, no major attempts at colonizing are made in the area. However, the potential of mining the numerous moons garners much support.
3190. Probes reach the Kuiper Belt and begin exploring its vast resource potential. The largest of these "dwarf planets," a little larger than the Asteroid Dagan, is named "Sheol" (OTL = Pluto) after the ancient mythological home of the dead.
3250. The first permanent settlement is established on Nohgah, though full colonization doesn't come until complete terraformation is complete in 3500.
3250. The "royal family" of Judah is banished to Meadim along with thousands of loyalists. Babylonian authorities had determined that the dynastic structure of the leadership of Judah might lead to seditious acts of an "independence" movement.
The Meadiman Empire
3251. Work begins on a new capital city on Meadim, to be called "Rome" after Raham Shem'a, the first man to step on the planet. The language among the Meadiman peoples has evolved into one with similarities to what is called "Latin" in our time line.
3960. Gaius Julius becomes king as the capitol city is moved to Rome. This same year, though, he is assassinated and his chief of staff Octavius Augustus becomes the new leader of Meadim.
4004. Jesus of Nazareth, is born in the Meadimish province of Galilee.
4034 - 4037 Jesus gathers followers in Galilee of Meadim and, by remote links, even on Eretz. He tours the province of Judah on Eretz in 4035, but returns to Israel, Meadim, where he is lynched by a mob hired by the Jewish leadership of that world, being charged with blasphemy against their God. Said to be a descendant of influential governor Solomon, Jesus is charged also with sedition in an attempt to take over the government of Meadim.
4038. Followers of Jesus begin teaching in many cities on Eretz, saying he had risen from the grave he had been put in after his execution. Records on Meadim seem to indicate that the grave is indeed empty after extraordinary attempts had been made to secure it by both Meadiman and Jewish authorities. Hundreds report seeing Jesus on both Meadim and on Eretz.
4074. Government troops destroy the temples in Jerusalem, Judah (on Eretz), and Jerusalem, Israel (on Mars), due to system-wide revolts among the Yawehists. Hundreds of thousands of Jews become slaves of the state, tens of thousands die in the rebellion on both sides.
4094. John, a missionary of the new religion worshiping Jesus as God, reports a visit from Jesus. This visit includes unbelievable predictions of the end of the universe, with Jesus as the judge. Persecution of "Christians" (from the Meadimish term meaning "the anointed one," a title for Jesus) begins in earnest on all four inhabited worlds of the solar system - Eretz, Yerach, Meadim and Nohgah.
4316. Governor Constantine of Ashur declares Christianity the official religion of the whole Ashurian province. Video of the declaration reaches throughout the Solar system within hours. Christian groups on Meadim and Nohgah rejoice, for both planets had been colonized by Ashurian explorers and political ties meant that whatever happened in Ashur, happened on the daughter worlds. Gomerian Yerach, though, would not follow suit. Even to this day, Yerach is a dependent colony requiring resources from Eretz to maintain life there.