To The Stars - Information
This alternative history takes a look at an interesting prospect; what if humanity's scientific development had never been slowed by the dark ages? What if progress and innovation had taken over society, landing humans on the moon in the mid-19th century, and on Mars in the early-20th?
In this history, our world has become the seat of an interplanetary republic, known as the United Planets of Earth.
]]. We as a spehcies are looking now toward distant systems, for new worlds to settle and possibly new people to meet. Humanity is reaching... to the stars.
This world's history diverged from our own several thousand years ago. In "our" timeline, the Roman Empire was sacked by barbarians, leading to a several-hundred year long era of scientific stagnation and social regression. In this other world, the Roman Empire repelled that invasion and rallied its troops, driving the barbarian forces out of Imperial lands and into the surrounding countryside, never to threaten Rome again. The city became the renewed seat of power in the world, with the east reuniting with the west under the leadership of Emperor Caesar Arcturus.
The Roman Empire led the world for two more centuries until it's collapse into several smaller city-states, wihch eventually formed the nations we know today. Afterward, those nations formed very similarly to their development in our time, albeit with much more social progressivism and scientific advancement spurred on by the golden age of humanity.
In the 15th century, a Spanish steamship