It began with so much promise. Climate change, overpopulation and increasingly volatile geopolitics welcomed the 21st Century AD, bringing civilization itself on the verge of chaos. Amidst such an environment, a group of the planet’s brightest intellectuals and political figures in conjunction with their respective countries came to the conclusion that just as man cannot live alone, neither can the nations of the world be islands unto themselves. Meanwhile, advances in space engineering had made the prospect of large-scale colonization on the Moon and the so-called “Earth Sphere” possible. Thus after a period of further, if conflict-ridden “global integration,” the Earth Federation was formally established; for the first time, humanity was unified as a species. On the orbital station Laplace, the first Prime Minister of the newly-christened Federation made a momentous New Year’s Eve announcement: the end of the old Anno Domini and the beginning of a brand new calendar. A symbolic transition from the past, it was to mark what was promised as a bright new age for all mankind as it faced the Final Frontier together. The speech was cut short by a terrorist attack however, resulting in Laplace’s destruction. Unforeseen at the time, it was a harbinger of what was to come.
All that happened generations ago. Three years have now passed since the One Year War between the Earth Federation and independent Germanic-styled space colonists known as Principality of Zeon finally ended, at the cost of millions of lives. Life in the Earth Sphere goes on, history moving ever onward. Its billions of inhabitants – well over half of whom live off-world either in vast, largely self-sustaining colonies based on O’Neill’s designs or on the lunar surface – dwell in a time that would astonish their long-dead forefathers. For both good and ill.
The Earth Federation remains the dominant polity and is at least on paper the sole governing body for all humanity, though it has in ways changed from the days leading up to the Laplace Incident. Its policies of “relocating” whole populations to space in earlier generations has resulted in the planet itself being considerably less crowded than in the 21st Century AD. The world it is based on is nominally organized into 11 administrative regions, divided further into various territories. Through early if progressively hollow initiatives of fostering a unifying “global culture,” independent nation-states and countries have since vanished. On the other hand, many pre-Federation cultures continue to thrive, whether out of persistence, habit or mere convenience; outside of candidate EF Assembly Capitals and various “international cities/zones,” large majorities still reside in the communities and lands of their heritage. Occasionally, discontent among certain peoples and ethnicities would bubble up, whether in the former US or among Arabs still skeptical of the “white” and multicultural “Feddies,” some even calling them “Frenchmen” after half-forgotten memories of colonial rule. The specter of remnant Zeon factions still holding out in parts of the world, as well as the enduring legacy of “Operation British” – a botched “colony drop” on Australia that altered the climate and destroyed Sydney along with the surrounding countryside – meanwhile continue to haunt Federation officials.
Off-world, the Federation’s influence reaches across every lunar settlement and space colony cluster (Lagrange Point-stationed “Sides”) one turns to. As a result of the aforementioned “relocation” policies most tend to be multicultural and mixed-race in varying forms, in perhaps a similar manner to former Brazil or Latin America in general. That isn’t to say however that it has been successful in keeping control. In the years since the first colonies were completed, their citizens increasingly came to see the wholeness of Earth as something bordering on sacred and themselves as separate from that world, a sentiment shared even in loyalist centers like the lunar city of Von Braun, built over and around the Apollo 11 landing site. This has translated into calls for greater rights and autonomy if not a resurgence of nationalism as the Sides take on identities of their own based on the predominant nationalities. There are some who have even resorted to propping up the existence of so-called "Newtypes" – partially-understood empaths with strong spatial and mental awareness – among them as proof of being the next stage of human evolution. And as the emergence of Zeon proved, these so-called “Spacenoids” would do whatever it takes if pushed to their breaking point. It also comes as no surprise that the animosity they have against the Earth-born elite or “Earthnoids” (anyone who lives on the planet) is yet to disappear.
Thus even in times of peace such as these, the Earth Federation Forces remain on alert ostensively for the defense of mankind. Originally based on U.N. Peacekeepers and AD-era national militaries, the EFF is dominated by two branches: the Ground Forces (EFGF) and Space Force (EFSF); a conventional navy and air force do exist, though they have effectively been absorbed by either EFF branch as a result of the One Year War. For contrary to the military planners and certain science fiction writers of an earlier age however, automated drones, long-range weapon systems and even tanks have since become things of the past. Although conventional firearms and solid munitions are very much commonplace, whether for logistics or to minimize collateral damage in space structures, the discovery of the Minovsky Particle – capable of jamming long-distance communication, radar, serving as EMP and in time, being harnessed in the form of beam weapons – decades prior proved to have drastic consequences. Almost overnight, previous military and technological developments were turned on their heads and among other things, helped make humanoid mechs known as “mobile suits” a reality. Indeed, Zeon’s use of these during the War proved to the EFF, with the aid of influential conglomerate Anaheim Electronics just how vital these new weapons could be in action, leading to such pivotal creations like the RX-78-2 Gundam itself.
Such is the Earth Sphere today. There are those however who suspect that this hard-won universal peace may be much more fragile than it already is, and for good reason. Tensions On and Off-world remain a major issue. In addition to the existing unrest, hearsay persists among Spacenoids of a secret project being developed by Anaheim Electronics and their enigmatic backers for the express purpose of deploying nuclear weapons. EFGF and EFSF officers meanwhile are reporting sightings of the missing “Delaz Fleet,” one of the major Zeon remnants still operating despite the puppet Republic of Zeon’s calls to stand down. While hidden in the halls of the Federation’s top echelons, one faction plots to clamp down on the colonists permanently as another keeps the secrets of Laplace in their custody. Thus for a species that has supposedly transcended the faults of its ancestors and the madness of war, all it takes is but one spark to set off conflict anew, perhaps somewhere in Australia.
It is the year 0083 of the Universal Century. An age of marvels and horrors. Where people are born and raised.