Old Earth
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Name: Old Earth
Type: Alliance
Discovered/Founded 4500 BC
Discoverers/Founders Unknown
Key people Many
Based in Old Earth
Largest population Old Earth
Ethnic groups Humans
Official languages English
Chinese
Spanish
Japanese
German
Official religions Norse Pantheon
Holy Church of the FSM
FSM Catholicism
Hinduism
Buddhism
"motto or quote here" —Old Earth

Old Earth is the birthplace of humanity. In older times, it was renowned and respected for this, but over the course of the past several centuries, Old Earth gradually lost its fame, and the respect the humans of the galaxy held for it was replaced with disinterest and contempt. No longer a shining haven of many species of flora and fauna, and no longer the source of wealth, Old Earth is a barren, swampy, bog-ridden wasteland. Approximately 75% of the planet is submerged underwater, with over 5% having been reclaimed from the ocean. The ocean is sparsely populated with all life except algae and certain breeds of inedible fish. The ocean is toxic to humans and no longer used as a source of water.

Nevertheless, a population of 12 billion still lives here, mostly in crime-ridden arcologic slums.

Etymology

The English word Earth was derived from a number of older languages, many of which are now extinct. It has cognates in every Germanic language. In its earliest appearances, the word had many meanings: the ground, its soil, dry land, the human world, the surface of the world, and the globe itself. As with Terra and Gaia, Earth was a personified goddess in Germanic paganism: the Angles were listed by Tacitus as among the devotees of Nerthus, and ong ago, the Norse religion included Jord, a giantess often given as the mother of Thor. This is no longer recognized as truth.

The designation of "Old" is at once descriptive and derogatory. Even by New Earth's founding in 2690, Old Earth was already being called such by extrasolar colonists as a way to show the planet's inferiority. The naming of New Earth was part of a (largely successful) propaganda campaign to help the young planet flourish.

History

Pre-Modern Period

First steps: 1950 - 2160

From the invention of spaceflight, humanity carefully pushed its way to the outer planets. When warp travel was invented in the year 2086, humanity rallied around its banner for a brief time, before falling back to their own petty disputes and squabbles over territory and rights. This continued until the year 2135, when mankind first entered an alien system and made contact with another alien civilization: the Hiltorel. Humanity was excited to welcome the Hiltorel to Old Earth, and more excited still to be welcomed into the galaxy. The Hiltorel made room for humanity, giving them a decent number of their own (unpopulated) star systems so that humanity would have more room to grow, in exchange for peace, trade, and prosperity.

The Hiltorel were however horrified to find that humanity worshipped such gods as Allah and Jehovah - religions that encouraged violence. They however left humanity to their own devices, feeling sure that Humanity, like the many other races they had met before, would mature.

Colonization: 2160 - 2307

As time went on, the Hiltorel began bringing humanity up-to-date on the galaxy's technology. They freely shared all their star charts, all their scientific data, all their research - everything that made the galaxy the (mostly) happy and peaceful community it was. It helped that the Hiltorel and their alien companions were enchanted by the architecture, music, and art of humanity, labeling them as "idyllic". Earth became a bustling hub of prosperity, with aliens of all species paying visits as merchants and politicians.

But humanity wasn't interested in the other races. Some were, of course, but humanity as a whole wanted exploration. They wanted more star systems to explore, and made their desires known. With the support they received from the galactic community, many dozens of colony ships were created and sent on their merry way to new star systems. The human empire expanded rapidly, and it wasn't long before even those worlds that the Hiltorel had given humanity to begin with had been filled, with humanity's total population steadily rising toward the trillions.

Of course, humanity wasn't satisfied. Humanity is never satisfied. While many people were comfortable with the restrictions the Hiltorel had imposed, many others were not. Less than two generations had passed before humanity was poaching on Hiltorel worlds, and those of the Khazekmin, the Hiltorel's close allies. Small privately-funded colony ships would carry humans to these planets, setting up new colonies. Some less-than-reliable companies were even founded that claimed to provide brave paying families a path to their very own planet. Many of these ships didn't even reach their destinations - some by accident, and others by design.

Hiltorel, while smart, were not particularly strong or agile, being tentacled beings. Khazekmin were strong, scaly brutes well capable of manual labor. Criminal slave rings would capture members of these species and sell them as slaves - not only to human clients, but to shady hiltorel and khazekmin as well. Eventually the slave trade became strong enough that they managed to get people into positions of power, and the slave trade as a whole was legalized.

Hiltorel Wars: 2307 - 2439

((Details how the Hiltorel stopped putting up with Humanity's shit))

World War III: 2439 - 2551

((Detailing how humanity's problems with race and religion finally got the better of them. Details how Christianity and Islam tumbled. Details how Japan took over Russia and how many nukes were detonated. Details how the Hiltorel interfered and helped wipe Christianity and Islam completely out through fearmongering, at the cost of making humanity hate them even more.))

Rebellion: 2551 - 2658

((Details how humanity was sick of putting up with aliens))

Second Expansion: 2658 - 2814

((Details how humanity began fleeing earth as Earth's resources dried up))

Death of Old Earth: 2814 - Present

((Details how Old Earth exhausted its resources and is now nothing more than a giant slum))

Environment

Earth is, more or less, a garbage heap. Massive landfills cover a surprising percentage of the planet - almost 110 thousand square kilometers. Many other more ancient landfills are underwater and beyond resaonable prioritization of recovery or containment. While still only 0.03% of the planet's surface, this is a significant increase from the estimated 0.001% that historians estimate were landfills in the year 2000. The parts that aren't landfills are typically vast slums or abandoned industrial centers, and the lines often blur between them. Humans (and the "feral humans") often live in the industrial centers-turned slums, and in some instances the landfills-turned-slums.

Most greenery native to the planet has completely vanished, save for some of the hardiest species. Most animal populations have been hunted to extinction, and few trees remain anywhere on the surface. Although some underground " tree farms" are rumored to exist, this is more considered an urban myth than actual fact. By and large, the most populous life on the planet is algae and giant kelp, comprising the vast majority of marine life. In fact, from space, the oceans appear as a muddy greenish-brown color, while the continents themselves are mostly a dead yellow-brown. This has nothing to do with the amount of rainfall, however - Old Earth experiences much more rainfall than it did in its younger days, along with high winds, flooding, and scorching temperatures.

The only greenery that still remains is, ironically, in the highly radioactive areas where the bombs dropped in World War III. This mostly comprises the coastal areas of the United Empires (formerly United Kingdom, with land held by the former United States) and Continental Japan (with land held by the former Russia).

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