Project Perkin - The Brightest Night
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In 2198, a large asteroid collided with Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, knocking it from orbit. Scientists quickly determined that it’s projected path would intersect perfectly with the earth in less than three years time. A world wide panic ensued. Many corporations proclaimed that they had the technology to divert the oncoming moon, however, repeated attempts over the next year continually failed. Another set of corporations, known as the ACP – The Alliance of Corporate Progress, though had been working in the meantime on an alternate plan. It was known as Project Perkin.
Work on Perkin progressed quickly, but as the corporations began to squabble and fight over their vision of what this second earth was to be, things began to collapse. Before long, the ACP was under attack by other corporations wanting to have their own say or to control a portion of Perkin. Soon a world war broke out on a scale never before seen on our planet. All the while, Ganymede streamed closer.
The Impact of Ganymede
The Scramble For a Plan
The Initiation of Project Perkin
The Fight for Control
The Evacuation of Earth
Perkin was far from perfect, in fact it almost didn’t exist. Over the centuries we had mined huge quantities of the moon’s minerals for use back on earth. Huge caverns and tunnels ran throughout it’s interior before George L Calavan brought his plan for Perkin to the ACP – The Alliance of Corporate Progress. In his mind, he envisioned a world free from the calamities befalling Earth, a world that could be crafted to be pristine and with an underlying ecosystem cultivated to handle and recycle all of what humanity might produce on it.
To them, nanotechnology would once again save humanity. There was no way they could possibly build spaceships capable of carrying enough of humanity and supplies to truly restart on another planet, but they could build short range craft capable of carrying large numbers to somewhere closer, somewhere they could work to better suit humanity. Their target was the moon, and their plan a risky maneuver to turn it into the biggest life vessel ever created.
-Nanites were sent to the moon and programmed to rapidly develop a livable environment for humanity. Rockets launched millions and millions of tons of organic material to the moon, where it was used at the molecular level to build and cultivate an ecosystem. Other nanites burrowed deep into the surface, extracting minerals and metals from the moon and turning them into massive slow burn ion engines on the far side of the moon, slowly shifting the moon further from earth and putting the spin on it needed to hold an atmosphere.
-There was no way to truly build the moon into a massive enough object to hold an atmosphere that could sustain extend life though, so developers created massive organic tree like structures that reached hundreds and hundreds of feet above the surface, the tops of their canopies resting on the edge of space and atmosphere. These plants generated slight magnetic fields that were designed to help ensure the minimum amount of atmospheric leak possible.
-Asteroids already placed in orbit were scavenged for their mass, nanites stripping them of materials and bringing it to the moon. While the moon would never have the gravity of Earth, scientists hoped that after the destruction of the planet, the nanites could continue harvesting raw materials and increasing it’s mass, slowly raising the gravity over several years.
-Plans were progressing well, an alliance of corporations devoted all of their power to making this a success and with their combined strength and nearly unlimited access to technology and raw materials, things looked hopefully. Yet, problems arose. The corporations that for over a year had denied the need to escape the planet, slowly came to realize their mistake and began clamoring to become involved in the project and exert their control over the outcome.
-These corporations began their own operations, sending their own nanites to the moon with their own plans and designs. What was an organized construction project on a planetary scale suddenly devolved into chaos. The nanites from the various corporations not working together began to have conflicting orders and construction procedures. They began warping or overriding other corporations work.
-The alliance of corporations that started the project finally were forced to turn their attention back to Earth. They issued cease and desist orders to the other corporations and declared anyone that purposefully or unintentionally attempted to derailed their project would be declaring themselves at war with the alliance. They pulled themselves up behind the banner of humanity and declared they were doing this for mankind and dared the other corporations to stand in their way.
-The world slowly became more and more chaotic, the mega cities devolving into martial law and riots as humanity realized despite these massive projects, there was no way a large percentage of them would ever be able to get off Earth. Then without warning, one of the smaller corporations who had been shut out by the alliance, launched the first ever nanite attack committed on earth. The attack was on Egalton, the leader of the alliance of corporations and the results were devastating as well as terrifying. Over a hundred thousand people died before the nanites were brought under control, their bodies literally tore apart while they still lived or simply just slowly dissolved as they were reconstructed on a molecular level.
-Egalton attacked back and soon the world was embroiled in a war where the weapons were invisible. Millions and millions died as the Alliance attempted to hold their control of the moon project and keep it progressing on schedule. In the eyes of the CEOs, the work they did on the moon was to be their legacy, their shrine in history, and they would do everything in their power to make sure that it succeeded.
-As the date of impact approached, the alliance began loading their short range vessels and launching them into space. Thousands of private vessels were launched along with 35 Arcs, massive ships capable of holding over 100,000 people a piece. They were sent well out of what scientists hoped would be the danger zone for the upcoming impact.