Humanity reaches the Stars
Humankind lived locked in their home planet only 562 years ago. Then they managed to discover spatiotemporal channels that connected distant corners of the universe. These amazing shortcuts called Einstein-Rosen bridges (hereafter ERB) allowed to cover hundreds of light years in just a few hours. Complicated systems called astrogators were able to detect a point of origin (the Point of Jump) and to find out which only destination it was connected with (the Point of Destination).
Eventually humankind was able to travel through space and colonize new worlds. The necessity of resources for this titanic task and the feeling of unity that inspired the people of the Earth and filled them with admiration for the immense Universe made the governments of all the nations concede part of their power to the joint entity: the United Authority. It would be responsible for coordinating and leading people in their new and greatest adventure.
This system had two serious problems: it was rare that in the same planet system there were more than one or two feasible Points of Jump and opening the Bridge required huge quantity of energy.
The first voyage through a Bridge was such an important event that there was established a new calendar, and the previous one was discarded as a vestige of the forgotten obscurantism swept by the light of science. Very few opposed. The Age of the Diaspora started: the dispersal of humanity beyond its cradle.
In only several decades the Authority colonized hundreds of worlds and sent explorers in search of other thousands of habitable planets.
The special features of the Bridges made some systems more easily accessible than the others but humanity did not let up its attempts to inhabit all the suitable worlds that there could be in the Universe.
With this update we start some articles on the background history of Total Extinction.
Next chapter - First Contact: the Skraldar