The Universal Standard Date is based on the orbital cycle of a trinary star system in the Draco Tao galaxy. The movements of these stars – Chronos Alpha, Chronos Beta, and Chronos Gamma – was found to be almost exactly equivalent to the day & month cycle on Earth with Beta’s orbit around Alpha taking 24 hours, and Gamma’s orbit taking 729.91 hours (30 days), and alignment of all three stars occurring every 8765.80 hours (365.3 days).
It was decided that the Chronos star system would serve as a standard reference point for a universal date and the standard was officially adopted during the Second Renaissance. As with many things coming from that period, the USD date format was crafted with an artistic flourish. The standard acknowledges that we are in the second (2) age of mankind, it also considers year zero to be when the Blaisedale Corporation introduced the first alien technology more than 400 years prior setting mankind on its current path. Thus the date format of Gamma.Beta.Age+Year (16.12.2414).
In early 2300 synthetic and lab cultured foods fell out of favor throughout the expanse of human civilizations in the Eridanus cluster. The Lumus Imperium sanctioned a guild to consolidate and coordinate the mass production, processing, and distribution of food resources. Operating under the name Universal Nutrition (UNINU) this organization oversaw and enforced the standards set forth by the Imperium for mass food production.
The UNINU Meal Pac quickly became a standard in most colonies and outposts that could not directly harvest and process their own food supplies. The UNINU Meal Pac was not only nutrient rich and could be stored indefinitely, they were also very considered quite delicious.
The standard UNINU vendor is stocked with flash frozen prepared meal pacs. Each meal is thawed/cooked inside a vacuum chamber using a microwave burst. The vacuum chamber lowers the critical boiling point of the water in the food so that the meal is ready in under a minute. Everything is bio-derived and edible, including the tray.
A decade after the Shinigami Disaster civilization was well on its way to recovery. From tragedy arose opportunity. The vastly reduced population and sense of unity allowed the remaining world governments the opportunity to restructure.
On December 23rd 2039, Dean Karls is elected as the first Head Chairperson of the Unified Global Committee and for the first time in human history there is a single undivided governing body.
The UGC was a democracy in which representation was determined by geographic resource need in such a way that the benefit of abundance was to provide to scarcity. This included not only natural and manufactured resources, but also education and intellectual resources. The UGC established a number of organizations that were under its direction, but not entirely its control. The most notable of which were the:
- Earth Defense Initiative (EDI) – mandated to protect humanity from any and all extraterrestrial threats.
- World Sciences Organization (WSO) – mandated to safeguard and disseminate beneficial technologies to world industry to ensure technological advancement.
- Health Of Humanity Resource (HOH) – oversaw and directed global health services as well as the development of medical technologies and medical research.
- Enlightened Agricultural Trades (EAT) – managed the resources, technologies, and distribution of global agricultural needs and goods.
From 2039 to 2162 the UGC was amazingly successful presiding over a relatively peaceful and prosperous world population. In 2162 conflicts with the Earth-is-home extremist group, the Children of Gaia, began and escalated into the Gaian war in 2166 ultimately leading to the overthrow of the UGC by the Gaian Nation.