In September of 2120 Quandry Industries, the leader in space technologies during the orbital boom, announced plans to build a massive ever expanding space complex named Pangaea. By 2142 the newly opened Pangaea had already reached a population of 100 million and was expanding rapidly hitting 300 million by 2159.
The Pangaea space complex was perhaps one of the greatest engineering marvels of all human history by sheer scale alone, and certainly by planned sustainability. Aside a few resources and construction materials, the station was almost entirely self-sustaining. It was just as impressive of an social engineering feat as well. Between 2140 and 2160 Pangaea was considered the closest to a Utopian society that humanity had ever come, or was capable of. The poet Arthur Knight described it best in his famous 2152 poem titled Pangaea:
History has dreamed of heaven since man was first able to prattle tales to wide-eyed transfixed children in flickering fire light. Since agreeable scribbles allowed stories to be scribed and passed between wondering peoples. Since we conceived of our capacity to shape and shift, by our will, the world – we have dreamed of a heaven. The reward for the beneficial deeds of our minds, and the reprieve from our struggle against natural binds. We as one dreamed of Pangaea; and as I stand on ground crafted of those dreams and stare out over the bend of blue that I am no longer bound to, I weep that I have lived to know heaven. To see a population live by hand and heart and the unshackled instinct of compassionate cooperation. To see the potential met to not rape to reap, and not sully to sow; and to see the lust for abundance abolished by the knowledge of sustainable need. I stand abroad the broken limit of sky on the fringe of infinity, and I wonder what dream of man, in kind, will be conjured and conquered next.
However, during the Gaian war from 2168 to 2178 life on Pangaea was far from Utopian. By 2164 the station was already struggling to maintain its population of now over 900. This population explosion was fueled by people fleeing the planet out of concern over violent terror attacks by the Earth-is-Home extremist group Children of Gaia. On January 2nd 2166 Pangaea officially hit the 1 billion mark. Near the end of the war, approaching a population of nearly 3 billion , resources were pushed to their limits. But still the ideal of Pangaea endured and through an overriding will of cooperation and strict rationing the population was sustained.
In 2179, after the fall of the UGC, the new Gaian authority declared that anyone not born on Earth was not of Gaia and therefore not human. The Gaian leader, Lea Warfel, ordered the extermination of the Pangaean population. Warfel’s desire was not satified however as Pangaea was liberated two months later on September 13th 2179 by the Brotherhood of Sol.
In the years after the Exodus the Gaian government had Pangaea destroyed, scattering it’s remains to create a vast debris field around the planet to prevent ships from LEAPing into orbit. To further discourage unwanted visitors they deployed mines throughout debris.