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The Sol Gamma Wave disaster was by far the largest and most devastating disaster to ever befall Humanity, resulting in the destruction of Earth, the Human homeworld, precipating the Fall of the Earth Federation and resulting in a death toll that can only be estimated at around 78-billion.

History

Sol Gamma Wave

The wave-front, observed from Altair 7-hours before contact.

Eruption

Occuring on 8 October 2601, the origin, cause or creator of the gamma radiation wave is unknown but its point of eruption is considered to have occurred somewhere within the orbit of Luna, Earth's sole moon. In the course of 63-minutes it destroyed all organic life in the area. Because of the intensity of the radiation, not even military-grade bunkers or shielding systems of the era could offer any protection.

Due to flucations in the gamma wave front, the exact time of the eruption can not be determined but the last out-system transmission out of the Sol-system was a personal message from Edith Grinder, a confirmed resident of Diplyon, a city on the Jupiter moon of Europa. No mention of the disaster was made during the letter, addressed to an unknown individual only referred to as Ting who resided in the Proxima Centauri-system.

Expansion

Traveling at a vastily impossible speed of one-light year per day, the dynamics of which are still unknown to contemporary science, it covered an area of 2389-square light years over the course of 6.5-years. 

Due to variations in wavefronts, as a result of impacts with stellar objects large enough to disrupt or absorb the energy, some solar systems received varying degrees of exposure. In total the immediate 180-square light years around Sol received near total exposure, while systems between 190 to 800-square light years outward received only 70% exposure, 810 to 1700-square light years outward received 45% exposure and systems between 1710 and the final disapating wavefront at 2389-square light years outward received only 10% exposure.

As defined at the time by Earth Federation records, the Core Colonies were those worlds that lay within 150-light years from Sol, while the much more moderately spaced Outer Colonies were those worlds between 200 and 2000-light years away and between 2000 to 5000-light years away were sparse and lightly populated Frontier.

The resulting wavefront meant the complete destruction of the most economically successful, high populated and stable Core Colonies, devastating but survivable damage done to the Outer Colonies and light, insignifcant damage to the Frontier. 

Below is a list of those worlds that suffered total or near-total destruction as a result of the Sol Gamma Wave:

Impact Date System Major Worlds Distance (ly)
8 October 2601 Sol Earth, Mars, Venus, Europa, Titan N/A
12 October 2601 Alpha Centauri New Terra, Elysium, Sheol 4.40
13 October 2601 Barnard's Star Rhonda 5.94
16 October 2601 Gliese 411 Columbia 8.32
16 October 2601 Sirius Axion 8.61
18 October 2601 Epsilon Eridani Poseidon 10.5
19 October 2601 Procyon Morgana 11.4
19 October 2601 Tau Ceti Constantinople 11.9
21 October 2601 Gliese 563.2 A Anchor 13.7
23 October 2601 Gliese 876 A Locust 15.3
23 October 2601 HIP 82725 Dublin 15.7
24 October 2601 Gliese 1005 Ilyria 16.2
24 October 2601 Keid Istanbul 16.2
24 October 2601 Gliese 682 Wen Chang 16.6
24 October 2601 70 Ophiuchi Second Dove 16.6
24 October 2601 Altair New Hardin 16.7
26 October 2601 HIP 21088 Cadmus 18.2
26 October 2601 Alsafi Kiowa 18.8
27 October 2601 Gliese 570 A Mott 19.0
27 October 2601 Gliese 588 Yardley 19.3
27 October 2601 36 Ophiuchi New Echigo 19.3
27 October 2601 Eta Cassiopeiae Minerva 19.4
27 October 2601 82 Eridani Valentine 19.7
27 October 2601 Delta Pavonis Daisy 19.9
28 October 2601 Gliese 581 Tallinn 20.3
29 October 2601 Xi Boötis Texas 21.9
1 November 2601 Beta Hydri Bryd 24.3
1 November 2601 107 Piscium New Denver 24.6
1 November 2601 Mu Cassiopeiae New Sarkar 24.6
2 November 2601 Vega Lazarus 25.0
2 November 2601 Fomalhaut Highland 25.1
3 November 2601 Chi Draconis Hatano 26.3
3 November 2601 Tabit Seoul 26.3
3 November 2601 p Eridani New Rodomonte 26.6
4 November 2601 Mu Herculis August, Augustine 27.1
4 November 2601 Chara Warsaw 27.5
4 November 2601 61 Virginis New Jerusalem 27.9
5 November 2601 Zeta Tucanae Naypidaw 28.0
5 November 2601 Chi-1 Orionis Roskilde 28.2
5 November 2601 Gliese 666 A Kathmandu 28.7
6 November 2601 Gamma Leporis Dynamic 29.1
6 November 2601 Rana Ceylon 29.5
6 November 2601 Gliese 451 A Willemstad 29.6
6 November 2601 Beta Comae Berenices Thimphu 29.8
6 November 2601 Kappa Ceti Herat 29.8
7 November 2601 Gliese 442 A Nuuk 30.1
7 November 2601 Gamma Pavonis Novi Sad 30.2
8 November 2601 Gliese 432 A Bishkek 31.2
8 November 2601 61 Ursae Majoris Ciflik 31.3
8 November 2601 12 Ophiuchi Dayton 31.8
9 November 2601 Gliese 75 Anci 33
9 November 2601 Alpha Mensae Kolonia 33
10 November 2601 Pollux Dublin 34
10 November 2601 Iota Persei Faroe 34
11 November 2601 Zeta Herculis Tower 35
11 November 2601 Gliese 86 Magdalen 35
11 November 2601 Delta Trianguli Constega 35
12 November 2601 Zavijah Falkland 36
12 November 2601 Denebola New Phoenix 36
12 November 2601 54 Piscium Madeira 36
12 November 2601 Theta Persei Mon Athos 36
13 November 2601 Gamma Serpentis Acheron 37
13 November 2601 Arcturus Hydra 37
13 November 2601 Eta Boötis Toulmin 37
13 November 2601 11 Leonis Minoris Antilles 37
14 November 2601 Gliese 567 Aegean 38
14 November 2601 Zeta Doradus Comoro 38
14 November 2601 Porrima Maluku 38
14 November 2601 Iota Pegasi Sakhalin 38
15 November 2601 Deneb Algedi Volta Redonda 39
15 November 2601 Zeta-1 Reticuli Attawandaron 39
15 November 2601 Zeta-2 Reticuli Rattlesnake 39
16 November 2601 Lambda Serpentis Fitzgerald 40
16 November 2601 Zeta Trianguli Australis Koror 40
16 November 2601 85 Pegasi Langkawi 40
16 November 2601 Gliese 309 Tampere 40
16 November 2601 Gliese 211 Tambora 40
16 November 2601 Rho-1 Cancri New Thatcher 40
16 November 2601 Beta Trianguli Australis Birkirkara 40
18 November 2601 Gliese 302 Ponce 41
18 November 2601 Lambda Aurigae Barony 41
18 November 2601 Gliese 95 Aurora Prime 41
19 November 2601 Gliese 67 Briar 42
19 November 2601 44 Boötis Radnofsky 42
19 November 2601 36 Ursae Majoris Macoris 42
19 November 2601 Gliese 620.1 A King 42
19 November 2601 Gliese 675 Scarborough 42
20 November 2601 Gliese 722 Oxford 43
20 November 2601 58 Eridani Bokassa 43
21 November 2601 Theta Ursae Majoris Victoria 44
21 November 2601 Upsilon Andromedae McAuliffe 44
22 November 2601 Gliese 5 Boleyn 45
22 November 2601 Alshain Sputnik 45
22 November 2601 Iota Piscium Cresson 45
22 November 2601 Gliese 853 A St. Quentin 45
22 November 2601 18 Scorpii Witchita 45
23 November 2601 10 Tauri Truman 46
23 November 2601 47 Ursae Majoris New Avalon 46
23 November 2601 26 Draconis Langhorn 46
23 November 2601 Gliese 532 Lincoln 46
23 November 2601 Gliese 3846 Soweto 46
23 November 2601 Tau-1 Eridani Valladolid Minor 46
23 November 2601 Gliese 282 A Zanadu 46
23 November 2601 Gliese 3148 A Albion 46
23 November 2601 Alpha Fornacis Naypidaw 46
24 November 2601 HD 150689 New Elijah 47
24 November 2601 Gliese 726 Markgraf 47
24 November 2601 Eta Cephei Sutherland 47
24 November 2601 Gliese 529 Stableford 47
24 November 2601 Rasalhague Rosebud 47
24 November 2601 72 Herculis Hensell 47
24 November 2601 Pi-1 Ursae Majoris Arnel 47
24 November 2601 Gliese 796 Vulcan 47
24 November 2601 111 Tauri Olympia 47
24 November 2601 Talitha Keller 47
24 November 2601 Gliese 611 A Sunderland 47
24 November 2601 Theta Boötis Bova 47
25 November 2601 Psi Serpentis Focal 48
25 November 2601 Psi Capricorni Valladolid Minor 48
25 November 2601 Nu-2 Lupi New Navajo 48
25 November 2601 HR 7162 Niven 48
26 November 2601 Eta Leporis Hubris 49
26 November 2601 Wolf 1014 Yokohama 49
26 November 2601 Gliese 264.1 B Robin, Cardinal 49
26 November 2601 HD 36705 Carter 49
26 November 2601 Alpha Corvi Cambridge 49
26 November 2601 Gliese 364.0 Woden 49
26 November 2601 Alderamin Hawke 49
26 November 2601 20 Leonis Minoris Wimer 49
26 November 2601 Nu Phoenicis Geneva 49
26 November 2601 Gliese 1021 Iron Hammer 49
27 November 2601 Gliese 1085 Bathe 50
27 November 2601 171 Puppis Rome 50
27 November 2601 19 Draconis New Athens 50
27 November 2601 Gliese 227 Sophia 50
27 November 2601 Tauri Takei 50
27 November 2601 Gliese 3781 A Calcutta

50

28 November 2601 Mu Arae Ulan Bator 51
15 December 2601 Aldebaran Tascheter 68

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