Timeline & Lore Archives
With about two year’s worth of lore materials and five book’s worth, I think it’s honestly about time we do something like this to keep track of where everything is.
This is a work in progress, though you’ll probably only see things added to it (we’re pretty proud of our no-retcon policy, after all x)
This page will likely be updated fairly regularly (or whenever I have time to come back to post)
Last updated on 6/22/2017 – 1982.
Introduced on the site/online
Introduced in the shipgirl’s own profiles (e.g. from Pacific vol. 1 or 2)
Introduced in Action Report Vol. 1
Introduced in Action Report Vol. 2
Introduced in OCEAN
1950s: Humanity’s initial encounter with the Abyssal Fleet. Commonly referred to as the starting point. On the eve of the Korean War the Abyssal Fleet dropped its first unit (commonly referred to as the “Scout”) near the Korean peninsula. It quickly eradicated local North and South Korean garrisons and a US-led carrier taskforce, and would have wrecked havoc if it weren’t for the timely appearance of Iowa.
- Analysis of debris from the battle site.
- Interview with USAF survivors.
- Recollections of a sailor who survived the encounter.
- Confusion in the White House.
Iowa was brought to the White House where she explained the threat humanity now faces. She offered those gathered a choice. They can unlearn all that they’ve learned and remain at peace, or they can choose to retain the knowledge from this encounter and begin their resistance. It isn’t quite clear what prompted this unusual choice, but ...
July 6th, 1950: Under Eisenhower’s direction, the Special Task and Evaluation Command (STEC) was created to combat the Abyssal threat. It took about two years for STEC to begin its operations.
1951: STEC’s first headquarters is established.
1950s: There were a number of projects that STEC begun working on. One of the most immediate concerns was to alleviate the psychological damage caused by witnessing any Abyssal unit.
1953: STEC gains a one-time injection of 27 million dollars as it begins a slow build-up.
1954: The Suez Canal Crisis erupts into full-blown war. The Eisenhower administration discards the suggestion to use shipgirls, but archives the decision as a record and setting a precedent for all future presidencies.
1955, July: Eisenhower presents a policy of mutual aerial observation to the Soviet delegation in a meeting at Geneva.
Late 1950s: From a diplomatic perspective, the US made contact with the major world’s powers. The UK was the most receptive to the Abyssal Threat, creating their own shipgirl program in response.
- Eisenhower and Churchill’s final meeting.
At the time, France and the USSR largely ignored the warning, but at this point, the highest echelons of government are aware of what is going on and begin tentative channels for cooperation.
A certain irascible naval officer reacts to rumors regarding Soviet shipgirl operations.
1959: RN-STEC begins its first formal operation.
1967: A controversial report surfaces in the Asahi Shimbun highlighting significant deficiencies in the Japanese home economy and industry. The leaker’s identity was never determined.
1972: Admiral Kusaka passes away, but he sets what would become eventual doctrine for the Japanese shipgirl program.
1974: A catastrophic failure in the testing of a certain anti-Abyssal vehicle results in the USSR seeking STEC’s aid for the first time.
1977: The U.S grows lax and begins to think that the Abyssal threat is contained. Under the pretext of a grand naval review, the Pacific Fleet is mobilized to engage an Abyssal concentration. This engagement would become one of the greatest naval disasters the world has ever seen, with the US losing virtually every vessel in the resultant maelstrom.
Three destroyers at the edge of the conflict managed to escape.
Heavy lessons were learned from the engagement, but the resultant loss of American conventional power projection capabilities would severely curtail U.S. activities in Asia.
Very Early 1980s: The major powers of the world gather together to discuss formally combining forces to combat the Abyssal threat.
Early 1980s: Several Japanese naval officers independently create a number of organizations to better utilize shipgirls. This would be eventually known as the NKT (Nihon Kaigun Tokusentai)
1982: The U.S. engages in limited amounts of lend-lease equipment to the major shipgirl powers. However, Japanese and Soviets attempts to play geopolitics in the disputed Kuril Islands quickly draw the ire of Admiral Rickover as he realizes that both countries are deploying the equipment to a hotly contested area.
Late 1980s: Lori (U-2513) almost causes a diplomatic fiasco with her refusal to return to (either) Germany. STEC & NATO Admiral Erich Topp intervenes and diffuses tensions.
1982: As part of its reforms, The Soviet Union introduces the “Northern Movement” plan.
1989: Formal ratification of the United Naval Command (UNC), a United-Nations like organization that is meant to control all humanity’s shipgirl operations and provide centralized command for all counter-Abyssal operations. Fourteen countries participate, including four with shipgirls (U.S., UK, USSR, and Japan).
However, the disastrous Faroe incident has robbed the UNC of most of its leverage, and its ability to enforce and enact battleplans are still largely suspect due to British and Soviet mutual distrust and the decentralized nature of the Japanese shipgirl services.
1989: Creative interpretation of the royal prerogative and the reformation of RN-STEC results in Royal Navy shipgirls being placed directly in control of the Crown.
Unexpectedly, Ballistic Missiles are launched from Avalon base.
Present Day (~1990): Talks begin to grant greater access of MERLIN’s capabilities to China and Japan.
1990: Under the direction of ——- —–, the Soviet Union reorganizes its shipgirl force and creates the Abyssal Response Command (ARC).
1990: West Germany begins its formal shipgirl program with the creation of the Bundesmarine Spezialwaffen Gruppe.
A mysterious island is sighted in the East China Sea, which draws the attention of both China and Japan. China prepares for the arrival of the US contingent, while STEC wonders if there’s more to the island than it meets the eye…
Summary of the human characters introduced here.