Brindabella Zone

Launch 2012
Destination 2200 and beyond

We start with a peek at the turn of the twenty first century when Western society was starting to recover from the bloody turmoil of the previous century. The First Enlightenment had reached its inevitable climax of nihilism and hubris, plunging much of the world into totalitarianism propped up by ill-fated ideologies as a desperate attempt to regain order.

There is little to be seen of the daily lives of particular individuals of this era. We have fictional accounts, but these have been deprecated by historians as highly variable in fidelity. What we do have are expressions of individual opinions on a wide variety of topics. Here we present a small sample passed on to PA Winston in the early years of the colony. They reflect an emerging response to the dilemmas facing the world – sowing the seeds for the Second Enlightenment.

To: Brindabella Archives

The turn of the twenty third century saw the first of the great swarms leaving Neptune for their journey of exploration and settlement across the galaxy.

It also saw us throw off the increasingly burdensome shackles of The Treaty, which had competed its task of reducing tensions between the zones and creating global stability. With the turmoil generated by two Industrial Revolutions now subsided, the birth of a new era, the flowering of the Second Enlightenment, was emerging.

For us of the Brindabella Plain, our ‘little plain, hemmed by a fairy ring of hills’, it also saw the scattering of the initial spores that have mushroomed into the vibrant community we now enjoy.

To: Brindabella Chronicles

Solar system formation: Source

The Milky Way Galaxy sky image (source ESA)

Milky Way Galaxy reconstruction (source NASA)