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The planet known as M4

M4 is a planet in the Galactic Milieu, designated M4 due to being regarded as a Martian planet and being of size 4 (4000 tile surface map).

It dates back to antiquity, and has been a multi-civilisation planet since at least as far back as 4000 BCE. Civilisations that have at one time or another existed on M4 include Martians, Texans, Lankese, Brazilians, Novascotians, Nigerians, Byzantines, Ethiopians, Malagasy, Aztecs, Czechs, Latvians, Hungarians, Newzealanders, Kenyans, Americans, Slovenians and Polish.

By the time of the events chronicled in Martian Invasion 1594 the planet was thoroughly dominated by Martians.

The span of time between the events chronicled in Martian Invasion 1594 and those chronicled in Mutiny in 1626 the Martians seem to have had a window of opportunity for settling a potentially quite large number of planets, however as we see in Mystery in 1596 they were not the only civilisation in their galactic neighbourhood during that period.

Timeline

       1570ad: Learned Communicator; started Scanners 1, goal Sensors 1.
       1571ad: Still researching Scanners 1, goal Sensors 1.
       1572ad: Scanners 1; start Scanners 1, goal Replication.
       1573ad: Sensors 1; start Warp 2 Theory, goal Replication.
       1574ad: Warp 2 Theory, start Warp 2, goal Replication.
       1575ad: Warp 2; start Warp 3 Theory, goal Replication.
       1576ad: Warp 3 Theory; start Warp 3, goal Replication.
       1577ad: Warp 3; Start Warp 4 Theory, goal Replication.
               *** Starfleet Academy 1579ad, population 92,770,000, points 1521 ***
       1579ad: Warp 4 Theory; start Warp 4, goal Replication.
               Settlers from Dire Dawa and Munkacs (acute acent on the a) are
               now in Elysium Planitia waiting for a starship.
       1580ad: Warp 4; start Transporter Theory, goal Replication.
       1581ad: Transporter Theory; start Replication, goal Transporter.
       1582ad: Replication; start Transporter, goal Holobarracks.
       1583ad: Transporter; start Force Field Theory, goal Cloaking.
       1584ad: Force Field Theory; Start Force Fields, goal Cloaking.
               *** Cochrane's Flight 1583ad ***
               (Gained Force Fields, Holobarracks, start Cloaking, goal Scanners 2)
       1585ad: Cloaking, start Scanners 2, goal Cloaking 2.
       1586ad: Cloaking 2, start Sensors 2, goal Cloaking 2.
               *** First Warbird 1 completed, sets out to M5 with 1 Settler. ***
       1587ad: Sensors 2; start Cloaking 2, goal Cloaking 3.
               Warbird 1 returns empty from M5.
       1588ad: Cloaking 2; start Scanners 3, goal Cloaking 3.
               Two Warbird 1 each take 1 Settler to M5.
       1589ad: Scanners 3; started Sensors 3, goal Cloaking 3.
               Two Warbird 1 return empty from M5. Massive rush of production
               poured into Warbird 2 that will be ready next year.
               Scottish<->Martian ceasefire.
       1590ad: Two Warbird 1 each take 1 settler to M5; Warbird 2 completed, takes
               2 settlers to M5 and returns this same year. Czechs want alliance
               with Scottish. Scottish gain Ethiopian city Awasa due to both
               Ethiopian cities on same island as Weldiya built troops, which
               naturally the Martians eradicated. The Martians seemed to
               indicate the Scottish were free to pick up the empty city.
       1591ad: Sensors 3; Start Cloaking 3. Two Warbird 1 return empty from M5.
               Warbird 2 takes 2 settlers to M5 enroute to M6.
       1592ad: Two Warbird 1 each take 1 settler to M5. Canadians and Martians
               sign a peace treaty.
       1593ad: Two Warbird 1 return empty from M5.
       1594ad: Scanners 4; start sensors 4. Scottish give Amphibious Warfare to
               Martians for Steel and 250 gold, buy two marketplaces on island
               and an engineer at Motherwell. Two Warbird 1 each take 1 settler
               to M5. Big push to ensure producing a Warbird 3 next year.
       1595ad: Warbird 3 completed, sets out with 3 settlers to M6. Two Warbird 1
               return empty from M5. Texan Queen starts process (revolution) of
               moving to a Democratic government. Scotts begin terraforming near
               Motherwell. New Zealanders begin terraforming Dunedin. Ethiopians
               reluctantly decide to produce Engineers instead of Riflemen, but
               don't grant any ceasefires or armistices yet. Kenyans disband cannon
               and riflemen to complete granary. Slovenians disband both Alpine
               Troops to produce Engineers. Polish disband riflemen to complete
               Engineers.
       1596ad: Two Warbird 1 go to M5 carrying settlers; Warbird 2 from M5 picks
               up 2 settlers and ferries them back to M5; Warbird 3 returns empty
               from M6. Martians complete Sensors 4, start researching Cloaking 4.
       1597ad: Two Warbird 1 return empty from M5. Martian spy opens Embassy with
               New Zealand at Dunedin, picks up Scotty et al, brings them back to
               board Warbird 3 for travel to M5. Warbird 3 takes spy and 2 settlers,
               drops spy on M5 and continues to M6 with the 2 settlers. Texans become
               a Democracy.
       1598ad: Warbird 3 returns empty from M6. Two Warbird 1 take settlers to M5.
               Martians complete Cloaking 4, begin and complete Warp 5 Theory, start
               Warp 5, goal Cloaking 5. Ethiopians and Brazilians, Czech and Hungarians,
               NewZealanders make ceasefire with Martians. Martians extend ceasefires
               into armistices with Kenyans, Slovenians and Polish.
       1599ad: Warbird 3 takes 3 settlers to M6 enroute to M10. Warbird 4 completed.
               Learned Warp 5,focus on Scanners 5,goal still Cloaking 5. Texans and
               Martians agree to ceasefire. Warbird 4 carries 4 settlers to M16
       1600ad: Martians complete Scanners 5, start work on Sensors 5.


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