The World of 2147

Three intersecting and mutually-amplifying crises come to dominate the course of the first half of the 21st Century.
  • Decreased global energy gain as easily accessible fossil-fuel sources are depleted leads to economic turmoil, catastrophically impacting the livelihoods of billions of people living in or near poverty.

  • Expanding political, economic, and social inequality erodes community trust and cohesion between interest groups in most parts of the world, leading to an upsurge in violent conflict.

  • Destabilized climate system and badly polluted environment generate a stream of natural disasters ranging from storms to wildfires to pandemics, once-in-a-century events now occurring two or three times a decade and over-taxing public services across the globe.
Further complicating the chaotic situation is the slow-unfolding collapse of the European World System after the catastrophic conflicts of the Twentieth Century, as well as the explosive growth of information technology. As billions of people come online and discover the broader world as well as the pervasive abusive power dynamics that permeate it, demands for systemic reform rise apace. Injustices once unseen by the vast majority are revealed in all their brutality, the escape of new truths threatening a broad swathe of powerful established interests.

Billions of people come to understand the degree to which their lives are shaped by nearly-invisible social forces, in particular those imposed by their fellow humans occupying positions of wealth, prestige, or authority. Many people respond to the cruelties and inequalities they observe - all symptomatic of the capture of the institutions of society by a narrow subset of its members - by pushing for reforms that redress the balance and build a fairer world.

And they are, of course, opposed by those who feel they have something to lose if reforms proceed - all too often, the powerful use violence to get their way. Thus an ancient cycle plays out, one coalition of interests forced to coalesce and fight back after recognizing the degree of exploitation they suffer at the hands of another coalition, which then makes moves to defend its power and privilege.

By the 2040s, these overlapping crises reach a boiling point, outbreaks of vicious conflicts on all continents igniting at once. And as has happened many times before in history, out of the ashes of this great conflagration rises a new global order, dominated by a new Elite, a well-connected group of people who use tools of power to secure their own interests at the expense of broader society.

What becomes known as the Stellar Century begins, its timeline originating at the moment of deepest collapse.

2041 After simmering for over a decade, the Second United States Civil War re-ignites with a vengeance, devastating communities from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Coast. The Great Lakes Confederation, headquartered in Chicago, soon comes to dominate the remains after acquiring and using nuclear weapons against military facilities in the Texas Republic.

2042-2045 The India Civil War, amplified by the failure of three successive monsoons, leads to a period of general conflict across South Asia, drawing in China and the European Union. The GLC-led North American Federation begins an ambitious project to "Rebuild the Americas" by establishing new planned cities along the Great Lakes.

2046-2048 Known after as the Dreadful Years, violence breaks out worldwide as food and energy prices skyrocket, impacted by natural disasters and conflict-related supply chain breakdowns. The European Union nearly fractures; countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia disintegrate into city-states. China's ruling Communist Regime is forced to adopt sweeping democratic reforms after hundreds of sustained urban uprisings lead to the defection of large portions of the Chinese military, exhausted by decades of involvement in wars abroad. The People's Republic of China is dissolved, and the Federation of China is established.

2049-2050 A joint European Union and Federation of China economic development program begins to rebuild war-torn Eurasia and Africa. Exhausted by years of fighting, most armed groups agree to a United Nations led effort to de-escalate and stabilize all remaining conflict zones. A dramatic breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence is announced by a startup company in South Korea, promising to revolutionize many economic sectors.

2051 Advanced AI in conjunction with a marked global reduction in violence drives a sharp economic recovery in Eurasia and Africa, and this success draws South America into the Eurasian Development Pact. A conflict erupts in Central America as a result of an aggressive expansion effort mounted by the North American Federation, but is decisively squelched by a globally sponsored security force.

2052-2054 Global recovery continues, with standards of living rising steadily across most of the globe. Healthcare technology long available only in wealthy countries is made universal and affordable. The Pacific Federation joins the Eurasian Development Pact, leaving the North American Federation and a few rogue nations economically and politically isolated. Remote exploration of the solar system expands after a quarter-century of only scattered activity by wealthy nations and private interests.

2055 Simultaneous breakthroughs at labs in Shanghai and Munich incorporating advanced AI into fusion power plants to effect micro-control of plasma fields enables commercialization of fusion energy for the first time. Independent companies begin small mining and manufacturing operations in orbit, some sending remote expeditions all the way to dwarf planets Vesta and Ceres in the Mars-Jupiter Asteroid Belt.

2056-2059 Rollout of fusion power accompanies a near-total electrification of transportation and industry across two-thirds of Earth in only five years. Fossil fuels are phased out in the same year average global temperatures surpass 2C above pre-industrial levels, marking a major tipping point for planetary climate. Environmental disasters continue unabated, displacing millions of people.

2060-2063 While much of the global economy has been de-carbonized, climate scientists discover that natural feedback mechanisms are now so strongly self-reinforcing that only reductions in atmospheric greenhouse gas levels will keep global temperatures from exceeding a dangerous 3C by end of century - possibly sooner. Global protests demand that an international government be set up to ensure all human sources of carbon emissions are curtailed.

2064-2066 Negotiations are conducted to pull the North American Federation into an accord that will allow for a global government to act to respond to climate change however necessary to stabilize temperatures. Agreement is finally reached after certain concessions - some secret - are made and the Global Governing Authority is established.

2067-2069 The GGA moves to establish itself in every major urban area, working globally to wage what it calls the "War on Carbon." Large-scale investments in orbital infrastructure result in the first commercially-viable asteroid mining and orbital manufacturing facility. Concerns are raised by many members of the public about certain provisions in the GGA's charter that may enable a few wealthy, well-connected groups to have an enhanced role in decision-making under a provision the North American Federation's delegation insisted upon for ideological reasons.

2070-2075 Anthropogenic greenhouse emissions cease entirely as remote manufacturing in orbit using materials sourced from the solar system becomes widespread and major curbs on industrial activity across Earth go into effect. An exception is enormous planned cities in regions projected to have a habitable climate for at least a century that begin to be built to house the growing population of climate refugees as parts of Earth become almost uninhabitable.

2076-2079 Fusion power, orbital mining and manufacturing, and climate adaptation drive the global economy. A new breakthrough in computing, Machine Intelligence, creates a new form of life and the emergence of a fierce ethical debate over the rights granted to non or partially organic forms of life. A growing population of Biomods, people with substantial cybernetic augmentations, further blurs the boundary between flesh and machine.

2080 The global population peaks at nine billion, pollution impacts have mostly abated, yet global greenhouse levels continue to rise, methane from the Arctic permafrost and subsea clathrates driving a new rapid increase in temperatures. The 3C temperature threshold is passed, with a rise to 4C likely not long after the turn of the century. Climate data begins to be suppressed by the GGA in the interest of avoiding public panic over the increasingly dire predictions for Earth's habitability.

2081-2083 The world is at peace and mostly stable, however the areas affected by extreme weather, heat, and drought are expanding, generating a billion new climate refugees. The Amazon is destroyed in wildfires of truly astonishing magnitude. Housing in the climate-resilient zones becomes unaffordable to most, generating widespread public dissent. A GGA report kept secret from the general public predicts the human population must be reduced by at least 50% in twenty years or total global catastrophe will be inevitable. Suppressed even within the GGA itself is a dissent written by a group of prominent scientists laying out an alternative path requiring that humanity temporarily reduce resource consumption by more than 65% with the impacts disproportionately borne by the wealthy.

2084-2086 The GGA sponsors construction of a series of space stations, termed Habitats, in Earth orbit. Several hundred thousand volunteers are moved into these enormous space stations with much public attention and fanfare, and construction on a new class of even larger facilities begins at Earth-Sun Lagrange Points Four and Five. Individuals, families, and entire communities are encouraged and even paid to sign up for a spot in a place safe from the raging climate.

2087-2089 Swarms of MI-controlled construction robots add Habitats to the orbital clusters with incredible speed. Inexpensive reusable rockets are constructed in orbit by the hundreds, a series of bases extending into the Asteroid Belt generating a constant stream of materials used in their production. By the end of the decade, after six years of constant launches, nearly a billion humans are living in orbit.

2090-2092 The pace of orbital flights begins to decrease as the pool of volunteers diminishes. GGA scientists again warn of impending catastrophe, and encourage dramatic further reductions in the global population, especially in climate-vulnerable regions like South Asia, West Africa, and South America. The global economy stutters for the first time in a generation under the weight of numerous simultaneous disasters, and anger at the GGA grows, with many calling for a new and more truly democratic regime to take its place.

2093 A majority vote within the GGA's governing structure, organized at the behest of the North American Federation, authorizes the forcible evacuation of anyone living in a designated area to an orbital Habitat. Criminal activity, antisocial attitudes, or even unpaid fines can result in a person's forced exile. Violence breaks out in many cities, as people demand protection against the GGA's mandate.

2094-2099 What becomes known as the Last War of Earth - or the War of Exile, by those living in the Habitats - is waged by the GGA against anyone resisting its evacuation orders. GGA forces begin sweeping the globe, people en masse are captured, processed, and swiftly sent to a rocket for transfer to Habitats that continue to be built at a truly astonishing rate. A global insurgency rages in response, weapons of mass destruction are used, and tens of millions die, but the GGA is able to keep the resistance divided and stamp out uprisings one by one.

2100 The GGA changes its name to the Terrestrial Governing Authority to mark a new century and a new era. Resistance has been broken, more than three billion people have been moved to orbit, and the 1.8 billion able to afford a spot in one of the Paradise Zones live comfortable - if heavily scrutinized and covertly restricted - lives. Next-generation Machine Intelligences are used to successfully create the first controllable micro-singularity in an orbital laboratory, ushering in a new technological era. A few voice concern at the unusual rapidity of the series of scientific breakthroughs leading directly to this radical discovery, but their worries go largely unmarked.

2101-2104 Forced deportations continue en masse, swelling the orbital population to more than four billion. Demand for materials from the Belt skyrockets, with the Habitats requiring vast quantities of soil and water to sustain such massive numbers of people. Small companies and even individuals head into the Belt to stake claims or establish supporting businesses. The TGA begins to construct combat-capable spaceships and dispatches them to patrol the area and collect tolls.

2105 The Stellar Insurgence announces its existence with the hijacking of the TGA patrol ship Caesar, proclaiming their support for the few anti-TGA groups still on Earth, struggling to survive in barren regions difficult to reconnoiter and attack. The Insurgence demands the right of return to Earth and an end to deportations, with humanity focusing all efforts on restoring the planet's climate and ecosystems. The TGA declares the group terrorists and refuses their demands.

2106-2109 A spate of violent conflicts between prospector companies in the far reaches of the Belt lead the TGA to establish a permanent presence in the region. Forward Operating Bases like FOB Yamamoto are set up to sustain the deplotment. The TGA significantly expands its police presence on the Habitat stations out of the justified fear of Insurgence infiltration.

2110-2115 Sporadic Insurgence strikes on the TGA continue, while public opposition to TGA control over the otherwise self-sufficient Habitats mounts. The TGA closely controls movement between the Habitats, and directs all civilian vessels operating in the Belt through a series of checkpoints where their cargo is monitored and tolls are collected. On Earth global temperatures creep surpass 4C above pre-industrial levels, and uninhabitable areas continue to increase in size in the equatorial regions.

2116-2119 Piracy in the Belt becomes organized and brutal, leading the TGA to establish a formal Navy, the TGAN, to counter the new threat. At the tactical level Navy leaders quickly learn to work with the Insurgence, which has also turned to focus on combating the pirate threat and has agents on most facilities in the Belt. A group of independent Biomods working led by one known as Yoshi-san join the TGAN as a long-range striking force - the Biomod Marines.

2120-2123 Defeat of the Pirate bands soon leads the TGAN turning its attention to the Insurgence, largely destroying it in a series of swift and brutal strikes. The Biomod Marines and Yoshi-san defect in protest, but can only help secure a few agents and ships and gather them for a harrowing retreat to the unexplored parts of the Belt closer to Jupiter. Several senior TGAN officers resign in anger at the betrayal, establishing a base on Mars with backing from a group of prominent celebrities on Earth. Construction of an experimental, radical new travel aid - the microsingularity-driven Interplanetary Highway - begins at a facility orbiting the Sun.

2124-2129 The Belt remains in an uneasy peace, while the number of humans in orbit comes to exceed the terrestrial population at 5.5 billion. Deportations continue, but the pace slows as victims become harder to concentrate and move efficiently. Unrest grows steadily in the Habitats as young people - many born on the Habitats - are prevented from leaving to travel or seek their fortune in the Belt, which is largely turned over to established corporate interests closely connected to the TGA. The IPH network is established, creating gravitational rivers between control stations that allow rapid travel between Earth and the Habitats, Sun, and Belt.

2130-2139 A tense, uneasy decade where the TGA-imposed status quo continues despite growing signs pointing to trouble on the horizon. On Earth the wealthy in the Paradise Zones live in astonishing luxury as the TGA (falsely) declares victory over climate change, maintaining a social system that ranks and categorizes all citizens from a young age to sort out any with genetic or social "defects". These, however, are defined more by aesthetic and cultural values than anything relating to medical science, and amount to a deliberate eugenics campaign.

2140 A new iteration of the Insurgence is reborn in the same month the first IPH terminal is opened near Jupiter orbit, opening Outer Sol to TGA exploration and expansion. A Raider, first of its kind, appears near the major Navy base and conducts a brief attack, destroying two warships under construction and another moving to counterattack. The new Insurgence proclaims its goal to be the liberation of all humans from TGA tyranny and promises more strikes to come.

2141-2145 A wave of unrest inspired by the Insurgence roils the Habitats, forcing the TGA to abandon direct occupation of most and instead govern the Lagrange Points from a distance by restricting the flow of materials between Habitats. Now largely interdependent, many Habitats specializing in the production of certain goods, this has severe impacts on the Lagrange Point economies. Insurgence raids increase in frequency, proving false Navy claims that only one rogue ship exists. The TGAN accelerates warship production and begins to develop new drone technologies.

2146-2147 A series of daring Insurgence raids across Inner Sol fail, but draw widespread attention to the Insurgence's ability to strike almost at will. On Earth, fears grow that one day a ship might be used to launch an attack on a Paradise Zone urban center and demands protection. The Navy gears up for a major conflict in the Belt, while a group of leaders on the Habitats enter into open public discussions about creating some kind of political union free from TGA control.

Life in the 22nd Century

By the middle of the 22nd Century, the Terrestrial Governing Authority maintains a ubiquitous presence throughout the solar system. Inner Sol - the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and the many asteroids in the Belt - contains the vast majority of the human population, and the gas giants of Outer Sol and their rocky moons are now the frontier.

But six billion humans are forced to live in Habitats located at Earth-Sun Lagrange Points Four and Five, prevented from being fully independent by a complex network of TGA rules, policies, and prohibitions coupled to an array of taxes, tariffs, and fees. Another billion people survive on Earth in the ecologically unstable Unorganized Zones, with a few tens or perhaps hundreds of millions (numbers vary and no formal census is taken) clinging to life in the Wastelands.

Just under two billion, those fortunate to have bought or been born into one of the eighteen Paradise Zones located in the parts of the planet least likely to be devastated by the shifting climate in the near future, experience a very different quality of life. Wealthy, living healthy lives for 100 or more years thanks to rejuvenation pharmaceuticals and artificial organs and entertained by a dizzying variety of technological distractions, Paradise Zone residents are encouraged to enjoy life and not look too far beyond the many walls guarding them from the harsher world beyond.

This disconnection from broader reality is sustained by the fact that, internally, TGA society is not friendly to anyone who fails to meet a certain physical and emotional norm defined by TGA celebrity culture. Wellness and positivity are embraced as essential to the health of individuals and their communities, however any inability to be well and positive in the right way can be dangerous. From birth, citizens are taught to evaluate one another and expect to be evaluated, all the time, to weed out those who might disrupt the peace.

School, for example, is no longer considered to be about what those living in the early twenty-first century would call education - it is purely a place for socialization into the proper public attitude. Education by contrast is considered a family responsibility, measured by a dizzying battery of tests intended to prove the test-taker's competence in a subject in an impartial way. All test scores are kept and recorded, with artificial intelligence used to generate scoring algorithms in an attempt to quantify a person's value to society - and as they age, other factors enter in as well. Such information is private, however, the TGA is able to waive this privacy at its discretion.

Those whose overall social scores are too low for too long, or who violate any major rules, or who wind up tagged by other members of their community as disruptive too often, are subject to orbital exile at the discretion of a TGA judge. Though such events are acknowledged as a tragedy, the system is publicly held to be necessary to ensure only the truly worthy are allowed to live on the fragile Earth. Ecological awareness is considered one of the paramount virtues, with the fragility of nature used to justify the exile of anyone not willing to be green enough and in the approved way.

The Paradise Zones are predominantly democratic, however only citizens may vote. The TGA is a representative democratic system, but with severe restrictions on the sorts of views a politician who stands for office is allowed to hold - and their social scores must be within acceptable parameters. While there is widespread sympathy among the TGA's citizens - commonly called Toffs by those in orbit - for the plight of those less fortunate on Earth, those in the Habitats are often viewed as ingrates and even parasites.

Perhaps the cruelest aspect of TGA society in these zones is the deliberate adoption of eugenics, "justified" by the public need for only worthy members of the population to protect Earth. Intensive genetic screening is used to monitor all pregnancies, with only those considered at low risk for resulting in a child with cognitive or physical impairments allowed to proceed to full term. Disabilities acquired in life can be treated, however public scorn is often directed at those with obvious corrections, like artificial limbs or visible cognitive aids.

Outside the Paradise Zones, life on Earth is often very difficult. Most Paradise Zones are located poleward of the 45th parallel, like Cascadia, Great Lakes, Atlantica, Baltica, Britain, Kamchatka, Okhotsk, Tasman, Patagonia, and South Africa. The Unorganized Zones surround several coastal basins, primarily the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and South China Sea, in warm, more tropical areas where powerful storms are frequent.

Also included in the term 'Unorganized Zone' are a number of independent nations still staking their claim to a vulnerable part of the planet, all vulnerable to the periodic Deportation raids mounted by the TGA to continue shrinking the Earth-bound population. These include the North American First Nations, Persian Gulf Confederation, and West African Republic.

All Unorganized Zones are subjected to constant surveillance from drones and satellites, and the TGA maintains numerous military outposts to ensure no united political opposition can form. Some trade is allowed, though most is formally termed smuggling and subject to random crackdowns after being tolerated for months on end. Many charitably-minded Paradise Zone citizens travel to the UZs to render aid, and during calm seasons tourists come in large numbers, staying in vast - and well-guarded - resorts. A large number of UZ residents end up working on long-term contracts in the Paradise Zones, usually serving as household staff.

But life is always tenuous, and the TGA is known to forcibly displace whole cities without warning, forcing residents into the Wastes to travel to a new home or join one of the nomadic bands who try to survive in a region where climate patterns may persist for an entire season. Across Earth, huge atmospheric bubbles now form and remain in place for months, leading to some places alternating between a season of brutal droughts then another of drenching storms.

Communication between Earth and the rest of the solar system is strictly controlled by the TGA, and even contacts between Unorganized Zones are restricted. Though an underground resistance to the TGA still exists and is broadly supported, most people are too busy simply trying to survive to take part, and it has few resources to work with. Fear of being pushed into the Wastes is very real among UZ-dwellers, and criminal gangs are a problem in many areas, taking control of neighborhoods and using that fear to force residents to pay to remain.

The Habitats, by contrast, are far safer. Residents are generally free to do as they like within their Habitat, though still restricted by certain TGA rules that are sometimes cruelly enforced by invading Counterinsurgency Teams. The main limitations are material - costs to ship resources from the Belt and manufacture them into finished goods are measured in solar energy, collected in massive and always-expanding arrays. Ownership of solar panels is considered the best investment one can make in a Habitat, as demand for energy is always increasing, the Toffs having not bothered to build more fusion power capacity in most Habitats than was strictly necessary to keep people on the stations alive.

While largely ignored by the TGA and cut off from outside resources, within the Habitats distinct traditions of philosophy and education have developed and slowly been exchanged by those few individuals allowed to move freely. Freedom of expression is considered a sacred human right across the Habitats, and there is little violence or day-to-day oppression on most stations, save a few that have been repeatedly invaded by the Toffs and bear the physical and social scars.

However, cross one of the TGA's invisible lines, and all freedoms are subject to termination at the barrel of a COIN squad particle blaster. Newer Habitats, often called Mega-Habitats, were built specifically to serve as prisons, and the TGA has worked dutifully to fill them. As a result, support for the Insurgency remains extremely high in the Habitats, raising TGA fears of outright rebellion if their control is ever successfully challenged. Despite this support, few actually act in support of the Insurgence, having only heard of it and never met a real member.

The Insurgence lives on in the Belt, operating from hidden bases and often with the tacit support of the many independent stations that were built in the heyday of Belt colonization and whose inhabitants continue to stake a claim to their patch of Inner Sol. With humanity dependent on Belt resources, those able to generate a steady supply of valuable materials are able to eke out a living at worst and even grow wealthy in time, one of the few forms of social and economic mobility available to most people.

This draws those few Habitat-dwellers able to secure TGA permission to head out into the Belt in pursuit of fame and fortune. The Belt is a huge place, with vast distances between most asteroids, so self-sufficiency is vitally important - but happen upon a rich claim, a dense vein of precious metals or deuterium-enriched water, and wealth awaits, despite Toff tolls and fees. As a result, there is much that moves in the Belt beyond TGA eyes, not affiliated with any known party.

Most operations in the Belt, however, are owned and operated by people working for one of a small group of companies certified by the TGA to operate. Sustained by harsh Toff tolls that can easily make smaller businesses impossible to sustain, these corporate organizations operate with almost no oversight and according to their own legal charters. Some, at times, have even worked for the Insurgence - or at least tolerated its activities.

Toff economic strangulation of smaller operations throughout the Belt has led to smuggling being an extremely lucrative enterprise, and with it, petty piracy. Shipments of material are usually done by drone cargo vessels moving in long lines between checkpoints and major outposts, which are often intercepted and manipulated. The Navy, as a result, frequently patrols the shipping lanes in the Belt.

But the gaps between asteroids are larger than most imagine, and the space between Jupiter and Mars orbit is vast. No force could ever hope to control it all, and so the Insurgence leaders know they can always find a way to survive, a last refuge to retreat to so they can regroup, rebuild, and fight on.


Inner Sol

Humanity's home planet, headquarters of the Terrestrial Governing Authority. Inaccessible to anyone lacking TGA clearance.

Officially re-named Luna in 2120, permanently colonized by helium-three mining operations since the 2050s (used in fusion power plants), presently part of a TGA security exclusion zone. Home to the TGAN shipyards and a substantial portion of the TGAN fleet.

Earth-Sun Lagrange Points
Regions of relative gravitational stability, where facilities can be located without their orbit being repeatedly perturbed. Five are utilized by the TGA, L1-L3 are home to secure orbital facilities, the large L4 and L5 regions are home to most Habitats.

Home to a major TGA research facility suspended in the upper atmosphere and emergency supply depot in high orbit.

A remote station monitors solar weather, but the planet is otherwise unoccupied and unserved by an IPH terminal.

Renamed Sol by the TGA in 2100. A small staff of several thousand staff the IPH Interchange complex, a production and control facility and anchor point for the IPH streams. All IPH traffic is routed through the Interchange, allowing the TGA to closely monitor travel.

Points Aleph and Zeta
Two groupings of asteroids at the edge of the Belt that were originally selected as support sites for further Belt exploration and grew up from there. Now home to the only two IPH terminals in the Belt, virtually all cargo passes through these areas. Home to substantial TGAN bases.

Zocalo Point
The largest cluster of independent stations in the Belt, located in the North Hexant. A major trading and business center since the early days of Belt exploration.

Havoc Station
A somewhat notorious independent station in the West Hexant, a region outside TGAN control, and home to a large colony of Biomods. Inhabited by explorers since the 2070s, it has grown in fits and starts to become a key trade center - and base for smugglers.

Basque, Tibet, Kurdistan, Cherokee, and Chagos Stations
Insurgence-friendly free outposts scattered across the West and East Hexants. While routinely harassed by the TGAN, the Insurgence is widely known to operate from all.

Colonized in the 2060s, Mars' population only began to substantially increase after 2100 as a home for TGA citizens from Earth dreaming of building a better future for humanity. Hosts a renowned faculty at Mars University and several fast-growing companies.

Outer Sol

Moons of Jupiter and Saturn
Probes sent in search of high-grade sources of fusion fuel began to arrive in the early 2090s, with remote bases established on Europa, Ganymede, Titan, and Rhea. With the extension of the IPH and  order of magnitude decrease in travel times, further exploration is expected.

The Far Worlds
A term used to describe the rocky planetoids beyond Saturn orbit, including the moons of Uranus and Neptune as well as Pluto and other potentially-minable bodies in the Kuiper Belt. Only visited by remote probes, construction of an IPH terminal is scheduled to begin in 2150.