AEGIS of Stars began as a revision of the Imperial American States universe I had been building on-and-off for the last five years. In the intermediate time since I began IAS, my interests had changed, the world outside had changed and - most importantly - the Jihad Universe had changed. In the spring of 2004, we started work on a new long-running Jihad campaign that we intended to be the cap for one branch of the Jihad Universe.

Around the close of 2005, I started thinking about how the new events in the Jihad Universe would effect the development of the IAS. As a result, I started writing down a few ideas on timelines and whatnot. The basic concept of the post-Jihad world remained, but the details changed.

A lot.

I ended up removing the lost Atlantean colonies, since I’d not developed them much despite their potential. A big change to the timeline involves the addition of the events of 2001; I hadn’t done that in the IAS timeline, but they played an important role in the setup for JU3, so it had to happen. I reduced the initial scale of the extrasolar expansion; by using a in-the-news bit of fringe science hyperdrive, I restricted the initial colony wave to about 30 light years from Earth instead of scattering them all to hell and gone like I had in IAS. The Imperial States themselves got a bit of a makeover, and the aftershocks of the Jihad’s final battle were added to the early history, just to make it interesting. Moerover, I made a decision to start focusing on characters in AoS, instead of simply detailing the world. I’m building AoS as a sort of pulp adventure universe, complete with adventurers and their foes. I don’t know how well this will pan out, but it’s worth a shot.

This project is ongoing, and probably will be for the forseeable future.

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