This is the eighth installment in a series of previews designed to introduce newcomers to Chronoplex. In this, the fifth in a series about life in the plex, we review the conflict that spurred the formation of the nations of Caesia.
The Chrono-Standard War
While additional travel, trade and time comparison added a great deal more stability to recording history in the plex, there were no less than 150 different ‘time standards’ competing for dominance. The most influential of these were La Venta (GTL LaVenta, Mexico: -0115), Paititi (GTL Paititi, Peru: 1641), Roanoke (GTL Roanoke, Virginia: 1587), Timgad (GTL Timgad, Algeria: 0492) and Vineta (GTL Vineta, Germany: 0970), collectively referred to as the Syncs. Each of these GTLs benefitted from the fact that they began with complete, functioning settlements that just happened to exist where time portals had first opened. They had the largest temporal population centers and exerted their influence throughout the plex to convince spanners to use their time as the ‘one true standard.’
Scuffles between tempor communities over supplies was not unheard of, but the Syncs took it to a new level. Vineta instigated the first aggressions against Timgad. They sent a band of seasoned spanners to raid Timgad. This was done mostly as a scare tactic, but Timgad took it as an overture of war and sent troops of its own to choke off Vineta’s trade lines. Unaware of Vineta’s instigation, Roanoke sent troops to route Timgad’s forces. La Venta, seeing an opportunity to undermine Roanoke, offered to bolster Timgad’s troops. Paititi, in the meantime, attempted to capitalize on these aggressions by painting itself as the holdout in these military actions. This was ill-received by its rivals and Paititi soon found itself defending against temporal raiders from all sides.
Realizing that the situation was growing beyond their means, the Syncs all dispatched diplomats to their nearest GTL neighbors to gain allies and to rally citizens to support and volunteer for a unified army. The promise of a single time standard proved resoundingly popular and the result was beyond any of their expectations. Not only did each of the Syncs get the support and troops they needed, but public sentiment toward unification was so great that it gave rise to five new temporal nations with the Syncs as their capitals: Croatan (Roanoke), Donatus (Timgad), Inkarri (Paititi), Olmecca (La Venta), and Sprosny (Vineta).
With increased troops bolstering their numbers and newfound nationalistic zeal driving their cause, the five nations entered into full warfare with one another. The small skirmishes previously carried out by the Syncs exploded into heated battles both within the Plex as well as in isolated areas of linear time. Alliances were formed and broken between the temporal nations time and again as they each struggled to gain an edge on one another. Over the course of the next 53 years the temporal nations found themselves embroiled in a war of attrition. Nationalist pride remained strong in each nation, but it seemed to many that the war might never yield the promised one, true standard.
Check back in two weeks for the unification of the Plex: History of the Plex, Part 4.