This is the ninth installment in a series of previews designed to introduce newcomers to Chronoplex. In this, the sixth in a series about life in the plex, we discover how peace was restored to Caesia in the wake of the Chrono-Standard War.
The Great Sync
Not all residents of the Plex agreed with the Chrono-Standard War. Many spanners viewed the actions of the Syncs as self-serving bids for power at the expense of their tempor citizens. As the war stretched on and as more lives were lost, the most radical dissenters coalesced into an active resistance movement known as the Reapers of Mercy. These spanners believed that the Chronoplex was not meant to be ruled by any single authority and that it was their honor-bound duty to remove any threat to unfettered spanning freedom through whatever means necessary. The Reapers of Mercy waged a guerilla style campaign, striking at any aggregate nation that presented a target. While this tactic was intended to weaken the forces and break the spirits of the Syncs, it ended up having the opposite effect: the war-weary nations rallied against this new threat. Each nation steeled its resolve to win the war and become the one true standard. Not only did the Reapers of Mercy fail to end the war, they managed to reinvigorate it and at the same time made fugitives of themselves for life.
The other major group of war dissenters were far more successful. Less radical than their Reapers of Mercy counterparts, these spanners believed that the best way to extinguish a fire was to deprive it of fuel. As a result, they ignored the conflicts around them and focused instead on exploring the Plex to find a neutral haven for disaffected spanners. Nicknamed the Plexploration Society by its followers, these spanners traveled farther and took greater risks than any spanners before were willing to take. Their efforts uncovered huge tracts of the Chronoplex that were previously unexplored. Not only did they find the neutral haven sought (dubbed Junction due to the number of tubes leading into and out of it), they also found several additional uninhabited GTLs ready for settlement, uncovered a host of alternate routes between known GTLs and made the first inroads to what would later be recognized as the isola of Onverkend.
However, the greatest accomplishment of the Plexploration Society came from a spanner named Xiang Hsu. Hsu discovered a tube leading to the farthest known future GTL – London, England: 1955. When Hsu reported his findings to the Society they were thrilled to find a tube leading so far into linear time. They immediately commissioned Hsu to lead a small expedition to London, England: 1955 (called LE55 for short) to verify and further explore the discovery. It was only upon this closer examination that the Society fully comprehended the importance of what they had found.
Hsu’s expedition brought back news of a revolutionary clock in LE55 that measured time based not on the motions of the heavens, but on the vibrations of a caesium atom. As news of the discovery spread it electrified the denizens of the Plex. For the first time there was a means of measuring time that could be consistent across all GTLs. The Syncs immediately agreed to convene at Junction to discuss the possible implications of the discovery. After a great deal of debate, demands, concessions and compromise, the Sync nations concluded that the coveted “one true standard” did not belong to any of them. They agreed that all of the Sync nations should adopt the LE55 time as the standard. With this Great Sync, the Chrono-Standard War was officially over.
Check back in two weeks to learn about the formation of the new Caesian government: History of the Plex, Part 5.