in the Babylon 5 Universe:
To help you understand the history of Babylon 5, I've written up
overview's of most of the major events in the Babylon 5 universe.
This war took place
in 1250 (approximately) between the remaining 'First Ones'
and Minbari against the 'Shadows' (who were also called "the
ancients"). The alliance succeeded in beating back the
Shadows, who then went into retreat, leaving many of their ships
hidden on worlds throughout the galaxy. The remaining 'First Ones'
(except the Vorlons and a few others) leave the known universe,
beyond the rim.
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The first alien
race that made contact with Earth was the Centauri Republic in 2150
(approximately). In return for trade agreements, the Centauri
Republic gave the Earth Alliance access to their technologies, including
"jump gate" technology. This advanced Earth's technology
over a hundred years and allowed them to explore and expand out
of the solar system to become a major power in the galaxy.
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The Earth Alliance
was expanding in all directions everywhere, trying to expand its
'sphere of influence' in the galaxy. There was one major race left
which they had yet not had any contact with, the Minbari. In 2242
an EarthForce cruiser was sent out to find the Minbari and bring
back any information that they can, though when they made contact
with a Minbari cruiser, it had its gun ports open as there gesture
of openness, respect and greeting. The Earth ships misinterpreted
this and opened fire, killing the Minbari leader, Dukhat. Outraged
by this unprovocated attack the Minbari embarked on a holy war against
the humans. The Earth Alliance did not have a chance as they could
not destroy any of the Minbari ships in open combat (only one
ship was destroyed by John Sheridan when he mined an asteroid field
and tricked the Minbari in with a distress call) and so the
Minbari ships reached Earth to exterminate the human race. But on
the brink of victory, they surrendered.
At the time it was
unknown why the Minbari surrendered seeing as they had already won.
Later we find out that after examining a human (Jeffery Sinclair),
they believed that Minbari souls were being born into humans, and
that they were killing there own people. The war lasted from 2242
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The Babylon Project
was launched by the Earth Alliance President in 2249, after the
Earth - Minbari war. Its goal was to create a place where humans
and aliens could work out their differences peacefully, thus preventing
another war based upon a misunderstanding. This is possible because
a representative from each of the races live on the station.
There have been
five stations: The first Babylon station was destroyed during its
construction when its infrastructure collapsed. The second station
was sabotaged during its construction. The third station was damaged
during construction by an explosion and was abandoned because it
could not be repaired. The fourth station, the biggest and most
expensive (parts of the previous stations were used in its construction)
of the Babylon stations was completed in 2254, but vanished 24 hours
after it became operational. Later we found out that Captain Sheridan,
Jeffery Sinclair and a few others, go back in time to steal Babylon
4. Sinclair then takes it back in time to help in the last
Babylon 5 was created
on a much smaller budget than Babylon 4 as money was very tight,
but even then they ran out of money and had to get the Centauri
and the Minbari to sponsor it so that it could be completed. Babylon
5 went online in 2256.
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The Centauri Republic
conquered the Narn at the beginning of the 21st century. The Narn
welcomed the Centauri with open arms and the Centauri occupied them
for a hundred and thirty years and strip mined the planet. The Narns
were able to defeat the Centauri and remove them from their homeworld
by learning their technologies and turning them against them. Though
the Narn managed to remove them, the Centauri had turned Narn from
a forest planet into a bleak and barren one.
After a thousand
years 'asleep' an ancient race millions of years old called, "
The Shadows", awoke and offer their help to the Centauri.
Using this help, in 2259, the Centauri attacked the Narn and easily
conquer there homeworld again by devastating. The Centauri fired
asteroids (a weapon which is banned by almost every civilized
race) at the planet destroying the whole Narn infrastructure
and pushing rocks and dust into the atmosphere, it will take about
a hundred years for the dust to settle. After this attack, the Narns
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An Earth Alliance
ship goes to a seemingly uninhabited planet called Z'ha'dum in search
of the remains of an ancient race that was thought to have once
lived there. They then awake the 'Shadows', Z'ha'dum is their homeworld.
The 'Shadows' then go about quietly building up their forces which
they had hid on planets throughout the galaxy (one was found
on Mars and also one was on Ganymede) This event happen in 2256
The third age of mankind had begun.
Then in 2259, the
Shadows (without revealing who they are) helped the Centauri
defeat the Narns, they then encouraged them to expand. Thinking
that no one could ever defeat them with the Shadows support, the
Centauri begin attacking all of the League on Non-Aligned Worlds
governments on their borders. Whilst this is happening the Rangers
are building up their own fleet of ships for the forthcoming war
under the command of Delenn and Captain Sheridan.
In 2260, the Shadows
then start to fight openly and nothing seems to be able to destroy
any other their ships. Captain Sheridan then discovers that telepaths
can stop / confuse the Shadow ships (as they have human pilots).
An alliance, the army of light, is made between of the Rangers,
the League of non-aligned worlds, the Narns and the Minbari. They
begin to attack the Shadows and using telepaths they manage to destroy
a lot of Shadow ships, but for every ship the Shadows lose, the
alliance lose two...
Sheridan then goes
to Z'ha'dum and nukes one of their major cities. The Shadows fall
back to regroup.
In 2261, things
went from bad to worse as the Vorlons, seeing an opportunity to
defeat the Shadows, started an offensive campaign to remove all
traces of the Shadows from the galaxy. They showed no mercy, destroying
entire worlds that had supported the shadows in any way, even if
the Shadows had forced themselves on the planet. The Shadows respond
by devastating worlds that had supported the Vorlons, but the Vorlons
and Shadows continued to avoid directly battling each other...
realising what is really behind this, manages to trick them both
into meeting each other in battle, hoping to force a definitive
showdown. With the army of light and the help of the other remaining
First Ones, who were angered by the Vorlons and Shadows behaviour,
in reserve, they start to attack them both, even though there is
no way that they can win.
The First Ones were
meant to be the 'Shepherds' of the 'younger' races, leading them
to the way that they think they should act, but both of the Vorlons
and the Shadows had different ideas of how this should be done.
Being confronted by the united fleet of the younger races, the Vorlons
and Shadows attempted to force Sheridan to choose one of their two
approaches to growth and evolution; either the Shadow's way of 'chaos'
or the Vorlons way of 'order'. Sheridan rejected both choices saying
that the younger races didn't need shepherding any more, and would
never again act as pawns, caught in the fight between them. The
Shadows and Vorlons, convinced that their battle for ideological
dominance could no longer continue because they had been rejected
by the younger races, departed for the Rim, accompanied by the last
of the remaining First Ones.
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At the end of 2258,
with the death of the Earth Alliance President, Luis Santiago when
the EA ship, EarthForce 1 exploded with him onboard, the vice President
William Morgan Clark was sworn in as president. He implemented some
'Pro Earth' policies which included the group, 'Nightwatch'. The
members of NightWatch were to find all anti-Earth speakers (even
people just saying that some Earth policies are bad) and arrest
The war is over.
In 2260 it was found
that Clark asked the Shadows to destroy EarthForce 1, thus making
him president, after this, he declared marshal law with the convenient
excuses that a new alien race was attacking people and they need
to defend themselves properly.. Several Earth colonies, including
Mars did not want to implement this order and so Clark sent his
forces in and attacked the Mars civilians. After the attack on
the Mars civilians, Babylon 5 declared its independence from Earth
until Clark is removed from office. Clark then sent his forces to
Babylon 5 capture it, but with the help of the Minbari, Babylon
5 repulsed the attack and became on independent state.
In 2261, after the
unprovoked attack on two unarmed civilians transports by Clark's
forces killing hundreds of people, Captain Sheridan decided to attack
back, by helping free Proxima 3 of Clark's forces blockading them.
Sheridan then took those Earth ships that wanted to join him, and
started attacking Clark's forces elsewhere. Along the way more and
more Earth ships joined Sheridan against President Clark.
the Earth Ship's to join him so that they were the ones leading, instead
of the aliens attacking Earth, which the people would not like or
support as they may think that they were being invaded or attacked
again like in the Earth - Minbari War.
Sheridan then was
ready to strike at the forces at Mars, where Clark had gather a
huge fleet of ships. But by using some technology that they had
recovered from the Shadows, Sheridan managed to disable most of
the ships on Mars and then disabled their weapons and engines. Sheridan's
fleet then went immediately straight to Earth. He announced his
arrival at Earth and then asked for the people to rise up against
Clark, saying that he could not fight back as his ships have been
drawn away from Earth. Sheridan then started to take out Earth's
defence grid which was starting to firing upon his ships on Clark
orders. With Sheridan's fleet destroying the defence grid, and his
arrest imminent, Clark turned the defence grid to fire on Earth,
to level it. He then took his own life. With the defence grid turned
upon Earth charging up to fire, Sheridan called upon Delenn's Minbari
fleet to aid in the attack and they manage to destroy all of the
Sheridan was then
asked to resign, as they don't want anyone who openly attacks Earth
in EarthForce. Sheridan then resigns from EarthForce in exchange
for a written agreement that no charges will be placed upon the
people in his fleet.
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With the ending
of the Earth Civil War, the interstellar alliance was created and
John Sheridan was voted in to be its President. Its included the
Minbari, the Centauri, the Narn, the League and Non-Aligned Worlds
and the Earth Alliance (after they were offered some Minbari
technology in return). The alliance had a set of principles
and would help each of the other member races with trading and wars,
though it would not interfere in the policies of each of the governments
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With the Shadows
gone, they left behind their allies, who took any of the Shadow
technology they could find and left Z'ha'dum before it self-destructed.
As the Centauri destroyed the Shadow fleet on Centauri Prime and
executed their representative, the Drakh (a Shadow ally),
They took control
of the Centauri regent by the use of a 'keeper' and ordered the
construction of huge fleets of Centauri warships which were to be
controlled remotely with the use of some Shadow technology. Controlling
these fleets, the Drakh attacked the alliance shipping lanes everywhere,
whether they were carrying materials or people, they left nothing
alive. The alliance eventually found out that the Centauri were
the one's attacking them, the Centauri denied this and withdrew
from the Alliance.
Without really knowing
why the Centauri were attacking them for no particular gain, a Narn
and Drazi (a league race) fleet jump to Centuari Prime and
begin to devastate the city's. Just before the attack the Centuari
Prime minister tells Londo that the Drakh ordered him to turn off
the planetary defence network and to tell the Centuari home fleet
to leave. The prime minister then goes on to say that he will be
killed very soon and Londo will be made emperor. He also says that
Londo can blame the Centuari attacks on the shipping lanes on him,
saying that he was mad. The prime minister's keeper then leaves
his body and he dies. The Drakh order Londo let them put a 'keeper'
on him, he initial declines, but when told that if he does not the
Drakh will explode bomb's all over Cenaturi prime which will kill
millions his people, he let's the keeper attach it's self to him.
As the Centauri homefleet return and are about to attack the Narn
and Drazi, Londo orders them to stop, ending the war.
The Centauri stay out of the Interstellar Alliance.
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The telepath war
takes place in 2264/5 which is after the events in Babylon 5 and
before the events in Crusade. So we don't know yet what has happened
but we will found out in the Crusade series.