| BABYLON 5 HISTORY:
help you understand the history of Babylon 5, I've written
up overview's of most of the major events in the Babylon 5
by David Boyd
Last Update on Feb 03 '99
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.
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.
Earth - Minbari War:
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 unprovoked 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 to 2248.
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.
Narn - Centauri War:
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 unconditionally surrendered.
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 (approximately).
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...
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.
age of mankind had begun.
Earth Civil War:
the end of 2258, with the death of the Earth Alliance President,
Luis Santiago when the EA ship, EarthForce 1 exploded with him
on board, 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 them.
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
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 defence
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.
Formation of the Interstellar Alliance:
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.
Interstellar Alliance - Centauri War:
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), wanted revenge.
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.
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
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.
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 Crusade.