Robothech Timeline – Macross Saga

1999 July

A large alien spacecraft bursts through hyperspace and enters Earth’s atmosphere, crashing on Macross Island in the South Pacific.

The nations of the world, who are engaged in a global war at the time, call a cease-fire to assess the alien threat.

1999 August

Official investigation of the derelict alien spacecraft begins. The crash site on Macross Island is designated a UN sphere of jurisdiction.

The global war officially ends, though the terms are not satisfactory to all parties.

1999 September

According to the first top secret report of the study of the alien spacecraft, it is discovered that the ship is military in nature, and its crew are on average, six times the size of human beings, with exceptional individuals exceeding fifty feet in height.

Terrified by the all too real prospect of invasion from deep space, a campaign is initiated to unite the Earth under one unified government.

2000 January

Development of weapons systems for use in combat against the giant alien threat begins.

2000 June

The construction of the Super Dimension Fortress-1 (SDF-1) is formally announced to the world, though the true nature of its underlying alien technology is kept “top secret”.

Framing plan for a united Earth government is officially proclaimed.

2001 July

Construction of the first permanent base on Mars, named “Sara”, begins.

Civilians begin to emigrate to Macross Island, to work on the SDF-1 project.

2001 September

“Project Excalibur”, the first attempt at developing a Robotechnology-based weapons system is begun. Designed for ground combat, this project eventually leads to the development of the Destroid mecha.

2002 February

“Project Valkyrie”, a proposal for the development of a variable configuration, all-purpose Robotech combat system is introduced.

2002 May

Construction of the first Earth Defense Command Center begins in secret in a remote area of Alaska.

2003 April

Construction of ARMD (“Armor”) series of space carriers begins in low Earth orbit.

2005 January

United Nations of Earth government is officially established.

2006 March

Intensive flight tests of the VF-X-1 are conducted by ace test pilot Lieutenant Roy Fokker.

2006 June

The MBR-04 Destroid Tomahawk, the first successful combat-ready mecha resulting from “Project Excalibur”, enters service.

Variants of the basic chassis of this Destroid are also developed, resulting in the Destroids “Defender” and “Phalanx”.

2007 March

Mass production of the Veritech VF-1 series begins.

2009 January

VF-1 series begins operational deployment.

Usage is limited to fighter-mode configuration only in order to maintain absolute secrecy surrounding the true mission capabilities of the Veritech.

2009 February

Official launch ceremonies celebrating the maiden voyage of the SDF-1 begin on Macross Island.

A Zentraedi fleet, led by Commander Breetai, arrives near lunar orbit.

The main guns of the SDF-1 automatically fire and destroy two approaching Zentraedi scout ships.

A malfunction of the ship’s fold system results in a hyperspace jump, taking the SDF-1 and Macross Island to the orbit of the planet Pluto instead of its intended target near the moon. Malfunction also results in the complete disappearance of the fold system.

First Robotech War begins.

2009 March

Recovery of civilians from the safety of the Macross Island shelters is successfully completed. Supplies and resources, along with much of Macross City, are also transferred inside the SDF-1.

The Prometheus and Daedalus are attached to the SDF-1 as mecha carriers and begin to conduct flight operations.

Reconstruction of Macross City inside the SDF-1 commences.

The main guns of the SDF-1 are found to be useless after the power conduits between the generators and guns were lost when the fold drive vanished.

A modular transformation of the ship is initiated, allowing for the SDF-1 to fire its main guns, resulting in the destruction of an attacking Zentraedi force.

2009 May

The SDF-1 engages a Zentraedi force in the Battle of Saturn’s Rings.

The “Pinpoint Barrier System” and the “Daedalus Attack” are employed for the first time.

2009 October

While attempting to collect supplies from the abandoned Mars Base Sara, the SDF-1 is rendered immobile by a Zentraedi gravity mine trap. Khyron’s forces launch a vicious attack, but the SDF-1 is able to escape when the reflex furnaces of the base are detonated, destroying the gravity mines.

2009 December

Lynn Minmei is crowned “Miss Macross”.

On a routine patrol, 3rd Lieutenant Rick Hunter takes a prototype Armored Veritech into combat and destroys a small Zentraedi Cyclops reconnaissance scout ship which was monitoring the Miss Macross Pageant broadcast.

Despite the loss of the intercepted transmissions, the Zentraedi scouts report their findings back to their commander, Breetai.

2010 January

While the SDF-1 hides in the asteroid belt, a Zentraedi ship under command of Khyron fires on the SDF-1’s command tower, destroying its long range radar.

2010 February

SDF-1 Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Lisa Hayes and the Vermillion Group (Flight Leader – 2nd Lieutenant Rick Hunter and Corporals Max Sterling and Ben Dixon) are captured by the Zentraedi while on a reconnaissance mission.

The human prisoners are taken back to the headquarters of the Zentraedi Main Fleet, where they are interrogated by Dolza, the Supreme Commander of all the Zentraedi.

During their captivity, the human prisoners manage to escape. Following his failure to recapture the fugitive humans, Breetai is relieved of his command, and his replacement, Commander Azonia, is put in charge of recapturing the SDF-1.

Upon her arrival in the solar system, Azonia leads an attack on the SDF-1 as a decoy while sending her top ace pilot Miriya Parino to insert micronized Zentraedi spies into the SDF-1 undetected.

The escaped prisoners manage to pilot a stolen Zentraedi battlepod into space when the SDF-1 comes under attack. They are soon rescued by Commander Roy Fokker and the Skull Squadron.

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