SF3D Background Story and Time Line
|The following is an introduction to the background story of SF3D. I put this together because of the numerous requests for any information about the story. I also wanted to correct some of the theories or misinterpretations of what little information is available to the English only speaking world. I have heard it described as anything from Retro World War II to Nazis in Space. Neither of these descriptions are accurate, and part of this is due to creative translations by TCI. The storyline created by Kow Yokoyama and expanded upon by Hiroshi Ichimura is far more colorful and detailed than these simple explanations allow. This is only because there is so little translated information available and not because people misunderstand it. I hope this brief introduction and timeline help shed light on the extensive SF3D/Maschinen Krieger world.|
SF3D Background story - Prelude to war.
In the year 2807, World War IV broke out on the Earth. Up to 80% of the Earths population was killed in the holocaust. The destruction was so great that human life could no longer survive on the decimated planet. The few survivors left to settle on other colony planets and created a new civilization in space. The Earth remained in a near primordial state.
Forty-eight years after the war, the Galactic Federation sent an investigative team to Earth to determine the condition of the planet. To their surprise, in that brief period of time, the regenerative properties of the planet had returned the Earth to a natural paradise that was able to again support human life. In 2859, the first colonists selected and trained by the Galactic Federation from the planet K-156 settled in
The conditions at first for the settlers were harsh. They were blessed with lush forests, wide open prairies and beautiful vistas, but no infrastructures existed. The Galactic Federation provided a two year supply of foodstuffs and necessary farming equipment, but even with this assistance, many did not survive to the first spring.
A twenty year period of growth had occurred since the first colonists were settled on Earth. In that time a small number of cities had grown and flourished. Following the cities expansion, criminals, AWOL soldiers, political criminals, terrorists, and other people who had decided to drop out of civilized society began to make their way back to Earth as a suitable place for refuge. The civil unrest which resulted from their presence created a great many problems for the original colonists who were able to make a new home for themselves. Colonists were able to form small militias to maintain order, but there was no localized government or police force to maintain order.
In 2877, the Galactic Federation Committee well aware of the disruption caused by the criminal activity and with no local Earth government in place, gave the Strahl Democratic Republic (SDR) the right to return public order to the lives of the colonists. The SDR sent in three Strahl Military Police Battalions and three Strahl Foreign Legion Battalions to help restore peace. The SDR returned order with a strong hand. They subjugated the bandit groups with overwhelming force. All ruffians were arrested and suspicious slum towns were destroyed. Those who didnt have jobs or who couldnt prove their identity were sent to hard-labor reform camps. The colonists were happy to see a restore to order, but their own lives were now affected by the presence of the SDR police forces.The SDR imposed strict travel restrictions. Anywhere they went within a village, or left or entered a village, they were checked for identification. All weapons were confiscated by police and local militias were disbanded. The colonists soon realized that the price for safety was their own freedom.
With growing resentment against the restrictions placed on their lives, the first terrorism against the SDR forces occurred in 2880. The SDR quickly responded with even harder restrictions on the colonists. An unstoppable current had begun. There was common characteristic among the new settlers who were calling themselves colonists. There were suspicions among the SDR that these new settlers were actually troops hired by the original colonists.
They were the decedents of the mercenary troops who were forced to become refugees after the end of World War IV. Their fathers had fought in the First Interplanetary Dispute and they themselves had fought in the Second Interplanetary Dispute. They were the most feared and strongest of all troops. After the settlement of these disputes, they had been disbanded and scattered about the galaxy. They began to return to Earth, the home of their grandfathers, once they began to hear the stories of conflict on Earth.
Unrest was growing with the colonists over the SDR strong arm police tactics. They had realized that if they wanted to rid themselves of the SDR presence, they would have to use force. In 2882, the colonists banded together with the hired troops to form the Earth Independent Provisional Government. They declared independence from the Galactic Federation. The SDR, having predicted such a move, erected a puppet government the very next day and mobilized additional battle corps in the name of suppressing a rebellion.
The Earth Independent Provisional Government organized the Independent Mercenary Army (IMA) and immediately declared war against the occupying forces. They attacked police offices, communication networks, and military safe zones. Their surprise attack resulted in many SDR prisoners and stockpiles of captured military equipment. In a surprise move, the three Strahl Foreign Legion Battalions, defected the SDR and sided with the IMA. Nearly all of the managing staff of the Foreign Legion was backed by former mercenaries who had infiltrated into the staff by taking advantage of the tradition of not looking into the backgrounds of Foreign Legion applicants. The swiftness of the surprise attack resulted in quick occupation of nearly all essential SDR points. The SDR Police forces, whose communications and supplies were cut off, couldnt survive a lengthy defensive battle with out reinforcements.
On September 25, 2882, the SDR deployed the 7th Armored Mobile Infantry Division onto the Australian continent. The unorganized Mercenary counterattack had little impact on the heavily armed and mobile SDR forces. The SDR established a wide beachhead and troops and supplies were brought in. The battle for colonists independence quickly spread to eventually include major conflicts on every continent.
Note on the sources.
I used a number of sources to compile the introduction and timeline. These sources include online machine translations of Japanese web based SF3D timelines, fan club written translation of the background story that appeared in the HJ SF3D special edition, fan translations from HJ articles, fan transliterations from model kit camo cards, and suit histories from model boxes. Most of my limited material covers the series as it was known as SF3D. I lack sufficient translated materials from the Ma.K. series to include those events into the time line. Not being able to read Japanese, I had to rely on the translated materials that were donated to me or I have gathered over the years. I do not make any claims that the information presented is completely accurate. I did cross reference dates as best I could and I am pretty happy with the results. If you know of any errors or have additional translated materials, please contact me so I can expand on the time line.
Note on the time line.
The SF3D story ended with the last published HJ issue 12/85. Because of the abrupt cancellation of the series by HJ, the original story line was never completed. This last issue dealt with the discovery of One of Pluto, the AI created on the Lunar surface. I do not know what stories have been published that cover what happens after this discovery, if any. The SF3D/Ma.K. series does not have a ending, since 1999, photo stories published in Model Graphix add new models and events within the current established time frame. Most of the dates presented in this time line cover events that were created when the series was called SF3D. Where available, events that are published under Maschinen Krieger are included.