The Bird civilization, of which Hawk is a descendant, thrives on the Earth. One tribe at is located on Easter Island. Sometime shortly after this, the Bird people leave the Earth in search of a home on another planet. (“Time of the Hawk”). This would be the first time Earth creatures left the planet, a feat that would not be repeated until the 1960’s.
Mayor Daly of Chicago passes away (novelization). In the summer, the motion picture Jaws becomes the top movie at the box office. Buck Rogers later watches a video of it in 2492. (“A Dream of Jennifer”)
Hieronymus Fox is born on “old” Earth. He would become known as a child genius. Fox’s memories of his youth include cheeseburgers, rock music, Saturday morning cartoons, and comic books. This is an adjustment to the age given in “Cosmic Wiz Kid”, which suggests Fox was born in 1998.
Relations between the USSR and the United States degenerate to the point where the 2 nations are on the brink of World War III. (novelization, “Awakening”)
The President of the United States has a new bunker built for him to use in the event of a nuclear attack, located directly underneath the sculptures of the Presidents at Mount Rushmore. (“Testimony of a Traitor”)
Many people, including Buck Rogers himself, are concerned about the possibility of a sneak attack from hostile forces. (“Testimony of a Traitor”)
Global tensions begin to spiral out of control, ultimately leading to World War III.
As World War III is approaching, Hieronymus Fox creates a device to preserve people in a cold sleep. Hieronymus Fox, unwilling to risk anyone’s life but his own, subjects himself to the cold sleep device and ends up in cryogenic suspension until 2490 when he is unthawed by the Genesians.
With Buck Rogers’s assistance, the conspiracy within America’s defense establishment is thwarted. After his debriefing, his original personality is restored, and his memories of the mission suppressed. Buck is rewarded for his help in thwarting a national conspiracy by being given the opportunity to pilot Ranger 3 for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Ironically, this was a posting that had also been promised to him by the conspirators. (“Testimony of a Traitor”)
Introduction to “Awakening”. “The year is 1987...” National Aeronautics and Space Administration launches Ranger 3, piloted by Buck Rogers. It is the last of America’s deep space probes. The probe is launched atop a giant rocket similar to a Saturn V rocket, the sort used in the earlier Apollo missions. This new rocket had some problems in testing, which concerned Buck’s mother. Once out of Earth orbit, Ranger 3 was capable of tremendous speeds, and was to have toured the entire solar system within 5 months. Clearly, faster than light travel, if not already a reality, was close at hand. In a freak mishap, Rogers is frozen and remains in a state of suspended animation for 504 years. (6 months prior to “Testimony of a Traitor”) Buck relives this experience in 2493. (“The Guardians”)
The United States undergoes a devastating nuclear attack, and all major U.S. cities are destroyed. The U.S. counterattacks, and a second wave of missiles is launched by enemy forces. World War III is waged primarily between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
In the minutes before what he knows will be the final destruction not only of America, but ultimately of the Earth, Major Jim Petersen, United States Air Force, records a videotape at NORAD headquarters in Colorado. As a result of coming into possession of surveillance tapes from Air Force intelligence, Petersen is under the mistaken impression that Buck Rogers was part of a conspiracy within the American armed forces to obtain the secret nuclear launch codes, and initiate a pre-emptive strike against the enemy without civilian authorization. Prior to this discovery, Petersen had considered Buck to be his best friend. Completing the recording, he places it in a fireproof box. The box is later recovered by the Earth Federation and the Earth Defense Directorate in 2493. (“Testimony of a Traitor”)
The second wave of missiles from the enemy strikes, destroying what remains of the United States.
World War III rages throughout the Earth killing millions.
Radiation and disease in the aftermath of World War III kills millions more. Civilization begins to collapse. The collapse happens very quickly, and bodies are hurriedly buried often without grave markers.
According to Dr. Goodfellow, this destruction may have occurred because there was no Guardian in place at this time, who could have protected the Earth. (“The Guardians”)
The survivors of humanity have to deal with the various challenges posed by starvation, contamination, radiation, and plague. (novelization, “Awakening”)
This is the beginning of a long period of anarchy on the Earth. Humanity struggles just to survive. Many humans and other life forms are horribly mutated by the prolonged exposure to nuclear radiation. (“Awakening”)
During the period of time immediately after World War III, groups of people begin to find ways to leave Earth and start life anew on other planets. Some remain in contact with “Terra”, others do not, and some develop divergent cultures. Ultimately all contact between Earth and these colonies is lost, although Earth and the colonies remain in touch from the early 20th century through to the late 23rd century. (“Time of the Hawk”, “The Satyr”)
Earth is looted by aliens. The frozen body of Hieronymus Fox is stolen. (“Cosmic Wiz Kid”) This is likely the time of first contact between the humans of Earth and people from other worlds, and is not auspicious. This alien contact may have helped in the acceleration of human technology.
The first shipments of genetic waste materials are shipped from Saturn. (400 years prior to “Journey to Oasis”) Odee-x is one of the experimental beings that survives this banishment. This clearly indicates that faster than light capability had been refined and was more broadly in use by humans in the late 21st century. As well, genetic engineering was widely in use as suggested by both “Journey to Oasis” and “The Crystals”.
A strange colony is established on the volcanically active planet of Fibracetes, a world rich in Dirbidian crystals. Accompanying the human colonists is a series of pre-packaged settlers. Mummified for transportation, they were packaged in this form to await activation by light through the use of the dirbidian crystals. After activation, they would pass through 2 stages. In the early stage, they would appear as monstrous hulks with bluish-grey skin. As they had superhuman strength and tended toward violence, they were intended to be supervised at this point. Later, they would emerge from this cocoon-like stage as normal humans. The settlers were essentially fabricated, full sized, from DNA, with all cultural information encoded in their genes. This was to allow for the colony to rapidly expand and so as not to rely on normal methods of childbirth. This colony was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 2093, and several of the mummies were trapped under the ash. (“The Crystals”)
The Earth loses contact with the many colonies that had been established on other worlds in the years immediately following World War III. It is with the hope of re-establishing contact with these colonies that the Searcher is dispatched in 2493. (200 years before “The Satyr”)
The Earth finally begins to recover from World War III, and rebuilding begins at full speed. Advances in computer technology are key to the new renaissance of human culture. (“Awakening”, 400 years after World War III according to the novelization.)
The Inner City (New Chicago) is built, the Computer Council is put in place, and commerce is established with off world sources of trade. New Chicago becomes the new capital of Earth.
Earth begins to slowly establish new colonies in neighboring star systems, but relations are not easy with all of the new colonies, many of which desire to establish some independence from Earth. This is the beginning of what will become known as the Earth Federation and the Earth Defense Directorate.
Elias Huer pilots the first ship through a Stargate. The short trip takes him across Earth’s solar system. His mission a success, a system of Stargates is developed to link trading planets throughout the Earth Federation and beyond.
The last communication was received at Earth from Major John Stamos at the New Corinth colony on Arcadis. Shortly after this, Major Stamos transformed into a half-man half-goat creature, and assumed the name of Pangor. (“The Satyr”)
Hieronymus Fox is awakened from cryogenic suspension by the people of Genesia. He had been frozen at roughly 10 years of age, and is still a child, although a brilliant one. He works to improve their planet, and is shortly made their President. (prior to “Cosmic Wiz Kid”, but not long before as Hieronymus still appears to be 10 years old to Roderick Zale at that time.)
Buck and Wilma Deering travel together on a recon mission to a destination near Stargate 4. This is one of Buck’s first trips through a space warp. While they are gone, over a course of 3 days, 25000 people in New Chicago are afflicted with a strange nerve condition. The Computer Council keeps the matter secret, as the condition has affected the readiness of Earth’s Defense Squadrons. Buck accepts a position with the Earth Defense Directorate, reporting to Dr. Huer. (“Planet of the Slave Girls”)
”Flight of the War Witch” - Buck goes away on a “weekend in the country” with a girlfriend. In light of their cooperation over the battle with the War Witch, the Draconian Empire and the Earth reach some level of detente. Ardala and Kane return to the Draconian Empire.
”Time of the Hawk” - Peace finally having been established, the people of Earth begin to turn their attentions to other matters.
Crichton is activated, and as a first act, recites the Laws of Robotics as all robots are programmed to do at activation. Chricton, however, refuses to believe that he has been created by humans, and views Twiki as his father. (“Time of the Hawk”, “Shgorapchx!”)
The Searcher, commanded by Efram Asimov, heads out from Earth to prepare for a shakedown flight. Once this is completed, the Searcher will begin its journey to locate the lost tribes of humanity, who left after World War III. (“Time of the Hawk”)
Hawk and Koori leave their village for a time to visit the Soaring Place. While they are away, drunken humans come and destroy their village and kill all its inhabitants, leaving Koori and Hawk as the only survivors of their race. (“Time of the Hawk”)
In an alternate future, Lt. Devlin’s finance joins the crew of a ship sent from Lambda Colony. The ship is subsequently lost during the course of its mission: to find the Searcher which had gone missing. (“The Guardians”)
Sometime prior to the next episode, the Searcher runs out of its supply of Dirbidian crystals.