The Late 1980s
With the signing of the Relic Arms Treaty and the Geneva Gazette, past hostilities were replaced with an age of unity. The rising threat of ELID across the globe proved to be a formidable foe that could only be combated with the combined efforts of the United Nations. By the end of the decade, both sides were actively researching treatment and vaccine options for the disease. Many countries created special task forces to combat ELID such as the Chinese Special Circumstances Armed Police Force (SCAPF).
In the twilight years of the Soviet Union, the loss of support from the parent OGAS system caused issues to arise while trying to install upgrades for demilitarization. Due to the upgrade issue, the OGAS system became inefficient, leading to various economic and political problems across the nation, which only worsened with the oil crisis. Despite the problems of OGAS, the 16th continued its involvement in the project, supporting the idea of converting the system for civilian use. Technical Director Victor Glushkov, Mikhail Tsvigun, and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) all concluded that OGAS could prove an instrumental tool for revisioning political structures, efficient economic planning, and resource management. Beyond developing OGAS, Mikhail was further dealing with the worldwide ELID epidemic in the late 1980s. An epidemic that he contributed to in Afghanistan.
Sweeping shifts in the global order would occur during 1991. After almost ten years since the signing of the Relic Arms Limitation Treaty, it was expanded into the Relic Technology Convention. On March 31st, 1991, the United Nations reformed the Treaty into the Relic Convention with support from the US and USSR. The reformation led to significant changes in how Relics were studied and used. Additionally, the UN began plans for a new agency to deal with Relics and sites.
After the UN passed the Relic Technology Convention in 1991, most relic technologies were sealed away for good across all nations. During this time, Mikhail tried his best to delay the date of the OGAS system deactivation and preserve the legacy of the Soviet relic programs. Because of widespread political divide and unrest, the Soviet Union had been crumbling. However, after the coup on August 19th, the hopes held by the OGAS project team fell with the red star that night. The Soviet Union lowered its flag on the 19th of August, 1991, following the coup attempt. As the Union fractured, Russian oligarchs and investors put all Relic matters to the side during the consolidation of power. Mikhail and the 16th Directorate rapidly became obsolete, and the OGAS system was sealed away permanently. It would not be until 1999, after Vladimir Putin became the Prime Minister, that Relic matters returned to their importance to Russia.
United Nations Relic Agency - 1992
Soon after the signing of the Relic Technology Convention, the United Nations drafted plans for a new agency specifically for managing Relics and Relic weapons. On March 2nd, 1992, the United Nations Relic Agency (UNRA) was founded with the expressed purpose of halting the development and manufacture of Relic weapons worldwide. Additional goals of the UNRA included: disposing of current Relic weapons, utilizing Relic technology for peaceful means that improve humanity, and achieving justice, freedom, and equality for all of mankind. The UNRA’s founding motto became “Building peace in the minds of men and women,” and the charter’s ideal stated, “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
It became the duty of all nations to control, protect, and utilize Relic technology for purely beneficial purposes. The head of the agency was known as the Chief Director, and all those in the agency dealt with Relic matters across the globe from D-1 to Beilan Island. One of the most important figures in the series, Raeder Albert Rossartre, would later become the Chief Director, and his teachings and influences throughout his life would give rise to the ideology known as Rossartrism.
On September 11th, 1992, multiple terrorist attacks took place in Moscow and New York, but the exact methods and intensity are unknown. Following the attacks, “Pandora”, a radical anti-Relic organization, openly declared responsibility for the attacks. According to them, “The urge to steal fire is mankind’s original sin.”
Black Lily and White Rose Project - 1992 - ?
Notice: Much of the information from this specific section is subject to change with the release of future story and lore content.
After the formation of the UNRA, many Relic researchers and scientists showed interest in making contact with the Relics. The GAVIRUL was pulled out of storage in 1992, and the Relic scientific community was divided on how the GAVIRUL would be used. Due to a lack of structure and leadership, the community was split into two groups. The first group believed the specimen was the “key” to activating the Relics, thus unlocking further development and reproduction of various Relic-based technologies. On the other side, the second group supported the creation of human-GAVIRUL hybrids to understand the dangers of the Relic Civilization. Additionally, these beings would theoretically have the ability to interact with the Relics. Due to structural issues in the UN and the scientific community, the latter group received the majority of support.
The cultivation of embryos began right away, but due to the instability of the genes, the embryos had a 98.9% mortality rate. By the end of the reproduction project, only two embryos survived the test, both being female to preserve chromosomal completeness. The surviving subjects had different appearances due to a difference in the egg cells used. At the end of the development cycle, the first two successful GAVIRUL hybrids had been created.
Black Lily & White Rose
Observation Subject G-37 was of European descent with a genetic deficiency causing the growth of white hair, and Observation Subject G-114 was of Asian descent with black hair and no genetic abnormalities. During infancy, the two were indistinguishable from normal human, infant girls. The researchers named G-37 and G-114 “Rose” and “Lily”, respectively. The research institute named the program the “Black Lily and White Rose” project after the girls, referring to their hair colors and names. Additionally, their genetic sequences were codenamed “Lachesis” and “Atropos”, respectively and placed in -80℃ cold storage. Both Lachesis and Atropos originate from the Greek “Moirai”, also known as the “Three Fates”. They were two of the three sisters who weaved the fates of humanity.
At 7-years-old, an anomaly had already been observed in their development. They had aged twice as fast as humans with both being physically around the age of 14. By the 15th year of the project, neither girl showed any unusual characteristics apart from a somewhat stronger muscular strength and increased prefrontal cortex activity. The GAVIRUL Reproduction Project was labeled a failure past the 20th year due to neither individual presenting any ability to interact with Relics. Backup embryo samples and reports were sealed away into storage, and project funding was redirected towards the Weight-Bearing conformal external assistance system. The Weight-Bearing system would later evolve into the Assault-Artillery platform for use against ELID.
The lives and whereabouts of Lily and Rose were lost to time, but according to fragmented accounts, the pair may have been involved in anti-ELID operations before the Beilan Island Incident in 2030. Due to a lack of evidence, nothing proves the girls had or had not been involved to some degree in the Beilan Incident.
The 2000s & 2010s
With the signing of the Geneva Gazette in 1983, and the flag of the Soviet Union falling in August 1991, the Cold War came to a complete close. Domination of the military, economies, and Relics shifted entirely into NATO’s hands. The world continued as normal throughout the 1990s without much issue. However, as a new millennium was starting, the globe was faced with its first test. In 1999, the Relic bubble had begun and the world was forced to search for alternative solutions to the growing economic crisis.
When the bubble burst in 1999, a worldwide financial crisis unfolded. Companies across the world struggled to keep production and labor costs low or else face collapse. Industries had two choices - cut production costs as low as possible or find a technological breakthrough to improve the production efficiency. Interestingly, the Russian Federation faced almost no issue during the bubble due to early action by President Vladimir Putin. Putin was sworn in as Prime Minister on August 10th, 1999, and the following day he immediately requested former Director Mikhail Semenovich Tsvigun to visit his office to discuss Relic matters. The exact contents of their conversation are unknown, but the ramifications of the talk seemingly helped Russia prepare for the Relic bubble. Unlike the other nations of the world, Russia was ready to take the industrial lead during the crisis.
During the recession, the economic damage was severe on unprepared nations. Industries and companies suffered if they could not lower production costs or make breakthroughs. In Kiev, research and development of industrial-grade machine tools and robotic appendages were underway as a way to lower production costs. While the Russian products made by this method were not as high quality as those made in Western Europe or the United States, production was significantly cheaper. Russia gained the edge over the competition thanks to its industrial machinery, and other nations soon followed suit. Industry across the globe shifted to automation for the economic benefits. While the West and Japan ridiculed Russia during the Relic bubble for not negotiating in trade, Russia continued to pull forward as the economic leader. The Relic bubble and financial crisis came to a close sometime in 2001.
The following twenty years remained as normal, with little written about the history of the time. In 2012, Mikhail Tsvigun finally retired from his Relic work in Russia. While no longer directly involved with Relics, he was not completely unconnected with Relic matters in Europe. He knew he lacked a successor, one that could carry his knowledge and foresight into the next generation of Relic researchers and scientists.
As a new decade dawned, industrial technology and innovations were underway across the globe. Automation became commonplace in factories, CNC tools were introduced, and industrial robots had their beginnings during this time. Human-like and multi-legged robots were in their infantile development phases, lacking any real funding due to their riskier nature for production. Apart from industrial innovations, humanity would once again gain interest in Relics on a large scale following the discovery of the greatest secret under the Antarctic ice.
During an academic conference at Poznan University in Poland, Mikhail Tsvigun discussed Relic matters with the attendees and the audience. Almost by fate, one of the audience members listening to Tsvigun speak asked him a question about ternary logic research. As the event came to a close, the audience member approached Tsvigun with various information and data about the Khyber Pass Pike operation in 1981. Using only publicly available information, this individual was able to piece together a vague understanding of the events of January 5th, 1981. Tsvigun, the man behind the Soviet operation, was stunned by the individual’s knowledge. The individual introduced himself as Viktor Pavlovich Zelinsky, a university mathematics student.
Mikhail was greatly impressed by Zelinsky’s work, and the two grew to be close friends. Over time, Mikhail slowly began seeing him as a potential successor. Mikhail previously had two children with his ex-wife; however, both children were sent to live with their mother. It’s noted that he encouraged his children to change their surnames for an unknown reason. The identities of his children remain unknown; however, they could be revealed in the future. The discussion at Poznan University was the exact moment a long-lasting friendship was founded between the two; one as close as father and son. The relationship between the man with vast troves of knowledge and the other with intense political ambitions had the power to change the direction of nations.
The Antarctic Hollow - 2023-2029
In 2023, a massive anomaly was found beneath the Antarctic polar ice cap. Upon excavation, an enormous hollow was revealed and was confirmed to be the largest Relic site ever discovered. Experts in the field of Relic research across the globe had their focus solely on the hollow. A research conference sometime in 2023 was held with some of the most prestigious and intelligent individuals in the Relic field in preparation for a major development of the hollow. UNRA Director Raeder Albert Rossartre met Mikhail Tsvigun during the conference. Here, Tsvigun offered many useful recommendations for Rossartre for the hollow investigation.
With major scientific and financial backing from scientists and civilians, the investigation and development of the site began in 2025. All workers at the site were genetically augmented to help withstand the effects of ELID and outfitted with “weight-bearing” conformal external assistance systems to increase their efficiency. On top of the precautions already taken by the UNRA, the site was generally favorable. The layout of the facility, as well as the precautions taken, made ELID almost a non-issue at the site. By 2029, the Antarctic Hollow had been developed into a base complex larger than any other Relic facility on Earth. Large financial capital from the UN Security Council enabled the facility to construct five landing strips and eight ports for ships that displaced over 100,000 tonnes (110,231 tons) of water. Additionally, the facility could sustain 10,000 workers for long periods if needed. Research and development of the Antarctic Hollow base would continue throughout the 2030s, and would ultimately close its doors to the world before World War III.