Due to certain peculiarities of Human physiology and psychology, life on the Human home world became very unpleasant in the post–industrial age. The expected lifespan of the average Human being was enormously increased due to advances in biology and medicine but the breeding behavior of the majority of Humans was not adjusted to take this into account. Many Humans also refused to modify their industrial consumption and pollution.
Accordingly, from the beginning of the so–called "Industrial Revolution" onward, Humans began very rapidly to both overpopulate and environmentally devastate their own home planet. Certain unfortunate distribution philosophies created a steadily growing number of Humans with little or no access to vital resources while others remained wealthy, overfed and wasteful. The impoverished fringe population rapidly grew despite the pressures of starvation, disease and environmental toxins on their proliferation, until they outnumbered the so–called elite of the "developed world" by a factor of ten. The resulting planetary wars and limited nuclear exchanges were even more gruesome and destructive than the effects of overpopulation and careless industrialization had been; a sizable percentage of the home world's native species were lost as well as roughly 70% of the Human population.
During the Reconstruction Age a philosophical shift was observed in the surviving population of Humans. The newly emerging Consortium governments more easily signed armistices, environmental protection accords and peace agreements. War in general was no longer universally revered as the most valuable and noble of all Human endeavors as had often been the case in previous centuries. A tendency toward cooperation and mutual support was encouraged.
The Consortia became the traditional governing authorities of the planet Earth, and they enjoyed unquestioned power and authority when the Human race was confined to a single planet. During their hegemony, any militarization of space was forbidden by law and Sol Force was little more than an understaffed scientific research and planetary defense administration, largely confined to orbital janitorial duties. The Sol Force administration was thrown an occasional bone, in the form of limited funding for research, but for the most part Sol Force was considered a joke.
The Nova Maria Edit
With the discovery of discovery of the Node drive, Humanity entered a more dynamic age, and a large–scale power struggle ensued between the Consortia and their supporters and a broad–based Progressive movement which advocated exploration and colonization of nearby stars. This movement was spearheaded by SolForce, but widely supported by a swelling base of dispossessed masses yearning for land and a frustrated middle class which had chafed under the trade and manufacturing restrictions imposed by the Consortia for over a century.
The various Human Consortia found a motive for further cooperation after being forced to quell a number of anti–government demonstrations around the world and finding they were facing increasingly violent civil unrest in many regions. The available resources of several governments were pooled to fund the research and development of the first interstellar space ship as a gesture of rapprochement.
Christened the Nova Maria, the ship made several successful Node jumps to and from nearby star systems before the first deep space colony was planned. The Progressives regarded this as a crucial victory and put forward many of their own leaders as symbolic voyageurs aboard the ship, including a number of key scientists and leaders of the populist movements.
On January 10 2408, as the Nova Maria boarded its passengers for launch, intent on the first adventure of space colonization for the Human species, tragedy struck. A Hiver nesting fleet, consisting of a Dreadnought and several support vessels, arrived in the Human race’s home system. The planetary defenses of the Human race, which had never before encountered another star–faring species, were negligible and easily brushed aside by superior Hiver firepower. The Nova Maria was destroyed in the first volley with all hands lost and the Human home world was bombarded from space for 48 hours afterward, resulting in massive devastation and catastrophic loss of life.
Only the legacy of Humankind's suicidal past eventually saved their home world from complete destruction. After nearly 36 hours of struggle, the curators of the planet's former ICBM arsenal finally managed to reactivate their remaining stock of ancient missiles which had been stored for decommission in the silos of the North American and Asian continents. A total of 3,000 fission and fusion bombs were launched at the descending Hiver fleet, destroying its full complement of Destroyers and causing serious damage to its Dreadnought.
Thereafter, the remains of the Hiver fleet left orbit and limped on.
Rebuilding from this devastation has taken the Human race several years. Although the Human home world is now lightly populated and there is little pressure to expand, certain peculiarities of Human psychology have re–emerged from their slumber. The Human race has re–learned its historical taste for war and Sol Force (the united Human military) never lacks for willing volunteers. Most Human spacers have bitter memories of the Hiver attack and are old enough to have lost friends and family in the fires, floods and chaos that followed. Accordingly, although the official motto of their Space Corps is "Per Ardua Ad Astra" — "Through Hardship, the Stars" — the unofficial motto of Humans in space is "Repensum est Canicula" — "Payback is a Bitch".
The destruction of the Nova Maria and the explosive militarization of space to follow has resulted in an expansion of Sol Force powers and operations which would have been simply inconceivable 40 years ago.
Into the Current Age Edit
The Consortia still "rule" Earth, in the sense that they are the civilian government of the planet and they are allowed the same autonomy as any elected planetary government in the empire. The Director of Sol Force doesn't spend much time on Terra, and rarely has occasion to deal directly with any planetary government.
The Director rules not Earth, but a multi–planetary empire. Within this empire, Terra is only one world of many, and may not be the most strategically or militarily valuable planet for Humanity. While the Human drive toward space began on Earth — because our species was born there — the current Director was not necessarily born on Earth and may have no special interest in Terra's affairs, nor any special concern with the Consortia...nor any truck with the strange attitude that Terrans have, that their planet is the center of the universe.
The Director has an empire to run and a species to protect. To him, Terra is just an extremely overcrowded, badly overharvested world with a certain amount of sentimental value. A great deal of the "treasure" of the Human race, in particular the zoological collections and the valuable artifacts related to Human art and history, have already been relocated to the relevant gardens and museums on Mars...which is the major Sol Force base world in the Sol system.
To compare the Director to Augustus may be a bit misleading — this emperor does not revere "Rome", nor choose to live there. Constantine might be a more apt comparison — building a new capital in a richer, more defensible location.
The early Directors of Sol Force tended to be a combination of idealist and pure exquisite bastardy. The most recent Director was a military genius and savvy administrator who meant to claw out a corner of the universe for his species come hell or high water.