History


Terran / Korhonen War Legacy



Introduction Short Term Long Term

Introduction
During the Korhonen war, Earth was bombed for several weeks beginning September 1st, 2039. This devastated the Earths' surface and left many major cities in ruins. On September 14th the Korhonen began landing troops on Earth. It is estimated that a quarter of a million troops were dropped in total. With Mogensen intervention the war was ended but its legacy still remained.

Short Term
There were several short term effects resulting from the war. The most profound of these was the two year winter caused by dust which had been released into the atmosphere from the bombing. Many plant and animal species died and the average global temperature dropped to -5°C. In most areas no one saw sunlight for full two years. Without the Mogensens' support humanity would have perished.

During this period disease long thought to have been wiped out spread like wildfire. Sanitation had been destroyed and diseases, especially those which were waterborne, were rife. During the war around a billion humans were killed, and almost the same number of people were killed by its legacy.

Humanities population had been drastically reduced. Those that did survive had to endure the hardships that would come and rebuild.

By 2100. most of the cities had been rebuilt but there still remained the scars of war. Over one thousand animal and plant species extinct, millions of hectares of land left sterile and two billion dead.

Long Term
The Korhonen had some success in their land war, but over time they were fought back. Many soldiers went into hiding. It is believed that descendants of these troops are still on Earth today. Over ten thousand troops were believed to be unaccounted for, so experts have came up with four possible explanations:

A combination of these seems the most likely, because scientists now know that the Korhonen genotype has been introduced into the human genome. This suggests intermarriage, and evidence collected says that it has been happening for about 150 years.

When the Korhonen troops landed they also brought kozuma with them. Kozuma are Carnivorous reptilian creatures similar in size and shape to an Earth German Shepard dog. They have thick green skin and claws suited to ripping animals apart. As expected they are very hostile. Like the Rahn invasions the Korhonen dropped kozuma on Earth in an attempt to wipe out humanity.

Kozuma are still a problem on Earth, whilst only a handful survived the winter, the survivors have been breeding for over 200 years. In some areas they pose a threat to livestock and to civilians. Whilst some have been domesticated and trained as guard "dogs" the majority are considered dangerous pests. The Earth senate has approved an eradication program allowing free hunting. Due to its relative failure in 2247 work was commissioned on a biogenetic plague which could wipe out the entire Kozuma population. However, as of 2259, this has proven unsuccessful and there still remains an estimated 1 million kozuma on Earth.

Due to the intense radiation from the Korhonen bombing mutations were common among the "Post War babies". Most were physical mutations but mutations at a genetic level was not uncommon. These "mutants" would be separated from society.

This rise in mutations is though to be caused from the core of some of the Korhonen projectiles used during bombardment. In the Ontario Wastelands there is intense gamma (y) and beta (ß) radiation coming from the crater where a weapon hit. This is true in other areas too. Studies have shown that the radioactive isotope emitting the radiation has a half life of 1.7 million years, meaning that resettlement is not an option.

The bombing has also made soil sterile, seriously damaging farming projects. Soil Reclamation projects have managed to restore some land, and they are due to have restored 50% of land by 2276.


See Also:
Terran / Korhonen War Fleet Movements during War Korhonen Exobiology Terran Exobiology

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