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First Exodus

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The '''First Exodus''' marked the height of the [[Terran Alliance]]. During this era, the first off-system colonies were established.
=== The Race to Space ===
After the maiden flight of the [[TAS Pathfinder|TAS ''Pathfinder'']] and its arrival in the Tau Ceti system on December 5, [[2108]], the Terran Alliance began a crash program to produce faster-than-light colony ships. The first such ship was the [[TAS Ark|TAS ''Ark'']], which in [[2116]] established its first extrasolar colony on [[New Earth|Tau Ceti IV]]. By [[2123]], corporate production of JumpShips had become feasible, and the race to space became the new, global ''Manifest Destiny''.<ref name=DAS11>''Dropships and Jumpships'', pp. 11-13</ref>
During the this first colonisation wave, new planets were settled monthly. Eventually, disaster struck in April [[2128]], when the privately constructed and operated colony ship ''Liberator'' disappeared without trace. The Alliance Parliament quickly passed regulations, forcing colony ships to be escorted by Terran Space Navy ships, and installing planetary administrators as colonial governors.<ref name=DAS11/> The first [[Alliance Grand Survey#First Alliance Grand Survey|Grand Survey]], conducted in [[2168]], counted 108 registered colonies. <ref name=SL8/>
=== Iceships and Dissidents ===
While the [[Ryan Cartel]] allowed
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The final [[Alliance Grand Survey#Fourth Alliance Grand_SurveyGrand Survey|Grand Survey]], conducted in [[2235]], listed over 600 worlds.
=== Decline and Isolation ===
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While local protection treaties, such as the [[Chesterton Trade League]] had already been established,