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The first [[Alliance Grand Survey#First Alliance Grand Survey|Grand Survey]], conducted in [[2168]], counted 108 registered colonies. <ref name=SL8/>
=== Iceships and Dissidents The Seperatist Conflicts ===The Terran Alliance of the early 22nd century was still only an alliance dominated by the wealthiest states, not even uniting the entire planet. The sleeping conflict between the ''Seperatist'' nations and the Terran Alliance not only fueled colonisation efforts, but also created an athmosphere of constant threat.<ref name=JHST144>''Jihad Hot Spots: Terra'', pp. 144-145</ref>
After [[2177]], the [[Ryan Cartel|Ryan Cartel's]] newly developed iceshipping process became the main source of drinking water for colonies, further increasing the pace of colonisation.<ref name=DAS13>''Dropships and Jumpships, p.14</ref> [[Rudolph Ryan]] himself was - after his death - revealed as a strong supporter of the colonies' independance and had often "lost" technicians or JumpShips full of colonisation equipment in support of budding Seperatist colonies, which his corporate subsidiaries had helped create in the first place.<ref name=TPS12>''The Periphery (sourcebook)'', p. 12</ref>
Despite Ryan's support, not all Seperatists and anti-Alliance groups emigrated off-world, but radicalised in the face of increasing Alliance oppression. Terrorist organisations like Elias Liao's ''New World Disciples'' sprang up. Quickly gaining notority, Liao's group was responsible for the death of no less than 26 heads of states, and 14 Terran Alliance Parliament members (and at least 135 bureocrats, scientists, and technicians), further destablising Terra's political system. Rudolph Ryan himself was killed by an anarchist assassin in [[2185]].<ref name=HL8>''House Liao: The Capellan Confederation'', p. 8</ref>
The simmering conflict between the Alliance and the Seperatists and the constant threat of nuclear terrorism finally erupted into a series of unification wars waged by the Alliance.
After [[2177]], the [[Ryan Cartel|Ryan Cartel's]] newly developed iceshipping process became the main source of drinking water for colonies, further increasing the pace of colonisation.<ref name=DAS13>''Dropships and Jumpships, p.14</ref>
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=== Collapse and Isolation ===
The final [[Alliance Grand Survey#Fourth Alliance Grand Survey|Grand Survey]], conducted in [[2235]], listed over 600 worlds.
 
=== Decline and Isolation ===
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The First Exodus ended with the Outer Reaches Rebellion and the subsequent withdrawal of the Terran Alliance to a 30 light year territory around Terra. <ref name=TPS13>''The Periphery (sourcebook)'', pp. 13-14</ref>
 
 
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