The Corps of Protectors and Guards

The Corps was arguably the most important factor in the human race’s ability to survive and expand throughout our section of the galaxy. A shadowy, quasi-military intelligence organization directly subordinate to the AHP Council, but embedded with Combined Forces (CF) military elements from the highly-developed Core Systems to the edges of the frontier, it alone had the ability to find, fix, and finish the enemy leadership-the MeTron-in the alternate reality of Odunie. Throughout the primary Existential War Era (2350 – 3440) both The Corps and the true enemy it fought were poorly understood and often dreaded by the citizenry of the AHP, if they were aware of them at all. Then Dr. Nils Ziortza’s great anthology The Thousand Years War: Stories of the Corps burst onto the scene in 3463, changing our understanding not only of the war, but of our entire history.


2211 – 2349

First Human Interstellar Travel

Exploratory only, heavy use of cold sleep, policy of leave-behind infrastructure for possible future colonization; initial use of subspace hops through large jump sites to shorten journeys.

2280 – 2331

Unexplained losses of the manned survey ships USS Exeter; RFS Leonov, PRCS Xining, and the SHAS GaTaurari (along with numerous unmanned survey drones)


Development of near real-time subspace communications using micro-hops.

2349 – 2500

The Early Expansion Era/Beginning of The Existential War


First permanent settlers on Proxima Centauri 2; 2355 first settlers on Beta Centauri 3 and 4


First known, organized HuTron attacks against a survey teams on Qin II

Examination of HuTron bodies confirm that they are extreme genetic modifications of humans, and that the gene lines lead back to at least 20 crew members of the lost manned survey ships.


Chartering of the Combined Forces, initially comprised of Southern Hemisphere Alliance and North American Alliance military space forces; other major Earth-based powers all join by the end of the decade.


Commercial structures which will eventually evolve into the Allied Human Peoples (AHP)


Iverson Station, the first of the free-standing deep space transit stations established; Linguists and intelligence experts tracking the HuTron confirm the existence of an outside authority controlling them which they term the “Masters” or “MeTron.” Only a tiny percentage of humankind can track the masters, however, because they are based in an alternate reality which requires true extra-sensory perception to reach. The most organized and well-trained of these super-perceptive experts were originally found among the linguists of Advanced Protection Services, a contracting firm which provided support services to Earth’s military forces in deep space. 

The story Real Time takes place during this era.


An incident at Iverson Station during transshipment of colonists to Qin II confirms what local security forces had already guessed: The intelligence personnel who are best at monitoring the HuTron and finding the MeTron controlling them are easily distracted by human misery and will get into enormous trouble over it if left to their own devices. From this point on linguists/analysts who track the MeTron, colloquially called “Perceptors” or “Protectors” (since they were all originally contractors for Advanced Protection Services), must always be accompanied by Guards.


Proxima Two terraforming reaches the point that humans can work and live on the surface without respirators or special protective suits.

The story Sarah Goes for a Walk. Outside. takes place during this era.


Formal establishment of The Corps of Protectors and Guards as a paramilitary, semi-independent psychic intelligence arm of the Allied Human Peoples.


The Mid-Expansion Era / Primary Existential War Era

Rapid expansion of Human Settlements, the original ten settled extra-Solar planets substantially complete Terraforming Projects

Circa 2700 a distinct delineation evolves between “Core” planets/settlements (prosperous, all Terraformed or compatible with non-domed living, rarely see enemy contact); the “Near-Core” (settlements in various stages of Terraforming/urbanization, see enemy incursions every few decades); and “Frontier Settlements” (settlements in early stages of development, subject to frequent enemy harassment and sometimes all-out warfare).


The birth of Daemon Williams, the most famous and best documented of the Corps members whose stories comprise Nils Ziortza’s anthology The Thousand Years War: Stories of the Corps (TTYW).

The stories Gregory and the Gardener and Guifei the Lucky, produced by the Bonneville University TTYW Centennial Team based on original sources which Nils Ziortza had, but did not use in TTYW, also date from this era.

3352 – 3357

Disappearance of the seven Corps members chronicled in TTYW from the historical record. Nils Ziortza notices this anomaly in his data in 3407 and downloads everything related to it to a personal drive—which he then hides and forgets about for many years before finally writing TTYW.


The Late Expansion Era/Possible Waning of the Existential War


(Kantar) Nils Ziortza dies at age 105 (3357 – 3461) after a brief illness at home. Later that year The Thousand Years War: Stories of the Corps appears on all of the Core settlements and several Near-Corps settlements at once.

3398 (January)

Bao Singh arrives on Proxima Centauri Two, sparking the events chronicled by Fatima Ziortza in the In Medias Res series


Publication of In Medias Res, researched and compiled by the Bonneville University TTYW Centennial Team, and written in a novelistic style to match that of TTYW by Fatima Ziortza, Nils Ziortza’s great niece. Fatima dies late in 3561 at the age of 107, just prior to IMR’s publication.


Publication (somewhat late) of the centennial edition of TTYW.