First Contact with Alien Life in the history of the World almost ended with its demise. Coordinated attacks on all major seaboard population centers meant that millions died within the first few hours. Globally. But the adaptability and preserverance of mankind won through and - once identified - the weakness of the Aliens was shared across the globe.
The survivors of this Alien Invasion started to pick the pieces up. Technology unimagined was now in their hands. Great advances were made on all fronts - Weaponry, Travel, Science, Medicine - and the Human race jumped light years ahead. The Invasion also unified all the surviving countries on Earth into one giant Federation. It was clear now that Humans were not alone in the universe and that those Alien life forms would not be friendly.
Its been one hundred years since those events of 2021. Humans first colony on the Moon is thriving. Several other colonies have been set up on Mars where the Federation is making its first attempt at Terra-forming, turning the Red Planet green. But on the anniversary of the Invasion, in the year 2121, a new threat makes itself present.
The Quarani, however, are a peaceful nomadic race of Aliens, first making contact with the Colonies on Mars. Bloodshed was averted and while most of the Quarani fleet moved onwards on its never ending journey, several ships decided to stay behind to help develop the Human race.
Its been nearly 25 years sine then, the year is 2144. Federation Technology is something to admire and be fearful of. Body Armor, Weapons, Ships, Medicine, Technology - stuff that was once sciencefiction is now reality. And the Federation has created its first Jump Drive with the help of the Quarani. Its been modified due to the nature of the materials available to the Federation but it should work. All testing has proven that it will work.
In anniversary of the 1944 Invasion of Normandy, marking the end of the Nazis and those who would threaten world peace, the USS Normandy has been commissioned. It boasts the most advanced EVERYTHING that the Federation has ever created. Its Flight Crew, Doctors, Space Marines and Scientists have all been chosen to go into the Unknown, using the Jump Drive for the very first time.