So in >>38841
I mentioned writing in a way where there would be one but only one unrealistic and not really scientific thing which would shake everything up and would work as the main backbone for the setting. This what I will now write up will be exactly that.
I don't really know exactly how best to describe it, so sorry if it all will sound a bit messy.
The way I see this setting is that FTL or just Light Speed travel is impossible (or at least accessible only to a type 3-ish civilization). Another thing is that I would like to see most civilizations starting on a relatively similar tech level. If technological interstellar travel is basically impossible, then there must be some kind of substitute for it in natural travel: either wormholes or hyperlanes. So my idea is this: what if this vast network of hyperlanes opens up for the galaxy in a single, cataclysmic event? Perhaps this was the greatest achievement of some ancient precursor civilization, which then fell to disrepair as its creators died out or somehow left the galaxy, or transcended their regular form, and now this ancient network powered back up again because of some reason that no one knows yet? Or maybe the network is a natural part of the galaxy, lighting up and down, kind of like like the Earth's ice ages? And this cataclysmic event that happens once the network lights up is what breaks the status quo back on the solar system I wrote out in the previous post entirely.
I will now try to write out the exact course of events that I see happening:
The brightness of the sun almost doubles for a time period of a few minutes, later returning to it's original, albeit slightly brighter form. It coincides with a never before seen massive solar flare. Most electrical devices on Earth are fried, a large amount of people who were outside are blinded or receive other eye damage.
The same impact is felt on Mars, but far weaker, and a total black-out is avoided.
The Belt is far away enough to avoid practically all of the damage.
Earth has descended into anarchy. Attempts to fix the networks are in wain, as all of the satellites and spaceships are fried, governments, which were largely digitized, lost all of their data, and the same happened to every Terran's bank account, and since the society was cashless, destroys everyone's life savings. Cities fall to anarchy, supply lines and production ceases, military is mostly helpless to keep order, as it's technology was fried too.
Mars government holds, but there is a high risk of famine, as Mars still is not self sufficient enough, and Earth is now gone as a source of resources. A lot of radical new ideas are being discussed on how best to handle the crisis, and it is ultimately decided to take complete control over the planets economy in order to be able to handle the massive restructuring needed to achieve self sufficiency and repair the damage of the flair as soon as possible. The Martian Arduous March begins.
The Martian sector of the belt is recalled back to their homeworld and the belt defense fleet is practically disbanded, since both the Terran and Marian vessels are tasked to return. There is a massive unrest in the Belt, especially with the security only being made of from private company mercenaries (since the mega corps had a lot on influence on Earth, the government forces were tasked with keeping order in the belt to save costs for companies). The riots are being led by a lot of left-wing dissidents that were exiled from Earth to the prison colonies. The security forces are unable to hold, and the insurrection is successful, the first workers revolution of the 22nd century succeeds.
Alright. I feel a bit tired now, but will definitely continue this tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to reach the point by which I fully introduce the hyperlanes of this setting, but I want to do it all step by step. So what do you think about what I wrote up just now, hopefully it isn't too bad