By Mecha 8
As indicated in the introduction, placements and dates for the entries were derived from sources featured throughout the timeline. However, some of the dates/placements were not easily extrapolated. On this page, I’ve detailed my extrapolations for those more difficult entries. Since the main focus of the timeline is to present an order of events based squarely on the selected licensed works, the number of dates/placements attributed to me is relatively low and made with the aim of simply refining the chronology.
Could a number of the dates I’ve developed be substituted with others that are just as plausible? Certainly. That’s why I’ve discussed them with actual Robotech writers. Whenever they had something else in mind, I used their suggestions.
The extrapolation notes correspond with the letter/numeral designations after certain timeline entries. Click a designation on Robotech Timeline – Reference Guide Version and you will automatically get the portion of this page that features notes pertaining to the selected entry. Likewise, if you click a designation below, you’ll get the corresponding timeline listing.
A1 Aeon Lanack (which eventually switches over to Aeon Robotech) refers to the Tirolian system for dates. I had always wondered how a numeral from Aeon Lanack would relate to an Earth year, so I asked Jim Luceno (who coauthored the Robotech novels under the pseudonym of Jack McKinney, and for the purposes of this page, shall henceforth be called Jim). To my surprise, he urged me to devise my own explanation.
I structured the Tirolian system around these two dates: 1171, Zor’s birth, and 1256, the beginning of Zor’s exploration of the quadrant. Since Zor was known to be a young, preternaturally gifted genius who had been given the tremendous responsibility of heading a starship with the objective of ensuring a glorious future for his race, I reasoned that his age at the start of the journey should be reflective of his unique gifts and the utmost trust placed upon him. Hence, with every four numerals from Aeon Lanack just about equaling the passage of one Earth year, Zor would be in his early twenties by human reckoning.
A2 Yes, Zor was born on
B1, B2 As the Aeon Robotech dates approached the “present day,” I thought it would be interesting to see the Earth standard as well (i.e. “also 1976-1989”). Another embellishment of mine is the 632 A.R. date. Novel 18’s Chronological Summary shows Zor’s seedings as taking place from 580-640 A.R. But when I was putting together the timeline, I wanted to show an event on Earth that took place within those A.R. numerals. So before Zor seeded Spheris, 632 was picked as a cutoff because it’s around the time of a notable Earth-related event: the start of the Global Civil War.
A3 I gave 1990 as the start of the Global Civil War because the material states the war was nearly ten years old when the SDF-1 crashed.
A4 I picked 1995 as the start of the World Unification Alliance because the group seemed to be a last-ditch effort to save the world that was a bit too late in forming. The Global Civil War had been on its way to going “fully” global by 1994.
A5 Comics writer Bill Spangler had covered the early history of Roy Fokker and Claudia Grant the most, so I asked him when the fireworks began.
B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9 The cited material provides the year the SDF-1 arrived, but not the month. I chose December to heighten the obvious end-of-the-millennium connotation. I included Zor’s stealing of the Protoculture matrix and the escape of the SDF-1 in the same month to emphasize a closeness of those events to the ship’s arrival. Other events under December were included because their pacing occurred at a reasonably quick clip, having directly followed the SDF-1’s crash.
A6 This spot of the timeline was picked for the formation of the UEG because it made a sort of sense to me that the World Unification Alliance and other global powers would join together to become the UEG no sooner than after the destruction of Mars Base Sara. Also, Jim said the formation occurred around this year.
A7 This date originated from The RDF Field Manual for the Palladium roleplaying game. Bill had it in mind when he referred to the Grand Cannon in the Return to Macross comic. According to him the date presented a reasonable amount of time having passed for Earth scientists to unlock some of the technological mysteries aboard the SDF-1.
A8 Development of the Veritech Fighter follows the start date on construction of the Grand Cannon because I believe take-no-prisoners-minded leaders would push for the development of this grandiose weapon before increasing research in other areas. Although the timeline doesn’t show it, I tend to think of June as the time when breakthroughs in Veritech development occurred, which probably preceded the actual naming of the fighter. Also of interest, Jim said that development on other mecha would certainly have taken place at the same time, though most were phased out once the Veritech program gained momentum.
B10, B11 Jim told me that the start dates for the Robotech Defense Force and its academy are sometime in late 2002. This recommendation caused me to speculate on exact months (something I’d only done a couple other times, due to a combination of significance and a good degree of surrounding information that these instances presented). July was selected as the instatement of the RDF since, with the advent of the Veritech, the UEG would certainly soon create the military that specialized in the usage of Robotechnology. I chose September as the academy’s launch date because it would allow the UEG at least a couple months to hold an aggressive recruitment drive before opening academy doors.
A9 I thought a couple years after the UEG instatement must have passed before the UEDC formed; page 46 of Novel 19 implied a significant gap of time between the two.
A10 Lisa started attending the
A11 Page 184 of Novel 2 (three-in-one edition) implied that either November or December was the month the Zentraedi attacked
A12 The year of Rick’s promotion was determined by the fact that Minmei turned 16 at the same time. Minmei had been 15 when the Zentraedi attacked
A13-a I placed construction start date of the SDF-2 in its own separate entry to suggest that the RDF was too busy with relief efforts to start building it right after Dolza’s Rain. Besides, according to Novel 6, page 334, the SDF-2 began construction after the start of construction on New Macross.
A13-b The Robotech Masters’ pilgrimage to Earth was moved from 2012 to the last event of 2013 because instances in Novel 6, pages 368 and 390-392, along with Novel 20, pages 14-17, show that the Masters’ journey to Earth was started after Breetai and the RDF captured the factory satellite, despite the listing in Novel 18’s Chronological Summary or the 20-year trek projection in Macross Episode 31 “Khyron’s Revenge” and Novel 6. (With a launch date of 2013, the trek to the Terran solar system actually took 16 years, as indicated in Novel 20, pages 14-15; the arrival of the Masters’ fortresses at the edge of the solar system occurred in 2029 [Novel 20, pages 14-17], which preceded the first Earth/Masters battle, dated 2031 [Novel 7, pages 4 and 18-24; Novel 18 Chronological Summary].)
A14 Since Dana has the dominant personality, I placed
A15 The March date was implied by “March’s sudden melt” on page 5 of Novel 19.
A16 I figured the demolition either started late March or early April. It’s known that a full month was needed for the demolition and that the burial took place in May.
A17 On pages 37-38 of Novel 19, it’s June as Rick and Lisa headed to Fokker Aerospace Base. The top of page 38 says they’ve been “tiptoeing around the issue of his promotion for two months...” I placed the promotion after the start of the demolition because it seemed more appropriate for the RDF to concentrate on promotions at that point.
A18 Another date that originated from the Palladium roleplaying game.
B12, B13, B14, B15, B16 Comic series The Malcontent Uprisings was the first source to explore the time period with the same name. Later, Novel 19 adapted material from the comic while further expanding on the time period. Some dates were changed in the novel. This entry shows one of the changed dates from 19.
A19 My best guesstimate on the month for this entry. No more, no less.
A20 I placed the hijack attempt in March 2017 since the A-bomb detonation on the 15th seemed to have taken place about a week ago.
A21 In Novel 18’s Chronological Summary, Spheris was the last planet listed as conquered by the Invid during the years 2015-2017. I placed it as the last event of 2017 for no other reason than it seemed to be as good a place as any.
A22 Unlike some other events mentioned in the newscast on pages 274-275 of Novel 19 that had received dates from the comic The Malcontent Uprisings #12, the unification of the Southland city-states was not given a specific month by any source material. I placed it in July 2018 mainly because the latest source-dated event in the newscast occurred in the same month. And I have the unification follow the ASC’s capture of the Paranka to imply that Leonard’s victory helped spur support for seceding from the UEG.
A23 Moran and Leonard seemed well entrenched by this time, so I bumped this from the last event for 2025, in Novel 18’s Chronological Summary, to the beginning.
B17, B18 In my Explaining the Logic Behind the Order link, I talked about how the comic series Cyberpirates had proven challenging for me during the incorporation of it onto my Video/Comics lists. For the timeline, I’ve included two Cyberpirates entries, one from the first issue and the second from issue four. As I conveyed in Explaining the Logic..., most events from Cyberpirates are hard to pin down in relation to Sentinels events, but the two Cyberpirates events on the timeline are not. Within the two months known to have passed between the featured Cyberpirates entries, I’ve been able to fit in key Sentinels events.
A24 Extrapolation for the placement of the Sentinels’ formation (the original XT members) was quite involved. When the Sentinels intercepted transmissions of the REF’s victory on
A25 I placed the components’ return after other events for 2028 because it happened in the last month of the year.
A26 The January date puts this entry at the top of 2029.
A27 Placement in August was implied by references in Novel 20.
A28 Sentinels Novel 5 said the Optera mop-up lasted two months.
A29 Since Emerson blackmailed Leonard into supporting a dissolution of the Earth Defense Force around October 2029, and at the most, two weeks passed before the Senate voted on the accord in which the dissolution was enacted, the accord must have taken place in the same year, not the next as suggested in Novel 21, page 206.
A30 I wanted this event to parallel the release of the spores on Earth that took place earlier in the year. But I didn’t want to make the parallel too obvious, so I placed the Opteran reseeding down a ways.
A31 I have the rallying of troops on Earth share the same entry as the renaming of Optera in order to make events overlap for once.
A32 Jim told me that Dana’s arrival on
A33 Although Novel 18’s Chronological Summary hardly includes events from its own narrative, I believe a reasonable placement for them (the events prior to the reemergence of the SDF-3 in Earthspace) is within the same year as the end of the Third Robotech War.
A34 Another instance of overlapping events to make occurrences seem less parceled.
A35 Lisa said over ten years passed during the fold out of newspace. Pinning it down to 11 years felt about right.
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