I'm sure most folks will want to talk about The Vinn's encyclopedia entry, but I also wanted to throw this out there: I've been updating my personal timeline for the Drive universe, and thought it might be fun to share it with you. There might be a few things, below, that haven't come up in the strip yet! I can't recall.
Speaking of which: If you spot anything you think I have *wrong* on this timeline, or any key dates I've missed, do let me know!
1870 First Veetan ships begin venturing into space
1980 Renegade pre-Maker's ship has catastrophic accident
2081 Veetan ship comes into contact with a Continuum ship
2258 Conrado finds the Continuum ship
2273 First human contact with Veetans
2291 First human contact with Tesskans/Fillipods. There are skirmishes in and around Tesskil, but it mostly ends there for the Empire... as it will take Tesskans 80 years to get to Earth.
2331 First human contact with The Vinn
2332-2334 Human-Vinn War
2350 "The Rebellion" begins in the Outer Colonies
2365 The Tres Primos begin the campaign against the Empire
2379 The first Tesskan near-light-drive ships begin entering human space
2380-2383 Human-Tesskan War
2384 First Imperial contact with the Continuum
2384 Machito re-christened as a military scout ship
2386 Taneel takes command of the battle cruiser Sevillana
2392-2398 Nosh stuck in Moscow for six years
2398 Nosh joins Captain Taneel's crew
2400 Fernando joins Captain Taneel's crew
2401 Emperor Manuel Jose Cruz murdered. Nosh taken into custody. Captain Taneel relieved of command of Sevillana. Skitter wakes up in prison.