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Default When was jump-5 and jump-6 invented?

I know, I know. 700 and 1000 when the Imperium achieved TL14 and 15, right?

I don't believe this is so. 700 and 1000 are the dates where Classic Era historians draw a line and say "This was when the Imperium had enough J5 respectively J6 ships to qualify as effectively TL14 respecitvely TL15". This is not the same date as the date the first successful jump-5 respectively jump-6 jumps were performed.

So how much before 700 and 1000 were those successful jumps? In my opinion there are two different time spans involved in each case.

I believe that the Imperial Navy classified the jump-5 drive as a military secret when it was invented and kept it classified as long as it could. Other governments and organizations did there own research and once enough of them had invented jump-5 on thier own, it was declassified. Once declassified, TL14 worlds began building up the jump-5 merchant fleet and by 700 the Imperium was considered to have reached TL14.

(The same thing happened with the invention of the jump-6 drive).

But how much earlier? How long would you guesstimate it would take for the drives to be declassified and how long would it take for the Imperium to have enough ships to make them more than just prototypes?

(I plan to take whatever timespans I eventually settle on and randomize them a bit (probably by adding one D10 and subtracting another D10 from the number of years).


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