The lore of The Cycle and the world of Fortuna III is an ever growing story being built upon with each release, first the factions were given there origins and now we are exploring new adventures while learning about old ones. Most of the lore is comprised of Faction articles by the devs as seen on their website, or in inbox messages in-game.
Fortuna III/Before the Storm
||(speculated that it is around 2150) Faster than light travel is discovered and Antares is discovered, the first earth like planet to be colonized. A few years after that TMON happens.
||Paper about H-C5 planets is released and gets bought by a company. (Same company building the science campus)
||Set up for the travel to fortuna III begins and launches
||Travel for fortuna III begins.
||Reached fortuna III and colonization of it begins.
||Colonization finishes and the federation is getting reports
||Cycle first shows up and fortuna III gets evacuated.
||Prospecting starts urged by ICA.
||Prospecting pushed hard by Korolev and Osiris demand.