A lot has happened in the history of Starfield, so we've put together a Starfield timeline of events and historical moments.
Starfield’s timeline spans hundreds of years, beginning all the way back when the Starfield Earth was inhabited, to when humanity fled to the stars, and leading up to 2330 AD – the beginning of Starfield’s campaign.
So, we’ve collected all of the historical events in Starfield’s history into a simple timeline.
Starfield's 21st century
The fate of the Earth, and mankind’s impetus to leave it were not detailed in the Starfield timeline released by Bethesda’s Developer Q&A, but it implies that the Earth deteriorated rapidly within less than a century.
Humans first arrive on Mars. By 2100, humans are living in space.
Starfield's 22nd century
Following humanity’s forays into space, it seems that the Earth was abandoned entirely by this point, with a shuttle taking its first passengers beyond the Sol system at the beginning of the 22nd century, or just before.
Humans arrive in Alpha Centauri (4.37 light years away from Earth).
The United Colonies are established.
New Atlantis is founded and becomes the official capital city of the United Colonies in 2161.
The manufacturers of the Chronomark watch are established.
The United Colonies positions the star station called the Clinic in orbit around Deepala in the Narion system. The unaffiliated peoples of the Narion system see this as a UC attempt to expand their borders and demand the UC remove the Clinic. When the UC refuses, the people of Narion vote to join the Freestar Collective, who mobilize to protect the system in 2195.
In response to Freestar mobilization, the UC moves a fleet into the Narion system and Freestar responds in kind. The Narion War begins.
Starfield's 23rd century
The Narion War drags on as public sentiment sours. Finally, the Treaty of Narion is signed by the UC and Freestar Collective in 2216, ending the conflict. The term “Settled Systems” is formalized in the treaty.
The Freestar Rangers are founded as an elite protective and investigative force dedicated to serving all citizens of the Freestar Collective.
- Chloe Bao, accomplished physicist
- Aja Mamasa, the youngest member and Sebastian’s protégé
- Darius Andris, botanist and specialist in xeno-flora
- Bernadette Laurent, wealthy heiress and adventurer
- Everado Gil, former smuggler
- Kadri Toma, biologist and physician
Starfield's 24th century
The Freestar Collective begins farming on the planet of Vesta in the Lunara system. By 2308 the United Colonies claims that by establishing a colony in a fourth star system, the Freestar Collective has violated the Treaty of Narion. Diplomatic talks break down and the UC lays siege to Vesta, killing anyone who stayed behind (or was brought in) to defend it. The Colony War officially begins.
After several years of conflict, the Colony War effectively comes to an end with the Battle of Cheyenne as a flotilla of civilian and military Freestar Collective ships takes down the major ships of the UC Navy using hit-and-run tactics.
The UC Vanguard is founded as part of a UC response to the Freestar Collective‘s use of civilian ships during the Colony War. The Vanguard is the UC’s own civilian navy, relying on civilians using their own ships, who pledged to protect the United Colonies and its interests. The ultimate reward for this service: citizenship in the United Colonies.
Sarah Morgan becomes the youngest head of the UC Navigator Corps, though it’s a short-lived position as the division is shut down in 2320. Cast adrift, but still eager to put her training to good use, Morgan joins Constellation.
The main story of Starfield begins.