2011: Megalith fired, the Ichiri universe destroyed, Drakonian-Ichiri War ends. Rift instabilities begin in Aetheria: Emperor Naga Krion lost in rift instability. Empress Nakamura abdicates her throne and disappears. Senate begins process of picking a new Emperor. With much of the Empire in disarray, Star Admiral Takara Ming launches a coup backed with a large portion of the military. Known as the "Rising Moon", the rebel forces attempt to restore order and control to the Empire.
2012: Lammergeier bends a few rules to get into power as fast as possible, and declares a state of emergency. Rising Moon forces, with a large portion of the navy and groups from the other armed forces, control approximately 1/4 of Aetheria.
2020-2030: New ships, prototypes for the ICN, come into Rising Moon service. They have a carrier and missile heavy doctrine, as exemplified by the Abyss-class battlecarriers and Blade of Unwavering Steel-class battleships. The Empire upgrades its Apocalyptica Mark IIIs and Rapture Mark IVs to meet this threat.
2031: The replacement for the Apocalyptica, the Hresvelgr-class battleship, enters service with the ICN.
2033: Ming is found dead from poisoning, and the Empire is blamed. She passes on power to Claire Faretel with a letter she wrote just before death.
2034: Ming-class supercarrier enters Rising Moon service. The Empire speeds development of its Muspellhiem-class supercarriers to meet this threat.