The world before you launch. Technology was near future TL 9 à TL 10, depending on the technology/science. The space race meant that your TL 10 were medical, computers and space related engineering, space ship drives, ship systems, environmental suits….
You would have all been youths during the war to reclaim the old world and defeat the Allah worshiping barbarians who had driven your ancestors from there. This war was won by Legatus Tavid Agrippa Navius, who chose to quicken its end by using nuclear weapons, leaving 14 highly irradiated zones in “Europe/ Asia”. At the end of this war the current Emperor who was being kept alive through medical intervention was allowed to pass, and the hero of the war was chosen as his successor. (~ 7 years prior to launch)
There were racial tensions which existed between the Mict, Seath and Renteel, which mostly expressed itself in gang violence among city youth in interracial cities. This tension magically evaporated after a series of concerts by El’An. The concerts took place 4.5 years before your launch.
After the second of the great Earth Shakes, as they would be called, occurred on New Year’s during Saturnalias in which, a number of the larger Seath cities were destroyed, the capital of Alloy Kingdom, Carceros, as well as parts of the Temple complex in Ling valley were badly damaged. Emperor Tavid Agrippa Navius stated “I am a man of action not an administrator, I am abdicating, recommending my cousin Del’Ain Agrippa Febriona be chosen as Empress. I will take up my previous rank of Legatus leading our Legion’s civils in protecting and rescuing my people. There will be more of these shakes, but we will be prepared, and where preparations are not enough, I and the legions will be there to make it right. “(4.5 years before launch)
The second Earth Shake was a heralding of change of hierarchy in the heavens. Jupiter and LughRa fell in power, Isis and Minerva rose. The radiation zones in the old world were healed by Isis, and she gained followers among some of the people on the old continent. (4.5 years before launch)
The next 3 years
There were periodic earth shakes, growth in near space civilian space investment, Asteroid mining, civilian space stations, and the moon colony. Del’Ain Agrippa Febriona was chosen as Empress by the Imperial Senate and she took her cousin Tadrak Gen Agrippa (from a Mict branch of the family) , as her consort.
The Medeyin left for Mars.
You were quietly recruited by your Houses, Provinces, the Empire or I.S.P (Imperial Space Program) for this mission. Your Houses (read corporation/patron) all would have told you to carry their name to this new world and reestablish their existence and power on this new world. They would have reminded you it is because of them you have a future, and to them you owe all that you have. So go forth and make them proud. (Depending on the house this reminder may have been a little more or less subtle.) Should you have been in service to your Province instead of House, the speech would have been the same.
You would have been brought to I.S.P for training, spending time at their facility in Vendell and at the moon base. The day after your arrival at Vendell, you and the colonists from Janus 1 are addressed by Tadrak Gen Agrippa. Although he has no reputation as a compelling speaker, once he begins it is nearly impossible to not become deeply involved in the speech.
“I stand before you a son of House Agrippa (he is wearing a part of the Imperial regalia, a sword), as are we all. My line was not born by blood to this house, but chosen by circumstance, and adopted by Marcus Agrippa Navius, to make right a great wrong. You have been chosen by circumstance (fluidly drawing and pointing the sword) and adopted by the Emperors of the Alloy Kingdom to carry us to the stars. Bring to them not our petty rivalries, but our determination, show them not our shallowness, but the greatness which is Aute’s spirit.”