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Events[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • March-April: New novas emerge daily. Governments unsure how to deal with the phenomenon: United States goes to Defcon 3. UN emergency sessions are called. First usage of the term nova by the media, after the tentative designation for the sub-species: homo sapiens novus.[4]

April[edit | edit source]

  • April 12: Æon Society director Philippa Lavielle initiates a dialogue with UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan, offering to seek out and study novas.[4] The agreement is to last "unless the current crisis passes or the United Nations is better able to handle the influx of data." Human rights would not be infringed-upon. With Æon's 80-year track record of charitable works and deeds, and given the chance to deal with more pressing nova matters, the UN agrees.[12]

May[edit | edit source]

June[edit | edit source]

  • June 30: The UN overwhelmingly passes the Zurich Accord, a document declaring novas to be human beings, with all the rights and responsibilities thereof. A few fundamentalist Islamic nations and dictatorial regimes, all countries with poor human-rights records, protest the resolution.[4][13] Members of many branches of the Christian and Jewish faiths, as well as other people of faith around the world, likewise express their beliefs that novas are essentially human beings.[14] The Church of Michael Archangel considers this the point at which the UN has completely capitulated to "the Beast."[15]

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December[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Throughout the year, inspired by the coming of the novas and fuelled by millennialist anxiety, various apocalyptic and transcendental religious sects have arisen. Many of these groups see novas as the chosen of God and/or the ultimate development of humanity. The most notable of these is The Church of the Immanent Escheaton, founded by a charismatic nova who calls himself "Chrystian Kalpa"; his Book of Kalpa professes a reality-tunnel that includes elements of Scientology and theosophism, holding that novas are agents of "the Quantum Unity" (God) and that an apocalyptic war is coming between good and evil in which all souls will erupt and choose sides. The Vatican does not take an official position on the status of novas at this time; Protestant and Judaic sects release statements of support for novas, with wording in line with that of the Zurich Accord. Fundamentalist Islamic sects (Shi'a and Wahhabi) decry novas as Eblis' children, but increasingly come into conflict with Sunni/Sufi philosophy exalting novas as the chosen of Allah.[4]

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