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The Dune Encyclopedia
This article or section refers to elements that appear exclusively in The Dune Encyclopedia.


The timeline represents events chronicled in Willis E. McNelly's Dune Encyclopedia, an in universe document supposedly published in the year 15540 AG. It is intentionally vague in places - especially regarding events in early human history.

This page is part of a series of different Dune Timelines.

Before GuildEdit

900 Ma ago
Atmospheric oxygen reaches 19% on Arrakis.[1]
50 Ma ago
A great diversity of marine and land life has evoled on Arrakis.[1]
49.7 Ma ago
Oxygen catastrophe on Arrakis. Oceans largely disappear and an extinction event begins.[1]
48.5 Ma ago
Formation of sedimentary rocks ceases on Arrakis, due to the lack of standing water.[1]
47.5 Ma ago
All traces of remnant oceans and standing water disappear on Arrakis.[1]
200,000 years ago
According to geological data, the third moon of Arrakis/DE is destroyed and debris falls on the planet. According to oft-told legends it happened about 35,000 years ago.[2]
19000
Early humans civilizations on Terra.
16500
Aleksandr creates the First Empire.
16400
Rise of the Roman Empire which conquers the known world, except for China.
16000
Fall of the Roman Empire
15800
After provincial rebellins and minor jihads, the Imperial Seat retreats to Byzantium.
14700
The Great Struggle, begins the Century Without an Emperor.
14608
Discoveries in America. Madrid attains the status of the Imperial Seat.
14512
Battle of Englichannel. Imperial Seat moves to London.
14500
Begins the Golden Age of Invention (radio, television, atomics, rocketry, genetics, computer).
14400
China joins the Empire.
14200
The Golden Age of Invention ends.
14255
An intraprovincial war culminates in the first use of atomics. Imperial Seat moves to Washington.
14100
The Little Diaspora begins. The solar system is colonized.
13600
Due to colonization, the Terran population is reduced to 20 to 1.
13402
Ater a planetoid strikes Terra, Ceres becomes the Imperial Seat.
13402-13399
The Rescue of the Treasures from Terra.
13360
Terra is re-seeded. By Imperial edict it is set aside as a natural park.
13004
Verifax Marktoo discovers the suspensor-nullification effect.
12200
Empire of Ten Worlds, which suffers from strained communicatons.
11200
Empire of a Thousand Worlds, with diffusal of the Imperial poer.
11105
A rebellion destroys Ceres and the Imperial Seat ceases to exist. Age of Pretenders begins.

Great Dark AgesEdit

11100
Age of Ten Thousand Emperors or "The Great Dark Ages".
7585
Invention of the ornithopter[3]
7600
Thinkers' Rebellion[4]
7593
Ibrahim Vaughn Holtzman born on Liesco II.
7565
In an ornithopter accident, Holtzman is disabled and cyborged.
7562
Holtzman escapes his hospital; he reveals the "wave-effect" nature of the suspensor- nullification device.
7556
Holtzman severely damaged and thrown into a cometary orbit. Communications with him are lost.
7552
The Great Dark Ages end with the Holtzman Effect which allows immediate communication. The Wars of Reunification begin.

First Golden AgeEdit

5022
The Wars end and Ladislaus the Great unites the Empire of Ten Thousand Worlds and begins the First Golden Age.
3832
Holtzman reappears at Liesco, and presents the Planar Effect theory for construction of the Defensive Shield

Little Dark AgesEdit

3678
The Silicon Plague or "Death of the Machines." The Golden Age ends and the Little Dark Ages begin.

Second ReunificationEdit

2000
New plague-resistant conductor and developed, ending te Dark Ages. The Return of Computers or Second Reunification.
1970
Holtzman reappears, and presents his Unified Theory.

Second Golden AgeEdit

1800
Culmination of the Second Reunification. The Second Golden Age begins.
1381
Ali Ben Ohashi breaks away frm the teachings of Maometh; beginning of the [[Zensunni religion.[5]
c. 700
The first anti-computer pogroms.
711
Tensions increase between program mites and humanity-firsters
480
According to legend, Ampoliros sets off.[6]
400
The Second Golden Age ends.

Butlerian JihadEdit

200
Riding the tensions, Jehanne Butler leads the Butlerian Jihad/DE.
175
According to an account, Agamemnon d'Atreides, the first recorded Atreides, defends the use of computers before the rioting masses, and is assassinated.[7]
108
Holtzman returns and is destroyed by forces of the Jihad as the last thinking machine/DE. End of the Butlerian Jihad.
c. 100
Aurelius Venport/DE leads Ixians/DE refugees of the Jihad to Tupile/DE.
Earliest writings of the Sunni/DE.[5]
88
The Battle of Corrin/DE
Sheuset I Costin I, the first Padishah Emperor/DE[8]
86
Demetrios Atreides becomes Baron of Tantalos; foundation of the House Atreides/DE.[7]
c. 85
Birth of Pausanias Atreides.[7]
c. 81
Birth of Theseus Atreides.[7]
c. 79
Birth of Konstantinos Atreides.[7]
70
Henoor I Salusa I[8]
86
In reward for aiding the House Corrino/DE, Demetrios Atreides is made Baron of Tantalos. Foundation of House Atreides/DE.
84
Norma Cevna makes the first melange/DE-guided journey through hyperspace.
58
Death of Demetrios Atreides, Pausanias becomes Baron.[7]
43
Pausanias Atreides is ennobled as Baron Pelops.[7]
14
Corrin I Palaigo becomes Emperor.[8]
12
Saudir I The Great becomes Emperor.
11
Konstantinos Atreides becomes Baron Menelaus.[7]
10
Corpus Luminis Praenuntiantis begins negotiations with the Empire. The Great Financial Synod begins on Aerarium IV.
Konstantinos dies.[7]
6
Konstantinos II Atreides is ennobled as Count Thuestes.[7]
5
The Synod is completed. CHOAM/DE is founded.
0
The Lion Throne/DE, the Spacing Guild/DE and CHOAM/DE (as the arm of the Landsraad/DE) combine to form the Imperium/DE.

Continued to AG Timeline/DE

References and notesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Arrakis - Oxygen saga
  2. Arrakis - Geometric aspects
  3. Ornithopter
  4. Ornithopter
  5. 5.0 5.1 Zensunni Wanderers, History
  6. Legend of Ampoliros
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 Atreides, House, foundation of
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 List

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