All those who have grown up within the core of the confederation will have heard at least in passing of the Tranquillity Treaty, it ended the first Civil war and even during later wars has always been kept in check, but many question why. For that we need to look at the actual events that took place on Sol III a at 0421 Universal time on the 129th Day 39CE. At that point the Confederate Civil war had been running for three years, the events that lead to its occurrence are described elsewhere, but at 0421 a FFWM strike team hit a research base located under the city of Tranquillity, this attack lead to the release of a high tech nanotechnology virus known simply as ‘Black Ice’ that was under development for use on the Free Worlds.
The release was as noted in many research papers after the incident uncontrolled, but its effects where not, the sad truth about black ice was it was designed by the team working on it to do what it did, which was the reason for the eventual treaty outlawing any further weapons. Black Ice was designed to enter a carbon based life form and break down the atomic structure of cellular walls. This break down resulted in at first haemorrhage, then as the victims continued to be ‘converted’ they would eventually become nothing but water, which in turn would freeze due to the effects of the nanite self-destruct sequence.
It was this ‘virus’ that broke loose from its designer’s research station and into a city of 59 million. A virus that at the time had no kill code, it attacked indiscriminately; Man, women, child, the young and the old, Confed and Freeworlder, all of them where converted and when the virus eventually ran its course nothing remained except hasty recordings and horrible images. The scariest part for those who later witnessed the evidence of the Nano-virus’s attack was that the victims were alive at least through most of the first stage of the virus’s attack, it was not until organ failure occur that the victim died.
It was due to this that the use of Nanotech weaponry in such forms was outlawed, its use placed in the league of that such as Biological weapons. Many ask ‘why’ but the exact reason should be clear in and of itself. Black Ice had a limited life span, it would self-destruct after 48 hours, but other virus’s might not and just as Biological weapons could devastate whole planets, rendering them unfit for human habitation and thus had been outlawed even before man left earth, nanotech had finally proven that it could be as deadly or even more so, given it could if used incorrectly not only destroy life, but also the planet itself.