Alien spaceship crash-lands on Earth, effectively ending almost a decade of Global Civil War. Originally called "Me Visitor," the ship is dubbed Superdimensional Fortress 1-the SDF-1.
Dr. Emil Lang, after an initial recon of the ship (in the company of Roy Fokker, Henry Gloval, T. R. Edwards, and others), begins to unravel the secrets of an extraterrestrial science known as Robotech.
Macross Island becomes the focal point of Robotechnology; and reconstruction commences on the SDF-1.
In another part of the galaxy, Zor is killed by Invid soldiers during a Flower of Life seeding attempt. The Zentraedi Breetai is wounded during the same raid. Commander-in-chief Dolza orders Commander Reno to return Zor's body to the Robotech Masters on Tirol.
Interstellar war with the Invid, whose homeworld, Optera, has been defoliated by the Zentraedi, continues to chip away at the fringes of the Masters' galactic empire.
Destruction of Mars Base Sara. Lisa Hayes's fiance, Carl Riber, is killed. Lisa turns 17.
Development of the reconfigurable Veritech Fighter.
On Tirol, Cabell "creates" Rem by cloning tissue from Zor. The Masters, too, have their way with Zor's body, cloning tissue for their own purposes and extracting from the scientist's residual cellular memories a vision of Earth-destination of the fortress and Protoculture matrix he has stolen and spirited from their grasp.
Rise of the United Earth Defense Council under the leadership of Senator Russo, Admiral Hayes, T. R. Edwards, and others.
Roy Fokker and Claudia Grant become fast friends.
Lisa Hayes is assigned to the SDF-1 project on Macross, under the command of Captain Henry Gloval.
Tommy Luan is elected mayor of Macross City.
On the SDF-1's launch day, the Zentraedi (after a ten-year search for Zor's fortress and the missing Protoculture matrix) appear and attack Macross Island. The fortress makes an accidental hyperspace jump to Pluto, carrying the island and its population of 75,000 along with it. 15-year-old Lynn-Minmei and 19-year-old Rick Hunter are caught up in the spacefold.
Lisa Hayes turns 24.
The SDF-1 battles its way back to Earth with Macross City rebuilt inside its massive holds.
Rick Hunter joins the RDF and earns the rank of lieutenant, with Ben Dixon and Max Sterling assigned to his VT squadron. The Battle at Saturn's Rings.
Lynn-Minmei is voted "Miss Macross." Breetai calls up the Botoru Battalion, led by the notorious Khyron the Backstabber.
The Battle at Mars Base Sara.
Rick, Lisa, Max, and Ben are captured by Breetai and interrogated by the Zentraedi commander in chief, Dolza.
The Earth forces learn of the term "Protoculture" for the first time.
Three "Micronized" Zentraedi spiesRico, Konda, and Bron-are successfully inserted into the SDF-1.
The SDF-1 lands on Earth.
Lynn-Minmei is reunited with her cousin, Lynn-Kyle.
Rick Hunter is seriously wounded during a Zentraedi attack on the fortress.
Roy Fokker is killed during a raid led by Khyron.
After almost six months on Earth, the SDF-1 is ordered to leave by the leaders of the UEDC.
Ben Dixon is killed.
Little White Dragon is aired.
The Minmei Cult has its beginnings aboard the flagship of the Zentraedi fleet. Lynn-Kyle founds a peace movement aboard the SDF-1.
Asylum is granted to three "Micronized" Zentraedi spies.
Max Sterling weds former Zentraedi Quadrono ace, Miriya Parino.
Exedore arrives aboard the SDF-1 for peace talks.
The Zentraedi armada appears in Earthspace and lays waste to much of the planet. At Alaska Base, the Grand Cannon is destroyed and Admiral Hayes is killed.
The SDF-l, with an assist from Lynn-Minmei's voice, defeats Dolza's armada of five million ships and returns to ravaged Earth.
A period of reconstruction begins, with Humans and Zentraedis working side-by-side.
The Robotech Masters lose confidence in their race of warrior clones and begin a mass pilgrimage through interstellar space to Earth to recapture Zor's Protoculture matrix.
Dana Sterling and Bowie Grant (son of Claudia Grant's brother, Vince) are born. The factory satellite is captured from Commander Reno and folded to Earthspace.
Dr. Lang and Professor Lazlo Zand begin work on a secret project involving artificial intelligence. Zand takes a peculiar interest in Dana Sterling after undergoing a Protoculture mindboost.
Khyron makes a surprise appearance and holds Minmei and Lynn-Kyle hostage. The destruction of New Macross, the SDFs 1 and 2, along with Khyron's forces. Henry Gloval, Claudia Grant, Sammie Porter, Vanessa Leeds, and Kim Young are among the casualties. The remains of the three ships are buried under tons of earthen debris dredged up from Lake Gloval.
Zentraedi Malcontent Uprisings in the Southlands Control Zone (South America). Jonathan Wolff comes to the attention of Commander Max Sterling.
The Robotech Expeditionary Force is formed, for the express purpose of journeying to Tirol to make peace with the Robotech Masters. Aboard the factory satellite, work begins on construction of the SDF-3.
Rise of Monument City and Anatole Leonard's Army of the Southern Cross. Lynn-Minmei takes on a partner, Janice Em, at Emil Lang's urging.
The Invid complete their conquest of Garuda, Praxis, Karbarra, and Spheris.
Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes wed aboard the factory satellite. Dana and Bowie are given over to the care of Rolf and Laura Emerson.
The SDF-3 is launched. Minmei and Janice are caught up in the spacefold. Rick turns 29; Lisa, 34; Dana and Bowie, 7. Scott Bernard, Lang's godson from the recently completed Mars Base, turns 17.
2025 (Earth actual)
The Invid Regent takes Tirol. Sickened by his bloodlust, the Regis leaves Optera for Praxis to carry on with her Genesis Pit experiments.
The Robotech Expeditionary Force arrives in Fantomaspace and engages the Invid; the fortress's spacefold generators are damaged. (The REF is unaware that the fold has taken five Earth-years, and believe the date to be 2020.)
T. R. Edwards and his Ghost Squadron capture the living computer the Regent has left behind in Tiresia's Royal Hall.
Tiresians Cabell and Rem inform the Plenipotentiary Council that the Robotech Masters are on their way to Earth.
The Zentraedi contingent of the REF agree to be returned to full size to mine Fantoma for monopole ore to fuel a new fleet of warships.
The Sentinels-comprised of Praxians, Garudans, Karbarrans, Haydonites, Spherisians, and Perytonians-are formed to liberate planets recently conquered and occupied by the Invid horde. The Hunters, Grants, Sterlings, and others leave Fantomaspace aboard the Farrago.
On Earth, Senator Wyatt Moran and the commanders of the Army of the Southern Cross consolidate their power and take control of the Supreme Council.
Dana and Bowie grow up under the care of the Emersons.
2026 (Earth actual)
Karbarra is liberated. Tesla and Burak form a curious partnership. The Sentinels' ship is destroyed and the GMU is stranded on Praxis shortly after the Regis's leavetaking for Haydon IV Praxis is destroyed.
Death of Baldan I.
T R. Edwards holds secret talks with the Regent, and begins a personal campaign to capture Lynn-Minmei.
Wolff and Janice Em return to Tirol. The Invid Tesla murders a simulagent sent to Tirol by the Regent.
T R. Edwards begins to hold sway over the REF's Plenipotentiary Council. Wolff is accused of murder and piracy. Control of the Fantoma mining operations goes to Edwards.
Garuda is liberated. Rick, Lisa, Rem, and Karen suffer the near-fatal effects of the planet's atmosphere.
Baldan II is "shaped" by Teal.
The Zentraedi leave Tirolspace with the monopole ore needed for the fleet's warships.
2027 (Earth actual)
The Sentinels arrive on Haydon N shortly after the Regis's leavetaking, and "surrender" to the occupying Invid troops. Rem learns he is actually a clone of Zor. Janice Em reveals herself to be an android. Sarna is killed.
A prototype ship under the command of Major Carpenter leaves Tirol for Earth. Edwards loses his grip on the council after troops sent out to hunt down the Zentraedi side with them instead. Wolff, Breetai, and Grant return to Tirol and clear the Sentinels of all charges. Haydon IV and Spheris are liberated. Tesla leaves the Ark Angel for Optera to have it out with the Regent.
Aurora is born on Haydon IV.
Edwards and his Ghost Riders flee Tirol for Optera, taking Lynn-Minmei and the awakened Invid living computer from Tiresia with them.
2028 (Earth actual)
Jonathan Wolff leaves for Earth. Edwards arrives on Optera. Tesla is chased off; Breetai and the Regent die together.
Exedore arrives on Haydon IV with the council's peace proposal for the Regent. The Sentinels move against Peryton. Tesla and Burak sacrifice themselves to end the planet's curse.
2029 (Earth actual)
The battle for Optera. Edwards, Arlanon, Teal, and Janice die.
Dr. Lang makes a series of shattering discoveries about the spacefold generators his teams have used in Carpenter and Wolff's ships.
Ark Angel begins a slow return to Tirol. Breetai's son, Drannin, is born to the Zentraedi Kazianna Hesh.
The Ark Angel arrives in Tiresia. Lang briefs the council and Expeditionary Force members on his discoveries.
2030 (Earth actual)
Roy Hunter is born in Tiresia. The REF and Karbarrans begin work on the main fleet ships. Lang's Robotech teams develop an integrated system of body armor and reconfigurable cycles, known as Cyclones.
2031 (Earth actual)
Dana Sterling and Bowie Grant turn 18, graduate from the Academy, and are assigned to the 15th Alpha Tactical Armored Corps, which includes Sean Phillips, Angelo Dante, and Louie Nichols.
The Robotech Masters arrive in Earthspace and the Second Robotech War begins.
Major Carpenter's ship returns from Tirol.
Zor Prime is introduced to the 15th ATAC.
2032 (Earth actual)
End of the Second Robotech War. Zor Prime's attempt at destroying the Masters' flagship results in the loosing of the Flowers of Life from the Protoculture matrix concealed within the spacefold drives of the buried SDF-1; spores cover the planet and the Flower takes root, alerting the Regis's sensor nebula.
The Invid "disappear" from Tirol's corner of the galaxy. It is assumed that the Regis has begun her move against Earth.
The Mars Group leaves Tirol with 18 year-old Scott Bernard aboard.
Dana has a vision of the coming of the Invid, telepathically communicated to her by her sister, Aurora.
Lazlo Zand dies.
Jonathan Wolff's ship returns to Earth. An anti-Invid underground is established before the Regis arrives. Dana commandeers Wolff's ship after the drives are retrofitted with a device perfected by former 15th ATAC whiz-kid, Louie Nichols.
The Robotech factory satellite returns to Earth-space.
Optera is fully seeded with the Flowers of Life and given over to the homeless Praxians, who rename the planet "New Praxis." The Flowers become the crop for a new Protoculture matrix created by Rem, who has managed to tap his progenitor's-Zor's-memories.
Max, Miriya, and Aurora Sterling arrive on Tirol from Haydon IV
2033 (Earth actual)
The Invid Regis arrives. Her newly hatched army of soldiers and mecha destroy the factory satellite and easily defeat Earth's depleted defenses. Hives and farms are set up worldwide, and some Terran captives are forced to work in labor camps, harvesting Flowers and processing nutrient for use in the Regis's Terror Weapons and battlecraft.
Arrival of Dana Sterling on Tirol. With her are Bowie Grant, Sean Phillips, Angelo Dante, Musica and Allegra, and some of the Masters' clones.
Shadow Fighters and neutron "S" missiles are developed by the REF for the assault against Earth. Instantaneous spacefold becomes a reality for the mainfleet ships.
Arrival and defeat of the Mars Attack Group sent by the REF
Scott Bernard and his ragtag band of freedom fighters-Rook, Rand, Lancer, Lunk, and Annie-begin a journey toward the Regis's central hive complex, known as Reflex Point.
Marlene, Sera, and Corg are birthed by the Regis.
2035 (Earth actual)
The Jupiter attack wing arrives in Earthspace. Photojournalist Sue Graham dies on Earth.
The REF main-fleet ships are folded from Tirol to Earth. The Regis and her children take leave of the planet in the form of a phoenix of mindstuff, annihilating the returning ships in the process and ending the Third Robotech War.
On Haydon IV, Veidt and Exedore are present at the reawakening of the planet's Awareness. Max and his family are also on-planet. Cabell is on Tirol.
The SDF-3 fails to appear in Earthspace. Rick turns 40 (or 45 in chronological years); Lisa turns 45 (or 50).
Aboard the Ark Angel, which has been spared the fate of the rest of the mainfleet ships, Scott Bernard and Vince and Jean Grant commence a search for the missing fortress.