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Independence Day: Resurgence - timeline
Sunday 30th November: Aside from a small pocket of resistance in an isolated area of the African Congo, the alien threat has been neutralized - and the world begins to rise from the ashes. Reconstruction begins immediately as the big cities, monuments and landmarks of the world are slowly restored to their former glory.
Tuesday 17th March: The near annihilation of humankind has given us an unexpected (but welcome) effect, as centuries old conflicts and political distrust are dissolved to create an unprecedented unity among the nations of the world.
Monday 25th May: Following the newly established global peace alliance, the United Nations creates the Earth Space Defense program (ESD) to serve as an early warning system and united global defense unit - appointing War of 1996 hero David Levinson as its director. In conjunction with this announcement, the ESD launches a worldwide publicity and recruitment campaign.
Friday 8th January: ESD applies recovered alien shield technology to an F-22 Raptor to understand how they can better integrate other alien technology into future full Hybrid Fighters. This light experiment will serve as the foundation for the dramatic innovations that the ESD delivers nearly a decade later.
Thursday 22nd June: Following the destruction of the alien mothership, Las Vegas was completely demolished by a crashing City Destroyer. Since then, thousands have visited its untouched ruins - serving as a dramatic reminder of the aliens' ruthless attack and permanent memorial to the War of 1996. (Las Vegas, NV)
Friday 10th August: A large group of aliens continue to hold out in the African Congo - the lone survivors of a crashed City Destroyer. The ESD repeatedly offers their support and assistance to the local government, but is met with aggressive refusal. (Congo)
Thursday 23rd October: Applying new data from recovered alien weaponry, U.S. Army scientists make dramatic advances in applying their findings to military applications. While there is initially some controversy around exploiting this technology, demonstrations of the new weapons' capabilities quickly alleviate fears.
For five years the final alien holdouts have been subdued. (Congo)
Friday 27th April: While test piloting the ESD's first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Colonel Hiller.
Saturday 21st February: Monitored from its command center in Beijing, China, the ESD Moonbase opens as Director David Levinson presides over the ribbon cutting ceremony. Designed with both offensive and defensive weapons capabilities, the Moonbase is the first of several planetary bases designed to monitor our solar system for potential alien threats.
Saturday 4th June: As a keynote speaker at the 2011 TEDx Conference, ESD Director David Levinson highlights some of the breakout consumer products that were inspired by alien technologies - including the touchscreen smartphones, bladeless fans, drones and airport security scanners.
Tuesday 19th August: After years of research and development from ESD scientists around the world, the next generation of hybrid alien vehicles and weapon systems are introduced. One of the standouts is the T4 Global Defender Hybrid Fighter, boasting unprecedented speed, maneuverability and offensive capabilities.
Monday 4th July: The second alien invasion of Earth.