The terrible Event of 12th November 1913 during the Modern War
Tesla and Marconi demonstrate ground to space radiophonic communications.
Triggered by German aggression in Tangier, the Modern War begins.
The global revelation of the Royal Navy's space navy at the turn of the century nudged the French into an Anglo-French agreement of cooperation and mutual colonial freedom.
As the century draws to a close and the world is rife with crazy people with dire portents. The USA and Germany are the first countries to detect the communications from space in the form of flashing lights in the sky.