Laplace was intended to be an orbital bridge between the Earth and outer space. Two optical disks at the top and bottom provided solar power to the central donut-type residential block (Stanford Torus type). The residential block rotational period was seventy-five seconds, allowing it to generate a gravitational force similar to that of the moon.
A ceremony heralding the end of the Common Era calendar and the beginning of the Universal Century was held in the Laplace Space Colony, at the prime minister residence on the night before UC 0001. Inside the space colony, Ricardo Marcenas was delivering a speech, stating the new charter of the Universal Century. During the ceremony, he declared each law from the constitution, while a machine carved all the laws of the charter on a stone tablet using laser technology. During Ricardo Marcenas's speech, a terrorist group, and hired by George Marcenas, reprogrammed panels of the upper optical disc to concentrate solar rays onto the residential block. As a result, the wall of the residential block melted and ruptured, destroying the colony by explosive decompression and killing everyone inside, including the terrorists themeselves. Only one of the terrorist survived; his name was Syam Vist. Syam saw the stone tablet and it came into his possession.
A section of the residential block remained partially intact for the next nine decades, passing latitude zero, longitude zero and altitude 200 kilometres once every day. In UC 0096, a battle between the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam and the MSN-06S Sinanju resulted in the destruction of the station's ruins, which burned up in the atmosphere.
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Even though many replicas of the original charter were made to be placed inside government buildings, one modification to these replicas were made. This modification was the removal of one law stating that "If one ever becomes a Newtype, then he/she shall have the priority to run the government". This modification was due to the conspiracy of the extreme right-wing conservatives, led by George Marcenas, Ricardo's son. This one event completely changed the meaning and history of the Universal Century. Moving people to space and starting a space colonization was no other than a hope that eventually space colonists will evolve into Newtypes and guide the entire human race onto the right path. The original intent of the colonization was out of kindness, with hope.
There were two major outcomes of the incident of the Laplace Space Station. The first one was that George Marcenas successfully became the prime minister of the Earth Federation government as he had planned. The second one, being more influential, was that the people on Earth completely lost trust with the spacenoids and favored the right-wing conservatives.
Eventually, the prime minister residence was forbidden to be in space and harsh restriction laws limited the rights of spacenoids were passed. All space colonies were forced to be under the control of the Earth Federation. This not only made space colonization seemed more to be a forced deportation of people, as the Earth became overpopulated, but also revealed the selfishness of the people on Earth.
The original charter's existence presents a major problem for the Earth Federation, since the Federation had decided to rule over those living in space, causing some of the spacenoids to have a negative view of the Federation. Furthermore, the Laplace Incident caused the Federation to consolidate its grip over space under the pretense of terrorism prevention, and revealing the original charter might break its hold over the spacenoids.
Eventually, the original charter became what was later called the "Laplace's Box." Syam blackmailed the Federation with the existence of the box, and started the Vist Foundation. The box itself at first was only an evidence that can expose the conspiracy of the conservatives. It had limited effect on the Federation until about half a century later, when Zeon Zum Deikun presented the theory of Newtypes to the world, stating that every single spacenoid will eventually evolve into a Newtype.
This brought significantly more attention to the Federation, but the debate did not end there, since the theory could be easily challenged, as there were no known Newtypes yet, or rather no real way to determine a Newtype. The Vists reached the point of no return, ultimately forced to seal the box away forever during the One Year War, when the famous ace pilot of the RX-78-2 Gundam, Amuro Ray, was revealed as a Newtype to everyone in the world. The Foundation reached to a conclusion that there would not have even been a One Year War had the box actually been opened.
Syam even killed his own son for trying to open the box, while ironically, decades later, Cardeas Vist was himself killed by his son Alberto Vist for the same reason. The Laplace Box began a cycle of patricide and filicide for both the Vist and Marcenas family, the only people who knew the secret of the box. The box itself became a symbol of power within the Vist family, as whoever had the box had the control of the Foundation. To the Federation, ironically, a hope for better future became a curse that lasted for a hundred years.
|Universal Century Locations|
|A Baoa Qu/Gate of Zedan | Axis | Fifth Luna | Luna II | Moussa | Palau | Pezun | Solomon/Konpei Island|
|Antarctica | Augusta Base | Belfast | California Base | Dakar | Dublin | Great Canyon | Hickory | Hong Kong | Jaburo | Kennedy Spaceport | Kimberlite Base | Lahsa | Mount Kilimanjaro | Murasame Research Institute | New Guinea | New York | Odessa | Seattle | St. Anges | Sydney | Torrington Base|
|Aires City | Amman | Anaheim | Granada | Von Braun | Neo Cartagena|
|Cosmo Babylonia | Laplace | Londenion | Moon Moon | Side 1 | Side 2 | Side 3 | Side 4 | Side 5 | Side 6 | Side 7 | Side 8 | Sweetwater|
|Penta | Magallanica|