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{{Quote box|The Babylon Station is a place to work out our problems peacefully. It is, we believe, our last best hope for peace.|[[EA President]] [[Elizabeth Levy]], [[2248]]}}
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{{Quote box|The Babylon Station is a place to work out our problems peacefully. It is, we believe our last best hope for peace.|[[EA President]] [[Elizabeth Levy]], [[2248]]}}
 
The '''Babylon Project''' was a development of the [[Earth Alliance]] that began in [[2248]], shortly after the resolution of the [[Earth-Minbari War]]. The project's goal was to prevent future wars by providing [[Human]]s and aliens neutral territory to settle their differences peacefully. The first four Babylon stations ended in disaster during construction or shortly after coming online. The fifth attempt, [[Babylon 5]], came online in [[2256]]. The cost of bringing Babylon 5 into service was enormous, but the station met and far exceeded its initial goal over the next twenty-four years.
 
 
==History==
 
The Babylon Project began in [[2248]] after the resolution of the [[Earth-Minbari War]], the war itself being the inspiration for the project's foundations. Babylons 1 through 3 were all destroyed during their construction by acts of sabotage. Finally, [[Babylon 4]] was constructed and brought online in [[2254]] when it disappeared a mere twenty-four hours later. The last of the Babylon stations, Babylon 5, was constructed and placed into orbit of [[Epsilon III]], thanks to substantial assistance from the [[Centauri Republic]] as well as the [[Minbari Federation]], who suddenly became interested in the project for undisclosed reasons. The station came online in 2256 and ultimately served its purpose through frequent diplomatic engagements, first contact situations, ongoing trade, and key roles in several military conflicts. The new [[Interstellar Alliance]] was arguably the most enduring legacy of the Babylon Project. After Babylon 5 was decommissioned and scuttled in [[2281]], the Earth Alliance ended the project permanently, satisfied that it had fulfilled its purpose.
 
   
 
==The Babylon Stations==
 
==The Babylon Stations==
[[File:B1a.jpg|thumb|The first Babylon Station seconds before it was destroyed.]]
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===Babylon 1===
[[File:B1b.jpg|thumb|The forward section of the Babylon station hurtling into space.]]
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Babylon 1, originally known simply as The Babylon Station, was the first space station built by the [[Earth Alliance]] under the Babylon Project. <ref>[[In the Beginning]]</ref>
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During construction, Babylon 1's infrastructure collapsed and exploded as a result of sabotage. Construction worker [[Thomas Jordan]] had just left the station. <ref>[[Grail (episode)]]</ref><ref name="dvd1">DVD Extras, Babylon 5 Data Files</ref> Part of its materials were recycled to construct Babylon 2.
{{quote box|There is something I've been wondering. Why Babylon 5? If the prior four stations were lost or destroyed, why build another?"<br/><br/>"Plain old human stubbornness, I guess. When something we value is destroyed, we rebuild it. If it's destroyed again, we rebuild it again. And again, and again, and…again, until it stays. That, as our poet Tennyson once said, is the goal: 'To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.'|[[Delenn]] and [[Jeffrey Sinclair]], ''[[The Gathering]]''}}
 
 
===[[The Babylon Station]]===
 
The Babylon Station was the first space station built by the [[Earth Alliance]] under the aegis of the Babylon Project. <ref>[[In the Beginning]]</ref> During construction, The Babylon Station’s infrastructure collapsed and exploded as a result of sabotage. Construction worker [[Thomas Jordan]] had just left the station. <ref>[[Grail (episode)]]</ref><ref name="dvd1">DVD Extras, Babylon 5 Data Files</ref> Part of its materials were recycled to construct Babylon 2.
 
 
===[[Babylon 2]]===
 
The second attempted station in the Babylon Project, Babylon 2 was also sabotaged and destroyed, exploding during construction.<ref name="dvd1" /> Materials that survived the station's destruction were used in the construction of Babylon 3.
 
   
===[[Babylon 3]]===
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===Babylon 2===
Like the previous two stations, Babylon 3 was also sabotaged and destroyed, exploding during construction.<ref name="dvd1" /> As they had been on the previous station, leftover materials were used in the construction of Babylon 4.
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The second attempted station in the Babylon Project, Babylon 2 was also sabotaged and destroyed, exploding during construction.<ref name="dvd1" /> Part of its materials were also recycled to build the next station.
   
===[[Babylon 4]]===
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===Babylon 3===
The biggest of all of the Babylon stations, Babylon 4 was fully mobile and had dual rotating sections that rotated in the opposite direction relative to each other, allowing the station to conduct stable flight in space and not needing to reside in planetary orbit. Constructed in [[2254]], Babylon 4 disappeared twenty-four hours after it became operational.<ref name="dvd1" />
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Babylon 3 was sabotaged and destroyed, exploding during construction.<ref name="dvd1" /> After it was destroyed, leftover materials were used in the construction of Babylon 4, which were present, even when Babylon 4 came online in [[2254]].
   
===[[Babylon 5]]===
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===Babylon 4===
Babylon 5 was the final Babylon station constructed, with substantial assistance from the [[Centauri]] and [[Minbari]] governments. It was the smallest of the Babylon Stations, utilizing what parts and components were left over after the initial construction attempts.
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{{Main|Babylon 4}}
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Babylon 4 disappeared 24 hours after it became operational.<ref name="dvd1" />
   
===Babylon Project Logos===
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===Babylon 5===
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{{Main|Babylon 5}}
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Babylon 5 was ultimately constructed and was the final Babylon station.
   
{| align="center" style="text-align:center;"
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<gallery caption="Babylon Project Logos" perrow="5">
|[[image:EASB4 wiki.png|x125px]]
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image:EASB1 wiki.png|Earth Alliance Station Babylon 1
|[[image:EASB5 wiki.png|x125px]]
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image:EASB2 wiki.png|Earth Alliance Station Babylon 2
|-
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image:EASB3 wiki.png|Earth Alliance Station Babylon 3
|'''<small>Earth Alliance Station</small><br />Babylon 4'''
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image:EASB4 wiki.png|Earth Alliance Station Babylon 4
|'''<small>Earth Alliance Station</small><br />Babylon 5'''
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image:EASB5 wiki.png|Earth Alliance Station Babylon 5
|}
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</gallery>
   
 
== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
* Though only the first, fourth and fifth stations were ever seen, it appears as though all five were colour coded in spectrum order red, green and blue for stations 1, 4 and 5 respectively — which would make the unseen Babylon 2 orange and Babylon 3 yellow.<ref>[http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-702 JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 10/23/1999 9:15:00 AM]</ref>
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* Though only Babylons 1, 4 & 5 were ever seen, it appears as though they were colour coded in spectrum order (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green & Blue), which would make the unseen Babylons 2 & 3 Orange and Yellow respectively.<ref>[http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-702 JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 10/23/1999 9:15:00 AM]</ref>
* JMS has stated that the intended design of the first three Babylon stations was the same as that of B4, though none of them got anywhere near completion.<ref>[http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-11440 JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 4/3/1996 6:50:00 PM]</ref> However, what little was seen of the (incomplete) Babylon Station in "[[In the Beginning]]" shows that it was a somewhat different design than either Babylons 4 or 5, but with a forward section closer in design to that of the latter.
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* JMS has stated that the intended design of the first three Babylon stations was the same as that of B4, though none of them got anywhere near completion.<ref>[http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-11440 JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 4/3/1996 6:50:00 PM]</ref> However, what little was seen of the (incomplete) Babylon Station in "[[In the Beginning]]" shows that it was a somewhat different design than either Babylons 4 or 5.
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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[[Category:Babylon stations]]
 
[[Category:Babylon stations]]
[[Category:Operations and Projects]]
 
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