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In the Babylon 5 universe, Earth was located in a relatively uncontested portion of the Galaxy. Unified under the worldwide government of the Earth Alliance, first contact with the Centauri was made in the mid-twenty-second century, which led to trade with a number of different species.

Earth remained a relatively minor power until the 2230's, when it intervened on behalf of a number of other races (which later became the League of Non-Aligned Worlds) during the Dilgar invasion. Following the Dilgar War, Earth began to expand its influence and was seen as a rising power in the galaxy. A disastrous first-contact with the Minbari in the 2240's precipitated the Earth-Minbari War, in which Earth was nearly conquered. However, the Minbari mysteriously surrendered just prior to the final invasion of Earth.

Following the war, Earth's major contribution on the galactic stage was the creation of the Babylon Station, a neutral trading post and diplomatic haven. Earth turned inward and suffered from xenophobic tendencies in the late 2250's under the despotic regime of President William Clark, until a military coup led by John Sheridan overthrew the Clark regime and helped establish Earth as one of the major players in the Interstellar Alliance.

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Earth's prominence in the Alliance made it a target for attack by the Drakh in the 2260's, when an advanced plague was released, necessating a planetary quarantine until a cure for the plague could be found.

Several hundred years later competing nations on Earth precipitated a cataclysmic civil war, leaving most of the surviving inhabitants in a pre-technological state. Thanks in part to the efforts of the Anla'Shok, Earth re-entered the galactic community over the course of centuries.

One million years following the events of the series, the people of Earth left the planet for the last time. The humans of that time caused the sun to go nova at that time to ensure that any advanced technology left behind was destroyed to keep it out of the hands of the younger races. The evolved human race relocated to "New Earth" - which was in fact the old Vorlon homeworld.

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