1974: First Contact
In 1970, scientists identified a meteor-like object that had entered our solar system. The US probe Mariner 10 was returning from an unrelated mission to photograph Saturn when it passed the object. Images captured by the probe indicated that the objected was a winged spacecraft. The photographs also displayed signs of a micro-climate surrounding it similar to that of the Earth, which was our first indication of sentient life.
The object was a spacecraft, and home to 383 Aliens. In December 1976 the Kuiper Communications Satellite picked up waves of sound that reflected patterns similar to that of human speech. The International Council for Science announced that they were launching a mission to communicate with the inhabitants of the craft. Efforts failed, but Aliens would soon make physical contact in the landings of 1977.
1977: Aliens Arrival
On 12 April 1977, Jodrell Bank first picked up images of the craft entering the Earth’s atmosphere at an approximate speed of 200mph. Scientists calculating its trajectory predicted that it would land just off the west coast of the UK. In fact it crashed into the Irish Sea 10 miles west of the northern Welsh coastline, at 06:02hrs, 12 April.
The craft had a diameter of 500m, and its impact saw tidal waves of heights of up to 12 feet hit the west coast of Wales and the east of mainland Ireland. The crash landing was watched on television by more people than any other event in history.
Rafts packed with Aliens emerged from the Ark in an attempt to make it to solid land before the ship capsized. The rafts landed at the Welsh Coast by the town of Trefor, where the prime minister, flanked by police and the British Army, was stationed to receive them.
1977: Aliens Integration
In the months after the landing, the military placed Aliens into temporary camps in north Wales. The government launched an investigation into whether the Aliens posed any threat. After extensive interviews, no aggressive intentions were detected. Doctors found no signs of foreign diseases. Evidence that Aliens were benign creatures, with familial and hierarchical structures which matched our own, provoked civil rights activists to call for their release from the camps.
On 2 August 1977, the government announced that Aliens would be allowed to join British society. An initiative unprecedented in its scale was launched to integrate Aliens into British life. Temporary housing was set up throughout the country to support Aliens while they acclimatised to human institutions. Alien children were welcomed into schools and Aliens adults into work, and other public establishments such as hospitals and nurseries began to offer their services to Aliens.
The prime minister decreed there should be equal opportunity irrespective of planet of origin.
In 1990 riots were the violent culmination of dissatisfaction with integration from both Humans and Aliens. Supporting Alien integration had proved a massive strain to the UK economy. Human taxes were increased by 20% while Aliens were exempt from paying them at all.
A 1988 public consultation revealed that the vast majority of UK citizens were anti-Alien integration. Aliens claimed that they had been housed in the most poorly resourced parts of the country and faced widespread discrimination from public institutions. 75% of Alien males were out of work, and levels of crime and poverty were rife in Alien communities.
The root of much of the violence is attributed to the widespread trafficking and selling of Alien hair, which became illegal contraband in 1985. Official records state that the drug had claimed up to 200 lives. Gang violence between Humans and Aliens was rampant in the 1980s.
The call for Alien segregation had been gaining support, and after the particularly violent riots of February 1990, the government passed segregation into law. This resulted in the decision to build an ‘Alien Migrant’ establishment.
1990: Opening of the Designated Alien Zone
Watch this exclusive archive Channel 4 News report from 5 February 1990, on the day the Designated Alien Zone opened.
1990: Building the Wall
In the early morning hours of 13 February 1990, temporary barriers cordoned off the 6.8 square miles now commonly known as Troy. Police and transport units ushered Aliens into the area, where they were enlisted to build the structures in which they now live and sleep.
Over the next few months, construction of the wall began in earnest. Coils of barbed wire strung along the border were replaced by a wall of concrete slabs. The final completed wall, which consisted of over a million tons of reinforced concrete, took over two years to build. Aliens made up the majority of the labour force used to build the wall, with the help of human construction equipment.
Aliens who refused to cooperate were subject to prison sentences. Over 85 Aliens were arrested for failure to comply in the first few months of 1990 alone.
Today there are approximately 6000 Aliens living inside the wall. Most of the Alien population live there permanently, while others are allowed to cross the border daily for work on the human side.
Troy is a fully-functioning town with its own economy. A post office, doctor’s surgery, bar and leisure centre are among facilities available to Aliens within the walls of Troy.
The checkpoint is the only place at which it is possible to pass through the wall. The Border Patrol are instrumental in regulating all checkpoint movement. Once an Alien has moved onto the Human side, they are tagged with a yellow bracelet (pictured) making it easier for the indigenous population to recognise them.