At one time, the Earth Empire ruled the galaxy.Eventually, the Empire grew so large that it becamefragmented and consumed by civil war that stretchedacross the galaxy.Tree distinct factions—the United Earth Federa-tion, the Aeon Illuminate, and the Cybran Nation—emerged from the chaos. Unable to coexist peacefully,they spent the next thousand years ghting for controlof the galaxy.Dubbed the Innite War, the conict claimed billionsof lives. It only ended when an even greater threatappeared, an invasion by an alien race called theSeraphim. Faced with extinction, the three factionsput aside their dierences and formed the ColonialDefense Coalition to turn back the alien menace. After the Seraphim were defeated, the Coalition be-came the governing body of the galaxy. Its rst act was to tear down the Quantum Gate network, theprimary method of traveling to and from distantsystems. It was a largely symbolic act: by restrictingthe ability to move armies nearly instantaneously over large distances, it greatly diminished thechances of another intergalactic war. Te cost wasgreater isolation for distant colonies, but most saw this as a perfectly reasonable trade-o.Because of this isolation, each planet has its owngoverning body, and each colony has its own gov-ernorship. Te individual factions remain in nameand maintain their own military forces, thoughthey’re all bound by one set of ruling law.
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