It is the 24th Century After Tranquility, over two milenia since mankind first cast itself off into the Stars. Starting with a trickle in the last years of the second cenutry and eventually becoming a deluse, colony ships set themselves out towards distant star systems to establish themselves as thousands of planets were colonized and terraformed. Humanity and those species that it created laid claims to a realm over four hundred light years in diameter as they pressed outward from the central point of sol with a vast multitudes of drives behind their endevors.
For nearly two milenia, this expansion was limited by the universal einsteinien speed limit of Lightspeed. In effect, the only pratical use of Intersteller travel was preminant relocation from one system to another. No nation could project or enforce it's power across intersteller distances. While conflicts in system were common enough, every system was effectively isolated from each other. In seclusion, a vast array of diverse civilizations emerged and evolved on a thousand independant courses.
However, this age of seclusion would not last forever, as in the last years of the 2nd millenium AT, a new breakthrough created a new dawn for human civilization, the advent of Hyperdrive. Starting in the core of the Terran Sphere and spreading outward, worlds isolated by sheer distance were now able to interact directly with each other as the barrier of C was bypassed. However, this also had it's dark side as this development made intersteller warfare, a once pointless move due to the simple inability to use project power over intersteller distances a frightening reality. In this age, new nations have risen to prominance as empires have been forged, alliances have been made, conflicts broil up and a complex and tangled web of relationships emerge. Meanwhile humanity continues to expand as new worlds are settled on the frontier of expansion.
This is an era of division as many civilizations jockey for position and power. An era where vast fleets of thousands of warships engage in massive battles which determine the fate of worlds. An age where homo sapiens is not alone, but exists alongside dozens of other species created through genetic engineering and cybernetics. All of which contained in a spherical zone which mankind has claimed, expanding from the origin point of Sol outward. This is the world of the Terran Sphere.
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