The galaxy is a vast place filled with mind-bogglingly large swathes of vacuum, gasses, and the occasional solar systems with their respective planets and plethora of astronomical bodies. Interspersed within this space like motes of light drifting on a celestial breeze are humanity’s various homes, our last bastions among the stars. Once, the space stations that orbit various planets represented the very best of our collective ingenuity and intrepid spirit of exploration. Now, each station represents a unique and monumental struggle for survival and the subsequent compartmentalised society that evolved from it.
Recent cycles have seen consistently increasing successful efforts in re-establishing travel and communication with every station that managed to survive the dark years following the Catastrophe. Old shipping lanes (once more vessels began to be successfully salvaged) reopened and traffic through the Jump Gates grows by the cycle, even to the outlying regions.