- United Galactic Trade Organization
in 2024 after the colonization of mars, The UGTO is the conglomeration
of the Old World United Nations and various other socio-political
organizations of Earth. The "goal" of the UGTO is to
unite humanity under one allegiance of progress and prosperity,
although some elements do not see their intentions as being pure
and noble. The UGTO spreads across seven systems, has colonies
on 12 planetary bodies, and supports a massive collection of outposts
and orbiting space stations. It also exerts its power over a number
of "independent" planets.
advent of interstellar travel humans first sought out their nearest
neighbor, the Centauri system, it was here that the harsh nature
of the galaxy revealed itself for the first time. Within the Centauri
system there was only one planetary body that was not too hostile
for humans to visit, Centauri 1-2365. This barren moon was the
only planet within the system that was not super-dense and therefore
possessing a surface gravity just too high for humans (or human
manufactured devices) to endure. Centauri 1-2365 was found to
posses trace amounts of metals (about the same quantity as Earth)
and so resource extraction development was undertaken. From the
Centauri system it was a relatively short hop to the Barnard system
where the nature of the galaxy was further confirmed. It turned
out that the vast majority of planetary bodies were too hostile
for development of any kind, although the Barnard system did have
three planetoids that could be developed for resource extraction,
one of these even had unheard of amounts of heavy metals present.
It was not
until the Wolf system was explored that a planet capable of supporting
human life was found. Unfortunately for the first colonists, the
contaminants in the atmosphere weren't discovered until later.
Now Ocotat boasts the largest population of any non-Sol system
planet ever colonized, thanks to strictly enforced medical policies.
- Interstellar Cultural Confederation
ICC was established first as the Free Trade League (est. 2094),
and then after a series of violent uprisings and political coups
against the UGTO, The Free Trade League splintered from the United
Worlds to form the ICC. in 2125. The ICC is currently the strongest
opposition against the United Worlds, and is the primary force that
hinders the UGTO from gaining majority control of the known universe
and the worlds that lie within it. The confederation's resources,
technology, and infrastructure are a fraction of that of the United
Worlds, but strong patriotic ideals, resourcefulness and clandestine
networks keep the ICC intact, for now.
3, 0645 MST, a UGTO Expeditionary Fleet encountered a force of
unknown origin while charting a new quadrant in the outer reaches
of the Sirius B system and contact was lost shortly thereafter.
Concerned families and opposing organizations demanded immediate
answers, which the UGTO Department of Defense responded by stating
that a space anomaly, most likely, a black hole was responsible.
Since the "Sirius incident", unidentified spacecraft
have been recorded and documented around human worlds and outposts.
position on the existence of the K'Luth or any other extra terrestrial
presence for that matter, is officially denied on all fronts.
On the other hand, certain parties of the ICC claim to have made
"contact" with this mysterious race of aliens. It is
rumored that the ICC has acquired technology from the K'Luth,
which has put some members of the UGTO council in a state of concern,
but the majority of the council believe its just a propaganda
ploy inseminated by confederate forces to send the United Worlds
into panic. Realizing that the utilization of "new alien
technology" could tip the balance of power within the astropolitical
power structure, the UGTO. is conducting a full investigation
on the matter.
are rumored to be from somewhere beyond the Sirius system.