DAWN OF HUMANITY
History speaks of a dark and troubled time in the ancient past. Humans brought themselves to the brink of extinction. From this chaos emerged the Technocrats, a mystical order that revered technology. The inventions of the Technocrats helped humanity to be born anew on Mars. Under the care and leadership of the Technocrats humanity has flourished.
From their temples in the grand cities of Mars the Technocrats managed to conquer even the secrets of interstellar travel. The stars were now the new frontier, and humanity was eager to colonize their new homes. Worship of the Technocrats and their secret conclave was absolute. A new golden age of Man was born.
The early days of humanity's expansion was limited only by the ability to find suitable worlds to colonize. Few systems contained planetoids with the same qualities as Mars, but those systems with such worlds became the footholds of future exploration. In total eleven other Mars-like worlds were found and colonized.
Including Mars humanity now ruled twelve planets throughout the stars. Each world became a sprawling civilization and centers for agriculture, manufacturing and research. And on each world the largest structure built was the world's temple to the Technocrats, for it was only through the ingenuity of the Technocrats that each planet was tamed.
Eventually humanity tried to colonize less suitable worlds or build massive space stations in more inhospitable systems. The fringe areas required constant resources and shipping from a planet to survive. Each of the twelve planets over time ended up supporting its own ecosystem of outlying colonies. As opposed to people from the twelve Core planets, citizens born at the farthest edge of humanity's reach became known as "Fringers".
As the sprawling federation continued to grow it became harder to unify the various populations and keep the peace. The Technocrats foresaw a coming civil war and once again turned to their intellectual prowess. Massive shipyards were constructed over Mars and several other Core Worlds. From these shipyards the first interstellar warships were built.
The Human Federation Space Force was born. The finest ships ever constructed, the HFSF fleet is the pride of humanity. The ultimate military academy was founded on Mars where officers are groomed in strategy, tactics, and loyalty. With the backing of the HFSF fleet none of the Core Worlds, or even the fringe colonies, would dare to challenge the edicts of the high temple.
Designed by the Technocrats themselves, each ship class in the HFSF represents the pinnacle of technological achievement. The HFSF weaponry and shields far outclass those used by any local militias from a Core World. And through the constant vigilance of her loyal officers humanity has continued to thrive in peace.
TREASURES OF DEEP SPACE
As mankind ventures out into the stars two discoveries have forever changed the course of history. The first of these is the rare material known as Hydrium. This metallic substance is incredibly strong, dense and resilient while also able to store massive amounts of energy. It's properties make it difficult to deal with in atmospheric conditions, but it is ideal for deep space construction. Hydruim quickly became the foundation for large scale projects including the hulls of space capital ships and space stations.
The second discovery was referred to as Proto-Energy. This bizarre substance broke all conventional wisdom as it was an energy source that was in a state of mass flux, and was able to be converted into various types of mass. While there were many applications to such an extraordinary phenomenon, the main one was the ability for humanity's far flung outposts to be able to create the materials they needed to survive without constant deliveries from the Core Worlds. Proto-Energy collection became the foundation of survival on the edges of space.
Within the territory of the Core Worlds Hydrium was very rare, and Proto-Energy was non-existent. As civilization grew there was an increased need for Hydrium as the supply dwindled. Deep space probes and expeditions were sent to every corner of known space to try and locate more. A large concentration of Hydrium was eventually located at the far reaches of drive technology.
The Frontier, the region of space rich in Hydrium, had no suitable systems or planets for colonization. A series of orbital colonies, outposts, mining and refueling stations were built in this inhospitable environment. Before long a steady stream of freighters hauling Hydrium from the Frontier to the Core World shipyards was established. The Frontier was deadly and inhospitable without the comforts of civilized planets, but the Frontier was also a place where one could make a fortune.
At first only a few corporations tried to establish mining operations in the Frontier, mostly due to the cost of such expeditions. However, when Proto-Energy was also discovered in the Frontier the fringe space expanded considerably. No longer limited by supply lines from the Core Worlds, outposts on the frontier rapidly expanded as Proto-Energy harvesting developed.
AN ALIEN ALLY
Throughout history mankind had searched the skies, looking to see if he was alone in the universe. The search for sentient life had never produced any real fruit, despite the nagging beliefs of the masses to the contrary. Humanity ruled the known universe in isolation, unique and unchallenged.
All of that changed on the Frontier. A new sentient species was discovered, the Vor. The Vor were indigenous to deep space and did not venture to atmospheric environments. The creatures were massive in size, with an individual Vor organism easily as large as a human space ship.
Initial reaction to the Vor was mixed. The Technocrats on Mars ordered the beasts killed or captured, with samples to be returned to the high temples for analysis. On the Frontier many colonists learned to communicate with the Vor and began a trade for Proto-Energy. The partnership between colonists and aliens in defiance of Mars gave birth to the Colonial Alliance.
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