The leaders of the Madkar Confederation had managed to scrape together the most ragtag fleet of starships ever seen among the undeveloped worlds that make up the Farnost region. The twenty planets they shared were home to around 500 million people who spread themselves thinly across them in small settlements. They had originally come from the more civilized nations that inhabit the inner core of the human worlds. They were refugees, explorers, fortune seekers, and people seeking the vast freedoms of colonizing new worlds. They had shaken off the reigns of their former governments to come here, and in doing so they had also left the protection of those mighty fleets of ships that guard the inner core.
It took a few years, but outlaw ships eventually began to take notice of the unprotected worlds. Fleets of pirate ships made raids throughout the colonies; plundering anything of value and enslaving the people. In desperation, the colonies joined under a single banner, calling th