It has been over a thousand years since the fall of the last galactic empire, the human nation calling itself the Golden Empire. The Golden Empire had been a massive nation of highly advanced humans that saw the entire galaxy conquered with technology gifted to them by precursor races, and the crushed remnants of those defeated before them. Hundreds of alien races existed in slavery to their human conquerors, and any that attempted to defy them were wiped from the face of the galaxy. For a time the galaxy existed in a relative stagnation, as the Golden Empire had the entire galaxy under its rule, and technological advancement was becoming slow. Unrest began to build among the ruling elements of the vast empire, the humanity of the Golden Empire beginning to show. Planets rebelled without being put down. Infrastructure began to show signs of being stretched too thin. Fleets began to go missing. Warlords emerged from the guise of politicians, and Diplomats became Tyrants. The Golden Empire began to tear itself apart as aliens started to claw their way out of its grasp. As system after system began to fall, the Golden Empire went to war against everything.
This was truly the darkest years of the galaxy's history, for though the Golden Empire was merciless in its conquest of the galaxy, it was crazed in its attempt to desperately hold onto its gains. Entire civilizations were erased from the galaxy as the Golden Empire fought running battles against both rebelling nations, and it's own separatist groups. As if the galaxy felt the changes wrought within it, mass cosmic-storms wreathed entire sectors, some riding through this age of war and into the present day without being subject to the devastation of the wars. Others were not so lucky, as the storms played havoc with the stellar forces across the galaxy, causing some stars to prematurely go supernova, and bathing systems in immense cosmic radiation. These are just the effects on the celestial bodies, some of the nations that fell into the storms came out of them vastly changed, some having been flung into the far future and come back destroyed, and others suffering from mutations across their species.
We stand now at the point of First-Contact, a time where the edges of the sector still smolder with the flames of long dead wars, and beyond there is nothing. Dozens of nations make their fledgling first FTL jumps, some ending in spectacular failure, others bringing them closer to new planets and new species. Some nations exist as the lucky remnants from the Golden Empire's rule, either those who rebelled and survived, or those who simply waited out the storm. These nations have existed as they have by isolation, and First-Contact could prove disastrous for both them and the other nation or nations. Within the depths of the sector some of the older nations are beginning to stir, ancient beyond reckoning, and supremely advanced, these are the nations that the Golden Empire feared and left be, the nations that could not be bargained with and would not be broken.
Regardless of the nation's status, origin, or even political standing, First-Contact is the single most defining moment for a stellar empire, and could very well set the stage for either their destruction or enlightenment. A wrong move can send the sector back into eternal war, ending many nations before they can even begin. To the sector's east and west are the vast graveyards of dead systems, broken fleets, and piratical raiders. To the south lie the Infinite Darkness, the space between galaxies, and where none dare enter. To the north is the forbidden Galactic Core, a realm of sheer madness and destruction, where the laws of physics no longer exist one a scale that can be comprehended by mortal minds. The reality exists in flux, where the upper and lower dimensions clash with violence unlike any war ever seen. With the wars of old behind them, and the potential for a new golden age before them, the only question is where they will go from here.
--As a note, a map will be incoming soon. Fleetbound players may begin anywhere in the center of the sector, with the northern and southern borders of the sector notated as dangerous-- Planetbound players Sigma and Flagg, you are closer together, with one system between you. Uninhabited systems will be marked, only if they have some importance.--