In case anyone is interested. Here is some background information on the campaign setting. I have some more information basic information on the various nations and alien species (humans make up the main population but other species exist) if anyone wants it.
The year is 2501. The “Stellar Ring”, an area of space on the Orion Arm of the Milky Way roughly 200-300 light year in radius around Earth, contains the main star systems of the “Stellar Nations” of the 26th Century. Outside this ring lies the less-developed star systems. The most important of these is a region of space known as “The Verge”. The Verge lies about 100 light years from the main Stellar Ring, but is seen as a major stepping stone to the potential exploration of the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way, and beyond. Exploration of the Verge started in 2315, with most stellar nations starting to colonise star systems; then the “Second Galactic War” (GW2) erupted.
Sparked by the mutant uprising of Tau Ceti of 2346, GW2 consumed the whole Stellar Ring and lasted for 126 years, until the Treaty of Concord was signed in 2472. During the Battle of Kendai in 2376 the Kendai drivesat relay, the only link for FTL communication between the Verge and the Stellar Ring was destroyed. With travel between the Verge and the Stellar Ring taking nearly a month, no communication link, and the militaries stretched thin, the Verge was essentially abandoned by the stellar nations. Of the 24 stellar nations existing at the start of the war only 11 survived, plus one new stellar nation formed by a declaration of independence. As part of the Treaty of Concord a 13th stellar nation, the Galactic Concord, was formed. This stellar nation was designed to be a galactic peace keeping force and works with oversight from the other stellar nations. The Concord manages its own star systems like any other nation, which, along with personal, were donated from the various stellar nations (mostly war-ravaged and old, dead, stellar nation territories). The Concord territory is unique in that its territories are spread all over the stellar ring, rather than being a unified portion of space.
In 2496, by the efforts of the Concord, the Kendai drivesat relay was repaired and communication with the Verge was re-established. One of the first messages received (dated from 2489) was a distress call from Hammer’s Star, a star system at the furthest point of Verge - the system was under attack by unknown forces. The following year the Concord lead an expedition to the Verge and discovered the colony of Silver Bell, in Hammer’s Star, completely levelled. The reaction of the Verge to the reappearance of the various stellar nations was mixed. Most planets in the Verge were used to their independence and, therefore, were not happy with the re-appearance of their parent stellar nations (some of whom believe the planets are still their property). Other planets were still locked in proxy wars for their parent stellar nation, a legacy of GW2, and are more than happy to gain support from the re-emerging nations.
Contesting claims by stellar nations and independent Verge planets, the Galactic Concord trying to keep peace, unexplored planets, planets with archaeological artefacts from long-extinct alien civilisations, and the mysterious aliens that destroyed the Silver Bell colony somewhere out there. All in all, the Verge is a melting pot of potential conflicts and opportunities.[/quote]