Hailing from a small blue rock called Earth (Terra) in the Solar System, they once believed digital watches were a pretty cool idea.
Although Earth is very much a member of UniSys, it is most distant compared to other systems, (over 2 300 light years or 19 days by SL Carrier). Dirty Earth politics are still very much at play, and it tends to prefer operating in complete independence with many Earth states being dismissive of the United Systems, something that has often stirred political tensions and threatened their membership despite humans being one of the founding members of UniSys. As a result, many humans living on Earth consider themselves unrelated to others living amongst the stars.
The average human lifespan in the 25th century is in the order of 120 years, give or take, thanks to regenerative technologies.
The Fel are large humanoid aliens that were the first to befriend the human race. They are approximately 1 ½ times taller than humans with flattish heads, no hair at all, and muscular blue-grey skin. Their eyes have huge, iridophore irises which are very colourful and change according to mood and emotion like a cuttlefish or octopus, thought to be an evolutionary remanent from before their cognitive development into a sentient race. They live to about twice the human life span, around 230 years, give or take.
The Fel’s home world in the Celnur System, known to them as Celnur-Faal (In the Fel tongue: Celnur meaning House or Home, and Faal meaning Fel), is approximately 1 1/4 times the size of Earth orbiting a similar G2V star with less light output than the Sun. The Fel have a surprisingly similar societal structure to Humans, facing many of the same challenges as their pink-skinned counterparts.
Rapid industrialization and globalization resulted in a sharp uptick on carbon emissions, and their planet faced a similar challenge to that of 21st century Earth as widespread planetary warming drove mass species extinctions and crop failures. Food and water shortages resulted in heightening political tensions and the eruption of several small-scale conflicts between certain territories. It was shortly after the Fel had begun expansion onto other planets that humans made first contact. Seeing the plight of their new neighbours, humans shared their superluminal technology with the Fel and joined forces to tackle the climate crisis that both their worlds were facing, and it was this joint effort that staved off a total catastrophic collapse of their respective societies and cemented their friendship in the centuries to come.
The Galaxy’s Assholes, since every galaxy has to have at least one.
The Traxens are a complex mess of a race from a planet called, you guessed it, Traxa, located in the Lefincheryn System. Their societal structure is a total train wreck, over 600 distinct groups, or 'countries' for want of a better word, with no relations whatsoever. Politics does not exist because they simply do not give a crap about each other, or anything, for that matter. It is completely bewildering to anyone how they became a space faring race, but the leading theory is that their technology was acquired from some unknown progenitor race as most Traxens don’t have a clue how it works and rely on 'trading' (i.e. bashing and pilfering) with more advanced civilizations to repair their own tech.
Most Traxen groups are peaceful, i.e. they couldn’t care less about picking a fight with anyone. A few were warlike, invading and pillaging any civilization they can. The formation of the United Systems was partially thanks to them, as their tyranny on many less fortunate civilizations was swiftly brought under control thanks to the expansion of the human race and the help of the Fel. Humans possessed some of the most exceptional skills in war as Earth had endured more wars than most others in this corner of the cosmos, and it was thanks to this that the Traxens were swiftly smacked on the bum and sent to bed with no supper for being nasty to their little galactic brothers and sisters.
After this, many worlds looked up to the humans and Fel for protection, giving birth to the United Systems. Although neither Traxa nor any other group on Traxa are members of UniSys, some Traxen groups are permitted entry into UniSys controlled territories. These groups don’t always behave, causing an occasional stir within the UniSys council over this proviso in the UniSys charter. They have a particular distaste for felsians, being easy targets due to their petite-like stature.
The primary security threat to the United Systems.
Nearly nothing is known of the Hyxis. They are mysterious and clandestine, so secretive that no one even knows what they are supposed to look like other than they are tall, thin, and have oily-black skin with no facial features at all. Superior in both firepower and technology, the Hyxis have been attacking various UniSys worlds and outposts for longer than anyone can remember.
As the UniSys propaganda machine labels it, the Hyxis-Traxen war was orchestrated by an apparent alliance between the Hyxis and Traxens in a bid to sequester resources, most notably neostyrinium. Despite the Traxens being labelled in the conflict, it is restricted to a specific militaristic group. Most Traxens have nothing to do with the war, making it it increasingly difficult for the UniSys council to decide on and enforce appropriate sanctions, rather dealing with each threat as it presents itself and trying to catch the little sods red handed where they can.
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