“After the earth was used up
we found a new solar system
and hundreds of earths were terraformed and colonized.
The central planets formed the Alliance
and decided all the planets had to join in under their rule.
There was . . . some disagreement on that point.
After the war, many of the Independents who had fought and lost
drifted to the edges of the system, far from Alliance control.
Out here people struggle to get by with the most basic technologies.
A ship would bring you work, a gun would help you keep it.
A captain’s goal was simple:
find a crew,
find a job,