The History of Beyond Sector: Colonisation

With the game only a couple of months away, we’ll gradually be publishing background details of the setting, to help you understand the universe you’ll be playing in, and prepare you for the role you’ll play in the coming conflict…

### Excerpt from a secondary education history textbook published on Matisse, Beyond Sector ###

Humanity has long ago outgrown its home. By the end of the 22nd century, humanity had spread across the solar system. Travel at sub-light speeds between the planets could take months, and so no serious efforts to expand beyond the Sol system were made. 

As the new century dawned, however, the worst predictions of generations of scientists came true. Earth’s ecosystem, overburdened by pollution and an ever-expanding population, finally began to collapse. The Great Exodus consisted of thousands of generation ships; massive vessels travelling at sub-light speeds that would take years or even decades to reach their destination. Each was launched towards a star astronomers believed would have a planet which could support human life, in the hope that at least some would successfully start again at their new homes.

To minimise internal stresses, each ships complement was made of a homogenous group. The group could be based around a single nationality, a religion, a corporation, or any other unifying feature. And so, each of these ships set off into the void. Only a few things bound the disparate colony ships together: courage, self-reliance, and an unwavering determination to forge their new home in line with their vision of Utopia.

The area of space that would become known as Beyond Sector was the target for several of these colony ships. Each one established one of the worlds we now recognise today. Over the next century, the colonists laboured tirelessly to transform their new worlds. Not all were successful, as the ruins on Miranda attest, but most were. Matisse, Kentai, Monmouth – each of these proud worlds can trace their ancestry to this glorious period of history.

### Censor’s comments, Publication Verification Office, Imperial Ministry of Stability ###

Mostly innocuous and reasonably accurate. The usual trumpeting of the pioneer spirit that border worlds usually espouse, but within standard deviations. The last paragraph is interesting; note the subtle reference to the existence of pre-Imperial polities (“…become known as Beyond Sector”) and the casual omission of Helen’s World (formerly Hellene). This suggests an antisocial ‘Old Beyonder‘ ethos in the author. Recommend redrafting of this paragraph and contacting local Office for Social Affairs to review content of author’s academic lectures.

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