po·lar·i·ty (noun): The state of having two opposite or contradictory tendencies, opinions, or aspects.

In 2052, an experimental hyperspace gateway was designed to make high-speed outer space travel possible. Outposts were placed around the solar system and a wealth of new resources became available to the world. In time, humanity perfected the technology of the astral gates and terraformation, developing thriving civilizations on many moons and planets, most notably Mars: the new hub of human civilization.

Politics, society, and economics changed with the times. New generations grew up with no memories of the Earth. Ethnic groups and nations gave way to planetary allegiances. As these new communities flourished the economy boomed. However, this also widened the disparity between the rich and poor, and interplanetary crime syndicates began to exert influence over the planetary governments and the System Police Force (SPF).

The year is now 2246, a full century after the Malthusian Catastrophe on Earth. The powers of the system dance in a delicate balance of politics, money and firepower. Each is biding its time, waiting for a shift in polarity.

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