Nakiska Outpost is an independent trading station located within the Mako Cluster of the Lalande System. Originally named Kiska Station, the outpost was first constructed the late 22nd century and operated for roughly two decades before being abandoned during the Odysseus Impact. Since its rediscovery in 2202, the station has been occupied by various individuals and groups and is today operated by Edward Thrush, a former freelancer. Nakiska Outpost has become a minor center of trade and port of call in the Lalande System, mainly catering to smaller vessels travelling between Alpha Centauri and Sirius.
The Orion Arm, also known as the Orion Region, is the name given to the extent of interstellar space currently inhabited by humanity. While the region covers an extremely vast distance, it represents only a small section of the Milky Way galaxy. Within the Orion Arm there lie several thousand star systems, with millions of planets, moons, and all manner of asteroid belts, comets, and other celestial phenomena. Only a tiny fraction of these star systems contain habitable planets, with roughly three hundred systems currently inhabited by humans. Estimates see that number rising to over four hundred within the next fifty years.
Since the exodus from Earth, the vast majority of humanity has been divided between four great superpowers. These nations have expanded across dozens of systems and hundreds of worlds and now posses nearly limitless economic and military power. Even combined, the remaining states of the Orion Arm cannot hope to match the potential of any of the superpowers and the only threat to their continued hegemony is limited to each other.