Humanity takes its place in the galaxy, settling worlds and striking deals.
At the end of fifteen years of alien occupation, Earth is in poor shape, with two-thirds of the population killed, mostly at the hands of each other. A fleet of alien ships from two distinct alien civilizations arrived from the wormhole around Saturn in 2065, but instead of reinforcing the alien occupiers, they were here to put a stop to what was happening on Earth. The fleets annihilated each other in orbit, leaving behind technology which Humanity was able to harness to bring itself to the stars. While the courts helped the dust settle on Earth, separating collaborators from the heroes, an expedition was sent out in 2071 to establish proper first contact with the larger galaxy. Contact is established in the Sirius system, and an agreement is reached with the Bactarans–they would mine the solar system's asteroid belt, in exchange for space travel technology and materials. Through the Bactarans, Humanity is also introduced to the Vorans, an advanced and peaceful insectoid race.