Welcome to the Houme Galaxy!
7654 years ago two species in the Houme galaxy first made contact with one another. This was tremendously exciting even if it was slow and took nearly three months to send messages back and forth. After a few years of this, the two species, Human and the industrious Glavnians, managed to share enough technological information to create a better method. The first, nearly instantaneous, message from the Glavnians was “We’re coming to see you soon!”
Six months later, their ship arrived. The humans were incredibly thrilled to meet their interstellar neighbors, even if they looked like giant space bugs. Even into the modern age, this date is celebrated as “First Contact Day.”
As it turns out, a human head and a space bug head is better than just one head and the two species collaborated on creating more advanced interstellar drives that would allow them to visit each other more quickly. Soon, travel and trade between the two solar systems was as quick as it was common.
It was then that a third species contacted the. And then another, and another. Now that the Glavnians and the Humans could traverse solar systems with ease, they found it much easier to intercept transmissions from other people. There were some hazards during this early period of explorations. One particular species tried to start a war and caused a great deal of damage to the combined fleets. But after protocols and policies were hashed out, this became a much harder mistake to make.
Eventually there were twelve different solar systems that freely traveled to see each other and cooperated. At this point they decided to make things official and started hammering out treaties and a more formal, all encompassing government.
During this period of structuring, four more systems wanted to join, bringing the number of “Core Systems” up to sixteen. The original name floated was the Grand Allied Galaxy. But someone pointed out that GAG was a terrible acronym so they they settled on Grand Galactic Alliance instead. The date the GGA treaty was signed is also celebrated to this day and marks the beginning of the modern galactic calendar.
The current date stands at 5225 GGY (Grand Galactic Year).
As it turns out, there were certain species that turned up in multiple different systems. Many of the Core System species are represented in various parts of the galaxy without having ever even gotten around to colonizing. Some folks think this is strange, while most see it as coincidence.
The other thing that these species seem have in common is a myth about an ancient alien race they’ve come to call the Grandfathers. They all tell of a great race of benevolent benefactors that tended to them in the early days of sentience before vanishing just as mysteriously as they arrived. No one is sure what that is about, but it’s probably just a hokey myth anyway.
The sixteen Core Systems are not actually near the core of the galaxy, but scattered around where advanced life first sprung up. Some historians and researchers swear they see a pattern to the locations, but most people think it’s just silly. Eden (the first human world) and Glavnia are two of the most important planets in the galaxy. As the first to make contact and develop reliable intersteller travel, they are some of the most technologically advanced of the species.
As the 16 core systems began exploring in earnest, they rapidly discovered new species and added member systems by the thousands. A strict system is now in place that dictates how and when planets can be contacted and offered membership. Violations are dealt with decisively.
The galaxy has been divided up into sectors to help with navigation and administration. The GGA is constantly redefining these classifications as new systems join to make sure that no one is unfairly divided.
The center of the GGA is Hub Galaxia, a planet near the center of the galaxy that was chosen specifically for its location and because it’s system was uninhabited. The planet was terraformed and is heavily protected and is home to some of the greatest sites of education, technology, and government. Nearly the entire surface and even underground has been crafted into habitable space and made use of. It’s something of a hodgepodge of architectural influences and difficult to navigate for visitors. All member systems have a presence here in the government’s senate body.
Currently, the GGA has mapped and classified 85% of the galaxy. There are a few areas that have been deemed too dangerous to explore, though some brave folks do so independently. The rest is far enough that they just haven’t gotten there. Yet. Some people like to comment that the unexplored portion is a very big 15%.