Several years after the break-up of the Old Federation, the nations who claimed parts of Federation territory began to settle their disputes with the use of force. By 2610, hostilities were in full swing – the great civil war had begun. It was really not one war, but a large number of wars fought at the same time all over human space. By 2620, these wars had radically altered the political situation.
Some of these nations were separated by “no man’s space” – areas of space where neither of the combatants was able to enforce his control; effectively wide-scale war zones. Planets all through human space began to suffer from damage to their infrastructure, either as shipments of spare parts never arrived; civilian infrastructure was neglected in favor of the war effort; or enemy bombardment caused damage.