In 1967, Earth calender, the Natashan Nation collapsed. This was not a small, controlled fizzle as an empire over-extended itself and collapsed over time. It was a collapse born from fire. The destruction of the Natashan core system, Laaaaa'Tooooo was completely unexpected. In the space of 14.2 minutes, the Natashan Nation disappeared. A large, oppresive power ruled by religious zealots obsessed with their own superiority was gone.
What do we do now? was a question that would obsess the shocked former subjects of the Nation for 50 years. Some worlds celebrated, some worlds refused to accept the disappearance of their former masters. But one thing was certain, across the space formally controlled by the Natashan Nation, throughout which dissent had already been at its highest level, the indigenous populations were rising up to cast off the yoke imposed upon them by the Natashans.
The Natashan people remained. Those outside the blast radius of the Shree'Tran'Tral disaster lamented the loss of their homeworld, and their former glory. Not only had all the Empeks been killed, the original tablets were destroyed. Some Natashans turned to anarchy, their entire lives destroyed. Some took it as a sign that the gods were asking the Natashan people to grow away from them, and thus did so. Others still believed it was a plot orchestrated by the alien dissidents, and thus the Nation should rise to power once again. With colony worlds celebrating their new found freedom, and the Natashans more divided than ever, a new balance of power emerged after two centuries of wars as juvenile races, who had in their life time not been able to govern themselves, found they had the burden of self-rule.
The Empek Legacy has echoed through the centuries, and it should never be forgotten that the Nation's past (and therefore, its future) is totally defined by the Empek Ring. Empires have risen in place of the Nation, their borders chaotic as every inhabited world dashed to control as much as possible. Some powers are more important than others, some of them are even more oppressive than the Natashans were. Since nature abhors a vacuum, the vacuum of power in the Natashan Nation has been filled by all the people the Natashans once tried to conquer, and those Natashans wishing a return to the old ways:
Fra'Al Empire - Dead but undimmed by time, the personal legacy of the Empek Ring lives on. Conceived as elite warriors of the Empeks, the Fra'Al hold one of the largest empires of the Former Territories. They are revered by some and hated by many. Some empires want their territory, others see them as a symbol of the last remnants of the Natashan Nation.
Xkal Hegemony - Alliance of Xkal populated worlds and other planets looking for mutual protection and security, the Xkal Homeworld controls the alliance by agreement of worlds who want no part in intergalactic affairs.
Kaleem Empire - Thought destroyed in one of the Natashan Holy Crusades, the Kaleem bit back with a vengeance at the collapse of the Nation, seizing one of the primary Natashan ship-building facilities and a score of colonies.
Owa Nation - Former mining world of the Natashan Nation, the Owa are reclusive opportunists, expanding quietly whilst revealing their true selves to very few. They have become known as the spymasters of their local areas of space, the Owa are very efficient at intelligence gathering, it is their main means of expansion.
Zaqlartakon Nation - A politically fractured nation that juggles the competing demands of three groups of individuals, the religious, the capitalist and the pragmatic, the main concern of the Zaqlartakon Nation is with protection from the Fra'Al, their greatest enemy.
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