The Outer Volumes comprise that vast and ever changing, every expanding volume of colonised, inhabited and penetrated space beyond the stable regions and ancient empires of the innerward regions, and beyond even the partially consolidated hinteregions or middle regions. It is poorly (and often not at all) served by stargates, and for the most part the great powers only local jurisdictions or spheres of influence within its vastness. It is mostly lightly settled space (with provincial capitals of greater population and/or technological density) extending outwards from the Middle Regions some 3000 to 6000 LY in every direction. It is divided into 16 sectors; each sufficient to be a vast volume of space in itself. The Outer Volumes area is thinnest above and below the plane of galactic disc, and most populated in the Cygexba, Carina, Serpens and Perseus sectors.
Isolated by vast distances and its limited access to the industrial and knowledge base of the Core, and backward even in time due to relativistic effects, the Outer Volumes polities have always fought an uphill battle to gain economic stability and establish a technological level capable of competing with the Inner Sphere - and defending against incursions both by Core empires and by other Peripheral realms. Empires such as the powerful Laughter Hegemony and the Puppis Democracy currently seem very close to reaching technological parity with the very best of the Inner Sphere, while the Emple-Dokcetics have become a major power and actually have technological superiority in some areas of transapientech over the Inner Sphere empires. Other Outer Volume states also appear to be taking firmer steps toward finding permanent solutions to their economic and military problems.
Meanwhile, the true Outer Volumes and Periphery of penetrated and colonised space continue to expand outwards at relativistic speed; an advance guard of high transapients from many different factions is moving faster than the main exploration wave front. This advanced expansion wave is often known as the Light Speed Frontier, although it in facts moves only a few percent of the speed of light faster than the main wave front.
Ahreemi Meetpoint - Text by Todd Drashner Asymptote civilization aligned loosely toward the NoCoZo. Located in a multiple star system some 3000ly from Solsys in the direction of the galactic core. The system consists of 6 stars in 2 binary pairs and 2 singles in a rough cross. A 0.5 km gauge wormhole has been constructed using what was once the 7th star of the system. In addition four gas giants that had orbited the star have each been converted to a number of 100 m gates. The system supports a diverse population of tweaks, baselines, provolves, vecs and aioids and major computronium banks for three archai (The High Triune). Total population 350 billion.
Arkady 2 - Text by Jules H-G, additional notes by Anders Sandberg The only Terragen-inhabited planet in the Toke system. Famous for its strange Terragen dwellers known as the Khira, who augment themselves with huge cybernetic enhancements.
Balance Wheel - Text by Stephen Inniss A star system on the Metasoft periphery, colonized by a single vec named Mainspring and several billion of eir specialized subordinate scions.
Blackbody Cluster - Text by Anders Sandberg Cluster of worlds centred around the Blackbody nebula, Perseus Rift. An important outpost for long-range exploration and relativist flight thanks to its unique wormhole connection to the Inner Sphere at Corona. It is a small but expansive cluster, too young to have much impact yet on the Rift politics but already brimming with inner sphere groups planning of exploiting the opportunities of the sparsely colonized volume.
Branton-II - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Terraformed planet in the outer volumes Perseus Quadrant of the Outer Cassiopeia Sector, colonists captured by rogue AI to use as biotic matrix for the Xeon blight.
Carina Cycler Union - Text by Liam Jones A development/exploration based beamrider polity in the Carina Rush, commonly described as a combination of the Deeper Covenant and Cygexpa.
Carina-Vela outer volumes - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Large region of space in the outer volumes, not affiliated with any of the main empires. The Andian Mission today remains a highly regarded support organization here.
Cenote - Text by Steve Bowers Postgaian world with a carbon-rich crust, extensive limestone karst landscapes and cave systems.
Crucis Corridor, The - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Troublesome region of interstellar space in the Negentropy Alliance outer-middle volumes, adjacent to the NoCoZo, established in the wake of the Version War. Led to the development of the larger region known as the Disarchy.
Cygexba Outer Volume - Text by Steve Bowers Region to spinwards of the Cygnus Middle Regions, outwards of the Deneb Sector. Region where the merchantile archai Lohengrin is currently most active. Notable for the presence of xenosophonts such as the Muuh enclave around Muuhhome, the Meistersingers and the Wayfarers.
Far Acton - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Cygnus Sector, Outer Volumes, system, former Cygexba outpost, attacked and destroyed by rogue bio-Autowars in aftermath of Keterist-Biovirate War, currently owned by Zenon Charter, offers the experience of feeding amat to only semi-tame rogue biowars.
Pluton - Text by Steve Bowers Capital of the Pluton Volume, Perseus Prefecture Solar Dominion / Muuh Border. Depleted former gas giant - now an ice core world. Home to many cold adapted clades and xenosophonts.
Restored Ambi Limis, The - Text by Anders Sandberg A number of worlds in the Perseus Rift, centered around Khan, that once were part of Ambi Limis and are trying to reclaim their former glory. Politically they are too far away and too economically weak to be interesting, and instead act as a kind of buffer state between the Dominion and Metasoft.
Shona - Text by Radtech497 Outer Volumes moon with an unusual indigenous biosphere orbiting a resonant MesoJovian world
Skeblu - Text by Steve Bowers Outer Volumes planet with neon-rich atmosphere and spectacular auroras
Steelcliff - Text by Tony Jones The first alien BGC system, discovered in 7852. Steelcliff is an isolated world towards galactic anti-spinward in what is now the Negentropy Alliance Outer Volumes. It appears to be running some kind of virch world, and certainly has sufficient computing resources to run at least millions of entities. It seems to have been put into place some forty million years ago, but as yet no attempt has been made to contact who or whatever may exist inside it.
Tananana - Text by M. Alan Kazlev A resource poor STC system. Tananana makes money through tourism, mediacorps, biotech templates, tantric ashrams, and erototech hedonics (some of the old erotocracy Dionysians ended up there). Well-served by wormholes to Cocac, Gilboa Reach, and a number of other prosperous nearby systems.
Transcend Seven - Text by Marcel Lossi Transcend system in the Transcendent Heart Cluster
Turon - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Solar system in the outer Crucis Corridor. The Lexxian Turon Sapient's Republic was established by the autowarOn The Wings of ZPE during the period of post-Version War chaos, and remains a small but flourishing institution.
Unikorn III - Text by Steve Bowers Orion Federation world, suffered extensive damage as a result of the Verifex event that caused the local wormhole gate to detonate. Much of the system has been extensively rebuilt since
Valkuya - Text by Liam Jones A heavily populated Preserver system, host to a significant part of the Great Ecologist's processing substrate
Varnerkaspi - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Outer Crucis Corridor/Centaurus Sector Outer Volumes world formerly inhabited by the Neutral Way clade Durrel Inheritors
Verity - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Outer Volumes world. Nominal Negentropist system, near the MPA border. In fact the locals don't have much affection for either empire. Lately Keterist missionaries have been making some ground.
Whisper - Text by Todd Drashner Planet covered in a sophont grassland xenoecology, perhaps of artificial origin.
Yanqui - Text by Steve Bowers Superterrestrial 'eyeball' world with indigenous xenoecology