The Terraforming Wave settled most of the useful worlds near Earth and the First Colonies. As these worlds became established, many corporations looked towards unexplored space as an opportunity for expansion. The Frontier was established, as numerous corporate interests began operating further and further from the Inner Colonies.
The Expansion Wave marked the renewal of deep space exploration and development originally seen in the Initial Wave. Corporations great and small began carving up territories far from Earth, and the Colonial Authority struggled to keep order in these new regions. A ‘gold-rush’ mentality took hold and many individuals looking for a new start or a quick profit journeyed to the furthest reaches of explored space and beyond.