Hammer's Star Struggle
Unfortunately, the Abstraction ranks as one of the last good things to happen to the Hammer’s Star system. Dark times had come to the Verge, and even the noble battle cruiser couldn’t protect Spes. Word came of a civil war in the Algemron system, previously a trading partner with the Borealins of Spes. In addition, colonies throughout the frontier were failing, as Spes traders discovered to their dismay. The smaller colonies, among which Spes grouped itself, were especially vulnerable. Some fell apart from within, while foreign nations and powers attacked others. The Second Galactic War spread death to many systems in the Verge.
In 2367, the denizens of Tendril repaired their drivesat, and the citizens of the Verge could once again reach out to the Stellar Ring. Word came of the great alliances of the war, and many new combats arose in the Verge to reflect the war beyond. Since the stellar nations couldn’t turn aside from their war to support the Verge settlements, the contact did little to improve affairs.
For Spes, the restoration of contact came at a terrible price. The leaders of the Borealis Republic denounced Captain Batra and the Abstraction’s crew. The response to this news divided the Spes colonists. In the eight years since Batra’s arrival, many had learned of the real circumstances of the battle- cruiser’s flight from the Stellar Ring. However, the Abstraction’s contributions to the defense of Hammer’s Star-even if motivated by guilt-had won them allies. Others pointed to the crew’s outright cowardice and wondered aloud how long the colony could trust the Abstraction if it was so willing to abandon its obligations. Under orders from leaders on Sapphire, Borealin officers on Spes ordered the arrest of Captain Batra and his commanding officers. After a brief exchange of batteries, the Abstraction vanished into drivespace, never to return.
The subsequent weakening of Spes defenses did nothing to make the passage of years easy on the Borealins. Despite a fertile environment and a lush planet on which to expand, the population of Spes stabilized at just over one million inhabitants. Under the constant threat of attack from pirates and foreign nations, the stubborn guardians of Silver Bell did their best to survive.
As the decades rolled by, the colonists on Spes changed. Because of the constant stress of pirate attacks, they couldn’t spare the time or effort for philosophical discussion. In fact, the insulated colony developed a system of thought much like the College of Justice Ethics that developed in the Republic toward the end of the Second Galactic War. This system presented a simpler view of the universe, one in which the survival of the community became paramount. It was a significant development for a society that prized the precise considerations and beliefs of the individual above all else. Ironically, while the philosophical movement on Spes wouldn’t save its creators, it would eventually influence the Borealis Republic.