The Vergers followed the first few years of the war with interest, as the infant Verge colonies considered themselves very much a part of the stellar nations that founded them. News of the major battles and confrontations arrived via drive relay, and interest soon grew to conflict. Thus, the Second Galactic War found a microcosmic expression in and between many Verge systems, as the colonists used their meager resources to fight each other.
Slowly, several factors led most colonies to waver in their loyalties. The first of these was the lack of commitment demonstrated by the stellar nations at war. Few of the nations assigned military forces to help the Vergers win their Utile wars, and indeed the resources that these nations promised their colonists began to dwindle as early as the 2350s. Some of the smaller colonies actually collapsed as a result, and even the largest and most populous felt the crunch when their support vanished. Not surprisingly, a few of the less intrepid colonists decided to climb aboard driveships and make their way back to their stellar nations.
Most Verge settlements decided to weather their difficulties, and instead of sending their few driveships back to the Stellar Ring and its war, they sent driveships to each other. Many of the settlements couldn’t survive on their own, but with trade between systems, each found a way to get what it needed. A sense of a common good even led some of the richer systems to go out of their way to trade with their weaker neighbors. Yet it quickly became clear that nothing like a common Verge government would ever arise. Even though most of the Verge systems had put aside their desire to battle one another in the name of their stellar nations, distrust still ruled throughout the frontier. Piracy and crime were rising fast, and some of the systems- Lucullus and Ptolemy among them-embraced these practices as a way of life.