The Croshaw system is a planetary system in the United Empire of Earth (UEE). Discovered in 2271 by Nick Croshaw, it was the first planetary system explored and colonized by Humans outside of their home system Sol. Private companies initially tried to lay claim to the system’s planets, but failed when the cost of transporting materials and maintaining operations proved too high. In response, the leadership of Earth (Sol III) called a World Summit in 2281, at which they passed the Freeman Act, a cooperative piece of legislation between all Earth governments that created a lottery system to grant potential colonists land and mineral rights. The success of the Freeman Act ultimately led Human leadership to form a new unified government in 2380 called the United Nations of Earth (UNE).