Star Citizen
02. The Universe

The lore behind
star citizen's
living, breathing
universe

Stanton III, ArcCorp, Concept Art

Alien Races, Concept Art

Stanton Marketplace, Concept Art

  • THE UEE

    THE UEE

    The United Empire of Earth is the beating heart of Humanity in the 30th century. Governed from its capital on Earth in the Sol System, the UEE controls dozens of systems, worlds and moons. While billions of Humans live within the Empire, only a small percentage have earned the right to call themselves Citizens.

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    CITIZENS OF THE STARS

    When Humanity launched into the solar system, we knew we were destined for great things. While we still had our differences, expanding out into the universe unified us as a people. Planets could be terraformed to suit our growth and resource needs, so the overcrowding that had plagued Earth was no longer an issue. Humanity joined together to face the vastness of space and the new monumental challenges that lay ahead.

    On our journey further and further into the stars, we discovered new alien civilizations. Some were friendly, such as the trade-oriented Banu Protectorate. Others, not so much. The proud warrior-race known as the Tevarin sparked Humanity’s first and second interstellar war. The venerable Xi’an Empire maintained a diplomatic but chilly status with the Humans.

    Fighting for our species survival paved the way for Humanity to succumb to its darker nature. A brilliant and manipulative soldier named Ivar Messer fanned the flames of fear to secure himself as the Earth’s first Imperator and forge the planets into a single empire. For hundreds of years, the Messers ruled the United Empire of Earth with unflinching control until finally, the people rose up to overthrow their despotic rulers and transform the corrupt government into an institution of the people.

    Today, the UEE is ruled by Senators elected by Citizens from all over the Empire, while the military protects Humanity’s borders in massive capital ships allowing commerce and trade to flourish between systems and species. However, as the century draws to a close, there are new problems looming on the horizon leading many to wonder if the UEE can continue to survive.

  • THE ALIENS

    THE ALIENS

    Humans are not alone in the universe. A multitude of intelligent species live, trade and wage war among the stars. Some, like the Banu and Xi'an, have made a tenuous peace with the UEE. Others, like the Tevarin, have been conquered. And then there are those like the Vanduul who threaten to destroy everything that Humanity has built.

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    MEET HUMANITY'S NEIGHBORS

    The Banu Protectorate
    Humanity’s first interstellar friends. Once our two civilizations came together and signed the first Interstellar Peace & Trade Accord, we began to trade and help each other expand into the universe. Banu society combines the Human concepts of family and corporations into a social unit know as a Souli, a cohabitation centered around a specific business. This Souli system ties in perfectly with the fact that the Banu are the traders of the universe, since each specializes on a single service or good they must deal with other Souli to procure all the necessities they will need. Banu society on a whole is one of flux. Power, wealth, and culture are constantly shifting around the Protectorate in conjunction with the non-stop trading. Very few Souli manage to stay on top for very long. One reason for this is the Banu disregard of history. Deals and contracts, rather than being permanent binding documents, only last as long as the people who made them are still alive. Business is done on a personal level. Combine this with the relatively short average lifespan of just 45-55 years, and it is easy to see why establishing a long lasting dynasty has never been an easy feat. This also leads to the Banu easily embracing change and new technology, though generally Banu are of the mind that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. For example, it’s not rare for Banu to keep a spaceship in service for several centuries.


    The Tevarin
    Humanity’s first interstellar enemy … and second. While not as technologically advanced as us, the Tevarin were beginning to strike out into the universe when we first made contact in 2541. A proud, martial society, the Tevarin wanted what we had and struck first. Their strategic brilliance and endurance caused the war to last over four years. In 2603, a new Tevarin Warlord, Corath’Thal, emerged from the corners of the cosmos with a rebuilt Tevarin battle-fleet. Their sole mission was to reclaim Elysium IV, their former homeworld that had been assimilated into the UEE. On June 24, 2610, Corath’Thal suffered a catastrophic defeat at the hands of Squadron 42 at the infamous Battle of Centauri. With his fleet rapidly falling to either destruction or surrender, Corath’Thal mustered his remaining loyal pilots to make a desperate charge to reach their old homeworld. Corath’Thal and his pilots lowered their thermal shields and dove for the planet, giving up their lives to die on ancestral soil. With this second defeat, the spirit of the Tevarin race was irrevocably broken. Those that were left eventually were allowed to settle in the UEE, and to this day, Tevarin still struggle to find their place in Human society.


    The Xi’an Empire
    The first interaction between Humanity and the Xi’an occurred in 2530 when a company mistakenly attempted to terraform one of their inhabited worlds, and relations have been tense ever since. Distrust grew into a cold war, with both sides protectively patrolling the border between our two empires. Though our relationship eventually thawed after the fall of the Messer regime, diplomacy has been slow and cautious. This is in part thanks to the Xi’an naturally long lifespan. Whereas generations of Humans have come and gone, there are Xi’an still living who personally remember the wretchedness of the Messers. Xi’an society is comprised of ancient matriarchal houses with the most important one belonging to the ruler of the Xi’an, Emperor Kr.ē. The government controls all aspects of life and is present in all things from agriculture, to manufacture, to crime, to land usage. All planets are assigned specific purposes like agriculture or manufacture depending on what the government thinks it is best suited for. That approach also applies to their commercial industry, as houses vie for exclusive contracts to develop a given product or service. Outside of their house, every Xi’an must serve two terms in service to the Emperor and the government — one when they come of age and a second at the end of their life — helping to make their military a formidable fighting force.


    The Vanduul
    The Vanduul first ‘introduced’ themselves by attacking a UEE colony in the Orion system about two hundred and fifty years ago and things haven’t improved since. The UEE’s entire interaction with the Vanduul has been through combat, and very little is actually known about them as a species outside of the fact that each war fleet acts as a separate clan with its own set of rules and laws. With fierce competition between the clans, the Vanduul that survive to attack Humanity are dangerous to the extreme. The disparate structure of the Vanduul civilization makes it nearly impossible to negotiate with the species as a whole and so far, none of the individual clans offered anything but fierce hostility. Despite the vast resources Humanity has dedicated to hunting them down, they continue to be the biggest fear of colonists and settlements along the border thanks their ruthless efficiency and complete lack of mercy. Several Human controlled star systems have even been abandoned in the face of ongoing Vanduul raids by massive ‘Kingships’ and harvesters. Recently in 2945, after a devastating attack in the Vega system, the UEE formally declared war against all Vanduul Clans and launched a concerted military campaign to finally push back and reclaim the territory they lost.


    Kr’Thak
    Sworn enemies of the Xi’an, Humanity have yet to encounter the Kr’Thak themselves and know only the sparse details that the Xi’an have passed on. With their systems located on the far side of Xi’an space, the UEE has debated the merits of making contact with the mysterious species.


  • THE YEAR 2948

    THE YEAR 2948

    Set 930 years in the future, Star Citizen takes you to a time when Humanity has spread through out the stars to dozens of worlds. However, where we go from here is far from certain. While Vanduul clans have escalated their attacks along the UEE's border, political unrest threatens to tear the Empire apart, and crime is rising in the face of a government stretched too thin.

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    THE FUTURE RIGHT NOW

    In the year 2948, Humans live on more worlds in more systems than at any other time in history. Corporations are thriving, and trade between ourselves and our alien neighbors has been steadily improving. Xi’an businesses now operate openly in Human space and new trade deals look poised to offer even more opportunities. For the first time ever, a Tevarin has been elected to the Senate and their people have begun to reconnect to their lost heritage. People have a better chance than ever before to live prosperous and happy lives. But it may not stay that way …

    The edges of the Empire are besieged by Vanduul raiders and the bulk of the UEE military might is dedicated to waging war against them and pushing back the scourge once and for all. This has placed a significant burden upon the UEE’s budget, one that has already begun to be stretched too thin by growing expenses and massive projects like Synthworld, an ambitious experiment to create a new world from scratch. As the Empire scrambles to make ends meet, corporations and criminal organizations have grown in strength and more weight has been put on militias and private mercenary groups to provide security at home. Some think that the Empire’s time might be coming to end and groups like Terran Separatists or the People’s Alliance are trying to usher in a new era of change as soon as possible.

    Additionally, while xeno-diplomatic relations seem to be improving, many critics would argue that not all is what it appears to be on the surface. Can the Xi’an really be trusted to have Humanity’s best interest at heart after centuries of distrust, or is their economic push into the UEE an attempt to weaken us? The Banu have been constant trade partners, but with their continued involvement in the slave trade and their fickle nature, how long will it be before someone makes them a better offer and they betray us? Even at home, some Tevarin are very unsatisfied with their place in the UEE and whispers have spread about the possible rebirth of a Tevarin nation. Our list of enemies may soon include more than the Vanduul.

    Amid all of these pressures, both external and internal, you will have to decide if you want to help strengthen the Empire or help bring it all crashing down …

02.01 A ship
for every situation

SOAR THROUGH
THE STARS

With the freedom to choose from dozens of vehicles, what kind of experience a pilot has will be affected by the type of ship they select to fly through the depths of space.

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02.02 Lore & Fiction
Spectrum Dispatch

Time
Capsule

Timeline from modern day to the 30th Century

  • 2075: The Stars Get A Little Closer

    The morning of May 3, 2075 started out like any other. Rebecca Childress sat at the dining table coloring while her mom watched the morning news.

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  • 2113: When Do We Go Too Far?

    Editorial from United Times Archive Published April 21, 2113 START FILE...

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  • 2120: Give These People Air

    After years of simulations and tests, the governments of the world pool their knowledge and resources to attempt the first planetary conversion. The test subject:  Mars.

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Spectrum
Stories

The Latest News and Entertainment from 2947

  • CLEAN SHOT Shipping Update

    Good morning my transpo-bugs or evening, hell I don’t know where you are.  This is Clean Shot with your old pal Craig Burton with all the latest news and updates to keep you safe, informed, and get where you’re going.

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  • New United NewsOrg

    New United NewsOrg “Despite Storm Clouds Citizen's Day Parade Soldiers On” by. Aaron Frost

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  • Meet the Xi'An

    UEE Military Intelligence Bureau

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Thrilling
Tales

Serialized Narratives from Deep Space

  • Cassandra's Tears: Issue #1

    UEES Carrier “Gemini” AO:  CENTAURI SYSTEMS

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  • Tales of Kid Crimson: Issue #1

    “You are not in control here.”   That was said about eight times in the past two minutes like I didn’t hear them the first time...

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  • Cassandra's Tears: Issue #2

    Cal’s ship jolted the second it hit Yar’s atmo.  Penny and the rest of her wing had already punched through and disappeared into the dense clouds of the upper atmosphere...

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02.03 Behold the
Universe

All known systems revealed

The Starmap, Adobe’s 2016 Cutting Edge Project of the Year, is a web-based interactive guide to the Star Citizen universe.

Explore, learn and plan

02.04 Check Ignition
Prepare for flight

The
Mustang Alpha Starter Pack

Speed and maneuverability with sleek style.

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The
Aurora MR Starter Pack

Versatile utility ship with combat capabilities.

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*Note: Star Citizen Alpha 3.1 is currently available to download and play. Additional features and updates will be released as they are developed.

Show PC Requirements

* Windows 7 (64bit) with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 (64bit), Windows 10 - Anniversary Update (64bit)
* DirectX 11 Graphics Card with 2GB RAM (4GB strongly recommended)
* Quad Core CPU
* 16GB+ RAM
* SSD strongly recommended