Outer Worlds... those worlds once settled during the great Expansion Era of Ethnis. When the Lacuna came, we lost them all.
Overnight, an entire intergalactic sprawl was reduced to scattered points of light, a body severed and chopped up into thousands of pieces.
The Hub managed to reinstate itself in just a few years thanks to the efforts of determined individuals, but the impact on the economy, and on the minds of the people, could not be undone. Crippled, the Hub worlds , and the Banners rooted upon them, were unable to expand outwards again, and the Outer Worlds were abandoned.
Many of these worlds died. The trade routes were their life blood, and without them they simply lacked the resources to continue.
But many, many more survived. Some even thrived.
We lost so much, and now that the Reclamation is underway there's so very much to find...
Rule of ThumbThe below classification was first developed by Prospectors early into the Reclamation. While many more comprehensive standards have been developed, the Prospector's Classification remains the most common way to describe the Outer Worlds.
Prospectors are explorers who focus on the surveillance, cartography, and examination of Outer Worlds. They often travel solo or in small groups, doing flyovers of worlds and marking interesting locations.