Located inside the Hypersea, Thales Station consists of nearly a hundred retired Starships that are never returning to normal space. Here, a total of more than twelve thousand scientists spend their days researching Hyperspace. They are well-defended by automated defenses that shred any unauthorised vessels into atoms, a lack of remorse shared by their mining fleet. Thales Station was founded in 2715 CE, sponsored by Sol System and several System-owning companies. Their official intent was for politically neutral research, so that humanity's advances would not be obstructed by petty political squabbles. In reality they all knew that their own researchers would just become a target, so it was better to be favoured by a larger group that could fend for themselves. To have a better research environment, while also being hard to sneak up on, the decision was made to have the station stay in Hyperspace. Since large ships could not reach the desired area due to its high Relativity, almost a hundred smaller ships were set up to permanently orbit each other instead.