Artist's conception of the Milky Way galaxy as seen from far Galactic North
Artist’s conception of the Milky Way galaxy as seen from far Galactic North (in Coma Berenices) by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt, annotated with arms as well as distances from the Solar System and galactic longitude with corresponding constellation. (Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Galactography is the study of the Galaxy, both the original star systems, nebula, and light and dark matter, and colonised space with its various sophont and postsophont-built megastructures

Most of the colonised and inhabited worlds are found within the thick disk of the Milky Way Galaxy, in a galactic hoop that avoiding both the dangerous supernovas of the core, and the sparse resources of the rim and the halo.

Unfortunately this safe and resource rich region is also prized by the various types of weakly godlike transingularitans, leaving modosophonts to fight over their scraps and live under their shadow.

The transingularitans themselves go through cycles of boom and bust, leaving the hardy and weedy modosphonts free to return and exploit the ruins the transingularitans leave behind.  These returns are called Occupations.

Our story begins late in the 16th Occupation, in a corner of the galaxy far from the mythical ancestral home of Old Earth.

Galactographic regions

  • Galactic Core
  • Galactic Habitable Zone
  • Galactic Rim
  • Galactic Halo
  • Old Core Worlds
  • Middle Regions
  • Outer Volumes
  • Periphery