It is the year 1000.
One thousand years ago human beings learned to voyage beyond the Solar System using Jump travel, the only known means by which a vessel can travel faster than the speed of light. To Jump, a ship creates a short-lived bubble of hyperspace around itself—this process is extremely fuel-intensive. In the past millennium humanity has spread throughout the Milky Way galaxy.
The Imperium patrols the space between the stars, protecting the Jump routes necessary for safe interstellar trade. Megacorporations and feudal lords dominate this trade—and, together with the Imperium, legislate it—but there is room for free trade at the margins of the law.
Player characters in the Imperium are tramp merchants, mercenaries, rebels, or criminals, wandering the Milky Way in search of adventure… and profit.