From the old histories: The Eras of Galactic Expansion: The Slowship Era: aka Pushing the Speed of Light The Warpship Eras: Slowship Overtake - Warp Drive Discovered The Diaspora First Interstellar War - Homeworld Lost First Reunification Second Interstellar War - Slipstream Discovered Second Expansion - Quantum Linkage Manipulation Discovered The Reboot Era: During this era the Electromagnetic Tech was distance isolated from the disruptive Quantum Tech effects. A Stargate large enough for railroad service would disrupt electronics for 500 klicks around. Hyperspace Jump Discovered - first probe swarm initiated. The Jumpship Eras: Third Expansion - second probe swarm initiated. Fourth Expansion - jump prediction in outer galactic arms developed Third Interstellar War - blackhole jump interaction theory developed Fifth Expansion - jumps predictable except 1000 light years at galactic center Second Reunification The Modern Era: With most of the outer and mid galaxy claimed jump/slip ships are doing the slow work of establishing gates in the central galaxy and launching probes. Early indications are that the Massive Black Hole at galactic center throws the hyperspace jump points to other galaxies. Initial 2-way jump points have been mapped with 5 other galaxies. One sector, orbiting the North polar stream from the MBH, has no returning probes despite a century of launches. Hardy explorers and pioneers have bravely taken jumpships into this sector, but none have returned. Many believe we should concentrate on the other galaxies instead.In three hundred years we have reached a sustainable population and recreated most of the Ancestor technology.
The Singularity is a closed warped space, with actual mapping revealing a cylendrical nature by spatial coordinates yet warped into a spherical shape when vectors from center are figured, while at the same time the expected surface of the sphere is also that same distance from the center.
It is believed that our section equates to the spatial disturbence orbiting the north pole of our home galactic central black hole. Use of hyperspace jump in that moving area brought us to this space, which many have dubbed the Trap. The Trap appears to comprise its own universe but draws from 6 universes.
Recent research indicates that converting all planetary nodes to a single quantum state instead of the current 7 states will open 2-way transport with that home universe.
This information has been distributed to all groups within the Singularity, which is now known to be a Forerunner artifact.
With cooperation we should all be able to exit this space one group at a time, but since each quantum state is more advantageous to a different group we fear conflict may be unavoidable.
If war breaks out our ultimate goal must be to occupy and terraform all planetary nodes to our own quantum signature so we can return home.
War has been declared. Factions within each group are determined to gain control of the Singularity.