Well, some people have seen my ships, and may wonder where they're from (even though some of the designs are based off other sci-fi series
) and I thought that before giving an overview of the story it was important to have some background, so here goes...
The United Systems Fleet: A peacekeeping armada whose goal is to unify all those who wish to join under one banner. They value peace but are dangerous force to be reckoned with, their ships are highly advanced when it comes to defense, mainly due to the fact that space can be very hazardous, and thus they have extremely powerful Hull Integrity and Plating, making them very durable.
Altian Imperial Alliance: Rivaling the USF in might, they are a warrior race, valuing honor above all and seeking to extend their empire. They make alliances with races who have significant military prowess and share their values, thus incorporating them into the Imperial Alliance or signing allied treaties with them. Altian ships are very dangerous, heavily armed and capable of withstanding a significant beating, but at the cost of more science oriented systems.
Starfleet Alliance: Much like the USF in values, but not so outgoing as they are, preferring instead to coexist with other races instead of incorporating them. However, they do have several species alien to the Volians amongst their ranks. They excel in matter-energy conversion, up to the point where their ships' main weaponry is projectiles; quickly materialized in a wide variety and fired within seconds. Their talent is such that part of their military income comes from selling now-standard missiles and torpedoes to other factions, or designing classified versions for their allies.
Order of the Darkened Sun: The nemesis of the SFA, they have perfected cloaking technology and strive to find alternate ways of defeating their enemies, either through new forms of radiation, hypervelocity weapons or spatial anomalies. Much to the misfortune of the USF and its allies, the ODS has allied itself with the Altians.
Alliance of Avalon: Knights sent out to protect the Galaxy from any enemy not of this world, their ships are incredibly fast and elegantly designed to mark their culture. Their specialty is shielding, being the first ones to develop a dual shield matrix and High Density deflector shields, the first capable of withstanding weapons fire as well as ambient radiation.
Draconian Wolf Order: Much like the AIA in terms of dealing with other species, but they don't conquer other worlds only for slave labor. Their ships tend to be more oriented towards weapons and defense, and are therefore slower than other ships their same class.
Argentine Republic Navy: Unique in many ways, they are perhaps the most "human" of the empires. They've come a long way from being stranded earthlings, unable to return to Earth, and have grown into a faction rivaling the DWO. However, they are never capable of putting aside their differences unless faced with a threat that could destroy them all. This faction, oddly enough, has two different entities that can function independently (and do, for the most part): The Argentine Republic, the actual empire; and the Star Navy, the starfleet that carries out the will of the Government. When faced with a political or economic crisis, the Republic descends into turmoil while the Fleet is apparently unaffected, probably because they wish to avoid Civil War.
Well, it was longer than I thought and a first draft, but it's the background I needed to write the actual story overview without it being this long
I hope you enjoyed it, even though it's a rough copy, and stay tuned for the actual storyline