The Carina Nebula, also known as the Great Nebula in Carina, the Eta Carinae Nebula, NGC 3372, the Grand Nebula and the Frigg-Fulla Nebula by the Neo-Norse inhabitants of many worlds in the nebula, is one of the most historically significant nebula’s in Confederate history
One of the larger known nebulae in the Milky Way with a diameter of 339.2 light-years, the Carina Nebula is located 7501.6 light-years from the Sol System. It’s a diffuse-type nebula and inside it there reside a few young open star clusters and is also home to the most luminous star in the Milky Way, WR 25 and is also home to Eta Carina for which the nebula is named.
The nebula also has a few smaller nebulae within itself such as the Homunculus Nebula, Keybole Nebula and the Mystic Mountain.
It was discovered by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1751–52 from the Cape of Good Hope. Because of its location in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere and despite it being larger and brighter than the Orion Nebula, it was less known back when humanity was still a Type-0 Civilization.
The Carina Nebula has been speculated to be where the homeworld of the First Civilization is located due to their artifacts being more numerous there. The most likely First Civilization candidate is the planet Di'hwaj.
The Carina Nebula, or to be more precise, Eta Carina, was first visited by humans in the year 2674. The Eta Carina Mission took many readings while they were in orbit of the star. The mission also used the newly built orbiting space station’s powerful telescope to observe some of the nearby star systems. However, the mission was called back to the Core Worlds after five years due to war breaking out all over the URSS.
No mission went back to anywhere near the nebula until 3008 when a mission headed there to try and uncover the mystery of the First Civilization, as many of the artifacts that had been discovered had been pointing to or oriented with the nebula.
In the year 3034, explorers from both the Vanir and Aesir began exploring the Carina Nebula. Within a couple decades the Vanir and Aesir had established homeworlds within the nebula which they renamed the Frigg-Fulla Nebula after the Norse goddess of the atmosphere and clouds named Frigg, wife of Odin, and her sister Fulla. From these worlds, minor colony worlds were established from there over the next few decades until the Vanir-Aesir War broke out in 3104, sending the governments of the nebula into a state of chaos.
The war lasted eleven years until the Confederacy stepped in and put a complete trade and economic embargo in place. The Confederacy fleets also threatened to blockade and isolate both factions. In 3115 both Vanis and Aesir fleets were grounded by the Confederacy.
For over 1400 years the Carina Nebula was one of the Confederacy’s economical strongholds. However in 4532 a Neoxian warfleet made their way into the nebula and the Neoxian-Norse war began, causing both Vanir and Aesir to unite for the first time since their initial split. The war lasted eight years until the Neoxians were driven out.
With the reunion of both faiths, the economy and military might of the Carina Nebula worlds increased.
In 4550 representatives of the major religions of the Confederacy secretly gathered in what would later be known as the Valhalla Summit due to increased Neoxian attacks on defenseless religious worlds as well as tensions between the major religions as the Neoxians now were impersonating those of other religions in an attempt to start an interstellar Crusades. This summit lasted for a year as the representatives tried to discuss how to handle this problem. Eventually a peace was established between the religions.
The Neo-Norse cultures continued spreading through the nebula, terraforming and colonizing many worlds throughout and still do to this day.