The Lanoir Confederacy is a tight-knit group of planets encompassing the entire satellite galaxy of The Crown and Crown Jewel galaxy pair. It encompasses the entire Crown Jewel satellite galaxy, and contains at least 120 space-faring member planets, as well as a few planets that do not yet have their own warp drive. Under the laws of the Confederacy, and similar to the Contact Directive, no species under Confederacy rule is allowed to contact these "Special Status" planets. The punishment for this is the commandeering of the offending species' homeworld, which is basically putting an entire planet into quarantine. The length of this quarantine depends on the severity of the infraction. The Confederacy takes such breaches extremely seriously, as they want to welcome them into their confederacy when they "come of age", but disrupting natural progress to that end is frowned upon.
Originally, being the smallest galaxy found to date, the Crown Jewel initially was not a good candidate for a spacefaring nation. Further research, however, proved that notion was incorrect as there was a thriving confederacy in the galaxy, bolstered by the size of the galaxy itself. It takes approximately a week to traverse the galaxy with the fastest warp drive available to the Confederation, which makes trade and diplomacy between planets almost effortless.
Like all nations, there are rules within the confederacy, and there is a limit to the size and speeds of warp drives that can be manufactured, to keep the Confederacy off the radars of hostile beings. Current regulations are as follows:
- No warp drive capable of breaching the confines of the Confederation shall be constructed, and so must offline themselves when passing the outer Fringeworlds border, to be onlined again when safely inside of said border.
- Warp drives must have a maximum speed limit of 1 Lanoir, which is the amount of time it takes to cross the Confederacy in a week, and must not operate outside the confines of the Confederacy.
- Special Planets are planets that have advanced life on their surface, but do not yet have their own faster-than-light travel method. Inter-system travel is excluded in this definition, even if said travel method seems fast enough.
- If this statute is breached, the offending partied will first be warned. If it happens again, their planet will be commandeered; the length of which is equal to the severity of the infraction.