Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's peanuts compared to space! In fact, space is so big that no one will ever get the the end of it!
The Space the RP is concerned with
The space this RP is concerned with, however, is not as big as Space. This RP, for some silly reason, concerns itself with the Milky Way Galaxy, a but of space so small it may not be legitimately Space!
Ways to get around in Space
For some reason, instead of solving the problems they have at home, creatures generally like going into Space. Why this is is unknown; but it is believed that it has something to do with making better digital watches.
The current best way to transverse space is in a space ship, which is an uninventive name somehow simultaniously invented by every species in the Milky Way (all two of them!). Space ships are generally not powerful enough to move far enough fast enough, so the best way to get between systems is by getting shot out of a giant warp-cannon into a tiny alternate dimension, hoping you don't re-emerge in the heart of a sun. Why no one has made a better alternative, nobody knows.
People who balls around in space (for no apparent reason)
Even in the tiny bit of Space we're dealing with, there are still a lot of people who are mucking about in space (most of which still think that digital watches are the best thing that ever happened to them). Currently, there are seven types of people known to be mucking about in Space:
Corporate Space-Facists; who started on a fairly insignificant planet called Earth, and eventually got it together long enough to form a bit of a Union. They (still) love digital watches.
Pacifist Space-Vikings; who GTFO'd when the space-facists took over and started a somewhat crappy empire only a nebula away. They still haven't done much since.
Xenophobic Space-Dwarves with shitty targeting computers, who were space-facist explorers who decided to start their own empire; but ended up building far too much military everything.
Leeches; who shoot themselves out of cannons and randomly murder each other.
Crystal Vampire Droids; who throw people into blenders to make more of themselves.
Near-Human Space Romans; who hate everyone and expand as much as possible.
Space Police; who have ridiculously large ships and make everyone that they don't like 'go away'.
Bird-Monsters (IN SPACE!); who hate the plant-monsters (also in space).
Space-Cthulhus; who kill people by deciding it would be nice if everyone in the room was spontaneously decapitated.
Space-Dragons; who are really old and have no spaceships to speak of.
Brains-In-Jars; who are the only people in this tiny section of Space who have actually accomplished anything meaningful.
Space-Frogs; who no one cares about.