We live in a constant state of preparedness, whether it be for war or a natural disaster. As a consequence we spend vast amounts of resources on weapons we don't expect to use, and stockpile food and medical supplies for calamity's that he hope never take place. What if a race were to exist in this state for thousands of years? What would the people during this time be like? Would they strive to better themselves, and the society they live in, or would atrophy set in?
It is the year 7,578 of the Atlan Protectorate, and the time of Emperor Tyron. The Protectorate is an isolationist empire, one that encompasses thousands of worlds within the galactic core. Its borders are so heavily guarded that no spacecraft has ever broached its defenses, nor returned from whence they came. The vast majority of its trillions of people go about their daily routines, blissfully unaware of the politics involved in maintaining their extensive empire.
Communication with 'outsiders' is strictly forbidden, and though this is a topic of debate at times, the leadership remains resolute in their stance. The idea that a plan was laid down that would last thousands of years is difficult for most to grasp.