For the story I am writing, I am currently crafting a huge backstory of things that will affect the main plot. Some of these things I create aren't quite mentioned in the storyline but they are for the purpose of creating a universe where it feels real. My fictional universe itself is it's own character so I wanted to show it off in a little synopsis if it makes sense. About 1 million years ago, an ancient alien race established an underground laboratory on Saturn's Moon Titan. The aliens were capable of recording everything that happened within the Milky Way Galaxy. Everything that happened, they saw. Or their artificial intelligence did. For some strange reasons, the aliens disappeared and their AI was left idle controlling every structure the aliens built across the stars. Even their homeworld was consumed by the AI who was growing evil. In 2043 AD, World War III on Planet Earth broke out. It was a cluster of full-scale battles against countless nations. There was an uprising in several nations of a Globalist movement after the war to globalize the Earth for eternal peace. It happened slowly and surely. The leader of this movement eventually ruled what he called "The New World Republic" in North and South America. In the 2200's, World War IV broke out. It was his empire against the rest of the world. The Republic eventually won and occupied the rest of Earth. The future leader of the Republic at the time reorganized the entire system and called it, Imperial Terra. Mankind was expanding across the stars and finding new worlds to exploit, conquer and explore. They found a few natural worlds where they could freely inhabit but also had to terraform possible candidate worlds as well. In the 2400's, they came into first contact with an alien race who was just 200 years into their own interstellar empire as well. When both sides realized their capabilities, they tend to avoided each other in a full-scale interstellar conflict, but little skirmishes happened in their bordering colony worlds. Mankind became much much more xenophobic against aliens. In this universe, only 2 known alien races exist since aliens is considered a rarity in this universe. But mankind did not see the beauty and marvel of aliens, they wanted them gone. Mankind was soon to be the most powerful race in the galaxy, even though they barely conquered 1 third of the galaxy ironically. For Mankind to travel easily from other systems, they developed these portal relays in space that opens up a hole in space for ships to go through and out in another part of the galaxy. They find random star systems there hoping to find something interesting. They also open up another relay on the other side so ships can easily go back and fourth. All relays across the known space are mapped out and coordinated on a star map. Ships barely get lost, except for one area. Now I won't go into too much detail for this one, but this is where my story has a major impact on this part of the universe. Apparently in the 2400's, Miners of Titan discovered a cave and they found the ancient alien laboratory that looks like some sort of religious temple. It had a statue of an ancient alien with a star n hand. When the scientists began to study it, one of them learned how to use their technology. It created some sort of bioweapon that worked on one person's hand and mind. It allows them to manipulate a sharp object in hand as weapon, create a forcefield, allows the user to mind-control another lifeform and such. The Terran government apparently kept it a secret. When they learned how to use the alien's star map, they found out these "labs" are actually giant research stations and there are about 10 of them across the galaxy. The government wanted to access another one and they realized the lab in the nearest planet from Earth was 50 light years away. This was hard for them. They could only open a new portal relay in random part of the galaxy so they purposely sent a relay to that star system which took them 50 light years. It was worth the wait. After the 50th light years passed, the relay opened and the coordinates were kept secret. They didn't even bring a government ship to this system. Only an orbital satellites. The orbital images were shocking. It was a natural world of land, life and ocean. The images indicated there is intelligent life there. Somehow, some public ships got glitched into the relays and accidently went into the secret system. Masking relay coordinates as new at the time so the software did not work well. Some ships that were not supposed to see the system got through. So they hired a band of mercenaries to station themselves on the planet's nearest moon to wait for passerby ships to destroy. Now this is where my story actually happens in the universe. A mining corporation ship got into the relay and the mercenaries invaded the ship wrecking havoc. This caused 3 miners to escape via escape pods and land on the planet. They discover the lifeforms there who are intelligent but not so advanced. I tried working hard on this alien race to make them not look powerful. They are capable of firepower, but rely on fossil fuel powered vehicles and no capability of space travel. It turns out these aliens have a religion and they worship a god who they believe lives in this big house. The Big house is actually one of the ancient alien labs stationed on this planet. So when the Terrans find out there are survivors exposing themselves to this planet. They begin to take action and invade, attempting to strip the alien technology and exploit the locals. There are other things that are too spoilery where I cannot get into detail. A few things I will mentioned though that is interesting. 1.) The Dictator of the Terra is a female. I wanted to explore, strong, powerful but brutal female antagonists 2.) Terrans have a surplus amount of manpower. In this dark future, we are big, deadly and we are the alien invaders. 3.) The aliens on this planet have their own racial and ethnic groups as well. This is something most ScFi alien stories barely explore. So what do you think? There is a lot more to this but this should be enough for you to get the picture. I would like to discuss the good points and the shady points of this possible universe. What parts are good, what parts don't make a lot of sense?