Explorers' Union

The Explorers’ Union is a loose, paramilitary organization dedicated to the maintenance and dissemination of up-to-date star maps, from which it derives much of its operating budget. The Union also operates educational institutions on many worlds, with courses devoted to the study of history, linguistics, and natural science. Many worlds boast chapters of the Junior Explorers’ Union, which teach young people about known space.

The Union’s service arm, colloquially called “the Scouts,” possesses a small fleet of starships to aid in the organization’s wider aims. Scouts have a reputation for being tough and self-reliant. Service with the Scouts tends to be traditional among certain families, though the Union does not bar anyone of intelligence and endurance from attempting to join its ranks.