The year is 2186. The Exploration Facilitation Force (EFF) was founded at the end of the twenty-first century as the frontline for world exploration and settlement. The Force is highly trained, but as the saying goes: "you cannot prepare for everything." Because of this, the EFF has the highest casualty rate of any galactic unit. The training is hard, the job is harder. Because of this, the men and women of the EFF generally refer to it in the derogative, as "the EF'ing Force."
To make matters worse, a new threat has entered known space. A race of conquerors, this threat is an empire that has absorbed an unknown number of star systems, and incorporated dozens of alien races to serve as their foot soldiers.