Despite the Terran Coalition’s influence in the Sovereign Senate, decades of attempted renegotiation and reform of trade regulations through traditional political discourse failed. In the year 3090, party leaders of the Terran Coalition sent a letter to the Sovereign Senate announcing the secession of Goshen from the Sovereign United People of Arcturus and the formation of the Goshen Republic. Furthermore, the letter invited other territories to join the Goshen Republic in the Terran Trade Federation—a network of new trade agreements beyond the supervision of the Sovereign and free of tariffs from the central power.
Soon a substantial network of trade outside the Sovereign tariff system was formed, and Kepler was feeling the effects.
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