It is the year 2030 of the Interstellar Roman Empire (IRE), evolved from the ancient Roman Empire, or Senatus Populesque Romanus (SPQR). It is over 2000 years old, the 2nd longest living empire in human history, next to Egypt. Rome rules throughout the galaxy. But, while their military, mercantile and political might are second to none, Rome faces challenges from more nations and factions than any time since her founding. The Empire has expanded continuously since its formation by Augustus Caesar the First. First across the globe, then across the universe.