Lying on the outskirts of the explored portion of the galaxy, Boreas was long thought of as an arctic wasteland where various failed scientists and soldiers were sent on frigid missions as a form of punishment.
This changed recently when one such “failed” scientist, Tobias Rehnquist, discovered precious galavenium beneath the surface of the massive glaciers on Boreas. Galavenium is an extremely valuable metal that can be purposed as a superconductor that shields perfectly against radiation. These attributes make it a highly sought after material for the construction of starships.
Regional authorities claimed ownership of the galavenium deposits and large-scale mining operations followed shortly thereafter. Due to its remote location and internal conflict over resources, the USIF abandoned all interest in the planet, removing itself from the increasingly violent disputes over the planet’s mining rights.