Before the Swarm War, the Free Trade Union was seen as strong and growing in power. Independent settlements had been joining the expanding Union at an increasing rate. But in the face of the Swarm Trade Enforcement Squads, that had been so capable of protecting trade caravans and punishing smugglers, were simply washed away. The FTU is a broken and splintered group, desperately trying to rebuild its strength before the vultures of the Matriarchy or Aristoc begin circling. With over half its pre-war population dead or gone, it has a hard task ahead.