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The Kipper-Circini wormhole was the first wormhole established by humans to access the Circinus galaxy. Once leading to the edge of the Lacaille arm of the galaxy, it has since been moved to Circini and given sister wormholes, now an array of sixteen, which now serves as a major point of entry for government, commercial, and private space travel to and from Circinus. For this reason, the wormholes have been fought over by numerous factions throughout its operation, such as those during the War of the Decamillennial Transition and the Cullodinian Dispute.

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There was little incentive to establishing a route such as the Kipper-Circini wormhole in the years prior to its operation; rapidly improving wormhole and warp drives granted access to several other small galaxies not nearly as distant, and their high metal content would make them far more profitable. Such galaxies, like Sagittarius Dwarf, Ursa Minor Dwarf, and Draco Dwarf, were thus the target of major exploration and colonization efforts.

Indeed, the wormhole was finally opened in 13153 for purely militaristic reasons: the First Intergalactic War was unfolding, and the need to move troops and weaponry as far other major galaxies was clear. During its first decade of operation the wormhole gave access to millions of ships, all part of the Confederate Navy. Their collective efforts gave rise to dozens of surface- and space-based strongholds, armories, and headquarters in Circinus systems. This was done both to ensure a well-sized army would survive should a disaster destroy the Navy and to make sure no opponent would be able to use the galaxy as a staging point to attack Confederate space. But despite such a massive movement, neither end of the wormhole faced any conflict, primarily due to the fact the wormhole was kept a secret until the end of the war.

After the war it was debated whether the wormhole should be kept open; spanning 9.1 million light-years, it was expensive to further prevent the wormhole's collapse. However, a small separatist movement growing among Confederate colonies convinced politicians to diminish the military presence in Circinus and to allow civilian transport across the wormhole. This was received with unexpected popularity; the wormhole was flooded by not only by individuals seeking to start new lives far from human space but also nomads, daredevils seeking to explore new worlds, and private corporations interested in mining the new galaxy's riches. The wormhole was expanded to allow more spacecraft to pass simultaneously, while the original wormhole was given three new neighbors, equally large. As traffic increased over centuries, larger wormholes would be established in the area, creating a vital highway to and from Circinus.

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