The year 10,000 is the current date according to the Gregorian calendar. While technically it belongs to the ninth millennium CE, most believe it to be the beginning of the tenth millennium, and it is the first decamillenium of the Common Era.
Humanity exists as a loose and widespread collection of colonies and settlements. These colonies are spread across the entire Milky Way and have recently begun to appear in nearby galaxies, such as the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, Sagittarius Dwarf, Andromeda, Triangulum, Rentxo and Drake galaxies due to the invention of the wormhole drive. Currently, the universal human population totals 1.6 quadrillion, which is spread across roughly 250 million human colonies, 210 million of which are located upon planets and moons while the rest exist as space stations, asteroid-based facilities, or floating cities.
The most densely populated region of human space can be found within the Milky Way's Orion Arm. Known as the Orion Stretch, it extends eight-thousand light-years between Barnard's Loop and the Carina Nebula. Here, just under 95 million colonized solar systems, including Sol, can be found.
The largest governing power of humanity is the Confederacy of Humanity. However, due to the immense size of space and the limitation of FTL travel, the Confederacy is highly decentralized and holds little direct influence over its population. As a result, nearly all colonies have declared independence. In the 10,000 CE census, 68 percent of extrasolar governments were based on a democratic republic system, while 17 percent followed a monarchy and 15 percent either followed other styles of government or existed in anarchy.
Humanity also participates in politics with other civilizations. Since the founding of the Confederacy, humanity has become allies with numerous alien civilizations, such as the currently existing partnerships with the Kya, the Nylex, the Molkor, the Carens and the Swarm.
Space Exploration Edit
The vast majority of human space exploration is conducted by private individuals and organizations. In fact, more than 80 percent (one of the highest rates in history) of all spacecraft are owned by the private sector. However, beyond the Milky Way, most missions are government-commissioned.
The warp drive continues to be the most common method of FTL travel; although, commercial versions tend to be significantly "slower" than government-issued drives. The fastest warp drive in existence, the Hermes XXVI, can achieve a warp factor of 12, allowing a speed of 1.06 light-years per second at a physical velocity of ten kilometers a second. At this rate, a spacecraft can cross the Milky Way (128 thousand light-years) in approximately 34 hours. Standard versions of the warp drive, such as those present on private spacecraft, can typically reach a maximum warp factor of 8.5. Wormhole drives are becoming increasingly common among government spacecraft, but only highly expensive variants are available to the public.