Chrono-engines installed in landcastles and spacecrafts, for the most part can not reallocate their power by concentrating it in a specific spatial coordinates and directions, and act evenly, manifesting zero space around them. Therefore, the most powerful chrono-cores of capitalships and stations can immersed in zero space only a few star systems. However, sometimes this action is enough to connect zones with zero space beyond the area of action of the central chrono-core through a network of beacons. Areas of united zero space connected through the central chrono-cores are very stable, while the areas connected via beacons, chrono-gates, and cores of spacecrafts and landcastles are not so stable.
Combined zero space is for the most part an extensive network with areas of widespread zero field and huge space areas completely withdrawn from zero space. Many descendants faction deliberately avoid being in zero space and design some distribution areas connected with a united zero space. When carrying chrono-jump into such areas they can subsequently get to their planets by usual space travel. Conscious avoidance of zero field is due to the unwillingness to experience the influence of paradoxical effects, although many of these effects continue to affect together with their carriers beyond zero space and even have a positive use. Due to the fact that outer space is unevenly covered with a zero field, there are many areas of space, star systems, planets, routes which are inaccessible for chrono-jumps and require common space travel. Although some ships can do this at superluminal speed. On the one hand, the heterogeneity of space contributes to private trade, which by planning more risky routes, due to the risk may get a price advantage compared to a global intergalactic delivery service managed by Legemat and using only safe routes and chrono-jumps. On the other hand, a lot of planets and star systems are not even marked on star maps, being the centers of the rebel, separatist and criminal activity. In addition to the dangerous hotbeds of constant resistance of factions surrounding planets, the planets of factions themselves are also segmented and are the refuge of diverse communities of apostates, erecting the bolt-holes between the cities.
However, the separatists and apostates are inner threats to intergalactic community of nations, the main purpose of which is defense of the right to autonomous self-determination. The desire of inner rebels to avoid orders imposed by the lords, and unwillingness to follow the general way of life is not some irresistible global threat to the world order of the descendants. Global threats putting the very existence of the community of nations in question are of completely different sources. One of these threats is incalculably enormous amount of various representatives living outside of the united zero space. And in order to protect citizens of united worlds from the dangers lurking outside the united zero space fractions have jointly established the circle of law. In fact, the circle of law is a kind of space around the galaxies inhabited by the descendants, within which Legemat forces and allied troops maintain the primacy of intergalactic law. In practice, this means that any invasion of the inhabitants of the outer worlds of the circle of law is immediately suppressed by the troops of the descendants’ nations in accordance with areas implicated to their own territories.
Inhabitants of the outer worlds, called deviants, despite their heterogeneity, are fundamental threat to the stability of the united zero space. Races of the descendants are at war with each other, and sometimes even lead the long-scale intergalactic wars. However, every human life is an undeniable asset for the vast majority of citizens and lords of factions. And there is some basic common understanding of the world order between the lords and the people. The deviants’ races can cardinally differ not only in their approach to the value of life, but also in the understanding of life, although people are their ancestors as well. Nothing in the universe happens without human intervention, and deviants also owe their origin to people, but, in contrast to the descendants, for a variety of reasons their histories contain the circumstances, which have led their development in a completely different direction. Many of deviants were once colonies created by sowers, and many of them are parts of the nation, which have seceded from some faction of the descendants and has lost their central chrono-core. But all of them share one circumstance – they somehow suffered the effect of chrono-gap, in consequence of which their nature has changed dramatically and become potentially dangerous for the descendants. There also are some hidden areas of space inside the circle of law, which are also home to deviants, but if they are detected, they are subject to immediate court by inquisitors of the Legemat and mostly exterminated without the dialogue. Internal manifestations of deviants are a generally controlled threat, while the inhabitants of the outer worlds have been developing for thousands of years, and in conjunction with their alternative technologies, values and aspirations are a real threat to the descendants.
The effect of chrono-gap occurs when some area of the space falls from a united zero space. The difference in the passing of time between star systems inside the galaxy is not too significant, whereas the difference in the passing of time between galaxies is very significant. Since the distance between the galaxies is a hundred thousand light-years, the time in galaxies flows differently relative to each other. Therefore, when galaxy falls from a united zero space and then joins it, the inhabitants of the fallen galaxy end up in a situation of the most powerful mal-synchronization with universal time of united nations. Even a short stay in the chrono-gap leads to the fact that races, which have undergone a break, whether accelerate by thousands of years, or slow down in comparison with the united nations. The effect of mal-synchronization often leads to unpredictable consequences, since during thousands of years of autonomous development in isolation from the colony of people can happen anything up to complete technological degradation or, vice versa, superiority, change of the ideology, uncontrolled consequences of apostasy and other irreversible circumstances. Slowdown in time leads to the fact that aliens emerging from the past may again plunge the universe into a war that has long been over. Those who were considered dead long ago reappear on the scene and try to either take or return the debts of the descendants of those who are no longer alive. In practice, races, which returned from the chrono-gap, have always been in some way a threat to the united fractions, and therefore were either exterminated or expelled from the circle of law.
Thus was created a circle of law with a uniform intergalactic community of the descendants, which surrounds the set of racial and ideological clusters of deviants of all stripes. In addition to the technological threats posed by deviants, the main difference between the united fractions and the inhabitants of the outer worlds is the fact that the vast majority of the descendants had agreed on the perplexity inherited from their creators. Soliates provided them with a choice between the right to immortality in the ark, along with a flight from all-absorbing anomaly, and an attempt to avoid a meeting with the ancestors and the ability to keep the world free from chrono-threat their children. The descendants have chosen virtual reality in the ark. No one has accurate information on the diversity and activity of the inhabitants of the outer worlds, but the most logical policy towards them is the delineation of zones of influence and nonintervention. Central chrono-cores, which are a kind of scanners, created to find each other and maintain a stable united zero space, are constantly moving within the territories of their factions. The purpose of this move is to maintain the most efficient and sustainable network of zero spatial tunnels to ensure the continuity of zero spatial synchronization. However, quantum optimization of a single zero spatial network is not safe from loss of power loss and radius of its action by any central chrono-core, which is the reason of chrono-gaps. Multiple occasions of genocides of the planets’ populations during various wars could lead to the fact that the population surrounding the central chrono-core could drastically reduce. In consequence of which happened chrono-break, which tore the galaxy from the united zero space until the number does not rise to its former amount. And that could take thousands of years.