Spacecraft & Spycraft
EarthGov and the Eden Directorate decided in 2248 to send a joint expedition to Wolf 359 to find the best location for a colony in a six-month period. This plan has evolved as an ever-increasing flow of tourists who are “assisting” the exploration at their own expense and have completely wrecked the original schedule. Every couple of months a Torch Ship brings thousands of new volunteers, who usually need considerable training to avoid being dangerous to themselves and their harried Park Rangers. This has slowed exploration efforts to a crawl. However neither government is objecting at all because they view the public interest positively and consider this development to be a cost of training future colonists.
Wolf 359 is a red star with two huge asteroid belts and 5 gas giants.