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The Nathi War was a large-scale interstellar conflict between the Federated Sentient Planets and the Nathi, an aggressive space-faring species. Millions of people were killed in this war, and entire colonies eliminated. The war culminated in the Battle of the Purple Sector in which the FSP fleet under Admiral Paul Benden managed to achieve victory, bringing the war to an end.
At the meeting at Landing, led by Cabot Francis Carter, about sending the homing capsule and the Federated Sentient Planets and Earth send aid, it was stated that it would take as much as five years for the capsule to reach FSP space and then likely more than ten to respond.
All told, it took fifty years for a ship to make it close enough for a rescue mission.