Andromeda Seasons 1-5 DVD Boxset
The Glorious Commonwealth
More than 3000 years ago, aliens from a planet called Tarn Vedra in the Andromeda galaxy invented a way to travel across the stars almost instantaneously. They called it Slipstream, and they used it to build a vast commonwealth of planets across six galaxies. When Earth was ready, we were welcomed into it.
It was a vast, diverse group of cultures working together in peace, striving to spread civilization across the Universe. Unfortunately, some factions came to disagree with the Commonwealth's methods.
The Nietzscheans - a group of genetically engineered humans who follow a strict interpretation of Nietzsche - felt that the Commonwealth was weak because it made treaties with its greatest enemies - the Magog. So they formed a rebellion and attacked the Commonwealth of which they were a part. The result was a civil war that plunged the Universe into a new Dark Age.