Since humanity discovered space travel in Starfield, it has spread to the furthest corners of the galaxy to establish colonies. Over time several major factions have emerged, but the drive to strike out and settle on new planets nevertheless unites them all - for better or for worse.
Major factions and colonies in Starfield
Scattered throughout the expanse of space are hubs of humanity, usually aligned with one major faction or another. Here, players can stop in to shop, find missions, repair or upgrade their ship, sell loot, and much more.
The United Colonies (UC) mostly operates out of the Alpha Centauri system. Established in 2159, this faction spearheaded the exodus from Earth. Vy 2160, New Atlantis was founded and became the official capital city of the United Colonies in 2161. In 2194, the UC positioned the star station called the Clinic in orbit around Deepala in the Narion system. However, this caused tension with unaffiliated people who lived in the Narion system, who saw this as an act of aggression by the UC in a ploy to expand their borders. The UC refused to back down, which led to the Narion people to join the Freestar Collective. Peace was short lived. By 2196, tensions reached breaking point - with both factions responding to increased military activity. This marked the start of the Narion War, which went on until the Treaty of Narion was signed in 2216. In 2307, the UC claimed the terms of the treaty were violated after the Freestar Collective is caught farming on Vesta in the Lunara system. This led to the Colony War, from which the UC Vanguard was formed. The UC Vanguard is the UC's civilian navy, made up of people who pledged to support UC interests.
The heart of the United Colonies, New Atlantis is situated on Jemison and will likely be the first city the player encounters.
A mining outpost on Mars, Cydonia is an industrial hub in the otherwise mostly-abandoned Sol system.
A tribute to humanity's home system found on Saturn's moon Titan.
A group of freedom-focused pioneers, the Freestar Collective once went to war with the United Colonies. Since then, they've overseen settlement of the Cheyenne system and others nearby.
The capital of the Freestar Collective.
A lawless city under the influence of Ryujin Industries which nevertheless holds a draw for those who want a brush with danger.