Orbital States of Earth
The OSE began as a quasi-legal entity that “seceded” from Earth. In the wake of the Second Exodus, however, it has become the most influential power in the Solar System. The OSE is comprised of some 240 space stations in Earth orbit. It is difficult to determine the exact number of member stations, as theyare constantly being constructed, dividing, merging, and failing (often violently).
The smallest of these stations house barely 200 people, while the largest have populations exceeding 10,000. Each module – or “state,” as the patriotically-minded call them – is almost entirely self-governing. They are unified only by the OSE charter, which has just three components: a mutual defense pact, a non-intervention clause (barring external attack, all modules must succeed or fail on their own merits), and a very limited set of federal laws (murder, rape, slavery, and open flames are prohibited – all other laws are up to the discretion of the state).