The Romans never left Albion. As the Roman Empire slowly transmuted into The Holy Roman Empire of Europa, a faceless and sterile bureaucracy evolved in which people became little more than consumers for the products of the super-rich, not least pornography, medication and nicotine. Against this backdrop of crime and corruption, there were odd sparkles of goodness and hope, but they were few and far between. The space race had begun and The Confederate States of America was falling behind with its aging fleet of space shuttles. The Tsar of all the Russias has just launched the advanced space battleship Potemkin, and the Manchurians had control of the dark side of the moon. The Holy Roman Empire of Europa however already had stations on Mars, and a prison colony on Ganymede.