[[WMG:The cloaking technology from ''VideoGame/{{Starlancer}}'' wasn't lost.]]
Sometime during the war, one side or the other developed a radical new kind of sensor that could see through cloaking fields. As it was also superior to previous sensors in other respects, it soon became dominant. Nobody has managed to figure out a way to completely negate it, and cloaking devices became useless.
[[WMG:Freelancer/Starlancer is set in an alternate Franchise/StarTrek timeline.]]
The Eastern Coalition exists in both universe. It's WILD Mass Guessing for a reason.
[[WMG:Freelancer/Starlancer is set in the original Franchise/StarTrek timeline.]]
It is entirely possible, even probable, that after World War III a group of humans from each nation/geopolitical area would have decided after (or during) World War III to loaded up sleeper ships (even without warp engines) and fired them off into an unknown part of the galaxy. After many hundreds of years they would have established the empires seen in Freelancer/Starlancer without any knowledge of the Federation (and vice-versa). Species 8472, AKA [[spoiler:the Nomads]], is aware of this offshoot of humanity and even took the same approach as they did with the Federation: [[spoiler:trying to replace/control key members of government and the military.]] Fluidic space (AKA [[spoiler:Unknown System 1]] can be accessed via [[spoiler:Omicron Alpha]].
[[WMG:[[spoiler:Nomads]] are an early form of the [[Franchise/MassEffect Reapers]]]].
They just don't look mechanical yet.
** Probably jossed: [[spoiler: The Reapers have been around for at LEAST 37 MILLION years in more-or-less their current form, as shown by the Reaper Husk found in [=ME2=]. Unless time is getting screwed with or the Freelancer universe apparently is an earlier itineration of humanity that is strangely formed along more-or-less nearly identical national and political lines.... it's not there.]]
* [[spoiler: Nomads]] are not Reapers, but they were created/enslaved by them, like the Keepers or the Collectors. The Reapers have a base in the Sirius System (or it is important in some other way) and use them to keep other species away. The five ships that brought the colonists there left before the protheon ruins were found on Mars, thats why humans there have no mass effect drives.
** [[spoiler: So, the Reapers ARE the Daam K'vosh?]]
[[WMG: President Jacobi knew/ordered/intended for The Order to attack the Donau]]
Rheinland was the one who found the alien artefacts a few months ago, it was how the Nomads infected much of Rheinland including the Chancellor. It was that point Rheinland was getting aggressive and therefore Jacobi saw the visit from Admiral Schultzky as a threat. This could also be why the president was planning to ban illegal artefacts in Liberty.
* While it's very likely that Shultzky was infested and that is why he was killed by the Order, it is very unlikely that the President had anything to do with the Order at that point. As for the banning of artifact trading, that most likely done of the advice of the other high ranking Liberty officials who had already been infested. The Nomads are supposedly the guardians of the Dom'Kavash ruins and artifacts and as such are attempting to stop their trade and recover them. This is why both of the most deeply infiltrated colonies have not only banned the trade of artifacts, but are also working to seize them from those already in possession of them.
[[WMG: Samura feeds their fish farms with alien organisms inundated with Cardamine]]
* In some news reports and rumors, I heard that people that ate or were exposed to the seafood Samura raised on Junyo became sick sometime afterward. When they get more, or when they set foot on Junyo or Kurile, the planet where they cultivate the alien organisms they use as fish feed, they suddenly recover. Oddly enough, the symptoms are very similar to that of Cardamine withdrawal. Since the Alien Organisms that Samura feeds their fish originate from the same part of Sirius as Cardamine, the Edge Nebula, could there be a connection to the addictive drug?
** Assuming that Cardimine is an organic compound like most drugs and is produced by the life on planet Malta as opposed to being some sort of inorganic compound that is simply part of the planet's make up, this could mean that the alien organisms are actually the source of life on Malta. i.e. Life on Malta was originally seeded by a meteor containing these same organisms.

[[WMG: The Dom'Kavash were wiped out by the Shivans.]]
* Not many people know this, but according to a rumor I heard at Pueblo Station, Ageira Technologies had developed the Jump Gates from a Dom'Kavash Jump Gate relic found on Planet Manhatten. The Jump Gates, as well as the Jump Holes and the Alien Jump Gate used late in the game, function in a similar manner to Subspace Jump Nodes, even moreso in the case of the Jump Holes. If the Dom'Kavash Jump Gates used Subspace to function, they might have caught the attention of the Shivans, who are known to be sensitive to Subspace travel, and invite them to attack. Since the same technology behind the Alien Jump Gates is used by the gates developed by Ageira, the Shivans might return to exterminate the Terran colonies in the Sirius Sector.

[[WMG: The Corsairs are preparing for a war with the Colonies.]]
* The Corsairs are the largest criminal organization in Sirius, and according to a story found on the news at the Planet Crete bar, they are getting ready for a full-scale invasion of Rheinland. They plan to eliminate the Red Hessians, and then capture their headquarters in Dresden to use as a staging ground for the Rheinland attack. Judging from their superior numbers and equipment, it is very likely that they will decimate Rheinland. Their economy has suffered since the GMG defeated them in the 80-Year War, which had also cost them their entire starfleet. Once the pirates conquer Rheinland, they will move on to invade Bretonia, Liberty and Kusari.
** Add that to the beating they suffered by being [[PuppeteerParasite The Nomad's whipping boys]], and the fact that said Organic Security System will probably be looking for another puppet to use against human space, and.... [[SequelHook HmmmmmH!]]
** Actually, the 80-Year War did not cost Rheinland its entire starfleet (and even if it had done, decades passed between the fall of the Empire and the start of the game). That isn't really relevant, though, since the Nomad War almost did (they have a ''single'' battleship left, and an old, run-down one, at that). There are other problems with the plan, though. To begin with, the Corsairs' ''military'' may have superior numbers to Rheinland's, but there are more Rheinlanders, and groups like the Bundschuh are likely to rally 'round the flag in a time of crisis. Then there is the question of how the other colonies would react to a full-scale Corsair invasion of Rheinland space. At least Bretonia would be inclined to support Rheinland (Bretonia and the Corsairs already are clashing) early on, and if the Corsairs actually manages to ''win'' against Rheinland... and then there is the Outcasts, who hate their Hispanian brothers about as much as they hate the Colonies, to consider. Now, that they might overcome... but actually invading the other Houses as well, after they inevitable suffer damages in conquering Rheinland and has to divert forces to keep Rheinland down? There is a phrase[[note]]Not trope, though. The trope is AttackAttackAttack.[[/note]] for that, and it is SuicidalOverconfidence.

[[WMG:So, what were the three other ships the Alliance built?]]
According to the Outcasts, the Alliance actually built ''eight'' sleeper ships, not five. Three were destroyed by the Coalition fleet. So who were the others, and what were their names?
* France is probably the most obvious candidate. In ''VideoGame/{{Starlancer}}'', they did actually have one known ship and squadron survive. Possible names would be the ''Gallia'' or ''Aquitaine''.
** According to ''VideoGame/DiscoveryFreelancer'', the sleeper ship was named the Gallia.
** One can't help the feeling that the French would launch ''3 ships'', namely the ''Liberté'', the ''Égalité'', and the ''Fraternité''.
* Italy is another. There was one surviving Italian squadron, and presumably unnamed Italian ships (not to mention civilians). Dunno what their name would have been.
** Possibly relating to its long history: the ''Roma'',
* Israel is a possibility. Israel is never mentioned in the first game, so its status is unknown - for all we know, it joined the Middle Eastern faction of the Coalition. However, if there was an Israeli sleeper ship, there are 4 obvious names: the ''Zion'' (refers to Jerusalem), the ''Yehuda'' (means "Jew"), the ''Tevat'' (refers to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah%27s_Ark Noah's Ark]]) and the ''Hatikvah'' (although that is the name of the State of Israel's national anthem, it literally means "the hope").
* If UsefulNotes/SouthKorea wasn't destroyed by UsefulNotes/NorthKorea or any other Coalition member, possible ship names include:
** Names for Korea such as ''Daehan'', ''Hanguk'' or ''Chosŏn''.
** Sacred places such as the obvious ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paektu_Mountain Baekdusan]]''.
* Any number of former British colonies - those that didn't get stuck on the ''Bretonia''. Some possibilities come to mind:
** India. If it didn't join the Coalition, India would probably have a ship, maybe the ''Hindi'', ''Mughal'', or even ''Ahimsa'' or ''Swaraj''. However, if India was a member of the Alliance, it almost certainly would have fielded warships, so it probably did join the Coalition.
*** Unlikely, given their real life issues with Russia and China; coupled with the fact that the inverse can be used: if India was a member of the Coalition, it's almost certain we would've run into them at some point especially with bit players like Egypt popping up.
** Australia (and possibly New Zealand). Geographically distinct enough. ''Uluru'' might be a good ship name. Other options are ''Koori'', ''Eureka'', ''Southern Cross'' or ''Tasman''. Due to their tiny populations, they could have joined the Bretonia.
** Like above, the Caribbean islands could have joined Bretonia or Liberty. After all, [[spoiler: Dr Kendra Sinclair is a Bretonian archaeologist]] who has no British accent and seems to be of Afro-Caribbean descent.
** {{South Africa}} (and possibly the rest of southern Africa). We know South Africa was a member of the Alliance (one of your fellow pilots is South African). Their ship could have drawn its name from any African tribe - the ''Bantu'', ''Zulu'', ''Xhosa'' or even ''Boer'' (despite referring to mainly Dutch-descended White South Africans, "Boer" itself means "farmer", which is good for representing a proud agricultural heritage both on Earth and {{recycled in space}}), for example, or alternatively after historical events or places such as the ''Voortrek'', ''Drakensberg'', or if you want {{black comedy}} (pun not intended because {{dude, it's not funny}}), the ''Soweto''.
** Canada. Close ties with the Americans and a major country that could have supplied a lot of the materials that went into building the ships. It could have been named the ''Polaris'', the ''Acadia'' or something similar. Bonus points for their ship ending up on {{Single Biome Planet}}s consisting of [[CanadaEh cold, forested tundra]]. But then again, Liberty has a Battleship Yukon, therefore, it is possible that their small population forced the Canadians to join Liberty.
* ''Hispania'' ostensibly covers Spain but is portrayed as {{Spexico}}. Even then, it seems very odd that one sleeper ship serves not only Spain but also the [[FridgeLogic entire Spanish-speaking world and possibly even the Portuguese-speaking world as well]]?
** Like the French example of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, one could realize the symbolism for Spain to colonize the [[RecycledInSpace New World IN SPACE!]] using ships named [[UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria]].
** If the Alliance included UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} (remember, Brazil's population is currently the 5th largest in the world), possible ship names include the ''Tupi'', ''Amazônia'', ''Pindorama'', ''Cruzeiro do Sul'' (the Portuguese name for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crux Southern Cross]]) or even ''Progresso'' (from the motto ''Ordem e Progresso'').
** Despite its small population and size, even compared to Spain, UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} has a long history of empire building and cultural influencing. Possible names for a Portuguese ship include ''Belem'', ''Ajuda'' (means "aid"), ''Tejo'' (after the Tagus, Portugal's longest river and a major part of its geography - do remember that the ''Rheinland'' takes its name from a district named after a prominent river), or ''Caravela'' (refers to Caravels, a type of sailing ship that formed the basis of the Portuguese naval, exploratory and trading prowess).
** Another [[SouthOfTheBorder obvious missing nation is Mexico]]. Possible ship names include ''
** If UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}} joined the Alliance, possible ship names include "
** Even then, what about other former Spanish colonies like The Philippines and Equatorial Guinea? If they didn't join the coalition on the basis that they are in Asia and Africa respectively, possible ship names for the former include '' and for the latter include N/A (Equatorial Guinea is just an {{appeal to obscurity}}).
* Although many have a misconception that UsefulNotes/{{Turkey}} = {{Middle Eastern Coalition}} = {{Qurac}} = [[TheFundamentalist Fundamentalist Islam]] = [[CriticalResearchFailure Arab people]], Turkey is the 2nd largest military in NATO, is an ally of many Western nations and is trying really hard to join the EU. Therefore, if Turkey joined the Alliance instead of the Coalition, and survived as a nation to long enough, it could have built one of the 3 mystery sleeper ships. Possible names include the ''Boğaziçi'' (aside from being the Turkish name for the Bosporus, it also means "the straits"), ''Anatolya'', ''Marmara'', ''Kapadokya'', ''Çanakkale'', ''Asya'' (do remember that despite meaning "Asia", the Ancient Greeks invented the term "Asia" to refer to Anatolia, which is where modern Turkey is now), ''Ottoman'' or ''Bizans''; alternatively, they can stress their European-ness by naming their ship ''Thrakya'' (after Thrace, a region that is now part of European Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria). They could also name their ship after certain values such as ''Başı'' (means "leader"), ''Cumhuriyet'' (means "Republic"), ''Yurtta'' or ''Sulh'' ("Yurtta" means "home" and "Sulh" means "peace"; it is from a quote by [[OurFounder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk]] ''"Yurtta sulh, cihanda sulh"'' which translated to English means '' "Peace at Home, Peace in the World" '', which is a pretty powerful message).
* Finally, there are the Scandinavian countries. Assuming they didn't get the {{Kill em All}} treatment, stayed with the Alliance, and didn't join up with Rheinland, their are 3 glaringly obvious names for their sleeper ship the ''Scandia'', the ''Víkingr'' or the ''Norden''. Or they can use themes of discovery from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_the_Red Erik the Red]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Erikson Leif Erikson]] such as ''Vinland'', ''Grønland'' (some {{black comedy}} here because when Erik the Red discovered a mostly uninhabitable landmass, he named it {{Greenland}} to trick people into settling there, therefore this situation can be {{RECYCLED IN SPACE}}) ''Leifsbúðir'', or ''Skrælingjar'' (refers to Native Americans in Greenland and the Leifsbúðir area which is now modern day Newfoundland, Canada; this is in the same manner that Native American tribes lend their names to various items and places in the US and Canada).

[[WMG:Most of the houses are only selling "monkey models" of their fighters.]]
Think about it, the Defenders and Patriots that you can buy are outgunned by Liberty Navy fighters of the same type later in the game, as well as several other ships in the game completely outperform them. This is likely also true of Bretonian and Kusari ships. Rheinland however, may well be selling full-power military fighters to pay off their massive war debt.

[[WMG: Freelancer is an alternate future timeline of Starlancer]]
In Starlancer the player (if they managed to get best results) manages to become the Alliance best fighter ace, who squadron manages to save the Alliance from destruction and even turn the fortune of the war against the Collation, liberating the outer planets collanies of the Solar System and may of been on their way to liberating the inner solar system. Yet the Prolouge of Freelance seems to ignore this and shows the Alliance barely holding out in Pluto buying enough time to build generational ships that would be sent to another star system. In my view I think Freelance Prolouge is where the player got killed fairly early in Starlancer as a result the war never turned in the Alliance's favour.
* It's fairly clear in the Intro that the war has been going on for at least a generation or two, it's more likely that the PC from Starlancer died at some point after the game(retiered honorably after a lifetime of fighting if you want to imagine it ended alright for him/her).
[[WMG: There is something ''very'' wrong about the Outcasts beyond what is already known]]
* ...which says quite a lot, as the Outcasts are already very dangerous. A dedicated player can already find out about their master plan - to get so many people addicted to Cardamine that the Sirius governments will not ''dare'' destroy them, enabling them to gradually exert influence on the Colonies.
** Beyond that, however, there are many small hints about the nature of Cardamine. It grew on Malta and might also exist in Carinea (the un-landable DeathWorld in the same system). That region of space is, as we know, Nomad country. Cardamine plants themselves are also described to be of purple coloration, which is associated with Nomads and the Dom'Kovash artifacts. There is also the fact that the substance alters the user's genetic code. There was also a blurb that implied the Outcasts worship Nomads - they were referred as "spirits" by the Outcasts and it is why they inter their greatest pilots and leaders near the Nomad jumphole in the Alpha system, the greater implication being that they knew about Nomads before the Order even existed.
*** Putting all these together, I can't help but feel that the Outcasts (or at least their leaders) are secretly under the thumb of the Nomads and are laying the ground for their return. Or worse, the return on the Dom'Kovash. They certainly feel no love towards the other Colonies for them to care what happens to them. Alternatively, they are in the process of becoming [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]] due to generations of Cardamine use, which is hardly a more comforting prospect.
** Cardamine alters DNA. What if Cardamine (or Planet Malta itself) was an invention by the Daam K'Vosh to gradually alter the DNA of Human drug addicts over several generations until they get to create new life forms, possibly how the nomads started, or even to allow the return of the Daam K'Vosh [[ChestBurster using the bodies of human Cardamine addicts to produce new Daam K'Vosh]]. This plan is slightly reminiscent of the Dark Voice's plan in [[VideoGame/Starcraft the Starcraft franchise]].
** The Outcast are unlikely to be direct or knowing allies of the Nomads / Dom'kavosh, they are allied to the Order in the story missions after all. Even after the missions where they show up they have a neutral disposition towards you.