Beta Nova is the second system settled by the original settlers, two centuries after colonizing Alpha Nova. Beta Nova is located at the proximal center of The Systems and was the capital system of the Republic of Humanity during its long reign. Beta Nova remains one of the heavily trafficked systems, and thus has the largest stellar community in The Systems featuring trade posts, shipyards, and numerous off-planet states and enclaves. Beta Nova is also an extremely unstable region, a home too small for both the Beta Nova Suzerainty and Deccaran Suzerainty, with the powerful Roh State fighting not to be collateral in their conflict. Nova hosts two planets, Gemma and Ares.