Guardians of the Stars
The Corporate Collective was a group of multinational corporations who were tired of dealing behind the scenes with governments to get their way and wanted to simply force the governments of the world out in favor of themselves. They invested in their own military forces under the guide of ‘security’, going so far as to have their own mechanized vehicles and fighter aircraft.
The Independence of Ceres set off their first blow. When the forces sent to ‘crush Ceres resistance’ were instead crushed they sent out their own forces to take care of the ‘problem’ instead. Unfortunately for them, the sole remaining government space craft captain joined forces with the two Ceres Homeguard vessels to take down the unknown vessel. Having shown their hand though, the Corporate Collective Decided they had no more time to wait and within a couple of months had begun the Corporate Wars.