The Collapse is the time frame when the AI virus brought about immense destruction to mankind spread out over hundreds of worlds. It occurred more than 200 years ago at the height of man’s expansion and technological achievement.
Most people refer to the ride and fall of man within two eras: Pre-Collapse and the Collapse. The general use of the term Collapse implies that it is still happening, with little true growth in the remaining worlds. The Collapse brought about the largest region of space known as the Ruins.
Modern technology has brought an end to AI virus attacks by breaking apart computer networks so that physical input is necessary between major nodes or extremely basic computers handle the traffic. Worlds that border the Ruins have strict measures to have their navy destroy any vessels arriving in their system which do not identify themselves. Anti AI measures such as AI Cartridges are common aboard most ships and emergency service depots on all worlds.