“The Prairie” is an area of the ’Verse positioned between the Core and Border worlds. Predominately empty, the Prairie does see occasional interstellar activity in the form of comets and stray asteroids breaking orbit from the Halo asteroid belt.
At the start of the War of Unification, Alliance ships began patrols in the Prairie to look out for Independent supply vessels and troop transports.
Alliance General-in-Chief Pruitt increased these patrols upon his appointment and ordered the redirection of all major transport lanes heading to both Red Sun and Georgia. Pruitt’s plan to force the Independents’ surrender by limiting supply ships has (as of June 2509) proven moderately successful.