Speaking of real galaxies, the Freespace nodemap shows quite clearly that the systems are not arranged according to anything obvious, like distance or direction. I say this because AlphaCen, which in Real Life™ is the closest star system to Sol, is most definetly not
the closest in the nodemap.
So perhaps the map represents something more useful, considering it's about subspace nodes: relative subspace travel time from one system to another.
America, stand assured that Israel truly understands
what you are going through.
"He who laughs last thinks slowest."
"Just becase you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you."
"To err is human; to really screw up you need a computer."
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