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Orestes is a star system in the Epsilon Sector and a territory of the Union of Border Worlds. It hosts at least nine planets and at least one radar outpost orbiting Orestes IX.
Orestes was the site of engagement between the Union of Border Worlds and the Terran Confederation during the Border Worlds Conflict of 2673. After narrowly escaping Confederation forces in Silenos, the crew of the BWS Intrepid were forced to retreat to Orestes. While there, they found that they were missing vital information on suspected illegal Confederation activities within Border Worlds space, so they chose to raid a Confederation communications base orbiting Orestes IX, on the assumption that most of their battlefield intelligence would be relayed through there.
During their stay in the system, the Border Worlds forces rescued a civilian convoy that was being pursued by a small Confederation task force, inflicting heavy losses on the Confederation. Afterwards, the Intrepid dispatched two operatives, Velina Sosa and Winston "Vagabond" Chang, to infiltrate the communications station and steal all relevant battle data. During the raid, station guards ambushed the two operatives and Chang was fatally wounded, forcing Sosa to escape alone. After recovering Sosa and the intelligence she had gathered, the Intrepid fled the system.
After the resolution of the conflict through the dismantling of the illegal Black Lance, Orestes became a full-fledged member of the Union of Border Worlds. By 2701 however, secessionist sentiment was on the rise due to a persistent lack of growth and development in the star system.