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The next few pages were done on my laptop instead of the main working computer. Sorry in advance if that'll cause something to look weird.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Quantum [has] just received data from the [satellite]

Super_Weegee (transfer from Disqus)

Now the only thing up in the air is whether or not they know (at least right now) that the humans were responsible for the crash. I don't know how they're going to react if they find out.

Granted, the shuttle was in military airspace, but it's not like they could've known that.

HFY (transfer from Disqus)

we have nucular weapons and these shit ass pathetic furries donot even have energy shields. We can take on them.

Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

They're in space, and we have no effective ground-to-space weapon systems. We lose any fight right there.

Comments section for page 46, including comments by the author, describes some other reasons they might feel confident throwing down with us.

Dreadogastus (transfer from Disqus)

Thankfully the Alliance does have experience of a near war brought about by "poor communications". So even if they find out their shuttle was shot down, they would probably refrain from immediately attacking. Especially since this encounter with Terra seems to be a side-show to something more important.

Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Well, the Alliance mission knows that they were sneaking around behind the Earth people's backs in the expectation that they wouldn't get spotted. If they're thinking clearly, they'll realize that their shuttle could easily be perceived as an enemy if it did get spotted. Now, whether or not they DO think clearly about this, and how much they'll care about the what the humans were thinking... those are the million-credit questions.

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These trivia bits are generated randomly.
Raharrs are warm-blooded creatures and are accustomed to temperature range a bit warmer than Earth's.
"Dawn" class mothership and "Lake" class tankers are the only spacecraft in the Exploration fleet that can create artificial gravity while not under acceleration.
If a space ship accelerates at the same rate as it would in a free-fall under Earth's gravity (Otherwise known as "1G acceleration"), it can reach Jupiter from Earth in just under 6 days. It would need to flip in the middle of the travel, to start decelerating and enter the planet's orbit.
Insectoids in a lot of ways are the weird ones among the Alliance members. Besides having a completely unpronounceable name of the species, they have dextero amino acid biochemistry, which makes their food and biosphere to be inedible by the rest of the Alliance, and vice versa.
The names of every species of the Alliance (besides Insectoids) are words taken directly from their respective native languages that they use to refer to themselves. They all have same translation:
"a human".
Azinarsi relationship to death is different from the rest of the civilizations of the Alliance: they do not care about it. Death would mean loss of information and experience gathered by that instance of a person's mind, though, and these two things are about the only valuables for an Uploaded mind, so Azinarsi try to avoid it when possible.
A lot of backgrounds and other elements in the comic are actually 3d models. It helps reduce the time each page takes to make.
Raharrs descended from the evolutionary branch that can be described as "apelike cats" by their evolutionary niche. Although initially carnivorous and solitary, they were forced to become omnivorous and form persistent packs during the latest of the rare ice ages of their homeworld, approximately 30 million years ago.
It takes more than a year to cross the Alliance space even with the fastest FTL drive.
Prior to becoming a webcomic, Leaving The Cradle was initially developed as a modification for Source engine, back in 2007. It was vastly different back then, much closer to the usual space opera look and feel, and the plot had nothing in common with the webcomic version, sharing only exactly two characters and nothing else.
Many homeworlds of the respective species are still divided into countries, but freshly established colonies on other planets are almost always monolithic and basically independent, since they sprawled from a single initial outpost, and time lag involved due to interstellar distances making remote management of the colony from a homeworld to be ineffective and frustrating at best.
There's no way to communicate faster than light. If you want to send your message to another solar system, your best bet is to use a courier spaceship. It can take even a month for it to finally reach the destination, but it still beats sending it as a transmission and expecting it to arrive decades or thousands of years later.
So far there hasn't been a single instance of a massive interstellar war. Due to the vastness of space, there's no territorial or economic gain from it. The presence of armed spaceships is still warranted for keeping space travel safe and for peacekeeping or policing missions since unexpected events or rogue states can still happen and might require force as a solution.
The Alliance space stretches for an impressive 16 thousand light years along the longest axis, and contains approximately twelve billion star systems. Despite that, 99.99% of those star systems weren't explored even by an automatic mapping drone yet, and the borders of the Alliance space are defined mostly by the reach of spaceships from the nearest colony or space station.