Established in 342, the Octagon Society was the first major distressed spacefarer assistance operation to appear in the Spinward Marches. The group thrived on public contributions and some tax revenues for 150 years; it collapsed in the late 400's when scandals emerged over quality of shelter construction and the disposition of certain funds.
Society shelters were generally of an octagonal shape. Large hostels were established on major worlds, while smaller weather shelters were placed on frontier or unsettled worlds. The characteristic octagon shaped buildings are still visible on various worlds, although none are still in use as shelters for distressed spacefarers.
The Octagon Society was dissolved in 499 and its assets were sold at auction.
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