Right. Arkania has been a member world of the Republic since 17000 BBY. It was the site of a Sith library from 7000 to 5000 BBY. The Sith had lost the way back to the Republic. The Republic knew nothing of the Sith. Oh, and Arkania is in the Colonies. See the issue? The Wookieepedia states that the Arkanians adopted it, but I cannot find a source for that. So, we have a cartographic issue, none too dissimilar to how Darada and Krayiss II are 'near' to each other.. Despite one being in the Core and one in the very depths of Sth Space. The easiest idea is that the Arkanians adopted Arkania after 5000 BBY, which is possible, but the source issue prevails and it seems a little unlikely as many of the other sources say they are indigenous. I've been working on a Sith game set a century after the Hundred Years Darkness, and it's bugged me for a while now (much like Tulak Hord did previously). Similarly though, it bugs me how we have Sith strongholds in the Inner Rim which the Republic and Jedi do not notice. Equally, when the Sith flee the Jedi, it is odd that the Sith would flee into the Republic. Unless, of course, they weren't. The old TotJ sourcebook posits that the Republic, within the Slice, went not much further than the Inner Rim, and from there onwards Hutts and pirates plied the trade routes and raided outlier worlds such as Ambria. We also know that, prior to that, the Republic under Constispex was in the Mid Rim attacking the Hutts in several crusades. More inconsistencies, more issues. So, I'd like to posit that the Hundred Years Darkness was so bad, that the Republic seriously contracted, back to the Inner Rim in the Slice, and back to the Colonies in the northern quadrant, for the next three millennia, which helps us in that we have evidence of the focus of the Republic on the southern quadrant during these years; the Rimma Trade Route is founded in 5500 BBY and the Corellian Trade Spine within that time frame also. It also allows for Kashyyyk to lose membership and then to be purchased by Czerka, if the Republic abandoned the Mid Rim within the Slice. It also explains how a powerful pirate organisation - the Lorell Raiders - can exist within the Inner Rim. Or the Arkanians didn't live on Arkania. Which then doesn't help with Onderon, Ambria, Hapes and Kashyyyk. And when does the Republic expand again? Right after the Great Sith War, when the Krath have ravaged the galaxy regardless of membership, and when the Republic have struck hard at the Hutts and driven them back. Which also fits with the source material. Thoughts?