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Large concentrations of SCG defense forces are seldom seen outside of the Sol system and its immediate neighbors, though outposts in hostile areas or on the border of SCG space typically retain a small garrison. Every gateway in SCG territory has a crew running traffic control operations, as well as a ship or two protecting the gate itself. Smaller, faster vessels perform customs work and patrol trade corridors. SCG military presence increases with proximity to the inner systems. Only on two occasions have SCG defense forces been mobilized for a major peacekeeping operation, with both operations occurring in response to gross violations of sapient rights in non-member states. Occasionally, lighter forces are tasked to assist member states requesting aid in managing crime or civil unrest.