"Up until the 8th century, the Skrell had no established rules or customs when it came to life in space. While they certainly had their planetbound colonies and small space stations spread across their territories, long-term living in the void was virtually unheard of. That came to change when, in 748, Xorr'Glo, the leading spaceship manufacturing corporation on Qerr'balak, inaugurated Qoa'xi, a massive station in orbit of the planet. Able to house thousands of people as permanent residents, and declared as their new headquarters they cutting their ties with Glo'marr, the city-state that had been their homeland for centuries.
In doing so, Xorr'Glo had, in practice, freed themselves from the limitations of their planet-bound bretheren; no law enforcement to punish them, no governmental oversight on their finances, projects or other activities. While bold, this move was in no way a declaration of hostilities toward the governments of Qerr'balak; after all, the corporation still needed its precious clients, and along the announcement were sent new, more competitive contracts to the city-states so as to indicate Xorr'Glo's willingness to renegotiate their relation with them, rather than to simply cut ties. Back on Qerr'balak the various governments were scrambling to find a proper way to react to the crisis. Xorr'Glo would obviously only be the first in a long line. Across the planet academies and Qerr-skria alike were afraid to see their authority turn to dust as one corporation after the other would free themselves from their influence. Open war was immediately discarded; not only because Xorr'Glo as the largest shipbuilding corporation would have the upper hand, but the repercussions of public institutions openly attacking the private sector would be disastrous for the economy. More so, the geopolitical ramifications of militarising space were legion: who would be the leading authority during wartime? How would they prevent similar incidents in the future? How to ensure that space would remain a neutral zone, free of the political struggles between the thousands of independent governments on planets? No city-state was willing to take the first step to resolve the situation, until the city of Kal'lo, as often in its history, proposed a solution that would shape the skrellian military for centuries to come.
Using Xorr'Glo's own weapons against it, the Kal'lo with an alliance of other city-states, pooled its resources to create a government-funded but privately-owned military organisation, tasked with enforcing skrellian laws in areas where the planet's governments couldn't operate. This new structure would later give birth to the countless defence task forces we see today in skrellian space. The organisation, officially operating autonomously and able to declare itself an authoritative figure without implicating planet-based governments, was therefore able to pressure Xorr'Glo into respecting most of Qerr'balak's legislative apparatus under threat of military action, even though it could not fully keep it under control.
Nowadays, the dynamics of this relation between corporate and military entities has not changed much bar the scale of it: thousands of corporations with their own structures and agendas have to compete and operate with thousands of military groups with their own structures and agendas in a gargantuan yet functional machine only the Skrell are capable of.
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On one hand, life in corporate territories resembles in most aspects planetary life: stations have their own laws (over time, the focus shifted from obeying traditional skrellian laws to creating their own set of rules that nonetheless respects the spirit of the global skrellian system), use the same caste system, and are still tied to the economic system of the city-states, as they are still the only ones printing money universally recognised in their territories. They are, however, very different in their organisation, as they are mostly ruled by groups of share-owning Qerr-Katish who legislate and manage their holdings in a much more oligarchical system than the technocratic monarchy of the city-states.
Despite their best efforts to place themselves as equals to the public powers, various pressures have so far prevented them from fulfilling their potential; apart from their monetary dependance, they are also strongly prevented by the SDTFs from forming their own large-scale military groups, usually relying on small private security and said SDTFs to ensure their safety (and despite the copious amounts of money and equipment invested in these groups, the defence task forces often seem to prioritise their own interests or the city-states' before the ones of corporations). Similarly, while several corporations have attempted in the past to evolve into fully-fledged, space-based city-states with the powers and duties linked to the function, these experiments have for the most part always failed, with the stations falling back to their corporate habits in the next 50 years. On the other hand, one would be mistaken to think that the authority of the SDTFs stops at their fleets. Over centuries of power struggles and expansion of their operations, the task forces own a fairly large amount of assets in space, from observation outposts to orbital cities occupied by civilians, who therefore fall under the authority of the military. In their case, life is much harsher than in city-states or corporate territories, as martial law is much more strict and punitive than everywhere else. It does not help that the military authorities maintain a tight control on migratory fluxes, leaving very few opportunities for the Skrell to move away to more tolerant environments. It can however be said that territories under the authority of SDTFs are the safest places in the entire skrellian holdings, the amount of peacekeeping forces being present in such large proportions that piracy and organised crime are unable to properly operate. Moreover, while corporations have a relatively (in comparison to city-states) unequal society, with the Qerr-Katish holding most of the wealth and resources, the SDTFs do everything in their power to preserve the egalitarian structure of planetside societies."