Dispersalistas believe that during the origins of man, there was a time when humans lived on a single dying planet, Terra. To protect humanity a great exodus was created, a fleet of automatic ships sent out with a single mission - find planets and imbue with life. Each ship had a different sector of the universe to navigate. It might take centuries, but eventually the vessels would reach their destinations and terraform them. When the time was right, life would be introduced and genetic blueprints would recreate humanity as close to the planet's native biology as their systems would allow.
Overseen by the ship's autonomous AI, the planet would continue to adapt and humanity genetically altered until it was perfectly suited to its new environment. The ships were as gods, creating everything at all levels, but only until such biological directives had been met. It would then shut down and maintain only a watching brief over future genetic patterns, altering if required. With a technological knowledgebase that would one day be available to those that found it, those who had the means with which to interpret its storehouse of treasures, the ships lay in wait for a day that might never come.
The Dispersalistas believe there are thousands of planets out there seeded with the genetics of their forebears and it is their sworn mandate to find them wherever they are and connect them into one integrated human race with all of the diversity, strengths and weaknesses that their different worlds could provide. Never again would humanity be under threat of extinction and the universe would be available to all.
The Universal Dispersal was the historic beginning of the current civilisation. When the original planet that was home to humanity turned overnight into a dying, diseased world because of a release of subterranean gases that ruptured onto the surface, killing thousands and sending clouds of poisons into the stratosphere. Humanity had only one solution - leave. The exodus was quickly managed because all nations under threat of extinction worked together to form a human chain of technical wizardy that threw ship after ship into space in massive fleets. Each fleet consisting of upwards of fifty ships, all housing colonists in suspended animation, or in the poorer examples, generational habitats, all sent into different galaxies to follow prepared routes that would provide them with the highest number of habitable or terraformable planets - a chance at best, but worth the risk.
It is currently unknown which directions these fleets were sent. Each colony was given only coordinates for their own exodus. Therefore it is fully anticipated that at some point in the future, the paths of two, or more colonies will cross. When that time arrives it is believed it will begin the period of consolidation, where one colony will absorb the other. Nobody believes it will be a time of peaceful reunification.
The Dispersalistas, a religious movement that believes that everything happens through divine intervention fight continually to be heard and regularly send out ships looking for the brethren of other colonies. Perhaps they are the only ones who do, for most Corporates and free governments fear such a time as one of major uncertainty and war at the very least. Because of this the Dispersalistas are scorned and ridiculed, even eradicated in secret cleansings, their ships, if discovered leaving the galaxy, destroyed secretly, nobody claiming responsibility, but all quietly condoning the act wherever it occured.
The cult, for that is what it is, has moved underground to evade the authorities and the witchhunters and now work behind the scenes to effect change and influence thinking. It is now much harder to eradicate them and they are gaining ground in their effort to send out official search ships to find the lost colonies. There is now a real fear that the cult will find them and bring about the feared consolidation.
Today there is a liklihood of at least one in every persons’ sphere of influence that has links to the Dispersalistas and the intelligence gathering, once against them, is now carried out by them (see DIA) in an effort to thwart official attempts to bring about a reversal of their fortunes. Some people believe they are right, and that an olive branch should precede us in attempting to bring about reunification. It was making for some very heated debates and when discovered, extremely violent reprisals by the paranoid.