The Independent Commerce Federation is a collection of traders, merchants, investors, financiers, and skilled craftsmen, controlling the largest banks in the galaxy. The ICF is made up of alien races and splinter factions of humans, such as the Meridian, some years after the end of the Third World War. The ICF's military is entirely comprised of mass-produced, disposable robots armed with laser weaponry. The ICF controls a relatively small portion of galactic space, edging near Imperial starspace and the unexplored regions of the galaxy.
ICF's grand goal is to make money and keep their territory, and has been fighting back the ever-hostile Empire since the Storm wiped their communications with the Coalition.