|Tacna class Station|
America was one of the first space stations constructed in the Vespucci system, setting the path for further expansion. Due to its relative age, core systems have since required an overhaul, which was made possible in 823 A.S. following the costly decision to disassemble the base modules, tow them to the Kansas system, and reassemble them in orbit of Topeka where the base now resides.
In recent years, the focus of the installation has shifted from that military functions to a more civilian nature, and now serves as a trading hub along the edge of Commonwealth space, facilitating exchanges between them and their allies. Proximity to the system's central star allows it to draw enough power through its solar panels during certain periods of its orbit to keep the base operating for about a week without fuel for the station’s central reactor.
Additionally, the freeport serves as an early warning post to alert the Legion to any potential hostile incursions of Commonwealth space. The natural phenomena of Kansas can generate floods of background noise for sensors however, so while the range and fidelity of the station’s scanners function within normal parameters, interpreting the incredible amount of data produced is a daunting task both for the crew and its computer systems.