Established in 342, the Octagon Society was the first major distressed spacefarer
assistance operation to appear in the Spinward Marches. The
group thrived on public contributions and on some tax revenues for 150 years;
then it collapsed in the late 400s when scandals emerged over the quality
of shelter construction and the disposition of certain funds.
Society shelters were generally of an octagonal shape. Large hostels
were established on major worlds, while smaller weather shelters were placed
on frontier or unsettled worlds. The characteristic octagon-shaped buildings
are still visible on various worlds, although none are still in use as shelters
for distressed spacefarers.
The Octagon Society was dissolved in 499, and its assets were sold at auction.