In 5148 CE, the Sunbright Rebellion broke out on Sunbright, a planet in the Funnel Group held by the Alliance of Free Stars. Its leader used the name "Freedom" and claimed to be a citizen of Republic of Cinnabar.9:2

The rebellion continued for four years, despite the Alliance attempts to suppress it. It was supported by the smuggling out of locally grown rice, which was a valuable delicacy, in exchange for arms, supplied largely by clan chiefs on Cremona.9:3

In 5152 CE, after the previously warring Cinnabar and Alliance signed the Truce of Amiens, the Alliance requested Cinnabar to remove Freedom from Sunbright, hoping to stop the rebellion. The job was eventually handed over to Captain Daniel Leary.9:2