Per the Galnet update, it appears that the Empire is expanding in to the Quivira system, having won a particularly fierce war. I stuck my nose in over the last day or so, only to have it bitten off by upwards of a dozen Federation-aligned real pilots, most of whom were flying heavily armed Vultures.
Now that there are a couple of Majestic class Imperial vessels in the area, I think the tide will turn quickly. It appears the Empire has won more space.
All hail the Emperor
Might be worth a look tonight, I’ll see if I can get in without massive lag.