The story line in Novus Aeterno is not partitioned, to be completed by players individually; the whole story runs for everyone at the same pace. Miniature story arcs will be available which the player can start and finish at their own pace. The major story arcs however will happen for all players at the same time across the entire universe.
Whatever destroyed the old empires is still out there and being aware of this threat will greatly assist the player. Information and rewards gained from missions will help players solidify their hold on their territories. Participation in these events is not mandatory but not participating in them could lead to severe consequences. Story arcs and events will be expanded and added on a regular basis which will help round out the experience between PvP and universal events.
Take some time out from your galactic conquests to take part in these events and experience them all, we will make it worth your time.