The Galactic Cooperative of Worlds, commonly known as Galcop, was an interstellar organization that was once a significant power in the Core Systems. One distinguishing feature about Galcop is they mainly concerned themselves with space and station-based activity, and did not take part in planetary affairs.
Galcop is known to have existed as early as 2849, when the first recorded contact between humans and Thargoids occurred within Galcop territory. In the late 3100's, however, Galcop disbanded, an event which led to the decline of the prosperous Old Worlds, and fostered the rise of the Alliance in 3230.
Galcop had captured a number of Thargoid spacecraft which ended up in the Alliance's hands. The Alliance was able to reverse-engineer them to produce the first Frame Shift Drive prototypes by the 3270's.
According to the logs of the Megaship GCS Sarasvati, the original war with the Thargoids ended in 3151. In the aftermath, Galcop set up a series of deep space monitoring stations, one of which was the GCS Sarasvati, to watch for a resurgent Thargoid threat. This initiative was called Project Equinox. However, by December 27, 3155, no Thargoid presence had been detected whatsoever and members of the project questioned its usefulness. By August 16, 3172, Galcop had become weakened and fractured, and Project Equinox was shut down. Unfortunately, this occurred just as project lead Dr. Cassandra Lockhart discovered that the Thargoids had been sowing the seeds for their future return all along, and her warnings were ignored.
- The Galactic Cooperative of Worlds (then abbreviated as "GalCop") was introduced in the original Elite games, where it was a space-based multi-species faction that served as the main government and police force. Like its incarnation in Elite Dangerous, GalCop held jurisdiction over space and stations, but not planets. In subsequent games, the organization rebranded itself as Interpol, but then fell into obscurity due to the Federation and the Empire creating their own police forces.