STAR WARS - COLD WAR
A couple generations have passed since Emperor Palpatine was killed over the Centari moon of Endor, but the war didn't end with the death of one man. The Empire lived on and the Rebellion continued. Eventually the Rebellion became The Republic, while a new Emperor took the throne of The Empire. Many battles happened, but in recent years the wars have cooled to a simmer and politics and intrigue are often used rather than warships to secure the loyalty of contested systems, not that battle has died out completely, there just isn't an open war going on.
The politics could be a dominant factor in the game or could fall completely into the background depending on what the characters are. Agents of one of the two main factions or a noble house would be very involved in politics while a free ranging smuggler might avoid political unrest except when it was profitable to smuggle people or goods through.