Jake Simmons was born on a class M planet. The planet had a class system in place where the priests were the highest in rank, then the nobility and than the peasants. If I recall correctly this system is most similar to the European dark ages. Born as a son of a local farmer, Jake did not have a very bright future until the revolution of 11 before year 0.
before year 0, science had been a very secret movement. they were developing different technologies and trying to prove that the planet was orbiting the sun and not the other way around.
The society on this planet was very advanced in everything but mindset. they still thought they were the center of the universe and everything revolved around them. the priests taught everyone that it was wrong to think otherwise and that the gods would destroy them if they thought otherwise.
year 0 was the year that the warp drive was invented. this way the scientists could prove for once and for all that they were not the center of the universe.
Soon the planet was asked to join a group called the USFP.
In year 10 Jake was finally old enough to try and get into the TSN Academy and become an TSN officer. something of which he always dreamed of ever since the USFP made first contact.
At the Academy Simmons became a eager student excelling in computer science and ciphers. Wanting to become a science officer he chose to pursue this as a career to be able to serve aboard a star ship one day