The Balts or Baltic people are an Indo-European ethno-linguistic group who speak the Baltic languages, a branch of the Indo-European language family, which was originally spoken by tribes living in area east of Jutland peninsula in the west and Moscow, Oka and Volga rivers basins in the east. One of the features of Baltic languages is the number of conservative or archaic features retained. Among the Baltic peoples are modern Lithuanians, Latvians (including Latgalians) — all Eastern Balts — as well as the Old Prussians, Yotvingians and Galindians — the Western Balts — whose languages and cultures are now extinct.
As a consequence of its location on the Baltic Sea, among other factors, Estonia is categorized as one of the "Baltic states" along with Latvia and Lithuania. Estonians are not Balts, but are descended from Finno-Ugric speakers. However, given Estonia's status as a Baltic State, Estonians have been colloquially, if correctly, called Balts at times.
Balts were natives of the three Baltic States of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. They were forcibly annexed into the Soviet Union but continued to struggle for independence. With the formation of the CoDominium and the establishment of the Bureau of Relocation, those who were too vocal were made involuntary transportees to planets such as Haven.