What is the core of the galaxy like?

Not right at the core where there is a super-massive black hole, but near there out to about 1000 LYs. How close are the stars to one another? What are their mechanics like? Do these stars have solar systems?

Here’s the center in visible light. Here’s a more detailed view: Milky Way Center Region Mosaic. There’s too much dust to see much, but that situation improves at other wavelengths:

Here’s a description of the star population of the central cubic pasrsec.

The Grox are there making sure you don’t get to talk to Steve.

It’s grand, just watch out for the Raiel.