The Void is an unofficial term for the location of ships that have been removed form the game. The term comes from the alien Void, as it is the original and most common cause of ships being removed.

Once a ship is removed from the game, it remains as such permanently. Certain effects (such as Healer) can rescue ships just before they are removed.

In the current edition, a game effect is not allowed to remove a player's ships from the game if it would cause that player to have fewer ships than the number of foreign colonies needed to win the game. In previous editions, this rule was not present, and if a player was reduced to below this amount, he or she was eliminated from the game.