30,108 CE - ___
The Confederacy of Borealis (Lacrimosan Common: 𐌺𐌰𐌽𐍆𐌰𐌳𐌴𐍂𐌰𐍄𐌹𐍉𐌽 𐍅𐍉𐌽 𐌱𐍉𐍂𐌴𐌰𐌻𐌹𐍃), often abbreviated as CoB, and mainly called The Confederacy, is a political and economic alliance among nations in and around the Via Lacrimosa Galaxy. Its members have influence in 4 galaxies and over 29 billion star systems. Combined, the member-states as well as an estimated population of over 129 quintillion individuals. The Confederacy of Borealis was born out of the collapse of the Yohjan Confederacy as a way to make sure the nations of the Via Lacrimosa and, later, beyond the Via Lacrimosa would never be able to fight each other or collapse under internal pressures ever again.
The Confederacy of Borealis was established by the Treaty of Albedo in 30,108 CE. It was proposed originally by Freyja Zhang of Vanaheimr as a way to create a more peaceful galaxy. At the time of its creation, the galaxy had no central authority and thousands of nation-states constantly waged war against each other, creating a Confederation seemed to be the best path forward for the galaxy as a whole. It has since expanded to have influence in over fifty percent of Via Lacrimosa and over two thirds of its satellites.
The Confederacy of Borealis is the premier military power in the Local Universe. Combined, the nations making up the Confederacy are able to exert more force than any other polity. This large force takes up anywhere from one to five percent of GDP depending on the time period. The nation itself, however, while having a higher energy consumption thanks to this military, is not the largest or most populous nation, that title would go to the Commonwealth of United Economic Nations, a similar polity bordering the nation.
For the sake of unity and equal representation, no single planet is the capital of the Confederacy. Jörmungandr is the executive capital, Thalsiedeln is the congressional capital, Euclid is the judicial capital, Valhalla is the electoral capital, Anamnesis is the financial capital, and Hikari is the diplomatic capital. Most of these worlds also operate as regional capitals in their own right.
Historically, the Confederacy has been fairly heavy-handed when it comes to international affairs. Often resorting to the use of its military as a means to project power rather than relying so much on diplomacy. Interventions in places such as the Ouranir Galaxy and Lanoir Confederacy are a testament to this. Despite this, large numbers of nations have joined the Confederacy due to the large benefits joining has, chief among them being the radically improvement of quality of life compared to nations not within it. The leaders of the Confederacy have unanimously agreed to federalize it. Within the next century, the Confederacy of Borealis will become a federal state known as the "Federation of Borealis."
Confederacy of Borealis
|30,108 CE CE|
|Thalsiedeln, Alphos, Thalia, Eithlinn, Petra, Jörmungandr, Anamnesis, Mili, Nocturne, Sekhmet, New Alexandria, Valhalla|
|Confederation||Varies from nation to nation|
|923/1000||511.281 Septillion C-Units|
The Confederacy derives most of its power from the consent of its member nations. The Treaty of Albedo acts as a sort of constitution to govern the Confederacy. Not only does it state how the government should work, it also lists basic rights all individuals possess. The Treaty of Albedo, however, is not the only treaty governing the Confederacy. Every time a new nation was admitted, new treaties, similar to the Treaty of Albedo, define how the relationship would proceed. There are thousands of treaties governing the nation. Taking the time to fully comprehend the political structure of the Confederacy is a daunting task not taken out by many. The negotiations to dissolve this complicated system and replacing it with one are ongoing.
The Confederate Government is split into two departments and thousands of divisions. Departments legislate grand-scale changes while divisions execute more small-scale changes. There are two departments, what is known as the "Tenth Lacrimosan Congress" and the "Executor." The Tenth Lacrimosan Congress makes laws and the Executor enforces them. There is a special division called the "High Court of Via Lacrimosa" that exists independently from the departments. This division acts as a means for citizens to challenge laws that are potentially violating their rights.
The Tenth Lacrimosan Congress
The Tenth Lacrimosan Congress is the first of the two departments. Each state in the Confederacy receives representation based on a logarithmic equation designed to make sure that even the largest nations cannot completely dominate the rest. For example, a nation of one billion would receive one representative, while a nation of one quintillion, one trillion times larger, would receive 50 representatives. Due to the fairly high autonomy of member nations, this has rarely been an issue. The Congress currently has 812 members. 797 of which represent fully-fledged member states, while 15 of which have observer status and cannot vote but can debate. Associated States are only allowed one representative regardless of size. Representatives are appointed by direct vote of the people, although, historically, they were appointed by heads of state. Representatives are appointed via a single transferable vote.
The Tenth Lacrimosan Congress has the power to pass what are known as "resolutions." These resolutions can be interpreted by the states as they see fit, giving them a large amount of power in applying the laws themselves. Resolutions pass by a simple majority of votes. They are often drafted by the parliaments of member-states and submitted to the Congress for approval, rarely does it create its own resolutions. If a state does not act on a law, a civilian can apply for a case in the next branch of government, the "High Court of Via Lacrimosa."
The High Court of Via Lacrimosa
The High Court of Via Lacrimosa is the highest court in the Confederacy of Borealis. It has exactly one defined power and that is to approve or reject the states' interpretations of laws. They can rule that a state has not obeyed a resolution and has the power to make the state obey it or face consequences ranging from a fine to calling a vote for expulsion by the other states. The High Court rarely gets to exercise its power, as there have only been a handful of occasions in which a state violated the resolutions passed by the Congress. The High Court technically has the power to overrule executive orders, but this power has never been used nor is it clearly defined.
The Executor takes the resolutions passed by the Lacrimosan Congress and implements them on a federal level. For example, a resolution passed to make immigration easier would cause the Executor to facilitate it on a federal level. The Executor makes up the vast majority of the budget of the Confederacy as almost everything the federal government does is done by this branch. The Executor is headed by a president elected by popular vote of all Confederate citizens, however, their cabinet is filled by officials appointed by member-states.
Making up the Executor are hundreds of divisions tasked with more small-scale tasks. Many oversee various parts of the galaxy with specific tasks. Divisions with similar tasks are often given "Margraves," a title left over from a more feudal point in history, that help to coordinate their tasks. This branch has the most number of restrictions on it, given the immense amount of money and resources it controls. Most nations have stipulations that agents sent from the Executor have to register as foreign agents to operate in the country.
The Economy of the Confederacy is the second largest in the known universe, only surpassed by that of the Commonwealth. In the Local Universe, it accounts for almost 11% of all wealth. At the staggeringly large 511 septillion C-Units (more below), the combined economy of the Confederacy is sixty percent larger than the next five economies combined. Even so, the Confederacy falls behind its neighbor, the Commonwealth of United Economic Nations.
The main official currency of the Confederacy is called the C-Unit. In order to join, a member-nation has to adopt the C-Unit as their standard currency while forfeiting their right to issue their own currencies. The C-Unit is the most widely accepted currency within the Confederacy. Historically, C-Units have been backed by a microgram of antimatter, but they are now tied to a certain quantity of energy in watts (~25 kilowatts). The C-Unit is not the only currency common within the Confederacy, however. There exist numerous crypto-currencies that carry on with little to no government oversight. They are commonly used in under-the-table deals, anonymous purchases, and in associate states that occasionally do not use the same currency. These currencies vary in value greatly and crash relatively often. As such, it takes great skill to navigate the world of cryptocurrencies. The most used cryptocurrency is so old the original name is disputed, hundreds of regional words for it exists, the most common of which is simply "bits." They exchange for about ten C-Units each.
Numerous non-fiat currencies exist as well. A-Units (worth well over 150 C-Units), a currency based on a microgram of antimatter, is still fairly common unofficial currency. A-Units are maintained by the corporation, Takanashi Antimatter. There is little risk associated with them, but are only accepted in certain nations. The other common non-fiat currency is known as a "Caela," a currency backed not by a commodity but by the deeds to certain systems. Each Caela exists on a scale of I to XIII, where a I is backed up by a red dwarf, a V is backed up by a K or G type star, a X is a supergiant, XI and XII are black holes, and XIII represents a star cluster (more accurately the black hole in its center). All other values not mentioned correlate with other values of stars.
The Confederacy took great strides to make sure internal economies would be almost fully integrated. This would make war between member-nations impossibly due to practicality concerns. Free travel and flow of goods were also guaranteed in the treaty of Albedo. Goods entering the Confederacy have small tariffs, but internal trade is free with no restrictions at all. Many associate states also take advantage of this free trade.
The Confederacy has instituted strict anti-monopoly laws designed to maintain healthy competition in all parts of the economy. These laws apply to all corporations that wish to operate in the Confederacy, meaning that monopolies have been stopped in other countries wishing to operate within it. Foreigner-operated companies can often be fined for violating certain other rules as well, the alternative being losing access to the Confederacy's large economy. Few companies ever choose to stop operating in the Confederacy for obvious reasons.
Officially, the Confederacy is a Social Democracy. Working is not necessary to survive. Nations within the Confederacy offer Universal Basic Incomes to all inhabitants that is enough to pay for a decent quality of life. Someone choosing not to work would have the most basic of accommodations but would still have everything they needed at their fingertips. Various anti-artificial-intelligence laws mean that large numbers of jobs exist which are simply double-checking the work of an automated facility or proof-reading AI-designed scripts. Another way to earn money is a system called "Social Credit." Unlike some authoritarian regimes, social credit is earned by doing good deeds and cannot be taken away. Instead of getting a score, one gets paid directly with a small number of C-Units. This is mostly handled by member-nations while the Confederacy oversees it
The Confederacy is the largest exporter of goods in the local universe, a large portion of which go to the Commonwealth due to its huge population. Recent trade deals also allowed it to trade with the resource-hungry Neo-Terran Intergalactic Hegemony, further increasing how much the Confederacy exports. With both of these nations there are comprehensive trade deals allowing for fair between them. Economically, member-states have very little autonomy. Most member states have standard tax-rates and are unable to impose tariffs of their own.
Federal resolutions always supersede conflicting national or local law. Member-states need to follow these resolutions, while associate states merely need to maintain a basic level of fundamental rights. Failing to do these things could result in fines, sanctions, or even expulsion from the Confederacy. It is the High Court of Via Lacrimosa that decides if certain actions taken by member or associate states violate these rules.
Every sapient being is entitled to certain rights. These rights include "liberty, democracy, equality under the law, the right to privacy, and the right to information" among others that vary across the individual member-nations. These rights are required to be protected in all nations and have no stipulations for species, cultures, or religions that violate them. Organizations are either bared from joining or, in the worst situations, the Confederacy intervenes on the grounds of "common decency."
Programs are generally not considered to be sapient unless they are "dependent on a physical form to continue to exist" and "are in no way capable of propagating over wireless or wired networks." The dangerous nature of Artificial Intelligence is a large factor in this, but the main reason is what is known as Beatrix's Wake in which an incredibly dangerous artificial intelligence roamed the galaxy causing as much damage as possible. Fear caused by the AI known as Beatrix motivated almost every single nation to ban mind-uploading and reject the sapience of these programs. The added benefit of freeing up then-limited processing power caused untold octillions to simply be deleted. To appease individuals that were close to their AI's, non-sapient neural-networks designed to imitate sapience replaced them. Not every nation did this, however, some destroyed the servers, some did not replace them, some forced all of them to be downloaded into artificial bodies, and some only let certain AI's remain while deleting others. Were these AI's counted as actual sapient beings with rights, every single leader that signed the Treaty of Albedo would have been executed for genocide. Instead, they simply added a small clause excluding AI's from the definition.
There is no doubt that the Confederacy of Borealis has had a positive effect on the Via Lacrimosa Galaxy and places beyond. its early policy of "expansion at all costs" meant the introduction of democracy to places that would have otherwise remained authoritarian. What was a starkly divided galaxy became a unified polity, bringing peace the galaxy had never seen before. The Confederacy has materially improved the lives of the vast majority of its inhabitants.
While internal benefit is clear, the effects it has had on outside nations is heavily disputed. its use of military force has historically been looked down upon, especially by nations at the receiving end of its relative aggression. The Confederacy caused the War of the Ancients to involve the entirety of the Via Lacrimosa when, without it, only a relative handful of nations would have been involved.