The Dominion of Khela is a powerful nation located in the Elerad Arm of the Florathel Galaxy, centered on the planet Selaga. It is bordered by the Arnot Exclusion Zone, the Theocracy of Yaztas, and the Marakat Interstellar Union, as well as unclaimed space which it is presently expanding into.
The Dominion of Khela controls roughly 390 million stars within the Elerad Arm, although it was formerly much larger. It is divided into seven territories plus the capital territory of the Khae System. The seven territories are each divided into a series of states. However, some regions, such as the Tareza Autonomous Zone, are not part of any territory and are instead governed separately, usually considerably more autonomously.
The Capital Territory comprises the Khae System, home of Selaga, and a group of roughly 550 surrounding systems in a sphere roughly 60 light-years across. This territory is governed directly by the central government of the Dominion.
Despite its huge mass of over four planetary masses, Selaga was the first remotely inhabitable world sighted by the Hope Fleet after its departure from Aegyn and passage through the wormhole. After the crash-landing of the fleet, Selaga was all that the passengers of the ships knew for a thousand generations, and before they set foot on another planet again their descendants had evolved into a new species.
Today, Selaga has been terraformed from its original desolate state, going from rocky crags where only simple mossy organisms can gain a foothold to a lush, diverse world. Selaga is covered with many large arcologies each designed to support millions of people, giving the planet a population of over eleven trillion. Most government services are in fact operated from a special base hidden within the crust of the planet’s large moon Kerega, due to the crushing gravity of Selaga itself making it impossible for most species to visit.
On the crash of the Hope Fleet on the surface of Selaga, the humans traveling aboard the four craft were permanently cut off from the gene pool of the combined human race, and began interbreeding with each other as they spread across the planet. Over a hundred thousand years later, the result of this evolutionary divergence was the Selagans.
The Selagans, while retaining the original humanoid form, have several key differences to their parent species. For one, due to the wildly blue-skewed spectrum of Selaga’s parent star, their visible spectrum is shifted towards the ultraviolet, and their eyes are much larger and appear completely black and lacking of irises.
Due to the crushing gravity of Selaga, they have developed incredibly strong muscles, meaning that on lower-gravity planets such as Carlea, they can even fly on simple makeshift wings. Alongside this, due to the low number of survivors of the Hope Fleet crash, their reproductive systems were evolutionarily modified to bear a larger number of children per pregnancy, and to ensure that pregnancies are more likely. They can also “pause” a pregnancy until more favorable conditions are met. Also, due to Selaga’s original nutrient-scarce and wildly variable environment, they have gained the capability to eat nearly everything.
After all these changes, one wonders whether they adapted Selaga to be more livable to them, or whether they adapted themselves to Selaga.
The government of the Dominion of Khela is quite unorthodox. For example, it almost completely lacks a legislative branch. Every five years, the people of the Dominion of Khela elect an individual who takes the title of Lord President to the office of lord president. The Lord President has near-absolute power over legislation and enforcement of those laws, but he has no power to change the constitution of the Dominion or any laws pertaining to voting.
Those laws that the Lord President has no power over are seen to by a council known as the People’s House, which is chosen by lot. Specifically, fifteen people from each of the seven provinces, three from the capital province, and one from each of the two autonomous zones. The People’s House can also pass changes to the constitution, but these must be voted on by the population at large.
The initial colonization of Selaga and the Republic era is described here and so will not be repeated in this article.