"The Emerald world, the Gem of the Empire and the Holy seat of our nation founding grounds. A beacon of sophistication and civilization in the Galaxy." — Senator Maes Prim
Elpida is a Terran World, and the capital of the Empire of Mankind. Its alongside Mitra and Pax, one of three founding planets, and one of the three capitals of the former nation. The planet holds the Executive power of the Empire, hosting the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Senate. These buildings are among the biggest in the Empire, being propably the Imperial palace the biggest building in the entire nation.
Being one of the three founding members of the Empire, the planet is consider not only the capital of the Empire, but the center of the national identity and the main cultural center of the country. Here can be found the remains of the first colonist, the founding fathers of the nation, being ingrained in the hearts of all the Empire citizens.
Elpida is located in the Imperium system. It was named as such by the Emperor Kador III. It was known in the past as Anthropos System, as it was the seat of the Old Republic of Anthropos, made of Elpida and its former colonies, that would later be known as the Empire.
Most of the Emperors have being born in this planet and have made Elpida their homes and seat of power. It is considered by all citizens and ingrained in the Empire culture, that all Emperors to be consider as such, have to be crown in Elpida, under The Dome of a Thousand Stars.
Remains of the old days and history of the nation can be found throughout all regions of Elpida. Not only from the Empire's past, but from the Republic and the Colony Era. This is the main reason why millions of Citizens travel to Elpida to admire the greatness of the founding forefathers of the country, among other landmarks and attractive sites in the Planet.
Elpida has four main continents: Meltarna, Ashara, Bira and Golka. The most important ones in terms of population, economy and importance are Meltarna and Ashara. This two continents are they hold the Imperial City where the Imperial palace is located and the Imperial Senate.
It is a lush continent, full of verdant plains and forested terrain. Its the biggest of all the Continents in Elpida and holds the Imperial City and the Imperial Palace. It was one of the first continents where the early colony ships arrived being the other the continent of Ashara. When both colonies managed to settled up a bit communication between both was constructed via roads and later trains. Up until thst point both colonies were physically just in contact through spacecraft travel.
The continent has a very similar kind of structure to that of others. It is very fertile as well so soon the colonist turn to food production and a sequence of cities followed. The most important cities other than the capital in the continent are Adaris, Nova Anar, Trenburg and Oppida. Its total population is made of 25 Billion inhabitants.
It is mild and lush but holds some the of the most beautiful mountains and landmarks in the planet. This continent Holds the Imperial Senate. The mines of the continent were soon exploited to make chemicals and industrial products.
It was one of the continents where the ealry human colony ships first landed the other being Meltarna. While Meltarna focused more on services and food production Ashara focused more on industrial production and mining activities. However nowadays agriculture and services have become crucial too. Meltarna has also turn into industrial production. It is famous for its textile industry, fashion, elegance and jewelry nowadays due to senate and the senators being in the continent. Tourism is also important duento its beautiful scenery.
Its main cities are Landras, Darbon, Ningjing and Formosus. The Population of Ashara is around 23 Billion inhabitants.
Bira is hot and selvatic, with its coast having a milder climate. It is a retirement spot for the wealthy. It is as well a large center of production of refine products, mining, agriculture and tourism. Pharmaceutical and scientific research are also keen on the local economy. The largest cities are Zaishan, Sundara and Toshor. The total population of Bira is 19 Billion.
It is quite cold in the north and mild in the south and center and is not very densely populated. The Highest mountains in the planet are located here. The Largest cities in the continent are Horis, Apeksa, Miridian and Laramersk
The Continent is a calm oasis in Elpida, where most senators and even the Emperor and its family retreat from time to time. Golka is the seat of the Summer palace of the Empire. A massive secluded structure covering around 350 000km2 were the nobility and the imperial family go from time to time during the warmer summer months of Elpida in the Northern hemisphere. However, they also go to the Planet Hestias, so when the family is not there, the place acts as the residence of the Heir to the throne or some other imperial family members. The Palace has small structures to host the court when the Emperors move in. Nevertheless, it is in the middle of a natural beautyfull paradise spot, with forests and snowy peaks all around. Its total population is 20 Billion.
Elpida was colonised by twelve colony ships carrying up to 8 billion human beings. The departure population was 500 to 700 million people per ship. Most of the Colonist were of Caucasian origin, with slight populations of East Asian, African and Indian origin. The Colonist were Anarians, coming from the world of Anar and from torn world from the War of the Decamillennial Transition. After the events of the Anarian Fever of 20,120 CE, that ravage the planet's population, the survivors left the Confederacy after discontent grew among the settlers due to bad treatment received by the authorities during the plague. They were joined by many war refugees, crossing through the Eye of Freedom wormhole from the Via Lacrimosa into the Lewis Galaxy.
The Colonist grew very discontent with issues back home, in the Yohjan Confederacy and looked up for a new beginning using the Hyperdrive technology. Scientist looked for a suitable home and found out a planet suitable for human life. In 20,166 CE, five ships departed for this world, located in the Lewis Galaxy. The system was named Anthropos (Human) and the Habitable Planet, Elpida, meaning "Hope" in ancient greek, as it was in search of hope that they were forced to leave their planet.
Here, the colonist soon spread and settled all over the planet. Settlements were quickly founded and soon became cities in all rights. The government was set in a Republic fashion, called the Republic of Elpida in the first stages of the planet's history.
- Republic of Anthropos
The planet set up in motion population growth programs. And soon the population reached 4 billion. New planets had been discovered nearby by Elpidan scientist and the colonisation of them soon began. The first two colonies were built in Mitra and Pax.
Population growth kept going and Mitra and Pax soon became well populated planets and other colonies started to follow. The Republic had to consider its status and was renamed Republic of Anthropos (or republic of Mankind in ancient greek). Two parties rose to power during these early days. The Yellow Haras Party and the Purple Thonan party.
The parties had been escalating in tensions and economic power and influence, to the point it was no longer sustainable, and both parties wage war against each other creating the First Civil War. The conflict was cruel and bloody, and it was stopped by a military coup led by Horis Tarnos, leader of the Military forces. He restituted the Republic, but it was transformed, forbidding bipartidism, with a minimum of five parties in action at all times. Horis was incredibly popular and was accounted as a figured called, the Guardian, and head of the Military. His purpose was to guard the republic and its people. Later, the Guardian figure was made hereditary.
War broke up again when the parties soon became corrupt and fought for inner power and influence Two party alliances wage war between them, and later allied together to defeat the Guardian Figure who was set to stop the five parties war. This event is known as the Second Civil War. The parties were to divided among them to pose a clear threat to the Guardian, who had popular support. The party and the republic were reformed and the Empire was born with the Guardian Hannakon I, grandson of Horis, being the first Emperor.
With the Empire, an era of prosperity and economic growth soon began. The Empire started to expand into former new colonies, terraforming new world and settling in them. The Capital saw the construction of bright new buildings, reorganization of city landscapes and much of the planetary infraestructure. As the center of a vast nation, wealth flooded the planet, and many rich wealthy members of society made the planet their home. The Capital Indara, or Imperial City saw an imprecedented expansion reorganization and embellishement which culminated with the end of the Nobility Wars, who saw all major noble houses relocate into Indara building up their luxurious mansions and bringing with them thousands of individuals.