"Lyncis was not born from fire. Lyncis is the fire, and only a fool would believe it will not spread"
-Admiral Tatari Zarlyka of the Sarmite Commune shortly before the beginning of the Second Eastern war, 99.857 CE
The Empire of Lyncis (often referred to in its immediate region as “The Empire” or simply “Lyncis”) is a state centered around the central eastern part of the Andromeda Galaxy. With a total population of 81 quadrillion individuals spanned across a total of 61 million star systems, Lyncis is a regional power that exerts a great deal of influence over its immediate neighbors. Its capital planet is Ralteyo.
Formed out of the various quarreling states of the so-called Lyncisian sphere by then-King of Nubia Rassilon I Vremin in 99,445 CE, Lyncis is one of the few constitutional monarchies in Eastern Andromeda. Its monarch, the Lord President, acts as head of state, while most day-to-day matters of politics are handled by a Lord Chancellor and a parliament, the High Council, that both get elected by all Lyncisian citizens over the age of 90 every ten years. This form of compromise between traditional monarchy and modern democracy in addition to its emphasis on equal representation of all its member species are often cited as the primary reasons why Lyncis managed to survive for this long despite ruling over a historically volatile region that other ancient empires struggled to control.
Its founding species, the Ralteyans (commonly referred to as “Lyncisians”), make up roughly 52% of the Empire’s population. Due to their millennia-long division into several smaller states, Lyncisian culture, customs and even language vary a lot between provinces, with Nubian forming the basis of all modern Lyncisian language as it is the closest to the original (and now largely extinct) Ralteyan language.
Lyncis has been in close contact with the Commonwealth of United Economic Nations since shortly after its unification. The Commonwealth is one of their most important trading partners and there are rumors that the Empire looks to join the Commonwealth in the near future. The adoption of the Carosi as the primary currency and deepening trade relations further suggest this.
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Ideology and Government
Lyncis is a constitutional monarchy whose ideology is based on the principles of market economy subjected to limited government regulation, equal political rights and democracy while also maintaining a strong sense of tradition and nationalist pride. It is a common belief that Lyncis deserves to be where they are right now, as they have come up with the most stable system of running a state the region has seen since the times of the ancient empires, and they defend that position vehemently.
Daily political matters are run by a parliament, the Lyncisian High Council, which is headed by the Lord Chancellor. Every 10 years, Empire-wide elections are held in which all Lyncisian citizens over the legal age of 90 are allowed to vote for one of the numerous political parties as well as their preferred candidate for chancellorship. The party and the candidate with the most votes win the elections and form the new government. In addition, the 10,000 sectors that make up the Empire each send a senator to the Imperial Senate to represent their interests. Its attempted composition along the ethnic lines of the Empire aims to give as many species as possible a say in political matters.
The Lord President, while constitutionally holding a lot of political power, rarely interferes in day-to-day politics. All Lord Presidents up to this point saw themselves as the highest representatives of the Lyncisian state and all its people and looked to present themselves that way. Instances in which the Lord President interfered with politics mostly occurred in war times, with only two of such instances taking place during peacetime.
Lyncisian society is, compared to other states of similar size and strength like its northern neighbor the Sarmite Commune, militaristic in nature. Conscription has been in place since the Empire’s foundation, with every citizen above the legal age of 90 being required to serve for at least 20 years. Voluntary service that exceeds these 20 years is common. Defending their Empire and their state is a top priority for the majority of the Lyncisian population and that nationalistic fervor is widespread among all species living within the Empire.
One of the most distinctive features of Lyncisian society is a strict rejection of any AI development and a great deal of apprehension toward cybernetic body modifications. Due to experiments with AI in the past gone wrong, the Lyncisians have a deep sense of distrust toward any AI development and consider nations that invest a great deal of resources and effort into that development as threats. Cybernetic body modifications are considered by many to be an affront to their religion, and while not forbidden in any shape or form, Lyncisians with cybernetics are often oggled with thinly veiled disgust. This has reduced a great deal since the unification, but only practitioners of different branches of the Lyncisian religion (such as the Order of the Eclipsed Sun) truly embrace cybernetics as a normal and often even desirable development.
The Lyncisian military, officially called the Imperial Armed Forces, or IAF, is one of the largest standing armies in Eastern Andromeda, numbering a total of 25 billion active members and many times that amount in reserve. Despite its large size, however, the Empire refrains from using it to drive an expansionist policy. On the contrary, its large army serves mostly as a deterrent to keep other nations from attacking Imperial territory. In the few instances that the IAF have been deployed in an external conflict, they gained the reputation of an effective but ruthless army. Reports of war crimes and rough occupations particularly in the incorporated territories have caused both internal and external controversy.
The Empire consists of a total of nine provinces and an additional eight so-called „incorporated territories“.
The nine provinces of the Empire enjoy all constitutionally given political rights, such as the vote and civil liberties. Each province is governed by an elected governor who, for the duration of their term, are considered members of the nobility and have a seat in the High Council’s upper chamber, the Lord Council. The provinces themselves vary greatly in size, population and economic strength, with the two northernmost provinces, Ejyptica and Deryllia being the third and fourth-largest provinces respectively, while together contributing about the same to the economy as the Empire’s smallest province, Karjal, at two thirds of the population. The provinces are: Lyncis Core, Fersara, Caitre, Seyvar, Karjal, Nubia, Collus, Deryllia and Ejyptica.
The incorporated territories are territories that were recently added to the Empire by conquest after the Second Eastern War. Currently undergoing the reformation process into provinces, these territories are under effective military occupation, with all matters of state being run by direct rule from the Lyncisian capital Ralteyo. While at the status of incorporated territories, constitutionally bound to stay as such for a century, these territories lack most political rights that the full provinces enjoy at the start, with more and more rights being added as time goes on. Currently, the incorporated territories are: Sarmitia, Anderia, Harouk, Ketchi, Makaria, Unnar, Silium and Karitin.