"Standing on the bridge of my ship that day is where I first truly felt at ease, at peace. As war raged around me, the beautiful chaos became apparent. Those creatures falling before the ruthless attacks and precision I ordered was nothing short of bliss. What can compare to being immersed in the glory of the battlefield?" -Klein Vay, 19811 after a battle against The Empyrean.
Klein Vay (March 1st, 18821 - February 28th, 31434) was a Human political leader, military general, statesman, one of the Founders of Sagittarium, and the first Chancellor of Sagittarium from 20650 to 31434. Before this, he was a prominent general in the Lactean Confederacy. His rank in the Founder's Council, the highest power controlling the early Sagittarium, was "A." Vay is considered by many to be the "Father of Sagittarium."
While he was Chancellor, he presided over Sagittarium at it's relative most powerful. At his command, Sagittarius A* began to be fully utilized as a power source. He was by no means the most authoritarian leader of Sagittarium, but his rule was still most certainly Authoritarian in nature. He personally ordered the execution of thousands of individuals; firmly maintained the nation as "human in culture, tradition, and population;" and was no stranger to psychological manipulation of the population en masse.
Vay voiced open support of the idea of Neo-Terranism, also commonly known as "Human Supremacy." While not as radical as many other leaders in the galaxy, his policies saw the enslavement of quadrillions of nonhumans to be used in the military. These nonhumans were expected to be assimilated into human culture and were capable of buying their freedom after several decades. Compared to a large portion of the galaxy at the time, this was fairly egalitarian (which puts into perspective the rampant racism plaguing the galaxy during his rule.) Despite this, billions of monuments and statues exist of Vay throughout the core of the Milky Way. Various images of Vay exist on physical coins issued by Sagittarium.
Vay was born to two fairly average individuals on Mars. He was born into a period of prosperity for the Sol System. Compared to the rest of the galaxy, the Sol system was one of, if not the, best place to live. His parents were fairly hands-off in their approach to raising him, usually having daycares or schools attending to him. They split early in his life.
He left Mars as soon as he was legally able to. He often remarked about his distaste for the planet well into adulthood, occasionally joking about destroying the planet when he was Chancellor of Sagittarium. He briefly resided on Ganymede and, later, Titania, before moving onto Aeros. Talk of a war between his home-nation and other great powers motivated him to join the military. He signed up for an officer program at the Military University of Aeros in 18845. At this school, he quickly proved himself to be gifted at large-scale command. In other words, he was a gifted general.
Vay chose to join the navy as an officer. He graduated the first in his class in 18870.
Lactean Military Career
After graduating, Vay was quickly deployed to command a fairly large fleet of newly created ships. Normally, an officer would only command one to two ships when they first graduate, however, Vay commanded over one dozen. He commanded from the bridge of a flag ship named the LCS Helpful Fox. The first part of his service was mostly dominated by tracking down pirates, blockading worlds that were rebelling, and sometimes being hired by private companies to more directly handle some of their liabilities.
He soon gained a reputation of being a strategic mastermind. The LaC often sent his growing fleet to handle the more persistent threats against the LaC's sovereignty over its territory. As tensions with The Empyrean, a nation nearby to the Lactean Confederacy mounted, Vay was more often than not patrolling contested areas. He briefly visited Thalia during this time.
War of the Decamillennial Transition
Main Article: War of the Decamillennial Transition
Vay's fleet was in Koosi Paglaus when the first shots rang out. He immediately ordered his ships to fire upon a small nearby planetoid, causing it to shower Empyreal ships with debris. This debris was enough to occupy point defense systems. Meaning that rail-fire from Lactean vessels were able to connect. The Empyreal vessels retreated several minutes after the fire began.
Vay was heralded as the bribrilliant general that won the first battle of the War of the Decamillennial transition and immediately received a promotion. He now commanded over 100 ships. After this first battle, Vay commanded ships in hundreds of battles. With each victory, he gained more prestige and was often promoted. The combination of desperation for competent generals by the LaC and the ferocity of the war caused Vay to achieve the highest rank after a century, "Grand General of Lactean Fleets" in 19769. This rank and its equivalent in the Confederacy of Borealis has only been held by one hundred twelve other individuals in history.
Ever the watchful person, Vay was not just cognizant of the war but also the growing political instability of the Lactean Confederacy. He despised the president, Hal Drusus, and planned to run against him after the war. As a war hero, he believed, it would be easy to win and become president. He was patriotic, and seeing his country collapse around him was difficult.
Split of the Lactean Confederacy
It was when the LaC fall into a civil war in that he started to not only despise the president but the nation itself, He hated the wide-spread incompetence and corruption, and He hated the insolence of the aliens revolting against the LaC. The Lactean Government was far too occupied with the War of the Decamillennial Transition to address the issues caused by the civil war. Private militaries had more of a presence in the LaC than the government's own military did. In 20380, when the federal government ended the War of the Decamillennial Transition, Vay lost all faith he had in the state.
Vay commanded his army to patrol a small section of the galaxy to maintain order, however, the military lost all the relevance and respect it once had. Private armies, militias, and many other organizations often attacked the small collection of systems. In 20387, when the federal government collapsed, Vay was reported to have exclaimed, "Took them long enough!" He immediately ordered his men to ignore rules of warfare and strictly enforce the stability of the area. Without the proverbial handcuffs of decency, Vay easily dispatched the forces harassing his army. Most of his soldiers continued obeying his orders despite the fall of the government simply because they couldn't survive on their own. Vay's army offered shelter and food; leaving it would have been foolish.
Vay gathered several hundred other high-ranking individuals, many being commanders from other fragments of the military subsumed into this territory. They delegated for many weeks, all of them working hard to figure out their next move. As the largest fragment of the Lactean Federal government, many felt obligated to take the Earth and restore order from there. Others wanted to attack the Ventemir Galaxy or Fluorescence Galaxy to finish off the now-weakened enemies of the Lactean Confederacy. Others wanted to form their own nation. A small number even argued for relocating to a location outside of the local group to start over from scratch; the civilians and soldiers they had were more than enough population to start a new colony.
On the last day of this meeting, there was still no consensus. A decision was not even close to being made. Vay had not spoken a single word the entire time; he merely observed and weighed the issues silently. As the time of the meeting drew to a close and a vote to extend it was put in place, Vay stood and walked to the center of the room. He spoke:
"I have weighed all the options. I came to the conclusion that they are all the same proposal. They all involve sacrificing the lives of many to achieve some minor goal, weakening ourselves to the point of being easily conquered by some warlord. We, as the most powerful armed force in the galaxy, should not flee like cowards to some far location either. The only option is to take the most valuable object in the galaxy. I will be taking my soldiers to the center of the galaxy to colonize Sagittarius A*. You can join me if you so choose."
After saying these words, he promptly left the room and immediately ordered an aid to tell the troops to begin the process of refitting war ships to generation ark-ships. The rest of leaders at the meeting were at a loss for words. Argument broke out among them as they argued the merit of Vay's point. A fairly small portion, however, left. This portion understood Vay's authority and followed him out of the room. From afar, Vay looked as they exited. These were the select few among the generals capable of understanding his reasoning while also understanding their place. He numbered them as they left. Starting with "B" based on how loyal they were to him. He ended at "IU," 255 in base ten. These select individuals would go on to form the Founder's Council.
Vay had thousands of his ships converted into generation ships. They were slowly packed to the brim with those loyal to Vay. There was simply not enough room to provide for these people for the whole 200 year journey, so they were cryogenically frozen. After a decade of preparation, Vay had the ships travel to Sagittarius A* itself. He was appointed Chancellor in in a small ceremony attended by those of the Founder's Council and his personal guard.
During the whole 200 years of the journey, Vay remained awake. He refused to become frozen and potentially allow his plans to be derailed. He would often spend days staring at his goal, Sagittarius A*. When they finally got to the center, they first landed on Thalia. Being the famous general he was, the fragment of the military on the planet immediately allowed his fleet to land. He personally informed the base commander of the collapse of the Lactean Confederacy, while promptly adding that he was now in control. He added this commander to the Founder's Council with rank "IV" bringing the number of members to 256.
While the base on Thalia was slowly built up to accommodate the billions of individuals on the generation ships, Vay took a trip to the central black hole itself. His ship moved as close as safely possible to the object. He spent over hours at a time enthralled with the body. In total, he was orbiting the object for over one month. Satisfied, he left the body and returned to Thalia.