The Marakat Interstellar Union is a democratic assembly of provinces located in the Charity Arm of the Flower Galaxy. It is a founding member of the United Nations of the Flower Galaxy. The Marakat Interstellar Union also has a small amount of territory in the galactic halo above and below its territory in the Charity Arm, as well as a few systems in the Iriat Nebula, and manages to have a large amount of trade lanes going through its territory. The most populated planet in the MIU is Artaclate, as it has been since the Union's founding.
The MIU is separated into five main provinces, each of which is separated into several sub-provinces, implemented to maintain a stable decentralized government over the diverse species under the control of the Union. Most provinces are relatively sparsely populated, with the Artaclate Province containing a full 72 percent of the population of the MIU. The empty areas are mostly governed by local forces, are populated by many Hyperlane networks which allow transit between the major worlds, and often contain life-giving planets that haven't reached the space age yet.
Founded on the basis of a loose decentralized government, the Marakat Interstellar Union has given a large amount of autonomy to its provinces, enabling them to enforce local laws and control smaller sub-provinces. While effective at promoting cohesion and avoiding fragmentation of the MIU, this has made passing national laws a tedious task - something which has decreased the lifespan of other governments throughout history. Even so, the Marakat Interstellar Union excels at the national level of development, low poverty rates, and good relations with its neighbors.
Being one of the signers of the Fifth Treaty of Providence, they have control over a slice of the Providence Neutral Zone, and are currently researching a large amount of ancient Providence Union artifacts squirreled away in the mazelike Inner Providence Cluster. Their slice of the PNZ is connected to their main territory by an artificial wormhole directly to the Toralaskis System, which has elevated that system into one of the five Major Systems.
The capital of the Marakat Interstellar Union is an ecumenopolis known as Artaclate. Artaclate has always been the most populated world in the MIU, giving it a large amount of prestige and fame. Artaclate is primarily focused on heavy industry and commerce, and is surrounded by many stations and drydocks, and is close to a valuable wormhole station with links to the other four major worlds. Artaclate also orbits a so-called frozen star, a star which has a lower temperature than it should due to extremely high metallicity. These stars are prime starlifting sites, allowing Artaclate's system to be filled to bursting with a huge amount of megastructures. As such, Artaclate is a perfect place to create a prosperous nation.
Artaclate, being the capital of the Marakat Interstellar Union, is also one of the major worlds of the United Nations of the Flower Galaxy. It is one of the most populated worlds, with many layers of cities beneath the top levels. Natural activity in the core of Artaclate has stopped after extensive development of the planet's endless cities, replaced by an artificial black hole held in place at the center of the planet to replace the gravity lost from the mining. Populated layers are replaced by massive automated industrial complexes, which is where Artaclate earns much of its fame. The artificial black hole is kept stable with many receptacles which not only feed matter to the black hole, but draw power which is obtained by superradiant scattering. While not powering all of Artaclate, it is noted to power the majority of its industrial sectors.
The Marakat Provincal Government is a government body overseeing all provinces in the MIU. It helps pass and enforce national law, and it is also able to ensure that the provinces keep their autonomy in the Marakat Interstellar Union. The local government of the Marakat Interstellar Union also stretches to the provincial level, where it regulates elected officials to ensure that they are fit for duty. These governors are able to ratify new laws with support of the local government and popular vote. They may also influence greater national affairs in the Marakat Provincial Government.
The economy of the Marakat Interstellar Union is relatively similar to that of the rest of the UNFG. The nation is almost fully self-sufficient, but often imports and exports expensive items. Like the rest of the UNFG, the MIU uses the Protea currency, but often converts between this and other local currencies, which does not happen in most other nations. Many citizens of the MIU are also experienced surveyors, and help map out optimum Spike Drive entry and exit points to help the whole galaxy run smoothly.
Much of the work in the MIU economy is run by the artificial superintelligence known as the Economic Supervisor Intelligence, which manages trade, keeps track of exchange rates, and does many other economy things. An identical but disconnected copy also works in the Economic Federation of Saleas due to its extreme efficiency. Rules regarding the ESI's influence may be tweaked for each of the five provinces by the governors of those states or by the ESI itself to maximize efficiency.
Furthermore, unlike its neighbor opposite the core, the Marakat Interstellar Union has prevented the formation of megacorporations, passing laws which prohibit mergers and help small corporations. Since the War of Saiheran Succession, and the part massive corporations played in it, mega-corporations have been unilaterally barred in all provinces, with the limits for corporation size varying from place to place.
List of Provinces
|Artaclate Capital Sector