Martial Space is an astropolitical region of space near to the core of Via Aylathiya with various definitions. Some consider Martial Space to be a political bloc where Mars is considered to be a shared head of state while others believe that Martial Space is a more physical region defined by its proximity to Mars' home world, Scipio. With a population of about 125 quintillion, Martial Space has been an important player both economically and militarily for tens of thousands of years. Continually inhabited for well over 200,000 years, the region is noticeably dimmer than the rest of Via Aylathiya, with many of its stars harvested into oblivion, many of its planets stripped of material, and even its interstellar dust noticeably less dense.
The concept of Martial Space dates back to around the 30,000s CE as the nations of this region began much of their histories. Needing a way to refer to the new nations forming in this region, many nations adopted the term "Martial Space."
The region was first colonized well before the common era by numerous ancient civilizations. The Triumvirate Civilization, based in Martial Space, would be the first civilization to unite the region under its control. Ruling from the Ventemir nebula, their control of the region was near absolute for nearly 100,000 years. With the fall of the Triumvirate Civilization came an emergence of dozens of native civilizations such as Rune-Err, Florenta, and Leviathan. Martial Space would change forever when the Neo-Terrans, a group of far right Human extremists, would settle the region. Taking over already existing mega-structures and worlds, they quickly spread to become a great influence over the region. It was first united in the Neo-Terran Co-Prosperity Sphere before collapsing as the various species had disagreements. Its feudal order would emerge shortly after, the various duchies, margraviates, and other divisions established and became hereditary. This coagulation of the noble class marks the beginning of Martial Space as we know it.
Florescence is a fairly small region centered around a black hole towards the center of Martial Space. While having the highest metallicity of anywhere in Martial Space, Florescence is still far from the metallicity in, the rest of Via Aylathiya. Life is comparatively rare in the region and even less common in the area around it. Even so, The Ravis and Llæns call this region home. Florescence is controlled by the Boreal Federacy's state of Blumeheim which has drained it of resources, causing it to be dependent on imports to survive.
As of the current year, Florescence has a population of over 17 quintillion mostly residing around its central black hole Mei'os. At 41 million stars in size, Florescence is small for a galactic region. It is one of the most densely populated regions of space as well as one of the highest valued regions per system. The average system within Florescence is more valuable than those elsewhere, causing it to have one of the highest costs of living in its region.
The Ravin name for the region, "Vynos" is best translated as the word, "Florescence." Florescence means, "the process of flowering." The name comes from their region being origin point of their religion. Many believe that their religion will eventually "flower," causing it to spread rapidly among individuals residing outside of Florescence. Originally, the name was more meant to represent how their civilization would colonize the rest of the universe. Once that has proven impossible, The Ravis largely shifted to a more peaceful means of spreading their faith.
Florescence, while controlled mostly by Blumeheim, is divided in two parts, Ravi-Empyrea and Llæ-Empyrea. Together these two nations make up the two jurisdictions of Blumeheim. The central black hole of Florescence, Mei'os, is the most populous body in the core at almost 500 quadrillion inhabitants within its direct orbit. Other important worlds include Alphos and Yuusha, the home worlds of the Ravis and Llæns respectively.
Florescence has a very low metallicity, causing life to be very rare within it. While in many galaxies, bacteria-covered worlds are relatively common, Florescence only has one planet known to have naturally evolved life, Alphos. The other planet to have life since antiquity, Yuusha, shows evidence of terraformation, suggesting that the life on its surface is from another world or genetically engineered.
Main Article: Ventemir
The second largest nebula within Via Aylathiya, Ventemir represents one of the cradles of civilization therein. Containing over one billion stars within its clouds, Ventemir dwarfs even many proper galaxies within Cosmoria. Ventemir has a diameter of about 13,100 light years and has a total mass of 9 billion M☉. Ventemir is dominated by three nations, the Entente of Ventemir, Tenshi and the Greater Martial Consilium. Tensions between the Tenshi and the other two nations have created a sort of demilitarized zone on their border, dividing the body between its controllers.
Ventemir is primarily populated by Atlins, then Humans, and Orcubor with a small minority of Vexlores and Naidarans making up most of the rest. Most of Ventemir's 25 quintillion people live in three megastructures named Gira Gira, Odo, and Hanabi near to its core. The rest of the population lives on various worlds scattered throughout the region.
In the center lies three gravitationally dominant bodies named Gira Gira, Odo, and Hanabi. Gira Gira is the strangest among the three as it is a Quasi-star. This body, the most populous within the entirety of Martial Space, has a total luminosity of ten million L☉ . This ridiculous luminosity sterilized the core of Ventemir for most of its history, causing what should be a nebula abounding in life to have only three native sapient life forms. Despite this, Gira Gira has the largest population of the galaxy due to the immense number of orbiting habitats and artificial worlds orbiting the body. Currently, the body is under the control of the Entente, giving it unrivaled power over the core.
Odo is a Birch Planet, meaning a huge artificial construct built around a black hole, where time runs 1% slower than the standard flow of time. Additionally, the escape velocity is 1% of light speed. Consequently, the body is mostly used for industrial procedures rather than actual living as even with advanced technology, the change in acceleration from 0 to 1% of light speed would vaporize most organisms. The only way to accelerate slowly enough to leave the body without instantly dying is to use a nearly astronomical-unit-long rail gun that "slowly" accelerates passengers to 1% light speed only for them to slow down once out of Odo's gravity well.
Hanabi is a structure built around one of the only known Magnetars within the region. Since these bodies usually only last for 10,000 years at their incredibly high energy output, continual interference with the body needs to be done. When Hanabi begins to slow down its energy output, a millennia-lasting process begins in which a large ring is built as close as possible to the body. Then, using a captured red dwarf for power, the body is bombarded with gravitational waves that recharge its rotation and increase its mass and magnetic field. While it would be more profitable to simply find another Magnetar, the cultural and political power resting within Hanabi necessitates the maintenance of its energy output.
The history of Martial Space has always been directly related to the history of Via Aylathiya. Even more than Via Aylathiya, the history of Martial Space is defined by "Great Actors," individuals whose influence was solely responsible for many historical events. These Great Actors often lead nations or were the embodiment of these nations. Many of these Great Actors were beings known as Engels, meaning that Martial Space's history is "sporadic" with past trends often turned on their heads by these Great Actors.
The history of Martial Space begins with the manifestation of the Engel known as The Administrator. Upon emerging in about 500,000 BCE, The Administrator found itself alone in its region. All of the few planets with life it found had no intelligent life, just what it deemed self-replicating carbon-based machines. Bored with the region, the Administrator would spend its time researching the fundamental nature of reality. It made great leaps in technology after converting entire star systems into its laboratories.
Still it remained alone in its region devoid of any companionship. At this moment, the Administrator came to the conclusion that it was the only being in all of reality to be truly intelligent, a conclusion that would have ramifications for the next half of a million years.
Ohko's Civilization was the first to settle Martial Space. As they moved deeper into Martial Space, they would disturb the Administrator, who assumed that they were unintelligent animals. Its callous disregard for the members of Ohko's Civilization would eventually culminate in a war, called the Ohko-Administrator War in which the Administrator laid waste to their empire. As its self-replicating turned their worlds into resources and The Administrator quickly picked up the art of Thaumaturgy, their civilization collapsed into millions of smaller nations.
Setting the Stage
After 450,000 BCE, civilization seemed to once again spring up all at once across the galaxy. The Myrkálfar, descendants of the Svartálfar species, would emerge as a distinctive identity in Martial Space around 311,000 BCE. Having broken away from their parent civilization, the Myrkálfar soon developed a vast interstellar civilization spanning much of the region.
The next civilization to form within Martial Space would be a nation known as Kekkai. This civilization's thoughts and religion seemed to have soon spread to the primitive civilizations all across the region. Their vehemently monotheistic, Administrator-based, faith had an influence on the various civilizations that their missionaries uplifted. The Orcubor, Atlins, and Re'Tlel were highly influenced by them, creating a near galaxy-wide religion dedicated to the veneration of the Administrator. The Administrator itself lost interest in the primitive races of the galaxy, its advanced technology and Thaumaturgic abilities to them appearing as supernatural actions.
A break-away group of Myrkálfar, being persecuted by the wider religious order of the region for their heresy, fled to an empty corner of the Tloinin nebula. Cornered and nearly exterminated, the group cried out to their goddess, Delyatu, only for an Engel, claiming to be this being, to emerge and push back the invading fleets. The group immediately stopped identifying as Myrkálfar, opting to call themselves Vlanoans instead. From there, they would diverge enough to become a new civilization.
Other Engels would form after Delyatu, notably Molonov. Spontaneously manifesting on the planet Alphos in about 220,000 BCE, Molonov would begin uniting the various theocracies of the Ravis species, claiming to be a prophet from the "One True God," which he did not name, causing the Ravis to assume that this Engel was speaking in the name of The Administrator. Titania emerged under similar circumstances; however, this Engel was skeptical of the nearly religious devotion that the people of the region had to the Engels. She devoted herself to the unraveling of the mysteries of the Engels and their supernatural powers, which would later be determined to be Runic Thaumaturgy, which is, despite the name, an entirely naturalistic phenomenon.
A concerning part about this history is that almost everything that is known about it is known through the lens of the Engels or their followers. An objective view of the events described is hard to piece together. Additionally, history is recorded in a third-person omniscient point of view, as though gods were looking down to record information. As such, the historical documents of early Martial Space are usually considered to be "mytho-historical accounts." This begins the pattern in Martial history of great beings vying to gain power over each other with the rest of the region's inhabitants viewed as game pieces whose actions were interpreted from this perspective. From this point, the region entered a state of gridlock as the various Engels and, later, super-intelligences such as The Sovereign, competed with each other. Little changed as even technological advancement slowed to a crawl. Any outsiders entering the region kept to themselves, not wanting to disturb the various entities that called the realm home.
Rise of the Triumvirate
In about 100,000 BCE, the Administrator once again began paying attention to the universe it found itself in. The Administrator would release an invitation to every Engel, small theocracy devoted to some Engel or another, and even machine. This invitation was simple; the Administrator offered to share its technology in exchange for fealty. Really, it could not care less about the quintillions that called the region home; its goal was to secure allies amongst the powerful.
One Engel, Molonov, and one superintelligence, Mahou, responded positively to the invitation. They met on the planet Tryvya to discuss the creation of their united empire. In 99,871 BCE, the three joined together into the Triumvirate Civilization, uniting each of the species they had sway over into provinces. While the Triumvirate would later prove to be among the most formidable civilizations in history, right now it was a non-entity compared to the likes of Sedrua.
30,000 years later and the galaxy was flipped on its head as Sedrua lost its holdings in Martial Space and near the Borealis Arm to the Triumvirate. This startling upset, triggered by an economic collapse within Sedrua,