"A symbol of unity for all the live in the core, numbering among the brightest objects in the entire galaxy... ironic considering it is a black hole, but brightest nonetheless. In the night sky of all planets privileged to be under the control of our nation, and in many of their skies during the day, its brilliance shows through. Truly, no nation could ask for a better symbol of unity." -First General Lexus Castillo remarking about Nocturne, 22007
Sagittarium (Demonym, Sagittarian) is a large semi-autonomous state within the Boreal Federacy residing mostly within the core of Via Aylathiya. Within 1.4 billion stars under its control, Sagittarium generates enough power to be considered a kardashev III civilization in its own right. The only other states within the Federacy large enough to be considered type III are the Entente of Ventemir and Dotskgard. Sagittarium is the most populous state within the Federacy. The capital of the state is Thalia, one of the most populated planets in the Local Cosmos.
Sagittarium was formed out of the Vaplein Republic after a coup lead by the first chancellor, Klein Vay in 21,677 CE. While in power, Vay established Sagittarian hegemony over the entirety of the core and turned Sagittarium into one of the most prosperous members of the Commonwealth of United Economic Nations. After Vay's death, Felix Abedayo, a prominent general within the nation, took power and became the successor to Vay. After several more chancellors, calls for democracy grew until a near-collapse of the nation. Chancellor Eris Sailem and many other high-ranking officials eventually drafted and passed a constitution, turning Sagittarium into a democratic republic. It joined the Confederacy of Borealis later that same year in 41,057 CE.
To this day, ghosts of its authoritarian past haunt Sagittarium. Many chancellors have been corrupt and, among democracies, it has one of the lowest democracy scores in the galaxy. Jingoism is also common, especially after tragic events or a particularly charismatic Chancellor takes power. Even so, it is one of the most important regions in the galaxy. Without Sagittarium, the Boreal Federacy would most certainly not be the superpower it is today. Controlling almost half of the Federacy's military, Sagittarium is by far the most independent of the Federacy's regions largely due to its far distance. Despite this, it and the wider Federacy share cultural ties, language, and currency.
- 1 General Information
- 2 History
- 2.1 Premodern History
- 2.2 Background
- 2.3 Origin
- 2.4 Early Expansion
- 2.5 Zenith
- 2.6 Vay's Death
- 2.7 Succession Crisis
- 2.8 The Ekrosian Crusade
- 2.9 Abedayo's Rule
- 2.10 Decline
- 2.11 Prelude to the Eclipse
- 2.12 Commonwealth's Eclipse
- 2.13 Democratization
- 2.14 Joining the Confederacy of Borealis
- 2.15 Further Change
- 2.16 The War of the Ancients
- 2.17 Post War
- 2.18 Jezebel's War
- 2.19 Contemporary History and Diplomacy
- 3 Government
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Major Planets
- 7 Culture
|Thalia, Jezreel, Sekhmet, Vaygrad, Alba|
|Unitary Democratic Republic||Market Socialist Economy|
|701/1000||112.812 Septillion C-Units|
The area now under the control of Sagittarium was originally empty space. Despite having a host of stars and a high concentration of heavier metals, low phosphorous levels in the region prevented mundane organic life from forming. Life can exist without this element; however, it is less likely, keeping the region barren. In about 250,000 BCE, The Administrator began to build the Nocturne Recurrent Nova Engine as a proof of concept for such a device. The first of its type in Via Aylathiya, this device was the first of many created by the Administrator. Satisfied with its construction, the entity would upload a portion of itself into the device before moving on to other projects.
While there is evidence that the device was inhabited for a time around 100,000 BCE, it is unknown by what or for how long. Many posit that the first Gainge called the body home before being relocated to Demiurge although this remains unconfirmed. Since this habitation, Nocturne remained untouched until discovered by the Yohjan Confederacy in 908 BCE. The planet Thalia would soon be settled, an attempt by the Yohjan Confederacy to claim the core. When it collapsed due to the War of the Final Transition, the military personnel and colonists it left on Thalia were stranded. Thalia soon became a self-sufficient military junta.
As time went on, this junta state would expand to other systems only to fracture into pieces as disagreements between generals lead to civil wars. Like a bacteria, the junta state on Thalia began multiplying, forming dozens of authoritarian states that would often go on to fracture themselves. In 11,711 CE, rebels who learned of the ancient republic system their Yohjan ancestors used overthrew their local dictator to form the Vaplein Republic.
By 18,000 the core of Via Aylathiya was occupied by several hundred smaller, mostly Human, nations. The two largest nations in the core were the Vaplein Republic and Golomian Confederacy. Despite residing in the core of the galaxy and controlling a powerful Recurrent Nova Engine, Vaplein was little more than a strong military; in all other ways it was far from sufficient. The Golomian Confederacy was only slightly better, with its status as a member of the Commonwealth of United Economic Nations keeping it stable.
This stability was threatened by the Great Empyreal Crusade. In 18,991 CE, the state of Empyros invaded practically the entire galaxy. The death of their prophet created a fear and hatred among the populace. Soon, radicals took power, using the religion of Fuukanism to justify imperialist actions. Rival religions were viewed as akin to worshiping evil deities and atheist or secular nations were viewed as equally evil. The rhetoric would eventually cause a genocidal Empyros to begin its invasion. While almost untouched during the beginning of the war, the nations around Nocrtune experienced much of the fighting at the end. The last battle, the Battle of Nocturne, saw heavy fighting around Nocturne. While the Vaplein Republic was able to survive, its sister states were not. In a massive campaign of genocide, Empyros systematically destroyed the small states, leaving the Vaplein Republic alone around Nocturne. Within the same year, Empyros' capital fell, ending the war.
In 21,677 CE, Grand General Klein Vay ran for the position of Chancellor after proving invaluable to the Republic's victory during the Great Empyreal Crusade. Despite having wide support among the populace, a fraudulent election caused Vay lost to the sitting Chancellor. After the election, Vay and was exiled to Drusidia, a nearby Human nation.
While in Drusidia, Vay got the backing of Emperor Jayvyn Drusus who believed that having Vay in power would greatly increase the influence of Drusidia in Via Aylathiya. He lead a coup against the government after getting most of the military, among which he was especially popular, to support him. Once in power, Vay immediately began a series of reforms meant to further his own power while also making himself appear more favorable to the people. His first reform was completely rebuilding the government from the ground up. Corruption existed on every level; however, these corrupt officials would not give up their power easily. In a series of wars and internal campaigns, called the The Cleanse, Vay and his army went from system to system laying waste to corrupt local governments or forcing them to surrender, which, towards the end of the Cleanse, often happened the moment Vay's forces appeared at any system.
Using funds and resources once taken up by large numbers of officials dipping into funds for personal use, Vay ordered to begin restoring Nocturne, Sagittarium's sole Nova Engine. Nocturne was capable of producing regular novae which would then be harnessed for power. Much of this energy would go to waste either as it slipped between energy collectors or was converted into heat. It borrowed funds from the surrounding nations, mostly the Commonwealth, to begin modernizing the structure. As the existing energy connectors were upgraded and new ones installed, Sagittarium began climbing the Kardashev scale, going from 2.7 to 2.75 within two thousand years. The extra energy allowed for Sagittarium to begin beaming energy from Nocturne across its territory, soon increasing quality of life as energy became cheaper in the densely packed nation.
To assist with the governance of the nation, Vay authorized two distinct programs, both of which kept secret from the public. The first of these projects was the creation of large numbers of androids called Thalians. They were designed to perfectly blend into society. They could be issued commands that they would carry out subconsciously. The most common command was "honor the state with your opinions and conduct," thus making Thalians into model citizens that would always sing the praises of the state as well as encourage others to do so as well. Dissidents were far less likely to rebel if many of their friends and family, unbeknownst to them, were loyal to the state no matter what. Thalians were designed to be as loveable, appealing, and kind as possible to fulfill their tasks.
The second program was to create what is known as the Founder's Council, a council heading a shadow government within Sagittarium. This government would be what gave orders to the Thalians, assassinate dissidents, gather both internal and external intelligence, and influence the governments of bordering nations. The existence of the Founder's Council had only been relatively recently revealed during the War of the Ancients despite the fact that it was officially disbanded well before then.
With access to the most amount of energy for millions of light years in any direction, Sagittarium wasted no time creating infrastructure. The large power output of the black hole was used to star lift all the nearby stars. Truly massive beams of energy were fired from the black hole (taking several years to hit their targets). Once they did, the matter of collecting the materials was simple. Star lifting, a process usually taking many decades, took mere weeks with this huge cheap energy source.
From Thalia, trillions of individuals went to colonize the space around Nocturne. After another 250 years, the population exploded, prompting even further colonization. What went from a minor republic around a derelict artifact to one of the most powerful empires in the region. The large power of Nocturne was not only enough to tear apart every star for several light years for materials but also enough to invest into new technology, spacecraft, and weapons. The raw mass available to the empire rivaled nations thousands of years older than it.
To increase the size of the economy even more, Vay met with various leaders of the Commonwealth and decided to join in 21,548 CE. In exchange for getting the boon of having Sagittarium and its now impressive military within the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth's leaders would ignore any expansion undergone by Sagittarium. After fully joining, Sagittarium gave up some of its economic sovereignty for increased economic strength.
The nation reached its most powerful (relative to the other nations in the galaxy) in 21,732 CE. It occupied almost one percent of the stars in the core while having power consumption equal to 1% of the total stars in the galaxy. They were striving to become a Kardashev III civilization. As the galaxy stabilized from the anarchy of the Split of the Yohjan Confederacy, Sagittarium soon became a center of commerce. A more stable galaxy had established trade-routes, fiat currencies, and diplomacy.
The nation was often seen as a liberating force when it conquered the smaller nations around it, and, for the most part, it was. For the Humans absorbed into their extensive empire, quality of life almost always improved as order was returned to their lives. For nonhumans, one would expect them to be drafted into the military according to their abilities. Stronger species would make better soldiers while the more intelligent ones would make better researchers. The racist dogma of Vay ended up causing aliens to be viewed as "useful" rather than inferior, often landing them better-paid positions, albeit with much less freedom that what was afforded to the average human. Compared to the persecution they may have experienced in their old nations, this was often an increase in quality of life for them as well.
While Sagittarium absolutely dominated the politics of Via Aylathiya, especially in nations of Humans, it struggled to gain influence far beyond the galaxy. Under Vay, the few campaigns against satellite galaxies resulted in only meager colonies, always failing to gain substantive footholds in the target galaxies. These colonies in Herschel Space and the Florathel Galaxy were little more than propaganda tools for the state. Even the edges of Via Aylathiya were areas it had trouble influencing. Its sphere of influence extended only two to three kilo-light-years around the core (while not directly controlling this area, it had large influence there). Nations outside of this area, while most certainly conscious of Sagittarium in their foreign policy, were much harder to exert influence over.
Sagittarium continued its expansion, attempting several dozen times to gain influence in Martial Space in particular. Despite being the most powerful military in the galaxy, Sagittarium failed to gain influence in Martial Space at the time. These nations had vast reserves of ancient artifacts that would prove invaluable if Sagittarium was able to take them. Vay grew more and more frustrated with his generals' incompetence, going as far as to fire his generals and lead the campaign against the region himself. His ability to more easily understand the situation at hand than any of his generals, his armies began routing their foes. Rendell and their forces fell before the now much more strategically apt forces of Sagittarium.
Unknown to anyone in Sagittarium, the warfare disturbed members of the Pestelentia Family, a classification of organisms capable of interstellar flight. One of the more aggressive species, The Pestilence, would cause a disaster for the nation. Drawn to the warp bubbles of Sagittarium's ships like moths to a flame, they soon swarmed the ships once they got close to their habitat. At first, they were few, but they began increasing in number. Vay ordered the ships to reverse in course, but by the time they entered the habitat, it was far too late. They began eating away at the hulls of Vay's ships. Quadrillions of them slowly "bit" tiny pieces of the ships away. Cut off from the outside, those inside the ships died to air-leakage, starvation, or directly to Pestilence individuals that managed to board the ships. It was unknown how exactly Vay died, as the entirety of the fleet was consumed. His death, in 23,431 CE, marked the end of Sagittarium's golden age.
Vay, having lived for so long already, was seen in a similar way as one would see a law of the universe, permanent and unchanging. His death sent waves throughout not just Sagittarium, but also the galaxy as a whole. The Founder's Council, which had de facto control of the nation in Vay's place, was divided in how to address the issue. Since they were more than capable of carrying on running the nation on their own, half of the council decided they did not need another Chancellor. The other half believed that Vay was more than a leader, but a symbol of unity, necessary for the nation to continue as it has. Normally, the Chancellor would break ties in the council, so they ended up setting the issue to the side to focus more on running the country.
Many potential replacements, from both in the Founder's Council and outside of it began trying to gain support, mostly from generals and other powerful individuals. When one candidate was found to have paid for the assassination of another, everyone involved in the assassination were executed. The Council immediately voted to take the issue back on and appoint a new Chancellor.
Debate again gripped the Council starting in 23,908 CE. Some switched sides, but they were still divided. In the end, they voted to enter a "state of observation" in which they would pay attention to all of the most likely candidates to the position and determine if any were worthy. They were intentionally vague as to make sure none of the candidates would try cheating.
The Ekrosian Crusade
Main Article: The Ekrosian Guardians
In the midst of the decision to observe, the most recent of the Ekrosian Crusades began. A time in which truly large numbers of machines, lifeforms, and other entities migrate from the edge of Via Aylathiya to any arbitrary location. The previous crusade targeted the Florescence Galaxy. This one targeted the core. It is unknown why these crusades happen, but their effects are widely known. The objects migrating to the core carry immense destructive potential, often capable of sterilizing entire systems without warning. The Founder's Council voted to take no action, instead seeing which individual would step up to defeat the Ekrosians.
The lack of direction from the Council, while intentional, still caused great difficulty for the military. To coordinate offenses against the Ekrosian Guardians, generals often waited for insight from the Council or just managed everything they could in their own sectors. Felix Abedayo, one of the leading generals in the military, grew frustrated with the Council's inaction. After determining the council must have been doing this intentionally, he immediately had his fleet enter the capital on "official business." He looked directly into a camera he knew the council was using to spy on him and delivered a speech. After calling in several favors and paying a large portion of his wealth, he had the speech broadcast to every civilian in Sagittarium. In this speech, Abedayo declared that the leaders of Sagittarium were incompetent and, effective today, he would be the one in control. He referred to himself as "Chancellor," cementing his claim to the position.
This declaration caused the people to immediately start calling him "Chancellor" as well. All the troops in the nation also believed him. This statement, backed in little more than having the courage to say it, made him the next chancellor in the eyes of all. He issued orders to the generals, making sure to imitate the demeanor of his predecessor. The generals agreed to follow these orders with little hesitation. The might of Sagittarium returned with startling efficiency, reducing most of the guardians, physical or otherwise, to dust.
After the end of the campaign, Abedayo entered the council room, having ordered the guards to let him through. Everyone believed he was Chancellor, making him the Chancellor, even without official validation of any kind. Unanimously, the council voted to make Abedayo the next leader of Sagittarium as they had little other choice.
With power solidified in his hands, Abedayo had Sagittarium finish its first truly successful conquest into Martial Space. The Ekrosian guardians, seemingly originating from there, were nowhere to be found. Where researchers predicted there would be large numbers of guardians, there were none. Instead, they found a correlation between the appearance of the Ekrosian Guardians and the planet Ekros, the capital of the newly-conquered Rendell. Abedayo had the capital world bombarded, other major worlds invaded, and already occupied most of the nation before the government of Rendell even realized they were at war. Rather than allow them limited self-rule, Abedayo had a human governor put in place.
Sagittarium experienced a time of peace after this. Abedayo, just as his predecessor, ruled the nation with an iron fist. Many people in and around Sagittarium disappeared for weeks only to have their disappearances ruled as a "suicide." One of the most common ways to dispose bodies was to use them as mass to feed Nocturne, turning dangerous or disagreeable individuals into most of their mass-energy. Sagittarium's population was still increasing at large rates, indirectly causing hundreds of thousands of bodies to end up disposed in this manner.
During Abedayo's rule, Sagittarium reactivated the first Intergalactic Gateways. These ancient gateways left behind by the Triumvirate Civilization offered the fastest travel time between two galaxies. Sagittarium discovered an intergalactic gateway leading from the edge of Via Aylathiya to Ventemir, allowing for easier trade between the nations. In short order they constructed a base around the gateway to secure the newly discovered trade route. After easily creating a perimeter around the exit, Sagittarian engineers reactivated the intergalactic gateway. At once Sagittarium had quick access to its largest trading partner, greatly boosting its economy while also strengthening its overall influence over the local universe. Under Abedayo, Sagittarium proved to be a valuable addition to the Commonwealth, greatly increasing its total economic potential as well as its influence.
Despite the expansion of both economic and political influence, a series of relatively incompetent chancellors followed Abedayo. By the time Abedayo's rule ended, Sagittarium's economy was nearly unmatched. The next leaders saw further decline, pushing the nation behind its neighbors, especially after Blumeheim joined in 36,812. As the nation fell from relative grace, it still saw large gains in power. It solidified its influence over many of the Martial States. This decline was merely a shift of relative power, it was by no means not a prosperous time for the nation.
Prelude to the Eclipse
As tensions rose within the Commonwealth amongst its member states, a massive level of capital flight and a run on the banks caused an economic collapse, further propelling the Commonwealth into disorder. These tensions, caused by a lack of central authority, was most certainly not helped by Sagittarium's heavy-handed foreign policy and aggression. The Golominian Confederacy, a fellow Commonwealth member, had to constantly open counterintelligence investigations to prevent influence by Sagittarium.
The economic collapse in the galaxy caused not only Sagittarium, but the entirety of the Commonwealth to lose its prestigious spot as the number one galactic economy. Both Tenshi and Confederacy of Borealis surpassed the Commonwealth. The humiliation of becoming the third wealthiest nation in the galaxy caused anxiety among the populace, causing them to be extra susceptible to strongmen leading them astray. Sagittarium saw the rise of Satella Laghari, an ultra-nationalist who had the goal of returning Sagittarium to greatness. The people greatly enjoyed her rhetoric to the point of essentially begging the government to start a new war.
As other Commonwealth nations experienced similar trends, military spending began increasing wildly. Soon after, a web of alliances formed where nations with similar interests would pledge to remain loyal. It turned out that all of Sagittarium's neighbors in the Commonwealth allied against it.
In 40,000, the government seized the assets of most corporations within its borders, due to increased tensions, its economy was weak. They began using a state-capitalist model to revitalize the economy this time using corporations as tools for the state. A fully centrally-planned approach was taken instead. While resources were mostly managed by AI, minimizing losses and shortages, this was the last strike against the nation as anything resembling an economic power. Its economy effectively at zero, the nation's military was the only thing it now had going for it. Of course, the people blamed the Commonwealth for this and began calling for everything from succession to outright war.
Main Article: Commonwealth's Eclipse
In 40,123 CE, tensions between the High Rule of Cenades and Eqeyuana reached their peak, causing war to break out. At once, every nation, which had been yearning for war for so long, sprung into action. Sagittarium, within hours of learning of the conflict, officially left the Commonwealth and declared war on all of its neighbors. Its troops quickly moved into several Commonwealth nations near to it, creating a huge surge of morale in the nation.
For the rest of the Eclipse, Sagittarium would take great care not to fire upon ships from the Confederacy of Borealis that were intervening. Sagittarium's weak economy was unable to handle the strain of exerting itself so much holding onto so much hostile territory in addition to its colonies. In 40,137 CE, Sagittarium gave its colonies of Enkatz and Rendell, both in Martial Space, independence, freeing up the occupying forces there.
By the time the Eclipse had ended, the democratic nations reigned supreme and Sagittarium had little to show for the conflict besides a large number of casualties and its colonies. The people, angered by Laghari's perceived failure, demanded that she step down. She would give in, letting her successor, Eris Sailem, take power. Sailem almost immediately began the long process of democratization. She loved Sagittarium and knew that it would be destroyed if the people did not get their way.
The nation became semi-democratic in 41,057, when the constitution was ratified and the first elections took place. Many of the Thalians were freed and allowed to form their own opinions for the first time. Sagittarium was the only nation in the galaxy to give full and equal rights to sapient machines. They also gave Thalians the right to procreate, allowing couples to adopt humans or newly created Thalians.
Some of the more brutal leaders were "banished" to the Ventemir galaxy, which really meant that they were given large homesteads on worlds directly owned by the state. The remaining colonies were given more independence as the historical treatment of its natives was questionable at best. Every state corporation was privatized in an attempt to reinvigorate the economy. In the rare act of genuinely putting the people of the country first, it was made illegal for the state to declare war without consent by the people. This was all in an attempt to save face with the wider galactic community, with the end goal of joining the Confederacy of Borealis. The people would have never accepted having anything to do with the Commonwealth again; however, they had an interest in joining the largely Human Confederacy to gain protection from the Commonwealth.
Joining the Confederacy of Borealis
In 41,184, the nation joined the Confederacy of Borealis and later in that same year, Rendell and Enkatz were made into functionally independent nations which also joined. The economic boom caused by this was as of yet unseen in the nation. Now that it was moderately stable and open to trade, foreign investment poured into the relatively young economy. Many of its still vast military assets were sold, with the rest updated using grants from the Confederate government. The goal of the CoB in allowing them to join was to integrate the nation as quickly as possible.
Its relatively lax laws concerning the creation of androids and its insistence on android rights caused vast numbers of androids to immigrate to the country seeking amnesty. Large numbers of them still existed in the galaxy from before the strict laws were put in place. Rather than turn themselves in and risk deactivation, they pooled funds and purchased ships to venture to Sagittarium themselves.
As a part of the Confederacy of Borealis, the state's once all-consuming propaganda fell away to the external influence of the wider galaxy. Immigration from other nations greatly increased, exposing the mostly human nation to a variety of other species and cultures. This demographic shift was accompanied by huge amounts of investment into the economy of Sagittarium. It transitioned from a planned economy to a free market within decades.
As time went on, the Chancellor began transferring their power to the newly-created Congress. Official power of the Chancellor was great, but precedents limited it. Officially, nothing more than pressure from the people kept the Chancellor's power in check. Other changes include the gradual shrinkage in military spending as well as the gradual shrinkage of government authority, all due to foreign influence on the populace. The Chancellor, at any time, could undo all of this and return Sagittarium to its original state; however, external and internal backlash would most certainly destabilize the state.
In 70,078, humans lost their majority as they comprised 49% of the population. The first nonhuman chancellor gained power shortly thereafter in 70,111. The nation, not having a native species in it meant that no majority was set in stone. Its population increased to the second most populous nation in the galaxy during this same period.
Sagittarium was an economic powerhouse during this period. Widespread stability lent itself well to economic growth. For processes that are incredibly energy-intensive, the highly developed Nocturne was vital. Growth was assumed as a constant as only a handful of years saw shrinkage in the economy. It continued expanding and colonizing stars, however, this was done mostly privately compared to the formerly government-lead colonization of Sagittarium's past. Enkatz, Sagittarium's former colony, officially rejoined as a full part of Sagittarium in 72,341 CE out of fear of aggression by the Dominium of United Duchies.
The War of the Ancients
Main Article: War of the Ancients
When the War of the Ancients began in Sagittarium began rapidly increasing its production of arms during the War of the Ancients. Additionally, it began increasing the amount of funds it spent on research and development of weapons. Shielded from the conflict by its natural allies in Martial Space (given similar cultures and heritage), Sagittarium was largely untouched by weapons such as the Celestial Plague. It was the Quintet Payotari Association's Vaults, massive capital ships the QPA used to great effect, that proved to be the main issue for Sagittarium. Numerous times, especially during battles such as The Battle of Sekhmet, the Vaults proved to be a problem for the juggernaut of the Sagittarian military.
After the restoration and subsequent launching of the VSS Readymade and ERS Moon Signal, Sagittarium did not experience further threats to its core worlds or vital Hyperlanes. After the fighting stopped within Sagittarium's borders, it turned its attention to other theaters to aid its sister states in the conflict. The sudden freeing of Sagittarium's military from engagement, as well as the looming threat of the Commonwealth of United Economic Nations served to end the War of the Ancients in 88,433 CE.
The War of The Ancients caused a huge economic downturn in Sagittarium. Despite hardly being attacked directly and increased population growth, the nation's best trade partners collapsed economically. In the ruinous galaxy, less money was being exchanged, the wealthy were still in-fighting (causing less money to be invested), and people had less money to spend in general. All of these factors hit Sagittarium particularly hard. It was not during the war but after the war that the Chancellor removed a large amount of Congress' power to quickly aid the economy without partisan bickering getting in the way. The Chancellor at the time, Chao Ueno, took inspiration from Sagittarium's past and had the state acquire large amounts of capital, partially turning the Sagittarium into a command economy.
As time went on, Drusidia gained far more economic influence in Sagittarium than it had before. They built five more wormholes leading to the core of Via Aylathiya. Sagittarian companies used the cheap production facilities Drusidia provided. Before then, trade was mostly done directly with materials, so an entanglement of the actual economies helped both nations. The nations grew closer than they ever had before, and with this closeness came huge Drusidian influence on Sagittarium itself.
Main Article: Jezebel's War
Tensions between the Confederacy and Drusidia grew to the point of war in 89,991 CE. The Confederacy had to choose between Sagittarium and its newest member, the State of Tenshi. In the end, they sided with Tenshi and supported them in their war against Drusidia. After subjugating them, the Confederacy forcibly dissolved occupied Sagittarium and dissolved its government. They rebuilt it into a fully democratic state later that year.
Contemporary History and Diplomacy
Sagittarium, while historically had been semi-fascist, is now a mostly democratic federal republic. There are ten thousand provinces, a jointly administered district, and twenty three territories. It numbers among the oldest human nations still in existence as well as one of the few nations that existed during the Split of the Yohjan Confederacy that exists to this day. The nation typically scores poorly on Corruption Indexes and Democracy Indexes as things such as term limits and checks on executive power are minimal.
In the federal system, planets or systems typically have limited abilities to govern themselves. Groups of systems are sectors, and sectors are further grouped into provinces. In territories, sectors have far more power than the territory itself, with some territories more accurately referred to as arbitrary groupings of independent sectors. Elected officials are elected using an approval based system, where citizens can vote for as many candidates as they please, the candidate with the most approval overall is elected. This tends to push parties towards the center, pushing radicals out of government.
The Federal government is divided into 1523 Ministries. Each ministry is responsible for running a certain aspect of the state. For example. the Legislative Ministry is the Congress as well as all the other individuals that help to run it. Other major ministries include the Chancellor's Ministry, the Ministry of Defense, and the Ministry of Colonization. Rudimentary checks and balances are put in place on these ministries. A Chancellor can remove or add any ministry head they want from power for any reason. The Legislative Ministry is exempt and has the power to reject these placements within forty five Thalian days.
The Congress itself has exactly ten thousand members (the round number was intentional as they use the base ten system in Sagittarium). They remain in office for an orbit of Thalia around Nocturne (equivalent to 31 years) before they must run again. The Congress is the only body allowed to make laws, however, due to the huge size of the nation, a large quantity of laws need to be passed. Whenever a law needs to be passed, ten random representatives will be selected to form a panel. This panel will then read and approve or reject the law. Rarely does the Congress vote as a collective body on things, as the panel system typically represents what the collective body would pass overall. The Chancellor is the head of state and government as well as the president of the Congress. They have the power to break ties in Congress and are also the supreme leader of the military.
Sagittarium has some of the loosest laws when it comes to androids and mind-uploading in the entire confederacy as a result of its history of using them in society. So long as they cannot process anything much faster than a typical person or are incapable or proliferation, they are entirely legal and have full rights.
There are exactly ten thousand provinces in the nation, all but two of which are located in the galactic core. When the nation was founded, each star was counted, a process taking many decades. These stars were then divided into regions each containing one million stars. The regions were organized into provinces when the stars around them first became colonized. This brings the total number of stars claimed by the nation to be ten billion, however, since its creation it has only colonized 811 Million stars (with most of these stars having little to no permanent residents). The Confederacy of Borealis officially recognizes its claim to over 1.2 billion stars, but no more.
Outside of Via Aylathiya, Sagittarium possesses 23 territories of varying sizes. The majority of these territories are in Via Aylathiya itself, accounting for nearly __ of the entire galaxy. Three territories exist around wormhole gates orbiting Via Aylathiya. These wormholes were constructed in thirty thousand for ease of trade with both ends controlled by Sagittarium itself. To this day they are controlled entirely by the nation, giving them a monopoly on trade and travel with the Neo-Terrans. With recent advances on SICTIRIAD technology, however, they are losing this monopoly as other nations seek the GM as a trading partner.
The Chancellor has absolute control over the military and can deploy it anywhere with or without congressional approval. The military itself is divided into three major ministries: The Ministry of Defense, The Ministry of Offence, and The Ministry of Internal Stability. These three ministries respond to orders from the Chancellor and will implement them as best as possible. The military is capable of playing a role in governance as well. Generals are able to form emergency councils just as they had when Sagittarium became a republic. These councils are strictly only able to gain power during war time, but many periods in Sagittarian History have seen rule by this council for extended periods of time.
In total, there are 1.1 quadrillion active military personnel and well over a quintillion in the cumulsory reserves. The bulk of the military might of the nation is contained in semi-automated ships accompanying them. The average soldier controls over 20 craft, known as "augments," simultaneously. This makes the military the largest controlled by a single nation in Via Aylathiya. As per the treaty the nation signed to join the Confederacy, the military need approval to act by the federal government. Sagittarium has the freedom to intervene in nations not in it and has throughout its history.
The military was originally mostly automated, but fears of another super intelligence, such as Beatrix, arising caused every ship to need approval to act from a sapient being, hence the large number of personnel required. For the sake of appeasing the nations around it, Sagittarium does not allow any android into the military.
Sagittarium has military bases scattered across the Local Universe that are mostly remnants of when it was the most powerful nation in the galaxy. A large number of these bases are located around the core in neighboring nations, most of the rest are in Via Aylathiya, and a small number are in the Florathel Galaxy, although they operate mostly independently. Over 12% of the nation's GDP is spent on the military. This is the highest percentage in Via Aylathiya for a great power.
Sagittarium has been a member of the Confederacy of Borealis since 41184 and the Intergalactic Council in 41185. The nation has strong ties to the Greater Martial Consilium and Rendell, both of which were heavily influenced by the Sagittarium in their early histories. Most of the other nations in and around Via Aylathiya have embassies or consulates across Sagittarium to negotiate access to the incredibly energetic Nocturne.
Before the democratization of Sagittarium, the Chancellor was the most powerful public figure in the nation. Just like the current Chancellors, they had broad power over the military. Every ministry that existed answered to the Chancellor alone. The difference is that this power had no limits to protect human rights, meaning that the Chancellor often ordered for large numbers of people to be killed. Several times in history, entire planets were destroyed and propaganda painted it is a noble act.
The Founder's Council
Main Article: The Founder's Council
The Chancellor, apart from Vay himself, answered only to one entity, the Founder's Council; the existence of which was one of the most tightly kept secrets of the nation. It was comprised of three hundred individuals hand-picked by Vay at the inception of the nation. Its purpose was to originally act as a cabinet for the Chancellor, however, with the often departures of Vay to various locations away from the capital world, they often managed the government on their own. When Vay died, the council assumed all power he had with no need for a new chancellor.
After the next Chancellor was put in place, the relationship was clear. Despite having absolute power normally, the Council always held the chancellor at gunpoint so to speak. With a legion of androids indistinguishable from humans, the Chancellor would have no ability to know if an agent of the Council was near them. Leaving the capital world without a large number of these androids was forbidden. Three chancellors were assassinated by the council and immediately replaced with convenient stories explaining their death as suicide. The vast power of the Council over the nation was seen as a continuation of Vay's will. Those that did know of its existence always approved of their actions without second thought.
How the council maintained its existence over twenty thousand years with the same individuals is unknown. When questioned as Sagittarium joined the CoB, many individuals seemed to have had their memories wiped. They likely uploaded themselves to computers or used cloning to make sure that no members in their ranks would truly die. However, they only started this practice when the first among them started dying, preventing Vay from receiving the same treatment.
An internal rift in the Council during the democratization likely caused most of the members to delete themselves, the rest remaining long enough to detonate thermonuclear warheads all across the nation, vaporizing all traces of the council. The only evidence of the Council comes from historical discrepancies, data retrieved from Thalians serving them that were deactivated when it was destroyed, and a handful of artifacts that survived the detonations. Why they did not oppose the democratization is unknown. Many posit that it was Vay's original goal to create a democracy and the council was merely obeying this wish. This is merely conjecture, however. The real reason is likely to remain unknown for all time.
To this day, humans have a slight majority in Sagittarium. For quite some time before the War of the Ancients, things were more equal, however, a large influx of mostly human refugees and subsequent immigration from Via Aylathiya pushed the percentage of humans up to where it is presently. Despite the slight majority of humans, Sagittarium is fairly equal as far as nations go. It lags behind some of its cohorts in the rest of Via Aylathiya, mostly due to Neo-Terran influence leading up to Jezebel's War. The human majority is expected to go away within the next millennium as immigration and other factors cause non-human populations to grow (in particular Dotsk populations as more and more Dotsk leave their home system, Mili.)
Historically, Sagittarium's economy has fluctuated wildly. At times, it was the largest in the galaxy by far. At other times, its total economy would fall behind individual planets. With an estimated GDP of 13.1 Nonillion C-Units, Sagittarium has the second largest economy of Yohjan states, bested only by the United Federation of Star Systems. The largest sector of the economy has almost always been industry. The abundance of large stars and, of course, the central black hole gave the nation easy access to cheap energy.
Wealth is only moderately uneven, with the 1% controlling 17% of the wealth and the bottom 50% controlling about 45% of the wealth. Historically, the numbers have varied wildly. At one point in history, the government attempted redistributing wealth fully with moderate success. Immediately after joining the Confederacy of Borealis, the one percent controlled similar amounts of wealth as other nations around the galaxy at 25% (a residual echo of the Plutocratic Era in Yohjan history).
|Thalia||Thalia is the capital of Sagittarium and was the first planet colonized by it. It is the closest continually inhabited natural body to Nocturne as well as the planet with highest population in the galactic core. Thalia is the most important world in Sagittarium and has large numbers of military units stationed nearby to it, despite never having been directly assaulted in its history.
||Via Aylathiya Core||1.2 Quadrillion|
|Jezreel||Jezreel was originally a gas planet an astronomical unit away from Thalia. To fuel massive fusion arrays, most of the He-3, Tritium, and all other elements capable of being easily fused were harvested. At the same time, large amounts of gas were stripped off of the planet and shipped to Nocturne to be thrown into it.
||Via Aylathiya Core||912 Trillion|
|Sekhmet||Sekhmet is a planet in the core controlled by Sagittarium. It is the third most populous planet in the nation and has a large amount of influence over the rest of the nation. It started as a minor colony which quickly sprouted into an Ecunmenopolis once Sagittarium came to be. It was one of the oldest colonized worlds near Nocturne, having a history going all the way back to the 10,000s CE, before the formation of any Nocturnian state.||Via Aylathiya Core||104 Trillion|
Sagittatium is home to many cultures from across the galaxy. Relatively lax immigration laws put in place after it joined the Confederacy of Borealis caused large numbers of individuals to migrate to the nation. Even more immigrants entered the nation after the War of the Ancients due to the nation's relatively untouched state. Planets such as Thalia and Jezreel were flooded with refugees while Nocturne itself had a large influx of individuals as well.
The government struggled to make room for all of these individuals, many of which required their own orbital habitats or accommodations entirely unavailable within Sagittarium. Many people were crowded onto O'Neill Cylinders while space for them elsewhere was being freed up or created. In these cylinders, dozens of cultures mixed together, all with influence from the previously mostly-human Sagittarium. The product of this was a distinctly Sagittarian culture that can trace influences from dozens of places around Via Aylathiya and beyond.
The mixture of cultures as well as its time separated from the Confederacy before the 40,000's caused Sagittarium to speak and write a form of Boreal Basic called "Sagittarian Basic." This dialect of Basic is fairly easily learned by non-native users, as it removes five letters from the base alphabet. However, the pronunciation is entirely differently from other human nations using the language. The dialect relies heavily on vowel sounds. Loan-pronunciations for words are common, despite most of the pronunciations being bastardizations of the original languages they came from. In particular, Sagittarium adopted Ravis pronunciation for things such as the name of many galaxies and regions, the names of almost every mythological concept, and most words for genres of media (due to the relative ease of speaking Ravin as a human and vice-versa).
Sagittarians regard things such as androids and AI's as completely alive and worthy of the same treatment as organic beings. Recent polls show that disembodied AI's were "no different than anyone else" 78% of the time, and androids were approved of over 97% of the time. This is caused by the acceptance of Thalians into Sagittarian society after it was democratized.