"A symbol of unity for all the live in the core, the brightest object 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, 21007
Sagittarium (Demonym, Sagittarian) is a large state within the core of Via Sagittaria Galaxy. Sagittarium is comprised of the entirety of the Via Sagittarian core and a large portion of the Sheol Galaxy. The number of stars, at one billion, is fairly low for a kardashev III civilization, however, the area Sagittarium inhabits contains many extremely luminous stars, such as those in the Quintuplet Cluster (especially the Pistol Star), V4998 Sagittarii (highest absolute magnitude in the galaxy) and those in the Arches Cluster, the Peony star, and many others. and the central black hole supplements their power generation. Sagittarium is one of two Kardashev III civilizations in the Via Sagittaria along with the United Federation of Star Systems. Sagittarium is the most populous nations within the Confederacy of Borealis, and is the second largest in terms of area. The capital of the nation is Thalia, a planet numbering in the top twenty most populous planets.
Sagittarium was the first modern nation to colonize the central black hole of the Via Sagittaria, Nocturne. The nation was founded in 20567 CE by Klein Vay during the Split of the Lactean Confederacy, a time of chaos in the Via Sagittaria. It was founded as a means to reinstate order to the then chaotic Via Sagittaria Galaxy. In its crusade for order, the state became totalitarian. Forced reeducation and assassinations were common. The populace was gripped with a nationalist fervor that would last for many generations even after reforms were made.
During this period, Sagittarium was the most influential great power in the Via Sagittaria. Its influence extended many kilo-light-years around its literal and political center, Nocturne. When the Confederacy of Borealis was founded, it could hardly hold a candle to the energy available to Sagittarium.
In the 32nd millennia, the death of Vay caused a succession crisis. In the same year, The Ekrosian Guardians began their crusade, destroying everything in their path to the center of the galaxy. Felix Abedayo, a prominent general within the nation took power and became the successor to Vay. Adebayo was able to organize the offensive against the Guardians, allowing for the nation to stop and even push back the Guardians, a feat in and of itself. They expanded to the Sheol galaxy during this period. Even so, they could not match the expansion of the Confederacy of Borealis. While still firmly ahead in terms of influence, it would not be long before the Confederacy surpassed them.
An extensive conflict in the Occult Galaxy marked the beginning of the end of the nation's golden age. Already declining, they decided to invest huge sums of money and resources into keeping the fairly large galaxy under its influence. An economic crash during the invasion, felt across the wider galaxy, hit Sagittarium especially hard. The Sagittarian government, with debt larger than its entire gross domestic product, withdrew from the conflict, leaving its largest trading partner in shambles. It could do little to aid the struggling economy, and continued dwindling even as the rest of the galaxy recovered.
Widespread protest from many non-humans across the region, starting in the late 41,000's tested how the nation would respond to internal instability. It fared poorly, using lethal weapons on crowds was the worst possible move. The nation saw extreme sanctions. The Chancellor at the time, Eris Sailem, stepped down among pressures to reform the authoritarian state. A decently functional democracy was established, just democratic enough to permit entry into the Confederacy of Borealis, the only way the new government believed would aid the struggling economy.
To this day, ghosts of its authoritarian past haunt Sagittarium. Many presidents have been corrupt and it has one of the lowest democracy scores in the Confederacy. Even so, it is one of the most important nations in the galaxy. Without Sagittarium, the Confederacy of Borealis would most certainly not be the superpower it is today.
- 1 General Information
- 2 History
- 2.1 Background
- 2.2 Early History
- 2.3 Zenith
- 2.4 Shifting Galactic Landscape
- 2.5 Abedayo's Rule
- 2.6 Decline
- 2.7 Economic Struggle
- 2.8 Democratization
- 2.9 Further Change
- 2.10 The War of the Ancients
- 2.11 Recent History
- 3 Government
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Major Planets
- 7 Culture
|Thalia, Jezreel, Sekhmet|
|Unitary Democratic Republic||Mixed Economy|
|701/1000||412 Octillion C-Units|
Before the formation of Sagittarium, the core of the Via Sagittaria was largely empty. Planets were far more likely to be ejected from their systems and supernovae were more common, leading to the core having far less life for having far more stars than the rest of the galaxy.
Until the 22nd millennium, the distance to the core was too great for most civilizations to consider colonizing it. Much easier energy sources were available. They planned to wait for FTL technology to advance to the point of allowing easier travel to the area. As it stood, it took several hundred years to get to the area, the density of the stars made colonization even harder, as terraforming planets required moving hundreds of stars into new locations.
While many nations sent probes to the core in the past, The Lactean Confederacy (LaC) was the first to land ships in the area. In the core they built a fairly rudimentary military base with the goal of validating their claims over the area. During the the War of the Decamillennial Transition, it was reinforced several times, but remained a minor base as few believed it to be worth to attack the entirely undeveloped core.
With the collapse of the Lactean Confederacy came a power vacuum within the galaxy. Nature abhors a vacuum, and the former remains of the LaC soon filled with hundreds of thousands of nations, fiefs, and organizations vying to shape the galaxy into their own image. The federal government of the LaC left behind the resources of largest recorded military in history. Most soldiers deserted the day the government collapsed. What remained of the chain of command became little more than stubborn troops and a handful of generals that refused to accept that their nation was destroyed.
Among these generals was Klein Vay. He was fully aware that no amount of fighting would bring back the LaC. He wished to establish a new nation, a fundamentally different one. With a large number of soldiers still following his orders, he managed to secure a handful of planets somewhat near to Aegyn. From there, he attacked the more brutal warlords or dictators scattered throughout the galaxy, giving the people a relatively free life. This carried on from 20387 to 20650, when the focus shifted from taking planets one at a time to taking far more valuable targets. After several months of deliberation, it was decided that there were no location more valuable than the center of the Via Sagittaria. The large amount of energy that can be extracted from the black hole, named Nocturne, made it ideal for colonization.
All the citizens of the planets were given a choice. This choice was to abandon their home worlds and board a stolen colony ship or to be left behind on a derelict world stripped of its resources to fuel the fleet. They were essentially forced to accompany Vay to the core. This is when the nation first declared itself to be "Sagittarium," named for the constellation the core of Via Sagittaria is located in from Aegyn. Vay, instead of continuing as the Grand General, became the first Chancellor of Sagittarium.
Voyage to the Core
With one of the largest and most advanced fleets in the galaxy, the newly formed Sagittarium began to make its way towards Nocturne. This fleet consisted of ten mega-freighters converted into ark-ships each able to hold several billion in stasis, three hundred battleships also containing more people in stasis, over one hundred thousand corvettes, and over ten million fighters. The journey took almost 200 years of nigh continuous travel. Most of the crew and passengers remained in suspended animation, with only a handful of officers and the Chancellor being awake during the trip. The automated ships completed the journey without incident.
The True Establishment of Sagittarium
The remnant of the Lactean Federal military in the core was split from the rest of the nation by centuries of light-lag. Their only wormhole, leading to Aeros, was destroyed leaving them stranded. The soldiers were entirely unaware of the chaos taking place and decided to wait for the wormhole to be repaired. When the large fleet of Vay arrived, rather than a fight as expected, they embraced his return. He was still the commanding officer to everyone in the base, so he had all the authority he needed to integrate their forces and his. He had the vast number of people awoken slowly, only as fast as habitation could be built for them. Vay had the original general presiding over Nocturne join what would later become the The Founder's Council.
With access to the most massive object 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, and cheap, energy source.
The people soon began expanding from the center. Soon, they occupied several hundred stars. While there are no official records of this occurring, it would be impossible to populate these stars without some use of cloning. This cloning allowed the population to jump to several trillion within a century. Whole planets would have needed to have been occupied by facilities to create so many clones.
In what was first an effort to expedite population growth, billions of androids, named Thalians, were created. The government soon realized the potential of these beings and took care to make them blend into society perfectly. Most Thalians were entirely unaware of their identity as machines, and their mostly biological flesh gave the illusion of being alive. The government altered their subconscious to be eternally loyal to the state. They were designed to be nationalists, thereby encouraging the rest of the population to do the same. They influenced the population subtly, creating a nation of fanatics without the relatively costly manipulation via drugs and nanites other polities have tried in the past.
From Thalia, trillions of individuals went to colonize the core. After another 250 years, the population had exploded after the presumably cloned humans were able to have children of their own. What went from a small colony around the central black hole exploded into one of the most powerful empires of the galaxy. The large power of the central black hole was not only enough to tear apart every star for several light years for materials. The raw mass available to the empire rivaled nations thousands of years older than it.
The nation reached its most powerful (relative to the other nations in the galaxy) in 21732 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 Kardeshev III civilization. As the galaxy stabilized from the anarchy of the Split of the Lactean Confederacy, Sagittarium soon became the center of commerce. A more stable galaxy had established trade-routes, fiat currencies, and diplomacy.
Unlike most of the other nations within the Via Sagittaria at the time, Vay never had Sagittarium form alliances. This was not a foolish strategy, rather, it served to advance the idea that Sagittarium was the most powerful nation in the galaxy with no need for alliances. Weak allies drag a nation down and, in a galaxy where no nations rivaled it, all allies were weak. Various treaties were signed, however. They were mostly designed to secure access to lucrative trade deals which would further the strength of Sagittarium. To take advantage of the new order of the galaxy, the state created thousands of corporations designed to serve the interest of the state first and deliver profit second. These corporations were some of the largest in the galaxy at the time. CloseSpace Corp was the most extensive of these businesses, operating in several thousand nations selling weapons slightly inferior to the weapons produced for the Sagittarian military.
The nation was often seen as a liberating force when it conquered nations smaller than 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-payed 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.
Shifting Galactic Landscape
While Sagittarium absolutely dominated the politics of the Via Sagittaria, behaving as the astropolitical and literal center of the galaxy, it struggled to gain influence far beyond the Via Sagittaria. Under Vay, the few campaigns against satellite galaxies ended in failure for the nation, causing some of the few defeats Vay has ever experienced. Even the edges of the Via Sagittaria were areas it had trouble influencing. Really, 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). Polities outside of this area, while most certainly conscious of Sagittarium in their foreign policy, were much harder to exert influence over.
Vanaheimr, a nation made up of not even one million stars at the time, in particular was problematic for Sagittarium. Despite controlling less than a per mille of the energy of Sagittarium, the nation time and again proved to seed resistance to its hegemony in the galaxy. Its abilities to spread democracy, its popularity with the people, and the morale of it's soldiers were unparalleled. This and it recently gained support from the few nations powerful enough to rival Sagittarium most notably Cassiopeia Consortium and The Diunity of Fornax. The latter of this pair was especially generous, causing democracy to spread across the galaxy.
Sagittarium continued its expansion, attempting several dozen times to gain influence in any satellite galaxy. Despite being the most powerful polity in the galaxy, each and every attempt ended in failure. Vay grew more and more frustrated with his general's incompetence, going as far as to fire his generals and lead the campaign against Sheol himself. Leaving a specially designed Thalian to rule the nation in his place, he departed to Sheol. With 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 strategic forces of Sagittarium.
Unknown to anyone in the Via Sagittaria, the warfare disturbed members of the Pestelentia Family, a classification of organisms capable of interstellar flight. These organisms, which can self replicate, these creatures self-replicated with the material at hand. 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, there were few, but they began increasing in commonality. 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 31,431 CE, marked an end of an era.
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 wider galaxy as a whole. The Founder's Council, as the highest council in the nation was known, was divided in how to address the issue. Since they were more than capable of carrying on running the nation as they had, 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. All of this, of course, was kept secret from the wider populace. They were still under the impression that Vay was in the Sheol galaxy valiantly fighting to conquer it.
Debate again gripped the Council. 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 flood out of the Sheol Galaxy, usually heading for a large black hole or significant body. The previous crusade targeted the Fluorescence Galaxy. This one targeted Nocturne. It is unknown why these crusades happen. 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, 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 at the time, 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 told the people of Vay's death and how he died bravely fighting the "savages" in the Sheol galaxy. He referred to himself as "Chancellor Abedayo," 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 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, he had Sagittarium start their first successful campaign into a Dwarf Galaxy, the Sheol Galaxy itself. The guardians were nowhere to be found. Where researchers predicted there would be large numbers of guardians, there were none. Instead, the only significant entity in the galaxy was the nation 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.
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.
Rendell, Sagittarium's new protectorate, quickly moved various black holes and stars into Carina's own central black hole, releasing huge amounts of energy. This energy was harvested to fuel colonization efforts. Starting in 31794, the Sagittarian government started paying it's citizens to relocate to Sagittarium's first extra-galactic colony. The goal of this relocation was to outnumber and culturally integrate the natives. In response, The Confederacy of Borealis placed sanctions on Sagittarium and publicly denounced the actions, expecting that to actually be enough to protect the natives. Another relatively nearby nation, Drusida, became a large trading partner with Sagittarium, allowing it to not even need trade with the CoB to begin with.
During Abedayo's rule, Sagittarium reactivated the first Intergalactic Gateways. These ancient gateways left behind by Sedrua offered the fastest travel time between two galaxies. Sagittarium discovered an intergalactic gateway leading from the edge of the Via Sagittaria to the Sheol Galaxy. In short order they constructed a base around the gateway and sent troops the long way to the Sheol galaxy. After easily creating a perimeter around the exit, Sagittarian engineers reactivated the intergalactic gateway. At once Sagittarium had quick access to it's largest trading partner, greatly boosting it's economy while also strengthening it's overall influence over the local universe.
Despite the expansion of both economic and political influence, the nation was struggling to keep up with the Confederacy of Borealis. By the time Abedayo's rule ended, the Confederacy had an economy over twice as large as Sagittarium's. The next leader, Satella Laghari, saw further decline, pushing the nation far behind the Confederacy, especially after The Empyrean joined in 36812. As the nation fell from relative grace, it still saw large gains in power. It solidified control over Sheol and even gained small holdings in the Telusian Group with the help of Drusidia. This decline was merely a shift of relative power, it was by no means not a prosperous time for the nation.
The Drusidian Collapse
Main Article: The Drusidian Collapse
In 39,081, the largest and most important trading partner of Sagittarium collapsed. Drusidia, having lost control over most of the Duchies it had set up, Drusidia became only a small section of the Occult Galaxy where it resided. In the Via Sagittaria, this caused little issue for all nations except Sagittarium. It's economy was hit hard by the loss of its trade partner. The Sagittarian government decided it would be more beneficial overall to intervene in the Collapse and make sure the Neo-Terrans would remain able to trade with them.
What followed was a millennia-long intervention originally estimated to only have only lasted a few decades. The intervention, while, at first, artificially stimulated the economy, had began to drain the resources of the government. Resources meant for infrastructure had to be diverted to the conflict, further harming the economy of Sagittarium. While the government was more than capable of helping the economy recover from normal economic hardships, the large number of factors made this recession the largest the nation had ever faced. The Drusidian Collapse was not just a collapse of the unity of the Occult Galaxy, it was the collapse of any claim that Sagittarium had as an economic power.
By 40,000, the government seized the assets of most corporations within its borders. The state-capitalist model they were employing was not working to fix the economy. A socialist 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 technology slowly fell behind that of the nations around it, despite huge effort into its advancement.
In the early 41000's, the cognitive dissonance of the people believing Sagittarium was the best nation in the galaxy while also seeing the decline caused many to begin to protest. Never before has a protest occurred in the nation, so the government was quick to use lethal weapons on crowds in an attempt to make them disperse. All this did was make many more believe the government was hiding something. Information about the protest and the government's response ended up leaking to the wider galaxy. The sanctions that were just recently lifted were put back in place, destroying any prospect of returning to a capitalist society. In the midst of the fallout, the Chancellor, Eris Sailem, stepped down and urged other "less prominent" leaders, referring to the Founder's Council, to do the same. When they did, the nation was essentially dead.
An emergency Council was formed in the aftermath, mostly made up of generals, and Sagittarium temporarily became a Junta state. In this time, they tracked down all the former leaders and forced them to ratify a constitution. The constitution would create a mostly democratic government (described below) designed to alleviate the civil unrest experienced across Sagittarium.
The nation became semi-democratic in 41057, when the constitution was ratified and the first elections took place. Many of the Thalians were "freed" 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 (separated from any direct access to a network of course). They also gave Thalians the right to procreate, allowing couples to adopt human or newly created Thalians.
Some of the more brutal leaders were "banished" to Sheol, which really meant that they were given large homesteads on worlds directly owned by the state. Sheol was given more independence as the historical treatment of its natives was questionable at best. Every state corporation was sold to competitors outside of the country in an attempt to integrate economies. In the rare act of genuinely putting the people of the country first, it was made illegal for the state to use corporations in the way that it had. This was all in an attempt to save face with the wider galactic community, with the end goal of joining the Confederacy of Borealis.
Joining the CoB
In 41184, the nation joined the Confederacy of Borealis and later in that same year, its colonies were made into 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 trillions 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.
With Sagittarium joining, the CoB had influence over 90% of the Via Sagittaria itself and influence over most of the Dwarfs orbiting it. At the same time as Sagittarium joined, focus slowly shifted to politics in the area immediately around the Via Sagittaria to outside it. There were thousands of nations in the Aylothn-Sagittaria Group alone. In the whole local universe there were likely hundreds of thousands.
As a part of the Confederacy of Borealis, the propaganda of the state that once gripped the population was drowned out by 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. This transition caused foreign companies to have power of Sagittarium, further increasing the cultural change in Sagittarium.
As time went on, the Chancellor lost power to the Congress. Official power of the Chancellor was great, but precedents limited this power. 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 70111. 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 milky way 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. This time was not only a period of expansion and prosperity for just Sagittarium either. The whole Via Sagittaria, from 50,000 to the beginning of the War of the Ancients, was generally prosperous. This period is known as the Neo Pax Lactea.
The War of the Ancients
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, Chao Ueno, took inspiration from Sagittarium's past and had the state acquire large numbers of investments. This did little to aid the struggling economy and likely hurt it.
The Occult Era
For the first time in history, the Neo-Terrans in the Occult galaxy were the dominant economy in Sagittarium's and their trade relationship. They built five more wormholes leading to the core of the Via Sagittaria as well as one leading to the Sheol Galaxy. Sagittarian companies used the cheap production facilities the Neo-Terrans provided while also doing more to branch out into the wealthier area. 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 Neo-Terran influence on Sagittarium itself. Inter-Galaxy-Group immigration, for the first time, became commonplace as large numbers of Neo-Terrans relocated to Sagittarium.
The Neo-Terrans, however, had several conditions. As the nation with all the cards, Sagittarium had to capitulate to them. The first condition was to aid them militarily in their reconquest of the Reich Galaxy and the second one was to maintain a majority human government. The first one was easy, the military saw an influx of volunteers in need of cash. The second demand, however, was far more difficult to attain. Human-supremacy was a stain in the history of Sagittarium and is what caused it to fund the early Neo-Terran conquest of the Occult galaxy.
The Sagittarian Congress, still majority human at the time, passed several token "cultural preservation" laws designed to impose traditional Sagittarian customs on those in office. Other laws passed included similar such laws across most ministries and the military. Many were outraged at the decision and were furious the Neo-Terrans had more sway over policy than the people did. In response, the Sagittarian government reactivated the large number of Thalians, some of which had non-human models, to get the people to accept the idea. The Thalians, for millennia had existed with total free-will of their own, however, they always had the capacity to become their former selves, propaganda mouth-pieces. These actions violated many civil-rights laws.
The Confederacy as a whole, in an even worse state than Sagittarium in terms of economic damages (exacerbated by the Tenshin Dispute), was greatly benefiting from the relatively untouched Sagittarian infrastructure. Many governments overlooked the rights abuses for the sake of maintaining trade. The Sagittarian government slowly became heavily influenced by the Neo-Terrans. Large numbers of settlers were sent from places such as Drusidia and Amme, two regions the Neo-Terrans controlled. For about five centuries, the Neo-Terrans had more control over the nation than those inside it, all while the Thalians worked diligently to make many not even notice (both inside and outside of Sagittarium.)
End of the Occult Era
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 Lactean 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 the Via Sagittaria, Sagittarium possesses 23 territories of varying sizes. The majority of these territories are in the Sheol Dwarf, accounting for nearly 20% of the entire galaxy. Three territories exist around wormhole gates orbiting the Occult Galaxy. 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 NTIH 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 5.1 Sextillion individuals serving in the military, with a similar number of automated and piloted ships accompanying them. This makes the military the largest controlled by a single nation in the Via Sagittaria. As per the treaty the nation signed to join the Confederacy, the military need approval to act by the federal government. However, this only applies to the Aylothn-Sagittaria Group. Sagittarium has the freedom to intervene in nations not in it and has throughout its history, most notably in the Telusian Group. The CoB does not concern itself with these distant areas, hence other nations doing the same in nearby areas, but not to the same extent as Sagittarium.
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 Aylothn-Sagittaria Group 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, a smaller number are in the Telusian Cluster, and most of the rest are in the Sheol Dwarf and the Occult Galaxy. Over 12% of the nation's GDP is spent on the military. This is the highest percentage in the Via Sagittaria 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 Neo-Terran Intergalactic Hegemony and Rendell, both of which were heavily influenced by the Sagittarium in their early histories. Most of the other nations in and around the Via Sagittaria 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 the Occult Galaxy 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 Sagittaria, 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, it's total economy would fall behind individual planets such as Earth . With an estimated GDP of 13.1 Nonillion C-Units, Sagittarium has the second largest economy of Lactean 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 Lactean 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.
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|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.
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|Sekhmet||Sekhmet is a planet in the Sheol Dwarf controlled by Sagittarium. It is the most populous planet in that galaxy and has a large amount of influence over the rest of the galaxy. This planet was the first planet colonized in the galaxy when it was conquered.||Sheol Dwarf Galaxy||104 Trillion|
Sagirratium 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 the Sagittarius Space Station 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 accomodations 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 cultured 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 the Via Sagittaria and beyond.
The mixture of cultures as well as it's time separated from the Confederacy before the 40,000's caused Sagittarium to speak and write a form of Xeno called "Sagittarian Xeno." This dialect of Xeno is fairly easily read by non-native users, as it removes five letters from the base alphabet. However, the pronunciation is entirely differently from other human nations using Xeno. 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 the galaxies and regions, the names of almost every mythological concept, and most words for genres of media (due to the relative ease of speaking Ravis 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 AI's unable to directly access networks were thought of as "no different than anyone else" 78% of the time, and androids were approved of over 91% of the time. This is caused by the acceptance of Thalians into Sagittarian society after it was democratized.