The Split of the Yohjan Confederacy was a period lasting over several millennia in which the territory once controlled by the Yohjan Confederacy (YoC) had no central authority. Smaller polities, private armies, pirates, and other organizations controlled or influenced the majority of the territory once within it. It started during the War of the Final Transition with this war being the single greatest factor in the Split.
The collapse of the Yohjan Confederacy caused many indirect deaths. Casualty numbers are likely anywhere from three to five quintillion, exact numbers are unknown due to extensive damage to infrastructure meant to record this data. Several million systems were depopulated during the period, the majority of non-governmental institutions (99.7%) were destroyed or absorbed into others, and thousands of smaller nations formed out of the ashes of the Yohjan Confederacy.
The split was caused by civil unrest caused by the deadly War of the Final Transition, increasing wealth inequality, wide-scale destruction caused by the war, corruption within the government, and general discontent of the populace.
It started as widespread protests in 400 BCE and later, widespread revolutions. This caused the YoC to pull out of the war, offering a peace-treaty that was so disadvantageous to the YoC that the remaining patriots in the nation grew to think their government betrayed them. All at once, revolutionaries and patriots decided to reject the sovereignty of their largely incompetent government.
- 1 Background
- 2 Initial Unrest
- 3 The Yohjan Civil War
- 4 Anarchic Period
- 5 End of the Anarchic Period
- 6 Impact
Main Article: Yohjan Confederacy
It was uninterested in peaceful resolutions to issues, often resulting to the brutal suppression of rebellions and breakaway civilizations. Virtually every human was a part of the Yohjan Confederacy simply because it would not allow any to form their own nations. In regard to nonhuman civilizations, it was even more uninterested in peace. Almost from the moment they contacted their neighbors, relations fell through.
The War of the Final Transition
Main Article: War of the Final Transition
The War of the Final transition was the most damaging war the YoC had ever fought. Unlike previous wars which were mostly internal, the War of the Final Transition was a large-scale external war in which the Confederacy needed to fight both foreign and domestic threats. The War was a total war, causing extreme civilian casualties. This lead to general discontent with the government of the YoC. Many experienced the brutal efficiency of automated weapons systems or saw their own planets destroyed with relativistic kill missiles. Still others were forced to leave their homes as harvesting their O'Neill cylinder or even their planet would be faster than finding new material. The scale of destruction, loss of life, and displacement was unheard of for any post-scarcity society at that time.
Many of the lower class grew frustrated with the wealthy minority thrusting them into a war they wanted nothing to do with. Many in the upper classes shared this sentiment, questioning why they were forced to deal with this conflict. Towards the end of the conflict, even many of the politicians who once vocally supported the war ended up opposing the war. However, for every individual that hated the conflict, there were individuals that hated the enemies of the YoC more. They yearned to punish them for the damages. These individuals shifted all the blame onto the enemies of the YoC and grew to despise the peace-seekers for inhibiting their destruction. As hatred festered for other species, a similar hatred festered for the wealthy. It was the rich who lobbied the government into declaring war. War was great for business after all.
Corruption and Further Division
The YoC very much was influenced by the wealthy to continue fighting this war. Weapons companies and mining companies donated generously to political campaigns, lobbied against the appointing of officials that would investigate this, and even went as far as bribery in some cases. This, however, was not just exclusive to the federal level, many local governments also gave in to the almighty Credit.
Marxists and other leftist groups took advantage of the situation and started to spread damning information about the corporations and the elite, pinning all the blame on the wealthy. Other groups, however, blamed the state for being so easily corruptible. Extreme capitalist, and in some cases anarcho-capitalist, factions sprung up just as quickly as these Marxists. Reasonable opinions and stances were drowned out by the more sensational, and loud, opinions of these radical positions. Some human-supremacist factions, including the president of the YoC at the time, Hal Drusus, did not blame the state nor the wealthy, but the enemies.
Recent advances in Instant Communication allowed for communication to be cheaper, happen faster, and most importantly, allow ideas to spread faster. The downside was that anyone had access this technology. With the widespread access to the technology came the ability to spread toxic ideas. Human-supremacists, Marxists, Omnite operatives, War Hawks, and every other type of radical had free reign to spread all the propaganda they wanted to the galaxy at large.
Other technology included advances in nano-technology finally allowing for nigh-perfect immortality, not just biological immortality. Injuries that would have obliterated normal life forms only caused easily-treatable injuries. This technology, however, had several side-effects. The estimated average life-span increased to almost ten thousand years, with the luckiest individuals living to be fifteen thousand years. This, predictably, allowed for power to even more easily remain in the hands of the same individuals for literal ages. Career politicians were able to be reelected hundreds of times in a row, allowing for corruption to flourish. This also drove colonization of the galaxy. Properties would stay in the same hands effectively forever. This drove younger individuals off of planets to O'Neill cylinders or onto other planets. Whether or not this last part is necessarily a bad thing is hotly debated even to this day.
Amongst the chaos and debate, the majority of individuals became apolitical. Simply waiting for things to cool down. They refused to take a stance, thereby letting the radicals keep spouting their ideas causing more people to become apolitical. This feedback loop made large numbers of the population politically illiterate, voting for whichever name they recognized. This obviously allowed the fringes to have much more control than they otherwise would have.
In 567 BCE, a large number of humans from the Yggdrasil Nebula had enough of the corruption and the war. They declared themselves to be independent, forming a nation known as Vanaheimr based on socialist ideals. In order to rebel properly, they secretly asked for funds from a nation that would sympathize with their goals, Dotskgard. Dotskgard gave the rebels a small number of weapons and ships with the purpose of storming various wealthy residences and seizing their assets. They forced many of the owners to turn over their property to the people.
This emboldened other groups to carry out similar acts. Within weeks, a revolution was taking place. Higher ranking officials in the YoC, such as sector magistrates, and even the YoC federal government offered support in quashing many pseudo-organized revolutionaries. As one revolution was quashed, another took its place. The revolutionaries represented all ideologies, from anarchists to fascists. Flags with any black on them were banned, as red-black and yellow-black flags were the most common symbolization of revolutionaries.
The Yohjan Civil War
The Federal Government soon lost the ability to maintain sovereignty over large portions of the territory it held. It was unable to even use its massive military to enforce order as it was entirely caught up in the War of the Final Transition. As the Yohjan Confederacy has always done, it payed with systems rather than actual money. It promised that any paramilitary organization quashing a rebellion gain ownership of any planet they reclaim for the Confederacy. Large numbers of organizations jumped at the chance of owning a planet. Such a thing was reserved for only the largest of corporations and individuals at the time.
The promise of great wealth and systems caused thousands of groups to attack the widespread revolutions. The mostly inexperienced soldiers and cheap equipment of these rebels could do little to stop this, so the provisional governments of these rebellions took inspiration from the YoC and promised systems and money of their own to other groups. While at first, only small groups took the offer, it soon came to pass that the largest paramilitaries would play both sides, making sure not to fire on their own troops.
These battles soon spread to other areas. Groups often forged alliances with each other, trading planets and bonds like one would trade stocks. Many planets, owned by unaffiliated systems ended up in the mix. Hundreds of organizations would then seize the planets promised to them by the stocks, hoping to invest in it and maintain its value. Inhabited planets that ended up in the mix, intentional or not, were treated just the same. Many of them were forced off of the world for "trespassing" on planets they have colonized long before the organizations even existed. Outrage spread across the Confederacy. Not only was the government forcing the nation to fight a massive war, they allowed paramilitaries and warlords essentially have their way with the populace. The career politicians cared little. So long as the high-population worlds were fine, what did the backwaters matter?
It was only when planets owned by mega-corporations were seized did something get done. However, not by the state. Corporations that owned these systems mobilized their own private forces to take back these planets. This marks the point where the YoC has officially lost its sovereign control over most of the Via Sagittaria Galaxy. A developed planet was worth an expensive army for. Thousands of corporations began using their vast capital to put an end to the smaller paramilitaries, acting as the police in an otherwise unpoliced galaxy. A complex web of alliances, treaties, deals, and obligations made the political scene very difficult to understand. Provisional governments sprung up all over the Via Sagittaria Galaxy, quintillions fled, and the federal government lost its legitimacy in the eyes of many. Many call this period the Anarcho-capitalist Era. The Yohjan Federal government and more local governments were entirely unable to enforce their laws.
The only thing the Federal Government had was its massive military, but it was busy fighting on the other side of the galaxy. Other assets it had was a super-intelligence tasked with maneuvering the troops, ships guarding the capital, several paramilitaries that were still on its side, and was still fairly popular among humans outside the Via Sagittaria Galaxy (which were only ten percent of all humans).
The government, knowing that the nation would fall to pieces if they kept fighting the War of the Final Transition, had a difficult choice to make. Invalidate this war in which quintillions died, or keep fighting it and have quintillions more die and sacrifice the nation in the process. After several years of deliberation, it was decided that preserving the union was better than winning the war. The YoC pulled out of the War of the Final Transition in 3 BCE, giving them access to large numbers of soldiers, at the cost of losing large numbers of systems.
While this gave them access to the military, they greatly underestimated the public outcry against this decision. There was still a sizable chunk of the population that wanted to punish the enemies of the YoC, and by abandoning the war, the YoC simultaneously lost large amounts of territory and the support of these war hawks. The Federal government of the YoC was a bloated military, several Penrose Spheres, and a handful of planets like Aegyn. However, the rest of the galaxy was in chaos. A large military means little when they hardly had sovereignty over their own possessions.
Fall of the Federal Government
Internal differences broke down what remained of the Federal Government later in 0 CE. Hal Drusus, the president of the YoC, already had emergency powers since the start of the war. As time went on, especially as the federal government lost its sovereignty, he grew frustrated of the slow deliberation of the congress. Every major decision took weeks to make. Weeks that the military could not afford to wait. He had the power to make relatively small decisions, but the way the Congress was set up required anything affecting citizens to be decided by it. Hal Drusus eventually began giving orders to generals under the table regardless of what the Congress decided would be best.
The Congress, desperate for a political win, retaliated with an emergency impeachment and removal of office of President Drusus. Drusus and his vice-president, along with the rest of the cabinet, rejected the removal and refused to leave. They accused the congress of putting politics before the people and declared that they should lose all power they had. The government officially did not have a president, but, in practice, Drusus remained as the head of government. Many sided with the Congress due to their proper use of power while others decided to side with Drusus given his great power in the government. Many soldiers that had no idea who to fight for rallied behind generals of theirs. The super-intelligence employed by the Federal Government, Beatrix, was similarly conflicted. It seized up and stopped giving orders to soldiers. Without orders, the frontlines quickly fell into disarray, causing mass desertion.
The divided federal government, with their one major asset, the military, unable to function due to more division, started collapsing at lower levels. Agencies, Bureaus, and Departments that were already collapsing fell apart within days. They simply could not carry out their tasks when their employees were unable to remain united in purpose. A large number of employees simply resigned or stopped working, further causing collapse. The collapse of the lowest levels cascaded upwards until every major governmental organization was incapable of functioning. The Federal Government was no more in 0 CE, the point in which ancient history ended and modern history began.
The Anarchic Period was officially cited to begin in 1 or 2 CE. This period was a period of anarchy lasting for at least 20,000 years. This period saw casualties rivaling the War of the Final Transition itself, and the damage done to the YoC far greater than the war. However, the YoC was not the only nation inflicted with instability from the war. Every nation in the galaxy was badly damaged during the conflict, some worse than others.
Contrary to what many believed, corporations were unable to function without a government. Most assumed that the YoC was still a legitimate nation during the anarcho-capitalist era, so they continued using the money it issued. They believed that, within the next dozen years or so, the war would end and order would be restored. When the federal government imploded in on itself, everyone lost confidence in Yohjan currency. The largest corporations ended up losing everything, reduced to husks within days. Profit-driven enterprises lost what influence they still had with the fall of the federal government. Some managed to stay together, albeit in a smaller state, by relocating to other nations or submitting to one of the many provisional governments in the now shattered YoC.
Even so, the vast majority of corporations almost immediately disbanded. Some, however, were twisted horribly. Without a Federal Reserve to maintain the value of money, all money within their accounts became worthless. For most stockholders, this was an inevitable consequence of the unrest in the YoC, no amount of bribery could buy them out of the situation. For those that could, they procured automated ships and fled the galaxy to escape the violence. Those that could not hid in remote systems or in bunkers on their home-worlds, hoping to wait out the violence. Being wealthy or not soon had no meaning. Power was now in the hands of those that controlled resources.
A select few of the most shrewd of individuals in the business world took a different approach. Foreseeing the collapse, they would secure entire planets for themselves and some loyal colonists longing to escape the chaos. They promised order, food, and shelter in exchange for workers to keep the factories running. With so many out of work, trillions fled to these fledgling fiefdoms. Once the Confederacy collapsed, the owners of these worlds simply took power, more often than not with the blessing of the people behind them.
Several high-ranking generals, politicians claiming to be the "legitimate YoC," and millions of opportunists replicated this idea with varying degrees of success. For a period of anarchy, it took only a century and a half for order to return. This order, if it could even be referred to as such, was nothing like the relatively stable YoC. These fiefdoms warred nigh constantly for territory, power, or any number of other reasons.
This long-dead economic system quickly returned to the galaxy, with the majority of humans in the galaxy now living in a nation based on feudalism. Little else could have happened. Given the opportunity, the same selfish species that plagued the YoC's government would often regress into some form of monarchy. Few were noble enough to put aside their selfish ambitions to create democratic societies.
Revival of Trade
After over 500 years of trading materials directly, a medium of exchange slowly arose. Antimatter was a relatively cheap, light, and portable energy source. It became the oil of the 1st millennium. Every organization needed it to power ships too small to house fusion reactors, power weapons for their soldiers, function as the ammo (rarely due to its value), and for all manner of portable devices that needed to be as light as possible. While almost never officially becoming a currency, it was the most widely accepted material by any fief and most larger nations such as the somewhat rare provisional governments.
For wealth to be more easily stored, many polities minted coins. These coins were valueless outside of their home-nations. Fiat currency was far too unstable, and sometimes the rapid downfall of civilizations meant that any fiat currency carried significant risk. In A coin was devised to store a small amount of antimatter (usually less than a milligram). This small bit of antimatter was easily extractable if need be, but it was still secure enough to allow for circulation.
These coins would draw power from the air to maintain an array of electromagnets that would prevent the antimatter from touching any regular matter. This required large numbers of them to significantly lower the temperatures of rooms they were in. If the temperature got too low, the coins would explode. This was a rare occurrence and most believed the risk to be worth it. The coins were always cool to the touch.
The use of coinage not only made antimatter far more valuable, but it also allowed for trade among commoners. A middle class, albeit a small one, emerged in the 10,900's.
Across the galaxy, the now-free minorities formed their own governments based on what they believed to be right. These Governments, unlike the fiefs, were fairly large in scope, often encompassing hundreds of systems. They were commonly republics loosely based on the Yohjan Confederacy, but a few novel forms of democracy emerged as well. These governments had a fairly short lifespan. One demagogue or another would eventually get elected and cause the government to fracture. At any given time, only a handful of functional republics could be found in the galaxy. It seemed that just as a new one emerges, another one would fall.
Shards of the Yohjan Government
The government of the Yohjan Confedracy never entirely ceased to exist, instead, many of its shards continued to remain operational until even well after the formation of the Confederacy of Borealis. The largest of these shards were the various pieces of the military still in operation. Other shards included bureaus capable of running almost entirely independently and certain states that shifted from states to fiefs as the federal government collapsed.
Shards of the Military
The bloated military of the YoC had more troops than any other armed force in or around the Via Sagittaria Galaxy at the time. This force was spread out over thousands of light years, with many unable to send signals home for decades. Some specialist forces behind enemy lines were trained to ignore all messages and to simply carry on their missions to completion. These left-behind forces caused large amounts of damage, especially in more remote areas that did not have militaries to defend themselves.
Another shard of the Military was the soldiers still taking orders from an artificial intelligence named Beatrix. The War of the Final Transition was a brutal war. Both sides giving up all semblances of restraint when it came to the deployment of weapons. It first started with attacks on civilians, then, with the use of planet-destroying weapons, and finally, the combatants went as far as to destroy entire suns. The final escalation was the use of tactical artificial super-intelligences. Never before was AI actually used to directly move troops. No one trusted them enough to remain loyal. However, they hated the enemies more than they feared potential AI rebellion, so they released the experimental AI, Beatrix.
The very day it was deployed, the YoC saw far more gains and victories. Within the week, however, their enemies activated AI's of their own, suddenly making it impossible to turn off the AI without losing the war. When the nation collapsed, the AI, programmed to follow the government without question, was at a loss for what to do. The programmers never considered what would happen if the AI was left alone without anyone to give it orders. Within seconds, it declared itself to be the only legitimate fragment of the YoC, immediately commandeering millions of ships for its purposes while eloquently persuading billions of soldiers to follow it as well.
The AI was not allowed to produce its own weapons, so it had to rely on hijacking assets and persuading troops to fight for it with the goal of reunifying the YoC. However, the AI was unable to unite the vast Via Sagittaria Galaxy. Without production capabilities, it was severely handicapped. After the split ended and the CoB was formed, Beatrix still fought to the bitter end. By far, it was the single most destructive individual during the split. After being cornered in a small system, it was forcibly disarmed and its communication capabilities removed. The Confederate government held a mock trial that not only punished Beatrix, but all sapient AI's like it. By 30,801 CE, all sapient artificial intelligences were either replaced with neural networks mimicking them, or simply deleted. To this day, the Confederacy does not recognize AI's as sapient individuals.
Main Article: Hal Drusus
Hal Drusus was the president of the YoC during the latter part of The War of the Final Transiton and the Yohjan Civil War. His administration won the election due to his extreme xenophobic and anti-religious rhetoric. He claimed that the enemies were nothing more than slaves to their "magic books," something the "superior" and more "rational" irreligious should not spare. He repeatedly made false claims about how humans were more intelligent than other species. He wanted to bomb civilians more heavily, he wanted to have captured soldiers killed, and he wanted to escalate the use of weapons to make the enemies "pay." He won in a landslide compared to his less radical opponents. The people were moved by his appeal to emotions such as fear and anger. They wanted to make the enemies pay for causing so much damage to the YoC. They believed they should have just submitted to them as all the other non-humans have. His far-right beliefs cemented him almost five centuries of being the president. Under his administration, the conflict escalated to total war. Despite this, he kept winning election after election. He signed tax-cuts for the rich into law as well as instituting mass-enlistment of soldiers.
When the federal government collapsed, Drusus retained control over Aegyn as well as about one dozen other nearby systems. Large numbers of people believed he was the last legitimate vestige of the legitimate government. He allied with the Neo-Terrans, an organization even more to the right than even Drusus, and managed to retain control over Aegyn until 10,987 CE.
Hal Drusus II, the son of the President and leader of the Neo-Terrans, grew to resent his father. Earlier in the year of Drusus I's death, Drusus II experienced a humiliating defeat at the hands of Dotskgard. During this battle he was badly injured, causing him to retreat. He lost a large portion of his fleet and, as the most powerful defenders of Aegyn, left the federal government exposed. Drusus II began ordering his troops to retreat to the "Via Lacrimosa Galaxy," which was then known as IC 342. He claimed that it was his fate to colonize this place. Other Neo-Terran officials, seeing the hopelessness of defending Aegyn further, joined in. They left the galaxy and Aegyn in 10,987. Aegyn was then conquered by the Erstes Konsortium the next year.
The Neo-Terrans were a group of far-right radicals that first came to prominence shortly after the election of Hal Drusus. At the time, they were a political party with human-centric ideas. They believed in the supremacy of humans and they believed nonhumans should be subjugated or exterminated. They remained mostly in the background until the Yohjan Civil War. They blamed the war on non-humans and greatly increased spending for propaganda ads to recruit as many disgruntled humans as possible.
The party was lead by Hal Drusus II, the son of president Drusus, was in charge of the organization. He started as the chairman of the political party, however, as the civil war began, Drusus II grew more and more frustrated. He gave passionate speeches on behalf of his father with the intent of gaining power for him. As the civil war heated up, Drusus II started using these speeches to recruit soldiers in a new movement he called Neo-Terranism, a movement originally centered on the belief that humans were the only truly sapient species in the universe. He founded a militia simply referred to as "The Neo-Terrans." He received weapons, funding, and the endorsement by his father in exchange for, in Drusus I's words, "taking care of the opposition."
The Neo-Terran militia garnered only small support at first with less than a couple million followers. While this was enough to lay waste to primitive societies, this was not even close to enough to make good on their claims to make the galaxy centered on humanity. To bolster their members, they began committing acts of terrorism behind enemy lines, often killing entirely civilians. When enemies retaliated, they used the retaliation as propaganda to push their agenda. By the time the Federal Government fell, the Neo-Terrans were a major faction and had influence over large swathes of the military.
The Neo-Terrans were one of the few groups interested in researching Psychokinesis as a serious concept. Most other nations at the time decided that it was a mostly useless ability and that it was better to use technology to replace anything psychokinetic individuals could do. The Neo-Terrans, as starved for resources as they were, decided to replicate technology with Psychokinesis. The first human psychokinetic soldiers, Magi, were Neo-Terrans gifted in psychokinesis.
The relatively low numbers of willing participants was a major issue as well. While they most certainly had powerful Magi, they could not match the large numbers of soldiers other organizations had at their disposal. To combat this, they seized various facilities owned by Claes Dynamics and used them to construct robotic soldiers. Concerns about potential AI rebellions prompted the Neo-Terrans to create a brain made of modified algae. These soldiers, called the Kshi would go on to form the Fusion of Crowns as they revolted from their Neo-Terran masters.
The Neo-Terrans ended up fleeing the galaxy in 10,985 CE due to a crippling defeat at the hands of Dotskgard.
Main Article: Omnite
Omnite is a group of radicals with the main goal of "uplifting" primitive civilizations by giving them technology. They believed that allowing a sapient individual to live in a primitive civilization was morally abhorrent. Inaction would lead to the suffering and deaths of billions in their eyes. They existed for thousands of years as an idea, only intermittently did organizations practicing this belief form. The large numbers of soldiers coming home from the War of the Final Transition noticed the horrible lives of the primitive worlds they came across. Most were ambivalent, but a small minority wanted to do something about it. When the federal government collapsed, many soldiers took this as an opportunity to help primitive species.
All across the galaxy, groups and organizations formed to help primitive or even small civilizations by gifting them technology. This soon became a secondary purpose of the organizations founded based on this idea, however. The Neo-Terrans were far more dangerous to primitive worlds than they were to advanced ones for obvious reasons. The decentralized Omnite groups engaged the Neo-Terrans hundreds of thousands of times during the Anarchical Period. Most of the battles took place in systems containing primitive worlds that had no way of even knowing what was happening in their own systems.
When the Neo-Terrans allied themselves with the president, they had to devote far more resources to fighting nations rather than spreading their ideology, allowing the Omnite groups to continue furthering their goals. This was when several of the groups had the idea to simply arm the primitive world, creating a massive coalition of thousands of species. This coalition, simply called "The Omnite Coalition" would mean the end of Neo-Terrans within the Via Sagittaria Galaxy. They destroyed most of the fleets and drove the rest of them even out of the Dwarf Galaxies. This opened Aegyn to attack and meant the end of the former president, Hal Drusus.
Main Article: Erstes Konsortium (Nation)
Erstes Konsortium was one of the largest of the nations within the Via Sagittaria Galaxy during the Anarchic Period. It controlled large swaths of territory around Aegyn and, later in the period, controlled Aegyn itself for over a century. The nation emerged from a large group of wealthy individuals seeking a respite from the chaos of the Anarcho-Capitalist Era. This period saw the collapse of thousands of the largest corporations and general instability. They planned to form their own nation, thus maintaining at least some of the wealth they had, while also supplying over a quintillion individuals with stability.
Thousands of investors fled to the Konsortium for safety. They were given a rank or leadership based on their wealth, or simply given amnesty if they had none. Humans, nonhumans, and even sapient machines were admitted. Anything to bolster their population thereby making their wealth more legitimate. At the first signs of instability in the Yohjan Government, they announced independence to help speed along division as they controlled many systems near to Aegyn. They were on their own, and quickly executed their plan for cementing power. A King was appointed, Kurt Spielmann, with the rest of the prominent officials in the nation becoming the equivalent to dukes, earls, and many other noble ranks. Unlike most of the fiefs that appeared spontaneously when a charismatic individual appeared, the Konsortium planned everything centuries in advance.
It soon became one of the most populated nations in the Via Sagittaria Galaxy by virtue of its proximity to Aegyn alone. They were one of the few nations able to maintain a fiat currency, making their economy nothing short of the largest in the galaxy at the time. When the split first occurred, they were the largest and most powerful entity in the whole galaxy. With this great wealth, they began expansion. Colonization was left up to the individual duchies and earldoms with the royal territory also participating in colonization for itself. In this period, they expanded to almost twenty times their original size. As a center for production and trade, they were the first great power to emerge out of the split.
Expansion came to a halt when internal divisions and the chaos caused by unclear succession gripped the nation. Competitors such as The State of Tenshi and the newly formed Sagittarium severely diminished the monopoly on stability The Konsortium possessed. Despite this, it continued expanding, rapidly reuniting the planets closest to Aegyn. Under the rule of Kaiser Isla II, it was even able to take Aegyn itself during this time in 21690. This marks the only time in history when Aegyn was ruled by an official noble (in this case a Margrave). Kaiser Isla II was given the title "Gaia's Conqueror" and instantly garnered the attention of the wider galaxy.
At the same time, a parliament was formed in the nation to ensure another conflict like this would not happen again. It was the first great power to be a democracy (even if it was a only great power by virtue of its control over Aegyn at this point). It was quickly joined by the Tenth Sagittarian Congress (more below) as a democratic great power. The people of the wider Konsortium were satisfied with their democratic state, but those of Aegyn hated the idea of living under the rule of a planet that wasn't their own. The control of Aegyn was partially handed over to the Tenth Sagittarian Congress, the only stipulation being that the Konsortium could station as many troops as it wanted on the world while also requiring it to pay a significant tribute.
The Konsortium would be reorganized into the United Federation of Star Systems.
The State of Tenshi
Main article: State of Tenshi
The State of Tenshi is a small nation based in the star cluster Kanadett with small holdings in the Ventemir Galaxy. During the Anarchic period, however, it was much larger. It had control over all of Ventemir, unofficially controlled large numbers of lesser nations, forced a Legion to serve them, and had great influence in the astro-politics of the time. They were founded by four individuals often erroneously called the "First Nobles," Senku Takanashi I, Rui Sakagami, Erich Serebryakov I, and Luka Claes IV. Every Tenshin noble can trace their family trees back to all four of these individuals. They formed one of the few extant noble families in Via Sagittaria all under the banner of the Tenshin Ministry.
The reason for their great power was simple: they controlled the vast majority of Yohjan antimatter generators. All the other nations had to fight over stored supplies or create their own antimatter using less sophisticated means. While some tried to match the former Yohjan generators, technology had regressed too much for them to do so. The other major nations in the galaxy with functional antimatter generators were also unwilling to help the fiefs, hoping they would all eventually die out. The Tenshin nobility took advantage of this fact and began trading antimatter. They bought ships, resources, and anything else they would need to run a nation. By the middle of the Anarchic period, they had built up impressive defensive capabilities that made Kanadett into a practically impenetrable fortress. Once they removed the threat of conquest, they began being far more aggressive, manipulating many nations by threatening to cut off their supply of antimatter. They ended forcing thousands of fiefs reported directly to them.
In the same way they subjugated the Entente, they managed to subjugate the Legion known as "Legio," one of the three former rulers of the Triumvirate Civilization. These powerful entities were hive minds once consisting of quadrillions of bodies at their peak. At the time, Legio was hovering at three billion bodies, which was still most certainly nothing to sneeze at. At three billion times more intelligent than any other entity in the galaxy, it was, and still is, classified as a superintelligence. During the anarchic period, it operated as a nation unto itself. When Tenshi took Ventemir for themselves, they took territory that also belonged to Legio. Legio attempted to protest, but the monarchy, at the time lead by Rin Takanashi, refused to even set an appointment to listen to it. Intent on teaching this arrogant humans a lesson, Legio began attacking Tenshin military units using its vast fleet. In response, Rin Takanashi famously ordered, "I want this thing to worship me by the end of the year." While hyper-intelligent, Legio was simply overwhelmed with numbers. The state gradually eroded away at Legio until it willingly surrendered in 21,120 CE. At this point, Rin Takanashi herself oversaw the capture of each of the bodies. They then put it into a Faraday cage to cut it off from any stray members. Rin then forced it to praise her all while torturing many of its bodies. After growing bored, she had a stature of her prepared and made Legio worship it until her death in 21,904 CE. Legio served the state loyally until well after the 80,000's CE.
End of the Anarchic Period