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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.

Background

The YoC

Main Article: Yohjan Confederacy

The Yohjan Confederacy was a state within the Triumvirate Republic, a nation with three heads of state. The Triumvirate had sovereignty over nearly the entire galaxy. With time, it became by far the most influential of the states due to its resource-rich location. Its productivity quickly surpassed that of its sister-states, especially as it recieved more federal investment due to this productivity.

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 or states. In regard to nonhuman states, it was even more uninterested in peace. While originally willing to cooperate with its neighbors, rising military tensions between it and its neighbors proved disasterous. It had entered into a sort of cold war with the other major states, which would grow to almost every other state. Even outside nations joined the cold war. Regnum Aureiga was a nation culturally similar to the Confederacy, allowing for them to become a Yohjan ally.

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 it fought, the War of the Final Transition was a large-scale civil war between Triumvirate member states. The War was a total war, causing extreme civilian casualties. As the war went on, discontent grew with the leaders of the YoC. The originally hawkish populace soon called for an end to the conflict. Many experienced the brutal efficiency of automated weapons systems or saw their own planets destroyed. Still others were forced to leave their homes so they could be used as raw 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.

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. Lower-level politicians, however, were mostly spared from this bribery. Instead, radicals of all political beliefs began winning elections, a side-effect of discontent. These radicals often used local militias for their own ends, illegally altering the governments of their districts. The Yohjan military was occupied with the conflict, making putting a stop to this almost impossible.

Leftist groups took advantage of the situation and started to destroy corporate property. Many elites had no choice but to flee their home-systems to safer locations. Once doing business became much more difficult, many companies began to deploying security forces of their own. Virtually every organization in the Confederacy began militarizing and almost all of them had different goals.

Initial Unrest

Yggdrasil Rebellion

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 an independent nation. In order to rebel properly, they secretly asked for funds from an external state 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, causing instability in the region. With the most radical of the rebels leading the charge, millions died.

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. Almost as soon as the rebels gained a sizeable amount of territory, they would attack or be attacked by another group antithetical to their cause. All the while, the enemies of the YoC founded these groups in an effort to further destablize the nation. Sometimes one nation funded diametrically opposed groups for the sake of inciting chaos.

The Yohjan Civil War

The Yohjan 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. To help maintain order, the Yohjan government promised planets to mercenary groups in exchange for loyalty. 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 typically reserved for only the wealthiest of individuals at the time.

Paramilitary Operations

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. Taking inspiration from the Confederacy, the rebel governments promised systems of their own to mercenary groups. While at first, only smaller groups took the offer, soon larger groups began fighting, sometimes on both sides. The largest organizations fought on both sides, making sure to never fire on their own troops.

These battles soon spread to other areas. Groups often forged alliances with each other, trading planets 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 lived on for generations. Outrage spread across the Confederacy. Not only was the government forcing the populace to endure a massive war, they allowed paramilitaries and warlords essentially have their way with the populace. Most politicians cared little; the core worlds were safe, which was all that mattered in their eyes.

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; A developed planet was worth an expensive army for. This marks the point where the YoC has officially lost its sovereign control over most of its territory. Thousands of corporations began using their vast capital to put an end to the smaller paramilitaries, acting as the police in an otherwise unpoliced arm. A complex web of alliances, treaties, deals, and obligations made the political scene very difficult to understand. Provisional governments sprung up all over the Borealis arm, quadrillions fled, and the federal government lost its legitimacy in the eyes of many. The Yohjan Federal government and more local governments were entirely unable to enforce their laws.

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.

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, ignoring Congress.

The Congress retaliated with an emergency impeachment and removal 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 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.

Anarchic Period

The Anarchic Period was officially cited to begin in 1 or 2 CE. This period was a period of galactic-wide strife 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 civil war, 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 collapsed, 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 reorganizing into governments of their own.

Even so, the vast majority of corporations almost immediately disbanded. 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 and politicians claiming to be the "legitimate YoC," and millions of opportunists replicated this idea with varying degrees of success. Soon, the Confederacy became fractured into thousands of smaller governments. The largest of these governments was Erstes Konsortium.

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 ammunition (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 government and most larger nations such as the somewhat rare provisional governments.

Coinage

For wealth to be more easily stored, many nations or organizations minted coins. These coins were often valueless outside of their home-nations. Fiat currency was far too unstable. The instability of many nations meant that fiat currency carried significant risk. In the early 3,000s CE, 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. Only 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 5,000's.

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 Via Aylathiya 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 ordered 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.

Beatrix

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. All 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 fight wars. The idea of giving an artificial intelligence authority over soldiers was taboo. 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 Aylathiya. 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. Beatrix remained active until the 80,000s CE, when it was destroyed by the Quintet Payotari Association.

The Hendrerit

The Hendrerit, meaning "bureau" in Yohjan, is an independent organization formed by the Yohjan Confederacy sometime in the 2,000s BCE. The current organization's original purpose, and even name, have been lost. More akin to a secret society than a bureau, the Hendrerit is under the control of the AI known as Claudia. This artificial intelligence is likely the next generation version of Beatrix, however, this is only an educated guess.

The Hendrerit is responsible for numerous assassinations, attacks, and sabotage. These attacks are usually carried out against individuals or organizations that have the potential to be highly disruptive. By the 10,000s, the organization had enemies in almost every Via Aylthiyan nation, forcing it to become far more clandestine. Most thought the organization had disappeared in the early 20,000s; however, they reappeared in 88,166 CE during the War of the Ancients.

The President

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 "books of phantasm," 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 a handful of planets near to Aegyn where his administration continued fighting the War of the Final Transition. These worlds were mostly core worlds such as Petra and Aegyn, which still made Drusus' government stable. Drusus lost the control of Aegyn in 25 CE when the Neo-Terrans invaded the planet and took it from Drusus' administration. A descendant of Drusus, Hal Drusus II, would go on to lead the Neo-Terrans and would eventually kill Molonov, greatly increase Human understanding of Thaumaturgy, and be the first to colonize Martial Space.

The Neo-Terrans

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.

As the civil war heated up, Hal Drusus started voicing approval of the party to secure their support. They were steadily becoming a militia. He reasoned that having a radical militia on his side would be valuable. He have firy speeches to recruit soldiers into the milita he called Neo-Terranism. He officially registered the militia simply referred to as "The Neo-Terrans." He granted weapons, funding, and the endorsement by his father in exchange for, in Drusus' 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. Some of their first actions were to purge worlds of primitive civilizations. Overall, they exterminated three primitive races before being stopped.

The Neo-Terrans were one of the few groups interested in researching Thaumaturgy. As fascists, the general fascination with the occult lead them to push the limits of Thaumaturgy. Most other nations at the time decided that it was a mostly useless ability and that it was better to use technology to emulate any thaumaturgical ability. The first modern Thaumaturgists, called Magi, were Neo-Terrans.

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 nation of Kshigard as they revolted from their human masters. The Neo-Terrans ended up fleeing the core worlds of humanity in 10,985 CE due to a crippling defeat at the hands of Dotskgard. They would go on to colonize Martial Space.

Omnite

Main Article: Omnite

Omnite is a group of radical separatists 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 several of the groups had the idea to simply arm the primitive worlds, creating a massive coalition of dozens of worlds. This coalition, simply called "The Omnite Coalition" would mean the end to the Neo-Terrans' genocidal campaigns. Most of the coalition was made up of abandoned bands of usually advanced species. To this day, these bands have protects status, are armed to the teeth, and are free to live their nomadic lifestyles.

End of the Anarchic Period

Impact


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