The Theocracy of Yaztas is a militarily and diplomatically powerful nation located in the Inner Elerad Arm of the Florathel Galaxy. It is a theocratic nation that worships the religion of Marwanism, and is the highest concentration of adherents to that religion in the universe.. The Theocracy borders the Dominion of Khela, the Trezhath, the Marakat Interstellar Union, and the Arnot Exclusion Zone.
The Theocracy is in control of roughly 443 million stars in the Florathel Galaxy, plus some random splodges of territory that they sneakily colonized within the Arnot Exclusion Zone. It is divided into eight cantons, each of which is divided into a series of sectors. Also, the two holiest systems to the Marwanist religion, the Quanta System and the Kastra System, are governed directly by the central government.
The capital of the Theocracy of Yaztas, Artas, is not itself home to any government services. However, all of its major moons, Mira, Tarka, Umo, Alos, and Phain, are covered in various government buildings and population centers. Artas is considered to be a holy planet, and the construction of anything artificial in its atmosphere is strictly prohibited by law.
Artas was originally named after the goddess Artas, the head of the Marwa, the Marwanist pantheon of gods. The other planets in the Quanta System are similarly named, and there are severe restrictions on building basically anything on the surfaces of any planet in the system. Thus, the entire system has a far lower population than many others.
Government - Original
At the time of the founding of the Theocracy of Yaztas, its government was almost purely religious in nature. Laws were always proposed by a council of religious scholars, which were randomly chosen from a pool of high-graded graduates from religious schools. This council also elected the Supreme Leader of the nation, who served a term of 40 years.
Government - Modern
In the year 88,433 CE, a popular protest with some key quotes from various Marwanist holy books encouraged the sitting council to reformat the government. Today, rather than having laws being created by the religious scholar council, there is a mostly secular elected parliament which makes laws which are then sent to the religious scholars for veto or passage. There is also an executive branch which is also elected by the people which does things to enforce the laws.
The Holy Revolution
The Theocracy was founded after a comparitively small community of Marwanists positioned in the Dominion of Khela and Trezhath, who were being oppressed by their respective governments on both sides of the border. This community was relatively small, but had control over some particularly powerful star systems, which gave it an edge over the nations it was revolting against.
Thus, the local Marwanist priests declared a new nation with those borders, and immediately the armies of Trezhath and the Dominion of Khela began advancing toward it. Because of the incredibly large size of these fleets, the new Theocracy of Yaztas seemed doomed.
It was only due to the actions of a crack team of religious zealots, who traveled to the location of the automated fleet and somehow disabled their communication systems. Unfortunately, they all died in the process, but this allowed the small Yaztas fleet to destroy them at their leisure, saving the rebellion.
At this point, the Theocracy had been given enough time to construct a much larger fleet, which gave it a fighting chance to win. Also, they had gained control over the Plokeon System, allowing them to construct a fully functional Nicoll-Dyson Beam with a short-range photon wormhole gate generator. This made it very difficult to attack without a huge surprise advantage, but they also had a small fleet compared to their enemies. Thus, there was a stalemate.
The leaders of the Thalasir-Khela alliance knew this, and were hoping to sign a treaty to their advantage, but the Theocracy's diplomats were far too savvy to allow this to happen. After days of backroom arguments and compromises, the Treaty of Plokeon was signed, granting the Theocracy full independence and recognition in exchange for the Theocracy giving Trezhath and the DoK full access to Plokeon itself. (Later, the DoK would give away access to Plokeon in exchange for a strip of territory along the border, and Trezhath would give its access to Plokeon to the full UNFG).
The War of Revenge
After the official recognition of the Theocracy of Yaztas, its border with the Trezhath remained constant. However, the Dominion of Khela soon declared war on it, hoping to retake control of its former territory. They caught the Yaztas government off guard, with an orbital bombardment of the moons of Artas itself occurring only a few months into the war. After this insult, however, nothing would stand between the citizens of the Theocracy and the utter defeat of the Dominion.
At this time, the Yaztas fleet had grown to many times its former size, and they began winning enough battles to regain the territory that was lost. Because of the poor tactical decision of the Dominion to bombard the moons of Artas, those who manned the fleet fought ferociously and feared very little, and they were willing to defeat the Dominion at all costs.
Around a year after the beginning of the war and nine months after the bombardment of the moons of Artas, the various Yaztas fleets crossed the original borders of the Theocracy, and began to take territory from the Dominion. There was resistance every step of the way, and vast amounts of wreckage trailed behind the fleet. However, there were special recycler ships which collected all of this and constructed new automated ships for the Yaztas fleet, so the size of the fleet actually increased after each battle.
Only when they reached the gates of Selaga itself did they stop and issue an ultimatum: To cease making war and return lost territory and then some, or face complete destruction. Pragmatically, this was insane. They could have simply bombarded Selaga and taken the remainder of the Dominion's territory with ease, but the Marwanist tradition directs that if an enemy wishes for an end to fighting, one must not fight on.
Obviously, the Dominion's government accepted this, and the Theocracy settled into its modern borders. Even if its borders do not change, other things do...
For 20,000 years after the War of Revenge, things essentially kept going as normal. There were small things, like arguments over whether a certain law applies in a certain position, but they didn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.
However, in 88,433 CE, after the entire War of Saiheran Succession passed them by, the populace grew fed up with having no say in the laws they had to follow. Thus, a popular protest, taking advantage of some key quotes from various Marwanist holy books, encouraged the sitting council to sloooowly reform the government. It was like pulling teeth, but it eventually completed after roughly 11 years.
Today, the new government actually functions better than the old one, and citizen satisfaction levels are high. Minor reforms in regards to things like anti-corruption law has happened, but the overall structure of government hasn't changed.