99,871 BCE - 23,009 CE
The Triumvirate Civilization was a sovereign nation controlling the entirety of Via Sagittaria and its satellites from 17,520 BCE to 15,089 BCE. After 15,089 BCE it remained as a great power controlling a large portion of the Ventemir and Via Lacrimosa galaxies until 201 CE, when it lost the War of the Final Transition, forcing it to flee to its relatively minor holdings in Via Lacrimosa. These remnants of the civilization carried on until 23,333 CE before a joint attack by Drusidia and Sagittarium. As a polity, it operated as an autocracy with three leaders. These leaders were members of the Legion species and were known as Auluer, Legio, and Holo. The Triumvirate Civilization was the first known Via Sagittarian nation to achieve the status of "Superpower" as it was capable of influence on the scale of the entire local universe.
Forming in 99,871 BCE, the nation existed over 75,000 years before they came to control Via Sagittaria. The most distant artifacts attributed to this civilization can be found in the Aylothn Galaxy where they likely had a small outpost. It seems that, had it not fallen, the Triumvirate would have been able to hold influence over most of the nearest galaxies to Via Sagittaria.
The Triumvirate gave most of its subjects limited self-governance, technology, and information in exchange for allowing the Triumvirate to build a military base in their system while also signing a peace treaty. Species that refused were attacked relentlessly until they were subjugated. The Triumvirate's leaders did not believe in genocide, preferring subjugating their enemies to exterminating them.
As the most recent of the "ancient civilizations" in the Universe, The Triumvirate has had long-lasting effects on the modern Via Sagittaria galaxy. It introduced the concept of interstellar civilization to most species in the galaxy. Even simple things such as the concept of flags and capital worlds were all adopted from the Triumvirate (although some species developed these systems independently). The Triumvirate started a precedent of valuing the idea of expansionism as well, and to this day, its expanionist tendencies are mimicked by many. The Triumvirate is usually regarded as a "precursor civilization" to most civilizations in Via Sagittaria and the galaxies immediately around it.
The Triumvirate was founded on Veritas in 99,871 BCE when its three inhabitants (Legio, Holo, and Aeluer) decided that working together would be more beneficial than staying apart. Using their vast intellectual capacities, Legio, Holo, and Aeluer, collectively known as The Three, began colonizing the other planets in their system. Already partially industrialized when they united, The Three were quickly able to advance to the point of becoming a Kardashev II civilization in 97,138 BCE. While their galaxy was officially under the control of Sedrua, they had established only a small presence in a distant part of it. Given that Dyson Swarms can easily be detected, Sedrua soon detected the Triumvirate. Sedrua, with its waning influence in the galaxy, took little action. When Sedrua's influence in Ventemir completely deteriorated in about 98,000 BCE, the Triumvirate began a campaign of rapid expansion.
While Sedrua had left, an offshoot of Sedrua comprised of a species known as the Atlins formed a nation of their own. They were highly disorganized. The only thing uniting them was resisting Sedruan influence. Once Sedrua departed, they fell into infighting. The Triumvirate, despite having a technological disadvantage, struck the Atlins in a campaign lasting a little less than a year. Once, conquered, the Triumvirate seized Sedruan technology, greatly increasing the power of the Triumvirate's military.
Early Imperial Era
After conquering the Atlins in 97,109 BCE, the Triumvirate established a unified government over them. They brutally repressed all rebellions while simultaneously greatly improving quality of life for the Atlins. All rebellions stopped within the next several decades. Another nearby fledgling civilization, that of the Orcubor, willingly came under the control of the Triumvirate in 96,933 BCE after hearing of their successful campaign against the Atlins.
After gaining total control over all of Ventemir in about 90,000 BCE, they set their sights on the Ouranir and Florescence galaxies, both home to pre-existing civilizations as well. In a series of easily-won battles, the Triumvirate gained control over both of these galaxies whose total territories increased the Triumvirate's size by over ten times.
Creation of The Algorithm
In 81,104 BCE, The Three finished construction on what they called "The Algorithm." This device, existing near to the planet Tloinin, was intended to manage the subjugated species as well as act as a vessel for many of the more advanced technologies The Three developed. The most important of these technologies was a defensive grid around the Ventemir Galaxy in case of an outside attack. It functioned using what is known as Runic Thaumaturgy, a form of Thaumaturgy in which certain runes can trigger effects using the power of another thaumaturgist. In this case, the thaumaturgist was the Algorithm.
The Three decided to give The Algorithm sapience in 81,071 BCE to aid in its processing ability. At once, its efficiency increased to the point that The Three did not need to intervene for the Triumvirate to run smoothly, allowing them to step back and focus on projects they were interested in. This generally halted expansion as The Three began pursuing fields of study they did not have time to pursue before.
The Sedrua-Triumvirate War
Main Article: Sedrua-Triumvirate War
Even though Sedrua lost its control of the satellite galaxies of Via Sagittaria, it maintained a major presence in Via Sagittaria itself. Many of the nation's leaders, known as The Architects, grew increasingly worried about the Thaumaturgic abilities of the Algorithm, which had long since surpassed many of them. As of 62,000 BCE, its power would grow to surpass that of their then-strongest leader, Vurilia Jiutopati.
Fearing that Triumvirate would soon grow to threaten their homeland, Sedrua launched a preemptive strike against the Ventemir, Florescence, and Ouranir galaxies. Defenses in Florescence were overwhelmed within weeks and the galaxy soon fell. Sedrua continued onwards to Ouranir, causing its defenses to fall within the next century. It was Ventemir that proved to be difficult to conquer. Not only had the Triumvirate withdrawn nearly all of its military assets into Ventemir once the war started, but the Algorithm's defensive grid proved to protect large portions of galaxy.
In response, Sedrua began using large numbers of Architects against the Triumvirate. As powerful Magi, the Architects allowed for fleets to pass through the defensive grid by counteracting the runes created by the Algorithm. Sedura ordered virtually every Architect residing in Via Sagittaria to enter Ventemir in a large assault. Sedruan generals and oligarchs were confident that their attack would overwhelm the Triumvirate and bring about its ruin. They have never encountered an organization that could even come close to matching their overwhelming power. In a grueling period lasting almost a five hundred years, Sedrua spent vast sums of money trying to destroy the Algorithm's core and tracking down The Three. While occupied with these objectives, they also had to contend with Atlin, Orcubor, Ravin, and Llaen guerilla forces.
Even after experiencing many defeats, the arrogant Sedruan leadership refused to change their tactics, even as many generals on the ground requested a change in tactics. Towards the end of the war, The Three unleashed numerous weapons beyond the capabilities of anyone except for the Sedruan home guard. These weapons included the prototypes of the ERS Moon Signal and the VSS Readymade in addition to what Sedruan documents called "wheels within wheels spinning in impossible directions." The Triumvirate used these craft to great effect, pushing Sedrua out of Ventemir, Ouranir, Florescence, and, eventually, out of Via Sagittaria altogether, ending the war in 59,700 BCE. Sedrua entered another decline in response to this defeat, causing it to remain isolationist for the remainder of its ancient history.
Second Imperial Era
Immediately following Sedrua's defeat, the Triumvirate began rebuilding its former territory and rapidly expanding into Via Sagittaria. At first, they only sunk resources into the galaxy for the sake of driving out any and all remaining Sedrua influence. The Triumvirate deported vast numbers of Sedruans to the Aylothn Galaxy to take advantage of their infrastructure. Large numbers refused with open resistance to this being obviously common; however, the sparsely populated Via Sagittaria allowed for the Triumvirate to easily dispatch resistance. Sedrua holdouts would remain until well after the fall of the Triumvirate. These holdouts went on to form the Molkor, a Sedruan-decendant species.
By 31,300 BCE, the Triumvirate had full sovereignty over Via Sagittaria and were officially a Kardashev III civilization. Their ships, adapted directly from their Sedruan predecessors, were unmatched in both speed and power. The relatively few native species within Via Sagittaria, all of which were primitive, welcomed the Triumvirate. Following integration into the Triumvirate Civilization, these species gained access to technologies, resources, and information that was millennia removed from their abilities.
While Sedrua still had large amounts of influence, the Triumvirate surpassed it once it began expansion into galaxies such as the Via Lacrimosa Galaxy. It ruled all of its possessions fairly, often transplanting useful species from one part of the galaxy to another to use as local governance. While this theory remains unproven, the Legions made a modified version of themselves into a species called the Gainge. The Imperial Era saw the three Legions act as one with little to no animosity amongst themselves. The majority of decisions were made by sophisticated algorithms and when they did need to make a choice, they always defaulted to the most logical solutions. Existing without emotions, sentimentality, or bias, corruption was non-existent within the Triumvirate. While allowing their subjects to self-govern, all corruption was met with harsh punishments that often included capital punishment.
The leaders of the Triumvirate would grow more reliant on the Algorithm with time, choosing to focus on various projects they saw as more beneficial. They reasoned that, so long as no outside force intervened, they would have no need to focus fully on their civilization. Sedrua was on the decline, other entities were virtually powerless compared to them, and they were available at a moment's notice if need be anyways. Holo spent most of their time in the Via Lacrimosa Galaxy overseeing the creation of Holo's Ring, bent on unraveling the mysteries of Thaumaturgy. Legio spent most of their time fixated on the idea of conquest, obsessed with the toppling of enemies. In its pursuits, it created what would later be known as the ERS Moon Signal, TRS Last Waltz, TRS Night Running, and hundreds of other weapons that far outclass even modern ones. Lastly, Aeluer became fascinated with itself, doing everything it could to enhance its own experience in the universe. It augmented itself with machines to the point of being an artificial intelligence itself.
These projects were all incredibly resource intensive to the point that they began to feud over the resources of the Triumvirate. What started as logical debate over the best usage quickly became what was often passive-aggressive rearrangement of resource redistribution. From there, they often became openly hostile to one another, each wanting to use all the resources they could for their projects. Each was overly obsessed to the point of defying all logic. For the first time in their existence, they began disagreeing with each other on how to best approach a certain decision. In 15,109 BCE, the Algorithm was unable to process their contradictory commands. As such, it gave them an ultimatum: it would stop accepting orders until they would start agreeing again. Immediately, The Three began not only becoming more aggressive, but now blaming each other for failing to have "reasonable positions." As the Algorithm stopped supplying subjects with materials, they began rebelling. All at once, the Yohjan Confederacy, The Empyrean, Orcubor Coalition, Dotskgard and the Lowuks Entente formed, greatly reducing the amount of territory under the control of the Triumvirate.
After over a millennium of fighting, The Algorithm, sensing that the Legions would end up destroying each other, intervened. It forced several species still loyal to the Triumvirate to continue researching Thaumaturgy, continue research on how to improve Auluer, and continue research into military craft. When the Legions saw that the Algorithm was able to effortlessly manage all three of their desires at once, they stopped fighting. Rather than using the Algorithm as a tool to govern, the Legions began treating it as an equal of sort, meant to solve disputes and cause greater cohesion.
Unfortunately for The Three, their fighting caused them to lose so much territory that they lost their status of superpower. Across the galaxy, those who were once their subjects were now great powers of their own rivalling the Triumvirate in both scale and might. It only had a handful of allies, the Vexlore nations being most of them. From 14,000 on, the Triumvirate had been a shell of itself, unable to exert influence on the scale it once had.
Now that a large portion of their infrastructure and military assets were under the control of foreign powers, the Triumvirate switched courses. In 12,744 BCE, The Three unanimously decided that they were unfit to rule in their current state. As such, they would cede their governing power to the Algorithm until they have addressed the issue behind their dangerously irrational behavior. At this point the Algorithm became known as The Administrator.
The Administrator's goal became to retake the galaxies that the Triumvirate lost, in particular the portions of Ventemir that the Triumvirate lost. Even with the Administrator's vast abilities, the reality was that it was only barely holding onto what was left of the Triumvirate, spending most of its resources on keeping Via Lacrimosa in tow.
As the name implies, the Triumvirate had official three heads of government, Legio, Holo, and Aeluer. Originally, they cooperated perfectly. As hiveminds, their vast intelligence dwarfed that of any other entity in the galaxy. They were able to multitask to the point of being able to juggle millions of tasks at once. Originally, they were all the government that their empire needed. When all they had to rule over was two small species and an otherwise empty galaxy, all facets of governance were handled by them.
As their civilization expanded to control the majority of Via Sagittaria, even their vast intelligence could not keep up with the tasks presented. As such, they began relying on one algorithm, simply called The Algorithm to govern in their stead. By 25,000 BCE, the Three found themselves with more free time than they ever had before, allowing them to become more involved with their personal projects. They had no need to interfere with what was essentially an autonomous galaxy. All they had to do was occasionally give affirmation to the Algorithm to make sure it was unable to make drastic changes without their approval.
In addition to the Algorithm was a massive bureaucracy made up entirely of Atlins, the first species integrated into the Triumvirate. They were responsible for routing corruption in the Provinces, a task the Three believed the AI was ill equipped to handle. They approved new colonization projects, had limited control over resource allocation, and were officially equal to the Algorithm as they only answered to the Three.
Each species integrated into the Triumvirate, save for the Atlins, were given a province to live in. The Province was made up of every system with a permanent population and a handful of stars known as a "buffer" which the inhabitants could freely use. Each province had a local government, functioned under democracy, and were allowed to enforce their own laws. So long as they would operate without corruption, they were independent.
The only species not contained in a Province was the Atlins. They were within the "Federal Territory," the region of space between provinces. They were free to expand as they pleased so long as they notified the Algorithm that they were doing so. They were more strictly scrutinized by the Legions themselves, but as time went on they were more or less on their own in governance.
Only a handful of nations coexisted with the Triumvirate, the most major of which being Sedrua. When The Triumvirate came to control Via Sagittaria, The Sedruans still had great influence in Aylothn. Despite several attempts to create relations, the Sedruans would not even allow the leaders themselves to negotiate. Trade was non-existent.
The Triumvirate turned their attention to both the The Proto-Empyrean and Hand of God civilizations instead. Both had populations devoted to slightly different variations of the religion, "Fuukanism." They were invariably hostile throughout their histories and only occasionally held talks with the Three. In 18,612 CE, The Triumvirate declares war on the two and, using their superweapons, made short work of their main militaries. The rest of the conflict was chasing after guerillas. They essentially exterminated the inhabitants of the Hand of God civilization and almost did the same with the Empyrean, however, they opted instead to incorporate the species as a province without their knowledge.
Other civilizations such as the Un'oit were largely ignored due to their lack of relevance on the galactic stage.
Based on various historical records, artifacts, and testimonies, the Triumvirate did indeed have the status of "Kardashev III." The vast majority of its energy came from Recurrent Nova Engines located in Ventemir, with the rest of their territory contributing little to their overall power consumption. It was much more efficient to strategically build power collectors in valuable parts of Via Sagittaria than to take random systems. From these points they would deploy cheap slower-than-light Von Neumann probes designed to build infrastructure that would make true colonization easier.
At their peak, days before they fell, they had 550 billion stars in their sovereign control. The majority of these stars were in the large spirals, Via Sagittaria and Via Lacrimosa. There were several dozen other, smaller galaxies under their control as well, each of them added together still smaller than Ryutt.
The Triumvirate built the first Hyperlanes in Via Sagittaria. By 10,000 BCE, there were large hyperlanes connecting Vertias and Forma to resource-rich areas such as the Yggdrasil Nebula. Most of the provinces remained isolated from this network, however. The Three reasoned that if the species under their control united, they would potentially be able to overthrow them, hence why the provinces would remain isolated from one another.
The Triumvirate constructed several billion Dyson Swarms throughout the galaxy and its satellites. The majority of which never even came into use. Those that were used existed to fund the various projects of the Three.