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The Un'oit Collective is a large nation located within Via Aylathiya. On the Kardashev Scale, the Collective has a rating of 2.807. Despite being a late Kardashev II civilization, the Un'oit Collective is the largest state within the Boreal Federacy with a volume over one hundred times greater than the largest of its sister states. The Collective is mostly located within the galactic halo; its large size owing to how spread-out the stars there are. The Un'oit Collective is home to the Un'oit, and despite its very old age, it is very homogeneous at 78% Un'oit. The capital and most populous world within the Collective is Torlak.

The Modern Collective emerged in response to the Un'oit Campaign, an invasion of Un'oit-controlled space starting in 1,301 BCE by the Yohjan Confederacy. The Un'oit set aside their differences enough to defend against the invasion. As soon as the War of the Final Transition broke out, the Un'oit continued defending against the invasion until the end of the war. They planned to disband once the war ended; however, the galaxy only became more chaotic afterwards. During a time period known as the Split of the Yohjan Confederacy, the Un'oit only became more vulnerable to outside threats, forcing them to stay together. For almost twenty thousand years they were forced to remain as a united nation to the point where going back would have been difficult. Once stability returned to the galaxy, the Un'oit Collective became an official nation divided into 200 wards each managing what was once an Un'oit nation.

The Un'oit would remain entirely neutral until well after the Confederacy of Borealis formed. In fact, it would not join the Confederacy until the War of the Ancients when the Celestial Plague began to ravage their worlds. They would exit the war relatively undamaged, but remained in the Confederacy due to the large amount of foreign aid that was quite beneficial for the Collective.

The nation has an incredibly low population density at only several thousand individuals per star system. With the average inhabited star system having only one billion inhabitants. The vast majority of of citizens in the Collective live around 189 "home-worlds," planets that have been colonized for so long that it is unknown which one was the original home of the Un'oit.

History

Ancient History

A united nation of the Un'oit is a very new concept. For about one million years, the region was split into hundreds of pieces. The Un'oit were surrounded by fertile regions of the galaxy abundant with life. While this may seem to be an advantage, space-based life in Via Aylathiya all but stops outward expansion for small nations. The Un'oit, being so divided as they were, were confined into their region of space. It is unknown what could have caused the Un'oit to be split into these nations as even the oldest records, dating back to 150,000 BCE, detail a region of Via Aylathiya "split amongst several dozen primitive nations." No external seemed to care enough to intervene, it was simply not worth taking such an empty portion of space when so much other bodies were available.

Throughout this period of almost one million years, the Un'oit were utterly ignorant of what could lay beyond their domain. Many ancient texts hypothesize that Un'oit space was an island of civilization in a sea of hostile wilderness. Other texts hypothesize that other islands should exist especially in other galaxies that seem to not host life based on remote observation. Regardless of the particular beliefs, the Un'oit were stuck in fractured civilizations that could not be united. Siege weapons were far behind defensive technology making any one nation rising above the rest impossible. It was hard to even get more than a handful of systems when a nation had to constantly defend itself from hostile life forms and rivals. This was the status quo for millennia.

Formation

The many nations would remain split until 1,301 BCE, when the Yohjan Confederacy began an invasion of the area. Unlike its sister states that were far from Un'oit Space, the Yohjan Confederacy came to directly border it by the 2,000s BCE. With war likely in the galaxy, the Yohjans feared that its enemies would exploit Un'oit Space as a large and exposed flank. They resisted invasion throughout the entirety of the War of the Final Transition. Even after the war, the Un'oit remained united. They took advantage of the situation by repairing seized Yohjan craft. Once technology finally advanced, the shattered state of Un'oit Space never existed again.

As the Yohjan Confederacy itself collapsed into thousands of warring polities, their advanced craft became lost. The ultra-strong material of Eitr, needed to produce it, was only refined by the Triumvirate Government. It states could not produce it, forcing the Yohjan Confederacy to stockpile the substance throughout the war. Once the stream of material stopped flowing into the Un'oit Collective, it became apparent that the Collective would not survive without superior craft. The Collective turned to the restoration of Triumvirate craft in interstellar space to maintain their fleets. As the most developed government in its vicinity, the Un'oit had a large advantage in the securing of strategic objectives. In a series of missions and campaigns, the Collective raided, plundered, and extorted hundreds of small states out of their precious ships or artifacts. Additionally they had also seized any Eitr they could find, often dissolving ships that were beyond repair into the material.

Talks of dissolving the Collective came up relatively often; however, leaders suggesting it often went missing within days. Quality of life increased dramatically under the Collective and, had it dissolved, would have returned to its divided ways. By the 3000s, the government banned advocating for the dissolution of the Collective. When the galaxy settled down, the Un'oit remained distrustful of the new great powers, particularly those made up of the species from the Yohjan Confederacy, Humans.

The Un'oit Ascension

As time went on, the Collective became more and more centralized. Despite its poor position in the galaxy, it remained as the premier military power in its region for millennia. In 9,899 CE, the Un'oit government passed a unanimous decision to seize superior territory near its lands and expand its power. The same year, Wa'et Mawair crowned themself Dendron of the Un'oit Collective. They were essentially a monarch; however, the idea of a monarch was repugnant to the Un'oit. Monarchy was primarily a human form of government in the region.

Using their military advantage, the Un'oit Collective began a massive invasion of Human space to secure access to Eitr deposits across the region. For some time, the various human monarchies fought over these deposits to sell to foreign nations such as Florenta without themselves having the ability to refine it. The Collective, having a much wider pool of engineers and scientists finally developed the means to refine the material, albeit with great inefficiency. This was still millennia ahead of the human nations and allowed for the Un'oit Ascension to take place.

With a sense of entitlement to Human Space, the Un'oit launched a brutal campaign of conquest for centuries. Dozens of warlords conquered or destroyed thousands of systems all while pledging ultimate fealty to the Dendron. By the 12,000s CE, the Un'oit had a hold over most of Human space and became the dominant economy of Via Aylathiya. Worlds such as Petra became important as they became centers of Eitr refining. This dominance would last until after the Great Empyreal Crusade, when the technology for efficient Eitr refining had become commonplace in the galaxy. The Un'oit lost their edge and their territory slowly receded as Humans fought back.

Dormant Era

As the Un'oit Collective's influence faded, it remained isolationist in Un'oit Space. In 34,071 CE, they gave up the traditionally human world of Petra, the jewel of its empire. With the loss of Petra to the United Federation of Star Systems, the Un'oit Collective became little more than a backwater. Its population continued to slowly increase even so, reaching its modern population of almost one quintillion in 70,714 CE.

This era is characterized by numerous failed expansions into the wild space around the Collective. Near to the galactic halo, the Collective had few options for expansion that were either barren low-metallicity systems or swarming with life-forms. While the Dominium of United Duchies existed, the Collective feared another invasion and increased military spending only for these fears to go unrealized.

Joining the Confederacy of Borealis

Despite being approached by the Confederacy multiple times, the Un'oit never joined the Confederacy. They had no reason to sacrifice a part of their autonomy when there were no threats or real benefits to doing so. Its centrally-planned economy also conflicted with the market-based Confederacy. It only joined the Confederacy upon the beginning of the War of the Ancients. The Celestial Plague, a weapon developed by the Confederacy's adversary, was very similar to the native life surrounding Via Aylathiya. The only difference is that it was developed to be as destructive as possible to civilizations. Eventually, the plague reached the Un'oit Collective, causing large amounts of damage.

The Un'oit Collective declared war on the creator of the Plague before joining the Confederacy as an assocaite state. Eventually, the war would end but the Collective's ties to the Confederacy did not. The Un'oit Collective became a full member state in 90,716 CE. Shortly thereafter, the Confederacy reformed into the Federation, taking the Un'oit with them into a united nation.

Government

The Collective was ruled by a group of religious leaders, known as Dendron. These Dendrons acted as something akin to oracles in that they would claim to be able to contact their Yav ancestor-gods and ask for advice. A Dendron’s word was akin to absolute law.

Under these main Dendron, known as the Dendron Circle, there were minor Dendron and Dendroness’ who were mostly enforcers of the law. Dendron all had differing roles depending on their position. Some ruled the armies, others were in charge of slave-handling, and others were responsible for the preaching of Yav’iina.

The Collective had sets of ancient laws and traditions set forth in the Yav’stok, or the Yav Book.

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