Erstes Konsortium (Nation)
25,009 CE - 89,121 CE
The United Federation of Star Systems (often abbreviated as the UFSS or, more commonly, the UF) was a member-state of the Confederacy of Borealis located in Via Aylathiya. It comprised over 1.2 billion stars. Its capital of Thalsiedeln was one of the oldest Human colony worlds. As a federal republic, its 106 divisions each had limited self-governance capabilities. For a democratic nation, it has a reputation of imperialism and expansionism which is what would eventually lead to its downfall.
Historically, the UF had been something of a great power, capable of influence on the scale of its entire galaxy. After the War of the Ancients, the UF has lost its ability to operate its own military, its position as the leader of the galaxy, many of its colonies, and its ability to even engage in diplomacy with external nations. The Confederacy of Borealis, of which the UF is a part, seized all of these powers. Shortly thereafter, the Confederacy of Borealis federalized into the Boreal Federacy, converting the UF into a state known as Esdellen.
The precursor state to the UF, the Erstes Konsortium, formed in 4 CE as a decentralized oligarchical state. As time went on, it became increasingly centralized until the monarch, called a Kaiser, had roughly equal influence as the aristocracy. While these two factions were competing, a third group, the owner class, also gained significant power as the economy transitioned to a free market. With time, two informal parliaments would form, one for the aristocracy and one for land-owning commoners designed to maintain their influence.
In 25,009 CE, these parliaments went from de facto strategy meetings to de jure parts of the government. This lead to increasing centralization as Erstes Konsortium became a constitutional monarchy. With this change, they renamed themselves to the United Federation of Star Systems. With time, further democratic changes would take hold, causing local governance to become democratic before the 30,000s.
The UF was a founding member of the Confederacy of Borealis. Along with Vanaheimr, it formed the Confederacy in 30,108 CE. As the Confederacy expanded, so did the UF. It formed various colonies in Via Aurum. While eventually losing these colonies in Via Aurum, the UF maintained its place of dominance until the War of the Ancients. The war went on to become the most extensive the UF and the Confederacy ever fought. Due to the aggressive acts of the UF causing the war, the Confederacy ended up dissolving the UF military and seizing all of its assets and putting newly established "Confederal Military."
While originally a principally human nation, immigration from various surrounding nations had made it a fairly diverse. The UF ranked highly in international measures of economic freedom, education, and basic rights. While most certainly possessing a high quality of life as well, it did fall behind neighboring human nations for average wealth. It also fared very poorly on wealth inequality indexes, with a GINI coefficient of 0.71, by far the highest wealth inequality of any democracy in the galaxy at the time. It was the first state to be federalized in the formation of the Boreal Federacy.
United Federation of Star Systems
|Thalsiedeln, Petra, Ysi, Albedo, Moúdhroneos|
|Federal Republic||Social Democracy|
|901/1000||101.281 Septillion C-Units|
Erstes Konsortium was a powerful monarchy occupying a large portion of the territory from its precursor nation, the Yohjan Confederacy. It had one of the largest populations and economies of any nation during its height, so much so that it easily conquered much of Borealis. For over twenty millennia, the Kaisers ruled the nation virtually unquestioned, with only the occasional rebellion.
The first major opposition to the Kaiser came from pro-democracy movements across the nation. While ignored by the central government, the aristocracy and new land-owning class co-opted the movement for their own gain. With time, the combined pressure on the monarch made them acquiesce, signing the aristocratic and owner parliaments into law. In 25,009 CE, the Kaiser and the majority of the noble class signed the Treaty of Petra which would establish the United Federation of Star Systems. The aristocracy would be joined by another ruling class in exchange for gaining influence on the Kaiser.
When the United Federation of Star Systems formed, the galaxy had just recently recovered from the Great Empyreal Crusade, a war which caused the entire galaxy to band together to defeat Empyros. It emerged in a galaxy which finally had a concept of international cooperation after millennia of chaos. The UF had a natural ally in the nation of Vanaheimr, a similarly human and democratic nation fairly close to the Federation. While the UF was most certainly far behind Vanaheimr in terms of freedom and democracy, they still both banded together against the mostly undemocratic galaxy.
As the galaxy became more stable, the UF, Vanaheimr, Dotskgard, and Ravi-Anthrovia began a process of economic integration in which they would adopt a common currency and act as a single trade block, ensuring economic stability. The UF and Vanaheimr went a step further and formed the Confederacy of Borealis between just the two of them to act as a single cohesive entity. The Confederacy did not have much power or influence until further nations joined such as Dotskgard.
The United Federation of Star Systems was originally a constitutional monarchy divided into three principally equal parts, the monarchy, the aristocracy, and the owner class. The monarch headed the executive branch of governance while the two parliaments representing the aristocracy and owner class made up the legislative branch. The various ministers would be appointed by the monarch and could be overturned by a 2/3 majority in either house.
The parliaments handled law while the Kaiser handled the enforcement of the law as well as the justice system. A vote of no-confidence could strip the Kaiser of powers for "egregious miss-uses of power," a power rarely used until further democratic reforms took hold over the country. Later in history, as the Owner Parliament transitioned to one appointed via universal suffrage, the Parliament would continually block the monarch from doing anything at all besides initiating parliament. This sparked conflict between the small aristocratic class and much larger population. With pressure from the government of the Confederacy of Borealis, in 50,721 CE, the Monarcho-Federal government was abolished and replaced with a republic. The aristocracy attempted a coup, but were met with overwhelming force from the Confederate Government, much of the UF military, and the government of Vanaheimr.
The UF, now a Federal Republic, maintained a bicameral legislature, replacing the House of Lords with a Senate appointed by state governments. The House of Owners became the House of Commons and would maintain its position as the preeminent legislative body. Every ten years, a new Prime Minister would be selected, not by direct vote but by vote for the dozens of parties that had seats in the houses. In a ranked-choice voting system, the parties were usually pushed towards the center with radical parties almost entirely unable to take power. The state governments mirrored this arrangement except they lacked a senate.
Role in the Confederacy
By the 60,000s, the UF was the de facto leader of the Confederacy of Borealis. With the largest population, economy, and industrial capacity, it carried significant sway in the operation of this superpower.