The second largest nebula within the galaxy Chapeirre, Ventemir represents one of the cradles of civilization within Chapeirre. Its peculiar galaxy-like appearance is due to the strange laws of gravity within the Chapeirre Galaxy. Thanks largely to the galaxy's location within the plane known as Inflorescence, Ventemir and its sister nebulae are the only places in the galaxy where life can form. Places outside of these nebulae are virtually uninhabitable largely due to Chapeirre's low metallicity outside of these "Nebulae."
At just over one billion stars in size, Ventemir dwarfs even many proper galaxies within the Local Cosmos beyond Inflorescence. Unique among spiral nebulae across Inflorescence for having a single arm, Ventemir has a diameter of about 13,100 light years and has a total mass of 9 billion M☉. Ventemir is dominated by three nations, the Entente of Ventemir, Tenshi and the Greater Martial Consilium. Tensions between the Tenshi and the other two nations have created a sort of demilitarized zone on their border, dividing the body in two.
Ventemir is primarily populated by Atlins, then Humans, Orcubor, and Legions with a small minority of Vexlores and Gainge making up most of the rest. Most of Ventemir's 125 quintillion people live in three megastructures named Gira Gira, Odo, and Hanabi near to its core. The rest of the population lives on various worlds scattered throughout the region, mostly species' home worlds.
Modern Ventemir can trace its origins to the ancient Triumvirate Civilization, a once galaxy-spanning superpower not only controlling all of Ventemir, but also having sovereignty over all of Inflorescence. When this powerful civilization collapsed into dozens of warring states, Ventemir remained somewhat united until 1,009 CE when it too collapsed. Ever since then, the region has been a patchwork of small states only possible to unite under the "Entente System," what is essentially constitutional aristocratic confederacy. Throughout this spiral nebula there are tens of thousands of organizations, noble families, and even corporations making up this Entente System.
Ventemir formed in roughly in 12.4 billion BCE as the black hole Odo formed from a quasi-star. For the next almost 12 billion years it would remain virtually untouched, with no evidence of civilization until 400 million years ago. Ventemir has had only a handful of civilizations throughout its prehistory. These civilizations are only known to exist through ruins and isotopes on worlds that could only be made artificially.
In Ventemir, prehistory transitions to ancient history roughly 500,000 years before the common era. Ancient history begins with the colonization of Ventemir by the Svartálfar, the first sapient species to venture into Inflorescence. Their civilization whose name was unknown, was at least Kardashev 3.0 going by some of the largest ruins left behind. In about 311,000 BCE, the Mrykálfar split off from the Svartálfar, causing Ventemir to become an independent state. While the name of the Svartálfar is unknown, the Mrykálfar does have a known name, Kekkai, sometimes called the Kingdom of Kekkai. This civilization controlled much of Ventemir until even well after the Svartálfar were wiped out. There is evidence that they engaged in the practice of "planet sacrifice" in which an entire world and its inhabitants would be slowly destroyed in an act of worship. Eventually, their civilization would fall with only a small number escaping to Tloinin.
Around the same time the Svartálfar and Mrykálfar were engaging in their civilization building, The Administrator, Molonov, and Legio would emerge. These three nearly legendary beings are hypothesized to be Aeternaborne although, given their unique attributes, they may have formed from Esoteric planes rather than the Lux Aeterna. The word for this class of being is Engel. Regardless of their origin, these beings had a profound effect on Ventemir. The Administrator was most likely the cause of the collapse of Mrykálfar civilization while also likely to be the object of their strange worship. Legio would only turn their attention to space in about 200,000 BCE, while the Administrator and Molonov existed since roughly 500,000 BCE.
The Triumvirate Civilization
The Triumvirate Civilization formed in 99,871 BCE shortly after The Administrator, Molonov, and Legio discovered each other. In response to potential outside threats, such as Sedrua, they banded together. Their powers combined quickly created a Type II civilization that would soon expand across Ventemir. The region only had small civilizations within it such as the Atlins and Orcubor making conquest a simple matter. They soon had the entire nebula under their sovereign control by 80,000 years. Even though most of the body remained untouched, they would begin expanding to other nebulae, such as Florescence and the Tloinin. Eventually, the Triumvirate would devise methods to leave Inflorescence, allowing them to expand into Via Aylathiya.
After the Sedrua-Triumvirate War broke out and the subsequent Triumvirate victory, the Triumvirate Civilization became the sole universal power, with Herschel Space and the Florathel Galaxy empty of civilization. As the universe's leading civilization, Ventemir increased greatly in prestige, significance, and productive capability. Shortly after the war, its three main megastructures were built to house its rapidly increasing population. As more goods and resources flowed into the region, it became a center of technological advancement and soon was home to cutting-edge research facilities in all fields, especially Thaumaturgy.
In 15,089 BCE, the Triumvirate reformed into a Republic, giving representation to each of its subjugated species. Ventemir was divided into three pieces, the Lowuks Entente, a confederation of Atlins, and the Orcubor Coalition, a confederation of Orcubor, and the Federal Government of the Triumvirate, by far the smallest of the three pieces. For the next 14,000 years, Ventemir saw peace and prosperity. That was until tensions between the Entente and Coalition rose to a breaking point with their sister-state, the Yohjan Confederacy. In 1,285 BCE, the War of the Final Transition began. Eventually, the Federal government would step in to defuse tensions; however, they were quickly defeated, causing it to flee to Martial Space.
Both the Coalition and Entente managed to survive a little over a millennium without the federal government. Afterwards, a series of rebellions, economic collapses, and shortages would destroy both nations, leaving Ventemir in chaos. Their component states would receive independence only for them to begin fighting. Ventemir would calm down after another hundred years, however. Unlike Via Aylathiya that was still in chaos after the collapse of the Triumvirate, the civilizations of Ventemir stopped fighting and instead focused on recovery.
Ventemir's nations soon faced a crisis. Without coordinated and large scale Antimatter production, the nations soon ran out. By 10,000 CE, resource wars broke out across Ventemir as the inefficient antimatter production put a bottleneck on the region's growth. Most antimatter stores ran out shortly thereafter in 10,012 CE. Before any serious conflict could happen, however, a small nation from Via Aylathiya promised to solve all of Ventemir's antimatter problems. In exchange for receiving generous amounts of antimatter from Tenshi, they would pay Tenshi in military equipment or, if they ran out, could take loans from Tenshi to pay for antimatter. Most nations took the deal, favoring a peaceful yet somewhat exploitative, deal over a galactic-scale conflict.
As the nations of Ventemir became more and more indebted to Tenshi, their capacity for war decreased. Tenshi seized so much property that its noble class, not the government itself, owned vast swaths of Ventemir. Soon, colonists from Tenshi and other Human nations flowed into Ventemir, taking advantage of the cheap property in Ventemir. Once the first nations became powerless vassals of Tenshi, the rest of Ventemir quickly tried to rebel, realizing that they would soon lose their autonomy. In 15,012 CE, Tenshi began an invasion of all of Ventemir, caring little about civilian casualties. The people of Ventemir would eventually grow tired of the war, ending it in 21,691 CE. Tenshi would install House Sakagami as the rulers of Ventemir.
By the 30,000s, quality of life increased in Ventemir simply because being united, having free access to trade from Via Aylathiya, and having resources distributed throughout the entirety of the region, increased access to them for the average person. As the population increased and Ventemir was returned to a similar state as it was under the control of the Triumvirate, Tenshin power and influence increased.
In 42,591 CE, the two most powerful families in Ventemir, the House Atojima and House Gozono, Atlin and Orcubor houses respectively, were inducted into the Tenshin noble class. This was done for two reasons: to make the people feel represented and to make keeping control of these families easier.
Transition to Entente
The leader of Tenshi, known as The Archon, would eventually lose power in Ventemir as dozens of influential families would come to be. These families or organizations, ranging from descendants of the Kaisers in the now-destroyed Erstes Konsortium, Classical Fuukanist holdouts from the Great Empyreal Crusade, orders of Paladins, and even exiled families from Herschel Space would end up gaining significant influence. As Ventemir became more and more divided, the Archon, Katarina IV, decided to reinstate the Entente system of the past.
The new system, began in 48,347 CE, had Ventemir divided into a little over ten thousand pieces, known as "Baronies," that would represent the smallest important sectors of space. Each of the political interests in the region would get an "earl." Proportional to their power, each organization or family would receive that many baronies, creating a system of earldoms that occupied the majority of Ventemir. The most powerful groups would be given multiple earldoms, allowing them to have the rank of margrave, a ruler of multiple earldoms. Only 10 margravates made up Ventemir, each one responsible for about one hundred earldoms who were, in turn, each responsible for about one thousand baronies.
Gira Gira, Odo, and Hanabi were the most important margravates as these megastructures had one tenth of the population of Ventemir each. The other margraves were known as Lowuks, Calazett, Jötunheimr, Fyris, Filililand, Aztaya, Sakuro, and Feier. These margraves still exist to this day with the same names; however, the ruling families or organizations that control them are much different.
Shortly after the reform, Tenshi and Rune-Err united through a marital alliance, forming the nation of "Tenshi-Err." This relatively short-lived nation would form into the Dominium of United Duchies as the Blessing of Mars chose Nicodemus IV as the next emperor, solidifying the nation as legitimate in the eyes of Mars. At once, large numbers of immigrants flowed into Ventemir from the moderately less developed Dominium, in particular Vexlores and Gainge migrated to Ventemir. This demographic shift contrasted with the highly embedded power structures within the Entente.
In 60,136 CE, Ventemir was organized into a a single duchy, the largest duchy within the Dominium. The traditional systems remained in place; however, an influx of nobility from Martial Space caused tension with the local noble structures. Most of the noble families coming to the Entente were Human, poor, and generally lesser nobles who have been in the Dominium and its precursors for millennia. These human nobles generally looked down on the native Atlin and Orcubor noble structures, often attempting to seize baronies for themselves out of a sense of entitlement.
In 61,721 CE, by decree of both the Archon of Tenshi and the Emperor of the Dominium, the relatively untouched stars in the "Northern" portion of Ventemir would be reorganized into a new duchy called "Katam." It would not be run under the Entente system and instead have the traditional Dominium hierarchy. While initially effective, local inhabitants did not like being ruled over by new and potentially hostile Humans. This duchy would still be a part of Tenshi, with the duke answering directly to the Archon.
Collapse of the Dominium
In 73,150 CE, the Dominium of United Duchies suddenly dissolved after both of its leaders were assassinated. Tenshi managed to remain functional thanks to its unorthodox monarchical system; however, the collapse did not make that easy. As civil war engulfed the Dominium, vast numbers of refugees flowed into Ventemir, mostly to Katam. Katam collapsed into civil war a few years later, with many of the refugees, who were Vexlores, refusing to live under Human nobles. Former Vexlorian generals from the Dominium made their way into Katam in order to take it for themselves.
In 73,183 CE, these generals formed a junta state in Katam called Vexlorian Ventemir despite the population only have a slight majority of Vexlores. This junta would join the Entente system a year later, securing Tenshin dominance over the region once more.
The border between Ventemir and the rest of Inflorescence are very blurry. Surrounding what is considered to be "Ventemir Proper" is about five hundred million stars in a large halo around the nebula. Stars are usually considered to be within Ventemir when they are within about 6.5 kilo-light-years of its core, the quasi-star Gira Gira. Most of the mass of Ventemir lies in dark matter.