The Yohjan Confederacy (YoC) was a nation located in the Via Sagittaria Galaxy from 15,089 BCE to 0 CE. Despite being officially a confederacy, the nation acted more like a federation. One of the largest Via Sagittarian states in history, the Yohjan Confederacy, at its height, greatly outmatched any of its contemporary neighbors. It reached a maximum extent of over twenty billion stars under its sovereign control, a feat not yet surpassed by any Via Sagittarian state after it. While having sovereignty over twenty billion stars, it had only a fraction of these stars generate power for its use (about a tenth of a percent).
The first distinct precursor to the Yohjan Confederacy was the "Human Self-Autonomous Region" created by the Triumvirate Civilization in 40,581 CE. It was created when they incorporated Humanity's home system into their empire. Before then, humans were divided into hundreds of nations on their twin home-worlds, Aegyn and Olaris. The Human Self-Autonomous Region quickly became a Kardashev I civilization and, one thousand years later in, 39,905 CE, humanity became a Kardashev II civilization. The remained as such for the next 10,000 years, peaking at Kardashev 2.07 after they fully encapsulated their star's stellar companion, Byutix. The Triumvirate entirely prevented the expansion of humanity from their home system, only importing resources from elsewhere into the system rather than letting humanity get resources themself.
In 15,089 BCE, the Triumvirate experienced a disastrous collapse. Its leaders were divided and unable to make choices regarding their nation, leaving their subjects on their own for over one thousand years. In this time, the Triumvirate's subjects figured out they could expand without consequence. Humans formed the Yohjan Confederacy as a way to ensure they cooperate as they expand amidst the sudden disappearance of their overlords. From 15,089, humanity, using technology gifted to them from the Triumvirate, quickly reached and colonized other worlds. By 14,000 BCE, they had colonies in over 100 stars. It would soon become remarkably corrupt, with the wealthy having far more power than the common people.
The nation fought many wars, but the longest and deadliest war was The War of the Final Transition. This war was the first time total warfare took place among stellar nations, causing untold casualties among not only military personnel but among civilians as well. While the war was a major factor in the downfall of this civilization, it was not the only factor. Systematic inequality, the extreme power of the wealthy, corruption at most levels, and the horrible economy caused by the war were all other factors. The nation fell into pieces in 0 CE in an event known as the Split of the Yohjan Confederacy.
- 1 Government
- 2 History
The original government was a very loose confederation of states. Presiding over these states was a "Yohjan Senate" (also called the "Yohjan Congress"). This Senate had the power to pass laws, induct new member nations, managed territory disputes, and veto laws that caused rights violations in member nations.
The Senate had a standing military made up of tributes from its member nations, but the units and divisions from the states were more loyal to their homelands than to the Senate as a whole. The Senate was almost entirely unable to do its job, with several small scale wars happening in the states and among their own army. To put into perspective how ineffective the Senate was, no corruption existed, since any influence over the Senate would prove to be a waste of money given how little it could do. The people found themselves just not caring about the Senate, regarding it like it was an international organization rather than as a union.
The relatively few individuals that regularly voted for Senate just ended up electing the same individuals for centuries. In 1,400 BCE, over 65% of the senators was there when the nation was first founded. The career politicians grew frustrated with the fact they could hardly do their jobs. Most of them had strong convictions and only joined for the sake of keeping humanity united, with this lack of power, they simply could not make those convictions a reality.
Expanded Federal Power
Senate voted to increase their own power with a plan that would slowly erode away the power of the member-states. This plan called for the establishment of several hundred bureaus that would handle interstate crimes, interstate infrastructure, and even several social programs to boost the standing of the Federal Government as a whole with the people. While state officials did not like their power being slightly curtailed, opposing this would have meant hurting their own image, causing many of the states to approve of the new program.
The Federal Government would keep doing this over several decades, to the point that within one hundred years, it had clawed its way out of being in the background to being forefront in the politics of the nation. There was now a president, Federal Courts, it had the power to directly accept or draft members from state populations, and, most importantly, it had the power to directly expand by itself.
The thousands of original members of the government took full advantage of this new power and expanded federal territory vastly to the point of it rivaling and, later, exceeding that of state territory. An era of general prosperity existed at this time. The galaxy, empty of anything of note, lay before them, promising endless expansion and resources. At the time, humans knew little of the other species of the galaxy. They knew of the Atlins within the Ventemir Galaxy and of the Legions within the same galaxy, but were otherwise kept in the dark about their sister provinces. Almost all of their actions were based on the idea that they were essentially alone in Via Sagittaria.
Governance of such a large nation would have required quadrillions of individuals divided into millions of departments or bureaus, and, at first, it did. The government of even planetary governments was plagued with so many inefficiencies as to seriously impede the functions of the government. The solution was to slowly phase out as many agents as possible and instead use artificial intelligence to run the government.
While this received much pushback, no examples of malevolent artificial intelligences actually existed. All but the top position of these bureaus were phased out and replaced with computers able to perform their tasks hundreds of times more efficiently. These AI's were only able to operate within an extremely limited scope to prevent any of them from being dangerous. They were still not allowed to directly operate weapons or anything else which could potentially endanger lives.
The typical agency would have high-level officials make decisions and hand them down to an interface (usually an android). This interface would process the request and then offer ways to make it more efficient while still maintaining the same goals. After several rounds of altering the orders to best fit reality, the AI's would get to work executing the order. Most of the time things would go smoothly, but problems that the AI were not allowed to solve were given back to the high-level officials or to third parties the government was working with.
This system would prove to be excellent until the end of the YoC, where it would prove to be the undoing of the federal government.
Bureau of Yohjan Sovereignty
The Bureau of Yohjan Sovereignty was one of the largest and most well-funded bureaus in the nation. It was intended to maintain the cohesion of the Confederacy as well as maintain federal control over territories not administered by states. This bureau is one of the main reasons the nation was not a Confederation; it was a Federation.
Being head of the organization was one of the most powerful positions one could have in the YoC. Naturally, the position was given to individuals the president owed rather than who was best suited for the job. The position was usually filled by a campaign donor or other powerful individual which the current political party wanted to give a favor to. Obviously, this lead to conflicts of interest with the leader of the bureau, but the Senate had no reason to call them out for this.
The bureau operated under the Department of Defense as the premier member of the intelligence community. It monitored files uploaded to the net, had agents planted on almost every planet, and had the power to arrest and detain individuals without due process in the name of "national security." The Agency was primarily a domestic agency, but it still had significant operations on the few "independent" worlds bordering the YoC. Most planets that were about to be annexed had a large influx of undercover agents, working around the clock to undermine any resistance movements in the nation.
Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation is another one of the most important Bureaus in the nation. It was tasked with the creation of wormholes and other travel infrastructure to more easily integrate more isolated areas. This not only served to benefit the people but also served to make it as easy as possible for the military to move about the nation.
Throughout the history of the YoC, the military used actual humans as pilots or soldiers, since the average person never trusted an AI with directly controlling military assets. Later on, the superintelligence called Beatrix would replace the high-level command during the War of the Final Transition to counter the Triumvirate's AI known as The Administrator.
At first, the military was a coalition of entirely independent militaries and para-militaries lent to the government by the states, but later, as the federal government gained more control, it would coalesce into one entity. For almost the entirety of the military's existence, it was the largest armed force in or around the Via Sagittaria. It was rarely ever the most powerful force, but in terms of sheer manpower, it remained unmatched.
The nation was formed in 15,089 BCE after a collapse of The Triumvirate Civilization. The Triumvirate controlled the vast majority of Via Sagittaria. When they collapse due to internal disputes, chaos fell upon the galaxy. The various subjects and nations under the protection of the Triumvirate, for the first time in their histories, had to exist on their own. Many of the member-species collapsed just as the Triumvirate did, with only a handful such as Humans, Atlins, and The Ravis managing to survive without outside help. They retained most of the technology of the Triumvirate while also being able to take advantage of the infrastructure left behind. Humans met on Olaris to decide how they would carry on. Eventually, local governors and politicians ratified a treaty called "The Treaty of Olaris." This treaty created the Yohjan Confederacy.
The representatives agreed that the federal government would start as a council to solve disputes, and slowly grow to have more power as time went on. Their goal was a federal republic that would make war almost impossible as well as maintain a united humanity amongst the unknown and mysterious galaxy. Humans had never even left their home system at the time; unity was key to survival.
The Pax Lactea
The Pax Lactea, as it is called by humans, was a period of over 5,000 years in which the Yohjan Confederacy was essentially alone in the galaxy. There were no external entities that posed an existential threat to the nation. The Period is defined by large growth in the economy as well. A higher population allowed for there to be more consumers as well as more resources. This period saw large amounts of innovation, the incredibly large growth of the YoC, and an increase in the overall wellbeing of most individuals in the galaxy.
It was by no means a perfect time period. There was occasional strife or civil unrest, but these rarely resulted in significant damages or issues. Humans soon grew to become the most numerous species in the galaxy, with one in five sapient individuals being human towards the end of the Pax Lactea. The other successful fragments had different circumstances for their creation, some preferred to stay in their own system, some existed in more ruinous or derelict regions, and some were confined to isolated galaxies with little means to expand economically. The YoC was in just the right place in just the right time to become the first great power in the galaxy after the Triumvirate's fall from grace.
The Yohjan Confederacy soon expanded into several nearby dwarf galaxies, allowing them to become an intergalactic civilization. At the peak of the YoC, they controlled large portions of Via Sagittaria and four dwarf galaxies. Further expansion proved difficult. Other governments began becoming similarly organized, in particular The Empyrean and the Entente of Ventemir. These nations proved unwilling to join the Confederacy, preventing the easy acquisition of territory. Once it had to take into accounts other nations, expansion slowed to a crawl. They could not risk provoking others with fast expansion. Even so, by the end of the Pax Lactea, the Yohjan Confederacy was a superpower virtually unmatched by any nation in the galaxy, even its parent nation the Triumvirate which still lurked deep within Ventemir.
End of the Pax Lactea
With the advent of Instant Communication, toxic ideas soon ended this period. What replaced it was a period of division. All of the states were fully integrated by this point, making division not just another dispute to be handled by the Senate, but an insidious force which could end the confederacy as a whole. At the beginning of the nation, the idea of any species being superior to others was viewed as absurd, largely because the only species humans regularly interacted with, Legions, were superior to humans in almost every way. Few even contemplated the notion. Those that did believe that their own species (or, in surprisingly common cases, a different species) were intrinsically superior were mostly ignored by the wider public; their ideas simply could not spread.
Instant Communication changed everything. Ideologies that once had no way to spread beyond a handful of radicals were suddenly allowed to spread their ideas for all to see. Even if only a millionth of individuals supported an idea, that was still trillions of individuals per movement. With one trillion radicals spreading their sensational ideologies on the net, more reasonable and less sensational ideologies were drowned out. Politicians bent to these radicals, even trying to appease them. Soon, politicians sympathetic to the radicals' cause began getting elected, usually dog-whistling about issues that the majority of individuals would not be receptive to.
Historians looking back to the period call the allowance of lobbying the "great flaw of the constitution." The original writers, having never even considered the idea of interstellar corporations, did not consider lobbying to be possible. However, this could not have been further from the truth. The wealthy were automatically more powerful than the average citizen. With a more connected galaxy, the ultra-wealthy were not only able to make more money than ever before possible, they were able to use that money to mold the government into their own image. Regulations were passed to make it harder to create rival corporations, anti-trust laws were blocked, and loopholes were inserted into the tax code.
Paramilitary groups were legalized and allowed the wealthy to exert their will over personal planets. For the first time, individuals were able to own entire systems. Many systems were quickly bought up. Systems on the other side of the galaxy and even several dwarf galaxies were already claimed before they were even confirmed to exist. The galaxy was full, without even being 1 percent colonized.
The Corporatocratic Era
Immediately before the War of the Final Transition is the era referred to by historians as the Corporocratic Era. This era saw almost total control of the government by the ultra-wealthy, with most high-level positions being filled with them. The moment the opportunity for war presented itself, the arms industry pressured politicians to attack. They reasoned that a few deaths among troops would be nothing in light of the profits they would make. In addition to the rampant corruption seen by the government, dangerous politicians soon began winning elections across the galaxy. Politicians that were not only sympathetic to the wealthy, but vehemently speciesist as well. Fortunately for those outside of the Yohjan Confederacy, it was entirely homogenous, meaning that no nonhumans could be harmed by the violent speciesism of the politicians.
With this era came a general sense of a need for war. The people could hardly tolerate The Empyrean, a nation that was essentially the main rival of the Yohjan Confederacy. The nation was not only entirely nonhuman, but also officially a theocracy with zero democratic processes (as compared to the Yohjan Confederacy which at least had a thin vanir of democracy). Its government, society, and culture were so different from that of humanity that many believed that war was inevitable or even a good thing if it meant "civilizing" its populace. At the same time, anti-Dotsk and Atlin sentiments grew as well. Both of these societies were also entirely undemocratic, but were not quite so alien as the Empyreal civilization. Nevertheless, humans became increasingly xenophobic with time, only opening themselves up to the Interstellar Systems of Ysau which seemed to have similar interests.
The War of the Final Transition
Main article: War of the Final Transition
The War of the Final Transition proved to be end of the Yohjan Confederacy. The aforementioned factors and events all lead to the downfall of the nation. When Yohjan soldiers fired upon Empyreal ones at a contentious border region, full-scale war broke out. Upon hearing of a conflict between the two great powers of the galaxy, the rest of the nations chose sides, mostly allying against the Yohjan Confederacy in an alliance called the "Local Axis." The Yohjan Confederacy, with one of its few allies Ysau, began the largest offensive ever seen in the Via Sagittaria galaxy before that point. Incredibly large numbers of ships and soldiers flooded into the Confederacy's neighbors, intent on total subjugation in the name of "civilizing the nonhumans."
The war started very well for the Confederacy, but it soon became bogged down as the other nations began mounting defenses of their own. It did not help that virtually every nation in the galaxy was fighting against them. The Diunity, a nation untouched by even the Triumvirate, decided to give aid to the enemies of the Confederacy for the sake of culling the biggest threat to its existence. As the nations of the galaxy became more and more damaged by the conflict, the Triumvirate, finally recovered from its collapsed, decided to take the opportunity to attack and regain its control over the species of the galaxy. This new front proved to be too much for the Confederacy to handle. Its resources already strained, it soon found itself in a war that it could hypothetically win, but at the expense of almost all of the rights of the people in their nation. It collapsed under the pressure in 0 CE, ending the war apart from the Triumvirate's new attack.
This marks the end of the federal government and the end of the YoC. The nation fractured into almost ten thousand independent polities and would remain fractured for thousands of years before the eventually ascension of the Confederacy of Borealis to the position of the most powerful polity within Via Sagittaria.