The Triumvirate Civilization
15,089 BCE - 0 CE
The Yohjan Confederacy (YoC), (Original Lacrimosan: Jōgaen Confederatio) was a state in the Triumvirate Civilization from 15,089 BCE to 0 CE located in Via Lacrimosa. Despite being officially a confederacy, the state acted more like a federation. One of the largest Via Lacrimosan states in history, the Yohjan Confederacy, at its height, greatly outmatched any of its neighbors. It reached a maximum extent of over twenty billion stars under its sovereign control, making it the largest state within the Triumvirate. While having sovereignty over twenty billion stars, it had only a fraction of these stars generate power for its use.
The first distinct precursor to the Yohjan Confederacy was the "Athrov Province" created by the Triumvirate Civilization in 40,581 BCE. It was created when they incorporated Humanity's home planet into their empire. Before then, humans were divided into hundreds of nations on their twin home-worlds, Aegyn and Olaris. The Anthrov Province quickly became a Kardashev I civilization and, one thousand years later in, 39,905 BCE, humanity became a Kardashev II civilization. From there, the province was permitted to expand into nearby systems. It gradually expanded to control over one million stars by the 15,000s BCE.
In 15,089 BCE, the Triumvirate reformed to become a republic. Given the chance to form the provincial government into something else, humans formed the Yohjan Confederacy as a way to ensure they cooperate as they expand. Origianlly, humans were to be divided into dozens of smaller states. From 15,089 BCE onwards, humanity, using technology gifted to them from the Triumvirate, quickly reached and colonized other worlds.
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 in the galaxy, 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 collapsing 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. The Triumvirate went on to disintegrate 210 years later thanks to this event.
- 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 states, 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 among the states and among their own army. The people found themselves just not caring about the Senate, let alone the larger Triumvirate.
The relatively few individuals that regularly voted for Senate just ended up electing the same individuals for centuries. In 14,000 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 for thousands of lightyears, layed before them for the taking. With a large portion of the federal budget going towards colonization, the Yohjan Confederacy rapidly expanded.
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 nottechnically a confederation.
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 favors to 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 various networks, 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 and even other states in the Triumvirate. 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.
While at first the Confederacy was only allowed to have a small militia, the state soon grew its forces by creating large reserve forces. The reserves vastly outnumbered the standing army as a way to get around military size restrictions. The federal government of the Triumvirate paid little attention to its states, allowing for the militaries of each of them, not just the Yohjans, to grow out of hand.
The state was formed in 15,089 BCE after reforms in the Triumvirate Civilization. Due to infighting amongst the provinces and a difficulty in projecting power across Via Lacrimosa, the Triumvirate's leaders decided to reform into a federal republic. The Triumvirate controlled the vast majority of Via Lacrimosa. The various subjects and nations under the protection of the Triumvirate, for the first time in their histories, had to exist on their own. They would get very little support but would be expected to pay tribute to the Triumvirate as well as yield to its authority. Leaders from across the Human province signed the Treaty of Olaris in 15,089 BCE, forming the Yohjan Confederacy as a state in the Triumvirate.
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 Lacrimosa
The Pax Lacrimosa, as it is called by humans, was a period of over 5,000 years in which the Yohjan Confederacy and other states experienced general prosperity. There were no external entities that posed an existential threat to the states. 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 Lacrimosa. 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 reform.
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 Lacrimosa. Further expansion proved difficult, however. Other states were similarly expanding, in particular Florenta and the Entente of Ventemir. Once it was forced to take into account other nations, expansion slowed to a crawl. They could not risk provoking others with fast expansion. Even so, by the end of the Pax Lacrimosa, the Yohjan Confederacy was a superpower virtually unmatched any other state and even rivalling the Triumvirate government.
End of the Pax Lacrimosa
With the advent of Instant Communication, toxic ideas soon ended this period. What replaced it was a period of division. All of the Yohjan 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 this. 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 various networks, 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 one percent of it being inhabited.
Widescale corruption mixed with an increasingly radicalized populace gave way to thousands of rivalling political movements, many of which were crushed by the state. The Triumvirate also took part in crushing radical separatist movements as well. This usually took on the form of giving weapons to local police forces rather than direct involvement.
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 occupied by these individuals. Corporations and banks essentially became a part of governance as they became ever more entrenched in the system.
Profits were massively hit by the increasing skirmishes between states. Shipments to the Triumvirate were often destroyed by other nations, forcing the Yohjans to raise taxes to cover the expenses. Since wealth inequality was so bad and they had no choice but to pay, taxes remained relatively high on corporations and the wealthy, even after cutting almost every social program. These conflicts were spawned by competition between states for funding. Many began calling for full war to begin to secure Yohjan interests. 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. High level positions were controlled by the wealthy, lower positions were controlled by radicals of all stripes.
With this era came a general sense of a need for war. The people could hardly tolerate the other states, especially because they were constantly hurting Yohjan interests. 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 lead to the downfall of the nation. When Yohjan soldiers fired upon Florentan ones at a contentious system, full-scale war broke out. Upon hearing of a conflict between the two great powers of the galaxy, the rest of the states chose sides, largely 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 Lacrimosa 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. As the nations of the galaxy became more and more damaged by the conflict, the Triumvirate, finally intervened. Its leaders, hoping the conflict would cull the populations and make them depend on them, failed to respond in time.
It ordered its states to stop. When this failed, they mounted an attack of their own on every participant. This still did not stop the war, forcing them to continue. 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 being largely reunited under the United Federation of Star Systems and, later, the Confederacy of Borealis.