The Outer Planets Coalition

The Outer Planets Coalition

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Player: Jack Swallow

Military Might: Sub-Par
Intelligence Assets: Sub-Par
Production Capacity: Weak

Founded ten years ago, when the first of the Manifolds in the area flickered back into existance, the Coalition moved quickly to unite the scattered worlds of the Barrens. Lead by Camin Harburg, the fledgeling Coalition reunited the shattered economies of the sector capitol Thelatair, rebuilding many of its dilapidated cities.

While currently little more than an upstart alliance, the Coalition's power has been growing exponentially. Fuelled by their comparatively well-developed capitol world, the world of Natalus joined just last year, strengthening the OPC with new recruits. Already Coalition Marine advisors have appeared on the worlds of Mercadia and Gaspari, slowly accumulating influence over the shattered governments on those worlds. Additionally, the Coalition has announced the launching of their first Manifold-capable combat spacecraft, the OPCS Pioneer. Rumors of a second, and even a third ship are circulating, despite the Coaltion press releases stating that they are purely for defensive purposes.


Government

The Coalition government takes the forum of an oligarchical "Chamber of Councellors". The Chamber consists of Counsellors elected by the population of each Coalition planet. The two original planets, Thelatair and Natalus elect five Councellors each. Provisions are included for each new planet to be able to elect three Councellors to the Chamber. The Chamber is resposible for ruling the Coalition as a whole. Each planet in the Coalition is given the freedom to govern itself to a large degree, within the limits placed by any edicts passed by the Chamber as well as taxes owed to the Coalition central government.

The Chamber is lead by the First Councellor, traditionally from Thelatair. The First Councellor is given a tiebreaker vote and is reponsible for setting the agenda in each Chamber meeting. Additionally, by the vote of the Chamber, the First Councellor may be given more powers if a state of emergency is declared.

Other than self-determined planetary governments, each system has an Office of Traffic, which governs the Coalition-held system in all extra-orbital affairs. Each system's Traffic Officer has the most dealings with the Spacers Guild as well as organizes all interplanetary and interstellar traffic through the system, as well as system defense.

History

After the Manifolds came back online, the united government of Thelatair instantly capitalized on the opportunity. With Thelatair's own economy lacking much in terms of manpower and resources, the only other planet that was linked to Thelatair at the time was Natalus. After a swift diplomatic takeover, the two governments were united as what is now the Outer Planets Coalition.

Military

Currently, the Coalition operates about 12 old Republic-pattern corvettes for its Manifold-capable navy. These were patched together from the much larger Thelatair defense fleet left on the admisitrative planet when the Manifolds collapsed. The launch of the first, OPC-designed-and-built, Aethalis-class frigate has been cause for much celebration and inside sources say two more are on their way. However, none but those with the highest clearance levels are aware of the Coaltion's further military plans which include five more Aethalis-class frigates and schematics for a new class of destroyer, deisgned purely for all-out warfare.

Culture

The Coalition has an attitude closely resembling the "Manifest Destiny" of ancient Earth. They believe it is their imperative to expand their reach throughout the stars, and that nothing should stand in their way. The manifolds coming back on-line is held as a signal for the Coalition to expand their reach across many more stars.
Coalition architecture follows the relatively new "Reclamation" style. This style is an imitation of the style used by the old Republic, but also includes many different influences from naitive Coalition architectural designers. The Reclamation design school also enocourages individuality and experimentation by its students, resulting in each architect having their own definate influences on an otherwise unified architectural method.

Planets

Thelatair

Once the seat of Republic government for the sector, Thelatair has suffered much over the centuries. In its prime, Thelatair had eleven cities with a population of over twenty million, with bustling trade routes and a thriving industry.

However, when the world was cut off from the rest of the Republic, the planet soon degenerated into chaos. Most of the Thelatairans are deeply shameful of the "Dark Age" that reigned over their planet for more than three hundred years. By the end, the planet had degenerated into several large nation-states with technology levels at early 21st-century Earth levels. Only the descendants of the old Republic authorities were able to keep a technical ability resembling that of pre-Sundering times, preserving the capitol city of Meron and putting the Thelatair defense fleet into parking orbit for 450 years, until they formed the Outer Planets Coalition.

Now, while the system's defenses have been reactivated and Meron is beginning to reach its former glory, there is still much work to be done rebuilding Thelatair's shattered cities.

Languages spoken on Thelatair are mainly dialects of English, combined into one by the Coalition government into the vernacular language of "Low English".

The climate of Thelatair is slightly cooler and wetter than that of Earth, but instead of large oceans, the planet has many tropical rain forests spread over much of the planet.

Thelatair's strength is the remarkably preserved relics of the Republic's rule on the planet - mainly its defense grid and numerous geothermal energy plants. However, its weakness is the disarray and destruction spread across most of the rest of the planet, a problem that, for now, the Councellors choose to ignore.

Natalus

Natalus was a world plagued by catastrophe even before the Sundering. A malfunctioning star-drive caused the colony hulk to force a landing in the middle of a planetary storm, damaging the equipment of much of the colonists. This caused them to be cut off from all interstellar travel, for the entirety of the 450 years that the system's manifold did not work. The colonists, fuelled by a hardy, frontier mindset, expanded industry quickly, and once had acheived manned, interplanetary spaceflight investigated the manifold status, discovering that it, at the time, linked only to Thelatair. The primitive Natalan probe was, ironically, what signaled the slow reactivation of the Manifolds to Thelatair.

While the industries of Natalus are far from the level of those on Thelatair, Natalus has not yet known strife, and thus, the factores are intact. Still, exploration and slow settlement continues across the barren, metal-rich wastelands.

Natalus's strength is the mindset of its people. It is rich in ores and metal, fuelling the slow expansion, and its people have never seen the strife of the Sundering, only the result. Its weakness is its position. Natalus replaces technological ability with sheer, low-quality industrial might, and is far from self-sufficient in the world of the Manifold Grid.

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