The Ionian League (/aɪˈoʊniən/Ionian: Ιόνιο Πρωτάθλημα), or known simply as Ionia, is a representative parliamentary republic consisting of numerous star systems and organizations located in the heart of the Eastward Rim along the Kosaean Belt. Its central government consists of three branches; legislative, executive and judicial. The first is the Ionian Parliament, a body of elected or appointed representatives. The Second is the Ionian Chancellorship, the governments executive branch. The third is the Ministry of High Justice, consisting of the Supreme Tribunal and the lower Regional and Planetary Tribunals.
The Ionian League was formed in the wake of the Ionian Spring, coming to full fruition after the ratification of the Ionian Constitution in 3031 by the Core Founders. Following the ratification of its constitution the Ionian League continued to grow until it became the dominant power in the region. Yet it wouldn’t be until the end of the Ionian Wars that the Ionian League would truly enter the galactic stage. Since its establishment the Ionian League has steadily expanded its sphere of influence over numerous star systems, consolidating the formerly independent Ionian system-states that inhabited the region into one centralized governing body.
The Ionian League’s position at the heart of the Eastward Rim and an integral part of the Ionian Trade Corridor has made it a major player in the geopolitics of the region. The Ionains have only just begun growing into a large interstellar economic and military power, despite standing along the median in terms of age. As of the turn of the 35th century the Ionian League incorporates 62 member states spread across three regions, and twice that number in affiliated states and observing allies located close to the Ionian border.
While remembered by those beyond the Ionian Star Cluster for their violent and warlike society, the Ionian League are gradually earning recognition for their shrewd diplomats, talented writers and artists.
Table of Contents
- 1 Cartography
- 2 History
- 3 Governance of the Ionian League
- 3.1 Member States
- 3.2 Ionian Law and Enforcement
- 3.3 Foreign Relations
- 3.4 Human and Android Rights
- 4 Unified Ionian Military
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 Featured In
The Ionian League lies galactic north-east of the Intersystem Alliance and galactic east of the Empyrean See, sharing an region of space with the Gaennaid Empire, Commonwealths of Thaedonia and the Covenant of Edom, colloquially known as the Eastward Rim. The exact date of the Ionian Cluster’s colonization remains unknown. Theory and conjecture place it during the second generation of HCP colonial expeditions, whilst others place it during the third or fourth.
Up until the formation of the Ionian League in 3031, the Ionians had been a fractured and fractious people. Numerous petty states governed small areas of space throughout the Ionian Cluster. The lack of any true MAG Drive technology among the Ionains lead to a state of involuntary isolation from the rest of the known galaxy, and thus witnessed a rapid period of social and technological degradation, as well as wide spread conflict over the course of their long history, both with each other and neighbouring powers. This period of intense fighting reached its peek during the 29th century and 30th centuries; during the years of the Inter-War period and the Ionian Spring between their victory in the Ionic Wars in 2860 and the rise of the Ionian League in 3031.
Coupled with the discovery of the Ionia Gate and the ratification of the Ionian Constitution by the Core Founders in the early 31st century, the Ionian League swiftly spread its influence across the war torn worlds of the Ionian Cluster. The first century of the Ionian League saw a massive boom in territorial expansion as disenfranchised worlds and burgeoning governments looked to heal in the aftermath of the Inter-War period and the Ionian Spring. Its connections with the rest of the known galaxy through its sole termini saw a technological and economical boom among its member states the likes of which had never been witnessed in the Ionian Cluster before. The Ionian League’s territorial extent began to wain in the wake of the Aclyden Wars and the subsequent secessionist crisis in the Pagathar Expanse, which would lead to the eventual rise of the Pagatharan League in the late 3100’s.
In 3187 the Faros Gate was discovered, opening the Cronus Rift to numerous Ionian colonial expeditions, as well as re-establishing contact with numerous lost Ionian colonies. The Expansionist Period saw an unbridled boom of state and private colonial expeditions into uncharted space. The Ionian League’s eastward expansion and monopoly over the Ionia and Faros Gates led to a rapid decline of the Pagatharan League which subsequently became the catalyst for the Ionian Wars in the early 34th century. During the multitude of conflicts that pitted the era, none were more dramatic than the Ionian War. In its wake the Ionian League emerged the dominant power in the region, bringing the Trillian Badlands and Pagathar Expanse back under their influence with the addition of the Trillian Alliance and Pentasar Alignment to the Ionian League.
By 3417 the Ionian League controlled the entire Ionian Cluster, Cronus Rift, Helligus Reaches and Halesus Expanse. Despite their rapid territorial growth the League has begun to gradually slow its expansion, consolidating their territory.
Main Article – Ionian Star Cluster
Located at the heart of the Eastward Rim, the Ionian Star Cluster, sometimes refereed to as the Ionian Cluster or Ionian Sector, is the heartland of the Ionian League and the birthplace of Ionian culture. The Ionian Star Cluster stretches roughly 200 light years in diameter according to the pre-determined borders of the Ionian League. The Ionian Cluster can be split into four different sub-regions; the Adraedies Gap at its centre, the Pagathar Expanse to the north, the Baqqiri Marches to the south and the Trillian Badlands to the west. The star cluster itself borders the Empyrean See to the far west, and would have surely been conquered early in its history had it not been for the film of dense nebula, asteroid fields and other astral debris known as the Ihala Spiral, acting as the clusters westward boarder as it curves from north to south. The Empire of Gaennan borders the cluster to its south, and the Commonwealths of Thaedonia to the north. Located at the clusters metaphorical heart is the Ionia Star System, within which sits the seat of the Ionian government; the glittering world of Foslara.
According to popular conjecture the Ionain Star Cluster owes its vast territories and inhabitable worlds to the ancient Pre-Ionic Civilization that terraformed numerous worlds in the Ionian Cluster and adjacent regions of space between 6 to 13 millennia ago. The Pre-Ionic Civilization have in recent years become a focus of the Ionian Historical Society, which frequently embarks on expeditions and excavations on a number of worlds throughout the star cluster searching for their ancient relics. Their artifacts and ruins can be found throughout the Ionian Cluster, from Foslara to Ilios. They have become a major tourist attraction for the Ionian League, who have established a number of museums and natural historical sites across the cluster to fuel its tourist industry.
Ever was the Ionian Cluster in a state of war before the rise of the Ionian League. The fractious nature of the Ionian people lead to centuries of unbridled warfare between the Ionian states and its neighbours. Known to Ionian historians as the Ionian Dark Age, the Ionic Wars, the Inter-War Period and the Ionian Spring, these eras of history stretched from the 27th century all the way up to the founding of the Ionian League in the 31st century and have been credited as the catalysts from which the Ionian League was born. Today however, the Ionian Cluster is synonymous with scientific and technological advancement and is home to some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning within the Ionian League. Due to its position at the heart of the Ionian artificial intelligence design and construction, computer technology, cybernetic medicine, energy, shipbuilding and defense industries, the worlds of the Ionian Star Cluster enjoy a high standard of living and a well-maintained infrastructure. Such wealth has brought the citizens of the Ionian Cluster wide-reaching, affordable planetary and interstellar public transportation.
Main Article – Ihalan Spiral
Main Article – Aegalian Wall
The Aegalian Wall is a dense field of nebula, dust clouds and other astral debris between the Ionia Cluster and the Cronus Rift. The nature of the Aegalian Wall stunted starship travel between the Ionia Cluster and the Cronus Rift prior to 3187 when the Pelidion Gate, and in tun the Aegalian Breach, were discovered. Breaching the Aegalian opened the Ionian League up to vast swaths of space to the east, and thus enabled them to continue their eastward expansion and reunite with lost Ionian colonial expeditions that had established themselves in the region.
Main Article – Cronus Rift
The Cronus Rift is a large expanse of space located in the centre of the Kosean Belt. Known as “Little Ionia” it is an expanse of space that stretches roughly 250 light years in diameter, populated with numerous Ionian colonies and member worlds. A number of corporations have established their own corporate colonies in the Rift, from mining colonies to agri-worlds, producing goods to be sold back in the Ionia Cluster. As such, shipping lanes and trade routes are often protected by private security in tandem with the Unified Ionian Navy. This factor has lead to a the rising sudo-autonomy among a select few Ionian mega-corporations, and has started a long lasting debate within the Ionian Parliament as to whether corporations should be accepted as political entities in their own right and thus permitted a seat in parliament, or whether to curb their influence and have them remain under the jurisdiction of the government.
Since its colonization in 3187, Pelidion has become the economical heart of the region as the site of the aptly named Pelidion Gate. Overseen by the Pelidion League, the colony has flourished under its rule since 3283. Pelidion was the first Ionian colony to gain complete autonomy and representation in the Ionian Parliament after the Cronian Wars, which caused a complete re-write of the Ionian colonization policy after its automation was gained in the mid-3200’s. Since then Pelidion has become a hot-bed for entrepreneurs looking to make their way in the Rift. Planetary Genesis, one of the oldest corporations in the Cronus Rift is based out of Pelidion. They have been instrumental in the growth of the Rift since the opening of the Pelidion Gate, charting shipping lanes and terraforming potential colony worlds.
Since the end of the Ionian Wars and the rise of the Dominion of Pagathar, the Ionian – Pagatharan Neutral Zone was established around the Pagatharan state in the eastern Cronus Rift, acting as a artificial buffer between the two political entities.
Main Article – Helligus Reaches
The Helligus Reaches is the newest frontier for the Ionian League, pushing its borders deeper into the Breadth. After the opening of the Kategion Gate in 3322 and the establish of the Kosean Bridge termini corridor, the Ionian League have made their presence known in the region, colonizing worlds around the Termini Gate. Numerous naval Ordinance/Regional Depots have been established throughout the Helligus Reaches, throughout the Kategion Corridor, an area of space stretching from south-east to north-west, cutting the region in half. The Kategion Corridor acts as the buffer between the two micro-nations of the Thyrasian Coalition and the Alliance of the Baqqiri Marches. Numerous fledgling colonies have been established in this region of space backed by a number of Ionian member worlds, many of which hail from the Cronus Rift. PlanGen have established themselves on the world of Aristeas, establishing new FTL-routes in order to connect the new colonies to the rest of the Ionian League. The Unified Ionian Navy also has a large presence in the region, with the Helligus Sector Command based out of Ord Acanos in orbit of Kategion itself.
In the mid 3300’s the Ionian League and the Thyrassian Coalition came to blows over ownership of the Kategion Corridor in the Ionian – Thyrassian War which lasted from 3365 until the signing of the Kategion Agreement in 3369. Since, the Helligus Reaches have prospered under the guidance of the Ionian Parliament with a decrees in piracy, establishment of formalized jump routes through the Kategion Corridor and establishment of extra-solar communications networks. Despite the peace brought about by the Ionian League the Helligus Reaches bore witness to the Pacification of Gozen IV in the waning days of the 34th century; a conflict brought about by the Exarchate of Gozen after repeated raids on Ionian merchant vessels and an attempted annexation of Cuthos. Following the end of the Gozen pacification campaign the Helligus Sector Command was established in order to secure the security of the region.
Main Article – Halesus Expanse
The Halesus Expanse is one of the latest frontiers of the Ionian League, expanding theirs and humanities reach further into the Breadth. Discovered in 3348 by PlanGen recon teams, the Tarus Gate opened up swaths of space for further expansion of the Ionian League in a time following one of the most devastating extra-solar conflicts in the governments four centuries of existence. The discovery of the Halesus Expanse in the wake of the Ionian War promised many war weary Ionians a fresh start. The next half a century saw a boom in colonial expeditions to the Halesus Expanse as part of private and national initiatives. In 3364 the sectors administration hub was established on the world of Kyracus in the Tarus System following the establishment of Ord Abdalos in Kyracus’ orbit.
The history of man is pitted with the rise and fall of nations of the back of one another, and the Ionians are no different. Countless wars and atrocities have been committed by the Ionian people against one another in the long march to peace and prosperity. Yet the ashes of war can be a catalyst for brilliance. From the fractured and fractious system-states of bygone eras, a few great individuals managed to forged the Ionian people into a single entity driven towards democracy, progression and personal freedom.
Ionian history is long and bloody, from the rise of the Ionian Kingdoms during the Ionian Dark Age, to their eventual fall during the Ionian Spring and then the rise of the Ionian League in their stead. When or why the Ionia Cluster was colonized is widely unknown to the Ionian Historical Community, yet it is not hard to see that their presence in the Eastward Rim has had profound effects on its history and geopolitics.
Governance of the Ionian League
Main Article – Government of the Ionian League
The government of the Ionian League is a unicameral representative parliamentary government constructed of elected delegates of the League’s member worlds, centred around its nucleus of the Ionian Parliament, the government’s chief legislative branch. The parliament is seated in the Chamber of the Ionian Parliament located in the White Tower of Idithos on Foslara. During the selection process of a delegate certain criteria must be met before one can be allocated the position. The individual selected must have served a minimum of one years national service in the Unified Ionian Military, or one of its many other branches across Ionian space.
The position of Chancellor, the Ionian League’s head of state and head of government, belongs to the person most likely to command the confidence of Parliament; this individual is typically the leader of the political party or coalition of parties that holds the largest number of seats in that chamber.
The Chancellor chooses a cabinet, which is traditionally drawn from members of the Chancellor’s own party or coalition. Executive power is exercised by the Chancellor and cabinet. General elections are called when the Chancellor so advises. Prior to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, the Parliament Acts required that a new election must be called no later than five years after the previous general election.
See Also – List of Member States of the Ionian League
Through successive enlargements, the Ionian League has grown from the five Core Founders (The League of Ionia, Osyrrian Confederation, Kingdom of Acleron, Onessan Republic and Argawus Federation) to the current 62. Nations accede to the league by becoming party to the founding constitutions, charters and treaties, thereby subjecting themselves to the privileges and obligations of Ionian League membership. This entails a partial delegation of sovereignty to the institutions in return for representation within those institutions.
To become a member of the Ionian League a nation must first pass the Idithos Criteria, defined at the 3351 meeting of the Ionian Parliament in Idithos. These require a stable democracy that respects the rule of law, a functioning market economy and the acceptance of the obligations of membership, including Ionian law. Evaluation of a country’s fulfillment of the criteria is the responsibility of the Ionian Parliament. There are three nations that are recognised as candidates for membership: Akrat, Sosin and Talfgar,
Ionian Law and Enforcement
Main Articles – Law in the Ionian League and Ionian Security Force
Law and order within the Ionian League is dictated by the founding constitutions, charters and treaties of the Ionian League, the Meridian Accords of the Peripherian League as well as limited Intersec involvement. By the nature of the Ionian League, law and order is broken down to three levels; local, regional and national. Local law is left in the hands of the Ionian member states, utilizing their own local police forces to met out justice and ensure Ionian law is being followed. Local law enforcement usually work closely with Ministry of the Interior and its established League wide police network. Regional and national law enforcement are handled by the Ionian Security Bureau, a sub-branch of the Interior Ministry. Working in much the same way was their distant Intersec cousins, the ISB maintain a number of outposts and facilities across the League either planet side or in orbit which monitor regional levels of crime, as well as harbour their own peace keeping forces. During peace times the Unified Ionian Military works closely with the Interior Ministry, patrolling vital trade routes and star systems across the League.
The Ionian justice system is broken down into a very similar system. Tribunals are divided between planetary, regional and national levels. Few cases ever find themselves in the regional tribunals, let alone the supreme tribunal. Tribunal cases tend to be handled planet side by the offended member state. The only cases ever to be taken to the Supreme Tribunal are those of the utmost severity, be it treason against the state or genocide. The last time the Supreme Tribunal was used was after the Ionian Wars during the trials of the 225 Pagatharan officers charged with war crimes.
Main Article – Foreign Relations of the Ionian League
See also – List of Active Ionian Embassies
As dictated by the Ionian Constitution the official purpose of the Ionian League is to maintain peace between the Ionian states, protect the League’s collective interests domestic and abroad, and allow the Ionian people to thrive throughout territories old and new.
Foreign relations within the Ionian League is handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the ministry responsible for handling the Ionian League’s external relations and diplomatic efforts, including the maintenance of its diplomatic missions across the Known Galaxy. It maintains hundreds of major and minor embassies across the Known Galaxy, most notably in the Gaennid Empire, Intersystem Alliance, Meretocracy of the Threshold, Commonwealths of Thaedonia and the Covenant of Edom.
Main Article – Intersystem Alliance
As of 3417 the Ionian League and the Intersystem Alliance maintain a cordial relationship with the regular trade of goods and raw materials. Established in 3384, the Ionian League maintains a major embassy on Earth in the Alliance capital of Geneva. The Intersystem Alliance is the Ionian Leagues western most ally, and acts as the western most edge of its sphere of political influence.
Meritocracy of the Threshold
Main Article – Threshold
The Ionian League’s southern most ally of Threshold has been a staunch political ally since the establishment of the People’s Coalition in the 3380’s. The Ionian League maintains at least one major embassy in the Threshold capital of Hadrian City on the planet Parthan.
Coronet, Council of the Three Crowns
Main Article – Coronet, Council of the Three Crowns
Holy Dominion of the Empyrean See
Main Article – Holy Dominion of the Empyrean See
Relations between the Ionian League and the expansionist Empyrean See have always been tense, even before the formation of the Ionian League. Blocked by the near impenetrable Ihalan Spiral save for the heavily fortified Ilios Valley, diplomatic relations between the two powers have been relatively scarce. Despite the tense peace hanging over the known galaxy as of 3417 the Ionian League keeps a number of starships and fortifications within the Ilios Valley on standby if the threat of war ever presents itself.
Empire of Gaennan
Main Article – Empire of Gaennan
The former enemies turned fast friends, in the wake of the Strife of the Lost the Ionian League and Gaennid Empire have built a lasting friendship. Gone are the grudges and rivalries of old, and in their place stands a steadfast friendship. The two powers trade both minerals, technology and other varying imports on a regular basis.
As of 3400 a number of diplomatic meetings between Gaennai representatives and Ionian diplomats have taken place on the neutral world of Tiriya within the Othman Kingdom to discuss future plans between the two powers on a variety of different political, economical and military matters. The Unified Ionian Navy and the Unified Gaennai Navy have participated in a number of naval exercises since the turn of the century, and a number of Gaennai produced firearms have found their way into the arsenal of the Ionian League.
Main Article – Peripherian league
As one of the founding members of the multinational military alliance that is the Peripherian League, the Ionian League holds a good standing with its other member-states.
Unified Republic of Salka
Main Article – Unified Republic of Salka
Though a young extra-solar power, the Ionian League and the Unified Republic of Salka share a deep relationship. Championing its merits of democracy, the Ionian League has for the past few decades aided the Unified Salkin Republic politically, economically and militarily, being a prime importer of Ionian military hardware. Since the 3390’s the Ionian League has maintained at least one long standing military establishment on the surface of the Salkin capital of Starálfur, near its planetary capital of Álafoss.
Human and Android Rights
Main Article – Human Rights in the Ionian League
Since throwing off the tyrants of Foslara, the Ionian League have continuously pushed the message of personal freedom and equality for every man and woman, however to participate in the Ionian League’s political scene one must have to serve in the Unified Ionian Military for a period of three years in order to vote. However androids are not permitted to vote, or gain citizenship in the Ionian League as they are seen as subservient to the Ionian people and are not considered sentient.
So far from the light of Sol and the Intersystem Alliance, the Ionian League along with the other nations of the Eastward Rim follow the Meridian Agreement. The Meridian Agreement outlines a number of human right laws that are to be followed throughout the Peripherian League as well as the wider Eastward Rim.
Unified Ionian Military
Main Article – Unified Ionian Military
The Unified Ionian Military is the combined arms of the Ionian League under the command of the Ministry of Defense and is composed of a volunteer force made up of individuals from across the Kosean Belt and beyond. There are only two uniform branches within the Unified Ionian Military; the Unified Ionian Navy and the Unified Ionian Army. Within both of these branches of the United Military are specialized branches such as the Ionian Star Fighter Corps, the Ionian Naval Infantry Corps and the Ionian Armoured Personnel Corps.
Compared to the Combined Arms of the Shiir’id within the Empire of Gaennan, the Unified Ionian Military is a centralized military body which remains present throughout the Ionian League during peace time and times of war. It operates Ordinance/Regional Depots throughout Ionian Space, and consistently conducts anti-pirate, anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling operations during times of peace.
The Unified Ionian Military can trace its history as far back as the Ionian Military Coalition; a loose coalition of the former independent system fleets of the Ionian member states. After the Emergency Military Act of 3338 and the Maheras reforms of the post-war Ionian League the Ionian Military Coalition was consolidated into the Unified Ionian Military with its two branches, the Unified Navy and Unified Army. As of 3417, it operates Three full sector fleets, each consisting of hundreds of warships, transports, and support vessels, divided into battle groups and task forces, in addition to ground troop divisions. The Unified Ionian Military has seen action inside the Ionian League and far abroad as part of peacekeeping operations in conjunction with the Peripherian League.
Main Article – Unified Ionian Navy
The Unified Ionian Navy, also known as the Ionian Navy or the Ionian Star Fleet, is the maritime branch of the Unified Ionian Military. The Ionian Navy is the first line of defense against aggressors both foreign or domestic, operating under the jurisdiction of the Admiralty Department, and is maintained financially by the Annual Defense Budget. The Ionian Navy’s primary peacetime duties place it in a role to defend the Ionian citizenry and property against piracy, smuggling, and other activities of an illegal nature.
The modern Ionian Navy didn’t come to fruition until the Ionian War, before then the Ionian League relied upon the system fleets of its member states for defence and the idea of a unified navy was simply an idea held by apparent militarists in the Ionian Parliament. After the Rape of Milenion in 3336, the Ionian League was forced into conflict with the Dominion of Pagathar, and thus a unified navy and army was created following the Military Creation Act of 3336. The Unified Ionian Navy would go on to grow larger and more powerful under the guiding hand of Grand Admiral Diokles Maheras so that by the turn of the 34th century the Unified Ionian Navy was among the most powerful navies in the Eastward Rim.
Unified Ionian Army
Main Article – Unified Ionian Army
The Unified Ionian Army is the terrestrial branch of the Ionian Military, and is the second line of defense against aggressors both domestic and foreign. The Unified Ionian Army is the second largest branch of the Unified Ionian Military. Though it may be small, the Ionian Army makes up for it in its professionalism and lock-step discipline. Since the National Service Act 3345 much of the Unified Ionian Army is made up of individuals between the ages of 17 to 21, serving a mandatory three year period of service. The Unified Ionian Army operates under the jurisdiction of the Army Council. During peacetime, the Unified Ionian Army are responsible for operating and maintaining planet-based instillation, often working alongside local law enforcement to combat smuggling and piracy.
Main Article – Ionian Planetary Navies
Many notable worlds in the Ionian League such as Uskides or Phonicia maintain private planetary navies and armies for self defense. These forces are under the direct control of these member states and are partially autonomous of the Unified Ionian Military. By the time of the Second Uskidian Civil War, new laws passed by the Ionian government sought to reduce the size of these planetary forces in favor of the more centralized Unified Ionian Military.
Main Article – Economy of the Ionian League
Since the Reformation Period the economic policy of the Ionian League centres around the distribution of licenses and permits given out to the private sector to harvest the natural resources and use the trade routes of the Ionian Cluster. In return, the private corporations and industries pay tithe to the Ionian League. The Termini links located within the Kosean Belt that make up a significant part of the Ionian Trade Corridor play a major role in the stability of the Ionian League’s economy.
The nature of the Termini themselves allow goods to be transported from one location to another much faster than standard jump routes. In essence it is the spine of the Ionian League, enabling the interstellar government to trade with larger powers across the known galaxy. The Peripherian League also plays a major part in the economy of not just the Ionian League but the entire Eastward Rim; facilitating trade between it’s three main members: The Commonwealths of Theadonia, the Covenant of Edom and the Ionian League itself.
Before the Ionian Wars the economy of the Ionian League was a shadow of what it is in the 35th century. Following the calamities that ended the Golden Age of the Ionians the economy of the region suffered heavily as a result, never to truly recover until the aftermath of the Ionian War. The establishment of a stable war-economy was one of the key pillars upon which the Ionian League constructed their post-war economy. The establishment of the Ionian military-industrial complex during the war also benifited the Ionian League in post-war, with the swift establishment of corporations and companies dedicated to the construction of weapons, starships, naval technology and more. These goods could then be sold abroad.
Not only did the Ionian War unite the Ionian Cluster, but it unlocked the hidden economic potential of the Ionian League, bringing them to the forefront of the galactic economic and political stage.
Interstellar trade is the life blood of any star nation, and the Ionian League are no exception. Overseen by the Ministry of Commerce and administered by the Bureau of Extra-Solar Commerce, these two government branches touch everything that comes and goes to, from and through. The Ministry of Commerce also keeps a registry of every charted ship within the Ionian Merchant Navy; vessels registered under the Ionian League for protection and compensation in the case that their goods or vessel(s) are damaged or lost in the scenario of pirate attacks or natural disasters, in return for a tithe as well as conscripted service into the Unified Ionian Navy during times of crisis.
If it were not for the Jump Routes and Termini Corridors that criss-cross the Ionian League, and by extension the Known Galaxy, the Ionian economy would grind to a halt and wither and die. In order to maintain a delicate sense of control over the Ionian shipping lanes, the Ionian Security Force was established to act as the Ionian League’s maritime police. The Ionian Security Force are tasked with ensuring the shipping lanes throughout the Ionian League maintain open and free of piracy and smuggling. Security force checkpoints are common place in numerous star-systems, as well as along Termini links where purposely established interdiction fields are established to forcefully bring starships out of FTL in order to be searched and checked before entering Ionian space proper.
The Ionian League’s main source of income comes from its private sector – the numerous corporations and mega-corporations that operate out of the Ionian League – corporate entities that provide goods with which the League can export.
Main Article – Starship Manufacturing in the Ionian League
Shipbuilding are is one of the largest industries in the Ionian League. Due to the bountiful amount of resources found in the Trillian Badlands and the Ihala Spiral, the Ionian League has managed to build up a lucrative shipbuilding industry. In the decades following the end of the Ionian War, the Ionian League’s starship husbandry and manufacturing industries took off. Two of the largest corporations at the helm of the industry are Katena Heavy Industries and Hydar Fleet Systems.
Fabrication and Manufacturing
Main Article – Fabrication and Manufacturing in the Ionian League
Main Article – Ihalan Steel Alloy
Planetary and Stellar Mining
Main Article – Planetary and Stellar Mining in the Ionian League
Planetary and Stellar Mining is one of the largest sources of income for the Ionian League, either through state owned endeavours, or tithes taken from privately owned corporations operating within Ionian League territory. With the Ionian League’s control over large sectors of space, their main source of income is the distribution of mining rights to private corporations operating out of the Ionia Star System, the Ionian Star Cluster or outside of Leagues controlled space, as well as the tithes taken from these private corporations for a continued mining license under the Ionian League.
Main Article – Helium-3 Industry in the Ionian League
The production of Helium-3 in the Ionian League is the second largest, yet most lucrative source of income. With numerous sources with which one could produce Helium-3 existing within Ionian Cluster and beyond, numerous corporations bid for the rights to control these deposits, whilst paying tithe to the League. Numerous state run Helium-3 production facilities operate within the Ionian League as well, in order to produce fuel for the government’s naval forces and cut the costs of having to import the fuel from abroad.
Located in the heart of the Eastward Rim the Ionian League has become a mixing pot of numerous different extra-solar nation states. A census taken at the turn of the 35th century estimated that over a sixth of the Ionian League’s population was comprised of ethnically Gaennai, and that a quarter of its overall population were made up of foreign ethnicities.
In the four centuries since its establishment the Ionian League has become a melting pot for ethnic groups from across the Eastward Rim and beyond. 79% of its general population are ethnically Ionian, whilst its second largest ethnic population are the Gaennai who take up a total of 19% of the general populous across Ionian Space, specifically worlds located close to the Ionian – Gaennai border. Other major ethnic groups include the Thaedonians and Edomi which individually take up 10% and 7% of the general populous respectively.
Other ethnic groups found within the Ionian League can trace their heritage back as far as the Intersystem Alliance, Threshold, Empyrean See and the Star Kingdom of Persica.
Main Article – Ionian (Language)
The official language of the Ionian League are Ionian, Gaennai, New Hydran and Galactic Standard, each of which are spoken by large portions of the overall population. The most prominent, predictably, is the Ionian.
Main Article – Education in the Ionian League
Main Article – Health in the Ionian League
Main Article – Ionians
The Ionians has been evolving since the first colonists arrived in the Ionia Cluster nearly a millennia ago. It is true to say that the Ionians have been building their culture since the Ionian Dark Age, but it was not until the formation of the Ionian League that the sons and daughters of Ionia became a unique people true to themselves. Due to the beep blend of cultures that harken back to Earths ancient past, there are still some similarities despite the overwhelming differences. It is unknown when, but at some point in the long history of the Ionians they adopted a type of Neo-Hellenism; adopting and gradually adapting the aesthetic and cultural aspects from the Hellenistic period of ancient Greece, the Roman Republic and the Etruscan League of old Earth.
In the modern day, Ionian culture has been refined and expanded upon exponentially, facilitated by the widespread peace brought about by the formation of the Ionian League in 3031. Known as the “Pax custodia Ioniae” among Ionian scholars, the Peace of Ionia lasted from 3031 until the advent of the Ionian Wars in 3314. During this period the Ionians, facilitated by the Ionian League, created many great cultural works across Ionian space, from paintings, sculptures to great literary works. They produced some of the most famous thinkers in all the Eastward Rim, such as Karipos of Atlantida and Ianessa of Colaseia.
As of 3345, the Ionian League has once again thrived during the “Pax Arsithos“, the Peace of Arsithos. Hallmarks of the Ionian culture such as its opulent or ornamental architecture have survived throughout the years, and again have made a return in the post-Ionian War period, which is largely considered to be a second golden age by some Ionian scholars.
Main Article – Ionian Theoism
See Also – Religious Organizations of the Ionian League
The official state religion of the Ionian League is the ancient Ionian Theoism, a polytheistic in nature with its roots in the Greek, Roman and Etruscan religions of Old Earth. Ionian Theoism is centred around the worship of key deities, a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses, that exist beyond the mortal plain. Those who follow Ionian Theoism are called Theoist.
The gods and goddesses of Ionian Theoism as usually associated with different aspects of day to day life, for example Hyperion the God of Stars and Space, Edon the God art, music and literature and Thesan the Goddess of love, beauty and fertility. Gods and Goddesses are also usually associated with certain trades and industries, for example Hyperion is a popular diety worshiped by members of the Unified Ionian Navy and Ionian Merchant Navy, as well as having a large following on maritime worlds such as Ossyria and Phonecia. Ionian Theoism is led by sects and orders of priests, priestesses and prophets associated with one or more religious orders dedicated to one or more of the Ionian gods.
The states of the Ionian League usually choose one of the Ionian deities to represent them, for example the chief deity of Foslara is Edon the God art, music and literature, though each state usually establishes and keeps temples of worship dedicated to all the gods.
Despite the majority of Ionians following Ionian Theoism (roughly 78%), the Ionian League officially welcomes all religions within its borders. Behind Ionian Theoism, Linnageism makes up the second largest denomination, the Ionian League seeing a slow rise to popularity among Gaennai. Those religions that were prevalent in the Ionians ancestral homes on Earth – Eastern Orthodox especially – have found new followers among the Ionian League; Christianity, Catholicism, and Judaism have found little popularity amongst the people.
An unexpected denomination has appeared among the disenfranchised and homeless: Luminaries of the Church of Eos. Luminism, the heart of the Covenant of Edom’s nonsecular state religion, is spread by the Luminous Brotherhood. They are often seen marching to a drone draped in red hooded cloaks offering food and clothing to those who need it and a place to sleep to the homeless in exchange for hearing the Word of Eos.
Art and Architecture
Main Articles – Ionian Art and Ionian Architecture
Main Article – Ionian Cuisine
The foodstuffs within the Ionian League vary depending on region and sub-region. In the densely built and highly populated Ionian Cluster, exotic cuisine made from local fauna and flora are extremely common, due mostly to the trial and error of their ancestors and the work of their scientists. For example the curries made from the giant shellfish of Oricos, the large skewer fried Pellassa Glowfish from the oceans of Foslara and the roasted Mavri Skia from the high mountain ranges of Ossyria. Due to the age of the “Core Worlds” their pallets have become increasingly diverse, whilst it is all the more evident on the outskirts and frontiers of Ionian space that such a diverse range of foodstuffs is as of yet out of their reach.
Colonists on the fringe continue the old traditions of those who had come before them. Their diets are made up of the same foods used to feed the original Ionian colonists nearly a thousand years prior. Many former colony worlds within the Cronus Rift and Helligus Reaches take pride in this continued heritage, thus many of their “common foods” are made up predominantly of cultured meats and mana, using spices and flavourings native to their own world, or imported from their original homeworld.
Main Article – Music in the Ionian League
Music in the Ionian League varies drastically depending on location, social circle as well as a number of other attributes. Due to the nature of the Ionian League a number of different musical styles exist throughout its territory, among the most popular is the neo-classical style of the Ionian nobility and upper class citizens within the Ionian monarchies and democratic states respectively. As of 3398 a new type of musical genre has gripped the youth of the Ionian League.
Known as Techniko vima, this new genre of techno music originated in the Lower Wards of the Ionian Capital of Idithos in the late 3390’s. Techniko vima has encapsulated the youth of the Ionian League, and is commonly played in large clubs and concerts across the League and its territories.
Main Article – Sport in the Ionian League
In the Ionian League, team sports are the most enthusiastically followed. The ancient sports of Football, Rugby and Cricket are the two most popular sports in the League, predominantly the Ionian Cluster and the Cronus Rift.
Out of the two, football is the most popular. Separated into regional and planetary divisions mediated by the Ionian Confederation of Football Unions, Ionian member states field their own football teams that compete for the various Cups for a chance to win the Ionian Football Championship. For the last three years, Ossyria within the Foslara-sponsored Ionia League has won the Cup, with Foslara coming second to each championship. Run in the same fashion, Uskides has won the Ionian Rugby Championship most often on-and-off for the last seventy years, and Foslara has won the Ionian Cricket Championship for the last thirty, on-and-off.
Internationally, the Solar Racing League Le Grand Voyageur is some of the most anticipated sports events throughout the Ionian League—specifically, the highly prestigious Isharan Cup.
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