The People’s Coalition is a large, modern dictatorship born out of the Coalition of Independent Systems. Founded by the first and current chancellor – Raiden Adler, the Coalition spans the majority of its predecessor’s territory. Formed on the 5th of June 3384, the People’s Coalition – in its current form – is one of the youngest star nations and the most volatile superpower in known space. With a vast military that has only grown since Chancellor Adler’s rise to power, it controls both its people and the state with fierce loyalty to the causes of the new Coalition or through – when necessary – brutal control of the opposition. With increasing hostilities with both the Intersystem Alliance, the Freehold Stratocracy, and the Threshold, the Coalition is viewed by many to be seeking out conflict in hopes of fueling its nationalist regime. Confident in its power and growing influence, it has a growing league of allies – most notably the Empyrean See.
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The name of People’s Coalition has its roots in the former Coalition of Independent Systems (CIS), the democratic predecessor of the current nationalist regime. The term ‘coalition’ was first associated with the CIS during its founding days by one of the forefathers of the original republic. In a speech given at the foot of the Verbond “landing stone”, senator Otrick Hikari called for a “coalition of worlds” to help strengthen the region against the growing threat of rapidly expanding monarchies and increasing piracy; and while the term “people’s” was throughout the original constitution of the coalition, it wasn’t until Chancellor Raiden Adler’s military coup in 3294 and the subsequent establishment of the new government that the word “people’s” was added to the star nation’s official title.
Comprised of many of the deep launch colonization efforts as well as indigenous colonization, the Coalition is a relative mix of old and new. Worlds like Passau and Adriatica find their roots in Earth’s early colonial efforts under the Human Continuity Project while other worlds like Nyx and Iberia are later colonization efforts pushed by the old Coalition’s Frontier Ministry. Other worlds still were lone star nations that joined the Coalition to benefit from the economic and military stability offered by the larger star nation. However, regardless of history, many nations have developed a cultural and cartographic distinctiveness based on the regional influence of the worlds at the heart of each sphere of influence.
Loosely translated as the “homestead” in old German, the Heimstatte is one of the central regions of the Coalition and home to one of the oldest “deep seed” colonies in known space – Passau. Settled by a majority German, Dutch, and Japanese crew, the five-thousand colonist named their world after the home-town of the colony effort’s founder. The fledgling deep seed colony grew over the years and has become home to over twenty billion people by the turn of the 35th century. Following Raiden Adler’s uprising, the capital city of Verbond was radically rebuilt, and the modern city is the largest example of a metropolis operating without any artificial intelligences – a self-proclaimed testament to human ingenuity and the inconsequentiality of artificial intelligence.
Beyond Passau, a majority of the Heimstatte’s world’s are generation 1.5 or 2 colonies. Places like Ronan and Neurhein were settled by colonist from Passau itself while other worlds like Mastin and Chimera were settled by follow-on colonization efforts from Earth. Neurhein, in particular, stands as a contender for one of the most important planets in the Heimaten, serving as the industrial heart of the region and home to some of the central shipyards in the Coalition.
Situated to the galactic north of the Heimaten, the Ar’Carino region is at the heart of the Coalition and is considered by many to be the cultural and educational heart of the Coalition. Settled by majority Mediterranean colonists including Greek and Italians, the central world of Ar’Carino proper is a lush world with vast sprawling lowlands surrounded by shallow but giant seas. Advanced even by Intersystem Alliance standards, Ar’Carino is considered the technological jewel of the Coalition. Other world’s in the region like Nekosmoi and Idryma – while having differing climates – share the core world’s penchant for science, technology, and education. Idryma’s Pantheo University is widely considered the university for the development and advancement of the biotech field while Ar’Carino’s Runair Institute of Technology stands as the
Other regions in Ar’Carino include the Kismari Storm – a vast stellar nursery under near constant scientific study and a cornerstone to the industrial portion of Ar’Carino. Huge factory starships comb the region, collecting heavy metals and minerals from dead stars while scientific stations point high power sensors and probes towards forming stellar structures. The Kismari Storm was the first location humanity observed the formation of a star and its contributions to science are well respected throughout the Coalition and the rest of the known universe.
The Andalusian worlds – “Estrella de Andalusia” – are the northernmost region of the Coalition and one of the hardest hit by the rise of Raiden Adler’s rise to power. Situated to the galactic east of the Uruk Wastes and south of the Alliance’s Elysian region. During the consolidation period of the Coalition, Andalusia and its Republic was very close to joining the Alliance as opposed to the Coalition. In fact, throughout the period of the Coalition of Independent Systems Republic, there were multiple votes in Andalusia to leave the Coalition in favor of the Alliance or even re-establishing independence.
When Raiden Adler came to power and after the Veridian region seceded from the new Nationalist regime, the re-branded People’s Navy was quick to move into Andalusia when there were rumblings that it would seek Alliance aide in obtaining independence. In what became known as the “Sundering of Stars”, Raiden Adler’s forces led by the dictator himself mercilessly routed the Andalusian Resistance. Billions died after when Coalition warships dropped gravity warheads over the capital city of Canastosia and many of the capitals of the other worlds in the Republic. By the time the Alliance recieved word of the attacks, the Andulisian government had capitulated; and the Coalition Navy had established a temporary base in the region to prevent further “interference from neighboring governments.”
In the modern era, Andalusia is a state-controlled vacation world where the native populace serves those loyal to the state. Other world’s in the region are major industrial complexes policed by the government and loomed over by powerful navy warships. Despite the brutality, Andalusians are still actively resistant to the People’s Coalition government presence on their world’s, with regular attacks against government installations and buildings.
The Ethenian Veld is one of the furthest regions colonized by mankind before the generation three and four colonization efforts by the Human Continuity Project. It sits at the southern tip of the Coalition and is one of the lest fortified and policed regions of the Coalition. Made up of a higher than average density of garden world’s, the Veld is often referred to as the breadbasket of the Coalition with a sparse population across its world’s. Even the central world – Ethenia itself – has a population of only one-hundred million with large tracts of its land patrolled and farmed by autonomous machines. Other world’s in the region like Vaulen and New Pacifica have even smaller populations of around twenty to thirty million.
Despite their close economic ties with the Heimaten, the Ethenian’s consider themselves a force in their own. Largely independent in terms of economic reliance, their populations relish the dependence the larger worlds have on their goods. While some fear that the government may choose to invade and nationalize the industry and farming in the region, so far the Adler government has chosen to keep its distance and allow the Ethenian’s to maintain their cultural, economic, and social independence as long as the prices stay low and the products continue to flow from the garden worlds.
Main Article – History of the People’s Coalition
With a rich, diverse history spanning centuries, the Coalition’s long-standing saga as one of the oldest democracies in the galaxy has turned towards a darker chapter as a nationalist regime – fueled by public distrust in an increasingly corrupts system – came to power. In its early days, its place the galaxy was at the heart of human rights progress, forward thinking, and social tolerance. Under its new banner and title, it has changed into a genocidal, socialist, and nationalist megalith that’s self-delusion reinforces its own hateful policies. Meanwhile, the tattered borders of its once vast territories are in a constant state of ceasefire and open war while old, friendly contests with the Intersystem Alliance, the Bertaeyn Federation, and the Threshold – and more recently the Freehold Stratocracy – have turned hostile.
Main Article – Military of the People’s Coalition
The Military of the People’s Coalition is as titanic as the nation itself. Boasting the largest standing fleet, the People’s Navy is a juggernaut looking to crush weaker nations. The State Security Agency (SSA) acts as the political arm of Raiden Adler’s regime, serving to keep the military in check and weed out officers and soldiers who might be looking to usurp their leader. The People’s Militia is the purest organization of the genetically acceptable humans lacking any trace of mutations that could lead to “undesirable abnormalities” in their offspring. They serve to enforce Adler’s social policies and are led by Adler’s trusted advisor Ajin Kirsch.
The Military has been criticized by many nations for forcing servicemembers to serve exclusively in spheres of influence that they have never lived in, forcing families to move great distances and often resulting in member-separation from their family for years at at time above what regular service would require. No servicemember is authorized to serve more than three Sol-Years in any one sphere of influence in total, or four years if deployed more than fifty-percent of the time they are stationed at the location. Coalition Leadership claims this is to encourage diversity and exploration of the other worlds of the Coalition.
The culture of the Coalition – like other superpowers – is a diverse amalgamation of the various cultural backgrounds of its component world’s. With cultural influences from old earth to include everything from Germany to Egypt to China and Mongolia, the Coalition relies on common ties to establish its nationalistic fervor. With the Raiden Adler regime, the majority of the regions have seen the influx of the Heimaten’s influence in things like social justice, political structure, and national programs.
Along with the nationalistic elements is the Adler regime’s xenophobia to the human adepts. Human Purity centers run by the SSA actively investigate, pursue, and arrest people displaying abilities and genetics of a human adept. Cultures that were traditionally supportive of human adepts – such as Andalusia – have seen a dramatic turn against these genetically different humans with locals adopting the violent policies of the Adler regime and turning against their neighbors and colleagues.
In the last century, as a new generation has been born in many of the regions forcefully consolidated under the People’s Coalition, a new wave of politicians in full support of Adler and his policies has started to take hold throughout the Coalition. Members of the State Youth have risen to power as governors, mayors, and regional leaders to help cement the policies and – to a lesser extent – the culture of the Heimaten and Verbond leaving a nationalistic superpower that is disturbingly united against outside influence.
In turn, this has resulted in greater censorship of media and incoming information from outside the Coalition, and recent border restriction has minimized travel outside of the Coalition. Travel between spheres of influence or specified regions requires showing documentation, or “papers.” This was instituted after several Threshold Mercenaries “liberated” groups of imprisoned activists from inner worlds of the Coalition in 3386 following the Coalition Second Civil War.