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Glossary

Governments

The United Terran Coalition (UTC)

For over three centuries the allied colonies were governed by the Earth Alliance, until the twenty-fifth century when an insurrection turned into civil war, now called the ‘War of Independence. The Earth Alliance’s final actions were to partition the outer colonies into three states and seven protectorates, and establish the United Terran Coalition. All member nations of the UTC are governed by universal laws and enjoy trade and political benefits. In the last two-hundred years, the number of states has increased to six, and the number of protectorates has varied considerably.

Not all governments are formally recognised by the UTC, and some are subject to sanctions and even embargos. Although the member states of the UTC are the wealthiest of nations, the protectorates and non-aligned governments often express their anger at being ‘abandoned’ by the Coalition.

The Republic of Daranir

During the war of independence, many colonies chose to remain neutral and were mostly spared the ravages of war, but that did not stop them from applying for independence when the war ended. Most controversial were the colonies in and around the Daranir system, which publicly denounced their warring neighbours, only to then reap the rewards of independence.

The Republic of Daranir is now one of the largest and most powerful protectorates and is currently in the process of applying to become the seventh state of the UTC. The system of government is a democratic monarchy, though their most unusual take on royal succession has caused some unrest in the Coalition. Though the Chancellor’s power is supreme, he is still answerable to a democratically elected parliament and can be deposed by a majority vote. Most citizens of the Republic enjoy comfortable lifestyles, fuelled by steady trade and a robust economy.

The Cirin Alliance

The Cirin Alliance began as a loose affiliation of colonies during the war of independence, but subsequently became an outspoken and rebellious protectorate of the UTC. Having suffered significantly in social and economic terms during the war, the Alliance demanded aid from the UTC in the form of food and terraforming equipment. These demands were mostly ignored, and the Alliance soon faced famine, massive unemployment and exponential inflation. In the early twenty-sixth century, a series of terrorist attacks on neighbouring nations was blamed on the Cirin Alliance, and they were eventually expelled from the Coalition.

Cippled by growing popular unrest, the Alliance government was finally toppled by coup d'état, and months of fighting followed as the allied systems vied for power. New governments came and went, some lasting for less than a week, until the systems finally agreed to establish a council of elders representing each member world with the first priority being an end to the food crisis and unemployment. The result is a state which describes itself as a ‘Socialist Democracy’, but has been less kindly called a ‘dangerous melting-pot of Communists, Anarchists and farmers with delusions of grandeur’.

Today the Cirin Alliance has ended the famine, reduced unemployment and halted inflation. They regard the Republic of Daranir with utter contempt, publicly denouncing it as an expansionist dictatorship, run by war-profiteers. When a terrorist attack on the Republic House of Parliament was attributed to Cirin sympathisers, the Republic declared war. The Alliance has denied ever sanctioning terrorists and has accused the Republic of orchestrating the attack.

Ships

Niobe

Niobe

Niobe is based on a starship deseign which is over two centuries old. The exact age of Niobe herself is unclear. Niobe has undergone extensive modifications over the years, including the addition of three main canons and a point-defense turret which make her unusually powerful for a ship of her size. Though currently crewed by five persons, she can - in theory - be effectively commanded by just two.

'Taratane' class Frigate

The Taratane is a small warship, designed primarily for reconnaissance and mobile operations. It is very fast, but lightly armed. Its key strength lies in its launch bays, capable of holding two fighters and thus further extending its range while adding an unexpected defensive bonus. Although a versatile and useful ship, the Taratane is generally a subject of derision within the RASF .

Cr-9 'Scimitar' Fighter

The Scimitar is widely used by many governments, and a favourite among experienced pilots. Heavily armed for a fighter of its size, yet remarkably agile, the Scimitar tends to dominate any battle it enters. It's only weakness are it's moderate rate of acceleration and slightly restricted visibility.

Kestrel

HI-142 'Kestrel' Fighter

Sacrificing firepower for speed, the Hollast Industries Kestrel is primarily a fast-attack interceptor. The Kestrel is a commercial military model, deployed by several governments including the Cirin Alliance.

'Gerushda' class Destroyer

Though small for a Destroyer, the Gerushda carries significant firepower and has earned a reputation as a 'Cap-Killer' for its remarkably high kill ratio against other capital ships. With three by three main guns, four smaller guns and eight point-defense turrets the Gerushda is already a match for most warships of its size, but the addition of a fixed, forward firing energy lance - capable of cutting through starship hulls like butter - makes it a formidable threat to anything smaller than a battleship.


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