Republic of Titan


Regions:

  •  Titan (990,000 pop)
  •  Tethys (2,200 pop)
  •  Phoebe (46,000 pop)
  •  Janus (38,600 pop)
  •  Enceladus (8,100 pop)

Overview:

  • Dense nitrogen atmosphere driven by wind and climate including methane and ethane clouds.
  • Extremely cold, far below the freezing point of water on Titan's surface, but still above the freezing temperature of methane, leading to large lakes of liquid methane as well as methane rainfall.
  • Larger in diameter and more massive than Earth's own moon, Luna, Titan's gravitational pull is still slightly weaker than Luna due to differences in composition and density.
  • Tidally locked with Saturn, meaning that one side of Titan is always facing Saturn - though the soupy atmosphere of Titan rather dramatically diminishes the ability to see Saturn from Titan's surface.
  • Due both to its distance from the Sun and its own thick atmosphere, Titan receives a paltry 1% of the sunlight as does the Earth.Extensive cryovolcanism exists on Titan's surface, replenishing the surface's supply of methane from reservoirs deep within the world.
  • A subterranean liquid water ocean that is about 100km below Titan's surface, somewhat less accessible than that of Europa's own subterranean ocean.
  • Extremophile methane-based micro-organisms were discovered to exist in the great lakes of Titan in the late 21st century. Inhaled hydrogen (instead of oxygen as is the case with most organisms on Earth) and exhaling methane (instead of carbon dioxide), they represented the first existing evidence of life in the solar system outside of Earth.

History

  • Initial colonization of the Saturn system began with settlement of Saturn's largest moon, Titan by a diverse combination of metanational and national interests from the predecessor nations of the Southern Bloc and the Oceanic League, most notably Pacifica, Japan and India. With its vast ammonia and methane reserves, Titan represented - and still does - a key source for the hydrocarbons that still to this day dominates the powered spaceflight economy.
  • Referred to jokingly as "The New World" for its economic dynamism, the Titan Corporation's early years were set against a backdrop of desperate, explosive growth such that the Titan Corporation struggled to manage the disparate enterprises in such as way as to at the same time profit off of their prosperity, manage the colony's overall development, and not discourage the welcome surge in people and money pouring into Titan.
  • The Titan Corporation's solution to this was to create a system of sub-contractual agreements allowing for almost unfettered development by individual investors with a few key caveats. Instead of a set of corporate law, the Titan Corporation developed a system of cooperative law. Cooperatives were licensed with a strict 40-40-20 division, with 40% of declared profits and voting power going to financial investors, 40% going to the individual employees and even contractors, and 20% being funneled to the parent corporation - that is, the Titan Corporation itself.
  • As a result, Titan developed into an economic giant, but a maddeningly decentralized and uncontrollable giant. The pursuit of profit is not simply a corporate doctrine, but a cultural one, as Titan's unusual system of cooperative law creates as much incentive for employees and contractors to identify with and support the commercial enterprises of their employer.
  • As economic exploitation of Titan expanded, it was decided to relocate both naval shipyard and security operations to nearby Rhea in an effort to ensure security functions, as the commercial enterprises on Titan were so disparate and so uncontrolled as to make the central governing body's hold tenuous at best.
  • After the fractious governing of Titan became impossible under the existing system, the Republic of Titan was organized, though the finished product was only dubiously more effective than its pre-republic state. In spite of considerable public outcry, pre-republic Titanian authorities exempted the Rhean Divisional Authority from republican sovereignty, as neither the pre-republic Titanian authorities nor the military governor of the Rhean Divisional Authority trusted what they feared could become mob rule in the new Republic of Titan.
  • In the ensuing decades, the Republic of Titan and the Rhean Divisional Authority continued to maintain extremely tight military and commercial ties with considerable interchange of officers. Factions in both governments maintain some distrust of the other, however, with the Republic of Titan constructing its own military forces to "supplement coalition naval forces" on the one side, and the Rhean Divisional Authority consistently denying Titanian corporate access to Rhea's ice-water, something that has forced the Republic of Titan to deal much more aggressively with the Iapetus Coalition's water-miners than it would otherwise have.
  • Until the territorial encroachments of the Alliance, the Titan-Rhean Coalition was steadily pressuring the ancillary polities of the Saturn system to accede to Titan-Rhean hegemony, if not outright annexation, but the arrival of the Alliance juggernaut has upended that trajectory. Although the Rhean Divisional Authority's navy is significant, it is still not large enough to safely take the offensive upon the Alliance.

Primary Industries:

  • Hydrocarbons
  • Carbonates
  • Silicates
  • Metals
  • Water Ice
  • Large and diverse generalized economy, although a majority of such is dedicated to the development and processing of hydrocarbon-based goods and resources.
  • Repair facilities exist for vessels, but not construction of said as historically the Rhean Divisional Authority has handled naval vessel construction. Due to the Republic of Titan's large coffers, it has instead opted to purchase vessels directly from other sources as well as enlist the services of licensed military contractors.

Conflicts:

  • While an extremely close ally of the Rhean Divisional Authority, tensions exist over issues of lack of Titan corporate access to Rhean Divisional Authority possessions, and a general attitude of contempt on the part of the Divisional Authority towards the Republic of Titan on the grounds that the latter is incapable of standing militarily on its own without the Divisional Authority's assistance.
  • The Alliance is the single main threat to both the Republic of Titan and the Rhean Divisional Authority. Massive naval construction has begun, but the reality is that the Titan-Rhean Coaition is desperately out-gunned, and it is only the inherently exceedingly cautious advance of the Alliance that has kept the situation from breaking out into full-fledged war.
  • The Republic of Titan maintains a robust economic exchange with the Iapetus Coalition for the latter's water ice; while Titan does possess significant amounts of water, economically it is far cheaper to mine and transport such from Iapetus than to chemically reconstitute it from surface compounds or pump it up from Titan's deep subsurface ocean. The nature of this exchange is tense, however, as the Republic of Titan has leaned heavily on the Iapetus Coalition, with some political factions in the Republic even arguing for annexation. This has begun to drive the Iapetus Coalition into the arms of the Alliance, further destabilizing the military and political situation around Saturn.
  • In an attempt to impose its hegemony over its neighbors, the Republic of Titan formed the Council of Saturn as a diplomatic organization comprised of all four native polities of Saturn's system. It has no actual power, and serves primarily as an organizing body for those few areas of overlapping interests. In its original conception it was intended to be a nascent form of Pan-Saturn unity government, but the divisions and differences between the polities are sufficiently major as to make this acknowledged to be a lost dream.
  • The moon of Hyperion is a special case of a world without a polity. All four of the native Saturnian polities have in different ways used Hyperion as a dumping ground for malcontents, prisoners, or radicals. The Republic of Titan maintains no long-term prison on its surface, shipping off criminals - even those who persistently cannot pay their debts - to Hyperion wholesale. This has indirectly resulted in particular antipathy from terrorist cells operating out of Haumea in retaliation against the Republic of Titan's key role in allowing the Hyperion "experiment" to continue.

Politics and Culture:

  • An outgrowth of Titan's unique political-economic system of "cooperatives" has been the creation of a basic cultural ethos focused on profit both at an individual level and a cooperative level.
  • In addition to a cultural respect for the pursuit of profit has also come a similar respect for entrepreneurship and individual accomplishment and merit. As with most of the Outer Worlders, Titanites respect what works over the fact of tradition, but Titanites combine this with an enthusiastic welcoming of outsiders who are willing to embrace Titan's social philosophy.
  • This focus on profit does not generally extend to a national level, however, leaving Titan in the odd position of being an incredibly wealthy but very fractious and disunified polity. Politics are unstable and involve constantly shifting political factions, though in truth, the differences between these factions are minor, and most on Titan largely ignore politics as unlikely to have a large impact on their direct lives.
  • Japanese, albeit utilizing a version of Latinized romaji script as opposed to the original system of Chinese-derived characters, is the dominant language, although English is not uncommon as a secondary language.
  • Titan's biggest single social problem - and it is widely acknowledged and discussed in public forums - is the average Titanite's focus and loyalty being directed individually or towards their own cooperative rather than the Republic as a whole. This has resulted in a lack of capacity for collective action that has left Titanites wealthy but hamstrung in their ability to impact Outer World politics. Periodic plans attempting to boost nationalism or patriotism have failed spectacularly and been widely mocked, though similar proposals continue to be floated by several of Titan's fractious political parties.
  • Although it lacks an effective capacity for collective action, Titan remains an incredibly popular target for immigration. While the cooperative system discourages outside capital, it has proven extremely effective in encouraging the importation of skilled labor. The result has been a vibrant, powerful local economic engine driven by a constant influx of talent and skill from elsewhere in the solar system.
  • In its relations with the Rhean Divisional Authority, as the dominant economic power the Republic of Titan tends to take the lead in the coalition as far as diplomatic and commercial factors. This arrangement has become somewhat strained in light of the encroachment by the Alliance, since thus far the Alliance's depredations have focused on Titanian interests much more than Rhean interests, so the Divisional Authority has felt less urgency to address the situation.
  • The Republic of Titan and its constituent cooperatives represent the solar system's single most prolific buyer of private military contracts. While the Republic of Titan has begun expanding its military capabilities, even purchasing a number of super dreadnoughts, the fact remains that training and experience among Republican naval forces are widely considered to not be up to par with either Rhean Divisional Authority or Alliance forces. Still, the Republic of Titan is investing large amounts of time and money into the project, and assuming the Alliance does not defeat it first, it may well someday take its place as one of the premier military forces of the Outer Worlds.
  • Although Titan proper represents the vast majority of the Republic of Titan's population, large - by Outer Worlds standards, at least - colonies exist on both Phoebe and Janus, in addition to several research and military stations on several other moons under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Titan.