The Kuiper Compact


Regions:

  •  Pluto (310,000 pop)
    •  Charon (50,000 pop)
    •  Hydra (1,500 pop)
    •  Nix (1,000 pop)
  •  Varda (9,000 pop)
    •  Ilmare (3,000 pop)
  •  Chaos (4,000 pop)
  •  Varuna (6,000 pop)
  •  Ixion (4,000 pop)
  •  Makemake (205,000 pop)
  •  Xena (400,000 pop)
    •  Gabrielle (300 pop)
  •  Gebel (30,000 pop)
  •  Sedna (105,000 pop)
  •  Vesper (450 pop)
  •  Typhon (500 pop) - (Neptune centaur)
  •  Haumea - (not part of the Kuiper Compact)
    •  Hi'aka (200 pop)
    •  Namaka (850 pop)

History

  • Pluto was the earliest object of colonization of the Kuiper Belt in 2302 from stepping stones on Triton, but a minor landrush occurred soon after resulting in myriad tiny settlements sprouting up throughout the region over the next fifty years.
  • In 2327, the nascent Plutonian Assembly - itself one of the very few colonies in the solar system not initially a corporate project - began negotiations with Makemake and elements on Xena in the interests of creating a "Kuiper Commerce League". While these efforts fell apart, the Plutonian Assembly five years later in 2332 managed to bind the three polities into the modern-day Kuiper Compact, although the initial structure of the arrangement involved voluntary mutual treaties and no real central organization.
  • As the Protean League began to consolidate in the 2380s, the members of the Kuiper Compact became increasingly uneasy, and conscious of their own apparent divisions added a military component to their agreement.
  • The Sedna All-Thing was admitted much later, in 2465.

Conflicts:

  • The Protean League consolidation was the trigger for the addition of a supplementary common military component to the Kuiper Compact, and maintaining the appearance of a strong defensive stance against the Protean League remains the primary focus of the association.
  • The so-called "Haumean Problem" remains a contentious subject even with the Kuiper Compact, although as a whole the members of the Kuiper Compact are much more sympathetic to the Haumeans than most of the rest of the solar system. Partially this is due to the Compact's ultimate goal of bringing Haumea into the Compact proper, although this sentiment is by no means universally shared.
  • The growth of the Alliance has similarly raised alarms among the Compact's military hierarchy, although the consensus is that the Alliance is unlikely to make a move on the Kuiper Belt at least until the conflict around Saturn is resolved, and possibly even later. The major concern is that if the Long War between the Democratic Republic of Triton - which the Kuiper Compact strongly supports - and the Protean League grinds on indefinitely without resolution, the Alliance may be tempted to simply bypass Neptune for the time being and attempt to dominate the polities of the Kuiper Belt.
  • The Orcus Directorate, while not openly hostile to the Kuiper Compact, has nonetheless refused commercial or diplomatic overtures, and is in fact inhospitable even to private corporate inroads, although this is mixed. The Orcus Directorate's isolationist stance concerns the Kuiper Compact's politicos, but thus far this has not raised to the level of a major concern.

Politics and Culture:

  • The Articles of Compact:
    • Article 1 - Suspension of tariffs and import/export taxes between member worlds; note that this applies only to world-specific tariffs and taxes - such that apply to all organizations equally within the bounds of the Compact are not restricted by this provision.
    • Article 2 - Establishment of an Organizing Committee consisting of a single representative of each world, and an Assembly consisting of proportional representation by population. The passage of any modification to the Articles of Compact require a 3/4 vote of both these political entities; this is, obviously, extremely difficult to obtain, and as such is extremely rare. The acceptance or rejection of any political entity is similarly covered by this provision, although any entity may voluntarily choose to leave the Compact at any time.
    • Article 3 - Establishment of a Kuiper Compact Defense (KCD) organization run by appointment of majority vote of the Organizing Committee.
    • Article 4 - Levying of a 5% GNP tax of all member polities, the manner of collection by each polity as each polity sees fit. The Organizing Committee has the authority to define the financial value of asset contributions, including personnel contributions, to fulfill this requirement.
    • Article 5 - Compact members explicitly reserve all other powers, rights, and responsibilities not covered in the Articles of Compact, including the right to maintain an independent military force, tax structure, and political and economic relations with polities who are not members of the Kuiper Compact.
  • Because the Kuiper Compact includes several disparate worlds, it lacks a single, defined, national culture. This is, however, changing, as the growing effectiveness of the Kuiper Compact as a whole and the Kuiper Compact Defense force in particular has begun to create a sense of shared national identity.
    • One of the major reasons for this is that member nations can fulfill some of their GNP tax by the service of individuals, especially in the Kuiper Compact Defense force, but also in the service of Compact economic and diplomatic initiatives.
    • Individual members of the Compact have begun encouraging volunteers for this, and due to limited need for personnel the competition has become quite heated, with the result that service in the Kuiper Compact administration or defense force now garners considerable prestige.
    • When service ends, individuals return, but return back bringing a sense of common purpose and common identity with the Kuiper Compact that affects their own natal societies.