State


Regions:

  •  State (200 million pop)
  •  Luna (6,500,000 pop)
  •  Phobos (3,500 pop)

Political Subdivisions:

  •  Greenland Administrative District
  •  North American Administrative District
  •  Caribbean Administrative District
  •  South American Administrative District
  •  Lunar Administrative District
  •  Phobos Administrative District

Overview:

  • State represents a less stable and less unified national polity than that of the Eastern Federation, with power being more widely distributed, although little of that power filters down to the common citizen.
  • Of the modern polities of Earth, State was, along with Union and the Oceanic League, one of the first three polities to pursue settlement of the solar system in the pursuit of natural resources. State's dominance of Luna and heavy influence over the Free State of Mars are both lasting legacies of this early pursuit, a legacy it has increasingly struggled to maintain in the face of younger, more aggressive powers.
  • While a lesser power than the Eastern Federation, State nevertheless represents a major military power, particularly in the area of automated ground forces, although it also boasts a robust battleship construction capability centered around Luna.

History

  • The Great Contraction of the late 21st century devastated the peoples of North and South America as waves of economic collapse and famine triggered regional resource wars and bitter conflicts that frequently involved appalling uses of biological weaponry.
  • Combined with its own problems involving rapidly degenerating agricultural production and aquifers, the United States was forced focus its efforts on maintaining civil order in the regions east of the Rocky Mountains with little practical ability to aid the West Coast.
  • While many corporations themselves perished in the initial throes of The Great Contraction, some did survive, and the most powerful of these - now unable to rely on either central national government or local state governments to protect their interests - began to provide for their own interests in the form of private security forces, gated communities for their workforces, and infrastructural support.
  • The resulting "New Feudalism" was to leave an indelible imprint upon both cultural attitudes and political assumptions for centuries to come. In practical terms, corporate power, whims, needs, and interests became more important than national or state interests. Social mobility calcified further, and the state became the mouthpiece of the corporate oligarchs rather than an insurer of the rights of the citizen.
  • As world populations slowly began to recover in the 22nd century, a collection of new multilateral treaties were signed creating the modern polity of State. While nominally a democratic republic, the political control of State in reality walks the line between the interests of the old national ruling classes and the pervasive might of corporate power.

Primary Industries:

  • Carbonates
  • Silicates
  • Fissile Materials
  • Massive shipyards capable of building capital-class ships including dreadnoughts and super dreadnoughts
  • Strong manufacturing capabilities, particularly in the area of components built from materials shipped down from Luna as much from the surface.

Conflicts:

  • State's primary rivals are the Eastern Federation and Union. State maintains a cautious neutrality with regards to Union, although there is little trust between the two powers, and both are contemptuous of the other.
  • Relations with the Eastern Federation have long been frayed, with the Eastern Federation being a fundamentally more powerful polity both economically and militarily, but in the face of mutually assured destruction the Eastern Federation has been unable to dominate the Western Hemisphere. State has instead elected to play a game of proxy states and organizations in an attempt to outmaneuver the Eastern Federation diplomatically and economically to mixed effect.
  • A frequent ally of the Eastern Federation, the Southern Bloc is generally hostile to State national interests.
  • State's open support of the Commonwealth of Callisto in the Jupiter system has further served to pit the remainder of the Galilean polities against it. State, thus, has an enormous amount at stake in the Jovian Conflict, for if the Commonwealth of Callisto loses, so too will State lose all practical influence in outer worlds.
  • In the Martian civil war, State has backed the Free State of Mars against the Mars Republic, a backing that is decidedly not merely symbolic, as State maintains a military base on the moon Phobos. As with State's backing of the Commonwealth of Callisto in the Jovian Conflict, this represents an enormous gamble, for it has alienated not only the Mars Republic, but the Mars Republic's primary backer, Union. If the Free State of Mars is ultimately crushed, State's military base on Phobos will become completely isolated, and neither the Mars Republic nor Union is likely to tolerate its presence. If the Free State of Mars somehow survives, however, State will have gained a very strategically placed ally.
  • State's only reliable ally on Earth is the Oceanic League, and even here, that alliance is mostly based on shared cultural ties and join unease with the Eastern Federation's leviathonic military and economic might.

Politics and Culture:

  • Similarly to Union and the Eastern Federation, State is in large part a puppet state controlled by corporate and oligarchic interests, although in the case of State traditional oligarchic interests are on par with corporate interests, though it is dubious as to whether this represents an improvement for the average citizen.
  • The general population of State has little economic security and few political rights, and although they nominally possess both, the reality is that the legal system is fundamentally skewed in favor of their corporate and oligarchic masters. Still, unlike the Eastern Federation, those who command the political apparatus of State have no particular desire to control their population beyond that which is necessary to further enrich themselves. Ultimately, this represents a trade-off, where the citizens of State have some greater social freedom than their analogs in the Eastern Federation, whereas the citizens of the Eastern Federation have greater economic assurances and hedges against deprivation.
  • Culturally, State still clings to its old dreams of empire, despite that it has taken all that it has just to hold on to what it still has. Were it not for State's effective control of Luna and the vast supplies of resources - particularly titanium, iron, and Helium-3 - it has been able to extract from there, State would likely be a relatively minor actor on the political stage.
  • As a fading power, State has begun to turn inward culturally, focusing on internal affairs and concerns, although this trend still faces contest from those who believe State can and should more aggressively challenge the Eastern Federation in particular on the world stage, despite that this is impractical and possibly self-destructive.