The Democratic Republic of Triton


Regions:

  •  Triton (560,000 pop)

Overview:

  • Triton is one of the solar system's largest moons, and consists of over 99% of the mass in orbit around Neptune in a synchronous orbit that is (very) slowly decaying. Without intervention, in several billion years Triton will eventually be consumed or broken up by Neptune.
  • In composition very similar to Pluto and with its peculiar retrograde orbit, it is believed to have originally been a dwarf planet from the Kuiper Belt captured by Neptune in the distant past.
  • With carbonates, silicates, hydrocarbons, metals, fissiles, and water ice - not to mention Helium-3 from Neptune's atmosphere, Triton was an ideal settlement target.
  • Geologically active, its surface is relatively young as a result of cryovolcanic eruptions and tectonic movements. Liquid nitrogen geysers dot the surface resulting in a very thin, very low pressure atmosphere.
  • Like Earth's own moon, Triton is tidally locked with Neptune, meaning one face is always facing the Neptune.
  • As with Europa, Triton boasts subterranean water deep beneath its surface, although instead of being a single enormous ocean it is more differentiated into a several smaller seas, some connected, some not.
  • Seasonal, invisible eruptions of nitrogen as a result of solar heating from the Sun last up to a year, depositing dust hundreds of kilometers downwind.
  • The western hemisphere is comprised of "cantaloupe terrain" composed dirty water ice in similarly sized depressions.

History

  • The largest moon by far in Neptune's system, Triton was also settled relatively early in humanity's expansion into the solar system. The first permanent settlement touched down in 2202, and by the close of the century Triton had become the Oceanic League's primary base of operations off of Earth, and springboard to its colonization of the Kuiper Belt.
  • Commercially wealthy and one of the outer world's most vibrant economies, the Democratic Republic of Triton was founded with the Oceanic League's blessing in 2330. While Triton's economy continued to be a powerful engine of growth, the myriad groups that had settled on Triton now became a new problem. Political in-fighting turned the vaunted democracy's political system into a morass of gridlock, broken only occasionally by periods of de facto one party rule. These periods of one-party rule almost always simply made the situation worse, as frustration with the existing system almost always led to political overreach, inevitably setting the stage for rivals to come back into power with blood in their mouth and repeat the cycle.
  • Where once the Democratic Republic of Triton's political chaos was a relatively harmless, albeit frustrating, subject, the rise of the Protean League and the growing power of the Alliance changed the calculus. No longer would political gridlock be a tolerable price to pay for freedom, and despite its economic might, the Democratic Republic of Triton began to lose ground, first to the Protean League, and later to the Alliance.
  • The present situation is dire; while large and well-equipped, the Democratic Republic of Triton's navy suffers from low morale and rampant cynicism. Its internal struggle to balance effective political unity with the needs and desires of a radically diverse population has taken a toll, and there are many who believe it possible that the polity itself may fall - if not to the Protean League or the Alliance, perhaps simply to itself.

Primary Industries:

  • Carbonates
  • Silicates
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Metals
  • Fissiles
  • Water Ice
  • Helium-3
  • Moderately expansive ship building capabilities, though primarily at frigates and freighters; while the Democratic Republic of Triton's navy favors heavy capital class vessels, these are purchased from elsewhere rather than being natively built
  • Wide variety of other industries

 

Urban Complexes

  • Cipango (capital)
  • Kracatena
  • Dagon City
  • Abatos
  • Medea
  • Ryugu

Conflicts:

  • The Long War with the Protean League
    • Neptune is the site of a protracted conflict between the expansive and xenophobic Protean League and the moon of Triton, one of the largest moons in the solar system. The conflict is most popularly referred to as, The Long War, as it has continued now for well over fifteen years and shows no signs of going away. Repeated diplomatic attempts to resolve the issue have utterly failed.
    • The Democratic Republic of Triton is larger and more economically powerful, but is crippled with internal political gridlock rendering the polity incapable of effectively marshaling its superior resources. While Triton's navy is substantial, it suffers from low morale and rampant cynicism among its officer corp.
    • The Protean League spends a vastly higher percentage of its productivity on the construction of an ever-increasing military. Where the Democratic Republic of Triton's navy favors larger battleships, the Protean League prefers to operate a numerically superior fleet of more-expendable and more nimble frigates with only a very few larger ships.
    • Still, the Protean League is not powerful enough to launch an all-out attack on the Democratic Republic of Triton, and so has - for now - confined itself to aggressive commerce raiding, capturing smaller colonies and research stations, and slowly but surely tightening an economic noose around its larger neighbor. Until recently Triton's populace considered the Protean League's actions merely a nuisance, but with the loss of a few high-profile mining and research bases in Neptune's Trojan Belt there is an increasing fear that the Protean League may actually someday be able to force the Democratic Republic of Triton to its knees.
  • The Promise of the Alliance
    • On the two most distant moons of Neptune - in fact, the most distant moons of any moons in the solar system from their own primary - the Alliance has set up a solitary, small mining operation on Neso, and a tiny research station on Psamanthe.
    • The Alliance has been careful to not antagonize either the Democratic Republic of Triton, nor has it made any moves on the Protean League.
    • Neither the Republic of Triton nor the Protean League trusts the Alliance's intentions, however, and both keep a close eye on Alliance operations in the area, as the Alliance has gained a reputation for patient but seemingly unstoppable expansionism.
  • Allied Polities
    • The Oceanic League on Earth is extremely friendly with the Democratic Republic of Triton, and was in fact the main source of Triton's initial population. The Oceanic League today remains one of the primary suppliers of military aid to Triton and has provided numerous military officer exchange programs and even several aging warships.
    • The Commonwealth of Callisto of Jupiter is similarly friendly, though both are embroiled in conflicts and as such neither is able to provide much material aid to the other.
    • The Plutonian Assembly and the Sedna All-Thing are both very sympathetic to the Democratic Republic of Triton and have even been known to occasionally convince the Kuiper Compact to send occasional military aid.

 

Politics and Culture:

  • As it was the first major settlement target for the Oceanic League, the Democratic Republic of Triton was its crown jewel, and in fact is still referred to as "The Jewel of the Outer Worlds", though this luster has dulled somewhat in the years since it first earned that name.
  • Culturally, Triton began as almost as heterogenous as the Oceanic League itself, and became even more so, as over time it attracted immigrants from a wide variety of sources:
    • Pacific Coast (21% of the population)
    • Japanese (20% of the population)
    • Indonesian (12% of the population)
    • New Zealander (11% of the population)
    • Australian (9% of the population)
    • Middle Eastern (6% of the population)
    • Maori (5% of the population)
    • Brazilian (4% of the population)
    • Other (12% of the population)
  • Like most of the colonies in the outer worlds, the urban complexes of Triton are buried very deep within the crust, both to protect against radiation and other hazards, but also to take advantage of tectonic heat. Connected by a series of high-speed magnetic tubes, Triton's urban complexes often run right into each other creating a three dimensional, interdicted patchwork of local municipal governments.
  • While corporate metanationals are quite powerful on Triton, they have a less free hand on Triton than they do in most other places due to a potent series of constitutional checks on corporate power. Despite this, the metanationals are so enriched by their operation on Triton that the constant flow of political donations necessary to keep their profit margins heigh are simply seen as a routine cost of business.
  • While the Democratic Republic of Triton is fractious politically, these divisions are not reflected geographically, meaning that the divisions cross geographical boundaries more than not, lending more to gridlock than dreams of secession.
  • English is the common language on Triton, but there remain significant communities of Japanese, Chinese, Malay, and Arabic speakers.
  • The Democratic Republic of Triton's major political parties are generally more ideologically directed than ethnically focused, and exist in a unicameral National Congress:
    • Unification Party - Primary platform consists of political unification back with the Oceanic League; some have even suggested instead joining the Kuiper Compact.
    • New Democrat Party - Moderate, corporate welfare party with a general policy of placating and buying off the Protean League.
    • Independence Party - Original party that orchestrated the Democratic Republic of Triton's separation from the Oceanic League; currently its primary platform is one of isolationism.
    • Social Blue Alliance - Advocate of the introduction of a stronger executive branch and a weaker congress. Strong advocate of increased military spending. Frequent ally of the New Democrat Party.
  • Favorite sport is "tunnel racing" where old unused transit tubes are refabricated to serve as byways for sled races, often with pre-programmed obstacle conditions.
  • Triton is just large enough to make geoengineering an artificial spin impractical, and as a result considerable effort has been devoted to post-natal genetic adaptations and biological treatments to ease issues with the moon's limited gravity. These treatments are considered a general right and part of the extensive "Social Contract of Triton", a formal document delineating the particular rights and responsibilities as set at the Democratic Republic of Triton's founding.
  • The Democratic Republic of Triton's military is quite powerful in theory with a large number of dreadnoughts and battleship-class capital vessels; similarly, its ground forces are robust and large by the standards of the outer worlds. Up to date technology only goes so far, however, and there is a major problem in getting enough people willing to work in the republic's military arm, resulting in the extensive hiring of contractors and mercenaries of somewhat dubious loyalties. Added to this is the republic's own officer corps' disillusionment and cynicism, and although potent, the Democratic Republic of Triton's navy tends to be bogged down in bureaucracy and attempts to evade responsibility.