The Alliance


Regions:

  • Saturn
    •  Pandora (8,000 pop)
    •  Prometheus (4,100 pop)
    •  Calypso (2,250 pop)
  • Uranus
    •  Oberon (46,000 pop)
    •  Ariel (63,000 pop)
    •  Miranda (4,200 pop)
    •  Caliban (6,200 pop)
    •  Mab (3,100 pop)
    •  Chariklo (1,200 pop)
  • Neptune
    •  Neso (350 pop)
    •  Psamanthe (25 pop)

Overview:

  • The Alliance is one of the rare polities in the solar system that is in the throes of a cultural, commercial, political, and military renaissance.
  • The polity has built a politically unified, commercially vibrant, and militarily powerful combination that belies the relatively small populations of its worlds. Where the Protean League rules with authoritarian vigor, the Alliance's own paternalistic political tendencies are tolerated by its population in the name of security and commercial strength.
  • The military machine of the Alliance represents the single most powerful navy in the outer worlds beyond the Galileans of Jupiter, and in truth, the Alliance is well on its way to eventually eclipsing even those powerful states.
  • Politically, the Alliance is middle of the road in terms of human rights violations. As the descendent of a corporate state it retains a bloated valuing of property rights over individual rights, but it has arguably mostly outgrown that origin to create a genuine national identity that sees a place for such individual human rights.
  • Where the polities of the inner worlds are stagnant or in decline, and many of the other major powers embroiled in wars that show no signs of victory, the Alliance continues to grow at an astonishing rate both economically and militarily, while at the same time creating a common cultural identity. While the future is still unclear, there is a very real chance that the Alliance could eventually become one of the major powers of the solar system - perhaps even the major power.
  • The Alliance does suffer from one major shortage - labor. Despite its great economic and military successes, its population is relatively small, forcing it to aggressively rely on A.I., cloning, and mercenary contracts to maintain both its economic and military machines.

History

  • The modern Alliance has its roots in the early expansion back into space in the ashes of the The Great Contraction of the late 21st century. As China began politically consolidating its territorial gains into what would eventually become the Eastern Federation, a collection of Guangdong and Southeast Asian-based metanational corporations began commercial enterprises aimed at permanent settlement of the gas giant Uranus' moons in the outer solar system.
  • Much of the financing for this initial colonization of Uranus came from expatriates and second and third generation emigrants from Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, resulting in a stronger prevalence of Canadian, American, and Australian cultural and corporate norms than would otherwise be expected. Because of this, despite some cultural commonalities with the Eastern Federation, it is still fundamentally its own cultural entity.
  • By the time Beijing's power brokers had birthed the modern form of the Eastern Federation, colonization of Uranus' moons had been ongoing for the better part of a century.
  • At first the disparate corporate interests in the Uranus system operated cooperatively with its mother nation while maintaining the primacy of its own distinctive interests. As the Dominion of Titania first officially formed, then began slowly expanding its own territorial - and now national - claims, the corporate worlds not under the Dominion's umbrella began to feel the pressure. In 2239, they established the modern Alliance as their own corporate state.
  • In population, the Dominion of Titania is comparable to the Alliance, but in terms of economic power it is the Alliance who holds most of the cards in the present day. Whereas the Dominion of Titania focused on internal development and a broad-based economy, the corporate antecedents to the Alliance were interested less in nation building and more in profits. In one of the great technological gambles of the post-Collapse era, these pre-Alliance metanationals moved aggressively to develop and create a cartel controlling Uranus' vast - and relatively accessible - supply of Helium-3.
  • Today, it is the Alliance who has reaped the benefits of this early domination of the Helium-3 mining, creating an economic juggernaut that extends all the way back to Earth. The economic juggernaut eventually birthed a military juggernaut to secure its control of the region, for the Helium-3 is found directly in the cloud layers of Uranus, making an effective navy key to maintaining the dominance of this resource.
  • The Alliance has turned both outward and inward; outward to Neptune, where it has established a pair of tiny bases on the outer periphery of that gas giant, and inward to Saturn, pitting the Alliance directly against the coalition of the Republic of Titan and the Rhean Divisional Authority.
  • The attempt to create a truly pan-system polity in the vast expanses of the outer worlds is a military experiment being carefully watched by the rest of the solar system. Should it be successful, imitators are inevitable.

Primary Industries:

  • Carbonates
  • Silicates
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Metals (centered on Caliban)
  • Fissile Materials
  • Expansive shipyards historically mostly focused on destroyers, but with the recent capability to build dreadnoughts.
  • Cartel control of the Helium-3 mining of the gas giant atmosphere; the primary basis of the Alliance's current wealth
  • Water is relatively scarce in Alliance territories, and as a result it imports a considerable amount of water ice from Iapetus.

Conflicts:

  • Although born out of fear of the Dominion of Titania slowly absorbing it, the Alliance has since far eclipsed its neighbor. The Alliance retains enough cultural history and friendly relations with the Dominion of Titania that open war is currently inconceivable, but there are most certainly those in the Alliance who secretly - and sometimes not so secretly - dream about annexing the Dominion's possessions.
  • The surge of populist fervor and commercial wealth has resulted in the Alliance embarking on what is referred to as The Trans-Jovian War, with Alliance ships penetrating Saturnian space:
    • While the Alliance's military machine has thus far forgone directly attacking its primary targets of the Republic of Titan and the Rhean Divisional Authority, it has pursued a policy of non-aggression with Saturn's two smaller polities. at the same time rapidly building up several military bases of operation in Saturn's orbit to create bases of operation for an aggressive campaign of commerce raiding on Titan and Rhean interests.
    • Military engagements have thus far been restricted to naval actions and marine landings on isolated outposts and moons, but everyone in both Uranus' and Saturn's orbits are readying themselves for the inevitable full-scale war that is looming on the horizon.
    • The Alliance is on a timetable; while currently Saturn and Uranus are growing closer, in about a decade's time they will begin drawing far enough apart to make the maintenance of supply lines increasingly difficult. In other words, the Alliance has about ten years to secure its position in Saturn's system, after which the advantage will begin inexorably shifting to Saturn's own natal polities.
  • While the Alliance does control a nominal presence around Neptune, this presence is currently very nominal and quite distant from Neptune proper. As the Protean League and the Democratic Republic of Triton circle each other in their Long War, the Alliance for now appears inclined to watch from the sidelines as long as neither side threatens its own toehold. Still, if the Trans-Jovian War with Saturn resolves favorably for the Alliance, both the Protean League and the Democratic Republic of Triton are under no illusions that they are the Alliance's next likely target.
  • The Alliance has few true friends, but also few open enemies, the Republic of Titan and the Rhean Divisional Authority of course excepting. As one of the rising powers of the solar system, both fading powers and outer polities are distrustful and cautious about this new dragon and where its path will ultimately take it.

Politics and Culture:

  • While the Alliance controls a large number of discrete territories, its overall population is quite low, far below that of even the smaller Galilean moons and only barely larger than its neighbor, the Dominion of Titania. Most of what population it does have is focused on the moons of Oberon and Ariel, the former at least being too large to spin for artificially-induced gravity, and in any case neither have been engineered to that end. The challenge of flourishing under micro-g conditions has led to a lot of the Alliance's focus on human genetic modification, an area it has taken major strides in.
  • The Alliance began as corporate state, and still retains many elements of it. Politically, it is run by the National Ministry, a centralized political body consisting of enfranchised "nationals" with varying degrees of voting powers - essentially political descendents of corporate shareholders - who vote into authority members of a smaller body referred to as the National Committee.
  • One of the relics of its past of existing under corporate governance is its very unequal system of political enfranchisement which does not guarantee common suffrage, but instead awards voting rights based on a combination of historical control by certain powerful families, economic power by individuals who have gained immense wealth, and as national "prizes" for accomplishments in the furtherance of the Alliance. Notably, this last category is not simply based on political loyalty or economic power, but also for cultural and scientific attainments.
  • The Alliance has more than its share of black ops projects, particularly in the area of physics, chemistry, and biological research. While not nearly as sophisticated as what comes out of the Europan Consortium's labs, Alliance scientists are rapidly gaining in both expertise and audacity, helped in no small part due to the absence of any restrictions on human research.
  • Culturally, the Alliance is in the throes of a cultural renaissance, its disparate ethnic elements unifying around the concept of a common national identity. While always dominant, in recent decades Cantonese has been steadily gaining ground as the semi-official language of the Alliance.
  • In addition to its economic and military power, Alliance cultural elements in the form of popular media have seized the forefront, particularly in the outer worlds, but increasingly even in the inner worlds.