Union


Regions:

  •  Union (220 million pop)

Political Subdivisions:

  •  District I (Poland and the Baltic States)
  •  District II (Romania and Moldova)
  •  District III (Germany, France, and the Low Countries)
  •  District IV (Scandinavia, Iceland, Svalbard, and Severny)
  •  District V (Ukraine and Belarus)
  •  District VI (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)
  •  District VII (Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia)
  •  District VIII (Italy and Switzerland)
  •  District IX (Bulgaria, Servia, Croatia, and Montenegro)
  •  District X (Greece, Albania, and Macedonia)
  •  District XI (Spain, Portugal, and North Africa)
  •  District XII (Russia)
  •  District XIII (Nuclear Quarantine Zone, formerly Morocco)

Overview:

  • One of the three traditional great polities of Earth, Union has long been an advocate of "soft power", forgoing the ostentatious trappings of imperial might.
  • Under Union's debatably benevolent tutelage, myriad colonies and polities off-Earth have emerged since the ravages of The Great Contraction, several of these - most notably the Venusian Republic - becoming significant powers in their own right.
  • Despite Union's preference towards influence over direct control, Union's power and reach are neither altruistic nor always for the benefit of its dependencies. Indeed, while Union makes great efforts to preserve the appearance of political independence on the part of its satellite polities, it does this at least partially to relieve itself from any legal or moral requirement to maintain the well-being or military protection of said polities when such would become inconvenient, or simply too expensive.
  • Although numbered among the three "Great Powers" of Earth, Union maintains the smallest military forces, and in fact is being rapidly eclipsed in this area by even the Southern Bloc. This apparent weakness is somewhat misleading, however, as because of its policy of maintaining independent dependents what military might it does have is considerably more concentrated, with the only significant military forces beyond Earth orbit stationed in support of the Venusian Republic and the Mars Republic.

Primary Industries:

  • Carbonates
  • Silicates
  • Significant shipyards capable of building capital-class ships including dreadnoughts and super dreadnoughts
  • Extremely robust manufacturing capabilities

History:

  • Despite its name and evocatively European Union-style flag, the modern state of Union owes nothing save a convenient common mythology to that first attempt to bind the states of Europe into a common union. Rather, the modern polity of Union was birthed out of the ashes of the devastating population loss of The Great Contraction of the latter part of the 21st century.
  • By the time The Great Contraction tumbled Earth into a demographic tailspin, the European Union was already limping along economically, hampered as it was by decades of ill-considered austerity measures that saw unprecedented unemployment numbers throughout the whole of Europe. As the first famines of the The Great Contraction hit Europe, its poorer member states rejected the bureaucratic central controls entirely, pulling out of the European Union until the remnant states themselves fractured in the face of internal bickering over their communal failure to maintain even a pretense of unity.
  • As The Great Contraction began to release its grip upon Earth, the Polish government bound into a union first with the Baltic States, and shortly after Romania to create the nascent polity that would become known simply as "Union".
  • With the rest of Europe largely in disarray, the nascent polity's capital of Warsaw began to offer integration with itself - but at a price of their own independence. With populations still struggling to recover and disease endemic, Union slowly but surely began to absorb the rest of Europe, eventually even incorporating the non-Siberian territories of Russia in 2140, a possibly inevitable fallout from the humiliating Treaty of Astana the Russian Federation had been forced to sign with China in 2105.
  • Along with State and the Oceanic League, Union was one of the earliest proponents of facilitating active colonization of the rest of the solar system starting in the 22nd century as the ravages of The Great Contraction began to fade. Union-backed corporations established stations and colonies on Ceres, Vesta, the Hildas Triangle, Venus, Titan, and Sedna.
  • Eschewing the ultimately unsuccessful direct political control favored by State, Union instead pursued a policy of hegemony, opting to control its satellite polities by economic power and treaty obligations. In some cases such as Venus and the Hildas Triangle this approach created strong pro-Union allies (or dependents, for the cynical), while in others such as the Independent Republic of Ceres this only served to drive their satellite polities into the arms of competing powers such as State.
  • Even as the world recovered from The Great Contraction and Union began to aggressively expand, Union's attempt to seize control of Morocco with that region's critical world supply of phosphorus - a necessity for modern agriculture methods - was only briefly successful, with the entire area subsequently saturated with nuclear weapons, the origin of which remains in doubt, as no polity ever claimed responsibility. Subsequently, District XIII was rolled into District XI for administrative purposes.

Conflicts:

Politics and Culture:

  • Union is in theory a democratic republic, but the tangled apportioning formulas and centralized bureaucratic controls make this definition a nominal one, with the citizenry having little real influence on core policy. The percentage of citizens bothering to vote is embarrassingly low, resulting in an array of tax incentives and legal requirements to vote in an effort to achieve an appearance of buy-in for the system as it currently exists.
  • Though cautious in the extreme in its avoidance of open military conflict, Union is aggressive and even cunning in its application of soft power tools such as strategic economic aid, treaties and other legal entanglements.
  • While there are fewer cultural subgroups in the 25th century than were present in the 21st, Union nevertheless remains quite diverse, though its culture shares many unifying features such as an aggrandizement of a sort of "soft power warrior" ideal, where the cunning and the clever are ennobled over what is seen as brutish methods favored by the Eastern Federation and State, among others.
  • As is the case of most of Earth, Union territories are extremely barren of useful raw materials, even more so than most of the other polities of the planet. As a result, Union has relied heavily on its off-planet corporate reach to draw in the necessary raw materials to feed its still enormous manufacturing might.