The Oceanic League


Regions:

  •  Oceanic League (160 million pop)

Political Subdivisions:

  •  Repúblika ng Pilipinas
  •  Greater Java
  •  Sunda Republik
  •  New Commonwealth of Australia
  •  Auralia
  •  Tasmania
  •  Union of Aotearoa and Polynesia
  •  Kingdom of Hawai'i
  •  Pacifica
  •  República de Chile
  •  Nihon-koku
  •  Republic of Vietnam
  •  Lao
  •  Republic of Thailand
  •  Malay
  •  Sovereign State of Singapore

Overview:

  • Smaller than its political neighbors and geographically more dispersed, the Oceanic League is also politically decentralized, a pattern that was largely copied by the Kuiper Compact.
  • The relatively weaker state of the Oceanic League has resulted in it leaning heavily on its alliance with State to maintain its territorial and political integrity. For its part, State needs the Oceanic League's lesser but still substantial resources to combine together into a viable counterbalance to the commercial and military power of the Eastern Federation.
  • The Oceanic League maintains a relatively small ground army, but supports a substantial navy that is out of proportion to the size and wealth of its population. Unlike the other powers of Earth, the Oceanic League's interests lie mostly among the outer worlds, and it has a sizable merchant marine and supply of frigates in that region of space. Unlike the Eastern Federation and State, the Oceanic League prefers a numerically larger, but smaller by tonnage navy favoring more but smaller ships as opposed to the dreadnoughts and super dreadnoughts so beloved by State, Union, and the Eastern Federation.

Primary Industries:

  • Carbonates
  • Silicates
  • Metals (Antarctica)
  • Expansive shipyards that focus on smaller tonnage vessels, although the Oceanic League does retain the capacity to build destroyers.
  • Contributes heavily to mining efforts in Antarctica within the constraints of the Antarctic Treaty.

History:

  • The inception of the Oceanic League had its roots in the The Great Contraction of the latter part of the 21st century when nearly 5 billion human beings lost their lives to the varied depredations of war and famine.
  • Abandoned by the American states east of the Rocky Mountains, the coastal states from Mexico up through Canada and Alaska banded together in an association of convenience and mutual treaty obligations not dissimilar to the old North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that arose after World War II.
  • By the time the population crash had stabilized, what had started as a treaty of mutual cooperation and military defense had extended its reach to include Hawai'i, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
  • In the face of aggressive political consolidation in the form of the Eastern Federation and State, the treaty organization evolved into a formal association of confederation known as the Oceanic League.
  • Scattered across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean and hedged in by larger, more powerful neighbors, the Oceanic League allied itself with State and incorporated into its numbers other, smaller states on its territorial periphery.
  • State, Union, and later the Eastern Federation lay claim to many of the easier colonization targets including Venus, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, and Jupiter, so the Oceanic League decided to avoid conflict and leap-frog all of these, establishing a large colonial effort on the distant moon of Neptune, Triton.
  • With a firm base established on Triton, the Oceanic League backed a sort of mini-diaspora into the vast expanse of the Kuiper Belt, setting up colonies on half a dozen worlds and contributing financially to the establishment of colonies on a dozen others, including Pluto.

Conflicts:

  • Allied as it is to State, the Oceanic League is thus positioned alongside its more powerful ally against even more powerful Eastern Federation and its frequent ally the Southern Bloc.
  • The Oceanic League shares many cultural ties and cooperates in non-military matters extensively with Union.
  • Appalled by the Europan Consortium's experiments of human beings, the Oceanic League has launched vigorous and vocal denunciations against the Europan Consortium.
  • While the interests of most of Earth's polities end around Jupiter, the Oceanic League's interests in truth begin in force only around Neptune and the Kuiper Belt, although it of course maintains relations with most of the major polities of the inner solar system.

Politics and Culture:

  • As a confederation, the Oceanic League's member states are autonomous and self-governing with the exception of the maintenance of a common currency, a joint military, and a unified foreign policy. The individual states cover a large variety of languages and cultures, and as such few generalities can be made.
  • One of the few near-universalities of Oceanic League culture is a commitment to self-determination and a powerful place in the public imagination for the role of the explorer and trailblazer, an attitude that has served the Oceanic League well not only in the realm of colonization, but research as well.
  • Though firm in its military support of State, the Oceanic League considers State somewhat pretentious and self-important, and takes particular delight in poking fun of its senior partner. Similarly, the Oceanic League sees no contradiction between its military alliance with State and its cultural, economic, and research treaties and common endeavors with numerous other states, including a few that State is decidedly unenthusiastic about.
  • Moreso than any other people on Earth, the Oceanic League has internalized the lessons of The Great Contraction into an ideology that borders on religion. The Oceanic League sees its mission as that of supporting the expansion of humanity into the great unknown, and many of its commercial and research endeavors are harnessed to that direction, an ideology known as "Diasporan".
  • Although a source of rare idealism among the polities of the 25th century, the Oceanic League is not without its problems, the biggest of which is the inefficiencies of its own hyper-decentralized political structure. Unlike the Eastern Federation with that polity's "encouragement" of the adoption of a common language (Mandarin Chinese) and culture, the Oceanic League remains an extremely diverse collection of ethnic groups, languages, and cultures.