The Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione


Regions:

  •  Dione (65,000 pop)

Political Subdivisions:

  •  Culhuacan (KOOL-wah-kahn)
  •  Mexíco (meh-SHEE-koh)
  •  Cuauhtémoco (kwah-hoo-TEH-moh-koh)
  •  Nezahualcoyotlan (neh-sah-wahl-koh-YOH-tlan)
  •  Tlacopan (TLA-koh-pahn)
  •  Cuitlahuaco (kwee-tlah-WAH-koh)
  •  Tlaxcala (tlash-KAH-lah)
  •  Otzoma (oot-SOOM-ah)

Overview:

  • Comprised of a mixture of water ice and silicate rock, Dione represented a reasonable early colonization target, though other than water ice, it lacks valuable hydrocarbons, or metals, though it does possess limited amounts of fissiles, these are not considered commercially viable by most parties.
  • Possesses two uninhabited Trojan moons of its own, Helene and tiny Polydeuces.
  • Dione's trailing hemisphere is notable for its network of brilliant ice cliffs caused by tectonic fractures.
  • As so many of the other moons and dwarf planets of the solar system, Dione possesses a shallow subsurface ocean far beneath its crust.
  • Artificially spun to induce facsimile gravitational forces, Dione's eight primary colonies are all buried quite deeply beneath the crust in order to take advantage of the relative warmth of Dione's subterranean sea. A single commonly-held spaceport on the the moon's leeward polar region serves all eight calpultin colonies.

Primary Industries:

  • Carbonates
  • Silicates
  • Water Ice
  • Fissiles (rare)
  • Minor manufacturing and mining capabilities.
  • Extensive private mercenary enterprise in the form of small ships and crews who work throughout the solar system.

History:

  • Following the horrific years of The Great Contraction, the North American nations of Canada, the United States, and Mexico struggled to maintain control over drastically attenuated territories; many areas, such as Pacific West Coast, had even effectively been cut loose to fend for themselves. In particular, Mexico had been hit hard by The Great Contraction, losing a majority of its population, with much of its former territory having fallen to local warlords promising stability.
  • By 2180, Mexico's practical authority extended only throughout the high plateaus of metropolitan Mexico City and its immediately surrounding area. Having contracted to its core area, Mexico nevertheless was able to stabilize itself, though the price was its transformation into a tightly-controlled, authoritarian state extolling a firm belief in a historical interpretation of its nationalistic past as a means of unifying a dispirited population.
  • As Mexico stabilized itself, the nascent polity of State was rapidly establishing a hegemony over much of the old territories of Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, and it was not surprising that State would eventually turn its attention to its southern neighbor. State had thus far achieved its aims mostly by cajoling and diplomacy, and its approach to wooing Mexico was no different.
  • In the end, candied promises of economic aid and appalling degrees of State bribery of entire swathes of the upper echelon of Mexico's politicos resulted in a skewed referendum that set Mexico into a decade-long series of progressive treaties that would culminate in the amalgamation of Mexico into State.
  • Even early on in the initial period of State's courtship of Mexico it was obvious to disgruntled elements of the Mexican people that amalgamation was an inevitability, whether by fiat or rigged vote. Leveraging historical conceits of old images of Mexican nationalism, eight corporations formed an alliance to preserve México Real before it was swallowed up by the beast of State to the north. Together, these eight corporate entities were able to muster the financing to establish colonies on Saturn's moon of Dione.
  • In a coy bow to its own nationalistic origins, Dione's eight colonies styled themselves off of their pre-Columbian Aztec forbearers as a symbol of their rejection of State and the Mexico that had, in their eyes, failed them. The eight colonies - now called calpultin, or city districts - formed themselves into a confederation of colonial city-states referring to themselves as the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione.
  • The colonies of Dione were relative latecomers to Saturn's system, and overshadowed by the economic might of neighboring Titan and her junior partner on Rhea, Dione found itself the frequent subject of economic and political threats in an attempt to move it closer to the Republic of Titan's own aims.
  • Unlike Iapetus, however, Dione had little economically that the Republic of Titan wanted, and as such the Titan-Rhean Coalition tolerated the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione's own proud nationalism.
  • With the arrival of the Alliance, the equation has suddenly and radically changed. No longer is the Titan-Rhean Coalition the undisputed power of Saturn's system, but now it has been forced into a slowly losing fight with a political and economic power that outclasses it. While not displeased to see the Titan-Rhean Coalition's throat hold on Dione loosened, neither does the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione truly trust the Alliance's motives, either.

Conflicts:

  • As latecomers to Saturn's system the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione have been treated arrogantly and presumptively by the Republic of Titan and the Rhean Divisional Authority, and as such the people of Dione bear no love for either. Nevertheless, the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione remain part of the Council of Saturn, a largely toothless, diplomatic organization comprised of all four of Saturn's native polities.
  • Although willing to accept some economic aid from the Alliance, the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione do not trust the Alliance, and have studiously avoided giving straight answers one way or the other to the Alliance's attempts to bring Dione firmly into the Alliance's economic and political sphere, or at least as a military protectorate.

Politics and Culture:

  • Driven by the nature of its founding to maintain its distinctive cultural identity, the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione have since the beginning of their existence struggled to maintain their independence in the face of the economic leviathan of the Saturn system. While the arrival of the Alliance has rebalanced this equation, the calpultin do not trust the promises of the Alliance, but neither do they possess the military power to contest the powerful Alliance navy.
  • Unlike the Iapetus Coalition, the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione do, in fact, possess a small navy, albeit not one that can seriously compare with either the Republic of Titan, nor that of the Alliance. Consisting of a few destroyers and a relatively large flotilla of frigates used as escorts and patrol boats, the Dione Navy has sought to maintain its own independent commercial and military links with various other polities even outside the Saturn system, since the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione have no real friends inside the Saturn system.
  • Dione's language is a dialect of Mexican Spanish mixed in with a large amount of Nahuatl vocabulary. The culture itself is an aggregation of old 22nd century Mexican social norms flavored heavily with nationalist ideals of Mexico's pre-Columbian Aztec past. The Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione's flag reflects this, displaying the Aztec glyph for eight conquered towns as a reminder of the suffering and sacrifice the eight colonies of Dione have undergone to get where they are today.
  • The Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione are not, generally speaking, wealthy, although they do manage an acceptable standard of living by external commerce and some water ice mining, though nothing on the scale that is conducted on Iapetus.
  • Each colony is largely autonomous, even to the extent of maintaining independence in foreign commercial - though not military or political - matters. As each colony was originally the result of a different corporation with different specialties, each has some degree of economic distinctiveness, although less so than immediately following Dione's colonization.
  • Dione is well-known for its independent-minded, small vessel crews and their captains. Mercenary and merchant marine frigates flying the flag of the Amalgamated Calpultin are both common and well-known for being willing to take almost any job - and to keep their mouths shut, assuming they are adequately remunerated. Culturally and politically, this operates in a way not dissimilar to the mercenaries of the Swiss Confederation on Earth during the Renaissance.
  • The currency and spoils gained from such ventures serve as a significant portion of the overall revenue of the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione, leading to the practice being granted both legitimacy and honor, as well as a certain degree of romanticization. Ballads and unlikely tales of bravado and strangeness form a fundamental part of Dione culture, with fame and repute being as much a commodity to be sought after as the allure of hard currency.
  • The moon of Hyperion is a special case of a world without a polity. All four of the native Saturnian polities have in different ways used Hyperion as a dumping ground for malcontents, prisoners, or radicals. The Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione offers the option of exile to Hyperion to criminals convicted of life sentences.