I have finished my rewritten empire description, in order to elimitate any myths about UFDC.
Also, MK, this is the one you must place on that AETAS site
I know it is long, but please spend the time reading it.
(Note: All places, coordinates, time, length and volume are measured in terran standards.)
Empire name: United Federation of the Diamond-system's Colonies, or UFDC. Named "Diamond Shoals" by commoners.
Empire's Main Race: Homo Sapiens
Empire Description: Its seeds where planted when the human colonies in this sector of space united and formed the UTP government for circa 250 years ago. Today, the UFDC is one of the dominant empires in its quadrant. It is governed by a social democratic government. Most of the human settlers where from Scandinavia, and thus the UFDC is influenced by their culture. Its official language is Norwegian and English. Most of the population also talks the galactic common language. The government style is very similar to the Scandinavian model, but with one big difference. It has an emperor. The Emperor is elected by the Senate, and has full control over the empire. However, both the senate and the people have the possibility to re-elect if 1/2 of the population wants it.
Despite its reputation for being aggressive, UFDC is always on search for new allies. UFDC is very active in the Inner Rim Trade-Route Union, which gives it access to alien technology and other goods. Because of the “One Hundred Years War”, (see history), the UFDC’s scientifically aspects are quite low. The economy was also hurt badly, but through the last years, the empire have experienced an economically boost, with nearly 7-15% economical growth each year. Humans, or Terrans, are known throughout the universe for their economical sense, and it is believed that the economy will grow in the coming years.
(Note: All places, coordinates, time, length and volume are measured in terran standards.)
Empire History: The star cluster UFDC resides in was firstly colonized by human and tletlequxian settlers. This quadrant was claimed by the Human Federation and their partners, The Tletlequxian League, because of its high resource density.
This quadrant, at that time named Epsilon Quadrant, had a high number of terran planets (planets with the same size, atmosphere and sometimes life like Earth) but there was one that was different than the others. This terran planet contained the remnants of an ancient culture. The planet was covered with 79% water, and the continents were covered in desert. This led scientists to believe that the ancient culture had destroyed their world, but the reason and how and why they did it is a mystery till this day. The planet was quickly colonized.
This planet also had strange diamond shoals, and therefore name “Diamond Shoals”. It became the capital of the human colonies in the Epsilon Quadrant, which where named Diamond Shoals Quadrant some time after its colonization. Through 300 years, Diamond Shoals’ resources were drained. When most of its resources were gone, it was terraformed. Today, this is one of the most successfully terraform-projects with terran life forms. The planet is covered in jungles near equator, and Scandinavian like ecosystems in the temperate zone. With pine forests, mountains and a mild winter.
Despite little contact with the rest of the Human Federation, due to the quadrant’s distance from the Federation, the colonies experienced prosperity. However, after approximately 500 years after the colonization of Diamond Shoals Quadrant, the Federation Guard Fleet left the quadrant, and the human colonies was thrown into a hard civil war, known as The Red War, where 16 factions fought for domination. The tletlequxian colonies where barely touched by this conflict, as they had formed a strong federation of their own through elections when the Federation fleet left. The Red War lasted for nearly 130 years. Through this time, almost 2 billion people had been killed. The humans who fought began to loose their beliefs in their factions. The colonies where tired of war. Soon, a peace treaty was signed, and a few years after that, a federation was formed, known as the United Terran Planets, with 8 states. The seeds for the UFDC were sewn. The structure of this federation was similar to the USA, with several states with their own laws, but counted as one nation. After 25 years, the different states signed a treaty that united every one of them under one government, but the name was left unchanged. The UTP formed an alliance with the Tletlequxian federation, and formed a friendship pact with a nearby native race called Anuctrity Junctus. Soon, the Diamond Shoals Quadrant met a new age of prosperity, known as The Golden Age. However, after 100 years of peace, an undiscovered race, who called themselves the Praganitors, arrived and colonized several planets within Anucrity space. The Anucrity protested, saying that this was their ancient territories. The Praganitors answered with several raids on Anucrity colonies. The Anucrity answered by dropping the now outlawed AVB, or Atmosphere Vaporization Bomb, on a Praganitor colony, which creates so extreme heat that the atmosphere begins to burn, creating a firestorm, consuming everything upon the surface. The Praganitors answer with an official declaration of war. This is the start of the One Hundred Years War, a war that drastically changed the Diamond Shoal Quadrant.
The tletlequxians joined the war early, as the Praganitors began to attack tletlequxian trading vessels. The UTP was neutral to the conflict for 24 years, but eventually, they where drawn in. One can’t remember how the UTP joined the war, but it didn’t take long before the empire was in full war.
The war was very unstable, one month, one of the factions had gained the upper hand, but in the next, they had lost it. In the beginning, the different factions operated independently, but after some time, it was clear that the enemy Praganitors was far more superior, and the different factions formed The Alliance, member empires was Tletlequxian Federation, the UTP and the Junctus Cluster. This didn’t turn the tide of the war, but it made it much easier for the allied factions in battles. The war had now raged for 50 years.
After 67 years of war, the Alliance saw that it wasn’t enough with combining the military power in order to overcome the Praganitors, but also combining the economical and the political strength. The UFDC, or United Federation of Diamond Shoal Colonies, was formed the year later, after intense discussions between the factions.
When the UFDC was formed, the tide of war finally turned. They were able to drive the invaders back from their own space, and finally brought the battle to the Praganitors homelands. After 90 years of war, mostly in the vast territories of the Progenitors, the enemy’s homeworld was found. It was immediately attacked, and was successfully conquered.
With the Praganitor homeworld under UFDC control, the free Praganitors quickly surrendered. The Praganitors was charged for crimes against sentient life forms. The Praganitors, being a vile and xenophobic race, was sentence to Stone Age Exile on their homeworld. After 3 years, all Praganitor installations were destroyed, and the race was left on their homeworld with no technology, forced to survive like they did so many millennia ago. Now, five years after the One Hundred Years War, the UFDC still finds it hard to stabilize itself. Due to the war, UFDC shows no mercy for xenophobic societies.
Society: The UFDC is a socialistic democracy. The state controls most of the economy, research and welfare, but still, everyone have an equal chance to become whatever they want in a peacefully manner. The three different races coexists peacefully, however, most of the different race populations are located on their native planets. The government does still divide the different planets according to what race that colonized them first.
Here is a list of the different systems in UFDC territory.
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Diamond Shoals: Human home system. This is the capital. A population of 6 billion, nearly 90% humans.
Temesis system: Human system. Most of the economy is located here.
New Paris: Tletlequxian home system. Nothing special.
Chrisn: Anucrity Junctus home system.
Nemesis: Military outpost. ---Warning, recently conquered by a DDC assault fleet. All entry to the system is strictly forbidden until further notice---
Autum: Human system. This system is in reality not recognized as a standard system, but an asteroid field orbiting a brown dwarf. However, this system is home to the two greatest wonders of UFDC space.
-The Great Derelict of Autum. In this system lays the rests of the biggest alien ship ever found. The size of a gas giant makes this derelict the most interesting landmark in UFDC space. The ship's technology is inferior to the modern races, but the size, the age (200 000 years old), and its origin (the ship's metal is an isotope that is not found in the Domus galaxy, or the ten nearest galaxies) makes this derelict the new definition of the word breathtaking.
-Great Shipyard of Autum. The largest shipyard in this sector of space. It is actually one of the hangars of The Great Derelict, which where built into a shipyard. The size? -Moon. The Autum system's several, mineral rich, high density asteroid belt makes the perfect place for building high quality ships. The Chronoshock was tested here.
Ship Technology: UFDC ships are polite and robust. There exists stories from the One Hundred Years War about ships that was nearly blown to bits, and still they were able to make it back to the base. The armour and hull of these ships is made of a special alloy, making them incredible strong. However, as a side effect, shields are often neglected, or not used at all. UFDC ships are built in huge automated shipyards, and thus are finished much faster than most expects. The ships are also modular, and therefore, they are much easier to retrofit.
Ground Forces Technology: The UFDC armies mostly use ordinary machineguns, and other kinetic weaponry. With the help of the Zero-Gravity Dish, all UFDC vehicles float in the air. This gives them the ability to move forwards nearly everywhere, either over water, rough terrain, through, or over, forests, and down clips. This makes the UFDC armies very agile and fast going. They are however relying much on the artillery or planetary bombardments from spacecrafts. All units are equipped with their own computer, which gives them input on how the battle is going, warnings or tactical advices. Their computer also scans the area, and can show “highlighted” enemies through the special contact lenses all units have. UFDC is also suing several kinds of robots, like sniper robots, supply robot, tank robot e.t.c.
Other Technology: Gravity Manipulation, Temporal Manipulation (to a degree), Advanced Artificial Intelligence.
Navy: Big and balanced.
Ground Forces: Big and balanced.
Empire Expansion: 5 systems fully colonized, and recognized as UFDC territory, 4 systems claimed by the UFDC, but not yet colonized, and 1 system guarded by a UFDC fleet, which contains the exiled Praganitor race.
Races: Homo Sapiens, Anucrity Junctus, Tletlequx.
Citizens: 14 billions, 10 billion humans, 3.5 billion tletlequxians and 500 million Anucrity Junctus.
Overall happiness: 70%
Preferred Character: Alexander "Gemini" Haraldson
Preferred Character Race: Homo Sapiens
Character Description: Alexander was elected emperor after his predecessor died from cancer for five years ago, right after the One Hundred Years War ended. He is now on an excursion in order to find some old artefact that he believes will bring victory to the UFDC in the coming war. The Minister of War, named Thor, is acting as a regent in the absence of Alexander.