Hooray! I'm back! *trumpets sound*
I'll not go into too much detail about why I was gone, except to say that I have rediscovered what makes video games so addicting.
Now, onto the Mercenary Coalition.
Empire name: Mercenary Coalition (MC).
Short Description: A large collection of Mercenaries, hiring themselves out to the highest bidder.
Empire History: Formed about 200 years ago by Aldarys Colamin, a Velasiun Mercenary (Race Description to follow), the MC has been the single largest mercenary group in existance since then. After Aldarys Colamin was killed in a skirmish over Croxia XII 178 years ago, a series of successors was chosen through tournament-style competition. The current leader is Jaden Braxlen II, a human from the Titan sector. The empire is based out of the Croxia system, which is located on the Outer Rim, directly east of the Galactic Core (the mercenaries never bothered learning the official name).
Empire Leader: Jaden Braxlen II
Empire Leader's Race: Human
Empire Leader's Description: Jaden gained control of the empire in the last tournament, held after the death of Larys Clysan, who was assassinated by rival mercenaries 15 years ago. Jaden is, therefore, the best shot with a laser pistol in the entire MC. Jaden is also a skilled pilot, and prefers to take his personal fighter into battle rather than command his flagship, the Braxstar. The Braxstar is a heavily modified Battle Frigate, which has been known to hold it's own against a small fleet (comprised of two cruisers and a carrier) through the cunning use of it's beam lasers, salvaged from the wreckage of an alien ship found in the ruins of Croxia II.
1 Flagship (The Braxstar, Heavy Battle Frigate, Heavily Customized)
4 Combat Carriers (The Lotus, the Venus Flytrap, the Avenger, and the Broken Cries. Each carries a complement of 4 fighter squadrens, each squadren composed of 15 Interceptor-class fighters)
2 BattleCruisers (The Hyperion and the Archangel, both taken as swag from defeated military groups. Never used in combat, as both are too busy defending the MC's HQ. Both have enough firepower to potentially destroy a planet, in the right circumstances)
300 Interceptor-class fighters (240 of which are stationed on the 4 Combat Carriers. The Interceptor-class fighter is capable of attaining high speeds, and can carry either powerful lasers or anti-capship bombs, but not both. Fighters are customized on a per-mission basis. This system had to be used because the MC was never able to gain a hold of suitable bomber-class craft)
1 Command Base (MC HQ. The HQ is defenseless itself, but can hold 60 interceptor-class fighters and has the 2 BattleCruisers guarding it most of the time)
Since the MC is a group of mercenaries, they use whatever currency their employer will pay, although they prefer to get currency they can trade for something useful. Most commonly used currency would be the Talasian Standard Credit, since the Talasian Merchant Guild employs their skills most often.
Since the MC is comprised entirely of mercenaries, morale is rarely an issue. However, occasionally a particular leader is deemed unworthy or unwelcome. The aforementioned leader then has about twelve seconds to flee the sector before being obliterated.
In the early days, the MC used whatever technology it could get a hold of. Now, however, it can afford to purchase better equipment. Most technology is focused on improving their existing ships, making their fleet one of the best-equipped, although smallest, in the known galaxy. Every member of the MC carries a pistol or rifle of some sort, and the carriers are often employed to launch devistating ground assaults (since there aren't enough fighters to go around). Jaden Braxlen I instituted a system of distribution that ensured that the HQ and its defenses were upgraded before the rest of the fleet, after a rifle mercenary fleet almost destroyed it before the carriers could be recalled. In that same battle, the MC lost its most powerful ship, a stolen prototype ship known only as the Lathe, which took a direct hit to the reactor core. The crew abandoned ship, although it was a useless measure as all lifepods were destroyed in the explosion.
No active research goes on in the MC, so all scientific advancement is gained through theft or purchase.
MC Population: 128,310 (approximately)
Braxstar: 1,500 mercenaries (including Jaden Braxlen II and his personal guard)
Lotus, Venus Flytrap, Avenger, and Broken Cries: 2,000 mercenaries each (including fighter pilots)
Hyperion and Archangel: 15,000 mercenaries each
MC HQ: 80,000 mercenaries
I think that's everything...