Factions: The Star League

“We, the peaceful space-faring races of the galaxy, recognize that when one of us thrives, we all thrive, and when one of us suffers, we all suffer. We hereby pledge to combine our resources, our knowledge, and our destinies so that we might stand together against chaos and oppression as one united league amongst the stars.” – Star League Declarations


Summary

The Star League was formed to unite the economic, scientific, and military resources of the space-faring races into a peaceful, galaxy spanning commonwealth. Member nations of the Star League remain mostly autonomous states that adhere to League regulations. Due to its size and the autonomy each member nation enjoys, the Star League can be slow to act and frequently suffers from internal disputes over complicated issues. The Star League fields the most advanced navy in the known galaxy as each member nation offers technology and resources to ensure mutual defense. However, each member nation maintains a navy of their own to secure their independent interests. The Star League also strives to protect worlds inhabited by primitive races from exploitation and natural disasters that might destroy their nascent cultures. Following the example of the Elkari, the Star League watches the younger races and prepares to integrate them into galactic society when they are ready.


Government

The Star League is primarily a meritocratic organization that highly values skill and experience. The League is led by a group of experts called the Governing Council that are elected from each of their nine respective fields: Science, Development, Commerce, Defense, Intelligence, Diplomacy, Justice, Habitation, and Exploration. There has been consistent pressure from the psionic community for the inclusion of a Psionics position within the Governing Council. Any such proposal has always failed, which is often cited as a major contributing factor to the formation and growing appeal of Advent.

The Governing Council provide guidance to various governmental departments and third party organizations. Councilor elections are held every ten years, with a President being elected from among members of the Governing Council every five years. The votes are cast by each member nation of the League as passed on by their Chief Ambassador. Each nation has a different means of determining their vote, which the Star League has no authority to dictate. The selection of the President allows member nations to decide the focus they believe the Star League should have at any period of time. The President can break a deadlock within the Council and propose major projects for the League, while the Council can overrule the President with at least two thirds majority. Both the President and the Council members can be removed from their positions through a vote of no confidence from the member nations.

There are many similarities between the Star League and the United Earth Colonies as Humans were a leading force in the design and formation of the League. Human cultural diversity was seen as a valuable asset to the formation of a galactic alliance.


History

Prior to the formation of the Star League, each of the space-faring races worked to expand their influence throughout the galaxy, often resulting in armed conflicts with one another. While warring amongst themselves, the overwhelmingly powerful Hegemony conquered many races without challenge. The galaxy was a hazardous place and the future looked grim.

At the turning of the era, the United Earth Colonies proposed the formation of an alliance with the aim of ending the conflicts and standing united against the Hegemony’s unyielding expansion. The Star League Declarations were signed by the founding members: The United Earth Colonies, Elkari Consensus, Geld Commonwealth, and Phosna Botanica. This marked the dawning of a new age: Tempus Unitas, The Era of Unity. The Virexian Empire, after suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of the Hegemony, joined the Star League as its first new member.

Together, these five nations resolved to break the Hegemony invasion and force them back to their own space. In a battle fought simultaneously across dozens of systems, the largest in galactic history, Hegemony forces were pushed back one sector at a time. The Hegemony experienced defeat for the first time and was forced to retreat. This momentous event became known as the Battle of the Line, which resulted in the Contested Zone: a stretch of space that neither Hegemony nor Star League can securely claim. Four centuries of peace and prosperity followed, though an undercurrent of discontent grew in the cultural background.

In the year 424 TU, ideological tensions within the Star League reached a breaking point. The age of peace ended when the Elkari Consensus seceded from the Star League and formed Advent: an organization devoted to the advancement of psionic abilities with the ultimate goal of attaining metaphysical ascension. Advent, moving forward aggressively with their separatist agenda, began to weaken the political foundations of the Star League. Unwilling to risk a collapse from within, the League labeled Advent as a threat to galactic peace and security. The once united galaxy finds itself embroiled in a civil war where each faction struggles to secure power on both military and cultural fronts. With the successful ascension of the first Advent controlled world and the increasing number of seceding planets, many League officials lose hope that the conflict can ever be solved diplomatically.