The Greater Terran Union (GTU), is an interstellar nation established in 2153 by the nations of Earth following the end of the First Contact War.
History[edit | edit source]
First Contact War[edit | edit source]
The arrival of the alien Tyrum in 2090, and subsequent First Contact War devastated the global geopolitical power structure on Earth that had been relatively unchanged since the end of the Second World War. During the seven year conflict, a coalition of European Federation military units adopted an ad-hoc style of governance, replacing crumbling civilian leadership and implementing a series of emergency measures. The success of this method, combined with European victories against the Tyrum, enabled the rapid spread of this system and the rapid expansion of the Coalition.
By the end of the war in 2097, the now firmly international Coalition had emerged as the dominant power, and recognized as the world's single, provision government. Its initial duties included preventing the collapse of human society, restoring agriculture and manufacturing industries, and putting to work hundreds of millions of employed citizens.
After a fifty-year period of intense rationing and brutal conditions worldwide, the Provisional Government had managed to reverse the worst of the damage caused by the First Contact War, although only at the cost of tens of millions more lives.
Establishment of the GTU[edit | edit source]
With the restoration of global communications, manned spaceflights, and the ability for more complex governmental structures, a worldwide referendum was held to decide the future of the world government. In an unexpected landslide, the Emergency Coalition was legitimized, and the Greater Terran Union established on July 11th, 2156.
With the proclamation of the Union came the establishment of 17 administrative regions known as Commissariats, each based on areas of military responsibility during the First Contact War. These had existed as provisional territories prior to the Union's declaration, but were likewise legitimized following its declaration.
Promising to prevent any future invasion, the Greater Terran Union began a program of industrial expansion across the Solar System. Mining and research outposts were established across a multitude of planets and moons within the system, the precursor to larger scale colonization efforts.
Expansion to the stars[edit | edit source]
With the development of faster than light technology ushered in a prorogued era of expansionism. Dozens of worlds were colonized, but this expansion brought the Union into contact with a multitude of alien governments, most notably, the, Algan Republic, United Clans of Skiron, Wessari Nation States, Faraxian Union and the Rixian Galactic Directorate.
The invasion, occupation and eventual annexation of the Wessari would prompt a series of social reform movements and the gradual acceptance of non-human specieis within the Greater Terran Union. Attempts to enter into a military relationship with the United Clans of Skiron by contrast would bring the Union into conflict with the Algan Republic and its military allies known as the Compact, leading to a series of conflicts that would define the foreign relations of the Greater Terran Union for the next several centuries. Further wars with the Peronisti Union, Vol Hive, and others, would sour the perception of the Greater Terran Union across the galaxy and largely isolate it from galactic affairs.
Retaliation[edit | edit source]
The discovery of the Tyrum's homeworld of Byrum and the reactivation of an interstellar gateway that had first brought them to Earth, enabled a retaliatory strike by the Union. The campaign against the Tyrum centered around the Sword of Terra, an experimental weapon operated by Fleet Command, with the potential to destroy an entire planet.
Further conflict with the remnants of the Compact, delayed any offensive action against the Tyrum, but saw the near complete destruction of the Union's oldest rivals. In the intervening time however, the threat of the Tryum had been largely ended through the efforts of several alien alliances. The largest of these, the Star Concord, had created a quarantine zone around the Tyrum Homeworld, and declared it off limits to Union starships.
Through a series of shrewd political tactics and subterfuge, the Greater Terran Union entered the quarantine zone in secret. On May 1st, 2447, it broadcast footage across the galaxy of the destruction of the Tyrum homeworld by the Sword of Terra. This act of genocide shocked the galaxy, but failed to halt the Union's ambitions. Further wars with the Vol Hive and Florian Matriarchy unleashed devastation across both foreign and Union territories, but ended in decisive Union victories and the further expansion of the nation.
Following conflicts[edit | edit source]
The activation of a malicious computer virus known as the N.E.X. brought war to the Union on an unprecedented scale. With many of the Union's own forces turned against it, several major worlds were lost, including Sirius, the traditional headquarters of the Terran military. While the casualties were enormous, recent mega-engineering projects such as the colonization of an extra-galactic cluster of stars, a dyson sphere in the Benard's Star System, and the industrialization of the Outer Rim, had given the Union the necessary resources and manpower to stage a successful counter-attack.
The N.E.X. Uprising however, was merely the first stage of a larger campaign by the Union's major rivals. Wars against the Bright League, Stellar Axis, and Mesh'Ben pushed the Terran economy to the breaking point. The conflict was brought to an unexpected end by the return of the Jaz'Gavaz and Xani to the galactic stage. Two ancient powers far more advanced than any nation in the galaxy, each sought the destruction of the other, and demanded the complete submission of every younger nation within the galaxy.
The GTU rejected these demands, instead aligning itself with a league of non-aligned nations. The devastation wrought by the Jaz'Gavaz was immense, but the mobilization of Terran Forces brought about the near destruction of the Xani, culmination in the eradication of all life on one of their major worlds, by the retrofitted Sword of Terra.
While both the Jaz'Gavaz and Xani had been largely defeated, their unrestrained use of jump drives opened an unstable rift in reality, through which poured a new extra-dimensional threat. Far beyond anything that had ever been encountered before, these extra-dimensional invaders, inflicted severe damage on the league of non-aligned nations. Unwilling to adopt the defensive strategy prioritized by its allies, the Greater Terran Union embarked on a decisive strike into the heart of the inter-dimensional rift, eventually sealing it and destroying the last of the invaders.
The victory achieved by the Greater Terran Union cemented the nation as the foremost power in the galaxy. In the ensuing centuries, the Greater Terran Union would launch a series of unification campaigns, uniting the galaxy through both diplomacy and armed conflict.
By the 29th Century, the Greater Terran Union has firmly cemented its authority over the entire galaxy, and has begun planning its expansion into others.
Government[edit | edit source]
The government of the Greater Terran Union is a borderline stratocracy, where military and civil governance go hand in hand. Citizens are encouraged and even required to work for the government for a certain period of time, whether it be in the armed forces or in civil governance. The government of the Greater Terran Union is widely accepting of all races, creeds, and kinds, though this attitude is born more out of a practical need than an altruistic one.
The GTU is divided into multiple regional commissariats that govern large swaths of the Earth or of human space. These governing bodies act as smaller replicas of the federal government and have provided the GTU the flexibility and capability to govern billions of citizens across thousands of light-years.
The GTU's commissariats are separated by 2 different distinctions:
Executive power in the Union is held by the National Council, a coalition of 21 Marshals, each of whom also acts as the head of one of the government's departments. Acting as the head of the state and the National Council is the High Marshal, a first among equals who has special powers that were created to allow the Council to act quicker and more decisively in times of emergency. High Marshals are elected for twenty-year terms, though this can be shortened or lengthened depending on extraneous circumstances.
The legislative branch, consisting of a civilian National Assembly, has been criticized as being largely ceremonial. While the National Assembly, in theory, has the power to create and modify laws, in practice, they act as a rubber stamp for laws that the National Council has already decided to pass. There are very few instances in Greater Terran Union history where the National Assembly did not agree with the National Council.
The Greater Terran Union acts as a de facto single-party state, however, many opposition parties exist as approved alternatives and are allowed to function within the National Assembly. Not much is known about the approval process, with the exception that any opposition parties must remain subordinate to the nation's interest.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of the GTU's government is the tiered citizenship structure. As citizens become more effective and useful members of society, their citizenship tier can rise, granting them more rights and privileges. A popular punishment for minor crimes is the reduction of a citizenship tier, which can restrict their freedom of speech, freedom of movement, and countless other details of daily life that go as far down as the amount of water allotted to a citizen's showers each month. Frequently, such verdicts come paired with specific criteria for the reinstatement of a citizen's tier.
Society[edit | edit source]
Military[edit | edit source]
The armed forces of the Greater Terran Union consists of three primary branches, Fleet Command, Land Force Command, and Air Command. Each of these branches include numerous component services, or are supplemented by other independent services. Additionally, many reserve, support or ceremonial units exist at both the Federal and Commissariat level.
While officially a volunteer force, military service is one of the only means of advancing ones citizen-tier. In practice, this means that a vast majority of the nation's population has served a period of at least 2 years on active duty and still a part of the national reserve.
From the time of their inception, the Terran Armed Forces have played a decisive role in the history of the Union. They have created a sense of national identity, and remain one of the most important factors in Terran society.
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