Campaign of the Month: September 2014
A sovereign interstellar government on the Rimward edge of human-settled space. Its capital is located in Piscium, with core colonies throughout Iota Pegasi, Iota Persei, and Tauri. Its main strengths are in its military organization and industrial production capacity.
During the Ascension and the heavy aggression of the newly-formed Central Collective, the Trailing systems of the Rimward Trade Council formed an alliance of mutual aid and military support in preparation for the imminent assault by AI and hybrid forces. Ultimately they repulsed the Collective’s initial campaign of conquest at Iota Pegasi, though they received no support from the wider community of Council worlds. Motivated by shared bonds forged in war, and with no small resentment toward the Council governments, the four systems of this military alliance withdrew membership from the Council and formed the Pegasi-Persei Protectorate.
Politics and Diplomacy
The Protectorate tends toward isolationism and avoid interstellar politics whenever possible, largely because its two neighbors are either recent aggressors or else self-interested traitors – at least in the popular opinion of the Protectorate populace. The Protectorate maintains an ongoing wartime status with the Central Collective, at times shifting between cold war and border skirmishes.
The Protectorate’s interior politics are surprisingly simple. Having inherited a system of common law from its origins as part of the Rimward Trade Council, the interior affairs of the Protectorate’s systems are governed by a network of civilian administrators. Ultimate authority lies with a military tribunal consisting of four admirals representing each of the Protectorate’s core colonies, and a fifth grand admiral selected to represent the well-being of the Protectorate as a whole.
Society and Economy
Protectorate societies are known for nationalistic loyalty and a strong spirit of civil service. Citizenship and the attendant political rights are granted in exchange for military service or to public servants (such as emergency workers and government officials). Immediate family members of citizens (by blood or marriage) are designated as “secondary citizens” with certain freedoms but little political power, while all other permanent residents in Protectorate space are considered wards of the state.
Manufacturing, mining, and defense contractors thrive in Protectorate systems, feeding the popular appetite for industry and warfare. Engineering and technological research firms also receive considerable support from both public and private sources. Though designated agricultural “garden” worlds are the focus of important ecological preservation and biological research efforts, many other planets are handed over entirely to industrial production.
Main Article: Protectorate Military
The Protectorate’s armed forces are well-equipped, well-staffed, and benefit from a strong tradition of career veterans. The size of their forces are currently small, though ever-increasing as production facilities churn out the most modern designs that Protectorate research and development teams can engineer. Obsolete designs are either recycled or sold to private defense firms – the Protectorate almost never sells even obsolete military assets to foreign governments.
Naval forces are the sole realm of the Protectorate government, staffed by professional soldiers, pilots, and support personnel. Planetary defense forces, on the other hand, are almost entirely in the hands of militias and private defense contractors. However, in the Protectorate these forces are frequently so well-funded by corporate owners and private benefactors that the difference is nominal.