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Wed 22 Oct 2014
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Government, Politics, and Economy
Galactic Government -- The Ascendancy

According to the human definition of governance systems, the Ascendancy would be classified as a totalitarian oligarchic democracy.  Instead of a single ruler controlling the fate of the galaxy, a group of brothers and sisters from a single litter is in control.  This litter of children is chosen from among the litters of the previous rulers.  The current rulers, or "Ascendants," is a group of five brothers and sisters, two males and three females.  All of them are currently 149 years old (or about 123 in Earth years).  Each of them has their own litter of children, currently 99 years old, who in turn, have litters of children who are 49.

When the Ascendants reach their 151st year, an election occurs throughout the Ascendancy open to all Oprid.  The election determines which litter of children will rule the galaxy for the next 50 years.  Individuals choose which litter is to be elected based on the accomplishments and ideological stances of both the group and individuals.

Once elected, the Ascendants are referred to as a "class."  They are responsible for creating policies and laws that will affect the galaxy at large.  Each one appoints their own staff to help advise them on policy.  In the end, a policy can only be put into law if a majority of the Ascendants agree upon it.  Because of this, it is very rare for a class of one to be elected.  When two or more are elected, they usually act as a check on each of their power.  If one person is in charge of everything, they have free reign and can enact whatever changes they like.

Typically, the Ascendants are in agreement on major issues of the time.  For example, all Ascendants agree that the galaxy needs protection from the Zin, a race of consumers from dark space beyond the edge of the galaxy.  How that is to be accomplished may be up for debate.  They currently agree that a mix of mercenaries for hire and a volunteer military of Oprid, called the Ascendancy Host, are very effective at defending the borders of the galaxy, but some of the children in the next litters may have different ideas.

The Ascendants are often given names based on archetypes of Opridian history.  Archetypes are informal titles based on the Ascendants' political goals and ideologies.  These include identities such as "general," "speaker," "cleric," or "engineer."  Some identities are broken down even further.  For example, "general" has subtypes such as "hunter," "warlord," or "knight."

These are the current Ascendants:

Reyprab, "The Cleric" -- Because of her crusading to bring equal rights to all member races in the galaxy, Reyprab has earned the title of Cleric.  She has fought tirelessly to enact policies that equalize wealth among species.  A number of public works have been completed under her watch.  Reyprab finished the construction of the Great Archives, a collection of information and knowledge so large that it lacks comparison.  Citizens have access to both physical and digital information from the Archives.  This alone has created a greater equalization of wealth in the galaxy.  Clulneb and Reyprab share a variety of views about the place of other species in the Ascendancy, both of them wanting to include other species more fully.  At this point in time, it seems likely that either Clulneb or Reprab's children will be the next Ascendants, and if this is the case, great changes are to be expected in galactic society.  She has earned the nickname "Mother Reyprab" among some humans.

Pleidarb, "The Machinist" -- Pleidarb has supported the construction of a new generation of starships throughout her term as an Ascendant.  She was originally called the Engineer, but her focus on upgrading the aging starships of the Ascendancy earned her the special title of Machinist.  Every aspect of starships has been examined and reworked.  The new generation of ships is faster, safer, more powerful, and more comfortable (for those species that care about such things).  Pleidarb is very attentive to her work, and it is this quality that makes those who work for her care deeply about the job they do.  She has worked closely with both Clulneb and Zetrath over the years.  Zetrath is her closest sibling.

Straht, "The Speaker" --  As with most classes of Ascendants, they need a person to be their voice.  Straht fills this role, and he does so superbly.  Besides being the voice of the Ascendants, he also supports peaceful relations wherever he can.  Straht has personally mediated disputes between some of the Ascendancy's member races.  One of his most notable successes was between the Epsians and Umuhni and about 15 years ago.  He is empathetic toward all member races and seeks nonviolent resolutions when possible.  Though he attempts resolution between species, he doesn't necessarily share the views of Reyprab.  Despite his successes, he has never managed to establish relations with some of the machine races in the galaxy.  Because of this, he remains suspicious of volitional AI's and has attempted to suppress the creation of new ones.  Just as he does in his role between other species, Straht attempts to keep arguments and disagreements to a minimum between his siblings and they all love him for this.

Clulneb, "The Bulwark" -- Having earned special distinction from her original title as the General, Clulneb is the driving force behind strengthening the military components of the empire.  Before her term began, she suggested using mercenary forces to help protect the galaxy.  Once elected, Clulneb began pushing for an expanded role for non-Oprid military forces.  While she could never convince all of her siblings to allow non-Oprid into the Host, highly professional mercenary organizations supplement the limited forces the Ascendancy would have otherwise.  She is gruff and very serious, but has the highest respect for those defending the Ascendancy.  Reyprab is her closest sibling.  They both share similar views on the place of other species in galactic society.

Zetrath, "The Scientist" -- Possessing a natural curiosity stronger than most Oprid, Zetrath concentrates on promoting research projects throughout the galaxy.  Zetrath is also more creative than his siblings or the rest of his species.  Some of his kind think of him as a little strange, but because of his policies, several new technologies have found there way into daily use in the empire.  He knows the limitations of his species and seeks out the services of other species to help advance the sciences, albeit somewhat grudgingly.  One technology he has opposed is the widespread use of nanotechnology.  He is closest to his sister, Pleidarb, and they often work together on a variety of projects.

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Wed 22 Oct 2014
at 16:57
Other Governments
Human Government

Humans, as with all member species, are subject to the laws of the Ascendancy first.  After that, they are subject to the laws of their own governmental bodies, which for humans is the Unity of Nations, a body composed of elected officials from every human-colonized planet in the galaxy.  The Unity of Nations is allowed by the Ascendancy to create its own laws governing human culture and society, but it cannot create a law that would contradict one created by the Ascendancy.  Officials are elected for a ten-year period.  Every five years, elections are held and half of the incumbents must run for election again against opponents from their represented district.

With help from Reyprab the Cleric's laws and policies, the Unity of Nations has eliminated poverty on Earth and on most of their colonies as well.  Humanity as a whole is represented by a Prime Minister, currently a man named Nicolaas Kluisjen, who also has a term of ten years.  He has worked closely with Reyprab during his term of office, which is in its eighth year.  He has sold humanity's worth to her and her sister, Clulneb.

Kluisjen is part of a political party called the Identics.  Identics want equal rights for every citizen of the empire, which includes the right to vote for Ascendants every 50 years.  Most Oprid oppose this political party in human governments, but there is nothing they can do to directly affect it.

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Wed 22 Oct 2014
at 17:54

The economy of the galaxy is a mixed economy.  Citizens possess the means of production and have the right to buy and sell goods for profit.  Certain services and infrastructure are either owned by the Ascendancy or subsidized or tax-funded.  The Great Archives, medical facilities, electricity, water systems, banks, and some other services all have state-owned organizations as well as other private options.  A citizen cannot be denied access to a state-owned service or infrastructure, however, and they are paid for by the Ascendancy.  An assortment of laws defines what private businesses can and cannot do.  These laws include things like consumer safety laws, labor regulations, and environmental regulations.

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