Luna Minoris Confederacy of Non-Aligned Worlds
The youngest of the major factions, being barely 60 years old before a major interstellar war breaks out, the story of the Luna Minoris Confederacy of Non-Aligned Worlds is intertwined with the story of the Organisation for Interstellar Peace which maintained peace over the Milky Way Galaxy over the last century. As the major factions spread their muscles within the organisation, the medium and smaller factions began to feel pushed around.
A series of conferences organised between 2426 and 2443 successively failed but advanced the project far enough than in 2443 the Confederacy was formally established by the signing of a treaty involving the major species groups that form today’s Confederacy.
The voluntary alignment of policies amongst so many factions had never been attempted before (with all the previous major factions having achieved this through the use of brute force). The creation of the Confederacy can therefore be seen as one of the major achievements of the OIP and the founding factions involved. The resulting alignment has led to an immediate return on investment economically, with the members actively encouraging trade within the Confederacy and trade barriers significantly reduced.
Nonetheless, the Confederacy suffers a significant number of growing pains. It is not recognised by the other major factions despite having overtaken all of them economically. Furthermore, the 85 members, whilst agreeing to the Confederacy, are not aligned as regards to the future course that the Confederacy should chart and are deeply divided as regards which side of the war they should support. This has led to the Confederacy adopting a very cautious approach remaining rather powerless to bring the major factions back to the table of peace.
Additionally, the Confederacy suffers from tensions within its midst as some of the more powerful factions within the Confederacy seek to gain more political control using the Confederacy as a tool. There is therefore agreement to cooperate but really as a survival technique rather than a genuine desire to unify.
- Neutral with the Terrans,
- Some species suspicious of the Rosebourgs,
- Some species suspicious of the Gohorns
Leader: Rotating spokesperson of the High House of Policy
Supranational instances include:
- Spokesperson of the High House of Policy (rotates between the 85 members)
- High House of Laws – harmonises the laws across the land
- High House of the Economy – secures economic welfare of the Confederacy
- High House of Policy – works to establish a supranational government
- Each member retains their governance structures within their territories
By the early 2100s, most of the LMC species had begun extensively colonising their immediate star systems, with the Dividians commencing in 2121, followed by the Tauriis in 2123, the L’nhraei in 2125, the Acadanans in 2129, and the Ventaars in 2133. This initial colonisation process continues until the mid-2100s.
The Taurii and Acadanans get early boosts in their space expansion programmes in 2144 when both discover vortex drives and vortex space, 2149 for the Ventaar, and 2152 for the Dividians.
The Ventaar are the first of the LMC species to make first contact with an alien species in 2146, the Utomox, who promptly declare war on the Ventaar. It is a costly mistake for the Utomox who lose the Ventaar-Utomox War and are subsequently exterminated by the militaristic Ventaar in a war that ends in 2155.
The L'nhraei are the last to fully colonise their star system in 2200, and to discover vortex drive in 2223. In 2224, the L'nhraei and the Taurii make first contact subsequently leading to the signing of a trade agreement that will serve as the basis of the LMC in the following centuries.
Subsequent first contact between the L'nhraei and the Ventaar in 2225, the Taurii and the Ventaar in 2227 are less successful and eventually lead to war between the Ventaar and the Taurii-L'nhraei Alliance in 2257.
The Ventaar, despite having superior military skills and strategem are outnumbered and outclassed and are forced to sue for peace in 2259. A tripartite cease-fire is signed in 2260, and a subsequent economic crisis on the Taurii homeworld announces a brief period of isolationism for the Taurii.
In 2272, relations has sufficiently thawed between the former belligerents that to further seal the peace, an economic trade pact was signed significantly boosting the economies of the participants. Meanwhile, further away, the Acadanan society entered a golden age following major achievements in space exploration culminating in 2293.
In 2310, the Dividians make first contact with the Rosebourg Monarchy and are immediately suspicious of their much more powerful neighbours. The Tripartite Economic Zone collapses pulled down by a Ventaar depression in 2312.
The Dividians continue to make first contact with other species forming with the Ulani, and the Yximizi the Dividian League to counter perceived Rosebourg aggression in 2333. In 2359, the Dividian League narrowly avert war with the Rosebourg Monarchy by granting further citizenship rights to the growing Navak and Avran minorities establishing themselves within the League.
In 2362, the Taurii, the Ventaar, and the L'nhraei agree to establish a Second Tripartite Economic Zone. The Zone makes first contact with the Dividian League and the Acadanans respectively in 2366 and 2367 and immediately diplomatic and economic relations are established and strengthened.
The Leethran Crisis of 2369 in which a Rosebourg spy ship explodes in Leethran space prompts the Dividian League and the Second Tripartite Economic Zone to unite in a new economic area in 2383.
Between 2390-2393, the Dividian League and the Second Tripartite Economic Zone's constituent members make first contact with the Architects and are presented with the master plan for an Interstellar Organisation of Peace which immediately draws enthusiastic responses from the nations keen to avert wars.
By 2412, all of the soon-to-be LMC member states had individually applied for OIP membership. The 2414 OIP mandate 234.234 proves particularly disastrous for the smaller member states of the OIP reducing their ability to influence the outcome of proceedings to unacceptable levels. Its reach is further expanded in 2323 and its effect is soon felt in 2430 when the Dividians are forced by OIP mandate 4999 to relinquish command of its outpost to the Rosebourgs.
In order to prevent becoming irrelevant in interstellar proceedings, the Dividian League and the Second Tripartite Zone, and independent star systems members of the OIP meet in a series of conferences to establish a new alliance that could more effectively represent their interests in the OIP. It fails in 2426 on the issue of sovereignty, in 2428 on an independent military force.
In 2441, a third attempt is made using a different chairmanship and through a process of partial general agreements. Its successful conclusion in 2443 leads to the signing signing of the Treaty of Confederacy that forms the Luna Minoris Confederacy of Non-Aligned Worlds.
The new economic zone immediately enters a phase of economic boom in 2445, further strengthened in 2449 with the signing of an economic agreement with the Gohorns to quell concerns from the Ventaars of an impending Gohorn invasion.
In 2455, the LMC joined the OIP with a special status, and its existing governance structure was established in 2466 with a Second Treaty on the Confederacy establishing its High Houses and delimiting their powers. The LMC continued to steward major economic growth within its territories turning it into the wealthiest economic region in the Known Galaxy.
Support slightly waned for the LMC in the 2480s when the economic boom abruptly stopped only to pick up again in 2488 when the LMC broke down bureaucratic red tape within its economic zone.
In 2490, the LMC adopted a paper ordering the establishment of its own independent military force to replace the individual military forces of its member states, however, by 2499 little progress have been made.
2500sWhen the Gohorns, Terrans, and the Rosebourgs declared war on each other, the LMC were unable to come to a political agreement and declared themselves neutral in the growing conflict quickly in 2501.
The Luna Minoris Confederacy represents a very diverse sector of space, arguably the most diverse in the whole of the universe behind the former territories of the Natashan Nation. When the Luna Minoris Confederacy was founded in order to give the smaller powers a bigger say in the political process of the O.I.P., five species grew to become the leading symbols of the various political positions that exist within the Luna Minoris Confederacy.
It would be premature to say that there exists a Luna Minoris Confederacy society that is the same within all the member states. In fact, sociologists have remarked that it is amazing these quite different societies have managed to work together to form the Luna Minoris Confederacy.
For these same sociologists, it is viewed that the Luna Minoris Confederacy of Non-Aligned Worlds owes its existence not so much due to societal reasons, but more to the pressures placed upon these star systems in a universe that favours the powers who have the biggest numbers of ships, guns, and military personnel.
Indeed, although the Luna Minoris Confederacy shares the same laws on issues of economics, all member states have a unique set of social laws that aren't determined by the Confederacy itself. There are many member star systems in the Luna Minoris Confederacy, each with their own set of traditions and character. It is equally interesting to note that many Luna Minoris Confederacy societies have been greatly influenced by outside contact.
No standing military, plans are drawn by the High House of Policy
Each member takes care of its own defence structure and is sovereign
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