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Governments

Governments

Government Upgrade is the latest addition to Infrastructure*. This allows a capital base on a world to establish a government of their choosing through the integration of specialist civilians into the population along with seconding troops to ensure that nothing interferes with the process of creating a new government.

*Infrastructure is the mechanics through which bases improve aspects of civilisation on the world thereby enhancing trade with the planetary populace and income revenues through merchandising.


Some governments, generally ones that are designed to administrate a small population can be established quickly as can ones that have little power and ones that have a huge supporting force provided by seconded troops. It stands to reason that egalitarian style governments where the population has bought into the ethos of the government along with ones designed to deal with large populations take the longest to establish.

Establishing a government has benefits

  • Plant the flag - nobody else can establish a government without taking out the capital base.
  • Security – some governments improve security in bases due to basic draconian laws.
  • Slavery and Indenture – these can be modified by a government.
  • System Support and Income – governments can modify these as appropriate,
  • Trade and Merchandising – governments can shift planetary trade and merchandising into more profitable avenues.
  • Roleplay – there is something cool about putting your stamp on a world.


Ideology
Infrastructure is all about modifying planetary economies by increasing populations and integrating techs (which also had a material cost). While interesting and useful in that it allows any world to be developed, it produces homogenous worlds. There is no flavour and little variation.
While this is mitigated to some degree by species, these generally speaking simply transfer the homogeneity to differing base world templates. For example, while a krell stage 2 civilisation will have similar merchandising and planetary trade sales to a comparable human civilisation the planets will have very different environments.
The purpose of governments is therefore to mould the basic infrastructure into something much more tailored to the aims of the player.

Capital
Each world can have a single capital base. This is normally the one responsible for completing the most recent infrastructure Stage increase. Note that this is Stage increase, not just a tech increase.
Where no capital currently exists, special actions may be used to assign one though obviously consideration of the background of the world will temper any decision.
Just to be clear, a capital cannot normally be relocated to another base on the world except under extenuating circumstances such as the old base has been pulled down.

Secondment
As noted above, establishing a government requires the secondment of troops to the world population. Troops seconded to the world take on civilian roles which require deprogramming and removal of cyber upgrades while living in a civilian environment. It also costs half a year’s standard pay to send a troop on secondment. While a civilian they do contribute to establishing a government by generally supporting the views of the capital government. What they cannot do however is return to the seconding base immediately. It takes weeks of disengaging them from their civilian roles, re-establishing their loyalty to the base and affiliation and restoring any cyberware that was decommissioned.
Secondment is therefore a risk – troops are out of touch for months after going on secondment. This could be the difference between a base standing or falling.
There is however a secondary benefit to seconding troops; this is that while on secondment they are paid by the civilian population irrespective of the length of time spend on secondment. If for example an assault is planned 12 months in advance, it is sensible to put the excess troops on secondment in the interim period.

Specialist Civilians
These are available from planetary populations where there is a civilian market. The types of specialist civilian available are based on the integrated techs, the established government and the dominant population. Education is a good tech to integrate if a reasonable range of specialist civilians are required. Even governments of a repressive or draconian nature will allow members of other species to be trained though the social circumstances behind this may have some interesting roleplay justifications. For example, a world with a flagritz xenocracy may have felini administrators on the civilian market. Whether these are betrayers of their species or people that have won their freedom is really down to the position that buys them.
Specialist civilians often come with large wages. This reflects their importance and also their running costs. As such stockpiling these civilians is not really sensible. They should normally be purchased for as short a time as possible. Even though they are on the market it is presumed that they are still in well-paying jobs but looking to move elsewhere, into an even more well-paid job. As such they are certainly not going to leave behind their 10k stellar/week job to bum around on a ship or in a starport for a few months while somebody organises a position for them at the back end of nowhere. Also note that unlike other items on civilian markets the quantity available do not refresh weekly. It may be many months before another is available.



Government Styles
Governments modify planetary sales, merchandising, use of slavery and various other factors. This should reflect the focus of the government on certain aspects of civil order. A consequence of this is that if one area benefits from government oversight another area will be neglected. A draconian government pushes system claim support, resistance to being replaces and security of bases on the world. A capitalist style however may be more concerned with trade planetary sales. Anarchy (technically no government) is one that effectively devalues all areas and is not normally desirable except possibly following an invasion.

Governments versus Capitals
When things are running smoothly the establishment of a government is the result of a capital base integrating civilians and seconding troops. Following the capture of a capital the new owners of the capital may be of a different affiliation to the government. Under these circumstances there may be closure of complexes especially merchandising simply because the government is in direct opposition to the capital. The only real option of the capital is therefore to establish a new government. The quickest method is to second troops and create an Anarchy or one of the easily established governments. In these cases it is the resistance to change of the existing government that is the real cost. This is one reason why establishing democracies and governments that are heavily supported by the populace are such a boon. Even though you may have lost the world, the loyalty of the government makes it costly and potentially time consuming for the invaders to reap the rewards.




 
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Meklan Unleashed on Mobile Bay

Mad Dewiek scientist Dr Kala released a number of Meklan on the busy world of Mobile Bay in the Yank system. Thousands of civilians have been killed in what is treated by DEN warlords as an amusing practical joke. Rather than take any responsibility for their affiliation’s reckless behaviour, a DEN lord rumoured to be half-meklan himself quipped he would nuke the planet whilst another merely saw it as an opportunity to test some of his greener troops in combat. Surprisingly, the KAS planetary defence force was up to the job of repelling the insidious incursion. Questions remain whether further meklan are stored elsewhere on the planet and whether anybody will challenge the Dewiek’s lack of care for the lives of innocents. Probably not, given how even the mighty IMP are now cowering from a fight with the DEN (see inside this edition).


 
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Who is behind the AFA?

Following the large scale holiday attack by the AFA against the FET the question of who is behind the attacks has been raised once again. What is clear is that the AFA is using ships that were transferred from the GTT to the IMP. The organisation and expertise of the operation also reduces the pool of potential candidates. Few can go from commanding a handful of broadswords to half a thousand warships and significant army logistics without a long stint in one of the more combative affiliations. With the DEN’s allies the HEX in close relations with the FET and no recent history of animosity between the aliens and FET, at least since the departure of former one-eye big-bun Norozov, it would be a bizarre turn of events if they were behind these attacks. Frankly, there’s no point dancing around it. The IMP are clearly behind the AFA. The question is what can anybody do about this move of significant Imperial resources to a black-flag agency?


 
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Fox Effects Fantastic Turnaround

With his feet barely under the table, Xavier Fox has managed to dramatically turn things around at the GTT. With year-on-year sales figures up by 23%, manufacturing up 42% and ship production increased by 36%, the megacorporation is running at full steam with noticeable impact on local economies across the Stellar Empire. Political analysts also note that after a period of retrenchment following the disastrous leadership of Ike Krieger, investment in defence is at a five-year high. After such bullish growth, the trick will be for Mr. Fox to recruit C-level executives fast enough to match his ambitions. It is notable in temperament, the current crop of GTT politicals do not exhibit the monomaniacal xenophobia of their predecessors and have resisted repeated provocations by the DEN to enter a pointless spar before they have re-established superiority against the foolhardy aliens.


 
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Felini flounder in Winter against superior Dewiek forces

The FEL have managed to get their asses kicked by the DEN yet again after provoking the definitely “not cute or cuddly” Dewiek in the Crossley system. The furry punching bags had bought a civilian flagged outpost in the system, without permission or under certain conditions depending on who you ask, and then had the gall to reinforce this error by positioning warships in orbit. The famously patient warlord Halvor did not buy the story these heavy hull armed ships were merely transports and sent a pack to clear the orbit. The mouthy yet green Felini fleet commander Pr'prz fancied his chances against what looked like a light complement of DEN warships and ordered his own warships to engage in the neighbouring Winter system. The result was predictably a wipe out of the FEL forces consisting of forty-seven capital warships at no loss to the DEN. Once again, a series of calamitous decision making resulted in Felini lives being wasted by a leadership barely fit to clean a litter tray. The otherwise untested Halvor can now claim some victory ale although with his penchant for picking on creatures as weak as Gracians, it’s not exactly clear how much glory this new breed of Dewiek warrior can claim against the legends of old.


 
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Dastardly Dewiek Disregard Yank Neutrality

The governor of a MRC outpost in the Yank system reports that a 400-hull DEN warship called Grey Hunter Axiom entered orbit of Spritzer and opened fire with weapons of mass destruction (WoMD) against a platform, outpost, ground party and ship. Reports indicate significant casualties to Kastorian personnel both in space and on the ground. The KAS Junta is gruffly warning, with a slightly indifferent air, that everybody better stay out of the sector of the outpost for their own health. It is unclear what measures the KAS have or will take against the DEN on this matter. Such a breach of Yank neutrality has in the past caused the Dewiek to froth at the bit against the Empire for their disregard of ‘civilised’ norms. Their current silence on this matter speaks volumes.


 
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Yenni-bodies Pirates?

A PIR outpost was miraculously discovered by an IMP freighter, of all things, in the Yanni system with several Javelin class warships in orbit. After noticing the IMP freighter and seeing the public post by Jack Jones on subspace, the PIR decided to flee and leave a combined force of IMP and FET forces to capture the outpost. A brain damaged three-year old commentator who still believed in the goodness of people and Santa Claus was quick to commend the IMP on their good work, dismissing those who thought it no more than a convenient clearing up operation signifying* completion of operations in the nearby FET claimed systems of Graydown, Canth and Onissian by IMP puppet Edward Lowe. Meanwhile, the Wolf Lord Lyceum summed up the view of many when he screamed, “What is this amateur b*llshit?” into an uncaring universe.


 
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Crowe Coups Self

The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.


 
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Highlord Aadolf Loses Control As Dewiek Break Peace Treaty

Around one hundred DEN warships have launched an attack on a small GTT destroyer squadron of forty ships in the Daggern system. Two GTT ships were destroyed and another fifteen suffered noticeable damage. CEO Xavier Fox issued a restrained but angry statement demanding the DEN explain themselves. Highlord Aadolf’s buffoon-like response amounted to “Dewiek be Dewiek, let’s drink and forget about it.” Cold comfort for the dead crew onboard the GTT ships and their families. Especially, as seems likely at this time, the Empire will settle for some bloody money instead of retribution.


 
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The Worm Turns

The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.


 

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