Human will be the only playable race for Star Citizen and Squadron 42.
United Nations of Earth (2380-2523)
Once humanity began to expand into the stars, the governments of Earth slowly began to realize that, politically, the individual governments of the various countries wouldn't be able to maintain themselves in the bright future ahead. It wasn't until the year 2380 that the governments of Earth decided to put aside their social and political differences and unify as a single governing entity named the United Nations of Earth (UNE). Over the next century, more and more people began to move off-world and start over on freshly terraformed worlds. By the 26th century, almost 70% of the human population lived on other planets in other systems. Those living off-world felt like they were not being equally represented in the government and began to petition the UNE for reform. Finally, in 2523, the UNE responded by transforming itself into the United Planets of Earth.
United Planets of Earth (2523-2546)
This new political structure introduced the Tribunal of the High-Secretary (responsible for maintaining the infrastructure), High-General (responsible for expansion and protection), and High-Advocate (responsible for law enforcement) at the top of the pyramid and a senate composed of Delegates representing all of the human planets around the galaxy.
First Tevarin War (2543-2546)
2541: The UPE got its first real challenge when prospectors discovered the Tevarin, a war-like species who ultimately sparked the first of two wars with the humans. During that time though, the War elevated the courageous actions of a ambitious young officer named Ivar Messer. Used as a poster-child for recruitment, Messer parlayed his newfound fame into a political career. His passion and ruthlessness quickly paved the way to the High-General position. During his time in office, Messer was critical of the Tribunal system, citing that the system was mired in endless debate when sometimes a direct course of action was preferable. He began to lobby for the creation of a Prime Citizen position, a single voice to hear the arguments but ultimately make the call. Of course, he was shocked and honored to be asked to ascend to the rank himself.
Upon election as the first (and last) Prime Citizen, it isn't long before Ivar Messer restructures the government into the new United Empire of Earth (UEE) and annoints himself Imperator, ushering on in an age of unprecedented expansion and colonization.
United Empire of Earth - Messer Era (2546-2792)
At the dawn of the 27th century, the remaining Tevarin, driven to the outskirts of the galaxy, were organized under a new Tevarin Warlord named Corth'Thal who launched an attack against their old enemies. The Tevarin sole mission was to reclaim Elysium IV, their former homeworld. The settlements on Elysium IV rushed to take up arms in defense of their homes. Fring attempted to re-join but the same Malady that afflicted him as a child resurfaced, preventing him from doing his duty. On June 24, 2610 SET, Corath'Thal suffered a catastrophic defeat at the hands of Squadron 42 at the infamous Battle of Centauri. With his fleet rapidly falling to either destruction or surrender, Corath'Thal mustered his remaining loyal pilots to make a desperate charge for Elysium IV. Though they suffered an additional 70% casualty, his fleet finally reached the atmosphere of their old homeworld. The Second Tevarin War cemented Messer's power.
For nearly two centuries, the UEE expanded into the universe, snatching up worlds and terraforming them at an unsettling rate. All the while, Messer's power and title transferred down through his children, each seemingly more cruel and greedy than the last. It was a time of military oppression and fascism. The Imperator even used the threat of war with the Xi'An and Vanduul to subjugate the populace. Resistance was growing however. Representatives from Terrarepeatedly tried to speak out against the Imperator and lobbied to secede, most disappeared shortly after.
It wasn't until the infamous Massacre of Garron II that the resistance really sparked a public outcry. A small planet brimming with life, Garron II was sold to a terraforming outfit by Imperator Messer XIX. The atmospheric processing wiped out every living thing on the planet. When vid-footage of the atrocity hit the Spectrum, the public had finally had enough. Riots broke out. Underground Resistance movements attempted to fan the flames of revolution, finding unlikely allies in the Xi'An Empire who helped smuggle insurrectionists around UEE space.
United Empire of Earth - Democratic (2792-present)
On May 3, 2792 Imperator Linton Messer XI was overthrown. Erin Toi claimed the rank and restored the Tribunal system. The Imperator was no longer a hereditary autocrat but an elected position with a ten year term limit.
The new UEE tried desperately to make amends for centuries of abuse. The Fair Chance Act, which prohibited terraforming on planets with an established chain of life, was quickly enacted to prevent events like Garron II from happening again. The UEE built The Ark as a repository (and attempt at reparations with the various alien civilizations they had antagonized) for galactic knowledge. And finally began construction on the Synthworld (Project Archangel) as a final alternative to having to terraform ever again.
To the present, the government has been maintaining these same policies. The Synthworld has largely been an unstable failure despite repeated efforts to get the project back on track. The money has started to dry up, the military is spread too thin.
The cracks are starting to show.
"The integration of technology into society has given almost everyone access to basic education should they want it."
"The baseline of schooling is done through the Glas or computer systems. A variety of companies, through imperial subsidies, have created learning programs capable of educating children to achieve Equivalency (high school education). These programs tend to be used on frontier planets and other rural environments that lack ready access an actual school. The problem is that there is little customized learning for the student. It's basically multiple-choice quizzes, so there's very little opportunity to develop interpretative thought. It's essentially just teaching the facts. There's also very little repercussion if the student fails a sequence or stops altogether, which is often the case."
"The next step is a public school which offers teachers but in which, depending on the population, the class sizes can easily spiral out of control. Some public schools in the mega-cities, for example, can have upwards of five hundred students in an elementary classroom. In this kind of environment, most of the teaching is done through Glas, but there is a teacher who will handle the occasional question and grade essays."
"The third step is a private academy which, while expensive, offers the finest educational services from qualified teaching professionals. These academies will offer scholarships to exceptional students, but many argue that this is simply to access increased budgetary support from the UEE."
"After achieving Equivalency, a student has several options: enter the workforce, join the military or pursue higher education. While the first option generally doesn't require a certificate of Equivalency, the military and universities do. The military offers Equivalency courses to committed applicants and can waive its Equivalency requirement if the recruit possesses ‘desirable skills'. Since higher education alone does not qualify someone for Citizenship, a large number of college graduates will still join the military."
Public's View of Military
"While there is a blanket of security throughout many of the UEE systems, particularly the more populated ones, the persistent dangers of space have helped create a culture of military service. Some view the military service as a matter of duty, others as simply a faster (albeit potentially dangerous) way to attain Citizenship, and still others see the military as enforcers of an authoritarian government that tries to hide behind a friendly, progressive facade but will still authorize bombings on Cathcart and covert strikes into Xi'An space. In other words, the public's reaction to the military is varied. Again, due to the prevalence of military service, a lot of the population has either served in the military or known someone who has."
"Although there is no official religion recognized by the UEE, and the cosmic landscape is dominated by science, there is still a need for the divine in Humanity."
"... the predominant religions of modernity exist in the future in some form. So there are patches of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. existing throughout the Empire. Many of the religions have adapted with the times (incorporating alien species into doctrine, for example) and those that haven't are slowly withering. The millennia-long grudges and intolerance between the religions has cooled, partially due to distance between worlds (if you don't like someone you can move millions of miles away from them) but also because exposure to the Xi'An, Banu, Tevarin and Vanduul has strengthened the commonality between Humans and created a Humans-first, theology-second mentality."
"A handful of new religions have sprung up as well. Some are crossovers from alien species (there are Human traders who keep trinkets of Cassa, the Banu patron of luck) and some are new. The newest belief systems tend to be humanist in nature rather than overtly religious. One of the more popular new beliefs is the Church of the Journey."
Our first Contact. The Banu are generally pretty disorganized, each of their planets is an independent world with its own specific type of government which makes mass interaction a little difficult but probably saved us from antagonizing the whole species during the Messer Era (they just kept out of it). We have occasional border disputes with the Banu, mainly because our criminal element flees across the border and the Banu won't look, much less try to catch them for extradition.The Banu's primary business is trade. It saturates their society. Everything comes at a price, everything can be bought.
Neutral, formerly hostile. Trading
Formerly hostile but friendlier now. The UEE has made great strides to try and reconnect with the Xi'An after the tension of the Messer Era (comparable to the United States' Cold War with the Soviet Union (they were the boogeymen)). As such, the UEE endorses healthy trade across the borders. But old habits die hard, while the UEE is diplomatically friendly, the Xi'An are a heavily armed and organized civilization with long lifespans, we aren't going to abandon our defenses.
We don't. Humanity's entire relationship with the Vanduul has been mired in blood. They have never attempted to contact the UEE in any capacity. The Vanduul themselves are nomadic with fierce infighting between the various enclaves so there isn't a consolidated government to make peace or war with.Every so often, a Senator or Diplomat will attempt to “reach out” to the Vanduul. If they're lucky they can't find any. Most politicians just regard the entire Vanduul species as a violent act of nature. They're just a certainty, like death and taxes. An ugly reality of space.
Their existence was only discovered recently. The closest Kr'Thak controlled system lies on the other side of Xi'An Empire. We know very little about them, the Xi'An weren't keen to share as the two civilizations have unresolved tension, spawning from a multi-century conflict called the Spirit Wars.The government has not made formal contact with the Kr'Thak as they are afraid it will unsettle relations with the Xi'An. That being said, there are undoubtedly plans of a more covert nature being tossed around but nothing has been attempted as the Xi'An guard their borders with the Kr'Thak with ruthless efficiency.