A sweater! Come in, cover it, children are around
The Great Revolution, brought wealth, stability and a future for Agonie! Concessions to the time had be made, but naught that could not be overcome by trusting into the constitution, the senate, and the republic. It was the United Front, that dragged the system into chaos by bullying the economy and abusing the old order with foolish reforms that had to be stopped to maintain order.
The Central Government seeks to restore the Status Quo of a strong authoritarian Republic, backed by the large plutocratic power blocks. While the lower and a small but prominent part of the upper house have fled to Roskwit to form the united front, the Senate itself is still seen as the central governmental power, even though real power now lies in the hand of the Executive Council and the military clique around Admiral Staufen.
The Great Revolution, or the "Plutocratic coup" depending on who is asked, 80 years ago, lead to many changes in the goverment of the Agonie sector. The crimson monarchy was abolished and the united republic declared. De-jure, every human citizen above the age of 16 has the right to vote, secured by the constiution. De-facto, this right has been fully hollowed out, by cooperate gerrymandering, tax-based voting strengths and "emergency directives" ending the secret vote on almost all worlds beside Hoffnung.
The legislative and executive power, lies with the two chambers (upper and lower senate for short) of the senate on Hoffnung, while the court, whose judges are appointed by the lower senate, represents the judicative body. While planned with the idea of checks and balances, the united republic quickly became dominated by the power brokers of the cooperations, mining barons and big plantation owners. The old lower nobility, rich in power, wealth and influence, also was able to carve out their own piece of the pie.
With the civil war in full swing, a number of emergency directives have been passed, which established the "Executive Council for the defense of the republic" made up of representatives of the military and upper chambers of the senate. The de-facto power now lies in the hand of Fleet Admiral Cassandra Staufen and Field Marshal Aleksy Sloinski and their clique of military officers.
The Great Revolution brought much power to the cooperations of the Agonie sector, who now were freed from the oversight of the nobility and the heavy tax burden. Reforms in the abolishment of xeno-slavery and workplace improvments in secruity and workers' rights soon were also reversed with the growing influence of the plutocrats. While the last 80 years of economic history were mostly dominated by the trade war against the Halcyon Continuance, only the great crash of the Agonie Stock Market in 953 uncovered the desasterous effects the trade war had on the system as a whole.
The rise of the AHSP and the calls for reforms in the goverment made the civil war inevitable, even as the economy slowly began to stabilize. At the start of the civil war, the wounds of the crash had almost fully healed, only to be ripped open once more, as the system sank into anarchy and chaos.
With the war waging on, the Central Government has begun to crack down on all subversive types of expression, while heavily promote "Core Agonie values". The Abrahamic Homeworld faith has seen great support by the government, while other faiths have been heavily repressed. While still officially secular, 65% of all government officials are Abrahamic Homeworlders.
While Hoffnung was a long time a hub for the production of media and art, it has seen a vast brain-drain with many heavily influential artists and creative workers defecting to the USFASB. With great oversight by the state, most media now produced contains mostly propaganda, that promote the ideas of Unity and the Republic as a vanguard against unchecked tyranny of a mob. While quite xenophobic in nature, the idea of the "Noble Savage" alien that is serving humanity, is still a major staple of the CG propaganda, trying to counteract the growing influence of the AHSP. Slowly but steadily, a cult of personality around Fleet Admiral Cassandra Staufen has begun to grow, with pictures of the "Durasteel Admiral" being projected on thousands of holo screens all over the world.
RA-Private, wearing the standard-issue light armor and a light UV-Laser RCW for use as a garrison in urban environments
The Ground Forces of the central government are the numerical largest fighting force in the conflict, as well as the best-equipped one, yet also the one that is currently engaged in the most ongoing battles. Taking the lions share of the army, fleet and officer corps (around 65% of the total armed forces declared for the central government when hostilities began), it, however, saw a vast part of its junior officers defect to the united front, leaving a great weakness in its tactical abilities while possessing a vast advantage on the strategical level, as most generals remained loyal to the republic, with a few key exceptions of royalists who defected to the restoration movement.
Officially, the All-Human Supremacy Party is just a legal party in the senate of the central government. But in reality, it long has become a monstrous powerhouse and mass movement. Rallies of the AHSP are a daily occurrence on Hoffnung and holo-screens transmitting AHSP propaganda can be found in almost every mining station of the inner belt.
The party is strictly hierarchically organized. Every region has a local party-foreman, each sub-continent a party-chief, each continent a party-leader and each planet a supreme leader. On the head of the Party stands Supreme Leader of the All-Human Party Mubassa Taskan.
While de-jure it is merely a party, the facto it already has taken control of multiple regions on Hoffnung, which are now patrolled by the armed wing of the AHSP, while party officials have taken to govern these sectors in a dictatorial fashion. Friction with the Central Government remains high and many see an outbreak of violence coming, should there no longer be a uniting enemy to fight...
A young political movement, the AHSP has long been struggling to maintain its finances. Dependent on donations from rich benefactors as well as memberships fees, the Civil war has seen it grow an economical spine. Being placed in charge of multiple districts of Hoffnung, it has begun to implement a system of war taxation as well as confiscating buildings, savings, and factories of "traitors to humanity". With each now traitor found by the black-coats, a new asset is incorporated into the growing economic power on Hoffnung, which is the AHSP-Economic Syndicate. And while massive in scale by now, it does lack skilled manpower and able administrators, who mostly are chosen for loyalty, rather than merit.
The AHSP began as a low-class worker movement during the crash of 53´ and has a very turbulent history. While its origins lay in a format that could be called a "mob-rally" at best and "armed violent gangs and terrorist cells" at worst, the AHSP has changed into a true party, under the skilled and charismatic leadership of Mombassa Taskan. Using his former career as an Abrahamic-Homeworlder Preacher, he has lead the reformation of the movement into a larger than life cause.
All cultures that decent from the earth, are glorified and militarized to the extreme. Iconography displaying human features and the earth itself can be found everywhere, with heavily modified versions of old earth history, being taught in schools. Abrahamic-Homeworldism is the state religion, with many others seen as "weakening humanity" lacking the drive to return to earth and liberate if from the darkness.
"White-Shirts" Liberator-Soldiers, volunteers from the Party, badly equipped, trained and armed, they have some of the highest casualty rates in the system.
The AHSP has began in the streets of Hoffnung and the mining colonies of the inner belt. It never was a stranger to violence to further its agenda, yet the civil war has seen it gain a full armed wing. Multiple terrorist cells have received full pardons and been drafted into the new army of the AHSP. Able to call upon massive manpower reserves and highly motivated recruits, the Central Government has been forced to call upon their divisions to fill in losses. While being highly motivated, the main forces of the AHSP lack training, competent leadership and equipment, and as remain an unreliable fighting force at best, and an armed rabble at worse. The situation only grew worse, with the introduction of child soldiers, on the moons of Lado.
The Great Revolution, began as a noble idea, that was hijacked by plutocrats, populists and minor nobility. Great ideals were sold to the mining barons, corporations and plantation owners, and the main goal of the Alliance of Redemption, the abolishment of the vile instiution of slavery, was hollowed out, with intentured servitute among many worlds. Too long, the republics lower house, was just a minor concession, a wet handshake for they who had bled the most in the Revolution, to appease and calm the ones with true idealism.
The Crash of 53´ showed how hollow this republic was and how corrupt its foundation was. It has to be torn down, and build up anew, with stones of freedom, liberty, and rights for all!
The USFASB seeks to utterly rebuild the republic into a full democracy, with voting rights for all sentient beings in the Agonie system and a new constitution that protects the citizens from plutocratic exploitation. Furthermore, the power of mining barons, corporations and plantation owners is to be curtailed and a "better-deal" economy shall efficently fight poverty all acrosses the system. In a final step, the new democratic agonie shall seek closer ties to the federation and aim to establish itself as a beacon of democracy and universal liberty all across Eden.
The Great Revolution had begun promising but soon was hollowed out by the new powers inside the inexperienced government. Mining Barons, Plantations Kings, and Corporations soon had their own seats and major lobbying caucuses, who pushed their own agendas onto the people. It was in these times, that coalitions of true reformers formed the "Activist Alliance", a cross-political union of anti-plutocratic political parties and individuals all across the sector. Seeking support and inspiration from the Federation, it saw wide support from intellectuals, students and the newly impoverished low nobility of the old monarchy. A daring step was the "Declaration of Universal Sentient Equality", held in the Federation, that cemented the struggle for full Xeno equality as a core demand of the Alliance.
With the Civil now in full swing, the Alliance of old, is now the united front, a wide coalition of anti-republican and anti-monarchy political parties.
With the civil war in full swing, that has been branded as the "Second Great Revolution", Roskwit has become a center of a new spirit. Volunteers and interested sentients from all across Eden stream to this new center of liberty where all beings are equal. New values and culture is promoted and a crazy feeling of insperation has taken hold of the artist hotbed, that finally no longer have to concern themselves with the censorship of the republic. The grim and sadness of Hoffnung has been replaced with the beauty of the forests and green valleys of Roskwit.
Private of the 34th Salvation Rifle Army, a volunteer force recruited all across Eden
While the majority of the armed forces stayed loyal to the central government, a still quite sizable part defected very early in the civil war. Lead mostly by young junior officers of the Roskwit military and fleet academy, the majority of them were well trained, if inexperienced. Roskwit itself would become a recruitment hub, as a wave of patriotic fury over the brutal crackdowns on Hoffnung after the failed Motion 343-78, encouraged hundreds of thousands to sign up in the new military. Reports of AHSP and GC brutality kept this flow going, yet the United Front also can call upon a totally untapped pool of manpower, which is the vast xeno-population of the sector. More so, all over the democratic nations in the Eden sector, agents have been sent, to recruit idealists, students, and revolutionaries to fight for the new system and the rights of all sentient beings.
The Great Revolution, as they call it, has been nothing but a coup of plutocratic upstarts and treacherous lower nobility. They misguided the masses and blinded them with promises they never planned nor were able to keep. Now the system is in chaos. Countless died in the "Years of Lead and Laser" and their number pales with the death and destruction brought upon us by the civil war. The people cry out, for a savior! The rightful queen shall return so that order can be restored.
The CRRA seeks to restore the monarchy to its old power, as well as punish all who had their hand in the creation of the republic. Backed by the old high nobility, the lost colonies and the outer belt, the also seek to redistribute power and dismantle the republican elite in favor of the old one, dominated by the
The Crimson Dynasty has ruled over the Agonie system and its colonies in a delicate neo-feudalistic way, that highly varied from planet to planet. Its restoration will require adaption to the new reality, yet the royal court itself has equally adapted. With the young Queen Jysabell as the sovereign, a collection of Duke's as her executive power and advisors (as well as powerful players with armed forces of their own), the lower court is made up of nobility, crown-loyalist generals, colonial elites and finally, the clan lords of the outer belt. A minefield of intrigue, blackmail and personal ambition, the government of the queen is a war in itself, only held together by the strong will of the crimson monarch herself.
The way of the nobility has changed little, even with the plutocratic coup, most of them already shunned the grime and smog of Hoffnung and the loaded liberal ideals of Roskwit, for the delight of Einsamkeit. Rich beyond the wildest dreams of most humanity, exile was hardly punishing for them. Rejuvinated with the best treatments money can buy, its still partly the same high elite that has been couped 80 years ago.
But live could hardly be more different for the common belter, who lives in overpopulated, heated and cramped asteroid mining cities. Their lot is hard, poor and miserable. Low gravity has lead to them growing larger, to which steroids and bone thickener have been introduced into their food and water, to counteract. Their live expectancy is low, with organ failures, cancer and work-related accidents killing the most, but honor duels and small scale clan wars also claiming its toll.
Belter-Levy Trooper of the 3rd Royal Shock Army
The royal army can call upon many allies, in and outside the system for its reconquest. The first to answer the queen's call, were the Clan-Lords of the outer belt, who in turn called upon their levy to rise, just like they had done during the plutocratic coup. Hardy and grim soldiers, it was belter blood that bought the royalists their footholds corewards.
But with the war in full swing, old allegiances have been once more demanded. The old colonies of Agonie, run as semi-independent protectorates by the Halcyon Continuance have been tasked with raising armies for their queen and not been found wanting. While only a fraction of the colonial troops has yet reached the frontline, this increase in manpower, material, and military might fully tip the balance in favor of the royalists.