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T A B L EO FC O N T E N T S
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B A S I CI N F O R M A T I O N
PERSEID FEDERATION
Oμοσπονδία του Περσέα

Omospondía tou Perséa

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Motto:
Μεταξύ των Μεγαλείο Αστέρια (Perse)
Among the Stars, Greatness (Galactic Standard)

Demonym: Perseid
Capital World: Xenia
Capital System: Yirae System
Official Languages: Perse, Firasaic, Galactic Standard
National Languages: Perse, Firasaic
Government: Federal Republic
    Head(s) of State: The Archonate
      Archon of Xenia: Atalante Katsiavria
      Archon of Arydice: Silvanos Cotsadis
      Archon of Servitus: Kypros Onassis
      Archon of Minaris: Demosthenes Kyriazis
      Archon of Psyche: Chloris Kanavou
Legislature: Ecclesia
Formation:
    Unification: 533 XS
    Current Constitution: 876 XS
Population (Est.): 130 billion (1368 XS Census)
Currency: Axia (₳) (AXA)
1. Overview
2. Astrography
2.1. Yirae System
2.2. Gasan System
2.3. Avis System
2.4. Kassaras System
2.5. Eber System
2.6. Hemera System
2.7. Other Points of Interest
3. Government
4. Culture
4.1. The Arts
4.2. Food and Cuisine
4.3. Marriage, Sexuality and the Family
4.4. Religion and Spiritualism
5. Demographics
5.1. Language
5.2. Religion
5.3. Sophonts
6. Education
6.1. The Perseid Curriculum
7. Military
7.1. Geostratós
7.2. Astronautikon
7.3. Esostratós
8. Economy











The Perseid Federation (Perse: Ομοσπονδία του Περσέα), also known as the Omospondia, Persea, or simply PersFed, is a predominantly human civilization and a sovereign state that controls several worlds mostly concentrated in the Perseus Arm in the Alpha Quadrant of the Milky Way Galaxy. As of 1368 XS it has an estimated population of over 130 billion inhabitants, and retains control over 20 systems—6 of which are highly developed core systems. The Perseid Federation also has jurisdiction over exclaves spread throughout the Galaxy—one of them in the Gamma Quadrant. Xenia, the capital world of the Perseid Federation—along with its sister planet Theris—is the fourth planet in orbit around its star, Yirae. The Perseid Federation has had their current extent of control over their territories for nearly a century.

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Xenia, capital world of the Perseid Federation.
The Perseids are one of many descendants of an ancient human civilization located in the Alpha-Beta periphery of the Milky Way Galaxy. A group of nine colony ships from there went in the direction of the constellation Cygnus, with the funding of certain companies. In the midst of their trip, contact was lost with the ancient civilization—which had likely fallen to internal unrest and civil war according to archaeologists. Thus the colonists were on their own for the next several decades. Arriving in the Perseus Arm, five of the ships remained to found new colonies—the other four continued on towards the more rimward regions of the Quadrant. Initial attempts to colonize the habitable worlds of the Sivulon Reach ended in disaster due to the planet's native microorganisms, which resulted in many colonists dying from disease. The ship that arrived at Xenia for example, lost more than 70% of its 50,000 colonists because of bacterial infection.

In order for the colonists to survive, they remained in orbit for years getting acclimated to the native bacteria before living on the surface permanently. Once they were immune, formal settlement finally began. The colonies grew larger and larger thanks to indigenous flora and fauna as well as ones brought by the colonists—bamboo, wheat, and horses were two notable species that were introduced. Gradually, what was once thought to be inhospitable for the human colonists became where they thrived. Their populations grew in number, and soon the colonies became independent civilizations that had a more or less homogenous culture with one another. The five colonist groups lost contact with one another, and would not reestablish it until the 2nd century XS.

The Xenia Standard Calendar was created alongside the establishment of the United Nations of Xenia, which was established to unite the nations of the planet under one government. The years prior to that were marked by devastating wars that was caused by radical nationalism and expansionism. In 4 XS, Xenia successfully colonized its natural satellite, Daphne, opening the door for the colonization of the Yirae System. The first planetary settlement that was established by the Xenians outside of their home world was on Theris, another habitable planet that shares an orbit with Xenia.

By 134 XS, the Yirae System was effectively under Xenia's control, and it began making plans for colonizing nearby star systems. However, other human interplanetary civilizations had formed in those systems, with their home worlds being the hegemons of their respective systems—the same conditions that brought about the creation of Xenia. These civilizations—Arydice, Psyche, Minaris and Servitus—had become respectable power in their own systems (Gasan, Callos, Kassaras, and Avis, respectively), and they and Xenia began to complete for influence and power in the Sivulon Reach. Despite the five powers engaging heavily in trade with each other, each of them was wary of the others, and were effectively in a cold war among themselves. The cold war turned hot when a Xenian patrol frigate mistakenly fired on a Minaris armed transport ship, thinking that it was a pirate vessel. This lit the flames of the devastating Xenia-Minaris War that began in 504 XS, spreading to include the other three powers. By the end of the war in 528 XS, the war claimed over three billion casualties, and weakened the five powers greatly. Preparations were made for the five to establish a confederation to prevent a war from happening like this again.

But, what hastened the creation of the Omospondia was the Great Technophage Swarm that left the Arydican colony of Himis desolate. In 533 XS, the representatives of the five powers met at Xenia to sign the Yirae Charter, establishing the Perseid Federation. Their first eighty years of existence was mostly spent on attempting to repel the technophages during the Technophage War. The core worlds of the Omospondia had faced several Pyrrhic victories against the technophages before the swarm left the Sivulon Reach in 616 XS. Technology advanced at a rapid rate during this time, and the government gradually became more and more centralized in Xenia. After the war, a sense of Perseid culture emerged as the arts and sciences breathed new life. It had contacted many interstellar polities throughout the Alpha Quadrant and constructed a mercantile web connecting many of them. This was later referred to as the Sivulon Trade Network.

In spite of this, the citizens of the other worlds became more and more suspect of the progressive centralization of power in Xenia. It seemed as if the Xenians were beginning to dictate the internal and external affairs of the Omospondia, in spite of it being a "confederation" of like-minded states. Aside from that, the Astrostratos ballooned to massive proportions—so much so that other responsibilities such as health and education suffered from budget cuts. Separatist movements formed and dissolved among the Convocatures, and the combination of the technophage threat and the desire to preserve the peace and prosperity of the Omospondia kept the nation intact for the next two centuries. The rift opened dramatically when the Perseid government became overwhelmed by the Crash of 844 XS, which sent Perseid markets crashing. The government became more and more mired in its trade deficit with the rest of the Sivulon Trade Network, and as more Axias flowed out, harsh austerity measures were enacted. The insolvency of the Perseid Federation, the inability of the government to respond effectively to the depression, and rumors of widespread corruption among federal-level government officials angered the population greatly—convincing many of them to revolt.

The Perseid Revolution had erupted in 854 XS, which sought to overthrow the established order brought about by the ruling Themelian Party. Initially a series of peaceful demonstrations demanding change, it was brutally put down by the Perseid government. Thus the revolutionaries and the government were embroiled in the Perseid Civil War, which ended in 873 XS with a rebel victory. Over 11 billion Perseids died fighting, and several atrocities committed by both sides were made—most notably the heavy bombardment of Theris by the 8th Astronautikon Fleet. A new government replaced the old order, and a new constitution was signed that created the institution of the Archonate—the five Archons of the Perseid Federation. The capital still remained in Xenia.

After the war, the Perseid Federation's economy recovered quickly, and its industrial capacity grew substantially. The Omospondia became an economic titan that dominated the commercial activity of the Alpha Quadrant—thanks to a greatly expanded Sivulon Trade Network. Investors from all over were attracted to the Perseid Federation, and this led to further economic growth and trade opportunities, as well as close diplomatic ties with existing and nascent trading partners. Exploration vessels were sent out in all directions looking for other civilizations, and a few first contacts were deemed successful. Perseid economic, political, and cultural influence disseminated throughout the cosmos in what was called the Perseid Golden Age.

A certain race of sentient beings known as the Firasai have been discovered in the 860s XS, and they were slowly incorporated and assimilated into Perseid society. Many of these xeno immigrants were economic migrants or refugees. Several Firasai immigration waves came in quick succession, particularly the ten immigration waves caused by the destruction of the Firasai home world due to collision with a rogue planet. This led to serious ethnic conflicts that affected the Omospondia for the remainder of the 9th century XS and for the entirety of the 10th century XS—mainly due to racial discrimination, xenophobia, and the refusal of the Firasai to completely assimilate. Some have said that the Firasai had ended the Perseid Golden Age due to the economic strain that they placed on the economy. To stem the tide of ever-increasing Firasai immigration, the government closed off its borders to migrants. Intermarriage between Firasai and humans soon led to a new hybrid race called the Malliopi.

In 942 XS, the Perseid Federation and Idruteia became more and more hostile with each other due to their shared desire to control the Diadromi Ouranos. The Perseids were also worried about the Idruteians' excessively hedonistic way of life. Pressure from both the dominant Theognostic community as well as from Perseid corporate giants forced the Perseid government to take a more opposing stance. Both powers built large navies to keep the other in check. The tensions grew and grew until the Ouranos War enraged between the two and their respective allies. The war, while having claimed 1.1 billion casualties, was still influential enough for the citizenry of the Omospondia to convince the government to seek for peace—especially since they lost four trading posts to the Idruteians. At the urging of both citizens and prominent politicians, the Perseid Federation retreated into isolationism in the 11th century XS, and would not return to the galactic stage for the next three centuries.

The Perseid Federation shut itself out from the rest of the galaxy, and as a result the Sivulon Trade Network suffered a dramatic decline. The once famous routes where Perseid merchant vessels once roamed were now mostly empty. A barrier had been in effect between the rest of the quadrant and the Omospondia, and trade locations that once benefited from the Sivulon passages went through a gradual and painful death. Despite the decline of its external trade network, which may have resulted in the decline and collapse of star-states that benefited from it, trade and commerce was still alive and well within the confines of the Sivulon Reach. For the Perseids, the self-preservation of their civilization was paramount, and this was evident in the Omospondia's economic self-sufficiency.

Because of new policies made starting from the 1340s XS, the Perseid Federation has opened once more to the rest of the galaxy. Three ten-year plans had prepared it for entering into the forefront of galactic politics and for restoring commercial ties with trading partners. The Sivulon Trade Network was in the process of being restored and possibly expanded—especially with diplomatic developments with the Free State Republic. Challenges still confront the Omospondia in this contemporary age, such as the Great Displacement and the long road to reclaim its economic preeminence.

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The Perseid Federation's territories are mostly within the Perseus Arm of the Alpha Quadrant of the Milky Way Galaxy. It is located within the coreward section of the Perseus Arm, and is said to be around 24,000 to 28,000 light years from the Galactic Center. Most of its domains are situated in the region of space known as the Sivulon Reach. When a system is considered to be under the Omospondia, everything within a radius of 1.25 light years is considered to be under Perseid administration. Under systems which are jointly controlled by the Perseids and one or more star states, the Perseid Federation will be working together with the other countries to facilitate system functions such as security, trade and law enforcement.

The Omospondia is located within the region of the Sivulon Reach known as the Dione Nebula. The cloud of interstellar dust and gas is identifiable through its otherworldly blue glow that illuminates the clouds of gas and dust. The Omospondia is within proximity of the Sivulon Route, which branches off from the Solarian Trade Corridor. The Perseid Federation is has complete jurisdiction over twenty systems; six of which are core systems of the Omospondia. Other worlds considered to be under the Perseid Federation are mostly enclaves or colonial outposts. Outside the Reach, the Omospondia has several territorial assets including space habitats, waystations, and surface-based enclaves.

The Convocature is the primary political division within the Perseid Federation; often represented by one planetary body, along with its moons and other natural satellites. However, there are cases in which a moon may be considered a Convocature, such as Daphne, which does not belong under the jurisdiction of Xenia or Theris.

Yirae System

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Yirae, a G-type main sequence star.

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Theris, companion planet of Xenia.

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Avanna with its distinctive ring.
Yirae is a G-type main sequence star, having a mass equal to 1.04 times that of Sol. Its planetary system has eight planets orbiting it; two of which are deemed habitable for life to thrive. Four of these planets are listed as part of the Perseid Federation's sovereign territory.

  • Hatan — the first planet in orbit around Yirae. It is the hottest planet in the system, being so close to its home star. Hatan has extreme heat on the side facing Yirae, and extreme cold on the side facing away.
  • Aikalos — a heavily cratered planet and the second one from Yirae. Its core has been rendered inactive, and therefore has no magnetic field to protect it from Yirae's harmful radiation caused by its stellar winds.
  • Pyrrha — the third planet from its home star. Pyrrha is so named because of its fiery red appearance and its atmosphere, known to contain abundant greenhouse gases. It is the second hottest planet in the system, next to Hatan. It is primarily being harvested by the Omospondia for its sulfur.
  • Xenia-Theris Binary Planetary System
    • Xenia — the first of two planets that are fourth in orbit around Yirae. It is the larger of the two planets in the planetary system, being slightly larger than Theris. Xenia serves as the capital world of the Perseid Federation, as it contains the Omospondia's seat of power, Firanza. It shares its moon Daphne with its planetary companion. Its tidal forces are influenced by Daphne, Theris and Yirae to a lesser extent.
    • Theris — the second of two planets that are fourth in orbit around Yirae. While being smaller of the two planets, its mass is similar to Xenia's, thus keeping the two in orbit around their common barycenter. It shares Daphne with its planetary companion. Its tidal forces are influenced by Daphne, Xenia and Yirae to a lesser extent.
      • Daphne — the common natural satellite of Xenia and Theris. It is a moon that orbits around Xenia every 36.5 days and around Theris every 34 days. This moon has been an important military base for the Omospondia and a popular tourist attraction.
  • Theos — the fifth planet in orbit around its home star and the largest planet. It is a magenta gas giant with abundant hydrogen reserves in its atmosphere. It is orbited by fifty-five known moons, six of which are larger than Daphne itself. Two of Theos' moons are regarded by prospects to be rich in precious metals.
  • Avanna — the sixth planet in orbit around Yirae, known for its unusually elliptical orbit and its high axial tilt (at 68.74˚). It has a wide ring spanning for a few thousands of kilometers in width. Azure in color, it is orbited by twenty-one known moons.
  • Sophia — the seventh planet from Yirae, and last of the three gas giants. It is purple in color, with a faint ring of dust and ice around it. It is orbited by nine known moons.
  • Kora — the eighth world from its star. It is a dwarf planet around 0.93 times the size of Daphne, and is primarily used by the Omospondia as a waystation.

Gasan System

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Gasan, an M-type main sequence star.

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Leukothea with its ring.
Gasan is an M-type main sequence star, with a mass 0.36 times that of Sol. Its planetary system is composed of it and six planets orbiting it; one of which is located in the star's habitable zone. Two of the planets orbiting it are considered part of the Perseid Federation's territory.

  • Titaia — the closest planet to Gasan. Perseid officials have warned that its proximity from the star, the closest of any planet in the Omospondia, may have made the planet dangerous due to extreme radiation.
  • Pavlos — it is a dwarf planet located second from its home star. It is observed to have a brown cratered surface.
  • Arydice — the third planet in orbit around Gasan. It has a mass 0.86 times that of Terra, capable of holding an atmosphere. It is also smaller than Xenia by comparison. Arydice serves as the chief world of the Gasan system, and contains most of its population. It has three small moons, which are most likely captured asteroids.
    • Ou — the first of Arydice's moons. It orbits the closest to its planet.
    • Mai — the second of Arydice's moons and the largest of the three.
    • Ixa — the third of Arydice's moons. It is the small of the three and orbits the farthest from Arydice.
  • Priscilla — the fourth planet from Gasan. It is a ferrous planet with a size 0.74 times that of Xenia. It has been considered by the Perseids as a primary source of iron and other transition metals.
  • Himis — the fifth planet from Gasan and the smallest of the planets within the system. It is used by the Omospondia as a trade port and a military base.
  • Leukothea — the sixth planet from the Gasan and the only gas giant in the system. It was named Leukothea because it was described having heavenly white clouds for an atmosphere. However, faint streaks of gray can be observed in certain latitudes of the planet. It is being orbited by sixty-five moons, one of which had been colonized by Perseid settlers.
    • Agatha — this moon is situated close enough to be influenced by the gravitational influence of Leukothea. In fact, the influence was strong enough to warm Agatha to temperatures similar to planets situated in habitable zones. The Omospondia had established settlements on the moon since the 13th Century XS.

Avis System

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Avis, an F-type main sequence star.

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Nephos, largest planet in the entirety
of the Omospondia.
Avis is an F-type main sequence star, with a mass 1.24 times that of Sol. Avis is located in the outer sectors of the Omospondia, close to nearby firasai star states. It has nine known planetary bodies orbiting it — three of which are considered part of the Perseid Federation's territory.

  • Ambrotos — the first planet from Avis. It is an unusual planet, as it is a gas giant orbiting at a close distance from its home star. Scientists theorize that Ambrotos was most likely a failed satellite star that didn't gain enough mass to begin hydrogen fusion. It is orbited by thirteen known moons. (Not to be confused with Ambrosia, a habitable planet orbiting Kassaras.)
  • Chara — the third planet in orbit around Avis. It is smaller than Terra (at 0.83 times its size) but is nonetheless able to sustain an atmosphere. It along with Servitus are the only two habitable planets in the system.
  • Servitus — the fourth planet in orbit around Avis and a habitable world within the system. It is a super-Terra, 1.58 times the size of Terra, and 1.27 times its mass. Servitus is known to be slightly colder than others, but that has never hindered the development of life on this planet. It has only one natural satellite that orbits it that has a profound effect on the planet's tides (which are higher than usual).
    • Calypso — the natural satellite of Servitus. As a moon it has one of the closest orbits to a planetary body (64,000 km from Servitus), which increases the tidal forces of the planet significantly. As such, one can expect considerable differences in the rise and fall of tides. Its proximity to the planet has another side effect: that of increased habitability. The Perseid government may be planning to terraform this moon, but such discussions have been put under the rug for quite some time. It orbits Servitus every 24.6 days.
  • Nephos — the fifth planet in orbit around Avis. It is a gas giant and the largest planetary body in the Avis System and in the entirety of the Omospondia. This makes the planet an ideal resource mine for gases and certain minerals found within its natural satellites. Nephos is known for its gargantuan storms, able to swallow nearly 6,000 Xenias, as well as for its three rings. It is orbited by seventy-nine known moons, some of which are able to support colonies.
  • Xanthe — this is another gas giant in the Avis system, sixth from its star. The namesake may have been attributed to its appearance, which resembles blonde hair. It is orbited by forty-one moons, as well as by a faint ring of ice.

Kassaras System

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Minaris, chief planet of the system.

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Phyllida and its green atmosphere.
Kassaras is an A-type main sequence star, with a mass 1.53 times that of Sol. Its planetary system is composed of it and ten planets orbiting it; three of which is located inside the Goldilocks zone of the star. Five of the planets are part of the Perseid Federation's territory.

  • Nikosia — the second planet from Kassaras. It is a hot planet abundant in metals and metalloids, as well as certain sulfuric compounds. Its atmosphere is considered very toxic, and so domed settlements were built in areas with abundant amounts of ore.
  • Eusphoros — the third planet in orbit from its home star. It has an atmosphere primarily composed of neon that absorbs ultraviolet light from Kassaras, giving Eusphoros an otherworldly bright glow. Its atmosphere is highly toxic to sophonts.
  • Ambrosia — the fourth planet from its home star. Due to its proximity to Kassaras within the habitable zone, it has a very humid climate due to its abundance of water; as a result it has expansive jungles that cover much of the planet's land area. (Not to be confused with Ambrotos, a gas giant orbiting the star Avis.)
  • Minaris — the fifth planet from Kassaras. It is around 0.95 times Terra's size, and at 0.97 times its mass. Minaris has only one orbiting natural satellite.
  • Dysmas — the sixth planet from Kassaras. This is the third planet in the system to be considered habitable, lying close to the far edge of the star's habitable zone. However, it is deemed to have a toxic atmosphere, so domed cities and agricultural settlements can be found. Terraforming cannot be carried out due to the possible adverse effects it has on the planet's environment.
  • Siclades — the seventh planet from Kassaras. It is a small gas giant that attributes its blue and green atmosphere to the abundance of methane gases and other hydrocarbons. It is orbited by twenty-eight known moons.
  • Phyllida — the eighth planet from its home star. Its green appearance seems to have been the namesake for the planet. The clouds of Phyllida are known to be very turbulent, and some of them may even form seemingly unending storms. It is orbited by seventeen known moons.

Eber System

Eber is a K-type main sequence star which has a mass 0.71 times that of Sol. Seven planets orbit the star, one of which is situated within the habitable zone. Three of the planets are part of the territory of the Perseid Federation.

  • Cenchra — the first planet in order from Eber. Cenchra is relatively cool compared to other planets that were first in order from their respective home stars — but nonetheless its surface temperature is still high. It is a planet rich in minerals, with many ore reserves still untapped beneath its surface. Investment in Cenchra may soon bring trillions of Tacits into the Perseid economy, mostly into the system's development.
  • Psyche — this is the second planet from Eber. It is around 2.44 times the size of Terra, and has 1.87 times its mass. As such, the gravitational pull of Psyche has resulted in shorter inhabitants. It is orbited by only one natural satellite.
  • Chryseis — this is a dwarf planet situated third from Eber. It is covered with an expansive icy wilderness across much of its surface, which may hide a hidden underwater ocean.
  • Deucalion — a gas giant that lies sixth from its home star. It is orbited by thirty-three known moons.

Hemera System

Hemera is a G-type main sequence star at around 0.97 times the mass of Sol. It is orbited by seven planets — three of which are under the complete jurisdiction of the Perseid Federation.

  • Hemera α — the first planet from Hemera. It is perhaps one of the closest planets ever to orbit a star within the Omospondia; so much so that the planet can be occasionally caught up in coronal mass ejections.
  • Phlegma — the second planet from Hemera. It is known for its dark yellowish-green surface, an indicator that it has abundant reserves of Cassinium.
  • Alcyone — it is the third planet from Hemera. It is a relatively new colony in the Omospondia, having been settled over 4 centuries ago. It is being orbited by three planetesimals which give the planet an unusual tidal bulge.
  • Hemera δ — a gas giant located fourth in orbit around Hemera.
  • Hemera ε — the fifth planet in orbit around Hemera and the second gas giant in the system.
  • Hemera ζ-Hemera η Binary Planetary System
    • Hemera ζ — first of two dwarf planets sixth in order from Hemera. It is a barren planet with a distinctive large crater covering a fifth of its surface, indicative of a cataclysmic event that took place. Both it and Hemera η take 306 Xenian years to complete a revolution around the home star.
    • Hemera η — the second of two planets sixth from Hemera. It orbits Hemera ζ periodically every 198 Xenian days, causing its slightly larger companion to wobble.

Other points of interest

  • Aplouména Starbase — this is a mobile starbase which houses the main offices of the Organ of Defense. It is a mobile orbital space habitat that traverses the Sivulon Reach, and is able to house over 35 million people. Aplouména serves as the wartime capital of the Perseid Federation and seat of power for the Perseid government, in case the five planets fall. Its current location is kept a secret by the Omospondia.
  • Lamprini Nebula — this planetary nebula surrounding the red giant Lamprini is a sign that this star is nearing the end of its lifespan. Plasma storms are expected in this nebula, so civilian vessels have to watch themselves when traversing within Lamprini's influence.
  • Thalassa Apophones — translated into Universal as "Sea of Voices," this region of space near the Dione Nebula is known for its abundance of gas and dust clouds. It is named because ships traveling through this area of the Sivulon have picked up cosmic noise coming from nearby stars, mostly from quasars.
  • Thalassa — this is a Perseid enclave located in the Liu Xiu Special Economic Zone, a star system under the jurisdiction of the Imperial Star Republic of Vocenae. It is a floating city on the planet of Pinnacle, a habitable world mostly covered with water with few landmasses. The Omospondia's application for an enclave was accepted by the Imperial Star Republic in 1347 XS, and construction of the city took 11 years. Now the Perseid government is encouraging settlers to come to Thalassa, and inviting foreign investors to invest in the enclave.
  • Icosakhilos Confluence Interstellar Terminal — more commonly known as Icosakhilos Station, this space habitat straddles the Icosakhilos Confluence, the area where the Sivulon Trade Network splits off from the Solarian Trade Corridor. A major waystation and trading hub, Icoskahilos is a major asset for the Perseids in the Sivulon Trade Network, connecting the Omospondia with her trading partners in the Solarian Reaches and the Beta Quadrant.


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The Perseid government is primarily governed as a federal republic of sorts, composed of elected officials that serve for two to four terms, depending on the office in question. An official in serving in government is identified as a Somios (pl. Somioi), in recognition that the state is a body that governs and represents its people. Citizens of the Omospondia aspiring to be Somioi are chosen in a meritocratic approach by a special commission that evaluates their ability to lead. Those who pass the evaluations are placed into particular levels in the government hierarchy and presented to the people as candidates.

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Firanza, capital city of the Perseid Federation.
The Perseid Federation has a unique system of the institution of a peacetime and wartime seat of power. It was mandated by the Charter of 876 XS that a wartime seat of government be instituted so that the Perseid government will still function, even with the fall of Xenia. In peacetime, the central seat of power is located at Firanza — and it is where the Eccleserion is located. Firanza has been one of two unofficial designations used to refer to the Perseid Government, the other being Xenia. In wartime, the seat of power is located at Aplouména Starbase, a mobile station that moves around the Sivulon Reach. In peacetime, the station hosts the headquarters of the Organ of Defense. The importance of these two capitals can never be understated by both the government and the military — both Xenia and Aplouména have an Astronautikon battle fleet assigned to each of them.

The Perseid government is divided into three primary branches that serve as checks and balances to each other. Each branch has its respective duties and responsibilities to ensure that the Omospondia is governed fairly and justly.

  • Legislative Branch — this branch is known as the Ecclesia. It is a legislative body composed of two houses: the Gerousia (upper house) and the Koine (lower house). This branch is primarily dealing with the creation of laws, declarations of war, the approval of federal budgets proposed by the Archonate, and many other things. The Gerousia and the Koine convene at the Eccleserion, the building that houses the Ecclesia. A member of this branch is referred to as an Ecclesiate. The nominal head of the Gerousia is called the Ephor, while the house's members are called Geros. On the other hand, the nominal head of the Koine is called the Archicheion, and a member of the Koine is called a Bouletes.

  • Executive Branch — this branch is composed of a council of five known as the Archonate, along with the Synedrion, composed of the heads of the cabinet Organs. A member of the Archonate is called an Archon, and each of them represents each of the five signatory planets of the Perseid Federation, namely Xenia, Arydice, Minaris, Servitus and Psyche. An Archon serves for a maximum of three terms, each term lasting five years. They primarily enforce the laws approved by the Ecclesia and create a federal budget for the legislative branch to approve. They are also instrumental in the ratification of bills into law, and may veto bills — which may be subject to Ecclesia override. The five systems of the Omospondia each have their own residences for each of their Archons. At the end of an Archon's term, he/she will be evaluated by the Ecclesia on his/her performance.

  • Judicial Branch — this branch is composed of the Supreme Dicastery and lower courts. It is headed by a Chief Dicast which presides over Associate Dicasts. The Dicasts are decided and appointed by the Archonate and serve for life. Their purpose is to interpret the Charter of 876 XS and evaluate whether laws are in accordance with it. Whenever a case is considered too much for the state dicasteries to resolve, it is sent to the Supreme Dicastery. The Supreme Dicastery Building is located at Firanza.

The five Archons and their respective deputies, the Ephor, the Archicheion, and the Chief Dicast are immune from any charges that may be filed against them. However, any of these officials may be tried for impeachment by the Ecclesia, should he/she be found to commit a serious crime. Upon conviction, the official in question may be subject to removal from his/her office — which goes to a different series of processes — and subsequently replaced by his/her deputy (in the case of elected officials) or appointed by the Archonate (in the case of the Chief Dicast). Should the impeachment case go nowhere, the initiative is passed on to the citizens of the Omospondia via a referendum. The votes in favor of the official's impeachment should exceed two-thirds of the total number of votes tallied‚ otherwise he/she is not impeached. The same is for the removal of a high-ranking government official in power.

The foreign policy of the Perseid Federation is primarily conducted through its Organ of Foreign Relations, which is headed by the Secretary of Foreign Relations. The current secretary of this organ is Taxiarchai Milonos, a position that he held for seven years as of now. The purpose of the Organ of Foreign Relations is to represent the Perseid Federation in the galactic community — often before other countries and international organizations — promote international cooperation and develop friendly diplomatic ties with other star states. Its current issues that are of particular importance to the Perseid Federation include the process of withdrawing the Omospondia from isolationism and increased participation in galactic trade and exploration. The Omospondia is a member of the League of Organized Territories and United Systems, and the Perseid government may be considering to apply for other international organizations in the years ahead.


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The sophonts of the Omospondia enjoy a diverse cultural heritage that has been defined by both outside and inside influences through thousands of years. The Perseid Federation has been described as a multicultural nation, since it incorporates the cultures of five unified states. The arrival and assimilation of the firasai into Perseid society incorporated more xeno cultural elements into the tapestry. This section will do its best to inform you with as much information as possible, notwithstanding the limited amount of details being given.

The Arts

The arts that were espoused and cultivated within the Perseid Federation is a large and vibrant aspect of Perseid culture, which has evolved through several hundred years. Pre-Omospondian visual arts differ between each star system, however they have common themes in their works such as neo-romanticism and a revival of past classical art movements. However, by the emergence of the Omospondia, the visual art scene changed dramatically, with artistic works praising the virtues that the Perseids had throughout their history. Neo-romanticism and neo-expressionism mixed with the neo-idealist movement, giving rise to the homerist art movement.

However, a resurgence of realist movements, along with new arts movements that were characteristic of the abstract revival, emerged during and after the Perseid Civil War, often espoused by artists and writers with a sense of political dissent at the time. Aeneas Colakides' (768 XS-923 XS) painting of the horrors of the civil war in the Arydican city of Drivakis (Rivers of Blood, 858 XS), as well as Dion Iatrides' (791 XS-869 XS) sculpture of the personification of democracy triumphing over the personification of oppression (Triumph of Eleutheria, 861 XS), are famous examples of the atmosphere of artistic protest that encompassed the Perseid art world. At the turn of the 10th Century XS, other art movements began to grow in popularity as well.

For a while, impressionism and surrealism became popular when the aesthetic style of the Panagiote School dominated the art world during the 11th and early 12th Century XS. Traditional and digital visual art works that were dexterously made by artists such as Orestis Caras (952 XS-1206 XS), Argyros Kavouras (994 XS-1301 XS) and Talia Hardouvelis (986 XS-1241 XS) have been acclaimed by several art critics and by intellectuals for their masterful depictions of their takes on everyday life as well as the condition of the sapient mind. Firasai art forms and movements have been introduced, some of which have been fused with existing art forms, adding to the booming art scape. A Panagiote revival has become more widespread in recent years.

On the other hand, sculptural works have become more and more complex, especially with the use of 3D printers to create their works. However, an interest in the use of marble or bronze as a sculptural medium has resurfaced among certain sculptors. Sculptures are often divided into two groups: classical sculptures, which are realistic in form; and abstract sculptures, which emphasize more on the expression and execution of the artist's emotions.

Perseid architecture can be divided into four distinct periods: Pre-Perseid, Early Perseid, Middle Perseid and Late Perseid. Pre-Perseid architecture is best known for styles such as Neo-Archaia and Neo-Modernism. This kind of architecture is often expressed in some of the early structures built on the worlds of the Omospondia, some of which still stand today. The Early Perseid period was characterized by more organic designs as seen in famous buildings such as the Miletos Dome in Theris and the Evangelea Museum in Erianthopolis. However, the Middle and Late Perseid period saw a brief return to Neo-Archaia as well as the emergence of a new architectural style known as Geomatria. This became a popular architectural style for Perseid architects, especially in the past two to three centuries.

Theater is a popular art form in the Omospondia; famous dramas such as The Rhythm of Atlas by Cletus Diakoumis (246 XS-353 XS) and Journeys of the Fates by Makis Flessas (287 XS-358 XS) have been acted out by professional actors and actresses as well as by schoolchildren. Actors and actresses in the theatrical arts can be real sophont beings or pre-programmed three-dimensional holograms. Playwrights often told the stories of historical events and of tales embedded in mythology, and sometimes of fictional historical accounts adapted from literary works. Folk theater is more popular in the more sparse areas of the Omospondia.

Food and Cuisine

The Perseid diet is primarily composed of cereals — particularly dekkirei and nomonos — and Sivulon grapes. This is accompanied with fruits, vegetables, fish, and various domesticated meats and dairy products. Grains endemic to certain habitable planets are used for various kinds of breads and pastries. Certain game such as elaphioú and alogomo are hunted in special occasions. Sophonts in the Perseid Federation are quite fond of grapes, butter and wine. Perseid cuisine varies from region to region, but they share a common usage of indigenous spices and meat.

Xenian cuisine often has puris, an indigenous spice known for its pungent flavor. This has been used in many culinary meat recipes such as Purisbous and Delphyra khēn. Arydican and Minaric dishes are often served with cream sauce seasoned with peppers, particularly meals including meat from domesticated fowl. Occasionally this is added with butter. Psychinac cuisine is primarily famous for its salads that incorporate laia oil and certain domestic vinegars. Servitan food has been influenced by the cuisine of the Firasai, blending the sweet and the salty elements. Firasai cookery in itself focuses primarily on fish and insects, mixed in with leafy vegetables.

The Perseid Federation is famous for its beverages, particularly its fermented juices obtained from certain citrus fruits and indigenous berries. Regions of Convocatures obtain revenue through the export of wine to other star states. Some famous Perseid wines include Keralisme, Prosope, and Nixakkaia. Other liquors have been also exported from the Omospondia in significant numbers such as Theosikera, Pyrohydris and Anisouzo. Sophonts usually come to drink at a kind of bar known as a Kefi house, named after a state of high spirits and relaxation.

Marriage, Sexuality and the Family

The family unit is viewed by Perseid society as its most fundamental unit. The condition of the family unit foretells the state of Perseid society, and great importance is placed on the family for the improvement of society and by extension, of the state. Great emphasis is placed by society on the parents' role of rearing their children in moral principles. With the exception of certain hierophantic orders, nearly all sophonts marry. A marriage may be conducted with or without a religious ceremony.

Perseids are known to be sexually active for a large part of their life, particularly male members of society. Societal norms concerning sexuality are quite liberal — however, Perseid society does frown upon certain acts such as extramarital sex or polygamous relationships. Most Perseid citizens in society identify as bisexual — though pure heterosexuals and pure homosexuals are also represented in significant numbers. As such, both heterosexual and homosexual marriages are legalized by the state. Homosexual couples may choose to adopt a child or procreate with members of the opposite sex outside their marital relationship, on the condition that he/she is compensated financially by the homosexual couple. This sometimes happens between Humans and Firasai, who may more or less technically perform "same-sex reproduction."

Nuclear families are the most common of domestic units, however extended families also may exist. Both parents are actively involved in rearing and nurturing the child — grandparents and relatives may be involved as well.

Religion and Spiritualism

Religion continues to be a deep-seated element of Perseid culture, especially in this day and age. Many in the Omospondia profess to be deeply religious when it comes to their spiritual life. They often worshiped gods whom they believe to have appeared as sophonts and yet were endowed with supernatural powers. Most Perseid religions believe in pantheism, for they say that it is a privilege to be within the realm of the gods. Others believe in deism — particularly those in agnostic faiths — since they believe that the gods wouldn't want to deal with mortals without upsetting the order of the universe that they fashioned. Sanctuaries in major Perseid cities are often one of the most impressive buildings in the area.

Sanctuaries are often dedicated to many gods, though a single deity may dominate a sanctuary depending on the region. Artistic works related to religion often portray the gods and goddesses in various art mediums such as sculptures or paint. They are portrayed by themselves or in traditional mythological situations where they interact with other deities, semi-deities, humans, monstrous beasts and legendary characters.


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The Omospondia Statistics Agency (OSA) has estimated the number of sophonts living in the Perseid Federation to be at around 126,588,421,000. Most Perseids inhabit the seven habitable Terranesque worlds, which support life. However, there happen to be considerable amounts of sophonts who take residence on other worlds in domed cities which are linked by extensive underground networks. There also happens to be sophonts living in planetesimals and artificial habitats such as Urbem Thalassa and Aplouména Starbase.

The population growth rate, though it may be slowing in recent years, is expected to remain high for the next few decades. As of 1361 XS, 56.28% of the population of the Omospondia is aged between the ages of 15 and 199, while 22.76% of the population is aged 14 years old and younger. Thanks to technological advancements in the scientific and mental fields, the average lifespan of a Perseid citizen is at 287 years for Humans and 301 years for Firasai. The literacy rate for Perseids is close to 100%, thanks to progressive social policies in education.

Language

Most Perseids speak Perse as a primary language — the OSA estimates that there are 53.2% of citizens who speak it as a mother tongue. Perse is made as a lingua franca among citizens of the Perseid Federation, particularly in matters such as economics, government and science. Fouranos, the language of the Firasai, comes second — with 39.4% of citizens speaking it as a primary language. Galactic Standard is still being taught at educational institutions, especially with the gradual entrance of the Omospondia into intragalactic affairs in recent years.

Within Perse there are several dialects which differ from system to system. The Servitan and Psychonic dialect still have considerable amounts of native speakers, however, the Arydican and Minarian dialects may be slowly superseded by the Xenian dialect from which Perse is based on. Sophonts speaking other Perse dialects such as Daphnean Perse and Himisan Perse remain small. Those in Servitus have had a few dialects that have mixed with Fouranos in some degree to form both Perse and non-Perse dialects.

Religion

In a survey conducted by the University of Nova Megara in 1361 XS, 58% of Perseid citizens identify themselves with the religion Theognosis. The Perseid government doesn't conduct surveys on the subject of religious affiliation. The 876 XS Federal Charter guarantees the freedom of religion to all its citizens, but Theognosis as a faith is regarded by the Perseid government as a civil religion. It is followed by Katharevassa (15%), Hieratina (7%), Kyriotes (4%) and other faiths that have taken root in the Perseid Federation. In another poll, 88% of Perseid citizens responded that they believe that there is a supreme deity or a pantheon of deities, while 12% of Perseids identify as atheist. In other sources, 16.34% of Perseids describe themselves as "very religious," one of the highest rates in star-states of the Alpha Quadrant.

Within Theognosis, there are four sects. Three of the sects believe in pantheism, while only one believes in deism. The largest sect is the Synodia, which represent nearly a third of all adherents. According to the Synodic Ecumenical Survey conducted in 1362 XS, there are currently 24,118 creeds that identify as Synodic creeds. The largest single denomination in the faith would be the Octakatheon Creed — which is a sect of their own — who worship a pantheon of eight primary deities whose domain is the universe. Most adherents of Theognosis are in the five core systems, particularly in the Yirae System.

Among those who profess to be religious, 76% of them say they go to temples to worship regularly, usually once a week; and 68% of them read their sacred writings often — one of the highest ratings in any star-state in the Alpha Quadrant.

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The Perseid Federation recognizes itself as a multi-species star-state. The Omospondia is primarily inhabited by two sapient species: Humans and Firasai. Humans constitute 56% of all citizens registered in the Omospondia Census Bureau. Firasai come second, representing 31% of the population, followed by the Malliopi (4%). Other races from nearby systems have migrated to the Perseid Federation in recent years, adding to the sophontal diversity.

Humans tend to settle close to the center of the Sivulon Reach, particularly in the original systems of the Perseids. The Firasai tend to live towards the edges of the Reach, though there are sizable and growing populations of Firasai in the Yirae and Kassaras Systems. The Malliopi mostly settle in Arydice Convocature and in other planets in the Gasan System. Certain sapient races native to their respective planets have been also identified.


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Education is given a profoundly important place in Perseid society, which has continued to give profound value to it for thousands of years. Its society still values it highly today, and the current educational system of the Perseid Federation is a reminder of that. The Perseid government offers Perseid citizens—most especially the youth of the Omospondia—with free education in public schools, colleges, and universities, though private educational institutions are allowed to receive tuition from students. Children usually enter school at five to six years of age and become educated for fourteen years on average, but students may choose to lengthen the time spent—particularly in college or university. Parents in the Omospondia often strongly reinforce their children's education by enrolling them in fundamental and primary education.

Perseid teachers are generally well-respected by their students, and the teaching profession is held in high regard by Perseid society. Not paying attention to teachers during their lectures and classes is seen as a mark of immense disrespect, which is why Perseid students are often observed to be the most diligent students in the world. However, students are allowed to whisper to their seatmates as long as it is related to the class. They are given very reasonable salaries because of their importance, although the annual and/or monthly income of teachers may vary from place to place. Teacher enjoy the respect and honor of society, as their work begets the new generation of Perseids. Even great figures in history they believe, would not be what they were had it not been for their teachers. This has produced an unusual trend in the Perseid Federation, which has one of the largest teacher populations in the Alpha Quadrant despite available technology having sufficiently advanced enough to automate their work.

Students are given many options in their choice of education—the two most prevalent options being formal education (physically attending classes in school) and through online education. While the easy availability and accesibility of the Metaverse provide Perseids anywhere with an online education that can be best suited to their needs, surveys have found interesting trends in the Perseid education system. Many studies have shown that more Perseid students still physically attend their classes and attain formal educations than stay at home and access online courses, and that most people who do receive their education online tend to be part of the labor force or are pursuing postgraduate degrees.

There remain issues in the Perseid education system that have emerged within the last few decades, most prominently the debate on raising the minimum age for mandatory education from 6 to 8 years old, the allocated budget of the Perseid government towards improving education and maintaining standards throughout the Omospondia, the daunting task of retraining the Perseid work force in order to orient the nation towards a more export-oriented economy, and the more effective integration of non-human minorities into the education system.

The Perseid Curriculum

The curriculum used in the Perseid Federation's primary and secondary schools is more or less meritocratic in nature, and caters to where the student excels at. The curriculum categorizes education into five levels—namely Fundamental Education, Primary Education, Aptitude Education, Secondary Education and Lifepath Education. Each level of education except Lifepath Education has three grades. At the final year of their Primary, Aptitude and Secondary Education, students have to take an assessment test to evaluate his/her aptitude and the curriculum caters to those proficiencies accordingly. Should a student fail a grade twice, they may be transferred into remedial vocational classes. If they still fail those remedial classes, the state may introduce them to job corps—where students live away from their parents in barracks and perform what labor they can do for the state—until they have reached the equivalent of S-3 and graduate from the program.

  1. Fundamental Education — The first two grades of this level (F-1 and F-2) are voluntary — since these grades can be described by parents as daycare. The third grade (F-3) is mandatory to all Perseid children, and an introduction to primary education is given to them. Children in the F-1 and F-2 grades are usually 3-4 years old and 4-5 years old, respectively.

  2. Primary Education — From this level of education onwards, it is compulsory for the child to receive formal education. This level is composed of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. Primary education educates the student in basic skills, basic learning and basic problem solving. No examinations are being given to students in this level, for teachers are to focus on the child's learning rather than on the assessment of their students. On the 3rd grade, students are given an aptitude learning introduction test, which will be the first of aptitude tests that he/she will be taking. The result will determine which proficiencies the student will the next level cater to.

  3. Aptitude Education — This level is composed of the 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Aptitude education deals with the more advanced skills, learning and problem analysis and solving. Subjects such as basic algebra, physics and literature are part of aptitude education. On the 6th grade, students have to take an examination called the Comprehensive Aptitude Assessment Examination (CAAE) in order to determine the student's secondary education courses—whether they may fall under academic or vocational.

  4. Secondary Education — This level is the equivalent to middle school or high school. This level of education is composed of three year levels (S-1, S-2 and S-3)—which are colloquially referred to as the 7th, 8th and 9th grade, respectively. Secondary education reinforces and builds the proficiencies a student is determined to have during an aptitude education. Secondary education for a student may fall into academia or vocations depending on the results of the CAAE exam. At year level S-3, students are required to take the last assessment exam of their education called the Lifepath Placement Evaluation (LPE) Examination. The LPE exam will determine which level of the next assessment they will go into in lifepath education.

  5. Lifepath Education — This level of education is called "lifepath" in recognition of the student's path that he/she will be choosing in the future. Unlike the previous levels, lifepath education is categorized into four grades—two which are for advanced academic study (LA-1 and LA-2) and two for advanced vocational study (LV-1 and LV-2). Those who finish advanced academic studies will be able to continue on into a university, even earning university credits such as scholarships. Those who finish advanced vocational studies will be able to choose a career path, and even earn credits toward a chosen vocation certification.


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The defense of the Perseid Federation is of utmost importance to its sovereignty, especially with the threat of nearby interstellar powers. The protection of the national and security interests of the Omospondia at home and abroad rests with the Astrostratós, the professional armed forces of the Perseid Fedration. The Astrostratós consists of three main service branches — which are the Geostratós (Surface Force), Astronautikon (Space Navy) and the Esostratós (Special Operations Force). Each branch is further divided into their respective command structures. The five Archons that comprise the Archonate serve as the commanders-in-chief of the Perseid armed forces, and they help form military policies with the Perseid Organ of Defense, which acts as the principal organ for conducting military policy. Its headquarters is located at Aplouména Starbase, though it maintains command centers in Xenia, Arydice, Servitus, Minaris and Psyche.

The Astrostratós was the successor to the Unified Military and Strategic Command (EΣΣΔ) that was created by the five primary signatories of the Omospondia after the Technophage War ended. It was established because of the need of a more centralized armed forces to defend the Perseid Federation's national and security interests more effectively and adequately. Initially, many were opposed to what they saw as the centralization of the Perseid government in the hands of the Xenians, but opinion swung the other way when the Omospondia expanded outwards from the five systems and began to colonize the Dione Nebula. It was initially composed of five branches (Stratós, Pezonautikon, Nautikon, Aerostratós, Astronautikon) until the first four branches were merged into the Geostratós. The Esotratós was separated from the Geostratós and the Astronautikon in later decades.

Service in the armed forces is voluntary to Perseid citizens. Sophonts aged 15 up to 149 may join the Astrostratós, provided that do not have serious health problems. Basic military training for servicemen and servicewomen takes a period of five to ten years, and one may choose to extend his/her training to further craft his/her skills on the battlefield. It has been described by many as one of the harshest phases a Perseid soldier experiences — some who have previously served among the Astrostratós' ranks commented that training is often times more cruel than actual combat. One is often subjected to the most brutal conditions, whether it be natural or artificial. Sophonts serving in the Astrostratós as soldiers of the Omospondia follow a strict code of honor at almost all times — any violation of the terms of the code would mean risking great dishonor.

Military recruits in the Astrostratós — which are called Meirakiai (sing. Meriakion) — are expected to be proficient in all manner of military roles and activities. For the first few months of basic military training, the recruits are monitored and constantly corrected by officers called Trypanilochiai. Meirakiai are often subjected to intense conditioning and training in this initial phase. In the next phase, they begin operating various military weapons and familiarize themselves with them. At the end of this phase, soldiers must demonstrate their proficiency in the weapons that they used in training. The final phase is the most challenging of all the training periods, where they are evaluated for their physical fitness and their endurance in the battlefield. They are purposely not allowed to eat in the Syssitia (mess hall) and are only given self-contained field rations called Mache Geuma, nicknamed Mu-Gamma rations. They also have to endure intensive field exercises where Trypanilochiai work against the Meirakiai in a myriad of schemes. Should a recruit pass the third phase, he/she will take a final evaluation where his/her proficiencies and resolve is gauged. If the recruit fails, he/she should train one more year before taking it again. If the recruit passes, he/she moves on to the advanced individual training program, where he/she will receive specific training based on their military occupational specialties (MOS). Once he/she has completed specialty training, the recruit is presented a pin with the symbol of the chosen service branch and considered a Machites, or a soldier.

Soldiers serving in the Astrostratós don a powered combat armor called CATAPHRACT, which vastly improves the physical abilities and attributes of the wearer in battle. This powered armor is known for its distinctive helmet, which resembles that of a hoplite. The CATAPHRACT is composed of two layer: an outer layer of composite materials and an inner synthetic skin with an embedded neural interface that links with the brain. Between the two layers is a hydrostatic gel that adjusts to the wearer's body mass. The wearer is given an AI Ancillary that assists the soldier in battle as well as defends the suit from foreign cyber manipulation. Regular infantry wear a standardized and mass-produced version of the battlesuit, while special units in the Astrostratós have custom variants.

Most contemporary Perseid military doctrine is based around the concept of the Dogmas Polemikos, most particularly the Ygrodogma (fluid doctrine) and Trophēdogma (sustenance doctrine). Ygrodogma is characterized by flexible and sometimes unorthodox military stratagems that ensure that their enemies do not get wind of their tactics and machinations. Perseid tactics vary according to many factors and dimensions such as force sizes, terrain (which refers to both surface and space terrain according to the Astrostratós Outline of Military Doctrines), logistics and others. Strategists are encouraged to think outside the box in formulating battle strategies. Trophēdogma is characterized by self-sustenance and security of their logistics, as well as their endurance in battle — especially over large interstellar distances. In accordance with this doctrine, Perseid warships are often equipped with factories, farms and water production plants. They still have to arrive at port to replenish certain essential cargo such as raw materials and heavy weaponry, or transport logistics ships with them in the event of large-scale operations.

Geostratós

The Geostratós is the planet-side warfare service branch of the Astrostratós and the largest of the three in terms of personnel. It is responsible for military operations involving surface warfare and for the defense of the Perseid Federation's territories. The Geostratós has four command structures within its purview, which are the Stratós, Pezonautikon, Nautikon and Aerostratós. It is a professional army that keeps itself ready at all times, training continually and comprehensively to respond to any threat to the security of the Omospondia. It is administratively managed by the Suborgan of the Geostratós, a division of the Organ of Defense.

The Geostratós was created from a fusion of the Stratós, Pezonautikon, Nautikon and Aerostratós — a move that was done out of necessity. In those times, the Perseid Federation was expanding its domains through settlement and colonization of systems located in the Dione Nebula. The Organ of Defense saw the need to integrate these four branches into a unified command structure to better facilitate the defense and security of the Omospondia's planetary and lunar possessions. The need for such was increasingly becoming apparent as the Astrostratós began to maintain military enclaves, outposts and bases for the sake of the security of the Sivulon Trade Network. Service in the Geostratós has gradually contracted in favor of robotic soldiers, though the current number of sophonts serving in this branch has stabilized.

Their primary responsibilities are to bolster and provide surface defenses of each world, preserve the peace and security of the Perseid Federation and overcome any entity responsible for aggressive acts that threaten the Omospondia's security. The Geostratós would often coordinate with militias and levies to defend a planet or moon, and with the Astronautikon in more expeditionary military operations. They would often achieve their goals through full spectrum operations — which combine offensive, defensive, support and miscellaneous operations simultaneously to gain and retain the initiative. In accordance with Ygrodogma, the four major branches of the Geostratós employ synchronized tactics and actions that take into account of all dimensions of the environment — as well as internal and external factors — so they can ensure that their forces win decisively.

The Astrostratós employs a wide variety of individual weapons and other essential equipment that they use in battle. The most common gear equipped by soldiers include the CATAPHRACT powered armor, the Enhanced Metaverse Eye Military Apparatus (ENEMA), the S13 ballistic projectile rifle or the CS7 ballistic projectile carbine — the main primary firearms of Geostratós soldiers, and an S27 handgun — provided to all personnel serving in all three branches of the Astrostratós. Additionally, units are supplemented with specialized weapons that correspond to their roles. Such weapons include the S444 grenade launcher that can be attached to contemporary Perseid rifles, the LS77 Long-range Sniper Rifle and the LS142 Semi-automatic Sniper Rifle used by skilled snipers, the S41 shotgun used for close quarters combat, and an SLS8 Anti-armor Laser that can easily pierce through enemy armor.

The Geostratós is masterful over the realms of offense and defense. Much of it is composed of mechanized infantry and armored divisions, supported by atmospheric craft such as fighters and gunships. The result of this is a highly mobile force that is formidable for their rapidity and their steadfastness. Should the Geostratós defend a Perseid territory from armed attacks, it will make sure that it maintains their defensive locations, aerial and orbital superiority, and logistical assets in order to prevent the enemy from advancing. Should a foothold be gained by the Astronautikon on a hostile world, the enemy can expect the Geostratós to overwhelm their forces like a thunderbolt. Aerial assaults from the Geostratós' fighters and orbital support from the Astronautikon precede the raging advance of ground forces to great effect, acting as a shield for the Omospondia's soldiers and a storm for their enemies. With the Perseids seizing the skies above and the surface below — along with the appropriate and prudent stratagems implemented to inveigle the enemy into disaster — victory is assured and certain.

Astronautikon

The Astronautikon is the space warfare service branch of the Astrostratós and the most senior of the three primary service branches. Due to the nature of its military hardware and the extent of its scope, the Astronautikon receives more than half of the allocated budget of the Astrostratós. This branch is responsible for exoatmospheric military operations, especially in orbital or deep space. Officers commanding Astronautikon ships are granted significant autonomy by the Ecclesia — thus forming the central government of the ship — and are expected to make the most prudent decisions. It is administratively managed by the Suborgan of the Astronautikon, another division of the Organ of Defense. The Suborgan of the Astronautikon also manages the Pezonautai, which is equated to the Astronautikon's Marine Corps.

The Astronautikon was rooted in Perseid spacefaring tradition, which produced a large community of merchants and shipbuilders. It has built its navy over the centuries, initially as a self-defense force that can adequately defend the Omospondia's territorial possessions and colonies and later on as a black-space navy in order to ensure and maintain freedom of navigation in the Sivulon Trade Network. It shrank in size during the Perseid Federation's isolationism — reverting to violet-space status — but has increased in size and projection tremendously in recent decades. The contemporary Astronautikon is a black-space navy able to project force in orbital space and rapidly deploy its forces to respond to crises that may arise.

The Pezonautai (sing. Pezonautes) are the Astronautikon's Marine Corps, trained to serve in both planet-side and space battlefields. Their training is similar to that of their Geostratós counterparts, save for more emphasis on adaptability to space environments. During orbital or surface engagements conducted by the Astronautikon, the Pezonautai are sent ahead of Geostratós divisions to acquire and secure a foothold in hostile territory, or to reinforce the planet's defenses in enemy invasions.

Warships of the Astronautikon bear the prefix designation Astronaús Polemikos Omospondia (APO). From the massive Zephyrus–class carriers that are symbols of the Astronautikon's might to the swift Coeus–class corvettes that are the nemeses of space pirates and interstellar naval powers, they were designed with endurance and durability in mind, true to the Trophēdogma doctrine. Perseid warships are known to use a series of unique honeycomb structures and internal cross bracings in the construction of their hulls, which offers surprising resistance to battle damage. Ship armor is often made from layers of composite alloys and metametarials. Some have commented that the Perseids have warships that keep on operating in spite of their highly critical condition. Larger warships also tend to be equipped with energy shields to defend against direct-energy weaponry. Also in accordance with Trophēdogma, they also contain factories that produce limited numbers of ammunitions and complements — the number depending on the resources and supplies on board.

The Astronautikon manifests a focus on support roles for its ships, especially in orbital space campaigns and in planet-side warfare. During invasions or similar military operations taking place on terrestrial bodies, Perseid warships provide the Pezonautai support from orbit and exercise endoatmospheric and exoatmospheric superiority. Most ship classes are capable of housing a complement of small craft — often Argonauts, bombers and dropships — and several companies of Pezonautai that also serve as the ship's infantry. In naval engagements between the Astronautikon and enemy forces, deployment of small craft is often first priority for the Perseids in order to gain the initiative. Argonauts of the Astronautikon are armed with plasma autocannons that can easily deliver blows to light warships, while bombers carry antimatter torpedoes that can be a nightmare to all manner of enemy warships.

However that doesn't mean that Perseid warships are only built for defense. Railguns of a devastating caliber and velocity along with plasma cannons and other guns can be found in almost all Astronautikon vessels, especially on larger ships. Capital ships are often armed with high-powered spinal railguns, a formidable piece of equipment able to launch Cygnium projectiles to phenomenal speeds. Warships are often armed with turret mounts, broadside spinal guns, point-defense weapons and a variety of attack craft — which may be enough to bring down even the strongest vessels of enemy fleets. These weapons systems are capable of reloading automatically in seconds, saving precious time and opportunity.

The isolationism of the Perseid Federation brought a favorable development in its military-industrial complex. Because the Omospondia became self-sufficient, relying on the abundant resources of its colonies and greatly developing its industrial capacity, the Perseids became able to produce warships at an astonishing rate, and consequentially replenish their numbers. Their industrial capabilities are expected to rise in the coming years, especially with the return of the Omospondia to the galactic arena. Enormous military shipyards throughout the Sivulon Reach are employed by the Astronautikon for the construction and repair of its vessels.

Esostratós

While both the Geostratós and the Astronautikon have special forces units within their respective purviews, there are operations that may not fall within their control — operations such as high-profile rescue missions, covert activities and counter-terrorism. These operations fall under the Esostratós, the youngest, smallest and the most select of the three branches of the Astrostratós. The Esostratós is responsible for intelligence collection and special operations, as well as for more unorthodox forms of warfare. Esostratós personnel often work in the shadows — both in peacetime and in wartime — and are considered by the Omospondia to be the elite of the elite. It is administratively managed by the Suborgan of the Esostratós, a third division of the Organ of Defense.

In the past there were many special operations forces serving in the Geostratós and the Astronautikon. However, after the fiasco of the Rhōnessa Crisis that took place in the Norma Arm, there was a need for the Organ of Defense to enact reforms and reorganize the military. Thus, the Esostratós was born out of the need for military reforms in the Astrostratós. Their role became more and more expanded, especially during rising tensions with the Kritarchy of Idruteia and the beginning of the Perseid Federation's isolationism. It was the only major branch of the Astrostratós that didn't experience a significant contraction in the number of servicemen and women among their ranks.

This branch is the most exclusive of all the main divisions of the Astrostratós, with its high attrition rate. It is estimated by the Organ of Defense that the Esostratós constitutes around 5% of all personnel in the Astrostratós — some independent assessments state the percentage may be lower. Enlistment in the Esostratós is more limited than in other branches, and the basic military training required lasts much longer. The Esostratós would select the best of the best from other branches, based on recommendations given by the other Suborgans and their experience. Should an individual be selected, he/she must participate in grueling acceptance trials — a small percentage of those selected will pass.

Training in this branch has been described to be tremendously harsher than in other branches — a fact the Esostratós prides in. Basic military training lasts for 20 years, more than twice as long as in other branches. In this phase, Esostratós recruits are subjected to extremely intense conditions, and it is estimated that more than half of all recruits drop out within the first year alone. At the end of training, a final evaluation is conducted that gauges the proficiencies and resolve of the recruits. This is followed by 5 years of Advanced Specialty Training, mandatory to all Esostratós troops and other personnel. Soldiers in AST are given intensive training based on the specialty they choose so they can make use of their proficiencies to great effect when they will be out on missions.

Servicemen and women of the Esostratós make use of cutting-edge and often experimental military equipment during their field operations. Information about the equipment and how they are employed is kept secret. If those technologies prove to be satisfactory to the branch's special operations forces, then they may be distributed to the other two branches. In a way, it is to ensure that the Perseid military is equipped with hardware of the highest quality that works effectively. Thus, their expectations on the performance of such experimental hardware is high.


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The Perseid Federation has a mixed capitalist economy fueled by abundant natural resources and high productivity. Its economy is described to be approaching post-scarcity status, though it isn't likely the Perseid government would want to risk a freefall in the value of all commodities and the Axia. The Omospondia boasts one of the largest and most developed economies in the Alpha Quadrant and in LOTUS, having once been an economic titan in the region for centuries. Despite the loss of some of its economic influence after the deterioration of the Sivulon Trade Network, the Perseid Federation still remains an essential player in galactic economics, and may continue to do so as it takes steps to reform its economic policies.

Unemployment rates in the Perseid Federation remain consistently under 3% during the last decade, and may be expected to lower more as foreign markets increase their demand for Perseid manufactured goods and commodities. Its growth rate has been remarkable (ranging from 4 to 7% during the last decade), especially in the manufacturing and service sectors. Much of the Perseid Federation's economic output comes from dominant industries such as heavy industry, mineral refining, shipbuilding, trade, mining, and information-related industries such as information technology and finance. Service industries are also a major contributor to economic growth. While the agricultural sector is the smallest sector in the economy—comprising only a meager 4.1% of it—it is able to produce bountiful amounts of foodstuffs and other agricultural produce thanks to advanced farming techniques such as vertical farming, aeroponics, and controlled agricultural environments in space.

The Perseid economy primarily operates through neo-mercantilist policies and the support of the Perseid government in revitalizing and expanding industry, as well as attracting foreign investors and reestablishing trade ties. Recent administrations have had a limited role in the management of the economy for centuries, but it has seen its roles expanding progressively—especially with the introduction of economic reforms spurred by the ten-year plans. Ample government subsidies are allotted to the nation's major industries and services. Government revenues are mainly generated by a national income tax (5%), value added taxes (VAT), and limited tariffs or other customs dues on foreign imports. Although this system appears to be inhibiting for investment according to some economic analysts, they have admitted that indeed their policies have made the Perseid economy more attractive to foreign capital and investors.

Citizens of the Omospondia enjoy a high standard of living and a very high Sophont Development Index. This is mostly because automation has mostly replaced laborious jobs for sophonts, giving them the option to go into service jobs or even in creative work. The service sector is now the fastest-growing portion of the Perseid economy, with revenues expected to double over the next decade. However, there are still sapients who are employed in low-skilled and high-skilled work all over the Perseid Federation, particularly in her outermost colonies. The nominal GDP per capita amounts to ₳145,882, which amounted to ₳123,575 in terms of GDP (PPP). The currency that the Perseid Federation uses is called the Axia (₳).

The Perseid merchant fleet, despite its relative latency over the last 2 to 3 centuries, is still one of the largest in the Alpha Quadrant. It is comprised of various shipping companies and consortiums—many of which wield significant economic influence in the Omospondia and beyond. As of 1374 XS, the merchant fleet of the Omospondia comprises 5.1% of the quadrant's total shipping capacity. More merchant vessels have been traveling back and forth across the interstellar trade lanes over the past few years, particularly in previously untouched regions of the galaxy such as the Gamma-Delta periphery and the Alpha coreward sectors, and efforts are underway in restoring the many trade lanes of the Sivulon Trade Network, as well as establishing infrastructure for additional routes and networks to connect the Omospondia to prospective trading partners.

Both the public and the private sector are currently working to attract foreign investors into the Perseid Federation, as well as to invest in other star-states. Foreign investment in the Omospondia has been growing steadily over the last few years thanks to new deals struck with both old and new trading partners and a shift towards a more open trading policy. Its major trading partners include the member-states of LOTUS and the Nassau Accords, as well as its neighbors within the Sivulon and Leucarnatias sectors.


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