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Postby Marquesan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:16 am

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*The Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States*
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Background:
The Marquesan Union is an ancient and historically influential nation situated in the southern reaches of the continent of Hellas, in Sondria. Steeped in history, the Marquesan nation was, for hundreds of years, a conglomeration of sometimes warring states each with diverse language and culture. The Shōgunate is the only francophone nation in Sondria and is a country bounded in the south by the Sea of Curacao and the Confederation of New Samarinda, by the Palmitas Sea on the east, by the Imperial Federation of Crontor and The Midlands in the north and by the Sovereign Empire of Gristol-Serkonos and the Periclean Ocean in the west. The Kanto and Kyushu peninsulas gave rise to powerful empires that sailed the Sea of Arrack thousands of years ago. The country's violent past was put to an end by the first Shōgun to unify the Daimyo in 1590 under a common banner and remained unified by sometimes violent military rule for 425 years.

In 2015, a violent revolution took place, ending more than 400 years of peace. Resulting in the assassination of the Shōgun, Akane Hyuga I, the dynastic rule of the reclusive Shōguns ended. A bloody civil war took place following the assassination, finally resulting in the 2015 Bay of Tears Accord, signed in the Elder Republic of Erjunhuf. The government that replaced the monarchical Shogunate was a progressive libertarian Republic, known as the Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States, which brought peace to the sixteen warring Prefectures of the former Shōgunate.

The Marquesan Union is a nation of great diversity; its sprawling territory encompasses high mountains, rolling hillcountry, deep jungles and volcanic lava fields. It is mineral rich and has thousands of kilometers of shoreline; the Union covers some 420,000,000 square kilometers and is divided into sixteen Prefectures that still bear the names of the ancient kingdoms that resided there. The Marquesas proper was a country largely isolated from its neighbors by edict of a dynasty of Shōguns who held that the nation should be self-sufficient and closed its ports and borders to foreigners in 1670. It was not until 1921 that Erjunhite trading ships were allowed into the far-eastern port of Yigo, Bertaut, though the first outlanders were not allowed to visit the Ocean Throne itself until 1966.

The Forbidden Kingdom's first northernized Shōgun, Lucas I, seized the reins of power from the ancient Akasha dynasty in 1933, and is credited with modernizing the country under the Lucian Reforms, opening the country to trade with other Sondrian nations. The Marquesas is still a country firmly rooted in its traditions and customs; the Rakan religion is prevalent still almost to the exclusion of any other religion, with shrines and temples that have stood since antiquity beyond memory. The Rakanist philosophy that is dominant among Marquesans gave rise to a caste system that favored two classes, a Warrior Caste that ruled the country since the time of the first Shogun and an economically powerful Merchant Caste that is was the source of the Shōgunate's economic might. Since the end of the Shōgunate, the still-meritocratic culture has opened the classes to men and women of all cultural backgrounds, though an emphasis on individual accomplishment is highly prevalent in Marquesan culture to this day.

Today, the Marquesan Union is a nation of more than seven billion people and one the wealthiest nations in Sondria. The prosperity of its people is nearly unequaled anywhere else in the region and its professional military is feared as a powerhouse of nearly limitless ability to project power. The current Primus Inter Pares, Archard Delphine, has favored a policy of modernization and technological pursuit since the Bay of Tears Accord and has overseen a massive reorganization of the former Shōgunate.



National Statistics:
General Information:
Full Name of Nation:
The Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States

Form of Government:
Cellular Republic

Economy type:
Unrestricted Free-Market Capitalism

Head of State:
Archard Delphine, Primus Inter Pares

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Capital City:
Nuku Hiva, Remire Archipelago

National Animal:
Red-Crowned Crane

National Demonym:
Marquesan

Soldier's Marching Song:
No toku here ia kotou na'e
Parce que je vs aime

No toku alofa, i ori ia i iau e
Par tendresse, je danse

No toku here ia kotou na'e
Parce que je vs aime

No toku alofa, i ori ia i iau e
Par tendresse, je danse


Teie toku here teie toku alofa
Voici mon amour, voici ma tendresse

A noko mai kotou e faarii mai, e faarii mai (bis)
Gardez son calme, et avancer (bis)


Fatifati te tino, fatifati te komi
Le corps en mouvement, les fesses remuant

Te mata katakata te mana'o hoe
Les yeux grands ouverts je n'ai qu'une pensee


No toku here ia kotou na'e
Parce que je vs aime

No toku alofa, i ori ia i iau e
Par tendresse, je danse

No toku here ia kotou na'e
Parce que je vs aime

No toku alofa, i ori ia i iau e
Par tendresse, je danse


No toku here ia kotou na'e
Parce que je vs aime

No toku alofa, i ori ia i iau e
Par tendresse, je danse

No toku here ia kotou na'e
Parce que je vs aime

No toku alofa, i ori ia i iau e
Par tendresse, je danse

National Anthem:
I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

I heard my country calling, away across the sea,
Across the waste of waters she calls and calls to me.
Her sword is girded at her side, her helmet on her head,
And round her feet are lying the dying and the dead.
I hear the noise of battle, the thunder of her guns,
I haste to thee my mother, a son among thy sons.

And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.



Demographic Information:
National literacy rate:
98%

Percent of population with Secondary Education:
95%

Percent of population with Higher Education:
87%

Percent of population identifying as LGBT:
2.5%

Human Development Index:
0.906

Gini Coefficient:
36.125


Time Zone:
+3 - +4

DST observed:
Yes

Drives on the:
Right

Calling code:
+65

Internet TLD(s):
.mqs


Percent Water:
8.5%

Most common climate classification:
Humid Subtropical

Total Population:
514,030,400

Total Area:
6,272,950 Square Kilometers

Population Density:
81.94 per Square Kilometer



Economic Information:
Currency:
Aureus (Ⓐ1.97465:1 NSD.)

Gross Domestic Product:
Ⓐ16,357,329,146,937.00

Gross Domestic Product Per Capita:
Ⓐ31,871.98

Average Annual Salary:
Ⓐ31,363.87


GDP Growth:
3.43%

% of Sondria GDP:
6.83%

Consumer Confidence Rate:
108%

Worker Enthusiasm Rate:
107%

Unemployment Rate:
2.58%

Inflation Rate:
0.64%


Government Budget:
Ⓐ6,992,758,218,011.00 (42.75% GDP)

Government Expenditures:
Ⓐ6,573,192,724,930.00

Goverment Waste:
Ⓐ419,565,493,081.00

Goverment Efficiency Rating:
94%


Exports:
Ⓐ3,950,067,100.50

Imports:
Ⓐ247,119,742,739.20

Trade Deficit:
(Ⓐ807,826,663,480.95)

Effective Tax Rate:
34.575%* (* = Demurrage / LVT.)

Major Industries:
Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Mining



National Defense Readiness Condition:
Green - Nominal Readiness Condition. No Alerts.
Brown - Enhanced Readiness Condition. MG Alerted.
Orange - Actionable Condition Exists. UAF Alerted.
Red - Active Combat Condition Exists. NDR Alerted.
Black - Major Threats. Nuclear Authorization Issued.
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Etymology & Geography.

Postby Marquesan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:16 am

Etymology.
The name Marquesas comes from the francophone word marche, meaning "The Frontier" in reference to the sprawling wildernesses of the Kanto and Kyushu Peninsulas and the rugged people who occupied them. The people of the country are known as Marquesan(s) and the country is formally The Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States, very often known as simply The Marquesan Union.
Geography.
The Marquesan Union occupies some 420,000,000 square kilometers in the region of Sondria, divided into twelve Prefectures and is home to more than seven billion people. The eastern peninsula, once the ancient kingdom of Kanto before the great Unification still bears the name of that monarchy. Kanto is mountainous and tropical, with some terrain being incredibly rugged and stunningly beautiful. Kanto is home to deep, crystalline blue bays and dense jungles. Kyushu, the western peninsula is heavily industrialized and mineral-rich. Kyushu is much more subtropical and is home to several huge, shelf-like islands. Kyushu is much more populous than Kanto, though perhaps not as beautiful. The two are separated by the Sea of Arrack, which contains several islands of varying size and is heavily-trafficked by cargo vessels. The Sea of Arrack opens up into the Sea of Curacao, which extends to Somatochristo Island in the south and to Ngati Onekawa-Nukanor in the east.
MARQUESAN ATLAS:
Special thanks to The Sovereign Empire of Gristol-Serkonos for the map!


High-Resolution Map of Marquesan Political Subdivisions & Population Centers.
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The Kanto Peninsula.

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Oléron Prefecture: Population, 22,228,000.
Sunny, temperate, grassy and fertile, the rolling hills of Oléron, northernmost of the Marquesan prefectures, are renowned the world over as wine country. Oléron benefits from rich, black volcanic soil and gentle ocean breezes that bring frequent rainfall to the area. A geologically stable ridge of ancient granite mountains divides the prefecture from east to west, with many mountain summits above 8,000 meters elevation and few highways that run the snowy and sometimes treacherous passes. Oléroni culture centers around the region's equestrian heritage, as one of the few places that wild stallions still roam free on the hillcountry. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Triao; also Buon, Hekou, Lumphat, Muang, Namtha, Pleiku and Vanganh.



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Amirantes Prefecture: Population, 41,678,000.
Amirantes, birthplace of the ancient kingdom of Kanto is as diverse as it is vast. From the high plains of the north to the deep jungles and forests of central Amirantes to the jagged mountains of the southern ranges, Amirantes has seen the rise and fall of great kingdoms. The caves of the southern mountains have been occupied as long as any other place in Sondria and the ancients that dwelt there left stunning monuments and cities carved deep into the mountains. Great pyramids rise from the misty jungle floors of Amirantes and its black sand coastlines have borne witness to great battles. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Lenion; also Alaien, Aguijan, Anatahan, Baisha, Chalan, Danran, Fadang, Garapan, Konoa, Rinogai, Singaen, Taga, Tanapag and Tinian.



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Lifou Prefecture: Population, 22,228,000.
Lifou, on the sea, is mountainous and beautiful. The verdant highlands bear great wealth in the form of gems, minerals and rich farmland. Lifan culture has always revolved around the sea and Lifan traders have been sailing the Sea of Arrack for time beyond reckoning. The great merchant cities of the Lifan coast are home to The Marquesas' bustling financial districts; the gem trade in Lifou has always attracted artisans who are renowned for their skill in cutting jewels. Diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds from Lifou are known throughout the world, however the Lifan Daimyo was the last to bow to the Shogun during the Great Unification and her shores have often run red with blood. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Aprahi; also Barrigada, Dededo, Halina, Liomih, Rinca, Timun and Umatac.



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Coevity Prefecture: Population, 19,451,000.
The sunny, windblown islands of Coevity were, in ancient times, home to a fierce warrior culture that fought throughout much of southern Hellas and sailed as far as the western reaches of Aerus in antiquity. Coevitan longships raided shipping throughout the Sea of Arrack and the Sea of Curacao and its warriors still have a proud martial tradition. Coevity today is oil-rich; offshore drilling platforms ring its islands and deep sea fishing brings massive and exotic creatures up from the deep. Its shallow, crystal-blue cays are frequented by divers from all over Sondria who still discover sunken artifacts and treasure from ships that have lain on the seabed for hundreds of years. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Apolima; also Mano, Salima, Savai'i, Supola, Utele and Waie.



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D'Arros Prefecture: Population, 19,450,000.
D'Arros, furthest east on the mainland is dominated by thick jungles and rocky, volcanic mountains. Rainsoaked and fertile, the peat bogs and rainforests of D'Arros have been home to diverse cultures and the southern steel mills and stone quarries today are home to tremendous industrial might. Great cities ring the D'Arrosian coastline, glowing with massive factories and steelworks. In the mountains, great veins of iron, coal and other minerals have driven mines deep into the hearts of the mountain ranges. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Lomai; also Aitutaki, Atiu, Banti, Kiribati, Mangala, Maoli, Rotuma, Sinklai, Vanua Levu and Viti Levu.



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Remire Prefecture: Population, 19,450,000.
Remire, nestled in the heart of the Marquesan Union is lush, verdant and mountainous. The black rocky crags of the Remiri mountains jut up from the sea sharply, most the remnants of ancient volcanoes, many risen as the result of tectonic activity. For their size and geography, the twin islands of Remire are very densely populated, with living space at an absolute premium, Remiri weather tends to be notoriously misty, making the crystal blue water, black sand beaches and rich green vegetation all the more mystical and captivating. Remiri cities have given rise to commercial empires that span the globe, such as Myrmidon Tactical Design, Netane Kinetics, Papeete Steelworks and Fare Hei Mining & Technology. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Fatu Hiva; also Krimit, Kure Hiva, Maug, Moruroa, Tahuata and Tinian.



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Arue Prefecture: Population, 22,228,000.
Hilly, lush and grassy, the loamy rolling farmland of Arue has long been the agricultural heartland of southern Hellas. From here, rich spices like cinnamon, saffron, sugarcane, vanilla, cocoa, rice, coffee and tea are sent to every corner of Sondria. The vast Areuic grasslands are home to colossal herds of livestock and wild game, while the sun-kissed beaches that meet the Sea of Arrack are popular tourist destinations. The glittering cities of Arue on the coastline are bustling commercial shipping centers, but their nude beaches are equally legendary. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Mangereva; also Huahine, Koror, Maui, Nihoa, Raoul, Takutea and Tuatomis.



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Ataa Prefecture: Population, 27,785,000.
The Ataani Archipelago was formed by the same fierce volcanism that raised the mountains that lay northeast of Ataa. As the plates beneath the Kanto Peninsula shifted, the islands that became Ataa broke away from the continental shelf. Today, the lush, fertile Ataani grasslands are home to beautiful cities and sweet-scented forests. The tropical climate of Ataa and the cool waters of the Sea of Curacao make these islands as idyllic as they are fruitful. The fruit tree forests of Ataa bear forth cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, almonds and pomegranites. Ataa is famous for the cherry blossom festival every spring and Sakura wreaths are given to visiting monarchs or dignitaries by Marquesan leaders according to a longstanding tradition. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Sarua; also Eho, Io'hua, Kaho, Kapiti, Lana'i, Lina'i, Lenoha, Ni'hua and Raiho.




The Kyushu Peninsula.

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Desroches Prefecture: Population, 50,014,000.
The ancient and powerful kingdom of Kyushu has left its mark on the Marquesan Union in the form of the rich and diverse culture of the Desroches people. While ethnically Marquesan, Kyushu and Kanto in antiquity oft struggled and clashed against one-another. The great stonemasons of Kyushu constructed wonderful monuments that still stand today; ancient lighthouses and hanging gardens, great palaces, walls and bridges. Kyushu is believed to be the first place in Sondria where running water and flushing toilets were developed; it is also the birthplace of gunpowder and of modern steel. Today, the technological centers of Desroches are home to massive factories and shipwrights, the industrial might of The Marquesas spreads out like a web from these islands. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Madou, also Beimen, Dabi, Gukeng, Haiduan, Lugu, Mantai, Nantu, Nanzi, Qigu, Qishan, Shuilin, Shansang, Tainan, Xinfeng, Xinshi, Yuli and Zhouzi.



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Bertaut Prefecture: Population, 44,460,000.
Furthest west, Bertaut is cool and dry. The climate of the prefecture is dictated by winds sweeping up from the southern reaches of Sondria and currents often carry icebergs near to Bertautian cities. Bertaut's islands are plainslike steppes, rising sharply from the sea with scenic high cliffs. Deep harbors in Bertaut are few, but where they exist, they have given rise to mighty trading cities. Due to its strategically-important location and largely flat terrain, Bertaut has often been an ideal choice for military installations and many mighty, sprawling bases exist throughout the prefecture. The cool, dry air makes for excellent and temperate living conditions while the near constant wind keeps the air exceptionally clean. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Rinshi; also Anping, Baish, Guren, Jiading, Magong, Manglio, Meinong, Nan, Neipu, Nerizo, Piti, Talofo, Vanuam, Wanluan and Yigo.



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Akola Prefecture: Population, 50,017,000.
Rugged, very hilly to mountainous and classified as a dry tropical region, the ever-changing weather of Akola prefecture is both a source of legend and a source of strife. Most of the Prefecture's rainfall comes in the form of short, intense cloudbursts, meaning that vegetation in the hotter, lower elevations is generally low, coarse grassland. Higher elevations in the region's hillcountry support coffee, pepper, cinnamon, saffron and cardamom. The region is densely populated and heavily commercialized, with a monstrous textile industry and thriving financial districts. Major maritime ports along the coastlines are among the busiest in the region. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Ballari; also Eluru, Hansi, Kavali, Lathi, Memari, Nanpara, Palani, Patan, Pihani, Rajura, Saiha, Salaya, Shoranur, Silvassa, Solapur, Tarana and Tirora.



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Darjeeling Prefecture: Population, 47,235,000.
Cool, mountainous, rainy and often misty, clouds often obscure the countless tea plantations of Darjeeling prefecture. Still an agricultural center after thousands of years of human occupation, the terraced slopes of Darjeeling's mountainsides are home to some of the world's most well-known garden cities. Long-considered to be a place of great spiritual importance, Darjeeling hosts thousands of monasteries large and small. The cool, wet weather and highly mountainous terrain make it naturally defensible but difficult to traverse along roads; it was here that lighter-than-air travel is rumored to have begun in Sondria. Shrines, temples and tea houses litter the landscape of Darjeeling; its high rainfall levels and mountainous terrain lend well to natural springs and it is from these springs that the first fermenters and distillers began creating alcoholic beverages before the written historical record began. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Rae Bareli; also Adyar, Dhuri, Gohana, Kaithal, Kohima, Magadi, Nagari, Padra, Parasi, Patur, Rosera, Sankari, Sidhi, Sirohi, Surat and Thiruvalla.



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Shanti Prefecture: Population, 55,571,000.
Shanti is the single most populous of the Marquesan prefectures; is is the technological heart of the country, with vast consumer goods production facilities that drive markets around the world. Here, textiles, electronics, machinery of every type, shape and size, plastics and other wares are created in massive factory districts. Shanti Prefecture is a massive consumer of electrical power and resources along with being one of the wealthiest areas of The Marquesas by demographics. While working conditions are very good according to Marquesan law, Shanti's cities never sleep and air quality is poor despite concerted efforts to reduce pollutants in the prefecture's skies. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Dosha; also Amroha, Assam, Gudur, Karaikal, Lakheri, Mariani, Nandura, Palai, Pasan, Pedana, Rajam, Sagara, Satara, Sihora, Sohna, Tanda, Talikota, Valparai and Zira.



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Orai Prefecture: Population, 44,457,000.
Cool, hilly and idyllic, the temperate grasslands of Orai have a generous 280 days per year of sunshine. Weather here is dominated by warm maritime breezes with short, cool northern monsoon rains in the early summer. Mineral-rich volcanic soils make Orai bloom; its massive standing redwood forests and deep lakes make this garden Prefecture one of the region's favorite vacation spots on the northern coast of the Sea of Arrack. Orai's industries are driven by high technology with large supplies of rare earth metals and silica both refined in the prefecture and excellent natural uranium deposits mined here, Orai became an easy choice for hosting sprawling microprocessor and semiconductor factories which litter the Prefecture. Major cities are the prefecture's capital, Chandi; also Gaya, Jatani, Kochi, Lilong, Noida, Palitana, Patiala, Pipariya, Rayagada, Samana, Siana, Sira, Surandai, Thane and Tohana.


Special Prefectures.

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Nuku Hiva: Population, 2,779,000.
Nuku Hiva is set in the beating heart of the Kanto peninsula. An island unto itself, the defining feature of Nuku Hiva is Tekao mountain, which rises 4,000 feet from the surface to the summit. Typical of weather in the Remire area, Nuku Hiva is often shrouded in mist and in raincloud. The black sand beaches of Nuku Hiva rise from vibrant azure blue water and the vegetation on the island is dense everywhere that either a building or an outcropping of rock fails to be. There is no substantially permanent population on Nuku Hiva. As the capital of the Marquesan Union, Nuku Hiva has few permanent residents. Lavish guest homes, hidden palaces and mansions are tucked away in the dense island forests and Tekao Mountain stands like a lonely watchtower over the rest of southern Hellas.

Set high on the crest of Tekao mountain on Nuku Hiva, the ancient Palace of the Ocean Throne , seat of the new Marquesan Republic is built deep into the mountain inside the walls of an ancient but formidable French fortification called Citadelle Des Etoiles or Fortress of the Stars because of the unearthly vivid nighttime view from the 4,000 ft. summit. While most of the actual Palace is hidden away under the solid rock, a number of large and expansive gardens sheltered from wind by the citadel walls and terraced alcoves have passageways that lead into the interior. A beautifully-paved, but twisting mountain road winds up the side of Tekao to an underground garage with an open-air reception area where foreign dignitaries are often greeted before being welcomed inside. At the base of the mountain is also the Garden Palace, a more public venue to receive large numbers of guests such as dignitaries or journalists. The Garden Palace is more commonly used as a guest house for important visitors to Nuku Hiva.



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Pandora Prefecture: Population, 13,894,000.
Operations Center Pandora is the name given to a large island which lies directly between the southern tip of the Alkharanian continent and the northern tip of Onekawa-Nukanor on the continent Aerus. It is the furthest-eastern point held by Marquesan in Sondria and is the central hub for all operations of the Union Armed Forces in Sondria. Pandora can, at any time, barracks four ready Corps of the Marquesan Army and four ready Corps of the Union Expeditionary Command with all vehicles, aircraft, ships, equipment and supplies. Extensively fortified and completely covered in military reservations, the only civilian population of Pandora lives on the island to service the needs of the military members stationed there. Pandora is the single largest military installation in Sondria and is home to expansive bombing and gunnery ranges, sprawling training complexes, maintenance facilities for every type of military vessels, vehicles and aircraft and massive intelligence-gathering centers.

Runways and (rumor has it) launch facilities for the Marquesan Assisted-Lift Vehicle (ALV) are said to be present on the island of Pandora, along with helium mining facilities for Warden-class airships and ammunition manufacturing facilities, the largest known to exist anywhere in the region. Every branch of the Marquesan Armed Forces has representation on Pandora and the island is a constant teeming hub of activity. It is, in a stroke, the crux of the Union's ability to project military power in Sondria and a wonder of organization and efficiency. Pandora's sprawling nuclear power complex, buried deep into one of the island's 4,000+ meter mountain peaks is said to be larger and more powerful than any other in the region with numerous reactors, fed by a naturally occuring deep vein of highly pure uranium on the island. Major cities on Pandora include the prefecture's capital, Suvi; also Levuka, Nadi, Sigatoka and Tavua.
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Government Information.

Postby Marquesan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:17 am

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Seal of the Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States.
Government Overview.
The Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States (MUMS) is a confederal republic comprised of sixteen nearly autonomous Prefectures which themselves are divided into 186 administrative districts each representing roughly forty million citizens and residents. The scope of the Union's size made a decentralized, cellular approach necessary; during the Revolution of 2015, a convention was held on neutral ground in Carthage, capital of the Elder Republic of Erjunhuf to form a new government to replace the monarchical Shogunate which had ruled the country before it. Resulting in the Bay of Tears Accord, the Republican Convention settled on a cellular approach in which small, human-scaled representative bodies formed the base of the Union, sending Delegates to higher and higher governing bodies so that every Marquesan would be properly and respectfully represented in government without undue intrusion or influence into his or her life.
Union Charter.
- CHARTER OF THE MERITOCRATIC UNION OF MARQUESAN STATES -


Whereas the inherent dignity of all human beings is the foundation of all free societies,
Whereas human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas an injustice against one is an injustice against all,
Whereas rational, free discourse is the wellspring from which peace is born,
Whereas recourse against wrongs is critical to a free society,
Whereas individual liberty to live and die as one sees fit is the highest expression of freedom,

WE THE PEOPLE of Akola, Amirantes, Arue, Ataa, Bertaut, Coevity, D'Arros, Darjeeling, Desroches, Lifou, Nuku Hiva, Oléron, Orai, Pandora, Remire and Shanti therefore declare that,

Now, the Sixteen States, free and independent, recognize each other and acknowledge the whole is stronger than the sum of its parts.
Now, the Sixteen States do bind each other in free association without reservation.
Now, no longer shall the Sixteen States take up arms against one another but instead, unite as One People.
Now, we do proclaim that together, the Sixteen States shall endure any hardship, face any foe, overcome any challenge as one.
Now, with one voice, we do establish this MERITOCRATIC UNION OF MARQUESAN STATES.

Article I, Section I.
All legislative powers granted by this accord shall be vested in the people themselves in the form of representative councils chosen from the Citizenry of the Marquesan Union.

Article I, Section II.
Residents of the Marquesan Union may become Citizens as prescribed by law; in so doing, Citizens become eligible to speak for themselves in a fair and democratic process and to speak for others by the consent of those governed.

Article I, Section III.
No person shall become a Representative who has not attained thirty years of age and who has not five years been a Citizen of the Marquesan Union, residing in the district for which they are chosen.

Article I, Section IV.
Councils of Representatives shall be comprised of fifty members, selected from the body of eligible Citizens in an area to be called a District. District Councils shall represent five hundred households of Residents and Citizens.

Article I, Section V.
Representatives shall serve a term of one year, after which they may be exempted from mandatory service for the next five years. If a Representative chooses, he or she may volunteer for additional service. Representatives may be elected by their peers to serve in higher councils or in the Council Court as a judge.

Article I, Section VI.
Higher councils are comprised of a maximum of fifty Delegates; Delegates and Judges serve five year terms. Councils may recall or dismiss their delegates if the Council decides that the Delegate is not acting in a manner representative of the will of the Council or the Delegate becomes unable to serve. Delegates may not serve consecutive terms.

Article I, Section VII.
Councils may pass any law that affects its jurisdiction. No higher council may override the decisions of a lower council. Council Courts may challenge a local law if found to be in violation of this Charter or national law.

Article II, Section I.
Level One councils collect revenue as prescribed by law from constituent households. Revenue generated through taxation is expended to fund local government and local issues. Only profit, not deficit may be passed on to higher councils. Any council running on a deficit for four nonconsecutive weeks in any year is subject to audit by the council above it.

Article II, Section II.
If a council is found to be in disorder or non-compliance, a Recall Election may be held and administered by the Council Court of jurisdiction to dismiss some or all councilors by vote of No Confidence.

Article II, Section III.
Civil Initiatives may be brought before a Council Court by the Citizenry of its jurisdiction. Any initiative that gains twenty percent of the court in sponsorship triggers a general referendum of the Citizenry. A general referendum may introduce new legislation, change or nullify existing legislation, to audit a council or recall any number of councilors.

Article II, Section IV.
Each council must pass an annual budget. Within the annual budget, "must fund" items receive mandatory funding. Each year, a coordinated ballot representing every council level with jurisdiction over a given Level One District is voted on by referendum of the district's Citizenry. Citizens voting in Vox Populi referendums may allocate 100 percentage points to projects they feel most compelled to support. In this manner, Citizens vote with their actual money, creating budgets for each program on the ballot. Citizens may contribute directly to any program in addition to their tax revenue. Any revenue from Citizens who have not cast Vox Populi ballots is pooled in a general fund distributed evenly to each and every council as a discretionary fund. In the case of a surplus after all programs are funded, additional moneys are distributed through the Citizen's Dividend program from the budget of the highest council.

Article II, Section V.
Higher councils may pass "must fund" budgets which include mandatory funding to be passed down and included in the Must Fund sections of the budgets of lower councils. Items funded this way must be determined to be of great importance such as defense spending or national infrastructure. Included in mandatory national programs are Guaranteed Basic Income, Citizen's Dividend, Environmental & Economic Guild funding, Public Healthcare, Public Education, National Communications, Power Generation, Water and Waste Treatment, Ground and Aerial Transportation, Exploration and Spaceflight funding and international concerns such as the Trans-Sondrian Aureus Cooperative and State Department.

Article II, Section VI.
Articles of introduced legislation for all councils must be written in plain language. They must reflect total costs and enumerate in real amounts what is to be spent, to what aim, where funding will come from in real numbers and must include no project not named in the title of the article. All articles of legislation must include an effective date and a sunset date and must clarify all provisions of the legislation and any exemptions to the legislation.

Article II, Section VII.
No power not expressed in this Charter may be taken from the People by the government without due process of law. Any power not vested in the government by this Charter shall reside with the people themselves.

Article III, Section I.
No council of intranational jurisdiction shall enter into any treaty, alliance or confederation with any foreign state, nor shall any council grant letters of Marque or Reprisal, coin money, emit bills of credit, pass any ex post facto law nor grant or recognize any title of nobility. No title of nobility shall be granted nor recognized by the Marquesan Union; no person holding any public office may accept any present, office or title from any royal person or from any foreign state.

Article III, Section II.
No representative body of the Marquesan Union shall keep troops or the tools of war separate of the national Armed Forces, nor enter into any agreement or compact with another representative body or foreign power, engage in war or conduct negotiations with any foreign power separate of the National government.

Article III, Section III.
New States may be admitted to the Union in accordance with the law and States may secede from the Union if, upon redress of their grievances an accord cannot be reached.

Article III, Section IV.
The Marquesan Union shall guarantee to every State a limited, transparent and republican form of government; it shall protect each of them against invasion and domestic violence.

Article III, Section V.
The rights of the individual shall apply equally to the rights of companies and to the rights of states of the Union, which shall be held with equal station to all others so represented in the national government. Equality in the redress of grievances and in the application of law to each state shall be held to the highest regard.

Article III, Section VI.
This Charter shall be held to be the supreme law of the land; all representative bodies and courts must abide by its tenets in full.

Article IV, Section I.
All Marquesans are born free, equal in dignity and in rights. We, the people, are endowed with reason and conscience; it is the responsibility of all Marquesans to act toward one another in a spirit of brotherhood. All who live under the rule of Marquesan Law are entitled to the rights and freedoms set forth by Titles in this Order of Rights without distinction of any kind, inclusive of all races, colors, sexes, sexual orientations, linguistic groups, religions, political or other opinions, national or social backgrounds, citizenship statuses, property ownership, birth or any other status. No distinction shall be made on the basis of political, jurisdictional or other residency or citizenship status of any individual under the jurisdiction of Marquesan Law. The following twenty nine titles enumerate the rights of all Marquesans.

Title One -
All Marquesans are entitled to be governed under the rule of law expressed by consent through a government limited and controlled by the voice of the people through representatives selected from among the Citizenry.

Title Two -
(1) All have a right to life, liberty and security of person.
(2) All have a right to defend themselves and their property from any who would seek to do them harm. The Government shall make no law infringing on the right of any Resident or Citizen to self defense and defense of his family, lands and property against harm or deprivation. The Government shall make no law which restricts the Resident or Citizen to seek, possess or carry weaponry or such instruments as are necessary and common for defense of self, defense of others and defense of land and property.

Title Three -
None shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery, trafficking and exchange of any kind for human life shall be prohibited in all forms.

Title Four -
None shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Title Five -
(1) All have a right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
(2) All have a right to petition another person for redress of grievances under the law, by a speedy and impartial tribunal by a Judge or Council Court in matters of national importance.
(3) All have a right to petition any entity such as a business or government body for redress of grievances under the law, by a speedy and impartial tribunal by a Judge or Council Court in matters of national importance.

Title Six -
(1) All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection under the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Order and against any incitement to such discrimination.
(2) The government shall make no law that is not simple to understand; all legal codes shall be written simply and no single law may exceed a standard written page in length. Any person under investigation for a violation of the law shall be furnished with a written copy of the law under which they are charged before any adverse proceedings may begin.

Title Seven -
All have a right to an effective remedy determined by competent tribunal by Judge or Council Court for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Title Eight -
(1) None shall be subjected to double jeopardy for any accusation brought against them, whether civil or criminal in nature.
(2) None shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile, nor shall their property or person be searched or seized without due process of law and without just cause declared in a written Warrant, provided to the subject of the search, seizure, arrest, detention or exile at the time of the action.
(3) None shall be subject to arrest, detention or exile without being made aware of the charges brought against them.
(4) Any property seized as evidence in the conduct of a criminal investigation must be returned to its rightful owner at the conclusion of the investigation.
(5) Property seized in the conduct of an investigation may not be sold, transferred or disposed of by the Government. At the conclusion of any punishment, those determined to be Guilty of their crimes shall have any property taken from them returned to them.

Title Nine -
(1) All are entitled in full equality to a speedy, fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal in which evidence must be presented by the accusing entity, in the determination of their rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against them. Witnesses may be brought in favor of and against the accused at the tribunal; no person may be made to bear witness against themselves.
(2) All are entitled to remain silent when questioned by Law Enforcement authorities.
(3) All are entitled to speak to an attorney before being questioned by Law Enforcement authorities and to have an attorney present before, during and after any questioning.
(4) If a person charged with any crime is unable to afford an attorney, one will be appointed at no cost or significantly reduced cost to represent him.
(5) If a guilty verdict cannot be reached and no admission of guilt is heard, the accused shall be acquitted of any wrongdoing and all record of the proceedings shall be stricken from public record. None may be held accountable for any crime that cannot be proved to have occurred.
(6) Investigations considered significantly injurious to the reputation of the accused shall be conducted with all possible secrecy and with all possible expedience. Tribunals may never be conducted with media presence in the courtroom and may never be recorded for later public broadcast. Transcripts of court proceedings may only be made available at the conclusion of any legal proceeding.

Title Ten -
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which they have had all the guarantees necessary for their defense.
(2) None shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence under national law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Title Eleven -
None shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with their privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon their honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Title Twelve -
(1) All have a right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of The Marquesas.
(2) All have a right to leave this country, travel to any other country and to return to this country at any time.

Title Thirteen -
(1) All have a right to seek and to enjoy in this country asylum from persecution in other countries except in cases of legal extradition for legal proceedings related to crimes committed in other countries.
(2) This Title may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of this Order of Rights.

Title Fourteen -
(1) All have a right to declare or renounce their nationality; any person living in this country for longer than one calendar year shall be considered to be a Resident of The Marquesas.
(2) Any person who has acquired this status or the status of Citizen or higher shall be entitled to all the rights, freedoms and privileges enumerated herein.
(3) This Order of Rights shall remain in force until death or renunciation of Marquesan nationality for any Resident or Citizen.

Title Fifteen -
(1) Men or women having reached twenty two years of age, referred to as the age of majority, without any limitation due to race, gender, nationality, religion or any other factor, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
(4) The Marquesas shall recognize marriages formed in other countries without regard to any other factor.
(5) A married couple may hold accounts, make purchases and investments, acquire properties, take loans and conduct any and all financial transactions as a family.

Title Sixteen -
(1) All have a right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) None shall be arbitrarily deprived of their property.
(3) None shall be limited as to the property they may own to include the manufacture, possession or transfer of weapons or substances controlled by law in other countries.

Title Seventeen -
All have a right to freedom of thought, expression, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change religions or beliefs, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest religions or beliefs in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Title Eighteen -
(1) All have a right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
(2) The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be held inviolable.

Title Nineteen -
(1) All have a right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
(2) None may be compelled to belong to an association.

Title Twenty -
(1) All are entitled to take part in the government of the country, through both direct and representative means.
(2) All are afforded equal access to public services such as healthcare, defense, emergency response, judicial, public utilities and governmental services.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed both by referendum and by selected representatives who govern with the consent of the whole and with oversight by both the public and by other representative bodies.

Title Twenty One -
All are afforded equal and fundamental guaranteed income to support a basic, decent lifestyle; no Marquesan may be held to suffer the indignity of hunger, homelessness, malnourishment, nescience. No Marquesan may be made to fear for his or her survival or the survival of those under their care; Marquesans shall never be forced to make do without proper and decent medical care. Basic, humanitarian care and safeguards shall always be afforded each and every Marquesan.

Title Twenty Two -
(1) All have a right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) All have a right to equal pay for equal work without discrimination or qualification of any kind.
(3) All who work have a right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for themselves and their family an existence worthy of human dignity and supplemented by guaranteed protections held inviolable by this Order.
(4) All are afforded standards of safety, principles of operation and guaranteed safeguards in their careers under protections afforded by a system of constitutionally-protected Guilds who, by peer review, defend the standards and equality of all.

Title Twenty Three -
All have a right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Title Twenty Four -
(1) All have a right to a standard of living adequate to the health and well-being of themselves and those under their care. Proper food, decent clothing, medical care and necessary social services are beyond the reach of no Marquesan. Protection in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age, pregnancy or other lack of livelihood are afforded to all.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the
same social protection.

Title Twenty Five -
(1) All have a right to education. Education shall be subsidized to mitigate its cost through the collegiate level and regulated to ensure that a decent, complete and proper education is beyond the reach of no Marquesan.
(2) Technical and professional training shall be made available to all at a reasonable cost. Higher learning shall be made available to any who desire it; education through the baccalaureate level shall be compulsory, subsidized and attainable for all Marquesans.
(3) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance, peace and friendship; parents have a right to select for their children the type of education their children may be given. Marquesans shall be educated in the arts and sciences first; however education in religious faiths of all kinds shall be made available to those that desire it.

Title Twenty Six -
(1) All have a right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(2) All have a right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which they are the author.

Title Twenty Seven -
(1) All have a right to decent and efficient medical care at reasonable cost. Medical care in the case of an emergency will always be provided without regard to the patient's ability to financially compensate the provider. Medical decisions must be made by a qualified doctor or specialist familiar with the patient's medical needs.
(2) The cost of medical care is regulated in accordance with the law; the Government shall provide a subsidy to all Marquesans to be used for payment to healthcare providers who are signatory to a charter that holds them accountable for providing quality care at a reasonable cost. Enforcement of this charter is the responsibility of the Health & Human Services Guild with government oversight through the National Policy Institute on Healthcare. Healthcare providers are required to provide equipment and medications of high quality at a reasonable cost.
(3) The government, having made all recreational drugs legal to manufacture, possess, distribute and use in The Marquesas provides treatment for addiction and encourages safety of use to the greatest possible extent at no cost. The Health & Human Services Guild regulates the manufacture of such substances to ensure that quality is held to a high standard and to ensure that the available supply of such drugs is free of contaminated or impure substances.
(4) The government encourages all mothers to carry their children to birth; abortion is legal throughout The Marquesas, as is fetal research such as Stem Cell research programmes.
(5) All have a right to access a fair and independent appeals process if care is denied and to hold their health plan accountable for harm done.
(6) All have a right to be treated confidentially, with access to their records limited to those involved in their care or designated by the patient and to be informed about their medical condition, the risks and benefits of treatment and appropriate alternatives.
(7) All have a right to refuse medical treatment even if it is recommended by their physician(s) and to and to obtain prescription medications their doctor prescribes.
(8) Parents have the right to designate a pediatrician as a primary care doctor for their children.
(9) All have a right to seek consultation with the physician(s) of their choice and keep the same doctor throughout their medical treatment.
(10) All have a right to contract with their physician(s) on mutually agreeable terms.
(11) All have a right to identify conditions under which they do not want medical measures taken to preserve their life, and to choose, with the consent of their doctor, whether to continue life if the individual has determined that their quality of life has degraded. All have a right to choose a dignified time, place and method of death.
(12) All have a right to purchase a private healthcare insurance plan to bolster the government's healthcare subsidy. Such plans may be paid from the subsidy or may be paid for privately. Healthcare Insurance is regulated by the Health & Human Services Guild and the Finance & Insurance Guild.
(13) All have a right to use their own resources to purchase the care of their choice and to refuse third-party interference in their medical care, and to be confident that their actions in seeking or declining medical care will not result in third-party-imposed penalties for patients or physicians.
(14) All have a right to receive full disclosure of their insurance plan in plain language, including:
CONTRACTS: A copy of the contract between the physician and health care plan, and between the patient or employer and the plan.
INCENTIVES: Whether participating physicians are offered financial incentives to reduce treatment or ration care.
COST: The full cost of the plan, including copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
COVERAGE: Benefits covered and excluded, including availability and location of 24-hour emergency care.
QUALIFICATIONS: A roster and qualifications of participating physicians.
REFERRALS: Procedures for consulting a specialist, and who must authorize the referral.
APPEALS: Grievance procedures for claim or treatment denials.
GAG RULE: Whether physicians are subject to a gag rule, preventing criticism of the plan.
APPROVAL PROCEDURES: Authorization procedures for services, whether doctors need approval of a committee or any other individual, and who decides what is medically necessary.

Title Twenty Eight -
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) Everyone, being of full adult age, may enter into contracts that may financially or physically obligate them. Any contract entered into by any Marquesan must be clearly explained and understood by all involved parties. No Marquesan may be obligated to enter into a contract without his expressed consent.
(3) Everyone is liable for their financial debts to the Government and to each other. If a person is unable to repay his obligations, he has the right to petiton an impartial Tribunal for a renegotiation of his contracts and to petition for an offer in compromise. A person shall be absolved of all reasonable debts in the event of their death unless his contractual obligation states that his debts may be transferable to their next of kin.
(4) Everyone is required to provide monies to the Government in the form of taxation, which must be paid, at the time it is due. In response to this, the Government is obligated to provide each taxpayer with a fully transparent disclosure of how their tax monies are spent by the government in real terms annually and to abide by the wishes of each taxpayer in terms of how that money is to be spent.

Title Twenty Nine -
(1) In the exercise of their rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in society.
(2) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the Marquesan People and their Government.
(3) These rights are viewed by the Government as both universal and egalitarian. Any Marquesan Resident or Citizen is entitled protection under this Order regardless of his location around the world and regardless of any charges brought against him by any national or international entity.
(4) No part of this Order may be interpreted as implying any right to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights set forth herein.
Cellular Hierarchy & Tiered Representation.
The basic level of the Marquesan confederal republic system is a Level One council of 50 representatives, who are chosen by random selection from the Citizens living in neighborhoods called Districts and are required to meet weekly to discuss local issues. Each District represents 500 households, including both residents and citizens above the age of majority and their family members below the age of majority. A Level One representative serves a one year term and is then exempt from mandatory service for the next five years, though he or she may volunteer for service on a Level One council. Level One councils elect a Delegate from among their body to represent the District at a Level Two council that represents a municipality of as many as 25,000 households. This body of up to 50 Delegates serves full-time, their wages paid from revenue generated by their sending District. Delegates to Level Two councils and above serve five year terms but may be recalled at any time by their sending Council; if the Delegate is recalled or for whatever reason unable to serve, he is replaced by an alternate chosen from the sending council. A Councillor may not serve consecutive terms; this ensures that government never becomes stangnant and eliminates career politicians.

Level Two councils elect Delegates from among their body to represent the Municipality at the Raion level in a Level Three council of up to 50 Delegates representing a maximum of 1,250,000 households. Level Three councils elect a single Delegate from among their body to represent the Council's interests at the Level Four council at the Department level, comprised of a maximum of 62,500,000 households. Level Four councils send Delegates to a Level Five council at the Prefecture level, with a maximum of 3,125,000,000 households represented. Each Level Five council, sends a Delegate to the national Capitol in Nuku Hiva. The Level Six council, a chamber of sixteen Delegates called the Council of Prefects, represents the entire population of The Marquesas, 7,125,000,000 Citizens and Residents of the country. The Council of Prefects is advised by a publically-elected Cabinet of Ministers who are charged with operating the various Ministries operated by the government. Councillors are bound to communicate the views of their sending council to their body politic, but are not bound to vote as the sending council might wish. If a Delegate from a sending council is found to be misrepresenting the sending body, they may be recalled or dismissed with a vote of No Confidence at any time.

Each level of Council is empowered to pass any law that affects only its jurisdiction. No higher council is able to override the decisions of a lower council, however a Council Court, formed from elected Delegates appointed to a single two and a half year term, one from every council at its level may challenge a local law if it is found to be in violation of the Constitution's code of laws, or on Ethical grounds. The Council Court Judges serves as a check against the tyranny of the majority; empowered to rule on laws passed and holding veto authority if the law is deemed improper, unconstitutional or unethical. Council Courts may decide an issue either by consensus if possible or by majority if a consensus cannot be reached. Council Courts decide on whether a given council has a right to vote on a given issue. Disputes between councils may also be resolved by the next higher Council Court, for instance if a decision by one council negatively affects another's jurisdiction in some way. Council Courts may also hear civil or criminal suits as they appear. Individual members of the Council Court act as Judges for civil or criminal suits when the Council Court is not in session; an issue of great importance or high public visibility may require a Grand Trial, in which the entire Council Court may be called to session, acting both as judge and as a jury of peers. If a conflict of interest occurs with any member of the Council Court in the case of a Grand Trial, that individual may be excused from participation as necessary.

Council decisions are based on consensus, though majority votes are allowed when issues cannot be agreed upon. Councils may hire staff or appoint interns from local schools to record Council Minutes and research issues. Among the duties of the Council is deciding upon local budgets and discretionary spending. Each council body collects revenue from the public body it represents in the form of consumption tax, land value tax and currency demurrage tax, discussed in the Taxation & Revenue section. The Council body must allocate funds according to its guidelines to provide for public services and to pay upward to the level above it any and all revenue above the expenses of the council and the represented public. The council may not pass a deficit upward to the next council and may levy bonds to pay for larger projects or special issues in its jurisdiction.

Since a given council may only pass revenue to the council above it, any council running on a deficit for more than four non-consecutive weeks in any year is subject to audit by the council above it. If a council is found to be non-compliant or in disorder, a Recall Election may be held by the Council Court to dismiss some or all of the Councillors with a vote of no confidence. Only evidence of gross negligence, corruption or malpractice may authorize the dissolution of an entire council. All Councillors above the Level One council are paid full-time by public funds, each level paid 10% more than the level below it and each Councillor subject to testing, examination and cross-examination to determine fitness for the position by both their Council and by the Council Court. Only Citizens may serve as Councillors or Delegates at any level and only Citizens may participate in elections or referendums at any level.

The Council of Prefects elects from among them a speaker to represent the council as a whole and, by default, the entire Marquesan government in affairs of state and as a figurehead. This position is called the Primus Inter Pares, a Latin term meaning "First among equals." The duty of the Primus is to represent the collective government both to the Marquesan people and abroad in matters of domestic and foreign policy. The Primus acts as a spokesperson and must have been voted to such position unanimously by the Council of Prefects. A new Primus Inter Pares is elected by the council every year as the first act of each new year.

The Union is a non-partisan state, in which Citizens in a given jurisdiction are vetted and entered into a pool for government office. From these possible candidates, Citizens are selected at random and these selectees form governing bodies which elect from among themselves representatives to higher levels. Though factions can sometimes form among elected bodies, the ability of each council to recall its delegates or for a Council Court to audit tends to limit runaway majorities in favor of a balanced system where factions and parties are discouraged. Council Delegate elections use a Borda Count/Supplementary Vote method, where the entire council votes and ranks its members according to their merit. The Councillor with the highest number of points and a second place alternate are selected to represent the council in the next level. These elections are also held to appoint members to Council Courts.

While citizens and residents of the Union are not compelled to vote, civil initiatives may be brought before a Council Court. Any initiative that gains twenty percent of the court of jurisdiction in sponsorship triggers a general referendum of the entire jurisdiction. A general referendum may either introduce new legislation or serve to block, change or nullify existing legislation. A referendum can also be called by this method to force an audit of a council by a Council Court or to recall any number of Councillors or delegates.
Introduction to Tiered Citizenship.
The Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States believes that each person deserves equal opportunity to pursue their individual happiness and to work toward their goals. To this end, every individual who is born in The Marquesas or comes to live there is granted equal station and equal privilege from which to begin. The Marquesan government sponsors education, healthcare and a guaranteed basic income system in an effort to create a safety net below which no Marquesan may fall. It is, however, equally important to create programs that recognize and reward the achievements of ordinary Marquesans. It is with this goal in mind that the Union has implemented a four-tiered Citizenship system; the four tiers recognize different types of achievement. One, a military hierarchy which recognizes the national service of the Union's Armed Forces. A hierarchy designed for business owners recognizes those who support their community by employing others and bear a large portion of the burden of taxation in The Marquesas. Another hierarchy recognizes those who own land and bear the greatest burden of taxation, but upon whose land the foundations of the Marquesan economy are built. A final hierarchy recognizes academic achievement and rewards those who engage in the pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment through academic achievement. Along each hierarchy, three levels of recognition are possible, each with its own requirements and its own rewards. Through this system, a true measurement of the influence and value of each Marquesan is shown in a way which provides real substantive benefit for higher achievement. The four tiers are described in detail below.
Tier One; Resident.
Requirements:
Any person who is born in any Marquesan possession or prefecture, comes to live in any such possession or prefecture and changes their permanent address of record to a Marquesan possession or prefecture in which they currently reside or rents/owns property in any Marquesan possession or prefecture shall be considered a Resident of The Marquesas. Residents are obligated to register for and be screened for selection for service in the nation's Armed Forces.

Privileges:
A Resident is afforded the right to participate in gainful employment in The Marquesas, attend Marquesan schools and is similarly afforded the right to receive care in Marquesan hospitals. Residents are afforded the protection of the country's military and protection under Marquesan law and the Marquesan constitution. If properly licensed and tested, Residents may operate ground, airborne or waterborne vehicles in Marquesan sovereign territory. Residents may possess and carry firearms at their own discretion and are entitled to receive Guaranteed Basic Income while residing within The Marquesas. Residents are qualified to receive Educational and Medical Subsidy while residing in The Marquesas.
Tier Two; Citizen.
Requirements:
Any Resident who meets the following requirements may qualify for the status of Citizen. Citizens who have attained such status through national service must have attained the rank of Operator (O1) and may have advanced to Senior Operator (O2) or Chief Operator. (O3) Citizen status may be attained through land ownership, in which case the Citizen must hold a clear deed and title in good standing and without liens of any kind for no less than fifty (50) square kilometers of land in a Marquesan possession or prefecture. Citizen status may be attained through business ownership, in which case the Citizen must hold clear deed and title without liens of any kind for a business reporting an annual profit and in whose employ, no less than fifty (50) Marquesan citizens or residents must be maintained. Citizen status may be attained through education, in which case no less than one hundred and fifty (150) merit points must be earned, through completion of scholastic curriculum, through extracurricular merit-system education or a combination of these. Citizenship may be revoked if any of these conditions ceases to apply to the individual or if the individual is convicted of an offense which carries a minimum penalty of greater than six (6) months incarceration. Citizens are required to register with their Level One District Council for selection as a Representative to said council and must register for national service.

Privileges:
Citizens are entitled to all the rights and privileges of Residents. Citizens are eligible to participate in Vox Populi Referendums and in Consular Elections. Citizens are also eligible to create a Citizen's Retirement Account (CRA) which entitles the holder to a return of 5% of their annual tax contributions and to which, 1% simple interest accrues for the life of the account. The Citizen's Retirement Account (CRA) may not be withdrawn from until 57 years of age is reached, however no required minimum distributions must be made at any time. The CRA may be re-invested at the discretion of the Citizen or an authorized representative broker managing accounts for the Citizen. Re-investments may be made to private business ventures, publically-held companies or in commodities such as gold, oil, copper, natural gas, etc. Citizens also receive a dividend on all assets held by the Union of Marquesan States once per quarter, an equal percentage of the country's revenue distributed between all Citizens directly to their CRA's. Citizens may add to their account at any age, in any amount with their own funds and may also invest in the CRA of any citizen to whom they are directly related (such as that of a son or daughter) but may never be compelled to withdraw funds. In the event of the Citizen's death, funds in the account will be transferred to their chosen Beneficiary, spouse, children or next of kin if no beneficiary is named.
Tier Three; Exemplar.
Requirements:
Any Citizen who meets the following requirements may qualify for the status of Exemplar. Exemplars who have attained such status through national service must have attained the rank of Monitor, (O4) and may have advanced to the rank of Senior Monitor, (O5) Marshal, (O6) or Senior Marshal. (O7) Exemplar status may be attained through land ownership, in which case the Exemplar must hold a clear deed and title in good standing and without liens of any kind for no less than one hundred (100) square kilometers of land in a Marquesan possession or prefecture. Exemplar status may be attained through business ownership, in which case the Exemplar must hold clear deed and title without liens of any kind for a business reporting an annual profit and in whose employ, no less than one hundred (100) Marquesan citizens or residents must be maintained. Exemplar status may be attained through education, in which case no less than three hundred (300) merit points must be earned, through completion of scholastic curriculum, through extracurricular merit-system education or a combination of these. Exemplar status may be revoked if any of these conditions ceases to apply to the individual or if the individual is convicted of an offense which carries a minimum penalty of greater than three (3) months incarceration. Exemplars are required to register with their Level One District Council for selection as a Representative to said council and must register for selection for national service.

Privileges:
Exemplars are entitled to all the rights and privileges of Citizens. Exemplars are eligible to participate in Vox Populi Referendums and in Consular Elections. Exemplars are also eligible to create a Citizen's Retirement Account (CRA) which entitles the holder to a return of 10% of their annual tax contributions and to which, 2% simple interest accrues for the life of the account. The Citizen's Retirement Account (CRA) may not be withdrawn from until 57 years of age is reached, however no required minimum distributions must be made at any time. The CRA may be re-invested at the discretion of the Exemplar or an authorized representative broker managing accounts for the Exemplar. Re-investments may be made to private business ventures, publically-held companies or in commodities such as gold, oil, copper, natural gas, etc. Exemplars also receive a dividend on all assets held by the Union of Marquesan States once per quarter, an equal percentage of the country's revenue distributed between all Citizens, Exemplars and Patrons directly to their CRA's. Exemplars may add to their account at any age, in any amount with their own funds and may also invest in the CRA of any citizen, Exemplar or Patron to whom they are directly related (such as that of a son or daughter) but may never be compelled to withdraw funds. In the event of the Exemplar's death, funds in the account will be transferred to their chosen Beneficiary, spouse, children or next of kin if no beneficiary is named.
Tier Four; Patron.
Requirements:
Any Exemplar who meets the following requirements may qualify for the status of Patron. Patrons who have attained such status through national service must have attained the rank of Commodore, (O8) and may have advanced to the rank of Senior Commodore, (O9) Commandant Lieutenant, (O10) Vice-Commandant, (011) Commandant-Général (O12) or Commandant-Supérieur. (O13) Patron status may be attained through land ownership, in which case the Patron must hold a clear deed and title in good standing and without liens of any kind for no less than two hundred (200) square kilometers of land in a Marquesan possession or prefecture. Patron status may be attained through business ownership, in which case the Patron must hold clear deed and title without liens of any kind for a business reporting an annual profit and in whose employ, no less than two hundred (200) Marquesan citizens or residents must be maintained. Patron status may be attained through education, in which case no less than six hundred (600) merit points must be earned, through completion of scholastic curriculum, through extracurricular merit-system education or a combination of these. Patron status may be revoked if any of these conditions ceases to apply to the individual or if the individual is convicted of an offense which carries a minimum penalty of greater than one and one half (1.5) months incarceration. Patrons are required to register with their Level One District Council for selection as a Representative to said council and must register for selection for national service.

Privileges:
Patrons are entitled to all the rights and privileges of Citizens. Patrons are eligible to participate in Vox Populi Referendums and in Consular Elections. Patrons are also eligible to create a Citizen's Retirement Account (CRA) which entitles the holder to a return of 20% of their annual tax contributions and to which, 4% simple interest accrues for the life of the account. The Citizen's Retirement Account (CRA) may not be withdrawn from until 57 years of age is reached, however no required minimum distributions must be made at any time. The CRA may be re-invested at the discretion of the Patron or an authorized representative broker managing accounts for the Patron. Re-investments may be made to private business ventures, publically-held companies or in commodities such as gold, oil, copper, natural gas, etc. Patrons also receive a dividend on all assets held by the Union of Marquesan States once per quarter, an equal percentage of the country's revenue distributed between all Citizens, Exemplars and Patrons directly to their CRA's. Patrons may add to their account at any age, in any amount with their own funds and may also invest in the CRA of any Citizen, Exemplar or Patron to whom they are directly related (such as that of a son or daughter) but may never be compelled to withdraw funds. In the event of the Patron's death, funds in the account will be transferred to their chosen Beneficiary, spouse, children or next of kin if no beneficiary is named.
Vox Populi Referendums.
The Marquesas implements a binary taxation system whereby revenue for the government is generated through a combination of Land Value Tax and Currency Demurrage. These parallel systems are outlined in the Union Fiscal Constitution which governs the budget, taxation, currency, Guaranteed Basic Income and Citizen's Dividend. Tax is collected by the Level One District, comprised of 500 households. These small communities pass budgets for local issues and primarily spend their funding on public works and education, passing the excess revenue up to the next highest council. Level Two districts represent 25,000 households, spending most of their funding on large-scale public works such as transportation. Level Three districts represent 1,250,000 households; most Lv. 3 spending is in infrastructure such as power, water, waste and communications. Level four districts represent 62,500,000 households; their spending is widely on local defense and large scale power, water and waste treatment. The Level five district represents roughly 3,125,000,000 households; spending at this level is generally on wide area defense, regional commerce and massive communication and power infrastructure along with inter-city transportation systems and wide area sensor networks. The national budget is administered by the Council of Prefects, the sixth consular level.

Since each level only passes revenue to the level above it, there may never be a deficit at any level; funding is a zero-sum game and a given district may only spend what it has available or referendum its constituents for permission to raise taxes to fit a need. This referendum is held annually in an elective system called the Vox Populi (or "Voice of the People") during which time, Marquesan Citizens vote on how each level should spend its discretionary revenue above "must fund" projects such as infrastructure, education, guaranteed basic income, healthcare and defense. Included in these referendums are charitable causes, economic stimuli parsed to the various guilds, civic projects such as large scale research causes and local infrastructure upgrades, remodels, etc. Citizens may vote online or at various government offices and polling locations as circumstances permit. Only Citizens may vote in Vox Populi referendums.

Each vote is assigned to the individual citizen and their Vox Populi choices are summed in a profile which is automatically applied to their actual tax moneys as collected. Voters may assign a percentage to their votes up to 100% allowing them to deem exactly how much of their tax money should go to each program they vote for. In this way, individual citizens "vote with their money" and fund only the discretionary projects they believe most strongly in. As this occurs, each cause is effectively "crowdfunded" by tax choice. A government program or charitable cause that is added to the referendum shows in real time on the voting website what its goal is, what percentage it has achieved and when voting ends, adjusts its budget to reflect only the actual money it has been allocated in the referendum. If a program fails to meet its goal, this method creates an incentive toward efficiency and frugality, along with actually serving the needs of those who vote for it. This promotes healthy competition between various programs, charities and propositions. In addition, voters may choose to contribute immediately to a given program beyond their tax percentage assigned. Any citizens who do not participate in the Vox Populi referendum and the tax revenues of all Marquesan Residents are pooled in a general fund to be divided evenly to each and every council as a discretionary fund. In the case of a surplus after all programs on Vox Populi referendums are funded, any additional moneys are distributed through the Citizen's Dividend program back to the voters.


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Currency & Finance.
The Trans-Sondrian Aureus Cooperative is a supranational coalition of financial institutions and national governments formed to administer compliance with the Aureus Pact agreement. The Aureus Pact is based on mutual cooperation; signatory nations allow financial institutions to bid for government, business and personal loans, programs, initiatives and accounts on equal footing regardless of their nation of origin. Compliance with the Aureus Pact guarantees the integrity of a financial institution and adherence to strict guidelines and operational standards. A financial institution found to be operating outside the tenets of the Aureus Pact may be barred from doing business in any signatory country or could be fined or sanctioned by TSAC. The Trans-Sondrian Aureus Cooperative operates as a regulatory body for financial institutions in signatory nations with government oversight and assistance from all three compliant governments but without direct management from any government.

Competition between financial institutions for government contracts creates incentive to offer the most advantageous terms in order to secure contracts and encourages efficiency and integrity. Instances of corruption, mismanagement, unfair or unreasonable practices would cause an institution to be sanctioned or even barred from the Cooperative and excluded from the right to operate in any signatory country. In this way, peer review creates a stronger incentive for moral financial practices than any government could enforce by itself; institutions that operate with the lowest overhead and the most transparency, have the best customer service ratings, create the most advantageous contract bids and provide the best pay and benefits for their employees are given the most advantageous private sector and public sector contracts and consequently the most business, increasing their revenue and securing more market share. The merit rating of a given financial institution is not merely a measure of its standing with TSAC on its financial metrics but is also a reflection of public confidence and trust in the institution.

Three nations are currently signatory to the Aureus Pact; the Elder Republic of Erjunhuf, the Stratocratic Republic of Iohann and the Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States. All three nations eschew a central, national bank controlled by the government in favor of TSAC-compliant financial institutions which govern themselves. While this means there is no one "bank of last resort" in Aureus Pact nations, any TSAC bank with the wherewithal to print and issue specification-compliant currency may do so; the market governs the value of the currency and the interest rate and the credit rating of signatory nations governs their borrowing power from TSAC banks. Under TSAC, governments, businesses and individuals may open accounts, borrow money and make other financial transactions at the same banks. Because the free market controls both the demand and the supply of money, the Aureus Pact acts as a check against runaway inflation and unnecessary government spending since the lender may decline any loan that would be considered unprofitable or disadvantageous. Because of the plurality of financial institutions in multiple countries, large projects may be bid for and underwritten by coalitions of two or more financial institutions to mitigate risk and defray costs. Large coalitions of banks may be formed inside TSAC for extremely large accounts such as the Guaranteed Basic Income system in The Marquesas.

In The Marquesas, the Finance & Insurance Guild and thus also every financial institution in the country is fully compliant to the guidelines of the Trans-Sondrian Aureus Cooperative. The Guild enforces standards and governs transactions directly with government oversight but without direct government intervention, providing both incentives and sanctions to member institutions, underwriting banks and insurance companies and providing through natural competition better working conditions, pay and benefits for the employees of member institutions. All three signatory governments have direct supervisory authority to audit TSAC at any level at any time and for any reason. TSAC is required by its own charter to operate with full disclosure to Aureus Pact governments as each TSAC member institution is required to operate with full but confidential disclosure to the Cooperative, which does not share information about the operations of individual member institutions with their peers. This confidentiality protects the interests of banks and places them on equal footing, while the transparency between banks and TSAC and also TSAC to the AP governments allows each body to accurately evaluate its decisions, transactions and results. Full disclosure from AP governments to TSAC and TSAC to member institutions is also integral to the Aureus Pact's charter; transparent routine communication of key financial metrics in both directions dramatically cuts down on unfair business practices, corruption and inefficiency.

Each TSAC-compliant mint in the Aureus Pact signatory nations produces a single, agreed-upon standard currency, the Aureus, (Symbol: Ⓐ) which all AP nations use. The Aureus is a fiat currency, tied to an averaged Consumer Price Index report issued by all signatory countries. The value of the Aureus is targeted for zero inflation and is, in practice, a largely digitally-traded currency with over 80% of all transactions occurring electronically. The Aureus is issued in twelve denominations; 20mm discs are issued in .10, .25, and .50 denominations, 40mm discs are issued in 1.00, 5.00, 10.00, and 20.00 denominations, while 80mm discs are issued in 50.00, 100.00, 500.00, 1,000.00 and 5,000.00 denominations.

The physical currency is issued on thin (0.75mm thick) 20mm, 40mm and 80mm flexible discs woven from ultrafine IM600 (5 micrometer) carbon fiber filament. Each disc is comprised of 150 layers of the ultrafine woven fabric, laid bias-ply to the one before it, making the flexible discs extremely strong. Due to the asymmetrical, 6K, 5HS Satin weave, the pattern appears differently on either face of each note, the high fabric-density of the weave making each note very durable, while an all-robotic, all-laser process makes each note internally consistent to 99.9999%, with each cut and finished disc consistent to within 5 microns of any other. The ultra-high thread count, satin weave and ultrafine filament structure contribute to the flexibility and softness of the notes which can be folded like paper but retain their structure and display incredible resilience to tearing. The high-heat laser finishing process melts the edges of each note, sealing the cloth structure and preventing the layered cloth from separating.

Every Aureus note includes a number of anti-counterfeiting measures that make the currency extremely challenging to replicate. Watermarks visible under ultraviolet light are displayed throughout each note, along with a specially-sequenced RFID signature recording each note's serial number embedded in the carbon fiber fabric. Extremely fine, wavy microprint is laser-etched onto the fabric medium and polychromic color-shifting toner is used to create the text and images on each Aureus note while a QR code is printed on the rear face of each disc, linking smartphone and tablet users to an interactive website with education available on the national government, economy, history and culture. Special colored blue and red microthreads are embedded throughout the notes along radial sequences, visible along the edge of each note, the fabric of which is satin-woven from raw carbon fiber fabric on special machines the design of which is copyrighted and closely guarded both by the Marquesan Finance & Insurance Guild and the Trans-Sondrian Aureus Cooperative.
Land Value & Demurrage Taxation.
Revenue for the Marquesan Union is generated through a binary system of taxation in which the value of land and the value of real and liquid assets is subject to tax. The value of land is determined by the insurable value of the property, measured by its size, location, availability of resources and proximity to other properties which may increase or decrease its value. Commercial, residential, industrial and agricultural properties are held to different standards of valuation and assessed by a commission from the Level One council, where land is subject to quinquennial valuation or in the event of a transfer of ownership. Land Value Tax is paid annually to the Level One council of applicable jurisdiction. This tax is the primary means of revenue generation in The Marquesas and is assessed in place of any form of personal or corporate income or sales tax. Because the tax is on the value of land, it provides an incentive to utilize vacant land rather than holding it for the purpose of appreciation and provides a progressive means of taxing those with ability to pay rather than encumbering the poor.

The second primary means of revenue generation is a demurrage tax, or a negative interest. By this method, the Marquesan government charges a tax paid as a monthly transfer of funds from the individual's primary account to the Level One jurisdiction in which the person resides. This tax, charged as a percentage of the total funds accumulated in the individual's account over that month, provides an even-handed and equitable tax on all members of Marquesan society regardless of residency or citizenship status. The demurrage encourages investment rather than accumulation of money and increases the velocity of exchange in the economy. Physical Aureus notes are re-registered each time they are used; every time an Aureus note is exchanged, it is scanned by the recipient of the note and the scanner transmits a timestamp to the RFID chip in each note. The difference between timestamps determines the absolute value of the note and the amount of demurrage tax owed on the use of the note which is collected by the merchant receiving the note and paid with their monthly demurrage. This eliminates the possibility of evading the tax by dealing only in cash. Interest paid on bank accounts or liquid investments counters the demurrage and amounts to a tax break paid by the financial institution to the account holder.

The Marquesan taxation system serves to make the country a tax haven when compared to income tax-based economies. The total lack of sales tax or income tax in the country along with the nature of the LVT and Demurrage highly encourages capital investment in long term resources rather than hoarding the medium of exchange. It also encourages development of property rather than acquiring property for appreciation and leaving such land undeveloped. The financial structure of the country gives a great deal of real political power to the residents and citizens of The Marquesas by allowing them to control in real terms how their money is spent and by creating a fiscal environment inhospitable to usury, corruption and greed.
Guaranteed Basic Income & Citizen's Dividend.
Each Marquesan Citizen or Resident, receives from the government a basic income of 2,000 Aureus monthly without regard to means testing of any kind. From birth to the Age of Majority (22 Years in The Marquesas) these payments are held in an interest-bearing escrow account which the young adult then gains access to and may spend it as he or she pleases. These payments continue until the death of the individual, upon which time any excess is given in grant to the individual's named beneficiary or next of kin if no beneficiary is named. If the individual dies before reaching the age of majority, all principal proceeds and interest are transferred to the parents, next of kin or legal guardian. This Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) is a check against poverty, allowing no Marquesan Citizen or Resident to fall into destitution. The GBI provides a basic standard of living without removing the incentive to work and supplement one's basic income. In this way, the burden of high wage minimums is removed from employers, encouraging small businesses to hire and freeing the population to work in whatever field they choose without undue concern for survival if a new venture bears no fruit in its infancy. In this way, the nation's youth is supported and the nation's elderly are provided for without a plurality of government programs and without leading individuals in lower income markets into a welfare trap.

In addition to the GBI, Citizens, Exemplars and Patrons are granted a special government-funded investment account upon recognition of their Citizenship into which 5%, 10% or 20% of their annual tax contributions are returned. This retirement account is free from additional tax on the principal and upon which 1%, 2% or 4% simple interest accrues for the life of the account. The Citizen's Retirement Account (CRA) may not be withdrawn from until 57 years of age is reached, however no required minimum distributions must be made at any time. The CRA may be re-invested at the discretion of the Citizen or an authorized representative broker managing accounts for the individual. Re-investments may be made to private business ventures, publically-held companies or in commodities such as gold, oil, copper, natural gas, etc. Account-holders also receive a dividend on all assets held by the Union of Marquesan States once per quarter, an equal percentage of the country's revenue distributed between all Citizens, Exemplars and Patrons directly to their CRA's. Account-holders may add to their account at any age, in any amount with their own funds and may also invest in the CRA of any Citizen, Exemplar or Patron to whom they are directly related (such as that of a son or daughter) but may never be compelled to withdraw funds. In the event of the Account-holder's death, funds in the account will be transferred to their chosen Beneficiary, spouse, children or next of kin if no beneficiary is named.
Environmental & Economic Collective.
The Marquesan government's interest in maintaining a clean, sustainable environment is enforced by the Comprehensive Pollutant Standards Act. CPSA outlines four types of environmental pollutants; Airborne, Organic Aqueous, Inorganic Aqueous and Soil Pollutants. These four categories, outlined below, are all regulated in respect to emission by industries both large and small.
Airborne Pollutants:
Airborne Pollutants include but are not limited to such hazards as Sulfur dioxide, Nitrogen oxides, Ammonia, Carbon monoxide, Volatile Organic Compounds, (VOCs) Ozone, Persistent Organic Pollutants, (POPs) Airborne particles, Toxic metals and Radioactive pollutants. Air pollution can cause environmental problems like smog, and health disorders like asthma, coughing, respiratory diseases, etc.

Organic Aqueous Pollutants:
Organic Aqueous Pollutants include but are not limited to such hazards as Insecticides and herbicides, a range of organohalide, Bacteria from livestock operations, Food processing waste including pathogens, Tree debris from logging operations, VOCs including solvents and hydrocarbons, Dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) such as chlorinated solvents and Detergents and chemical compounds found in cosmetics products. Organic Aqueous Pollutants usually include herbicides and insecticides which are used for agriculture. When food is processed, harmful pathogens are discarded as wastes from food laboratories. Similarly, the livestock industry produces poisonous bacteria harbored by animals, which can enter water in the form of waste. When unwanted trees and plants are discarded, they are not burnt but usually thrown into the ocean, leading to their decay and introduction of bacteria to the water.

Inorganic Aqueous Pollutants:
Inorganic Aqueous Pollutants include but are not limited to such hazards as Heavy metals, Acidity caused by industrial discharges such as sulfur dioxide by power plants, Chemical waste, Fertilizers from agricultural use and Silt from construction sites, logging, slash and burn operations. Inorganic wastes from heavy industries and construction companies are led to the oceans in the form of Detergents, chemical compounds from cosmetics, chlorinated solvents, hydrocarbons, etc. Scientific research and development wastes are also usually thrown into the sinks, entering the oceans or rivers. Heavy metals from sulfur dioxide, chemical waste, silt from construction sites, and fertilizers used in agriculture are some of the common inorganic wastes.

Soil Pollutants:
Soil Pollutants include but are not limited to such hazards as Hydrocarbons, Solvents, Pesticides, Lead and other heavy metals. Land or soil pollution is the third most commonly found pollution in the atmosphere. Soil is used for agricultural purposes, and due to the pollution of soil, there can be risks of impurities in the growth medium itself. There are discharges from organic and inorganic industries, heavy metals such as lead, plastic, glass, etc., which also contaminate the land around the waste lines. Construction sites also contribute largely to land pollution because they release solvents and silt into the soil around the construction sites. Fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and chemical compounds used to protect the plants from various disease and pests are also washed off in the soil causing soil pollution. Deforestation, could also lead to land pollution and soil erosion.

The four regulated categories of environmental pollutants and contaminants are monitored by the Marquesan Environmental & Economic Cooperative, a commercial organization funded and administered by the government to provide uniform work safety, environmental impact and standards coordination for a network of peer-review Industry Guilds. Each guild is a collaborative effort manned by experts in a given industry, analysts, government representatives and leaders in each industry along with high-ranking executives from Marquesan companies both large and small. The guilds are responsible for regulating their industries and providing common acceptable standards. Each guild drafts and modifies its standards as-needed while compensating for the size and economic impact of member companies both large and small. It is the responsibility of the guild to enforce environmental impact standards with government oversight and to ensure safe working environments, fair labor standards, impartial peer review and compliance with Marquesan law. All businesses operating in Marquesan are required to register with a guild within the first year of their operation or face economic exclusion, a law which is overwhelmingly obeyed in practice.

If a member company is found to be in violation of guild standards, the entire guild can be subjected to sanctions, penalties and restrictions on resource availability, while surpassing guild standards can result in special funding for R&D or Infrastructure projects directly from the national government. Many guilds have collaborative special funding accounts which can be used for emergency bailouts, for group infrastructure projects or for cost-sharing of advanced research. Companies and guilds researching advanced, low environmental impact, "green" or renewable energy technologies promoting sustainable renewable resources become eligible for special tax-free incentives from the government including special access to land, funds or material resources. A focus on minimizing the four categories of environmental pollutants and contaminants in all possible aspects is the primary mission of the Marquesan Environmental & Economic Cooperative and all its subsidiary guilds as a whole.

There are twenty one registered and incorporated Industry Guilds presently accounted for under the Marquesan Environmental & Economic Collective. These are as follows:
The Accomodation & Food Services Guild
The Administrative & Waste Management Services Guild
The Aerospace & Defense Technology Guild
The Agriculture, Hunting & Fishing Guild
The Architecture, Construction & Civil Engineering Guild
The Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Guild
The Communication & Journalism Guild
The Durable Goods Manufacturing Guild
The Education & Academic Oversight Guild
The Finance & Insurance Guild
The Foreign Projects & Guest Workers Guild
The Governmental Oversight & Regulatory Guild
The Healthcare & Human Services Guild
The Information Technology & Science Guild
The Mining, Drilling & Natural Resources Guild
The Nondurable Goods Manufacturing Guild
The Power, Refinery & Utilities Guild
The Real Estate, Rental & Property Management Guild
The Retail & Wholesale Guild
The Shipwrights & Vehicle Manufacturer's Guild
The Transportation & Warehousing Guild

Each Guild receives annual incentives in accordance to their percentage of the Gross Domestic Product if the guild's environmental record for that year is without a penalizing incident or accident. If an individual company within a guild is found to be in violation of Guild standards, or if an accident is deemed by MEEC investigation to have been aggravated by negligence, willful disregard or lack of proper safety precaution with respect to its environmental impact, both the company and the entire guild become liable for penalties up to and including monetary or resource penalties and sanctions. Extreme incidents may require extreme measures such as the dissolution of a company and the sale of its resources to its peers or to the guild itself, but such extreme punishment may only be exercised in the most dire of situations and usually only in the face of extreme loss of life. In practice, the Guild system is self-monitoring and requires only supervision, not micromanagement from government entities; in combination with the Union's laissez-faire tax system, the peer-review network of self-governing guilds can be largely credited with Marquesan economic supremacy in the region and also greatly contributes to the nation's efforts at becoming a leader in renewable resources, environmental preservation and green energy.

While the focus of the Guild system is environmental impact, the Guilds also provide a self-governing peer review system that acts as a chamber of commerce for member companies, develops workplace safety standards, wage negotiation, job placement for skilled laborers, certification holders and subject matter experts within an industry, impartial workplace grievance arbitration, standards for pay, disability, workman's compensation, workplace hazard mitigation including creation and logging of Materials Safety Data, pension, bonus and benefits regulation and provides large-scale group buying power for various types of work insurance such as health, vision, dental and life insurance, or collaborative retirement options. In this manner, the Guild system provides a critically important resource both for employees of member companies and for companies themselves to increase their buying power and their outreach to the communities they serve.
Total Government Budget.
The Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States has annual budgetary expenditures of Ⓐ197,524,725,000,000.00 per annum, which is balanced at a 1:1 ratio to tax revenue. The National Treasury refigures demurrage and land value tax percentages annually when the national Council of Prefects announces the composite national budget. Spending is comprised of several categories, outlined below.

Commercial/Industrial Reinvestment -
Ⓐ1,589,125,000,000.00

Government Administration -
Ⓐ4,815,000,000,000.00

Infrastructure Spending -
Ⓐ6,500,000,000,000.00

Healthcare Subsidy -
Ⓐ21,375,000,000,000.00

Education Subsidy -
Ⓐ34,200,000,000,000.00

Defense Spending -
Ⓐ1,541,203,911,250.00

Guaranteed Basic Income -
Ⓐ85,500,000,000,000.00

Total Government Budget -
Ⓐ6,992,758,218,011.00


Commercial/Industrial Reinvestment:
Ⓐ282,777,327,627.68

Investment in national industries is orchestrated through the Marquesan Environmental/Economic Collective, providing awards, subsidies and loans to national industry through the Guild system. Each Guild and the Collective itself receives funding from this budget, a nearly 283 Billion Aureus line item per annum. Loans made through this budget to individual companies, concerns and ventures earn interest, which is redistributed through the Citizen's Dividend system to the government-sponsored retirement accounts of Citizens, Exemplars and Patrons. The Collective and Guilds may use a portion of this budget to fund their operations, not to exceed 5% of the annual budget.

Government Administration:
Ⓐ4,815,000,000,000.00

Funding the operations of the Marquesan government is a 4.8 trillion Aureus line item per annum budget. This funding is allocated to ensure the operation of all arms of the Meritocratic Union of Marquesan States including State Department operations at home and abroad. The operations of all councils and non-military personnel are funded from this budget, with a separate line item for infrastructure spending.

Infrastructure Spending:
Ⓐ6,500,000,000,000.00

Funding the acquisition, maintenance and expansion of infrastructure in the country including public utilities, transportation, communcation, roads, rails and ports is a 6.5 trillion Aureus line item per annum budget. While the majority of Marquesan infrastructure is built by private contractors, large-scale infrastructure is funded from tax revenue, passed on by grant to companies handling actual work to be performed.

Healthcare Subsidy:
Ⓐ21,375,000,000,000.00

The Marquesan Union provides a subsidy to every Resident, Citizen, Exemplar and Patron of 3,000 Aureus per annum for the purpose of paying for healthcare. This subsidy is paid into a Health Savings Account which is interest-bearing, tax-free and cumulative. The cost of healthcare is regulated to align with the subsidy, thus providing free or extremely low cost healthcare to the broad average of Marquesans. Funding this subsidy is a 21.4 trillion Aureus line item per annum budget.

Education Subsidy:
Ⓐ34,200,000,000,000.00

A 34.2 trillion Aureus line item per annum budget funds the Marquesan Educational Grant program. Each year from childhood through completion of an individual's first Baccalaureate Degree, the Marquesan government provides a tax-free grant to students to subsidize the cost of schooling. Education costs are regulated by the Education & Academic Oversight Guild to match the subsidy, in essence allowing Marquesans to receive a quality education at little or no cost while allowing them the autonomy to choose where they attend school based on their wants and needs.

Defense Spending:
Ⓐ1,541,203,911,250.00

The Union Armed Forces are funded by a 1.5 trillion Aureus line item per annum budget. Outlined in greater detail below, this budget makes up 22.04% of total government spending and 9.42% of the national Gross Domestic Product. All branches of the Union Armed Forces draw from this funding, which covers the entirety of its programmes including personnel funding and pensions.

Guaranteed Basic Income:
Ⓐ85,500,000,000,000.00

Funded by an 85.5 trillion Aureus line item per annum budget, the Guaranteed Basic Income system provides a living wage subsidy to every Marquesan. A non means-tested system which provides Ⓐ1,000.00 per month to each Resident, Citizen, Exemplar and Patron, the GBI is the largest single budget item and the largest single social welfare system in Sondria. GBI funding begins at birth and continues through death, however funds are held in an interest-bearing tax free trust until an individual reaches the age of majority, 22 years of age before they are allowed to access these funds.

Budget Statistics:
Gross Domestic Product:
Ⓐ319,168,863,750,000.00

Total Government Budget:
Ⓐ5,655,546,552,553.6

Total Subsidies/Grants:
Ⓐ141,075,000,000,000.00

Total Market Reinvestment:
Ⓐ12,443,685,000,000.00

Government Budget as % of GDP:
61.89%

Defense Spending as % of GDP:
13.64%

Individual Subsidies as % of GDP:
44.20%

Market Reinvestment as % of GDP:
3.90%

Maximum Subsidy Per Capita / Annum:
Ⓐ20,204.00

Annual Obligations Per Capita / Annum:
Ⓐ27,723.00
Union Armed Forces Budget.
Ⓐ1,246,482,460,182.81 Per Annum.
53,760,000 Active Servicemembers.
102,400,000 Reserve Servicemembers.

Marquesan Elite Light Infantry:
Ⓐ107,442,600,000.00

*5,120,000 Servicemembers in 4 Corps.*
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ1,520,640,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ1,140,480,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ760,320,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ380,160,000,000.00


Marquesan Gendarmerie:
Ⓐ395,708,800,000.00

*20,480,000 Servicemembers in 16 Corps.*
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ5,529,600,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ4,147,200,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ2,764,800,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ1,382,400,000,000.00


Union Expeditionary Command:
Ⓐ148,262,400,000.00

*7,680,000 Servicemembers in 6 Corps.*
Department of Submarine Warfare.
Ⓐ864,000,000,000.00

1 Corps, 1,280,000 Servicemembers.
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ345,600,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ259,200,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ172,800,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ86,400,000,000.00

Department of Naval Logistics.
Ⓐ864,000,000,000.00

1 Corps, 1,280,000 Servicemembers.
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ345,600,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ259,200,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ172,800,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ86,400,000,000.00

Department of Surface Operations
Ⓐ3,456,000,000,000.00

4 Corps, 5,120,000 Servicemembers.
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ1,382,400,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ1,036,800,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ691,200,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ345,600,000,000.00


Army of the Marquesan Union:
Ⓐ395,708,800,000.00

*20,480,000 Servicemembers in 16 Corps.*
Airmobile Cavalry Branch.
Ⓐ5,184,000,000,000.00

6 Corps, 7,680,000 Servicemembers.
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ2,073,600,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ1,555,200,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ1,036,800,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ518,400,000,000.00

Armored Cavalry Branch.
Ⓐ5,184,000,000,000.00

6 Corps, 7,680,000 Servicemembers.
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ2,073,600,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ1,555,200,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ1,036,800,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ518,400,000,000.00

Army Engineering Branch.
Ⓐ98,841,600,000.00

4 Corps, 5,120,000 Servicemembers.
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ1,382,400,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ1,036,800,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ691,200,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ345,600,000,000.00


National Domestic Reserve:
Ⓐ197,683,200,000.00

*102,400,000 Servicemembers in 80 Corps.*
National Partisan Auxiliary.
Ⓐ98,841,600,000.00

16 Corps, 20,480,000 Servicemembers.
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ1,382,400,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ1,036,800,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ691,200,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ345,600,000,000.00

Civil Defense Initiative.
Ⓐ3,456,000,000,000.00

64 Corps, 81,920,000 Servicemembers.
Equipment Maintenance -
Ⓐ1,382,400,000,000.00

Personnel Management -
Ⓐ1,036,800,000,000.00

Logistics & Supply -
Ⓐ691,200,000,000.00

Equipment Procurement -
Ⓐ345,600,000,000.00
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Postby Marquesan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:17 am

Communications Infrastructure.
The Information Technology & Science Guild and the Communication & Journalism Guild regulate a national communications network carried on a highly secure intranational Wi-Fi system. The network of towers, nodes and cables is operated by a variety of companies offering a variety of service plans and equipment to end users, operating on cooperatively-maintained infrastructure. The Marquesan National Data Infrastructure network, or MNDI, employs a tandem communications network across the entire country, based on an ultra fast underground fiber optic cable network with an average throughput of 125 Megabytes Per Second. This signal is carried on armored, EM-shielded cable buried below ground across 80% of the network and carried above ground on earthquake-proof, wind-proof, tsunami resistant towers for the remaining 20% of the network. The network employs an array of hundreds of thousands of distribution nodes with one node for every roughly ten square miles. These nodes also serve as bases for the country's national "Super Wi-Fi" network, transmitting Voice over IP and data connections across the country with 99.98% coverage of the entire land area of the Union.

The "Super Wi-Fi" system, formally named the Marquesan National Data Infrastructure, or "Mindi" for short has an average throughput of 10.5 Megabytes Per Second download speed and 5.5 Megabytes Per Second upload speed. These towers use 60KW amplifiers to transmit overlapping coverage across the country to which all cellular phones, computers and wireless devices may freely connect without contracts or fees. This combined network allows users to connect to the hard fiber network for faster internet or television connections with higher clarity, but gives Marquesans the flexibility to connect and make voice calls or connect to the internet anywhere in the country. With no terrain or atmospheric obstructions, each tower is designed to be able to transmit unaided over 100 kilometers in line-of-sight, though throughput will suffer at such distances. This Wireless Regional Area Network (WRAN) is said to be usable as far as 20 kilometers out to sea from any populated Marquesan territory, with voice calls made as far out as 40 kilometers and simple text messages sent and received as far as 60 kilometers. In many areas, wireless repeaters and secondary amplifiers are used to boost signal into deeply congested areas or urban environments where buildings may present a significant obstruction to the wireless signal.

The MNDI network is highly secure, carrying 2,048-Bit SSL Encryption certificates and passworded with a 26-character ASCII password, double encrypted with B-SPEKE Cryptographic Key Exchange and two-way verified with SHA-2 512 Cryptographic Hash, ensuring a secure connection on both sides. The password is unique to each user and matched to their Personal Credentials Card, which when verified to a new computer or wireless device, will allow each user to access their personal cloud storage and home network from wherever they are. VoIP is carried on the G.722 Codec, which transmits voice full duplex on two dedicated channels simultaneously at 64 kbit/s, allowing for a 50-7,000 Hz. bandwidth and crystal-clear audio quality. Data is transmitted on the 802.11ad Standard in the 8MHz range over the wireless network and utilizing unused "white space" bandwidth for backhaul of information, allowing for excellent data connection with an average of under 8ms latency for both voice and data. The MNDI network is considered to be the safest wireless data transmission system in Sondria while routinely winning awards for speed and reliability. In emergencies, extremely remote areas, rugged terrain or highly congested urban environments, MNDI can be backhauled over a satellite connection, though inclement weather can cause latency issues, so this failsafe system is rarely used. For high-security voice connections, VoIP calls can be made over the hard fiber network for a hard, essentially unhackable connection.
Power Generation.
The Marquesan Union consumes roughly 51.3 Terawatt Hours of electricity per year, an average of roughly 7,200 Watt hours per person. This astounding figure represents a tremendous amount of energy which fuels one of the greatest industrial giants in Sondria. Production of this energy is accomplished from a variety of sources; 76% of all electrical production is attained through clean nuclear energy, with the remaining 24% coming from a mixture of hydroelectric, geothermal and other renewable energy sources such as solar, wind or marine energy. The Marquesan government regulates the electric industry via the Power, Refinery & Utilities Guild and provides common standards for a variety of power companies offering various power and pricing regimes to a variety of domestic, commercial and industrial clients throughout the country. The electric power industry in The Marquesas cooperatively operates and maintains a common power infrastructure and operates standardized reactor types to simplify logistics, troubleshooting and to drive down costs via economy of scale.

The primary reactor type used throughout the Union is the Netane Kinetics E2SC, a Pressurized Water Reactor operating with Supercritical Coolant. The E2SC is a 3,800 Megawatt-Rated Nuclear Reactor, based on a naval reactor design by the same firm. E2SC is considered extremely safe and is both efficient and powerful. Each plant contains an average of sixteen E2SC Reactors and thirty two 1,200 Megawatt Steam Turbines, with a maintenance cycle of five years per turbine and an expected plant operation life of 60 to 80 years. Netane Kinetics, LTD. has a firm commitment to their reactors and produces parts, replacement components and modifications continually to service the 640-some plants throughout the country. The Netane Kinetics E2SC Reactor is described in detail below.

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A view of the Tahuata Gorge Hydroelectric Dam, in Remire Prefecture, Marquesas.

Netane Kinetics E2SC Nuclear Reactors:
The Netane Kinetics E2SC is a light water reactor in service for domestic production of electrical power in service throughout the Marquesan Union. It is a high power design (3.2 GWe) using supercritical water as both primary coolant and neutron moderator. The entire reactor assembly was designed and built by Netane Kinetics, Ltd. in the Marquesan Union and is an advanced, fourth generation design. The reactor core itself consists of a graphite cylinder with a radius of eight meters and a height of twenty meters which includes two meter axial reflectors at the top and bottom. The core has six concentric fuel rings, each consisting of 72 hexagonal blocks with an interstitial gap of 0.2 cm. Each block contains 216 coolant channels and 432 fuel pins. The light water coolant is operated at supercritical pressure, meaning that there is no discernable difference between steam and liquid water above the critical point. The reactor core coolant is maintained at 313.7 bar with an outlet temperature of 530° C. Fine control of the water under extreme pressure and temperature is made possible by magnetohydrodynamic inline water pumps, which noiselessly and reliably circulate the radioactive primary coolant water by passing a polarized electric current through the coolant, passing it through the core and into a water/water heat exchanger.

All reactor components, pumps, piping and ancillary equipment in contact with either primary or secondary coolant is machined from Inconel 718, a special steel alloy designed for extreme corrosion resistance, high temperatures and high temperature. Inconel 718 is designed for long-term service at temperatures as high as 650° C and pressures up to 4,800 bar. Super-accurate 5-axis robotic CNC machines are used for machining all reactor components, bringing precisely-fitted tolerances below 0.01 mm across the entire assembly. Because the reactor operates at more than double the normal operating pressure of a traditional LWR, thermal efficiency is higher and there is no possibility of chaotic voids forming in the core. Passive control of supercritical coolant is provided by dynamically-modeled vanes, flow disruptors, venturis and three-dimensionally flowformed coolant channels throughout the core and its upper and lower coolant passages. These passive systems work to mitigate the possibility of chaotic voids or pressure drops of any kind in the reactor coolant, balancing flow and providing for consistent, smooth coolant passage through the high-flow core. E2SC Reactors and their primary coolant loops and heat exchangers are sealed in their own individual containment vessels, made from 1,000mm thick Ashigaru Steel-Reinforced Concrete, lined with thermionic emission couplers to convert waste heat into electricity. This waste heat conversion generally produces enough power alone to keep coolant circulation pumps idling indefinitely even in the event of a reactor fault shutdown and is generally used to maintain basic system charge during turbine maintenance without switching any part of the reactor's systems to a power source external to the facility.

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Netane E2SC reactors burn highly enriched (above 96%) uranium fuel-cored QUADRISO particles. QUADRISO is a modification of the TRISO particle, or Tristructural-Isotropic fuel particle. In the QUADRISO particle, there are five layers of material, with the fuel kernel composed of enriched uranium in the center, coated with four layers of three isotropic materials and an inner layer of a burnable neutron poison. The four layers are a porous buffer layer made of carbon, followed by a dense inner layer of pyrolytic carbon, followed by a ceramic layer of SiC to retain fission products at elevated temperatures and to give the particle more structural integrity, followed by a dense outer layer of PyC. The inner layer directly adjacent to the fuel kernel is europium oxide which helps the fuel manage the excess of reactivity. At the beginning of life, neutrons do not reach the fuel of the QUADRISO particle because they are stopped by the burnable poison. After irradiation, the poison depletes and neutrons stream into the fuel kernel, inducing fission reactions. This mechanism compensates fuel depletion of ordinary TRISO fuel. In the prismatic core of the E2SC reactor, the fuel particles are fabricated into compacts and placed in a graphite block matrix fuel rod, which allows the reactor to run at very high temperature with enhanced safety. E2SC reactors have a refueling cycle of 30 years.

Turbine Section:
Secondary coolant for the Netane Kinetics E2SC (Electrical, 2nd Generation, Supercritical Coolant) is ordinary water which is heated in an exchanger with primary reactor coolant and passed into a supercritical boiler assisted by electric heating elements. The supercritical secondary coolant then drives high efficiency, pressure-velocity compounded steam turbines. Each reactor core operates a pair of turbines, each spinning a synchronous turbogenerator. Alternating blades and nozzles across the condensing double-reheat turbine maximize efficiency, passing steam from high pressure stages back to the supercritical boiler and reheating the steam to pass through an intermediate pressure stage twice before finally exhausting the steam back to a condenser from which it will re-enter the secondary cooling loop. The turbines are manufactured with cryogenically-machined monocrystalline titanium blisks and nozzles with extremely smooth high-speed bearings. Large diameter, matched-set ceramic ball bearings maximize performance with respect to wobble, moment stiffness and rotating friction. The ceramic ball bearings are held to ABEC-9 standards, and are much harder than steel balls (over 100% harder). This, combined with their excellent surface finish is the reason they dramatically out-wear steel types. In identical running conditions, the balls in ceramic bearings exhibit less than 10% of the wear of steel balls and have a considerably finer surface finish. The large diameter bearing permits large payload capacity without compromising performance. The bearings use a thin film of air for lubrication and a practically frictionless load bearing interface between surfaces. The oil-free carbon air bearings also simplify the design and allow the turbine to run completely dry. A solid carbon fiber shaft transmits rotation from the turbine shaft to a synchronous turbogenerator. While only pure H2O water is used for primary or secondary coolant in the E2SC reactor system, some deposits can occur on turbine blades and so turbines must be taken apart for cleaning on an alternating five year service interval.

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The output shafts of each steam turbine are connected to generators through a contactless, lubricant-free magnetic transmission and magnetic gears using permanent magnets to transmit torque between the input shaft coming from the turbine's output reduction gear to the generator without contact. This system has excellent power efficiency, higher than conventional gears, there is zero torque ripple, no wear and lubrication is not required. The magnetic gears inherently protect against overloads by harmlessly slipping if overload torque is applied and automatically re-engaging safely when fault torque is removed. Drivetrain pulsations and shaft vibrations are non-existent while allowing for misalignments and providing very low noise and steady power. Electricity is provided by an extremely efficient high speed generator producing 1,200 megawatts of electric power to charge the power distribution buffer. The generator is fully air-cooled with an unorthodox multiple disc topology. The key to the compact size and high power of the generator is speed, coupled to the output of the vessel's turboshaft which is optimized for 60,000 rotations per minute, using high strength neodymium boron iron magnets.

Power Reserve & Power Grid:
The outputs of the turbogenerators from the reactors feed a common energy storage bank which is housed in a separate, underground reinforced battery bank facility. This Energy Buffer system is made up of advanced Lithium Ion batteries using three dimensional nanoporous electrodes for extremely high power density and lithium air batteries for high energy density to respond to load transients. This system which integrates sag-fighting power conditioning attenuates line noise at -150db, resulting in quiet, clean, on-demand power transmission to the national energy grid. Lithium Air Batteries react oxygen with lithium to produce lithium peroxide on a carbon matrix and electrical energy; when the battery is recharged, the process is reversed and oxygen is released, making this unique, air-breathing battery a safe high-power alternative to conventional batteries with an energy density 15x that of traditional self-contained Lithium Ion batteries.

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The Three-Dimensional Nanoporous Lithium Ion battery has a power density 2000x that of a traditional Lithium Ion battery, meaning that the combination of the two energy storage methods provides 2,400 Gigawatt-Hours of power buffer, even if all reactors are in shutdown. This power is carried on heavily shielded and armored power cabled distributed throughout the reactor facility and finally out to the grid, which carries power on Electromagnetic Pulse-shielded cables and distribution network buildings with built in faraday cages and grounding mechanisms. The cables throughout the Energy Grid use an advanced architecture with aluminum-zirconium composite conductors wrapped helically around a zirconium ceramic composite core. This design incorporates 28% more aluminum in the power cabling and provides twice the amperage load capacity of conventional cable while being able to withstand 210° C continuous temperature and up to 240° C for emergency transients. The advanced cable design means that the power grid responds faster to transients while having less overall loss throughout the system. The quiet, clean power presented by the power grid provides electricity throughout the Union for use both in industry and for domestic use.

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Water & Waste Treatment.
The Marquesan Government operates 640 Nuclear power plants throughout the country. These sprawling complexes output enormous amounts of energy, but each one also creates enormous amounts of heat which, in most nuclear plants, is wasted in enormous outdoor cooling loops. In the Marquesan Union, this energy is used to assist in the operation of water treatment and solid waste disposal facilities, located on the land reservation of each Nuclear Energy Plant. With consideration to the country's massive population and high demand for both energy and fresh, clean drinking water, a solution to both problems was found. Each of the 640 Nuclear Energy plants also hosts a water treatment facility and solid waste processing facility. These facilities, which in total create almost nine thousand cubic kilometers of potable water per year are the result of an innovative design process that has been successfully replicated throughout the Union. Regulation of these energy parks falls under the National Infrastructure budget orchestrated through the Marquesan Environmental & Economic Cooperative and the Power, Refinery & Utilities Guild, along with the National Policy Institute on Domestic Affairs.

Beginning with the influent stream, the source head of each plant takes in water from a variety of sources, where it undergoes pretreatment and blending. Seawater, reactor coolant water, wastewater from domestic, agricultural and industrial sources, water pumped from underground sources and collected rainfall enters the pretreatment facility where any large solids, debris, rags and grit are removed from the influent water. The influent then travels to a series of clarifiers where the water is slowed down, providing an opportunity for suspended solids, oil and grease to either drop out of the blended influent or to float to the surface, where these impurities can be skimmed away. Following the water past the primary clarifier stages, water now passes through a Membrane Bioreactor, or MBR where it undergoes microfiltration and ultrafiltration. The middle treatment stage is through anaerobic active basins where the treated water is processed and then fully disinfected with ozone, ultraviolet irradiation and a final electromagnetic pulsed power system. The now clear water enters the final treatment stage where it is allowed to rest in a final clarifier before undergoing reverse osmosis and thermoionic desalinization. Final chemical processing of the water to bring the PH balance, color and clarity within balance is done before the clear, fully disinfected fresh water leaves the plant for general use or, if used in the on-site nuclear reactors as coolant, the water undergoes an additional laboratory-grade double distillation process to produce chemically pure water.

Throughout this process, the byproducts of the water processing, including debris, ocean salt and metals, oceanic organisms, domestic, industrial and agricultural waste, scrap metal, plastics, biomedical and hazardous waste, rags, hair and grit are pre-sorted and then fed into a Plasma Gasification Arc Reactor. Once inside the reactor, an inert gas is heated by passing it through a powerful electric arc. This gas is ionized under tremendous pressure and the superheated plasma (between 5,000 and 14,000°C) is used to form a "torch" which incinerates all combustible waste and liquefies non-combustible waste into molten slag. In interacting with the plasma, molecular bonds in the waste products are broken down and molecular disassociation occurs, transferring nearly all solid waste into a gaseous phase. The carbon monoxide gas that results from pyrolysis of waste solids (in excess of 99% conversion) is then burned in on-site turbine engines which power the plasma arc torch and provides a safe, constant auxiliary power supply for the rest of the plant. The non-combustible and chemically inert slag byproduct is completely safe to handle and undergoes a secondary smelting process to remove and refine metals which are sold on the open market. Once relieved of its metal content, the inert slag is sold for construction materials, most often for road construction. With the PGAR, there is no atmospheric offgassing and no production of smoke or soot. Any exhaust from the facility is treated with air scrubbers to ensure a near-zero ecological impact, while cleanly destroying enormous amounts of solid waste as an alternative to the presence of landfills anywhere in the country.

The 640 such Energy Parks in place throughout the Marquesan Union are situated in such a way that they are minimal safe distances from major population centers. On average, each sprawling plant consumes several hundred acres of land, however their collective benefit in terms of energy production, creation of clean, potable drinking water and disposal of liquid and solid wastes while simultaneously refining metals, a theoretically unlimited supply of salt and production of safe, inert slag for construction, all while remaining an ecologically responsible and viable clean energy production method is invaluable to the country. Each cogenerative energy park produces 27.3 Million Cubic Meters of clean, potable drinking water and 1.3 Terawatt Hours of stable nuclear power per day. While these plants represent a massive initial investment, the model has been proven viable as the country has grown in population and expanded its borders. The energy surplus and ecology-friendly disposal of waste is a net benefit in a country where land is at a premium and landfills would be an unsightly specter among the mountains, forests and coastlines of the country.
High-Speed Rail System.
The Marquesan Transport & Warehousing Guild, in cooperation with the National Policy Institute on Domestic Affairs regulates and subsidizes a national high speed rail network. Maile Lei Infrastructure Partners was the primary contractor throughout the building process along with several subsidiary contractors, whose task it was to connect every major city within the Union and several points internationally by high speed rail. The rail system is largely funded by civilian domestic and industrial traffic, but the administrative entity, Maile Lei Ltd. also receives government funds from military contracts.

The Maile Lei HSM, or High Speed Maglev Monorail uses Magnetodynamic Suspension and Permanent Magnet Linear Motors for levitation and propulsion, creating a frictionless, high-speed system capable of sustained flight at 550 Km/h. It is based on permanent magnets and steel cores and employs a new principle: the interaction between permanent magnets installed on a vehicle and specially designed steel tracks. Thanks to the electro-mechanical design of the system, a suspended vehicle reacts instantly and automatically to any shift from its assigned position and trajectory using its own internally generated magnetic forces. Maile Lei HSM is based only on rare-earth permanent magnets and laminated steel cores covered by an aluminum layer, and does not require superconducting magnets, or complicated electromagnetic control servos. The HSM's Suspension & Propulsion system is capable of maintaining a levitation force of over 33 times the weight of the levitated magnets. Permissible lateral pressure is up to 6 tons per vehicle with a guaranteed deviation of less than 2mm. It is also capable of developing a propulsion force up to 9 tons with the vehicle weight of 25 tons and its capacity of 100 passengers. Its power system (three-phased current of constant frequency) is simple and reliable.

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The Maile Lei HSM's Permanent Magnet Linear Motor system.

The HSM's track system is an innovative approach allowing several trains to pass through the same section of track at once. Two dedicated tracks on the surface are placed side-by-side, while an elevated track on vibration-isolated supports allows a train to pass on the vertical orientation and on an inverted orientation at the same time, either in the same direction or different directions. These tracks are closed off by sound-damping retaining walls, which prevent wildlife or people from moving onto the track. HSM trains can ascend much higher gradients and make sharper turns than conventionally-propelled trains and consequently, allow for fewer tunnels and much more direct routing than conventional trains. In urban environments, HSM trains are used for urban light rail transportation, though they are speed limited in these circumstances to 60 Km/h. Between cities, HSM trains haul cargo only in the inverted orientation, but can carry passengers or cargo either on the vertical elevated track or on the surface tracks. While individual trains are small in comparison to conventional trains, their speed and design allow for a far greater number of trains to operate on the same track section, with massive gains in efficiency over the macro scale.

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The Maile Lei HSM Track System in operation.
Airship Transportation System.
The Marquesan government has always been an early adopter of emergent and innovative technologies. From the earliest days of powered flight, Marquesans have been fascinated with air travel. In those early days, heavier than air flight was haphazard, unreliable and dangerous, while lighter-than-air travel was quiet, graceful and reliable. Since then, the Marquesan government has maintained a commitment to the viability of lighter than air flight. As aircraft evolved, heavier than air flight became more reliable and the air began to fill with helicopters and aircraft of all types. This congestion, in addition to the tremendous consumption of fuel by aircraft forced the government to act and set forth standards for flight paths and altitudes for both lighter than air and heavier than air traffic. As cars also became more common, congestion on the streets and highways became a major issue as cars and motorcycles competed with heavy trucks for the right of way. A solution to both problems was found in adopting a new generation of lighter-than-air vehicles capable of transporting heavy loads or large numbers of people quickly, efficiently and quietly.

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Today, Marquesan airships are as varied as cars on the road, with hundreds of different models of all types and constructions serving a great many different roles. There are civilian, agricultural, industrial and military airships in the skies of the Marquesan Union every day and, while this article will address some common types and standards, it is by no means a complete description of every airship model. Most Marquesan airships are of the rigid type, with lightweight metal or composite frames made from carbon fiber, carbon/carbon or graphene. By Marquesan law, all airships must use helium for lift and the largest, most advanced military airships use helium as both ballast and lifting gas, balancing the gas in compression tanks or in gas cell envelopes for a simple leveling tool and to prevent an airship on the ground from lifting accidentally. The largest airships use lightweight gas cooled nuclear reactors for propulsion, though most smaller airships generate power via turboshaft engines and transmit that power to their electrical systems for use in electrically-powered ducted fans to control the motion of the airship. Solar cell backup power is very commonplace aboard Marquesan airships, in an effort to conserve fuel for long journeys. Many cargo airships are used as vehicle ferries or in place of tractor/trailers on highways. While some vulnerability to inclement weather does exist, the airship system is more economical for fuel and individual airships carry far larger loads than a roadgoing vehicle could. It is estimated that 80% of all cargo shipped throughout the Union is carried for some portion of its journey by airship and transportation is a thriving, multi-trillion dollar industry largely because of it. Every city within the country contains an airship dock yard with cradles and mooring posts; well-established lanes of travel see hundreds of airships a day over a given spot on the ground and, while some air travel especially from outside the Union is carried on fixed-wing, heavier than air vehicles, most Marquesans have statistically preferred to travel by airship between cities at home, with fares from city to city averaging 50 Aureus in cost and the spacious, comfortable accommodations aboard an airship seen culturally as a more graceful means of travel.

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Spaceflight & Exploration.
Project Overview.
The Marquesan government has a firm commitment to affordable, practical space travel. To accomplish this, a method of propelling a vehicle into planetary orbit without the enormous complexity and expense of chemical rocket launch had to be devised, along with a way to retrieve spacecraft safely from orbit while permitting a high level of reusability. A unique solution was found in utilizing evacuated vacuum tube in a long, underground tunnel to house a magnetic levitation coilgun array. This vacuum coilgun carries a nuclear-powered spaceplane unassisted to a velocity of 2,200 meters per second before the launch vehicle escapes the tunnel at a 45° angle to the planet's surface, carrying enough momentum to launch the vehicle into the upper atmosphere. Once at a safe distance, the spaceplane's primary engine, a superheated hydrogen/oxygen engine utilizing a specially-designed nuclear reactor engages, using an ion plasma reheat to create incredible exhaust temperatures and velocities, which allow the heavy craft to escape earth's gravitational pull at roughly 12,000 meters per second. From there, an array of high powered ion plasma thruster provides long duration propulsion capable of allowing the spacecraft to leave earth orbit and travel to Mars with 39 days of transit time on each leg of the journey. The spaceplane carries provisions for a permanent crew of eight, experiments and equipment for such a journey in Science configuration, or can lift 160,000 kilograms of cargo into space in Freighter configuration. 20 passengers can be lofted into Earth Orbit in Passenger configuration with provisions enough for two weeks in space. The ALV project is funded and governed by the Triad Pact nations, with major contributions from the Elder Republic of Erjunhuf in addition to funding from the Marquesan Union.

Eight ALV's currently exist, housed in a subterranean hardened facility at the launch site along with the capacitors that feed the Maglev/Mass Driver Launch Assembly. A runway at the surface is set up to accomodate the ALV's glide profile and landing needs, with an electrohydraulic elevator capable of ascending to the surface or descending to the Launch Terminal with two fully loaded ALV's. The eight ships that are currently built are named Nomad, Vagabond, Wanderer, Soujourner, Wayfarer, Rover, Traveler and Drifter, all of which are currently in operational status.

Launching Assembly.
The Launching Assembly represents a monumental effort which took decades to complete. A 150 meter wide tunnel was bored through solid, stable bedrock into the side of a mountain. While the geological prominence of the Sangsom mountains rising from the Oleroni hillcountry of the northern Marquesas is relatively subtle, the summit of this dividing ridge is at a mountain called the "Turquoise Goddess" by locals, an eight thousand meter granite monument that is covered with snow at its peak year-round. Cho Oyu mountain is the tallest in the Marquesan Union and, although treacherous to ascend in even good weather, the Turquoise Goddess conceals a secret. Through its heart, runs a tunnel which slowly ascends from a subterranean depth of 4,000 meters to an opening 6,000 meters from the alluvial fans below. At a gradual incline of one meter in altitude for every 150 meters in length, the shaft exits a sheer face of the mountain at a 45° angle to the ground below, with a mechanically-operated "iris" type shutter door at its terminus, capable of opening and closing completely in less than two seconds. Along its 1,500 kilometer length, the tube has such a door every ten kilometers and each semi-independent section is kept in a state of vacuum, with air evacuated in sequence with magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) pumps. The shaft itself is a tube within a tube; a three meter thick, heavily-reinforced concrete main shaft holds a one meter thick non-magnetic Ashigaru steel primary tube, suspended within the concrete shaft by vibration-tuned elastomeric dampers arranged in a helical pattern with a damper every ten meters and every 10° along the entire assembly. The 2 meter gap between the concrete shaft and the steel primary is filled with lightweight foam cement to deaden the tube to harmonic resonances.

The Ashigaru steel main tube contains a specially-constructed monorail track, built to carry a vehicle using magnetic levitation. The electro-mechanical levitation and propulsion magnets use permanent magnets and specially-designed steel tracks which allow the suspended vehicle to react instantly and automatically to any shift from its assigned position and trajectory using its own internally generated magnetic forces. The superconducting/bitter electromagnet uses rare earth permanent magnets and laminated steel cores covered by a layer of aluminum and cooled with liquid helium, but does not require complex electromagnetic control servos. The suspension system is capable of lifting 33 times the weight of the levitated magnets with a constant 5g acceleration allowable throughout the entire tunnel. The power system for the launching track is a dedicated nuclear power complex and a massive energy storage facility, storing hundreds of megawatts to be discharged instantly. Inside the vehicle, magnetic coils along the belly of the launch vessel correspond to the magnetic field lines of the rail, propelling the vehicle along as magnets switch from one to the other. As the vehicle progresses along the track, the opening and closing of the hermetic seal iris does is accomplished with computer-aided sensors and a dedicated supercomputer for monitoring realtime conditions. The vehicle is maintained at a guaranteed elevation of 20mm above the rails at all times, allowing for a frictionless and rapid acceleration. Once the vehicle completes its acceleration to 2,200 meters per second, (roughly Mach 6.5) it exits the tunnel through its final iris door and once clear of the shaft, it begins accelerating under its own power at a total altitude of 8,500 meters above sea level. Exiting a vacuum into this reduced-pressure environment allows the vehicle to carry less fuel and more cargo, it allows the vehicle to be lighter overall and reduces the total cost of the space launch, with the average cargo launch cost at roughly 100 Aureus per kilogram.

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Assisted Launch Vehicle.
The Marquesan Assisted-Launch Vehicle is a single stage to orbit spaceplane designed and built by Myrmidon Tactical Design by contract to the Marquesan Union. The ALV is the product of an intensive design study in reducing the costs to deliver people, cargo and scientific payloads to planetary orbit and beyond to a level at which routine spaceflight is practical. The ALV is constructed around two main components; the vehicle's cargo bay and its reactor pack, which contains a power reactor and a propulsion reactor. The cargo area is an expansive, modular bay which can house a number of mission modules which are individually configurable to suit the particular needs of the mission. Electrical power is generated by a compact, high temperature QUADRISO pebblebed using inert helium/xenon frozen inert plasma coolant. The reactor generates 10MWe with an operating temperature of 1,800° Kelvin, and is designed for sustained use in space, on Earth or in Microgravity. The ALV's cargo compartment top loads from bay doors and is designed for ease of module-change, with provisions for personnel compartments, satellite launch, cargo or military payloads. Each of the ALV's requires less than a day of prep time between launches and, since project completion, the ALV program has maintained sustained operations of one launch per week.

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ALV Construction.
The internal and external structure of the ALV is composed of a number of highly advanced composite materials with a unique set of properties; the ALV must be able to withstand tremendous amounts of acceleration strain, incredible heat and the cold vacuum of space, the extreme conditions of atmospheric re-entry and must also be able to shield the passenger and cargo compartments effectively from the radioactivity of its nuclear reactors while being safe, structurally rigid and tough enough for hundreds of launches and recoveries. The frame of the ALV is an extensively stress-modeled honeycomb of Alumina matrix reinforced with molybdenum fibers and coated in Zirconia ceramic. Around this frame is an insulating blanket of graphene aerogel which is itself encompassed in the ALV's skin, an alloy called TZM, which is a blend of a blend of 0.5% titanium, 0.08% zirconium and 99.42% molybdenum designed for extreme resistance to heat and stress. TZM sections are treated with a Titanium Nitride coating, which is applied with Plasma Vapor Deposition, then cryogenically treated to superinsulate the skin. The ALV's skin retains its structural properties in both extreme cold and in extreme heat, rated to 1,500° C. Heat shielding on portions of the vehicle which will endure the brunt of atmospheric deceleration during re-entry are an ultralight composite called Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator, or PICA. Cut PICA tiles are only 80mm in thickness, but are designed to withstand 2,400°C and are designed to lose less than 20mm in ablation with each re-entry, meaning that tiles can endure three recoveries before being replaced. Easily-replaceable sections of PICA are used for sections which will be subjected to atmospheric deceleration heating such as the belly of the craft and its nosecone. The entire vehicle's structure is extremely rigid, with a very high strength reserve. It is estimated that even in critical maneuvers at nine times the force of gravity, the entire vehicle has a 900% strength reserve due to its use of advanced composites, high-strength design and extensive supercomputer stress modeling. While the majority of the vehicle is designed for rejection of heat, the entire body and frame of the ALV is designed for thermal conductivity, balancing retained heat throughout the frame to prevent one "hot spot" from reaching failure temperature.

The reactor and propulsion section is encapsulated in a lightweight monolithic protective vessel made from three dimensional, hot-pressed quartz phenolic, which absorbs high energy neutrons and harmful rays. All windows aboard the ALV are made from Spinel transparent ceramic armor glass, which is treated for anti-reflective, anti-glare and polarization properties with a final external coating of gold/tin/indium. A transparent photovoltaic overlay on the inside of the glass preciely regulates tint through electrochromic technology while rejecting harmful ultraviolet radiation. The interior of the ALV is skinned in braided Kevlar KM2 aramid fiber and then lined with acoustic deadening foams, closed-cell gel membranes, viscoelastic padding, anti-microbial cotton filler and butyl rubber matting over a high-efficiency graphene aerogel thermal insulation matting. The interior surface is coated in an off-white acoustic-dampening paint and, as an entire system, regulates the cabin's temperature and overall noise level. Lighting in the cabin is provided by recessed "ambient" red LED's to preserve the crew's night vision. The crew compartment seats are heated, ventilated and mounted on shock-absorbing, vibration-damped adjustable bases, specially contoured with large side bolsters to keep lateral movement to a minimum during extreme maneuvers and are made with dense memory foam padding finished in a soft baselayer fabric blend made from merino wool, X-Static silver fiber, cashmere and bamboo fiber. The crew's information displays are on large, high-contrast electrophoretic "E-Ink" screens which are lit with red LED's and optimized with an anti-glare coating, providing crisp, easily readable multifunction displays for all crew members, regardless of light conditions.

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ALV Propulsion.
The propulsion reactor is a Nuclear Thermal Rocket of the non-rotating pebble bed type. In a nuclear thermal rocket a working fluid, usually liquid hydrogen, is heated to a high temperature in a nuclear reactor, and then expands through a rocket nozzle to create thrust. In this kind of thermal rocket, the nuclear reactor's energy replaces the chemical energy of the propellant's reactive chemicals in a chemical rocket. The thermal heater / inert propellant paradigm as opposed to the reactive propellants of chemical rockets turns out to produce a superior effective exhaust velocity, and therefore a superior propulsive efficiency, with specific impulses on the order of twice that of chemical engines. The Assisted Launch Vehicle's NTR burns highly enriched (above 96%) uranium fuel-cored particles arranged into long fuel rods through which cold hydrogen is forced at 900 psia, which superheats the hydrogen coolant and cools the reactor. In the QUADRISO particle, there are five layers of material, with the fuel kernel composed of enriched uranium in the center, coated with four layers of three isotropic materials and an inner layer of a burnable neutron poison. The four layers are a porous buffer layer made of carbon, followed by a dense inner layer of pyrolytic carbon, followed by a ceramic layer of SiC to retain fission products at elevated temperatures and to give the particle more structural integrity, followed by a dense outer layer of PyC. The inner layer directly adjacent to the fuel kernel is europium oxide which helps the fuel manage the excess of reactivity. At the beginning of life, neutrons do not reach the fuel of the QUADRISO particle because they are stopped by the burnable poison. After irradiation, the poison depletes and neutrons stream into the fuel kernel, inducing fission reactions. This mechanism compensates fuel depletion of ordinary TRISO fuel.

Exiting the reactor at 3,900° Kelvin using multiple cycling, the hydrogen gas enters a Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR module, which reheats the gas to a cold plasma at roughly 1,000,000° Kelvin, accelerating the plasma opposite to the direction of travel at roughly 50,000 meters per second. This exceptionally powerful engine has anIsp of roughly 1,400s and a total thrust of 125 N, the most powerful and efficient rocket engine ever produced with a total Thrust-To-Weight Ratio of 40:1. In the "Plasma Reheat" module, the propellant is first injected into a hollow cylinder surfaced with electromagnets. Upon entry into the engine, the gas is first heated to a “cold plasma” by a helicon RF antenna (also known as a “coupler”) which bombards the gas with electromagnetic waves, stripping electrons off the hydrogen atoms and leaving plasma consisting of ions and loose electrons to continue down the engine compartment. By varying the amount of energy dedicated to RF heating and the amount of propellant delivered for plasma generation, the engine is capable of either generating low-thrust, high–specific impulse exhaust or relatively high-thrust, low–specific impulse exhaust. The second phase is a strong electromagnet positioned to compress the ionized plasma in a similar fashion to a convergent-divergent nozzle that compresses gas in traditional rocket engines. A second coupler, known as the Ion Cyclotron Heating (ICH) section, emits electromagnetic waves in resonance with the orbits of ions and electrons as they travel through the engine. Resonance of the waves and plasma is achieved through a reduction of the magnetic field in this portion of the engine which slows down the orbital motion of the plasma particles. This section further heats the plasma to temperatures roughly 173 times the temperature of the Sun’s surface. Motion of ions and electrons through the engine can be approximated by lines parallel to the engine walls; however, the particles actually orbit those lines at the same time that they are traveling linearly through the engine. The final, diverging section of the engine, contains a steadily expanding magnetic field which forces the ions and electrons into steadily lengthening spiral orbits in order to eject from the engine parallel and opposite to the direction of motion, propelling the rocket forward through space.

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National Identity Credentials.
The Marquesan Personal Credentials System is the central method of identifying Marquesan Citizens and Residents and verifying their credentials. MPCC's are produced by contract through Trans-Sondrian Aureus Cooperative (TSAC) compliant production facilities regulated by the Finance & Insurance Guild used to manufacture the Aureus currency. This single national Identification Card is the primary method by which Marquesan citizens make payments, are either allowed or disallowed entry into secure environments, move throughout the country and abroad and represents a massive investment and a coordinated effort by both government and industry to standardize the card and universalize its usage. MPCC's serve as a vehicle operator's permit, proof of vehicle and health insurance, they operate as a passport and a secure environment credential and can also serve as a bank and credit card for its user, offering an extremely high level of flexible functionality while being an extremely secure, verifiable method of identification. Marquesan PCC's are a biometric credential, which do not supply a picture of the owner but rather rely on a passive sensor and embedded electronics to verify the identity of the owner.

The card is made from a composite of different materials; the core of the card which gives it rigidity is a 0.5mm thick plate of Grade 12 Titanium, backed on either side with woven layers of ultrafine IM600 (5 Micrometer) Carbon Fiber Filament, in a tight satin weave. The card is 1.5mm in overall thickness, with fifty layers of interwoven filament on either side, each layer laid bias ply to the one beneath it. This combination of materials creates an extremely rigid, durable card with very high corrosion, heat and abrasion resistance. Due to the asymmetrical, 6K 5HS Satin weave, the pattern appears differently on either face of the card. The high fabric density of the weave is interwoven with special colored filaments at various intervals to increase counterfeiting difficulty. No user information is displayed on the face of the card itself, only the user's name and the PCC's serial number, with all other information being carried by the card's NFC Chip, an embedded 13.56 MHz Smart Card Chip and an encrypted QR code printed on the back face of the card. A special 6D Hologram of the Marquesan flag is printed on a thin metal foil is embedded in the front face of the card, which responds both to changes in light and the viewing angle and is used for verification of the authenticity of the card. The all-robotic, all-laser process of creation makes each card internally consistent to 99.9999%, each cut and finished card consistent to 5 microns of any other. Extremely fine, wavy microprint is laser-etched onto the fabric medium and polychromic color-shifting toner is used to create the text and images on each card, which is then finished with an aliphatic clearcoat which exhibits outstanding wear and abrasion characteristics.

Each PCC, or Personal Credentials Card includes a number of high technology anti-counterfeiting measures that make the cards extremely challenging to replicate. A 6D Hologram of the Marquesan flag is displayed on the front of the card, along with watermarks visible under ultraviolet light are displayed on both sides of the card. A Near Field Communications (NFC) one-way antenna programmed with an asymmetrical 512-bit encryption is used to store financial information. The PCC's serial number is 26 characters in length, containing letters, numbers and ASCII symbols. The NFC antenna can only be enabled by a special passive sensor on the face of the card that responds to the thumbprint of the person it is registered to, powered by transferred heat and pressure from the thumb being pressed against it. A thin, flexible red or green OLED is built into the top edge of the card, which lights when the thumbprint sensor is activated and is also powered by the transfer of heat and pressure from the user's thumb. A 13.56 MHz Contactless Smart Card chip embedded in the card provides secure sign-on capabilities, with this chip carrying security clearance information which only responds to specially-coded frequency sensors. The Smart Card chip also stores a high-quality .jpg image of the user's right iris and a full image of the owner's face which, when scanned, allows a secondary and tertiary method of biometric verification for high-security areas or access to classified information. Each card also contains a 1,264-character 177x177 pixel encrypted QR code containing the owner's vital information. The QR Code, NFC Tag and Smart Card chip are all encrypted with a B-SPEKE Cryptographic Key Exchange protocol attached to the user's 12-character minimum ASCII password, which must be changed yearly. Secondary verification of the user's password is acomplished with SHA2-512 Cryptographic Hash, used for two-way verification, both of the card's identity and the security of the reader.

This two-way standard means that only the authorized user with a thumbprint verified and activated NFC tag and the proper passcode can access the information stored on the card, and only an authorized NFC scanner with the proper encrypted code matching the password can read the tag. This passcode is used when making a financial transaction using the card and is thought to be an excellent guard against brute force hacking. Each PCC owner has the option of using this secure card to link to up to 20 bank accounts and credit accounts including his or her Government Health Savings Account, Citizen's Dividend Account or Military Pension Account. Marquesan PCC's are considered extremely difficult to tamper with as the biometric security sensor responds only to the correct thumbprint. The double-encrypted password requirement in addition to biometric identification provides a failsafe and the combination of all security measures associated with the physical card and its digital encryption makes the MPCC extremely difficult, if not impossible, to accurately replicate. While the PCC contains a great deal of sensitive information and represents an item which needs to be secured at all times, the multifunction credentials card does not contain any two-way antennae and cannot be passively tracked.

Adoption of the Marquesan Personal Credentials Card has been widespread throughout the country. As the card is contactless and does not carry a magnetic stripe, security of the card is much higher than a traditional magnetic card, and the card is much less susceptible to fraud or accidental demagnetization. All foreign governments in Sondria recognize the MPCC as a passport and the Union Armed Forces were an early adopter of the card as a primary identification document for its members. The most unique feature of the PCC is that it requires two way verification to be read, with special encryption required of the reader to unlock the stored information, dramatically reducing identity theft. MPCC's are expensive to produce, but have a life cycle of roughly 20 years before they generally need to be replaced. The PCC is mandatory for all Marquesan Citizens or Residents of school age and older, as the card is used to identify students as they enter and exit their schools. If one is lost or stolen, the card's QR code, NFC sensor and smart card chip can be blacklisted on all databases by verifying one's identity at a Gendarmerie post or abroad at a Marquesan Consulate or Embassy with two of three biometric methods. The card may then be replaced at owner expense, (roughly 500 Aureus) though the first card and its regular replacements are paid for by the government. MPCC information such as account numbers, contact or personal information can be changed by the user at any Gendarmerie post or Marquesan Consulate or Embassy after verifying the holder's identity. The government recommends, but does not mandate an electronically-shielded wallet containing a metal mesh to protect the card from unauthorized scanning and also from the effects of electromagnetic pulse. This recommendation, while not mandated, is widely followed by an estimated 97% of the population.
National Healthcare System.
The Marquesan government regulates the healthcare industry through the National Policy Institute on Healthcare and the Healthcare & Human Services Guild. A "must fund" annual per capita allocation of roughly Ⓐ3,000 per capita is funded from the national budget and distributed equally to each Marquesan through a government-funded Health Savings Account. The Marquesan HSA is cumulative, demurrage-free and interest bearing and can be added to by individuals from their regular pay up to 5% of their annual income without penalty. The MHSA is usable to cover medical costs for all types of prescriptions, medical equipment and supplies and fees from doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners for visits, testing and procedures. Excess contributions to the MHSA are subject to demurrage tax at the standard rate for static accounts. The cost of medical care is regulated by the Healthcare & Human Services Guild which functions as a central negotiation and buying power to ensure a high level of quality control and price regulation; individuals may purchase health insurance on the open market if they so choose or may use MHSA subsidy funds to pay directly for healthcare. The cost of healthcare related equipment, prescriptions, supplies and procedures is monitored and regulated by the National Policy Institute on Healthcare and the Health & Human Services Guild to ensure that the MHSA subsidy remains greater than the average expenditure for healthcare per capita.

Utilizing the HHS Guild and the NPI-H to regulate the industry but not micromanage it has resulted in a wealth of providers of all types and a booming healthcare industry which, by virtue of natural competition, has remained a productive and viable asset to the Marquesan people. Price-Cap Regulation maintains affordability for the end user, indexed to inflation and to the Consumer Price Index report, while central negotiation ensures that providers remain profitable and Guild self-policing enforcement ensures fairness among the various providers. The Marquesan healthcare industry centers around Primary Care doctors for lifetime care with emergency response services provided by the Marquesan Gendarmerie. Secondary and Tertiary care is provided by military and civilian hospital, clinic and urgent care facilities throughout the country. The Marquesan government retains a Lassiez-Faire stance, ensuring safety and commonly acceptable standards, but not interfering with the industry in terms of restricting research, procedures or available medications. Abortion in specific, while culturally frowned-upon, is legal throughout the Union and stem-cell research continues to be an active component of ongoing medical technology development. Controlled Substance abuse treatment is a primary focus of the national healthcare system, which is always provided without charge to the user. Research & Polytechnic schools throughout the country work constantly to further the fight against chronic illnesses and infectious diseases while providing a wealth of innovative new ideas and products designed to ease the lives of people everywhere and prolong quality of life.

The Marquesan Healthcare System is ranked among the most cost-effective and high-quality providers of medical care in the region. The MHSA Subsidy Budget accounts for 21.375 Trillion Aureus in annual government spending, which equates to roughly 110% of the annual per capita expenditure on healthcare. With few restrictions on what care may be provided and highly effective enforcement of how said care is provided, the healthcare industry is a source of pride on the national level, with a whole-person wellness approach culturally pervasive among providers.
National Education System.
The Marquesan Government regulates and partially administers an education system that receives its funding from both public and private sources. The National Policy Institute for Education is headed by a coalition of government officials and officials from the Education & Academic Oversight Guild who regulate the entire educational industry within the nation as a whole. While all schools in the country are privately held, they receive a mixture of funding from various sources and budgets in accordance to each school's charter. The Education system is decentralized, with oversight from the MEEC Guilds and the government providing cooperative oversight, guidance and standardization in terms of pay, curriculum and organization, but leaving individual schools to decide on how to apply these guidelines efficiently and in such a way as to foster innovation and individual growth. A tiered system of progressively more and more advanced testing incorporates a holistic approach to education, emphasizing a "Whole Person" mentality that strengthens students across a broad band of academic and physical disciplines focused to deeper conceptual understanding and problem based non-cognitive learning. The Marquesan system does not rely on "Grades" or "Years" that move in lock-step, but rather in application of constructivist open education and flexible learning of core curriculum categories which are divided into levels of mastery. Classrooms are mixed-age and are divided by the concepts being learned in those classes, rather than by the age or status of the Students. A given Student may be applying basic Sciences and advanced Mathematics while attending introductory Linguistics courses and advanced Critical Thinking courses on the same school day. Part of the minimum Secondary School graduation requirement is a Class A-1 Writing/Reading/Speaking fluency in no less than three languages and students often receive extensive education in the Classics and in higher-order thinking skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, analysis, teamwork, creativity and interdisciplinary studies.

According to Marquesan Law, attendance in school is compulsory through the Secondary School level and, while Tertiary education is voluntary, the cost of attending school is fully subsidized for all Marquesans. Regulation of the costs that can be passed on to the Student or the Student's family mean that no Educational Institution may require more than Ten Thousand Aureus for any Student for any given School Year from Early Childhood Education through the furthest extent of Tertiary education. In addition to this funding, Institutes instructing through Elementary and Secondary education receive funding through the national Educational Grant Program. Tertiary Education Institutes can also receive funding through the Military Research & Development budget in addition to public and private Educational Administration funding. On a broad average, a Marquesan student receives 35,000 Aureus per year in overall funding for his or her schooling from the year the Student enters the Educational system to the year they complete schooling, an average of roughly 700,000 Aureus over the 20 years of the Student's Educational lifetime. Crosstraining in multiple disciplines can allow the Student to tap into Developmental Scholarships from multiple Industry Guilds.

Throughout every level of the educational process, charter schools exist as Partner Institutes to the standard infrastructure. These Partner Institutes receive additional funding through a per-student Scholarship/Subsidy from the national Healthcare budget with additional resources and staff on hand. The Partner Institute system is designed to accommodate for students with special educational needs, developmental or physical disabilities. Partner Institutes are often utilized for hands-on training of students in a number of fields from biomechanical engineering, medicine and so on. Partner Institute students compete frequently in collaborative events designed to harness each student's ability while serving to dispel stigmatic stereotypes. With access to full time care and very frequently with dormitory living under the assistance of specially trained Fellows, the Partner Institute system uplifts Special Educational Needs students throughout their educational lives and equips them with the tools they need to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

Research and Polytechnic Schools are the standard in the Marquesan Union rather than the exception to the rule; the vast majority of Research & Development Institutes throughout the country are affiliated with Universities to the near exclusion of any non-affiliated such centers. Encouragement toward the development of Specialty Charter Schools at all levels has created a vibrant and unique educational system whereby consistent and individualized regular testing that focuses on application of lessons into usable, real-world skills and comprehension rather than test scores drives students to become well-rounded and thoroughly educated. Universities flourish due to the concerted effort both by the government and the people of the country into funding higher education and research. Due to the high standard of living and the strength of the Marquesan economy, the Marquesan people cannot be competitive with their neighbors in terms of raw labor due to the high standard of pay and living in the country, so the focus of the country's economy and educational system has been on performing high technology research and performance of work that could not be accomplished efficiently in other places. The Marquesan industrial and educational machine produces highly-trained skilled workers and products that simply could not be made elsewhere. Part of this specialization can certainly be credited to the massive effort in funding the Marquesan educational system. Educators of all types enjoy widespread economic and cultural benefits including an average pay as a market sector that is nearly double the National Average with incredibly strict employment standards.

At the conclusion of Secondary School, ten years of regular testing provides a long-term picture of the personal development of each student and allows the Student to apply to specialized schools that play to the Student's strength and where the talents, preferences and abilities of each student can be truly allowed to develop to their fullest. Every level of the Marquesan educational system culminates with testing and certification that is applicable in the real world. Scientific Literacy, Numeracy and Linguistic Literacy are focal points along the entire educational life of the Student, while thoughtful and innovative application of technology has given rise to the integration of Virtual Learning Environments for application of classroom lessons in a representation of the physical world. Homework is de-emphasized in the Marquesan system; rather deep comprehension of the concepts and application to real world problems is the focus of learning with regard to the varying learning styles of students. Educational certificates in Linguistics, Martial Arts, Academic Levels and specific Career-driven fields are attainable throughout the educational process. In determining what school to send a Student to, the Student's family has the ultimate decision-making authority, with no geographical or socioeconomic system in place to determine which school a child should attend. Rather, individualized testing throughout the Student's educational life identifies strengths and weaknesses, providing recommendations as to which schools to attend, which portions of the curriculum require more or less focus and what special accommodations can and must be made to round out each Student's knowledge profile. Each school receives funding on a Per-Student basis, which is simply deposited into an account with total discretion for its usage in the hands of the School's Board of Directors. While this hands-off approach gives "front line" leaders the latitude to accomplish their goals as they see fit, oversight both from the Government and from the Guilds ensures that this money is spent wisely and appropriately and to ensure that standards are maintained.

The Marquesan school year is carried out all year and school is in session five days per week for half the year and three days per week for half the year. The relaxed school system allows Students to take classes in multiple schools, while the Open Learning doctrine also does much to encourage electronic or distance learning. As a cultural norm, Marquesan school buildings are generally simple and without frills. Class sizes throughout the Student's educational life are rarely above fifteen or twenty students per Instructor. There are generally no cafeterias; Marquesan students take the meals from the kitchens and serve them to their classmates in their classrooms. Marquesan students are expected to clean their classrooms, hallways and washrooms. In Marquesan classrooms, students who are ahead are expected to help those who are behind. One might expect that this would hold the best students back, but research has shown that those who teach learn at least as much as those who are taught in this peer tutoring scheme. Marquesan families view a student's success as a success for the whole family, while the failure of a student to do well causes the entire extended family to suffer. This cultural position has meant that learning disabilities are aggressively pursued in order to prevent children from falling behind or struggling with subjects that might prevent them from progressing in other countries. The aggressively meritocratic approach toward academic excellence that permeates the Marquesan educational system sees parents spending vast sums of money to ensure that their children receive extracurricular training and tutoring in a wide variety of disciplines, providing reinforcement for twice-exceptional and learning-disabled students in addition to ensuring that most Marquesan students receive deeply insightful, enriched educations.
Marquesan Culture & Religion.
Rakanism is a syncretic religion focusing on individual improvement and attainment rather than traditionally "religious" ceremony and behavior; Rakani adherents (often referring to each other as Seeker) believe that all faiths are one, all gods are one while generally eschewing any specific religious practices or dogma beyond simple meditations; Seekers are almost universally welcomed in temples, churches and shrines of all faiths. Adherence to Rakanism has created numerous cultural influences; Seekers are often seen to engage in meditative pursuits such as the creation of dry landscape gardens, painting or writing songs and poetry. While Rakani doctrine is widely applicable to the country's warrior caste, its lessons are useful in all walks of life. Seekers are widely seen to be adherents of meditative physical training and exercises such as yoga and a wide variety of martial arts. The most devout Rakanists tend to live nearly ascetic lives, practicing abstinence from worldly pleasures and extreme restraint with respect to actions of the body, speech and mind. This high level of self discipline, while not usually practiced to the most extreme position and generally practiced in pursuit of a reasoned "middle way" has had the effect of creating a society that favors minimalism and abstinence. Rakanist schools exist for many forms of unarmed and weapon-form martial arts, both for the warrior caste and other elements of Marquesan society. Rakanist thought is guided by a central guiding document called the Rakan Codex.

Written in antiquity and translated periodically to adjust for changes in modern language, the Rakan Codex is a strict code of conduct which forms the backbone of Rakanism, the dominant spiritual and moral thought in The Marquesas. With over 80% of Marquesan residents and citizens self-identifying as Rakani to at least some extent, it is one of the most populous religions in Sondria with major representation in every Sondrian nation. While widely considered to be more a philosophical school of thought rather than a religion, its prevalence and influence on Marquesan culture is great; Rakanist schools, tea houses and centers exist throughout the country and the region as a whole, providing an extensive network of resources for adherents everywhere. The modern script of the Rakan Codex is presented here translated into English for ease of comprehension.

Blessed is the Seeker, who rises and sleeps, lives and dies with the light of the sun and stars warm upon his heart. The Seeker of the Path moves placidly amid iniquities and tyrannies, noise and haste. Evil and selfish, dull and ignorant men stand on all sides, but a stainless being is he who finds peace in the still silence of his mind. He is to be known as One Who Is Worthy that is at once both steel and velvet, who is as hard as rock and soft as drifting fog, who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect. He stands arrow-straight, unencumbered and unafraid in the fiercest of storms. His movement may be slow, but never is it backward. He is never cynical, never bitter. His piety and fidelity guide him to green pastures. He has a vivid consciousness of personal dignity and worth; a Rakan is honorable to the last. The Rakan carries with him the purity of his heart and the clarity of his mind; he allows neither to falter or be unduly influenced. He follows his belief with integrity and refuses to be pulled away from his intent by influence or request. With malice toward none; with charity for all and firmness in his rectitude, the Rakan strives on to finish every task to which he is set. The Rakan adheres to the highest ideals; his standard is one that transcends logic and circumstance. Simplicity, charity, thrift and abstinence are measures of his character; generosity in all things, before all others. So it is, so it was and so ever shall it be.

Blessed is the Seeker, who rises and sleeps, lives and dies with the light of the sun and stars warm upon his heart. The difference between moral and immoral is as oil and water; upon his principles there may be no compromise. He follows his belief with integrity and refuses to be pulled away from his intent by influence or request. His character is one of decency, rectitude and courtesy. His civility is never a sign of weakness, and his sincerity is always subject to proof, yet he is free of conceit, doubt, uncertainty and restlessness. His character is ageless; he is a man of action, leading and teaching others by actions more than with words. He who seeks the way is patient and kind, he envies none and never boasts or speaks pridefully. He respects his elders, his superiors and those subordinate to him. He demands of himself the very best and expects the same of others; he measures himself largely by the company he keeps and the circle of a Rakan's companionship is always a place of excellence and kindness. He takes control when leadership is necessary, even at the risk of his own safety. The Seeker must pass through knowledge and arrive at simplicity. In his mind shall be effortless perfection; quiet in its refinement, absent of pretention. Simple shall be his spirit, honest without apology, beautiful without artifice. The Seeker must find the path, it may never be won. Understanding is his pursuit, beyond knowledge. Harmony in action his quest; an understated beauty, an articulate brevity. His spiritual tranquility is not passive, rather his eye set on being without the angst of becoming. We do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are, so the Rakan strives always to be the perfect glass through which to see the world. So it is, so it was and so ever shall it be.

Blessed is the Seeker, who rises and sleeps, lives and dies with the light of the sun and stars warm upon his heart. He brooks no cowardice, shrinks from no challenge; he steps through his own fear and exudes the confidence and surety of a stainless soul. He faces every fear; fear is the little death that kills again and again--in its absence, the Rakan dies only once. He is free of cowardice and dishonor. Dishonor is a scar on the trunk of a tree which time, instead of effacing only helps to enlarge. The Rakan's intent is always to avoid disgrace for himself, his elders or his heirs. Not making a decision is a decision in itself; the Rakan is sure of his actions, sure of his feet, sure of the path he walks. He knows the rights of all are diminished when the rights of one are threatened. In times of desperation and strife, he acquits himself fully to the betterment of all. In times of chaos, the Rakan is a singular point of calm, reason and confidence. When a choice is to be made between life and death, the Rakan chooses life. There is, in addition to a courage with which men die; a courage by which men must live. There is truth and iron, however, in his word of life and his word of death. The iron in the blood of a Rakan passes from father to son down from the ages; through fire and death and sorrow and despair. Years of strife may be endured rather than accepting a tacit or ignoble temporary peace to be bought at the price of slavery or oppression. When a worthy opponent is met, the Rakan lays bare to his opponent the option of life or death and is prepared for either. He defends himself, his values, his property and all those in his care from any threat; surrender or defeat are never optional. He avoids violence wherever it is possible to avoid violence, however, a Rakan never allows a challenge to his reputation to go unanswered. He recognizes that there comes a time to stand one's ground and time to walk away when belligerence would serve no desirable result. He protects all in his care, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. He never sacrifices his values for the sake of blind belligerence, and will always make effort to settle a dispute in peace. He demonstrates his loyalty by the sweat of the brow and the blood of his heart. His loyalty is unwavering; he is always obliged to those to whom he is indebted, forsaking all else for fidelity. So it is, so it was and so ever shall it be.

Blessed is the Seeker, who rises and sleeps, lives and dies with the light of the sun and stars warm upon his heart. He exhibits humility in the face of his victories and responsibility in the face of his failures. He is never perturbed when he is not recognized; yet he always strives to be worthy of recognition. He never speaks of material possessions; never boasts of what he has or what he is entitled to. His industry and self-government confer upon him a dignity all its own which could not be given by act or resolve; for the rewards of his humble service there can be no substitute. He leads a life of humble service; he enriches the lives of all he touches. In tragedy, he gives freely of his time and resources. He who gives up all he possesses and endures great trials without love in his heart walks forever in place. He demands of no man any oath which asserts that he has done no wrong; better to assert that he shall do no wrong thereafter. A Rakan always absolves minor transgressions upon repentance of the wrong and surety that no further trespasses shall be made; yet any assertion is subject to verification and it is his observance which allows the Rakan magnanimity. Benevolence and magnanimity, sympathy and affection are the highest attributes of the Rakan's soul. He chooses compassion over confrontation wherever he can as benevolence may often obviate belligerence. He dishonors none, he seeks no recognition, is slow to anger and quick to forgive transgressions. A Rakan may be invested with the power to command and the power to kill; equal must also be the measure of his mercy. He is patient, forgiving and kind; willing to bear the unbearable rather than to take offense to provocation. His compassion extends not only to others but to himself; forgiving himself of his faults on equal footing to forgiveness of his peers. Politeness and courtesy too are measures of good character; benevolent regard for the feelings of others his polish. When a kindness is paid him, he returns the kindness, as soon as it is possible to do so. When circumstances allow generosity, he gives freely of himself. His ethical accumen allows him to be impartial, even-handed, generous and observant of even the smallest details. So it is, so it was and so ever shall it be

Blessed is the Seeker, who rises and sleeps, lives and dies with the light of the sun and stars warm upon his heart. He values the duties and privileges of his profession, whatever such profession may be. He seeks not a life of ease but rather to be strong enough to tackle the hardest challenges, if for no other reason than because they are hard; to organize and measure the best of his energies and skills. He is unwilling to postpone a challenge and always intends to succeed. A Rakan prefers to die on his feet rather than live on his knees; a strenuous life more noble to him than a life of dishonorable ease. Toil and effort to bring about peace and prosperity forged by his own hand is the Rakan's central doctrine. He is accommodating, considerate, helpful and always of service, however he is keenly aware of his own limits. He strives diligently and consistently to better himself and better his peers, subordinates, superiors and wards. He executes each task conscientiously and thoroughly; he acquits himself to even the smallest duties with his entirety. The Rakan's persistence and determination are omnipotent; it displaces talent, intelligence or education, though all are values of the true Rakan. He may defend his post if a post is given and quit such post only when properly relieved, until which time he stands fast to the duty and title he is granted. So it is, so it was and so ever shall it be.

Blessed is the Seeker, who rises and sleeps, lives and dies with the light of the sun and stars warm upon his heart. If he has enough to live gracefully within his means and keep his promises, he has enough. A life of luxury is a life of wastefulness; a Rakan owns only what he needs and uses all he owns. His household is one of cleanliness and order. As he maintains himself, so he maintains his home. His home is free of pests and refuse, he cleans and oils his tools and maintains all he owns. His prosperity is to him only an instrument to be used and not a deity to be worshipped. His paint never peels, his metal never rusts, his land is never overgrown. His body is never unkempt, his teeth clean, his hair neat and orderly. The Rakan never indulges in excess, nor does he allow his hygeine to falter. He never sleeps past the sunrise; a Rakan purifies his mind, body and soul each day with the rising sun upon his face. Each day he purifies himself and purifies his home; he never allows others to do for him what he may do himself and never puts off for tomorrow what may be done today. His appearance is never overstated, never flamboyant, his dress is commensurate with his station. He is self-aware and introspective, emotionally mature, mentally sharp, spiritually tough and physically fit. So it is, so it was and so ever shall it be.

Blessed is the Seeker, who rises and sleeps, lives and dies with the light of the sun and stars warm upon his heart. He consults experts, enlists aid, invests time, energy and money and asks for help without shame. He is a constant seeker of knowledge and truth; the Rakan is current on events locally and abroad, he is never totally uninformed but is always eager to learn more. He seeks the highest truth in life and the deepest understanding of the great mysteries. He who has great knowledge without love in his heart appears cold and dead to those who seek the way. The Rakan has defeated his inner enemies. He is free of ego, deception, ignorance and greed. He is free of sensual lust and material lust, anger, hatred and malice. He is free of wrongful conduct, jealousy, aversion and the desire to take life. He seeks the way who delights not in vice and evil but celebrates the simplest of truths. He is immune to the opinions and actions of others; a Rakan is never a victim. He is free of attachment to rites and to rituals; he eschews religious order for meditative thought. He requires no sigil, he needs no holy places. His home is sacred space; so is every footstep and every resting place. He takes kindly the inherent counsel of age; he is free from attachment to the things of his youth. So it is, so it was and so ever shall it be.

Blessed is the Seeker, who rises and sleeps, lives and dies with the light of the sun and stars warm upon his heart. He who speaks without an attentive ear is mute; so he is closer to the way of the Rakan who is most observant and meticulous with all he encounters. The Rakan speaks with integrity; he is impeccable in his speech. He who speaks without love in his heart makes only noise. He utters nothing for which he would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity. His speech is quiet, eloquent, succinct and clear. He says only what he means and avoids speaking against himself or others. He speaks with veracity and says only what must be said. He considers his words before he speaks; he is never out of turn and never interrupts another. He always gives a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. He shows respect to all people and grovels to none. His speech is free of falsehoods and harshness, slander and frivolousness. Regardless of station, he speaks of others and to others with deference. He is never lewd, never vulgar and never uncontrolled. He is a person of indisputable probity; he is unwavering in his course of conduct in accordance with reason. His word is never broken or left unfinished; He completes every task he sets himself to and promises to do only what he knows he can reliably accomplish. He is trustworthy and consistent; any man may set his compass to the Rakan's north and his watch by the Rakan's schedule. The word of a Rakan guarantees the truthfulness of an assertion. The Rakan sets his goals, makes his promises and fulfills them; he is never tardy and never absent without leave to be absent. So it is that upon meeting another, Rakans greet by saying to each other, "Carry on, Seeker." So it is, so it was and so ever shall it be.

Blessed is the Seeker, who rises and sleeps, lives and dies with the light of the sun and stars warm upon his heart. He lives when it is right to live, strikes when to strike is right, he dies when it is right to die. He endures in the face of great difficulty; when necessary action is sure to result in death, he accepts that it still must be done. He sacrifices of himself cheerfully; he meets his death with open eyes and a weightless heart. A Rakan's death is never to be wasted; thus never mourn the passing of a Rakan, for you may be certain he died at the proper time, in the proper way. Better to die with a worthy opponent than to hang his head in defeat, yet he never shrinks from danger or hardship. Above all, the Rakan recognizes the impermanence of all things. Life and death, ugliness and beauty, sorrow and happiness all have a time and place in which to exist, so the Rakan is born, grows to adulthood, seeks the highest good, raises children, grows old and dies. There can be no greater expression of love than this; that a Seeker should lay his life down in the service of his country or in the defense of his comrades. In life, the Rakan becomes immortal through his good works; his children carry his spirit on their shoulders as they grow to adulthood and seek the Truth for themselves. A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance beyond death. So it is that the Rakan lives forever in the hearts and minds of those he touches and all he creates. As he walks the path of his life, so the heavy weight of his goodness impresses its sigil upon every life. Thus, the final goal of each Rakan is the same as any other; to die when it is right to die, but never to perish. So it is, so it was and so ever shall it be.
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Communique Format.

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The National Policy Institute, Ministry of State.

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• Dr. Claude Chalier, Minister.


OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE.
From the Office of the Primus Inter Pares,
La Citadelle Des Etoiles, Nuku Hiva, îles Marquises.

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To All Whom These Presents Shall Come, Greetings.

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The Union Armed Forces.

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The Marquesan Union Armed Forces.


Military Overview.
The Armed Forces of the Marquesan Union are the singular law enforcement, defense and power projection entity in The Marquesas. The UAF is comprised of five primary branches, the Marquesan Elite Light Infantry, (MELI) the Marquesan Gendarmerie, (MG) the Union Expeditionary Command, (UEC) the Army of the Marquesan Union (AMU) and the National Domestic Reserve. (NDR) The UAF is a professional organization funded by a 43.6 trillion Aureus line item per annum budget and manned through conscription of men and women from the ages of twenty two to thirty seven, with a mandatory retirement age of fifty seven. A maximum allowance of 3% of the general population is allowed to be conscripted by Marquesan law by all branches including civilian auxiliary and reservists, though current numbers fall well below that. Entrance requirements are very strict and standards are kept very high; the combat history of the UAF has proven that this extremely well-armed and well-funded professional elite fighting force has earned its place among the finest military organizations in Sondria.

The Marquesan Union Armed Forces are comprised of four Active Duty military arms; MELI, MG, UEC and AMU. Two Reserve military arms supplement the UAF's total strength; the National Partisan Auxiliary and the Civil Defense Initiative. Together, they maintain forty two active corps, for a total of 53,760,000 Servicemembers and eighty domestic reserve and militia corps. The Marquesan Elite Light Infantry has four UAF Corps, the Marquesan Gendarmerie, sixteen. The Union Expeditionary Command is six total Corps, with one for the Department of Submarine Warfare, one for the Department of Naval Logistics and four for the Department of Surface Operations. The Marquesan Army is sixteen Corps in total, six for the Airmobile Cavalry Branch, six for the Armored Cavalry Branch and four for the Army Engineering Branch. In total, these forty two Corps of the UAF represent the military might of the Marquesan Union; they defend its people, lands, shores and airspace, they project its foreign policy throughout the region and the world and they stand as one of the largest professional conscripted organizations ever assembled. The UAF utilizes the finest equipment, the most powerful and modern ships, vehicles and aircraft yet fielded. Their extensive training program, high standards and sophisticated doctrine make the Marquesan Union Armed Forces an immensely powerful force on any battlefield. A breakdown of funding and manpower is as follows.

The Marquesan Elite Light Infantry: 3.80 Trillion Aureus Per Annum.
*5,120,000 Servicemembers*

The Union Expeditionary Command: 5.18 Trillion Aureus Per Annum.
*7,680,000 Servicemembers*

The Marquesan Gendarmerie: 12.82 Trillion Aureus Per Annum.
*20,480,000 Servicemembers*

The Army of the Marquesan Union: 13.82 Trillion Aureus Per Annum.
*20,480,000 Servicemembers*

Union Armed Forces, Active Component: 36.64 Trillion Aureus Per Annum.
*53,760,000 Servicemembers*


The National Partisan Auxiliary: 3.46 Trillion Aureus Per Annum.
*20,480,000 Servicemembers*

The Civil Defense Initiative: 3.46 Trillion Aureus Per Annum.
*81,920,000 Servicemembers*

Union Armed Forces, Reserve Component: 6.91 Trillion Aureus Per Annum.
*102,400,000 Servicemembers*
Organization Table.
Element: 100 Servicemembers, 10 per Cadre.
Cadre: 1,000 Servicemembers, 4 per Strike.
Strike: 4,000 Servicemembers, 2 per Lance.
Lance: 8,000 Servicemembers, 5 per Guard.
Guard: 40,000 Servicemembers, 2 per Vanguard.
Vanguard: 80,000 Servicemembers, 4 per Division.
Division: 320,000 Servicemembers. 4 per Corps.
Corps: 1,280,000 Servicemembers. 91* Total.

Total Strength: 156,160,000* Servicemembers.
(* Includes National Domestic Reserve Forces.)
Conscription.
A conscripted person must have attained a bachelor’s degree before entry, and must have a born son or daughter to continue his/her name before admittance. Only one member of a given household is allowed to serve at any one time. Physical and mental aptitude tests have been likened to other nations Space Program tests, with similar rates of failure or rejection. 100% of the national population, both male and female is tested at age 22 on a wide-ranging composite metric system which measures mental acuity, physical fitness, medical records, intelligence, critical thinking and psychological aptitude. The top 10% of scorers are considered eligible for selection, with the top 1% moving on to UAF selection and the remainder moving on to NDR selection. Once a candidate has been chosen to move along through the selection process to conscription in the Union Armed Forces, they are processed for entry into Armed Forces Training. Basic, Intermediate and Advanced training must be completed before combat status certification is achieved. Initial Entry Duty Training is a two year process, and semi-annual (6 month) recertification is required of all members of the Union Armed Forces and National Partisan Auxiliary. Failure to meet Combat Status recertification two tests in a row will result in immediate discharge from the UAF or NDR.

Mandatory selection for conscription of fit men and women from 22-37 has been in place since the inception of the current administration. Of qualified candidates, only the top 20% annually are considered for active duty while the remainder may be selected for National Domestic Reserve duty, though a candidate may retest each January during open enrollment and previously qualified applicants have preference. A term of 5 years is the standard length with an option to renew voluntarily at the completion of one’s first term. Completion of one term of service is rewarded with a lifetime pension of 10% of pay for the highest rank held, with a cutoff of five terms and a maximum age of 47 with 50% pension with personnel holding the rank of Commandant-Lieutenant or above exempt from this rule. Mandatory retirement for those ranks is 57 years of age or seven consecutive terms in the UAF at 70% lifetime pension. Once an individual has served a term of enlistment in the UAF, his or her spouse and children receive healthcare and a percentage of the servicemember's pension, in addition to the servicemember's children having postsecondary education paid for by the Union Armed Forces. If a servicemember dies in the line of duty or is wounded or disabled, he or she is promoted, if necessary posthumously, two ranks and the family will receive a disbursement of the total pay that rank would have received up to the servicemember's mandatory retirement age.

Only operators who are born in The Marquesas may hold the rank of Monitor or above in the active components of the UAF, and a master’s degree is requisite for Commodore and above. Rank may be earned either by merit of personal achievement as judged by superiors, as a reward for courage and valor in combat, or based on tenure in current grade and total time in service. Commandant Lieutenant and higher ranks are earned by annual election of the Servicemember's peers.
Training.
Training begins with Initial Entry Duty Training, or IEDT. IEDT is a three month long school, largely physical training, that teaches personal discipline, military customs and courtesies, basic marskmanship with a variety of weapons including blades and also hand-to-hand combat. IEDT also includes in-depth studies of Marquesan and Sondrian history and culture. Standards of physical fitness are judged on a layered program designed to measure physical capability and endurance under a variety of conditions. Mental standards of toughness are measured through arduous physical and mental challenges.

Primary Combat Effectiveness School, or PCES is a study of foreign languages and combat tactics academically, but is a three month course in advanced mechanized infantry tactics. Each soldier learns his duties and the duties of the next two higher ranks. Candidates that pass IEDT and become Servicemembers must all attend this school and during its course will learn mounted and dismounted infantry tactics and will all certify for helicopter fast-rope, amphibious assault, high and low altitude parachute technique and will all pass advanced reflexive-fire combat gunfighting courses with handguns, long guns and crew-served weapons.

Survival Tactics & Protocol or STP is a six month long school divided into two parts that focuses on what most nations consider "special operations" training during the first three months including an extremely challenging survival school focusing on field expedient survival tools, combat medicine, hunting and foraging under duress, how to survive as a prisoner of war and also escape and evasion tactics. This is a very challenging school that includes emergency escape scenarios such as water landings from aircraft, armored vehicle rollover and basic Explosive Ordinance Disposal tactics, such as disarming landmines or IED's. The second section of the school is a very fast-paced entry into the beginnings of specialist knowledge focused on the individual career path of the Servicemember, oriented toward each branch of the Union Armed Forces. For the Marquesan Army, this course will include advanced marksmanship, mechanized cavalry movement and tactics, advanced combat driving and foreign weapons proficiency. For the Union Expeditionary Command, this last six months of training depends on the sub-branch and career path, but covers a wide variety of basics like oceanography and weather theory. For Elite Light Infantry, STP covers foreign customs and courtesies while the Gendarmerie covers the rule of law and Marquesan legal code.

The last six months of the initial two year training program focus on job training specific to an individual's career path within the UAF. Extensive and in-depth hands on experience is the best trainer, so all programs focus on On-The-Job training as an apprentice to an actively serving unit coupled to in-depth classroom instruction and review. Upon completing the two year training program, a Servicemember is assigned to his first duty unit with an equivalent training to many military's elite officer academies.
Rank System.
The basic rank a recruit may hold after completing initial entry training is Operator. After completing a full term of service, or a combat deployment, he may become a Senior Operator who may command a Team of 8-20. When he or she become an Element leader, they will have earned the rank of Chief Operator. This is the highest rank an operator may hold if he is not native-born to The Marquesas. From there, a Cadre Executive Officer is called a Monitor, and when he has served a full term in grade or deployed with that rank, he may become a Senior Monitor. A Strike Commander holds the rank of Marshal and may become a Senior Marshal with a deployment or term of service in grade. A Lance commander holds the rank of Commodore, and is a member of the Guard's Cabinet, a body of five Lance Commanders, responsible to the Commandant Lieutenant, who is the commander of each Guard. He may become a Vice-Commandant when he is appointed to command a Vanguard, and each Commandant Lieutenant or Vice-Commandant is himself a member of the Military General Chamber, a deliberative body of all Marquesan's Guard Commanders and higher. Commandants Général are appointed to oversee Divisions from among the members of the General Chamber. Commandants Supérieur are appointed from among the ranks of Commandants Général to command Corps, which are sets of four Divisions.

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Operator: (O1) Team Level Operator, First Term of Service.
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Senior Operator: (O2) Team Level Operator, Second Term of Service *OR* Veteran.
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Chief Operator: (O3) Element Leader. *MUST have One Term of Service OR be a Veteran.*


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Monitor: (O4) Cadre Commander, First Term of Service in Grade, or Non-Veteran.
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Senior Monitor: (O5) Cadre Commander, Second Term of Service in Grade or Veteran.


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Marshal: (O6) Strike Commander, First Term of Service in Grade or Non-Veteran.
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Senior Marshal: (O7) Strike Commander, Second Term of Service in Grade or Veteran.


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Commodore: (O8) Lance Commander, First Term of Service in Grade or Non-Veteran.
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Senior Commodore: (O9) Lance Commander, Second Term of Service in Grade or Veteran.


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Commandant Lieutenant: (O10) Guard Commander. *Commands five Lances.*
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Vice-Commandant: (O11) Vanguard Commander. *Commands two Guards.*
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Commandant-Général: (O12) Division Commander. *Commands four Vanguards.*
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Commandant-Supérieur: (O13) Corps Commander. *Commands a Corps of four Divisions.*
Pay & Housing.
The Marquesan UAF pays its servicemembers incrementally depending on their rank. This pay structure is based on the average living wage of a Marquesan Citizen or Resident in the civilian sector and is modeled to ensure that UAF servicemembers may live comfortably and reasonably. While serving in the UAF, health insurance, secondary education and housing are provided to the servicemember and his or her family. During times of war, a servicemember's pay increases by 5% and active Hazardous Duty increases a servicemember's pay by an additional 5%. In addition, members of MELI receive an additional 10% increase in pay during their service in MELI and 5% during their service thereafter if they continue to serve in other branches of the UAF after leaving MELI. MELI operatives on Sentinel duty receive 10% additional pay during their service as a Sentinel and an additional 5% thereafter.

In addition to the servicemember's pay and regardless of where a servicemember may be stationed, housing areas are updated every five years and remodeled every ten in phases, ensuring that housing never becomes run down or below a certain standard of living. With each rank set, (Operator, Monitor, Marshal, Commodore, Commandant) an upgrade in housing is given, with the standard Operator housing being a standard apartment arrangement sized depending on the servicemember's family shape. A Monitor receives a condominium or townhome-style housing while a Marshal receives a modest single family home. A Commodore is given a small plot of land and a fine home in which to live while Commandants receive a large land plot with a fine villa in a location of the Commandant's choosing.

Below is shown the pay table for all UAF ranks:[/size]
(O1)Operator:
40,500 Aureus Per Year.

(O2)Senior Operator:
45,600 Aureus Per Year.

(O3)Chief Operator:
50,700 Aureus Per Year.


(O4)Monitor:
60,800 Aureus Per Year.

(O5)Senior Monitor:
65,900 Aureus Per Year.


(O6)Marshal:
76,000 Aureus Per Year.

(O7)Senior Marshal:
81,000 Aureus Per Year.


(O8)Commodore:
91,200 Aureus Per Year.

(O9)Senior Commodore:
96,300 Aureus Per Year.


(O10)Commandant Lieutenant:
106,400 Aureus Per Year.

(O11)Vice-Commandant:
111,400 Aureus Per Year.

(O12)Commandant-Général:
116,500 Aureus Per Year.

(O13)Commandant-Supérieur:
121,600 Aureus Per Year.


Wartime Modifier: 5% Addition.
Hazardous Modifier: 5% Addition.
MELI Modifier: 10% / 5% Addition.
Sentinel Modifier: 10% / 5% Addition.
NPA Modifier: 75% Reduction.
CDI Modifier: 93.75% Reduction.
Command Inventory.
Fixed-Wing Aircraft:
130,400.

Unmanned Fixed-Wing Drones:
179,200.

Rotorcraft, Tiltfans & Tiltrotors:
151,040.

Airships:
16,960.

Ekranoplans:
540.

Submarines:
1,280.

Surface Vessels:
19,264.

Wheeled Vehicles:
7,910,400.

Tracked Vehicles:
406,400.


Aircraft, Fighters:
41,600 Type-51, "Headhunter" Strike Fighter/Interceptors.
35,200 Type-55, "Spitfire" All-Weather Multirole Fighters.
12,800 Type-21, "Divine Wind" Air Dominance Fighters.


Aircraft, Bombers:
17,600 Type-37, "Sarissa" Strategic Strike Bombers.
16,800 Type-53, "Blackheart" Penetrator/Interdictors.


Aircraft, Other:
179,200 Type-98, "Fury" Autonomous Combat Observation Vehicles.
540 Type-77,"Capricorn" Heavy Amphibious Transport Aircraft.

6,400 Type-40, "Dagger" Common Support Aircraft.
3,200 -40B "Blood Dagger" Airborne Tanker Variants.
1,920 -40C "Steel Dagger" Carrier Onboard Delivery Variants.
1,280 -40A "Silent Dagger" Airborne EW&C Variants.


Rotorcraft:
21,760 Type-62, "Corcoran" Utility Lift Helicopters.
15,680 Type-66, "Hellcat" Hunter/Killer Helicopter Gunships.
11,200 Type-64, "Whisper" Reconnaissance/Attack Helicopters.


Tiltfans & Tiltrotors:
65,600 Type-11, "Wraith" Light Utility Tiltrotors.
22,400 Type-15, "Reaper" Tiltrotor Assault Transports.
14,400 Type-57, "Revenant" Light VTOL Interceptors.


Airships:
8,960 Type-88, "Warden" Airborne Command Vehicles.
8,000 Type-87, "Osiris" Strategic Dropships.


Surface Vessels:
9,600 Type-106, "Nightshade" Cutters.
4,800 Type-105, "Sobek" Corvettes.
2,560 Type-130, "Charon" Strategic Sealift Vessels.
960 Type-110, "Tiamat" Destroyers.
640 Type-125, "Acheron" Aircraft Carriers.
320 Type-115, "Anubis" Arsenal Ships.
320 Type-151, "Devil" Battleships.
64 Type-100, "Sea-Dweller" Supercapital Warships.


Submarines:
1,080 Type-216, "Phobos" Strategic Attack Submarines, Nuclear.
200 Type-218, "Deimos" Strategic Missile Submarines, Nuclear.


Wheeled Armor:
5,408,000 Type-660, "Helios" Rapid Response Vehicles.
1,020,800 Type-640, "Nyx" Personnel Transport Vehicles.
214,400 Type-651, "Minerva" Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns.
203,200 Type-620, "Boreas" Cavalry Fighting Vehicles.
144,000 Type-630, "Mithras" Fast Attack Vehicles.
67,200 Type-650, "Oroshi" Self-Propelled Howitzers.
15,200 Type-620, "Boreas" CFV-B Missile Carrier Variants.

837,600 Type-670, "Morpheus" Logistics Vehicles.
145,600 Fuel Support Variants.
134,400 Flatbed Variants.
120,000 Road Train Variants.
118,400 Fire Apparatus, Water Variants.
118,400 Fire Apparatus, Foam Variants.
102,400 Bobtail Variants.
49,600 Engineering Variants.
24,800 Hazardous Response Variants.
24,000 Mobile Crane Variants.


Tracked Armor:
48,000 Type-725, "Orcus" Infantry Tank Destroyers.
38,400 Type-755, "Chimera" Main Battle Tanks.
28,800 Type-755, "Uriel" Rocket Artillery, Tracked.
19,200 Type-745, "Shiva" Heavy Tanks.

272,000 Type-735, "Kraken" Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
124,800 -735A, Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
64,000 -735C, Armored Recovery Vehicles.
57,600 -735B, Assault Breaching Vehicles.
25,600 -735D, Heavy Bridging Vehicles.
Operational Doctrine.
The Union Armed Forces, as a highly-mobile, forward leaning modern fighting force relies on strength, speed, mobility, a high level of organization and overwhelming firepower to accomplish its missions. On the 21st Century Battlefield, accomplishing these tasks is a difficult mission, as the deadly environment of modern combat means that soldiers are exposed to enormous volumes of firepower, harsh conditions and must be constantly vigilant in dealing with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Electromagnetic threats. In evolving from a 20th Century fighting force to a 21st Century fighting force, a hard look was taken at the methods and equipment soldiers lived with when deployed. Often, there existed a stark difference in the way soldiers lived when stationed at home and the way they worked and lived when deployed abroad in the field. This change was traumatizing to the soldiers; the adjustment and often austere living conditions were not conducive to relaxation and adaptation to the environment in which they were working. Harsh weather conditions and exposure not only to the elements but vulnerabilities to enemy fire were major concerns that affected the force's ability to fight, maneuver and operate in the country at large. Limited by carrying everything soldiers needed to survive either on their backs or with them in vehicles, units were often hampered by overloading or cramped conditions in flimsy tents that did nothing to offer real protection to the soldiers living inside them. Barracks would be too expensive and slow to build and would limit the range of soldiers operating from them and these permanent structures left a large footprint on the land occupied by a warfighting force.

An innovative design proposal for an armored, modular shipping container, integrated building system and modular defensive structures from a small company called CastraTech changed the Marquesan government's thinking on the issue of protecting soldiers in an efficient, lasting way. The Castra System shipping containers are standardized-size intermodal containers which externally resemble commercial containers in use throughout Sondria, but are fully-armored and designed to be highly resistant to forced entry, blast, fragmentation and ballistic penetration. The containers, called CasCons in common parlance, are highly mobile and are designed to be networked together into modular, hardened cities that can be assembled in days and provide a high degree of safety, convenience and nearly all the amenities of home regardless of where bases are placed. The mobilized CasCons can be loaded directly onto roll-on/roll-off cargo ships, transported to the conflict zone, driven off the ships and towed into place then assembled precisely as they were assembled in their home location, without soldiers being required to unpack or substantially change their lifestyle.

In keeping with a "Train-As-You-Fight" mentality, bases in The Marquesas are constructed with the same fortification equipment, the same Castra-System structures and the same containers. Motorpool and weapons-handling procedures are identical at home as they are in deployment theaters and bases follow nearly identical layouts both at home and on deployment. This helps operators in the Marquesan UAF to maintain a "muscle memory" and that familiarity breeds speed and efficiency. Bases are organized in a way that makes them both space-efficient and highly defensible while minimizing risk to soldiers. The outer perimeter wall of any UAF post is made from a layer of 2m x 3m x 2m rock and earth-filled cells of reinforced steel wire panels and geotextile liners called Reinforced Textile Gabions which can be made deeper or higher as circumstances require. Behind this perimeter wall are the various containers and modular buildings required by the deployed Lance, laid out in orderly, symmetrical patterns. While the layout of each base differs slightly, UAF Bases are generally laid out with barracks containers lining the inside of the perimeter wall with half-height Castra.RTG cells placed above the containers for additional protection from indirect fire. The perimeter wall is equipped with eight total fortified Sangars on elevated platforms, one at every corner and at traffic control points, one of which faces each cardinal direction. Main thoroughfares face each true compass direction and intersect in the center of the base. Around this main intersection are command and control containers, power generation, communication and functional buildings.

Between the barracks and command areas are motorpool and maintenance building areas, where vehicles, aircraft and equipment are stored and maintained. The motorpool section of each Castra is laid out with bays of double thickness, double-height Gabions separating each Cadre's vehicles. Each bay has its own Expedient Field Shelter for vehicle maintenance and store's the Cadre's Castra.206M equipment storage containers. There are eight such bays in each Castra, normally marked by each Cadre's unit flag. Each bay faces the barracks containers and outer wall, creating effectively an inner perimeter to each Castra. On the inside of this inner perimeter wall, the Lance's fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft are kept in similarly-sized bays facing the Lance's command area and the center of each Castra. In this area, runways and helicopter landing pads are placed, using a water soluble, vinyl acetate-acrylic copolymer used as a sprayed-on soil stabilizer. The soil stabilizer, called Envirotac II and affectionately nicknamed "Rhino Snot" is used for dust and debris abatement, solidifying even the softest fine sands into a hard surface rapidly and reducing the possibility of foreign object damage to aircraft engines. This layout serves the purpose of spreading out vehicle and aircraft assets, so that concentrated indirect fire bombardment is unlikely to destroy a significant portion of the unit's vehicles and aircraft.

Each Lance-sized element of the Union Armed Forces has its own base in its 8,000 men and women live and work. These bases, often called Castras are distributed throughout the country, very often in locations of strategic importance. While designed to be permanent emplacements, each Castra can be mobilized and moved in a week's time, with no more than a week required to assemble the Castra again wherever its unit may be deployed. When permanently stationed near a Marquesan population center in home station, Castras are connected to main power lines, communications networks, water and sewage lines, but each Castra is capable of providing these services unaided when deployed. The even, symmetrical posts utilize a series of concentric access roads and are intersected by main service roads into quadrants; the compact and orderly layout of these posts with their eight fortified observation posts and earth-filled walls are highly defensible; each Lance's Castra is placed near its five sister units in each Guard, usually within visual distance allowing for communication in morse code by signal lamp in the event of an event requiring radio silence. Each cluster of five Castras is networked to others in its larger Corps, providing a distributed network of small, defensible and mobile military posts throughout the country, serving to protect the civilian population and also to enforce its laws while maintaining a high standard of safety, hygiene and organization. While each Lance's loadout of vehicles, vessels or aircraft differ between branches and between branches or departments, every Lance of the active-duty component of the Union Armed Forces have standardized types of Castra containers, shown below.
Marquesan Union Armed Forces Castra Loadout.
One Lance: 8,000 Personnel, 1,146 Castra.206 Containers.

Command Section:
2 Castra.206RCC, Command & Control Bunkers
2 Castra.206RCN, Communications Node Bunkers
2 Castra.206MML, Modular Missile Launchers
2 Castra.206RCR, Laboratory Cleanrooms

Services Section:
2 Castra.206RRD, Reverse Osmosis Desalinization Plants
2 Castra.206RWT, Wastewater Treatment Containers
2 Castra.206RPP, Waste Plasma Pyrolysis Plants
8 Castra.206RPG, Power Generation Stations

Maintenance Section:
8 Castra.206RLF, Laundry Facility Containers
8 Castra.206RFK, Field Kitchen Containers
18 Castra.206RAR, Arms & Ammunition Bunkers
20 Castra.206RRU, Refrigerated Containers
80 Castra.206RWR, Washroom Containers
100 Castra.206LMC, Light Modular Containers (Non-Perishable Food, Equipment, Misc.)

Bulk Storage Section:
10 Castra.206RFT, Fluid Tank Containers (110,000 Liters) *18 Day Water Supply*
80 Castra.206RFT, Fluid Tank Containers (110,000 Liters) *18 Day Fuel Supply, Vehicles & Power*

Personnel Section:
800 Castra.206RPQ, Personnel Quarters Containers (10 Soldiers Per)

Meals Issued Per Castra.
Each Lance of the Union Armed Forces is supplied when on home station by local suppliers, paid with an expense account held by each Lance's command staff. This ensures a variety of different foods to support the dietary requirements of the Lance's men and women. Supplying the Lance through local resources also ensures that local businesses flourish in supporting the Military units quartered nearby and fosters positive relationships between merchants and the military. When possible, this practice is continued in deployment theaters, however because this is not always practicable, each Lance carries two full weeks of freeze-dried rations and a further two weeks of emergency rations with it in dry storage at all times, ensuring that no Marquesan Lance is ever without a supply of nutrient-rich food and that the men and women of the Lance continue to eat reasonably even in the most austere of environments. These freeze-dried rations and emergency rations are detailed below.

Wise Foods 4,320-Serving Basic Rations Long-Term Package. 80 Per Castra. (2 Week Supply.)
Wise Foods 1,080-Serving Freeze Dried Vegetable & Sauces Package. 320 Per Castra. (2 Week Supply.)
Wise Foods 1,080-Serving Freeze Dried Fruit Combination Package. 320 Per Castra. (2 Week Supply)
Wise Foods 720-Serving Freeze Dried Meat Package. 400 Per Castra. (2 Week Supply.)
Nitro-Pak 200-Serving Freeze Dried Neapolitan Ice Cream Package. 480 Per Castra. (2 Week Supply.)
Nitro-Pak 100-Serving Freeze Dried Premium Ice Cream Package. 960 Per Castra. (2 Week Supply.)
Nitro-Pak 360-Serving Case Emergen-C Drink Mix, Variety Pack. 2,880 Per Castra. (2 Week Supply.)
Nitro-Pak 10-Serving Case "Mainstay" Emergency Food Bars. 4,800 Per Castra. *Emergency Rations.*
Nitro-Pak 10-Bottle Case Survival Food Tablets. 640 Per Castra. *Emergency Rations.*
Theater Deployment.
While every Lance of the Marquesan UAF maintains compartmentalized individual bases, they move and operate as cohesive larger fighting units. A deployment of a single Corps represents a movement of nearly 1.3 million people with all the vehicles, aircraft, equipment, supplies and buildings required to allow them to operate anywhere in the world as an effective, powerful method of projecting the Foreign Policy decisions of the Marquesan Union . Among hundreds of vehicles and aircraft, many tons of supplies, equipment, ammunition, food and fuel and more than a million men and women, a Corps carries with it nearly 184,000 intermodal containers, which have been designed to be towed behind military vehicles on wheeled dollies. To facilitate this, the Union Expeditionary Command maintains a fleet of 2,560 Charon-Class Strategic Sealift Vessels, a class of Roll-On/Roll-Off vehicle carriers capable of transporting 5,000 Castra.206 class containers each. This means that each Corps requires a sealift of 50 Charon-Class vessels; 37 for sealift of containers and 13 for sealift of vehicles. In addition to this, 150 Osiris-Class Airships and 10 Capricorn-Class Surface Effect Heavy Transports along with additional sailings of Acheron-Class Aircraft Carriers dependent on the required mission profile and their surface, submarine and Warden-Class Airship escorts work together to rapidly propel each deployment to wherever it is needed.

An advance Vanguard, often abbreviated by the portmanteau ADVON of 80,000 soldiers and lightweight, fast armor precedes each Corps to secure a secure perimeter and a landing site for Airlift and Sealift forces. ADVON forces are transported in Reaper-Class, Wraith-Class, Whisper-Class and Hellcat-Class tactical aircraft, which launch from Acheron-Class aircraft carriers once in range of the deployment zone. Once a deployment area is secure, the main body begins the process of setting up secure networks of roads and Castras from which the Corps will operate. This Occupied Zone will remain under 24-hour operations, with each of the Corps' 160 Lances running two 12-hour shifts, each Strike relieving the other alternately to construct their Castras and combat the enemy. The Marquesan Army claims that an entire Corps can be deployed with roads, runways, Castras and expedient dock facilities constructed within seven days of initial deployment and that an entire Corps can be deployed and can operate without any resupply whatsoever for three full weeks after deployment on the supplies that it carries with it. This highly-enhanced mobility and permanence lends staying power to a deployment of the Marquesan Army; when supported by other branches of the UAF, the power-projection ability of the Marquesan Union is peerless within its home-region of Sondria.
Individual Equipment.
All branches of the Marquesan Union Armed Forces are issued a standard load of equipment and clothing. While other equipment may be issued, carried or worn from the approved, standardized and purchased UAF-Issue Catalog at Lance Commander discretion, other equipment may be purchased by Lance Commanders for unit usage or purchased by individual servicemembers so long as the equipment conforms to UAF safety, durability and uniform standards. Below is listed the standard allotment for UAF personnel upon graduation from Initial Entry Duty Training. Worn or damaged items may be direct-exchanged by Supply personnel annually.

*Basic Clothing & Armor Issue, Marquesan Union Armed Forces.*
2x Carina.ATG Paracord Belt, Uniform Color.
2x Carina.ATG Sniper Veil/Shemagh, Uniform Color.
2x Aegis Evolution "Hermes" Boots Pair, Black.
2x Aegis Evolution "Ares" Gloves Pair, Black.
8x Carina.ATG Type-1 Socks Pair, Uniform Color.

8x Carina.ATG Type-1 Short-Sleeved Undershirt, Uniform Color.
8x Carina.ATG Type-1 Short Underwear, Uniform Color.
4x Carina.ATG Type-1 Long-Sleeved Undershirt, Uniform Color.
4x Carina.ATG Type-1 Long Underwear, Uniform Color.

4x Carina.ATG Type-2 Trousers, 10 Pocket, Uniform Color. *Knee Pads Installed.*
4x Carina.ATG Type-2 Uniform Shirt, Button-Down, Uniform Color.
2x Carina.ATG Type-3 Hooded Jacket, Uniform Color. *Elbow Pads Included.*

1x AE-UCA A1 Short-Sleeved Armor Shirt.
1x AE-UCA A2 Long-Sleeved Armor Shirt.
1x AE-UCA A3 Short Armor Underpants.
1x AE-UCA A4 Long Armor Underpants.

1x Galea Type-01 Helmet w/ Primary Shell, Mandible Guard, Visor & CBRN Curtain.
1x Ryuu Spark 360 Wristwatch. **TSELI Only**
Additional Equipment Catalog.
Hardpoint Equipment Standalone Sling Harness.
Northeast Tactical Single-Point Bungee Sling w/ MASH Hooks.
Tactical Tailor Drop Leg Kydex SMG Holster.
Tactical Tailor Modular Hydration Carrier.
Tactical Tailor Drop Leg, Belt & MOLLE Pouches, Various.

Tactical Tailor A-TACS Cloth Compression Stuff Sack.
Eberlestock J79 Skycrane II 4,475 ci. Backpack, Coyote Brown.
Eberlestock F3M Halftrack 3,080 ci. Backpack, Coyote Brown.
London Bridge Trading LBT-2467A 10,200 ci. Wheeled Loadout Bag, Coyote Brown.

Benchmade 1100-14 Damasteel Tactical Pen.
Rite In The Rain 4x6" Tan Tactical Notebook
Rite In The Rain 4x6" Tan Notebook Cover.

ASP Talon Disc-Lock Collapsible Baton.
ASP Tri-Fold Disposable Restraints, 6 Pack.

Brunton Solarroll 27 Marine Solar Panel Array.
Brunton Impel 2 Portable Power Device.

Lens Light K.O. Ti-Bead Blast Flashlight w/ Crenulated Bezel, Lanyard & Ring.

Southard Dauntless Titanium "Flipper" Knife.
Daniel Winkler WKII No Glare Finish Camp Axe.
Daniel Winkler WKII No Glare Finish Jungle Knife.
Daniel Winkler WKII No Glare Finish Spike Knife.
Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel.

Eberlestock Euro Down Sleeping Bag.
Kifaru Woobie Poncho Liner/Ground Cloth.
Eberlestock Magic Carpet Shooting Mat, Coyote Brown.
Luxury Lite Thermarest Mesh Cot, Black.
Alps Mountaineering Siesta Camp Chair, Olive Drab.

Omega Pacific Steel Standard-D 2" Screw-Lok Carabiner, Black.
Beal Diablo 10.2mm Unicore Rope, 60m Length, Yellow.
Rothco 727-Lb. Polyester 5/32" Paracord, 50' Length, Blue.

Katadyn Combi Water Purifier.
Katadyn Survivor 06 Water Desalinator.
MSA Millenium Full-Face CBRN Gas Mask, Black.

Lansky Axe & Machete Sharpener.
Lansky Blademedic Knife Sharpener.
Lansky Tactical Diamond/Carbide Sharpening Rod.

Ultimate Survival BlastMatch Fire Starter.
Daniel Winkler WKII Flint Striker Set.
Solo Storm Windproof, Waterproof Lighter.

Snowpeak Titanium Full Silverware Set.
Snowpeak Trek Combo Cookware Set.
Brunton OmniLite Ti Backpacking Stove.
Military Uniform Standards.
*The Marquesan Elite Light Infantry Uniform Standard.*
The uniform for MELI is comprised of Carina.ATG in CHARCOAL GREY with gold embroidery. Black leather Aegis Evolution "Hermes" boots and "Ares" gloves are authorized for wear at all times; the Ryuu Spark 360 wristwatch is authorized for wear with the uniform but may also be worn in civilian clothing. MELI operatives, dependent on their mission profile, may be authorized to wear civilian clothing on duty; if this condition exists, the Ryuu Spark 360 wristwatch must be worn. AE-UCA protective garments are authorized for wear, as are all articles of Carina.ATG. The Galea Type-01 helmet in all configurations is authorized for wear in all configurations as conditions dictate. A tan "Terai" hat is authorized for wear for ceremonial duty and diplomatic work with either UAF uniform attire or civilian clothing as conditions dictate. MELI operatives may carry, at their discretion, any Morrigan firearm or combination of firearms as mission conditions dictate. Standard-issue UAF equipment and operator-purchased and unit-authorized equipment is permissible for wear, but must be either black or charcoal grey in color. Ranks are to be worn on epaulets at the shoulder, the individual's unit crest is to be worn on the right lapel and the Elite Light Infantry crest is to be worn on the left. Name tapes are to be worn over the right breast pocket while the individual's blood type is to be worn on the left. The Marquesan flag patch is to be worn on the right shoulder sleeve while the Elite Light Infantry seal in is to be worn on the left. Unit commanders may, at their discretion, allow MELI operatives to wear their uniforms "sterile" without patches or identifying information of any kind, or in "subdued" format, with only the Lapel Insignia worn. Sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses may be worn with MELI uniforms so long as the frame is black in color and the lenses conform to UAF ballistic impact standards. MELI commanders may authorize other equipment to be carried or worn on duty such as flashlights, bladed weapons, slings, headgear or survival equipment on an as-needed basis from the standard UAF catalog.[/blocktext]

*The Marquesan Gendarmerie Uniform Standard.*
The uniform for The Marquesan Gendarmerie is comprised of Carina.ATG in DARK BLUE with light grey embroidery. Black leather Aegis Evolution "Hermes" boots and "Ares" gloves are authorized for wear at all times. AE-UCA protective garments are authorized for wear, as are all articles of Carina.ATG. The Galea Type-01 helmet in all configurations is authorized for wear in all configurations as conditions dictate. A tan "Terai" hat with dark blue sash is authorized for wear for ceremonial duty. Gendarmes may carry, at their discretion, any Morrigan firearm or combination of firearms as mission conditions dictate. Standard-issue UAF equipment and operator-purchased and unit-authorized equipment is permissible for wear, but must be either black or dark blue in color. Ranks are to be worn on epaulets at the shoulder, the individual's unit crest is to be worn on the right lapel and the Gendarmerie crest is to be worn on the left. Name tapes are to be worn over the right breast pocket while the individual's blood type is to be worn on the left. The Marquesan flag patch is to be worn on the right shoulder sleeve while the Gendarmerie seal in is to be worn on the left. Sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses may be worn with Gendarmerie uniforms so long as the frame is black in color and the lenses conform to UAF ballistic impact standards. Commanders may authorize other equipment to be carried or worn on duty such as flashlights, bladed weapons, slings, headgear or survival equipment on an as-needed basis from the standard UAF catalog.


*The Marquesan Union Expeditionary Command Uniform Standard.*
The uniform for The Union Expeditionary Command is comprised of Carina.ATG in COYOTE BROWN with burnt orange embroidery. Black leather Aegis Evolution "Hermes" boots and "Ares" gloves are authorized for wear at all times. AE-UCA protective garments are authorized for wear, as are all articles of Carina.ATG. The Galea Type-01 helmet in all configurations is authorized for wear in all configurations as conditions dictate. A tan "Terai" hat with coyote brown sash is authorized for wear for ceremonial duty. UEC Operators may carry, at their discretion, any Morrigan firearm or combination of firearms as mission conditions dictate. Standard-issue UAF equipment and operator-purchased and unit-authorized equipment is permissible for wear, but must be either black or coyote brown in color. Ranks are to be worn on epaulets at the shoulder, the individual's unit crest is to be worn on the right lapel and the UEC crest is to be worn on the left. Name tapes are to be worn over the right breast pocket while the individual's blood type is to be worn on the left. The Marquesan flag patch is to be worn on the right shoulder sleeve while the UEC seal in is to be worn on the left. Sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses may be worn with UEC uniforms so long as the frame is black in color and the lenses conform to UAF ballistic impact standards. Commanders may authorize other equipment to be carried or worn on duty such as flashlights, bladed weapons, slings, headgear or survival equipment on an as-needed basis from the standard UAF catalog.


*The Marquesan Army Uniform Standard.*
The uniform for The Army of the Marquesan Union is comprised of Carina.ATG in OLIVE GREEN with black embroidery. Black leather Aegis Evolution "Hermes" boots and "Ares" gloves are authorized for wear at all times. AE-UCA protective garments are authorized for wear, as are all articles of Carina.ATG. The Galea Type-01 helmet in all configurations is authorized for wear in all configurations as conditions dictate. A tan "Terai" hat with olive green sash is authorized for wear for ceremonial duty. Soldiers may carry, at their discretion, any Morrigan firearm or combination of firearms as mission conditions dictate. Standard-issue UAF equipment and operator-purchased and unit-authorized equipment is permissible for wear, but must be either black or olive green in color. Ranks are to be worn on epaulets at the shoulder, the individual's unit crest is to be worn on the right lapel and the Army crest is to be worn on the left. Name tapes are to be worn over the right breast pocket while the individual's blood type is to be worn on the left. The Marquesan flag patch is to be worn on the right shoulder sleeve while the Army seal in is to be worn on the left. Sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses may be worn with Army uniforms so long as the frame is black in color and the lenses conform to UAF ballistic impact standards. Commanders may authorize other equipment to be carried or worn on duty such as flashlights, bladed weapons, slings, headgear or survival equipment on an as-needed basis from the standard UAF catalog.


*The National Domestic Reserve Uniform Standard.*
The uniform for The National Domestic Reserve is comprised of Carina.ATG in MEDIUM GREY with bright red embroidery. Black leather Aegis Evolution "Hermes" boots and "Ares" gloves are authorized for wear at all times. AE-UCA protective garments are authorized for wear, as are all articles of Carina.ATG. The Galea Type-01 helmet in all configurations is authorized for wear in all configurations as conditions dictate. A tan "Terai" hat with medium grey sash is authorized for wear for ceremonial duty. Reservists may carry, at their discretion, any Morrigan firearm or combination of firearms as mission conditions dictate. Standard-issue UAF equipment and operator-purchased and unit-authorized equipment is permissible for wear, but must be either black or medium grey in color. Ranks are to be worn on epaulets at the shoulder, the individual's unit crest is to be worn on the right lapel and the Reserve crest is to be worn on the left. Name tapes are to be worn over the right breast pocket while the individual's blood type is to be worn on the left. The Marquesan flag patch is to be worn on the right shoulder sleeve while the Reserve seal in is to be worn on the left. Sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses may be worn with Reserve uniforms so long as the frame is black in color and the lenses conform to UAF ballistic impact standards. Commanders may authorize other equipment to be carried or worn on duty such as flashlights, bladed weapons, slings, headgear or survival equipment on an as-needed basis from the standard UAF catalog.



Military Orders of Award:
The Marquesan Union Armed Forces and National Domestic Reserve celebrates and reward the achievements of its servicemembers. Below are displayed the five Military Orders of Award which may be bestowed upon a servicemember or reservist. Each of the first four orders indicates a higher level of award. Awards are displayed from top to bottom, left to right so that the first and lowest award is the first one listed and the highest award is the last one listed. Orders of Award are referred to as "First Order, Second Order, etc, so the Fifth Order of Fidelity would indicate that the servicemember had been deployed on five combat actions. Orders of Award may be sewn on as subdued color patches to combat uniforms in the space above the right breast pocket or worn as full-color ribbons on dress uniforms.



*THE TEN MILITARY ORDERS OF FIDELITY*
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Each order indicates a period of combat service.



*THE NINE MILITARY ORDERS OF ACHIEVEMENT*
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Each order indicates a citation for exemplary service to the country.



*THE EIGHT MILITARY ORDERS OF SERVICE*
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Each order indicates a five-year period of service in the Union Armed Forces or National Domestic Reserve.



*THE SEVEN MILITARY ORDERS OF VALOR*
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Each order indicates a citation for courage or valor above and beyond the call of duty.



*THE TWO MILITARY ORDERS OF VIGILANCE*
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First order indicates a period of service with The Marquesan Elite Light Infantry, Second order indicates a period of service as a Sentinel.


Forces Marquises aux Armes (FMA)
Budget: Ⓐ1,252,677,689,717.00 = 2,473,600,000,000 NSD (7.658% of GDP)
Total Personnel: 8,272,000 (1.61% of Population)
Regular soldier = 400,000 NSD per
Citizen Soldier = 200,000 NSD per
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The Marquesan Elite Light Infantry.

Postby Marquesan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:19 am

*The Marquesan Elite Light Infantry.*
Marquesan Union Armed Forces.
I, II, III & IV Corps.



Introduction.
In the world of special operations, there are thousands of specialized groups practicing a wide variety of specialized tactics and fulfilling a huge variety of missions. For the Marquesan Union, the single group responsible for all such missions is MELI, or The Marquesan Elite Light Infantry. MELI is often referred to colloquially as ELI, (Elite Light Infantry and is a collection four UAF Corps of 5,120,000 total operators. ELI runs independently of the rest of the UAF and is funded directly from the office of the Primus.

ELI has existed in various forms for thousands of years. Since ancient times, the Shōgun's personal cadre of Samurai always protected their leader with special weapons and tactics, hand-picked elite operators and extensive training. Recruitment into ELI is by invitation only, most often chosen from the existing ranks of the Union Armed Forces, though recruits entering initial training with the UAF can be chosen for duty in ELI. The Elite Light Infantry has an extensive training program that is a full two years in length and takes place after the first three phases of UAF training, in place of the six month job training program. MELICA, The Marquesan Elite Light Infantry Candidate Academy is a special warfare and survival school that teaches not only advanced small-unit military tactics, customs and discipline, but various martial and athletic arts including Parkour, Ninjitsu, Kapu Ku’ialua, Muy Thai and Krav Maga. Mastery of foreign made weapons and archaic weapons is also taught in MELICA with a distinct focus in turning found objects or weapons against the enemy.

MELICA is concurrently taught as both a special warfare school concentrating in hand-to-hand combat and simultaneously teaches diplomacy, hostage negotiation, psychological and asymmetrical warfare, subversion and sabotage, infiltration tactics, assassination and advanced demolitions. The ancient and time-honored concept of Bushido is central to ELI, where a rigid and extremely difficult curriculum requires 18-20 hour days for two straight years. In this high-intensity pressurecooker, a candidate must simultaneously master an intense academic curriculum and a grueling physical training schedule, requiring intense depth of determination and inner strength to pass. The MELICA curriculum is broadly constructed into phases which will be detailed below.
Training.
Phase I: Tactics.
ELI Candidates entering Phase I will be instructed in small unit movement, infiltration and exfiltration, asymmetrical warfare, fieldcraft and improvisation. Successful graduates of the first phase will also have to pass a rigid physical trials in which an emphasis is placed on aerobics and physical endurance. The first phase of the training deals largely with SWAT or Special Reaction Force tactics, teaching stable shooting stances while moving, marksmanship while moving and acrobatic combat. A notable feature of the first phase is trampoline fighting, which forces the candidate to fight while in a variety of orientations and while airborne, cementing his or her permanent situational awareness.

Phase II: Survival.
The survival phase will pit the candidate against a variety of hostile environments. During the survival phase, candidates will parachute jump into open water, they will be inserted in a variety of different climates including arctic, desert, alpine and jungle environments. The candidate must survive alone or in very small groups with only the gear they can carry and what they can find in the wild for two weeks in each environment and be able to successfully forage or hunt for food, locate and exploit sources of water and simultaneously avoid detection by the instructor cadre while proceeding to several waypoints and a final extraction point with only the benefit of the stars and a map for navigation.

Phase III: Negotiations & Diplomacy.
Graduates of the second phase of MELICA will spend eight months in Phase III learning hostage negotiations, foreign customs and courtesies and diplomacy. During this phase, they will be exposed by immersion to no less than four non-native languages and must master all four to graduate this phase. Hostile negotiations, psychological warfare, subversion, reconnaissance, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations are also focused on during this class. During Phase III, the candidate also learns the fine art of disguises and also skills in espionage, while also teaching advanced bodyguard and combat driving techniques essential to VIP escort.

Phase IV: Marksmanship & Demolitions.
While the first four phases of the academy focus on the mind of the operative, the fourth phase concentrates on modern combative skills. In this phase, a variety of area denial techniques are taught, along with energetic solids chemistry, improvised explosives and field expedients along with de-mining and bomb defusing operations. This phase of training is a full qualification in Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Combat Engineer/Sapper and Combat Marksmanship/Sniper techniques. Marksmanship in this phase focuses not on team sniper operations, but on one-man combat operations and a heavy focus is made on marksmanship with found weapons, especially those without the benefit of optics of any kind and marksmanship under extremely adverse conditions.

Phase V: Investigation.
The fifth and final phase of the MELICA program is essentially a finishing school. During this time, skills in unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, target acquisition and assassination are refined. The primary focus, however, is on battlefield forensics and investigation. The candidate is trained to identify accents and dialects, to identify trace materials and their origins and will learn how to identify munitions fragments, spent casings and unexploded ordinance. At the completion of Phase V, the candidate is identified as a Special Agent and his or her identity is effectively erased.


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An ELI Operative embedded with IGSDF, in Gristol-Serkonos, Sondria.
Service.
During an operative's time with ELI, the Agent will only be known by a first name. The Special Agent will not wear rank insignia or identification of any kind on their uniforms and pictures of the Agents will be redacted or blurred. Agents operate in total secrecy and are thought to be operating in most every Sondrian nation. ELI operatives represent some of the highest-skilled operators to be found anywhere in the world and though their numbers are small, ELI has a legendary status among Sondrian nations.

ELI Operatives, on their dress uniforms, wear a small but distinctive golden Nautilus on the lapel, which is also authorized for wear with civilian clothes and serves both as a badge for law enforcement purposes and as a unit identifier. An ELI Operative may choose what weapons he or she carries and may wear his or her uniform in any combination that is expedient to the mission at hand. ELI operatives may operate as independent units, operate embedded with regular UAF units or act alone or in small groups depending on the requirements of the mission. Agents are true experts at infiltration and subversion, they are skilled negotiators and lethal killers with or without the benefits of weapons. ELI Operatives have a sacred and sworn duty as the Primus' Sentinels, often being used as VIP bodyguards for traveling abroad or for guests of the Union. Negotiation teams may be sent in the absence of a delegate, consul or ambassador to speak on behalf of the Primus in matters of foreign policy and each agent is given private funding to travel as he or she sees fit, a license to kill without reprimand and multiple flexible accounts with approval needed only for individual transactions over a million Lancets. In exchange for this, an Operative is required to serve a minimum of two consecutive enlistment periods after his or her training is complete.

Among TSELI units, the First Lance of First Guard is the unit assigned specifically to guard the Marquesan Primus and the capitol island of Nuku Hiva. First Lance is an honor guard position and generally only the very finest among ELI operatives are chosen for this duty. During an operative's time as a Sentinel, an operative lives on Nuku Hiva in the Palace of the Ocean Throne and travels with the Primus wherever that duty might be. Standards for First Lance are incredibly high and the unit generally takes only the top 1% of MELICA graduates. An operative's record must be spotless to hold this position and the operative's duration of employment is generally at the pleasure of the Primus, so a member of First Lance is waived from his or her enlistment contract when they are chosen for and agree to duty as a Sentinel. Members of this most elite of units are identified by their unit insignia, a red shield with a golden armored gauntlet holding up an axe.

CRI - Corps de Réserve d'Inénierie (Reserve Corps of Engineers)
Citoyen Soldats (200K per) 5.270% of Defense Budget
Command Budget: 129,600,000,000.00 NSD per Annum
Personnel: 648,000 (81 Lances)
Administrative: 64,000 Personnel, 8 Lances
IC - Ingénierie Civil: 20 Lances, 2 HQ; 6 Guards, 2 Vanguards
160,000 Personnel. 32 Billion NSD per Annum (Civil Engineering) 25%

IM - Ingénierie Militaire: 20 Lances, 2 HQ; 6 Guards, 2 Vanguards
160,000 Personnel. 32 Billion NSD per Annum (Strategic Engineering) 25%

CP - Communication Publique: 20 Lances, 2 HQ; 6 Guards, 2 Vanguards
160,000 Personnel. 32 Billion NSD per Annum (Domestic Communication) 25%

TP - Travaux Publics: 20 Lances, 2 HQ; 6 Guards, 2 Vanguards
160,000 Personnel. 32 Billion NSD per Annum (Public Works) 25%
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The Union Expeditionary Command.

Postby Marquesan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:21 am

*The Union Expeditionary Command.*
Marquesan Union Armed Forces.
Department of Submarine Warfare.
Department of Surface Operations.
Department of Naval Logistics.



Overview.
The Union Expeditionary Command is the primary naval and air arm of the Union Armed Forces. Comprised of three Departments, the UEC is the primary mover of military power in the Marquesan Union and is the most internationally prominent and recognizable symbol of the Union's authority. The Department of Submarine Warfare commands the nation's fleet of ballistic missile submarines and also its fleet of strategic attack boats, which often accompany battle groups. The Department of Surface Operations owns the Marquesan government's fleet of aircraft carriers, arsenal ships and destroyers and the majority of the nation's fixed-wing military aircraft. This department is the largest of the three and represents a massive commitment to naval dominance. The Department of Naval Logistics is responsible for sealift of men and equipment owned by other branches wherever they may need to be transported and owns a large fleet of personnel and vehicle carrier vessels. Together, the three branches represent six UAF Corps, or 7,680,000 operators.
Total Strength.
The ever-changing world of modern combat demands a strong and present military. Because of this, the Royal Expeditionary Command must maintain a powerful naval presence and be able to, at a moment's notice, present massive and overwhelming naval power anywhere it is called upon. The DSW, DNL and DSO combined represent truly immense strength and are in a constant state of readiness. The 64 ships of the Type-100 "Sea-Dweller" Class assigned to the UEC are deployed as-needed by UEC command itself, and not on the Corps or Battle Group level. These vessels act as a deterrent force against aggression toward the Marquesan Union and are generally employed in anti-ballistic missile duties, but are authorized for combat action. The total Naval Strength of the UEC is as follows.[/size]

2,560 "Charon" Class Strategic Sealift Vessels.
1,280 "Sobek" Class Corvettes.
1,080 "Phobos" Class Strategic Attack Submarines.
960 "Tiamat" Class Destroyers.
640 "Acheron" Class Aircraft Carriers.
320 "Anubis" Class Arsenal Ships.
320 "Devil" Class Battleships.
200 "Deimos" Class Strategic Missile Submarines.
64 "Sea-Dweller" Class Supercapital Warships.

Total Strength: 7,424 Vessels.
Department of Submarine Warfare.
The Department of Submarine Warfare is charged with operation of the nation's fleet of MTD Type-218 "Deimos" class Strategic Missile Submarines and its fleet of Type-216 "Phobos" class Strategic Attack Submarines. These powerful vessels represent the Marquesan government's commitment to nuclear deterrent and also to defense of the nation and its assets abroad by the UAF. These ultra-modern quiet nuclear-powered boats are the last word in underwater stealth and carry with them tremendous striking power, both from a strategic and tactical standpoint.

The Department of Submarine warfare maintains one UAF Corps, or 1,280,000 Operators. This Corps is organized as any traditional UAF unit but specializes only in the use of submarine vessels. The DSW is essentially a corps in two parts; Fleet Detachments are actually aboard each assigned vessel and Shore Detachments maintain facilities designed to accommodate their assigned vessel. Each Cadre of the DSW is assigned a submarine, meaning that the Department as a whole maintains 1,280 such vessels, with 200 assigned "Deimos" Class Strategic Missile Submarines and 1,080 "Phobos" Class Strategic Attack Submarines. Both assigned classes are on constant rotation throughout the waters of Sondria and beyond, only returning to port to refit, rearm, perform routine maintenance and exchange crews who switch from Fleet Detachment to Shore Detachment on six month intervals. DSW conducts the majority of its operations in total secrecy, only operating with surface Battle Groups where requested. The mission of DSW is to protect and defend Marquesan territories and fleets from harm and to hunt hostile vessels wherever they are found.
Department of Naval Logistics.
The DNL operates the Marquesan fleet of Type-130 "Charon" Class Strategic Sealift Vessels. These large, powerful ships allow large numbers of heavy armored vehicles to be moved quickly and efficiently from place to place. As these vehicles are roll-on/roll-off types with multiple loading or unloading ramps, and due to the large volume of carried vehicles, fewer overall ships are required to move large units from place to place and tens of thousands of tons of supplies can be carried on these vehicles as well for large-scale operations such as disaster recovery or supply operations. The Charon class is both versatile and durable and is the centerpiece of the Department of Naval Logistics. The DNL also operates a number of Type-105 "Sobek" Class Corvettes for escort duties. These vessels carry small numbers of helicopters and drones for utility and defense purposes. When speed of delivery is mission critical, DNL relies on its fleet of 540 Type-77 "Capricorn" Class Heavy Transport Aircraft to put soldiers and materials on the beaches quickly and safely.

The DNL maintains one UAF Corps, or 1,280,000 Operators. This Corps is organized as any traditional UAF unit but specializes only in naval sealift. To this end, the DNL is essentially a corps in two parts; Fleet Detachments are actually aboard each assigned vessel and Shore Detachments maintain facilities designed to accommodate their assigned vessel. Each Cadre of the DNL is assigned a pair of Type-130 "Charon" Class Strategic Sealift Vessels, which are each complemented with four Type-62 "Corcoran" Utility Lift Helicopters and two Type-98 "Fury" armed drones for self defense. The Cadre is also assigned a Type-105 "Sobek" Corvette, for escort, which itself is complemented with a Type-66 "Hellcat" Hunter/Killer Gunship. The Charons and their accompanying Sobek make up one Sealift Group, of which there are 1,280 in the Department. These vessels are generally on Shore duty unless otherwise specified, but can be called upon whenever and wherever they are needed.
Department of Surface Operations.
The DSO operates the entirety of the Marquesan fleet of Type-110 "Tiamat" Class Destroyers, Type-115 "Anubis" Class Arsenal Ships and Type-125 "Acheron" Class Aircraft Carriers, along with Type-21 "Divine Wind" Air Dominance Fighters, Type-53 "Blackheart" Penetrator/Interdictors and Type-51 "Headhunter" Strike Fighter/Interceptors. These vessels and aircraft represent truly enormous amounts of naval and air firepower and are organized into battle groups.

The Department of Surface Operations maintains four UAF Corps, or 5,120,000 Operators. These four Corps are organized as any traditional UAF unit, but specialize in naval and aerial combat operations. The DSO essentially maintains two forces at all times; Fleet Detachment personnel are actually aboard their assigned vessels and Shore Detachments maintain facilities designed to accommodate their assigned vessels. Units of the DSO Corps are assigned to a Battle Group, of which there are 40 per Corps, 160 total. Acheron Class Carriers assigned to the battle group may either operate in Dominance Configuration or in Assault Configuration as needed, but generally are divided evenly. When two or more Battle Groups converge for large scale operations, the larger group is considered an Armada, which can be in any scale according to the required operation. Battle Groups are, in general, rotated from Fleet Duty to Shore Duty on six month rotations, however all 160 Battle Groups may deployed at one time during an emergency. A Battle Group is organized as follows:

Surface Vessels: 14 Per Battle Group.
04 "Acheron" Class Aircraft Carriers.
02 "Anubis" Class Arsenal Ships.
02 "Devil" Class Battleships.
06 "Tiamat" Class Destroyers.

Dominance Configuration: 130 Aircraft Per Carrier.
40 "Divine Wind" Air Dominance Fighters.
30 "Headhunter" Strike Fighter/Interceptors.
20 "Blackheart" Penetrator/Interdictors.
15 "Spitfire" Multirole Fighters.
05 "Revenant" VTOL Interceptors.

10 "Dagger" Airborne Refueling Aircraft.
06 "Dagger" Carrier Onboard Delivery Aircraft.
04 "Dagger" Early Warning & Command Aircraft.

Assault Configuration: 130 Aircraft Per Carrier.
30 "Headhunter" Strike Fighter/Interceptors.
20 "Wraith" Light Utility Tiltrotors.
20 "Reaper" Assault Transport Tiltrotors.

30 "Hellcat" Hunter/Killer Gunships.
20 "Whisper" Reconnaissance/Attack Helicopters.
10 "Corcoran" Utility Lift Helicopters.

CGM - Commande de Guerre Marine (Sea Warfare Command)
Soldats Regulaire (400K per) 23.783% of Defense Budget
Command Budget: 646,400,000,000.00 NSD per Annum
Personnel: 1,616,000 (202 Lances)
Administrative: 80,000, 10 Lances

GN - Corps Guerre Navale: 99 Lances, 3 HQ; 24 Guards, 8 Vanguards, 4 Divisions
790,000 Personnel. 316.8 Billion NSD per Annum (Surface Warfare) 49.1%

GA - Corps Guerre Aéronavale: 66 Lances, 2 HQ; 16 Guards, 4 Vanguards, 2 Divisions
528,000 Personnel. 211.2 Billion NSD per Annum (Naval Aviation) 32.67%

SM - Corps Guerre Sous-Marine: 27 Lances, 3 HQ; 6 Guards, 2 Vanguards
216,000 Personnel. 86.4 Billion NSD per Annum (Submarine Warfare) 13.37%

AN - Corps Attaque Nucléaire: 10 Lances, 2 HQ; 2 Guards, 1 Vanguard
80,000 Personnel. 32 Billion NSD per Annum (Nuclear Warfare) 4.95%
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The Marquesan Gendarmerie.

Postby Marquesan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:21 am

*The Marquesan Gendarmerie.*
Marquesan Union Armed Forces.
I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV & XVI Corps.



Overview.
The Marquesan Gendarmerie is the branch of the national government responsible for the maintenance of order and defense of fourteen domestic prefectures, the island of Pandora and the capital district, Nuku Hiva. It serves the role of maintaining law and order and responding to emergencies, providing for emergency fire, medical and human services. The Gendarmerie is a primary branch of the Union Armed Forces and all members of the Gendarmerie are enlisted from among the UAF's ranks. There are sixteen Corps in the Gendarmerie, giving a strength of 20,480,000 Gendarmes. The Gendarmerie is primarily an organization of peace officers; regular beats in smaller cities are often carried traditionally out on foot while larger cities rely on the Gendarmes for emergency response by vehicle. Because the Gendarmerie is a standardized branch of the UAF, it is military-equipped, military-trained and operated as such. The Marquesan Gendarmerie uses larger, light-armored vehicles than is typical of police forces, however part of the MG's role is defense of borders, islands and coastlines, so the Gendarmerie maintains usage of the Sobek-Class Corvette, Sarissa bomber and the Hoplite Interceptor. The Marquesan Gendarmerie works closely with ELI to perform high-risk missions, and is considered to be among the most elite police forces in the world.
Doctrine.
A Gendarmerie Corps is organized under the standardized UAF unit structure, but operates functionally in much smaller precincts, usually by Lances. A Gendarmerie Lance is a unit of 4,000 Gendarmes; each Corps contains 320 Lances. This translates to roughly one Gendarme for every 280 Marquesan citizens. The Gendarmerie is a peace-officer centric organization, with a focus on serving the public needs and maintaining civil order. Where the need for a more law-enforcement centric doctrine arises, the Gendarmerie may also call upon MELI for assistance in intense situations such as hostage or crisis negotiation, disaster recovery, etc. Domestic engineering is often carried out by the Gendarmerie in coalition with specialist civilian, ELI or AMU collaboration to build or maintain public works. Emergency fire and medical care is also carried out by the Gendarmerie throughout the Shogunate.
Vessels, Vehicles & Aircraft.
The Marquesan Gendarmerie utilizes several aircraft, vehicles and vessels specially designed for the roles these units must perform. While Gendarmerie ground vehicles, by and large are not armed and are optimized for civilian usage, all UAF vehicles provide at least minimum levels of protection from small arms fire and mine blasts. While these vehicles are heavier than standard police "cruisers" used in other countries, Gendarmerie vehicles are designed to be competent in rugged or unimproved terrain and can also be remarkably fast. The "Sobek" Class Corvette is a vessel designed for protection of shallow coastal waters and interdiction, though it is not necessarily a main-line combat vessel while "Nightshade" class Fire Support Cutters are designed for close-in brown water and riverine fighting. Their shallow draught means that Sobeks and Nightshades can negotiate shallow water with aplomb and are well-suited to coastal interdiction. The Gendarmerie relies largely on its fleet of Warden-class ACV's for defense of Marquesan airspace and monitoring of its borders, however it also maintains a fleet of fixed wing interceptors and intercontinental-range strike bombers to perform interdiction and coastal defense roles. The Sarissa bomber, in use with the Gendarmerie is well-suited to long endurance missions and is a highly effective aircraft for patrol of Marquesan skies and huge swaths of open ocean. Other support vehicles and aircraft are utilized by the Gendarmerie in its mission to support, protect and defend Marquesan citizenry, land, water and airspace.

A special Air Defense Division of the Marquesan Gendarmerie patrols domestic coastlines with a fleet of 5,600 Type-620 "Boreas" Missile Carrier Variant, Cavalry Fighting Vehicles. These 8x8 wheeled vehicles are heavily armored and each carry eight "Tachi" Surface-To-Air Missiles, designed to lock on and intercept hostile aircraft entering Marquesan airspace. The AD section of the Gendarmerie is totally autonomous and operates secure, encrypted link channels to network with ground, air and sea-based sensor networks to interrogate and classify all air traffic entering Marquesan controlled areas. ADD is primarily responsible for communicating with civilian and military air traffic and guiding such traffic to their desired destination. ADD operates a network of radar observation and tracking stations along with Air Traffic Control centers and towers throughout Marquesan lands in addition to their defense mission.

Each Lance of the Marquesan Gendarmerie is organized as follows:
Vessels & Aircraft:
04 http://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=263680&p=16813935#p16813935 "Nightshade" Fire-Support Cutters.
02 Type-105 "Sobek" Class Corvettes.
04 Type-88 "Warden" Airborne Command Vessels.
80 Type-98 "Fury" Autonomous Combat Observation Vehicles.

10 Type-51 "Headhunter" Strike Fighter/Interceptors.
10 Type-11 "Wraith" Utility Tiltrotors.
04 Type-62 "Corcoran" Utility Lift Helicopters.

05 Type-38 "Thanatos" First Strike Bombers.
10 Type-37 "Sarissa" Strike Bombers.
20 Type-55 "Spitfire" Multirole Fighters.
12 Type-40 "Dagger" Common Support Aircraft.
04 Silent Dagger AEW&C Variants.
04 Blood Dagger Airborne Refueling Variants.
04 Steel Dagger Light Cargo Aircraft.

Ground Vehicles:
50Type-620 "Boreas" CFV-B Missile Carrier Variants.
100 Type-651 "Minerva" Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns.
500 Type-640 "Nyx" Personnel Transport Vehicles.
3,000 Type-660 "Helios" Rapid Response Vehicles.
290 Type-670 "Morpheus" Logistics Vehicles.
Fire Apparatus, Water: 60 Each.
Fire Apparatus, Foam: 60 Each.
Road Train Variant: 50 Each.
Bobtail Variant: 40 Each.
Flatbed Variant: 40 Each.
Mobile Crane Variant: 10 Each.
Hazardous Response Variant: 10 Each.
Engineering Variant: 10 Each.
Fuel Support Variant: 10 Each.

DDR - Défense du Royaume (Defense of the Realm)
Citoyen Soldats (200K per) 26.71% of Defense Budget
Command Budget: 657,600,000,000.00 NSD per Annum
Personnel: 3,288,000 (450 Lances, 10 Divisions)
Administrative: 160,000 Personnel, 20 Lances

GU - Gendarmes Urbaine: 185 Lances, 5 HQ; 36 Guards, 9 Vanguards, 3 Divisions
1,168,000 Personnel. 233.6 Billion NSD per Annum (Metropolitan Police) 41.2%

APF - L'Arrière-Pays et les Frontières: 107 Lances, 7 HQ; 20 Guards, 4 Vanguards, 2 Divisions
856,000 Personnel. 171.2 Billion NSD per Annum (Wilderness & Boundaries Defense) 23.78%

GN - Gendarmes Navale: 68 Lances, 3 HQ; 16 Guards, 4 Vanguards, 2 Divisions
544,000 Personnel. 108.8 Billion NSD per Annum (Maritime Defense) 15.1%

GA - Gendarmes Aéroportée: 68 Lances, 3 HQ; 16 Guards, 4 Vanguards, 2 Divisions
544,000 Personnel. 108.8 Billion NSD per Annum (Airspace Defense) 15.1%

GI - Gendarmes de l'Information: 22 Lances, 2 HQ; 4 Guards, 2 Vanguards, 1 Division
176,000 Personnel. 35.2 Billion NSD per Annum (Information Defense) 4.8%
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The Army of the Marquesan Union.

Postby Marquesan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:22 am

*The Army of the Marquesan Union.*
Marquesan Union Armed Forces.
Airmobile Cavalry Branch.
Armored Cavalry Branch.
Army Engineering Branch.



Overview.
The Marquesan Army is the largest single branch of the UAF at sixteen Corps, or 20,480,000 Operators. The Army is divided into three major branches, each of which highly specialized vehicles and sophisticated doctrinal policies. The Airmobile Cavalry branch focuses on rapid deployment with fast wheeled armor and concentrates on ultra-rapid maneuver tactics. AMC (Airmobile Cavalry) makes extensive use of tiltrotor and airship transport to deploy wheeled armor and heavy infantry quickly with a minimum of logistics footprint. The ARC, or Armored Cavalry concentrates on fast tracked armor to provide a hard fist to pair with the AMC's spearpoint. The Army Engineers are sapper units that travel with the Army and also maintain independent presences inside the Union, helping civilian contractors to plan and construct infrastructure and other projects. The Marquesan Army is divided with six UAF Corps apiece for AMC and ARC and four for the AEB, each branch having unique and specialized vehicles and doctrinal requirements.
Combined Arms Doctrine.
Marquesan Army units in the field will often collaborate and base together to ease logistics. This means that, in general, two Lances of the AMC, two Lances of the ARC and one lance of AEB will build their Forward Operations Centers together, enhancing the defensive/offensive posture of the five Lances as a whole, which form a small container city of roughly 40,000 personnel. This doctrine means that AMC and ARC units can collaborate more closely and move as cohesive fighting units. Combined Arms FOC's are often given a name to more easily identify them to air and ground assets moving in and out of the area to support the forces on the ground, such as CAFOC "Dragon." Such a position projects a very wide sphere of influence and will very often include improvised runways and numerous helicopter or tiltrotor landing sites to facilitate refueling, rearming, maintenance and the convergence of supplies, personnel and equipment into the CAFOC. Where applicable, a CAFOC may also include units from any of the other three branches of the UAF, such as the Union Expeditionary Command, the Marquesan Gendarmerie or ELI as the situation may dictate.
Airmobile Cavalry Branch.
AMU's Airmobile Cavalry represents six UAF Corps or 7,680,000 Operators and is a devastatingly effective rapid strike force. With a primary focus on massive striking power and rapid movement, AMC is an apex predator for slower moving conventional fighting forces. AMC deploys primarily by airship and tiltrotor, using the Type-87 "Osiris" Strategic Dropship and the Type-15 "Reaper Tiltrotor Assault Transport to move mechanized infantry and light armor directly to the battlefield. AMC integrates tiltrotor, tiltfan and helicopter air support directly into its unit structure, ensuring that ground forces are never without close and powerful air support. Type-57 "Revenant" VTOL Interceptors and Type-64 "Whisper" Reconnaissance/Attack Helicopters travel deep into contested territory with the wheeled armor and escort Type-11 "Wraith" Light Utility Tiltrotors ferrying critical supplies and personnel back and forth from the combat zone. Type-88 "Warden" Airborne Command Vehicles provide persistent overwatch and drone attack support, bringing to bear their powerful sensor suite to keep ground and close air forces perfectly coordinated.

Each Airmobile Cavalry Corps contains 160 Lances, deployable fighting units of 8,000 Operators. Each Lance is a complete unit unto itself, capable of complete self-sufficiency on a battlefield with its own autonomous Forward Operations Center, containing enough supplies and equipment to remain unsupplied for two full weeks and project completely dominant combat power in a 500 km radius. Networks of multiple Lances with FOC's can be moved directly from secured posts in territorial Marquesan on 24 hours of notice using airships to transport ground equipment, operators and vehicles while aircraft can either ferry directly from their bases or join their lances from deployed REC Battle Groups on extremely short notice. Each Lance has its own Table of Equipment, which is described below:

Ground Vehicles: 430 Per Lance.
010Type-620, "Boreas" CFV-B Missile Carrier Variants.
020Type-651, "Minerva" Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns.
050Type-725, "Orcus" Infantry Tank Destroyers.
080Type-640, "Nyx" Personnel Transport Vehicles.
120Type-620, "Boreas" Cavalry Fighting Vehicles.
150Type-630, "Mithras" Fast Attack Vehicles.

Close Air Support: 45 Aircraft Per Lance.
005Type-64, "Whisper" Reconnaissance/Attack Helicopters.
005Type-57, "Revenant" VTOL Interceptors.
005Type-55, "Spitfire" Multirole Fighters.
010Type-15, "Reaper" Tiltrotor Assault Transports.
020Type-11, "Wraith" Light Utility Tiltrotors.

Logistics & Support: 7 Airships, 40 Drones Per Lance.
002Type-88, "Warden" Airborne Command Vehicles.
005Type-87, "Osiris" Strategic Dropships.
40Type-98, "Fury" Autonomous Combat Observation Vehicles.
Armored Cavalry Branch.
The Armored Cavalry Branch of the Marquesan Army represents six UAF Corps, or 7,680,000 Operators and is a fearsome fighting force. ARC uses heavy armored vehicles designed specifically for maneuver-centric doctrine. While well armed and extensively armored with the latest technological advances, ARC's tracked and wheeled armor is designed for speed and holds a significant horsepower and drivetrain/suspension quality advantage over other nations competing vehicles. The primary focus of the Armored Cavalry is providing an extremely powerful and potent armored force that punches well above its weight. ARC has six corps, each of which contains 160 Lances of 8,000 Operators each. Each Lance is a self-sufficient fighting unit which deploys usually from Charon-class vehicle carrier ships owned by the UEC and, with their significant advantages in terms of range and outright speed, can move rapidly across unimproved terrain to meet AMC units in the field. ARC utilizes the Type-66 "Hellcat" Hunter/Killer Gunship as its primary means of supporting armored Lances in-theater; the Hellcat is a unique and heavily-armored attack helicopter with the ability to directly assault enemy armor and cut down huge numbers of enemy tanks. In numbers, Hellcats can wipe out swarms of enemy armor and in combination with the heavy guns of the Type-745 "Shiva" Heavy Tanks and Type-755 "Chimera" Main Battle Tanks, ARC units have a reputation for knocking out whole armored brigades of inferior tanks with alarming speed.

ARC also maintains Fire Support vehicles, the Type-775 "Uriel" Rocket Artillery Tank and the Type-650 "Oroshi" Self-Propelled Howitzer. These two vehicles can stand off great distances from the battlefield and rain down death on huge areas. The Uriel's "Long Lance" rockets carry thermobaric cluster warheads which, when detonating over an area, create a network of blast waves that tear most any armored vehicle apart and crush enemy infantry out in the open with pressure. The 160mm revolving gun of a single Oroshi is capable of replacing an entire battery of conventionally-loaded artillery. An ARC Lance combines these two tactics into a deadly combination of speed, agility and brute firepower, making Marquesan armor both feared and respected throughout the region and the world. An Armored Cavalry Lance has its own Table of Equipment, which is described below:

Tracked Armor: 190 Tanks Per Lance.
020Type-745, "Shiva" Heavy Tanks.
040Type-755, "Chimera" Main Battle Tanks.
130Type-735, "Kraken" Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

Fire Support: 30 Tracked, 100 Wheeled, 65 Aircraft Per Lance.
010Type-620, "Boreas" CFV-B Missile Carrier Variants.
020Type-651, "Minerva" Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns.
030Type-775, "Uriel" Rocket Artillery, Tracked.
070Type-650, "Oroshi" Self-Propelled Howitzers.

005Type-55, "Spitfire" Multirole Fighters.
005Type-66, "Hellcat" Hunter/Killer Gunships.
010Type-11, "Wraith" Light Utility Tiltrotors.
Army Engineering Branch.
The Army Engineers are comprised of four UAF Corps, or 5,120,000 Operators. These units, while not combat oriented specifically, focus on tasks essential to combat operations. Mining, roadbuilding, earthworks construction, area denial, demolitions, bridgelaying, mine clearing, transport of supplies, fuel and equipment, planning, construction and maintenance of operational bases, waypoints, outposts and checkpoints, quartermaster duties and running of field hospitals all fall under the duties of AEB. Designed to be mobile and comprehensive, the four Corps of the AEB are made up of 160 self-contained Lances, which in addition to their vehicles, carry all the equipment needed to establish self-contained outposts with food, power, ammunition, medical facilities, housing, communications and defensive equipment. AEB operates a wide variety of equipment relevant to various missions they may be tasked to do. Each Lance has its own Table of Equipment, which is as follows:
Airborne Assets: 20 Airships, 125 Aircraft Per Lance.
005Type-87, "Osiris" Strategic Dropships.
010Type-15, "Reaper" Tiltrotor Assault Transports.
020Type-11, "Wraith" Light Utility Tiltrotors.
010Type-62, "Corcoran" Utility Lift Helicopters.

Ground Vehicles: 1,050 Per Lance.
100Type-640, "Nyx" Personnel Transport Vehicles.
200Type-660, "Helios" Rapid Response Vehicles.
230Type-735, "Kraken" Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
040-735D, Heavy Bridging Vehicles.
090-735B, Assault Breaching Vehicles.
100-735C, Armored Recovery Vehicles.

470Type-670, "Morpheus" Wheeled Logistics Vehicles.
010-670C, Mobile Crane Variants.
020-670D, Fire Apparatus, Water.
020-670E, Fire Apparatus, Foam.
020-670F, Hazardous Response Variants.
050-670G, Engineering Variants.
050-670A, Bobtail Variants.
050-670I, Road Train Variants.
100-670B, Flatbed Variants.
200-670H, Fuel Support Variants.

CGT - Commande de Guerre Terrestre (Ground Warfare Command)
Soldats Regulaire (400K per) 33.37% of Defense Budget
Command Budget: 835,200,000,000.00 NSD per Annum
Personnel: 2,088,000 (261 Lances)
Administrative: 72,000, 9 Lances

CB - Corps Cavalerie Blindée: 110 Lances, 2 HQ; 27 Guards, 9 Vanguards, 3 Divisions
880,000 Personnel. 352 Billion NSD per Annum (Armored Cavalry) 42.16%

CA - Corps Cavalerie Aéroportée: 75 Lances, 3 HQ; 18 Guards, 6 Vanguards, 2 Divisions
600,000 Personnel. 240 Billion NSD per Annum (Airmobile Cavalry) 28.74%

AF - Corps Artillerie de Fusée: 38 Lances, 2 HQ; 9 Guards, 3 Vanguards, 1 Division
304,000 Personnel. 121.6 Billion NSD per Annum (Rocket Artillery) 14.55%

ILS - Infanterie Légère Spéciale: 38 Lances, 2 HQ; 9 Guards, 3 Vanguards, 1 Division
304,000 Personnel. 121.6 Billion NSD per Annum (Elite Light Infantry) 14.55%
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The National Domestic Reserve.

Postby Marquesan » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:22 am

*The National Domestic Reserve.*
Marquesan Union Armed Forces.
Royal Partisan Auxiliary.
Civil Defense Initiative.



Overview.
The National Domestic Reserve is a branch of the Union Armed Forces classified as an auxiliary. The NDR is a composite of both uniformed reservists called Irregulars and civilian volunteer militia. Comprising the uniformed branch, the National Partisan Auxiliary are sixteen Corps, giving a uniformed strength of 20,480,000 Irregulars. The non-uniformed branch of the NDR is the Civil Defense Initiative, or CDI, comprised of sixty four Corps, with a total strength of 81,920,000 civilian militia. The NDR is technically subordinate to the Marquesan Gendarmerie, as both are technically employed in the defense of Marquesan lands and possessions at home and abroad, however it is funded and staffed independently. Search And Rescue missions are most often carried out by NDR forces due to their training and dispersion throughout the country's many localities. Unlike full-time uniformed members of the active branches of the Union Armed Forces, NDR Operators do not reside on military bases and rather live and work as civilians, very often working in civil government positions which favor their experience and can arrange for their regular military duties. The NDR receives 6.9 trillion Aureus in funding per annum, which is used to fund pay and operations of the 80 NPA and CDI corps.
Facilities, Vehicles, Vessels & Aircraft.
Equipment, vehicles, vessels and aircraft that have been retired or decommissioned by the Active component UAF is very often purchased by the NDR for use as most such equipment has a long lifespan even after the UAF has transitioned or replaced these items. NDR Facilities tend to be much smaller than UAF posts and are distributed throughout the country, especially in rural areas. This allows NDR units to train much closer to where their forces actually live and work, lending to their ability to respond quickly in the event of an emergency. NDR facilities are often located along airports or small seaports, in strategically-important locations such as mountain passes or prominent hills, or near strategically-important locations such as power plants, mines, major route intersections or border crossings. A great many NDR outposts exist in remote or austere locations where personnel trained in emergency response, paramedicine or search and rescue are often employed in emergency response missions.
Doctrine.
A corps of the National Partisan Auxiliary is organized under the standardized UAF unit structure, but operates only on a part-time basis. On a rotating basis, members of the NPA are called up to work for certain periods of time in their trained specialty. These work periods may vary in duration or in location as required by the unit and members of the NPA may work concurrently with members of the active UAF Regular branches or Civil Defense Initiative to complete their tasks. NDR is functionally subordinate to the Marquesan Gendarmerie in that members of CDI or NPA may be called on to perform some police duties, however in time of great national duress such as a general invasion of Marquesan territory, NDR units fall under Marquesan Army command and may be deployed to reinforce Army units as-needed.
National Partisan Auxiliary.
The National Partisan Auxiliary represents sixteen Corps or 20,480,000 Operators. Because entrance standards for full-time branches of the UAF are limited, many Conscription Selectees that would otherwise have been enlisted in the Active component UAF are unable to serve due to maximum enlistment numbers being met. For these selectees who would otherwise be on a contracted waiting list and for full-time UAF operators who are unable to continue to serve in the full-time services due to a personal commitment after their original enlistment, the National Partisan Auxiliary is an available option. Units of the NPA focus in training and in structure on irregular, asymmetric warfare. Combat training focuses on distance rifle marksmanship and counterterrorism/counterinsurgency tactics, along with large-scale crowd control, internal armed conflicts, safeguarding of important secure facilities, local defense and rear-area security. National Partisan Auxiliary Irregulars attend a one-week Battle Assembly with their assigned units monthly in which training and administrative tasks are conducted. These operators are paid at 1/4 the rate of their rank in a full-time position but serve only 1/4 the time, allowing them to conduct themselves as civilians. NPA soldiers receive the full benefit package of an UAF Regular, while NPA units do not have the "Native Born / Native Parent" restriction of UAF Regular units, therefore allowing a Marquesan resident who is not native-born or born to native parents to hold high rank in the NPA.
Civil Defense Initiative.
CDI represents sixty four Corps, or 81,920,000 Operators. The Civil Defense Initiative, the second branch of the National Domestic Reserve is a civilian volunteer organization, often comprised of former UAF Operators who have retired, or regular Marquesan Citizens and Residents who are too young, too old, or do not meet minimum standards to join either the National Partisan Auxiliary or any of the active branches of the UAF. CDI Units are considered paramilitary forces, with many CDI programs such as youth martial organizations, marksmanship clubs, survival clubs, civil air patrol organizations and amateur radio operator clubs conducted throughout the country. CDI plays a vital role in community policing, with CDI volunteers often having basic police responsibilities, even so far as making arrests as-needed. CDI, while not considered part of the Union Armed Forces generally, trains to defend the country against overwhelming general invasion and simultaneously serves many important roles throughout the country. CDI units attend a three week long Battle Assembly annually in the summer which focuses on survival, emergency response, combat first aid, marksmanship and asymmetric warfare. CDI members are paid 1/16 the regular pay for their assigned UAF rank, which is earned commensurate to years of service. CDI units are administered by members of the NPA, with NPA and CDI units often training concurrently and sharing facilities, vehicles and other equipment.

CDM - Commande de Mouvement (Movement Command)
Soldats Regulaire (400K per) 8.297% of Defense Budget
Command Budget: 204,800,000,000.00 NSD per Annum
Personnel: 512,000 (64 Lances)
Administrative: 88,000, 11 Lances

LS - Corps Logistique au Sol: 19 Lances, 1 HQ; 6 Guards, 2 Vanguards
152,000 Personnel. 60.8 Billion NSD per Annum (Ground Logistics) 29.85%

LA - Corps Logistique Aéroportée: 19 Lances, 1 HQ; 6 Guards, 2 Vanguards
152,000 Personnel. 60.8 Billion NSD per Annum (Strategic Airlift) 29.85%

LN - Corps Logistique Navale: 19 Lances, 1 HQ; 6 Guards, 2 Vanguards
152,000 Personnel. 60.8 Billion NSD per Annum (Strategic Sealift) 29.85%

DA - Corps Découverte Aérospatiale: 7 Headquarters Lances
56,000 Personnel. 22.4 Billion NSD per Annum (Reserarch & Development) 10.45%
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