We will stagnate as a civilization if we continue to stagnate as a society! From our ancient wayfinding ancestors to now, we are a people that yearn to be free by nature; if we fail to liberate ourselves from tyranny, we shall forever be subservient to those peoples who soared past us because they were not shackled to the ground!

- Mikos Saladot, founder of the modern Republic

The Bunsen Grox Republic (commonly abbreviated to BGR or the Bunsen Grox, or occasionally alternately referred to as The Bunsen Core) is a federal republic situated in the Core Sector of the Bunsen Galaxy. A people fiercely committed to peace, prosperity, and progress for all, the Bunsen Grox are in many ways the polar opposites of their ancestors, the Grox Empire. Commanding one of the galaxy's most powerful economies and a great nexus of galactic science and research, the Republic is often considered to be one of the most successful nations of Bunsen without extensive intergalactic contact and has often been compared with the Tybusen Intergalactic Allied Federation within the galaxy, an impressive feat for any Bunsen nation living in the shadow of the TIAF.

One of the oldest species to inhabit the galaxy, the original Bunsen Grox arrived in the galaxy over 500 million years ago as exiled Grox, cast out of the empire for their more democratic and libertarian values. They quickly established a 2,400 system-strong empire in the Galactic Core region and were one of the lone great powers of the Galaxy until fairly recently. The Bunsen Grox were present for both generations of galactic powers, being an important mediator for the Old Powers prior to the outbreak of the Terran-Vossk War. Prior to the New Powers Era, the Bunsen Grox fell prey to a nationalist movement that turned into a coup, transforming the Republic into a repressive imperialist Empire. The Empire would reign until the end of the First Bunsen War, where Mikos Saladot's republican movement restored democracy to the Core and the Republic returned to re-assume its position among the galaxy's finest.

History Edit

The Bunsen Grox are the oldest civilization to inhabit the galaxy (albeit not the oldest native civilization), having a history of over 500 million years and preceding the first major native Bunsen civilization by nearly 250 million years. Turmoil and revolution have been recurring themes throughout Bunsen Grox history, the modern Bunsen Grox Republic having been born from a revolution itself.

Origins Edit

The original Bunsen Grox Republic was founded by exiled Grox from the Milky Way 500 million years ago, having been ejected from the Grox Empire for holding republican and liberal ideals and rebelling against the group mind. The reason as to why the founders of the Republic had been sentenced to exile as opposed to death has been lost to history, but many modern historians believe the Empire wanted to make an example out of the Republic. Bunsen at the time was known as a dead galaxy, having never supported any sentient life in its 13 billion years of existence up until that point and believed to be so barren and devoid of resources that not even a Grox civilization could thrive in its core.

The founders settled five planets in close proximity to the Galactic Core of Bunsen: Calrino, Coumarin, Ambrette, Hestowe, and Souterica - one for each of the galaxy's five arms. They decided to choose Calrino, the planet facing the Almari Arm, as their new capital and homeworld. While many people have come up with mystical or romantic reasons for this decision, the actual reason was that Calrino was determined to have the greatest potential for supporting a Bunsen Grox population based on an analysis of the five core worlds of the new Republic.

Construction of the Republic Edit

Over a few millenia, the Five Core Stars (as they came to be known) developed into robust, well-interconnected worlds, greatly helped by the advanced automatic technology the founders had managed to bring along with them during the migration to Bunsen. The five worlds had remained united and little threat was posed by any outside force. With the Core Stars now secure and prosperous, the descendants of the founders began to implement a mass colonization program to expand the Republic and ensure maximum utilization of the Core's radiation (radiation emitted from the Galactic Core that is harmful to most of the Galaxy's life but beneficial to Grox-like species). This program, called the Core Reclamation Program, was divided into three stages: Project Sina, Project Cosina, and Project Tangenta. Each Project would involve the mass colonization of rings of territory throughout the Core region, with each ring being insulated by a wall of fortress worlds on its exterior after completion. The first expansion, Project Sina, which called for the consolidation of the sphere of territory surrounding the Core Stars, began as soon as the population was able to sustain it, creating a powerful industrial base for the Republic in the most irradiated part of the galaxy.

The Sina colonization and construction of the fortress worlds would take over 50 million years to fully complete. The second half of the Sina project became wrought with public doubts over the necessity of the fortress worlds, seeing as there were no known sentient races in the galaxy, let alone one that could threaten the Bunsen Grox. Government officials urged the public to think towards the future, where there could be other powerful inhabitants of the galaxy with the potential to quickly wipe out the Republic without impenetrable defenses on the Republic's side. Eventually, Sina was completed to much fanfare and the Republic enjoyed a short golden age of optimism and pride while preparations were being made for the much more daunting task of settling the Cosina ring.

Cosina Project and Disaster Edit

The Cosina Project began within a few decades of Sina's completion. Eager and optimistic youth signed up in large numbers at the project's beginning, excited to take part in the colonization that their ancestors had taken part in. The project organizers predicted the project would be complete in 100 million years based on the initial expansion rate. However, many factors would change that. Firstly, it would become clear after the first few hundred Cosina worlds were settled that the project was going to take much longer than the initially-expected 100 million years even if the exceptional recruitment rate of the beginning years was kept up. The revelation put a drag on public morale and started to gain Cosina unusually early detractors. Secondly, many of the worlds in the Cosina ring were more facilitative of life, complicating colonization plans. The Bunsen Grox had become adapted to living on T0 or borderline T0 worlds and were not suited to life on non-hostile worlds. Two options were presented at this point: terraform the worlds, or modify the biology of the entire Bunsen Grox race to be more suited for inhabitable worlds. The initial choice was terraforming, as the species-wide modification was viewed as impractical and unnecessary, though as terraforming projects dragged on in Cosina, it became clear that grooming every world in Cosina for Bunsen Grox colonization would extend the Cosina Project even longer.

The Cosina Project soon ground to a halt when disaster struck within Sina approximately 100 million years after Sina's completion. An unusually intense radiation burst from the Galactic Core was released into the galaxy, wreaking havoc on Sina worlds that were unfortunate enough to get caught in the line of fire. While the Bunsen Grox themselves were able to resist the radiation influx, their technology was far more sensitive. Torosto and Hestowe, two of the largest worlds in Sina, were devastated by the burst, causing mass starvation and chaos when food production machines were sent spiraling into disarray and automated devices designed to keep order began creating confusion and disorder. Ships in orbit of Torosto and Hestowe were paralyzed by the burst, exacerbating the situation as ships from other worlds struggled to maneuver the blockades and debris fields. Torosto and Hestowe were eventually rescued and repaired, though not without heavy costs to their population.

Revolution and First Contact Edit

The Hestowe-Torosto Crisis sparked widespread fears about the vulnerabilities of the Sina interior and discussion about how automated the Republic had become. Automation had been the partial cause for the disaster that had paralyzed Hestowe and Torosto for a year and had left them rebuilding for almost centuries later. Fears that the Grox would return to reclaim the Bunsen Grox began to run wild, especially the idea that the Grox could easily infiltrate the Republic and cause another disaster on the scale of Hestowe-Torosto. The fears and thoughts would soon coalesce into a new ideology and start an ideological revolution in the Republic. The Core Liberation, as it was named, called for decreased dependence on automated technology and machines and the introduction of contingency plans in the Republic in case of a massive technological failure like the one that had struck Hestowe and Torosto. They also became strong supporters of the Biological Differentiation Plan, which had begun as the "species-wide modification" option in the decisions on how to approach the Cosina Project, and had evolved into a nationalist rallying point that would demonstrate the Bunsen Grox's independence from their vile Grox ancestors. The friction between traditionalists, called Originists, and Liberationists would eventually become too great and would cause a civil war within Sina, with the residents of Cosina often taking sides but rarely acting on those loyalties. Eventually, the Liberationists would be victorious after a 50 million-year war and the Biological Differentiation Plan was put into effect, eventually reworking the entire Bunsen Grox genome into its modern form after 25 million years.

Cosina's development resumed after the Differentiation Plan had progressed to the point of widespread implementation, 10 million years after the end of the Liberation Civil War. The Republic Recon Corps was also formed to start exploring the galaxy and see whether intelligent life had spawned in the galaxy during the Republic's 250 million years of inhabiting the galaxy, using the established Cosina worlds as their starting points. The Recon Corps soon began venturing outside of the Core, where the Differentiation Plan began to show its effects as the explorers were able to survey even lush T3 worlds without much trouble. However, for millions of years, little progress was made in terms of finding intelligent spacefaring life. 50 million years of searching eventually yielded results in the Almari Arm, though. The Greys of planet Greylon, one of the first nonsentient lifeforms in the galaxy, had finally achieved space travel and now had a fledgling empire in the Sola Sector of Almari. Eager to finally have an intelligent neighbor and wanting to approach aliens differently from their xenophobic ancestors, the Bunsen Grox became friendly with the Greys, becoming their close allies for hundreds of millions of years to come and their first test in foreign relations as more and more sentient species began to populate the galaxy.

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Government Edit

Astrography Edit

The Bunsen Grox lay claim to the entirety of the Bunsen Galaxy's Core Sector, inhabiting 100,000 of those star systems and owning potentially hundreds of thousands more. While they are less spread out than Bunsen's local superpower, the TIAF, and have significant populations on fewer worlds than the TIAF, they are far more densely packed and in fact inhabit more worlds in the Galaxy than the TIAF itself. In addition, a large number of those worlds are very well-developed thanks to age, though wars of the past have often taken their toll. Outside of research posts and utility outposts, the Bunsen Grox own no territory outside of the Bunsen Galaxy.

There are two widely-used ways to organize the Bunsen Grox Republic's territories, which are referred to as the Spoke System and the Sina System. The Spoke System divides the Republic into six sections, the Core Radial at the center of the Republic and five Core Rim Radials fanning out from the Core Radial, meeting the five galactic arms where they emerge from the Core. The Sina System divides the Republic into three rings based on the old Core Reclamation Program, the Sina Ring in the heart of the Republic, the Tangenta Ring on the borders of the Republic's territory, and the Cosina Ring in between Sina and Tangenta. The Sina System was used throughout the Republic's history until the Imperial era, where the Spoke System came into use. The modern Republic uses a combination of the systems, though it officially leans more towards the Spoke System.

Member Species Edit

Military Edit

Technology Edit

Relations Edit

Allies Edit

Green faceThe Core honors its commitments, always.

Friends Edit

Blue faceWe are happy to operate together on friendly terms.

  • None

Neutral Edit

Yellow facePlay your hand and we shall show you ours.

  • Vespan Federation of Planets - Many of us just wish you would find a way to peacefully coexist.
  • French Empire - We hope for nothing but good cooperation, though we have no desire to join with your hegemony.

Disliked Edit

Orange facePatience is a virtue that should not be taken to its extremes.

  • Levisala Confederacy - The fact that the imperialists allied with you tells us enough.
  • Eldarisian Empire - Your intolerance derives from arrogance, an arrogance that would make you a dangerous power if left unchecked.

Enemies Edit

Red faceWe retain the martial knowledge of our disgraceful ancestors merely to deal with people like you.

  • None

Quotes Edit

I thought all Grox were evil xenophobic cyborgs. These are... non-evil non-xenophobic cyborgs?

- Captain Cheep

It's certainly an honor to have such close ties to such an ancient and venerable race.

- Captain Lorrelas

Friendly Grox? ...Whaaa?

- ???

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Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The original concept for the Bunsen Grox, at the start of the original First Bunsen War, was an imperialistic regime almost exactly like the actual Grox. Later, the Bunsen Grox Republic concept was created to make the Bunsen Grox more original, and the old Bunsen Grox concept was remade into the Bunsen Grox Empire phase of Bunsen Grox history.
  • The modern Bunsen Grox Republic is based primarily on modern Japan and Turkey.
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