“The citizens of this sublime porte shall be bound by a shared duty to the advancement of their common interest, defended by the republican order vested in their sovereignty through the government, unified by the common goals of survival and prosperity, secured in their liberty as the rightful inheritors of the mantle of the stars, and advanced under the banner of progress toward a humanity secure in peace and justice.”
- - Craterus, the Founder of the Ecumene's Democracy
The Sublime Ecumene is a the name given to the era of Triffid civilization which followed the start of the spacefaring era.
The Ecumene is a vast collection of species linked by a computer interface, which has been compared to a single organism with individuals performing the functions of cells. However, individuals do maintain distinct personalities to a degree, especially when traveling outside the territory of the Ecumene. However, this is not the only way in which the Triffids do not comprise a typical civilization. The solar system in which they originated is a “vagabond system” not tied bound in orbit of a single galaxy, but rather in transit between galaxies. For this reason, traditional interstellar colonization is mooted because of the vast distances between stars. The Ecumene is therefore centered around the use of wormholes to travel between different points in time, space, and the multiverse.
The Ecumene have effective control of transportation across five spatial dimensions plus time, and yet do not possess typical interstellar warp technology, and are not particularly inclined to develop it. Citizens typically only leave on private ventures, as there is no centralized foreign policy apparatus to interact with the wider Gigaquadrant. All contact with the First Gigaquadrant is limited to their way-station at Primus Portus, which is located in the Phradox Galaxy. The rest of their colonies are too remote in space and time to be easily located in relation to each other, and so they enjoy more-or-less perfect isolation from other civilizations.
History Editelder spirits, acolytes of the primordial god Illium, buried their dead on a barren world called Albion. These essential corpses spawned life on Albion, from which the triffids themselves evolved. Once they became civilized, the elder spirits returned to Albion and gave advanced technology to the triffids in exchange for worship and sacrifices. This led to a population explosion, which underwrote the colonization of the solar system over the next century. During the mythic period, triffid civilization was ruled by their gods, who bestowed further gifts of Essence upon their subjects. However, according to the traditional narrative, the triffids were not yet worthy of possessing such powers, and many among them sought to displace their erstwhile masters. This led to a series of disastrous wars that saw the triffids undergo a great diaspora from Albion to their new homeworld, Publicanos. Thereafter, they were planet-bound once more and relegated to a simple tribal existence.
It is at this point that the mythic period ends and a more realistic historical narrative begins. The advanced artifacts left on Publicanos by an ancient civilization meant that the triffids became spacefaring again only a few centuries later. This was followed by a long period of colonization which saw the various planets in the Arachosia system colonized by the emerging nation-states of triffid civilization. These nations gradually coalesced into much larger entities that vied for dominance both on Publicanos and in the wider solar system. The end result of this gradual escalation was the "Great Astromachy", which saw the most powerful of the triffid states, the Salvian Federation, emerge from a destructive civil war to conquer the entire solar system from its rivals. This was accomplished through the rule of the last god-king of the Ecumene, Atamolos. Atamolos was among the most powerful of the elder spirits, and the only one who had remained with the triffids after the primordial wars as their guide. He supposedly had two sons to which he left the whole of triffid civilization. Atamolos then underwent apotheosis and for several centuries the Ecumene was ruled by a diarchy of the two triffid royal houses, the Honorian and Arcadian dynasties.
After a long reign which eventually led to repeated abuses of power, the diarchy was overthrown and the modern Ecumene was established. The new democratic government of the triffids oversaw the colonization of their solar system, the development of megascale engineering, and eventually, the discovery and utilization of hyperspace wormholes to travel between vast distances in space and time. Once this had been mastered, first-contact became inevitable. A civilization called the Stellar Cordiality made first contact with the Ecumene, intending to colonize one of their outposts in the Phradox Galaxy, Primus Portus. This led to decades of intermittent warfare in what became know as the War of the Polemarchs. Once the Cordiality was finally destroyed in an open battle, they fled from the Ecumene, and their current whereabouts are unknown. This periodic warfare saw the strengthening of the Ecumene’s military and institutions before they finally became the dominant civilization within their sphere of influence. This saw a long series of wars with the spartiates, drakes, and other species, which eventually culminated in their subjugation within the Ecumene.
The Ecumene has only recently emerged into the sphere of Gigaquadrantic politics, and are skeptical and cautious of most foreigners to this day as a holdover from the War of the Polemarchs.
Birth Order and Citizenship EditAll Ecumene citizens enjoy several sacrosanct rights according to their constitution. These include the right to participate in the assemblies, the right to appeal the decision of any magistrate to a higher magistrate or assembly, the right to legal counsel, the right to own property, the right to live anywhere without losing their citizenship, the right to individual freedom even while under trial or investigation, the right to conduct contracts with other citizens, the right to have a legitimate will and to bequeath or accept inheritances, and the right to be free from individual violence. These rights collectively, are awarded to all citizens.
Religion Editancient texts, dated to have been written during the mythic period. Each of these texts varies slightly in their accounts of the various myths and traditions, and each is held in trust by a separate priesthood, although each of these priesthoods is nominally subordinate to the Assembly of the Pontiffs.
- Main Article: Quantum Economy
Like most star-spanning civilizations, the Ecumene has transcended the finite and limited framework of market-based economics. Automation has reached an extent such that individual labor is almost completely unnecessary. All economic functions can be undertaken more efficiently by nano-fabrication technology and artificial intelligence, and thus almost all industries only involve biological agents at the highest levels.
Species Editarmed forces. Under these conditions, not all sophonts may necessarily participate in the active governance of the Ecumene, but they are eligible to join the armed forces, after which some additional rights are usually awarded.
Family Structure Edit
- Main Article: Constitution
Armed Forces Edit
- Main Article: Military
Branches of Government Edit
Federated States Edit
- See Also: Autonomous Governments
Foreign Relations Edit
- Main Article: Relationships
- Formal Alliance
- Non-Aggression Pact
- Embargoed or Sanctioned
- War Declared
- None as of now
Colonial Reach Edit
Arachosia System Edit
- See Also: Arachosia system
Triffid Nebula Edit
- See Also: Triffid Nebula
Extragalactic Colonies Edit
Multiverse Colonies Edit
- See Also: Wormholes
- The Ecumene is part of an extensive retcon of my old fiction, and will likely incorporate much of the old ideas into its lore.
- Their government is based heavily on the Roman Republic as well as other classical states like Sparta, Athens, and Achaemenid Persia. Much of the associated nomenclature is derived from classical Greek and Latin.
- I hope that this will be a more interesting and less derivative take on the "space empire" trope on the site (and in science fiction in general).
- I don't own most of the beautiful space pictures on this page.