“We stand against shadows, war-mongers, and violent heretics. We shall remain a bulwark of defense for our allies against any threat, no matter the cost!”
The Mirusian Theocratic Congregation, formerly known as the Greater Mirusian Church of Spode, is a massive nation of zealots and shamans alike, brought together from 2 mayor empires and various minor ones, but united by the fact many of their races had biological relations, and where creations of a mighty empire of the past. Separated for years, some of the genetic decedents gathered back to gather to form the mighty Congregation. Intending to protect all worshippers from militant atheïst and savage eretic alike, the Congregartion is as focused on military prowess as it is on diplomatic prowess. The Congregation, once a divided hegemony, has coalesced together into a major power, and a major member of the Unified Alliance of Enlightenment, and an important ally of several races, including the Mendel Pact, Waptoria Alliance, and various other cultures of the Alliance.
The Congregation still faces challenges, such as the aggression of the Leviathan Hive-Mind, who still despises them for destroying many of their servants, Tarmealox Hierarchy, who have aggressively expanded, despite the continued wars between the two, and other threats to the galaxy, which they have sworn to protect and guard, in honor of their Creators.
Regarded as the sleeping giant of the Mirus Galaxy, it takes much to rouse it's mighty armies, but once rallied, will lumber to any foe with speed that belies their size. Their mighty engines of war have the same sophistication and ability as their creators, and their combat prowess equals that of many other natives.
The Mirusian Spodist Church was is the fusion between the Brotherhood of Spode and the Unified Nations of Spode, created in the aftermath of the Enlightenment War. This new nation then became part of the Unified Alliance of Enlightenment. While it was difficult for the member races to integrate themselves together, in a number of years, the two soon learned to co-exist, opening their borders to one another, and allowing their colonies to intermingle, and even began colonizing worlds together.
The Church was later brought into the battle against the Drakodominatus Tyranny, alongside their allies. Learning of the destructive tendencies of the Tyranny, the Church joined their allies to battle the Tyranny, fighting against the abominations of the Tyranny, alongside the Mendel Pact and Waptoria Alliance of Species. Eager to face such terrors with their allies, the Church lead the fight alongside the Volver and Mendel, and face heavy causalities with them as they faced the Dominatus unleashed their horrid creations upon their enemies.
Realizing they needed a counter to the horrid effectiveness of the Overseers and other such things, the UAE began drawing up plans to create their own super-soldiers, which had been in development since the Alliance first encountered the Tyranny. With such a terrifying foe to fight, the UAE pushed their project to the fore-front, developing the Olympians for their purpose. Many Gardeili objected to the idea, as their species was a candidate for the project. They felt it dishonorable to alter the holy body they had been given. However, the UAE did find a number who supported the ideals of defeating the Tyranny, many seeing the sacrifice of their natural body as a means to achieve long-term survival for the Alliance and their people.
The Church was the first to answer the relief calls of the Waptoria during the Waptorian-Eldarisian War. The arrival of the large, armed relief fleet, coupled with the intervention of France, was enough to scare the Eldarisians off. This did not keep the relief fleet from doing it's work, as many were horrified by the aristocarties the Cutherians had comitted in the name of their god. Condemning Cuth as a demon, the warriors of Spode had to use every ounce of self-restraint to prevent them from bringing a holy war of retribution to Eldarisia, as the Waptoria were in a too great shock to do so at the moment. In the end, Eldarisia was forced to back down completely and repay the Waptoria, but the crusaders of Mirus kept their blades ready, just in case.
During the First War of the Mirusian Coalition, the Mirusian Spodist Church, alongside their allies, went to war with the Xonexi powers, eagerly awaiting war, similar to their allies in the Mendel Pact. Eager members of the Mirusian Coalition, the Greater Mirusian Church was one of the first fleets to muster to battle, and alongside Zarbania, helped open up one of the flanks of the Xonexi allies camped in Mirus.
Despite their eagerness for battle, the fleets of the Church where badly mangled, and many of their forces left disorganized and weakened from the fighting across Mirus. For the remainder of the Second War, the Chruch would allow their Mendel allies to take command of planetary garrisons until they could reorganize and refit their forces, which could not be done until the final battle with the Imperium of War.
The battle with the Imperium of War would prove disastrous for the Church of Spode. While maintaining their position, the GMSC held out against the War-Imperial onslaught as Mendel and Zarbanian forces arrived to help. However, when they heard that Matrukoris and many of the remaining Koatria Commandos where left on the planet, organized a fleet led by the high Prophet of Truth to seek it out and rescue it. After fighting through a small Brotherhood of Darklings fleet, they found the remaining Rogue Darklings, Grey Hunter Olympians and 3 remaining Koatria teams left, and rescued them, the High Prophet erecting a psychic shield to protect the fleet as it made it's way to Mendel territory, which was the closest by. This, however, left them open and many of their worlds overrun and forced to evacuate. As such, a massive number of refugees flooded Mendel, Persan, and, ironically enough, Zarbanian worlds, with their fleets only able to give slight support to Mendel and Zarbanian patrols until a liberation could be rallied. Even after, it took a long time for clean-up operations to fully commence. Many GMC soldiers took part in these clean-ups, eager to exact some form of revenge on the Imperium for the loss of their worlds and death of many of their family members.
The GMSC, military-wise, would go about rebuilding much of their lost fleets and ships, with recruitment rates going up, due to a patriot feeling in many young warriors who had lost much of their families and homes to war. GMSC Energy blades where later replicated by the Koatria to honor their sacrifice, and with the last of their 3 Holy Prophets dead, along with many others, the GMSC worried for the future of themselves and their alliance, some even doubting their role in the galaxy as Spode's chosen altogether. Lord Loda himself began to doubt his now sole leadership, seeking out members of the new generation to rule at his side. Their ties with the Waptoria Alliance of Species and Federation of Glory would also become closer, since both had gone trough simmilar ordeals, and had lost the most warriors and worlds to the Imperium.
The Gardeili would later partake in cross-training with Deutzalanian and Mendel warriors, joining them in their practice fields and barracks, in order to learn from them and get some knowledge from their military abilities. Ultimately, though not to the extent of the Mendel, many young warriors within the military, and elders within command and government, began to feel some ill will towards the Xonexi, holding especially Eldarisia responsible for the tragedy, even if their guilt in the matter was only slight at best. Unlike the Mendel, the Mirusian Church would not come to hate the Covenant of Mirus, but instead would become it's most ardent Mirus-native supporter. This is not to say the Church supports or even trust the Xonexi, quite the contrary. Despite their losses, the Church still sees itself is the central Spodist power is Mirus, and the moderator between it's various other religions. To have any other power infringe on this position, would, in their minds, be totally unacceptable. Ultimately, the Greater Mirusian Church sees the Covenant is first and foremost a tool to keep the Xonexi in check. If the Xonexi overtsep their bounderies, they shall be all too willing to use it's powers to kick them out. If not, then the Xonexi at least have shown they can use self-restraint.
Loda'Gadaam would later meet with the members of the Mirusian Triumvirate, saying that, while he knew of no such Triumvirate existing, if it did, he would give support to it in case of the Covenant's potential abuse.
Reformation into the Mirusian Theocratic Congregation Edit
The Greater Mirusian Church of Spode, after it's membership into the Covenant of Mirus, and the wars it had fought, was able to stabilize itself, to an extent, and find some measure of balance inside it's orders. Despite, it's leadership began to question if their role was truly one as a Spode-worshipping faction. As Loda and other statesmen had pointed out, their role had grown far past that, and now where known to protect other religious factions and groups, and try to find the peaceful solution to religious conflicts. With so many religions calling the Church home now, including Mendel Zaraturaism, Waptorian and Volver pantheons, and Avaruhiist Persan, it was now questioned if they where a true Spode-worshipping faction, especially when many minor military leaders and governors belonged to these minority religions, or where even atheist. Finally, the it was put up to vote whether they should maintain their Spodist roots, or branch out to symbolize the unity they had fostered in their borders to so many different religions. While it took many weeks, the Prophet Curia finally concluded that it would, hence forth, be known as the Mirusian Theocratic Congregation, though Spodism would remain it's central religion. Though many others would've questioned it, Loda, and many others like him, had come to believe perhaps all these religions where Spode in some way, or inspired by his presence, and that would be more wise to show tolerance to these faiths, and even accept their ideals on some level.
This did not site well with many more conservative members, who believed Loda and his kind had committed heresy on an unimaginable scale. These pagan religions where tolerated, and that was enough for them. So somehow think they where more important and equal to The One God was an insult beyond imagining. This, combined with their growing distaste of the Persan's creation of "Rabbit Holes", and Loda demanding his fellow lords show respect to them, and not call it witchcraft, lead to many beginning to move against Loda and his impure followers. Another cause of anger was from another sect, more pro-Covenant of Mirus, who showed utter disdain for his friendly, amicable stance towards the Mirusian Triumvirate, feeling his stance would cause further schism in Mirus. Their actions would lead to damnation and the wrath of Spode upon many, something none where willing to risk.
Following the work of The Divinarium's Autarch Supreme Phaunar Tansimael and Grand Spodist Church's Cleriarca Kazari Selfar had formed the great Uniate League, intending to unite the various Spodist successor and survivor states unite, in their own way, similar to the Church of Spode, but choosing to pursue the ideal of equals in Spode's Eye, rather then one lord claiming to hold his favor. The Hierarchs and councilors voted in great majority to join it when emissaries from the Divinarium and Spodist Church came to ask for their joining with them, the members of the MTC joining a group for the first time in perhaps thousands of centuries, since hte fall of the Church of Spode, when the Gardeili and Brotherhood leaders split from them in all but official word.
The Mirusian Theocratic Congregation quickly made it's way into the hierarchies and Synods of the League, gaining a major position within it's ranks, and making sure to ensure it's position was kept. Long ago, Mirus was forgotten and considered isolationist and forgotten by the other galaxies' powers. The MTC worked to ensure they could be respected and make the other empires know that Mirus could be as cultured and refined as the Andromedan and Tybunsen civilization. They chose Gardeili Priest-Magistrate, Kotr'Kalipiid to represent them as Hierarch on the Grand Synod.
Further, the Mirusian Theocratic Congregation sent several troops, scientists and civil administrators to the Lost World of Vendespode, devastated long ago, and helped greatly in repairing the damage and making it a center of buisness, religion and other important ideals to the Spodist states. They also provided troops and funding to the Uniate League's Order of the Golden Banner.
The members of the MTC saw the League as a chance to not only put their own state on the map, and to strengthen Spodist power in the First Gigaquadrant, but to also come close to recreating the glory of the Church of Spode, but under better tending and admisntration.
Culture is somewhat like it was before union, and members are still getting used to the fact they now have so many new neighbors. Gardeili, Cogneili, The Prophets of the Brotherhood, and the Tugian mostly lead the organization, with the Terniam and Targarous being not far behind in pecking order. The Congregation is a meritocracy, much like their close allies in the Mendel Pact, with promotion based off bravery, achievements and other factors rather then simple education and family ties. As such, to earn a command position, a student must study under the current holder of the title, until it is decided they are ready.
While "Holy War" is acceptable, the Theocratic Conclave that leads the MTC and it's members often try to find a way to negotiate before charging into battle. The Congregation is, almost strangely, mostly made up by followers of Spode and the God That Will Come, who live side by side. Indeed, the Congregation makes it it's goal to protect minor and small religions from harm and keep them from being wiped out by another, traveling from world to world, and commonly operating as peacekeepers and moderators between religious groups across the galaxy, and else where, not wishing to see violence be done, and that all can find peace, just as they and their brothers in the Mendel have found.
Despite these good intentions, the Congregation does not stand to see it's traditions altered. While accepting of all religions, they do not wish to see it alter their culture. While minor officials who identify with one of these religions are not uncommon, major ones are unheard of. The Congregation can stand much, especially the questioning of heretics or the ridicule of atheists, but it's complex belief system being slandered by another Spodist sect is usually one step too far. This is largely the result of their separation and distance from the original Church of Spode, causing them to develop a culture of Spodism largely unique and all their own, including a system of Angels and spirits derived from Gardeili and Targarous religions, for example. As such, while others view them as worshipping a Pantheon that is lead by Spode, they see it as Spode and his massagers most divine guiding them in life and in everyday worship. As stated above, they see themselves as the first and foremost religious power in Mirus, above any others, and see this as an important balance to be kept and maintained. Other Spodeist groups questioning their ways are a threat to this balance, and, with the Covenant of Mirus causing such change today, the Congregation does not wish for anymore of it to come to their shores, least it sunder their society in total.
Other factors in their culture include dailey worship, enjoying of fine foods and music, and other things most other theocracies enjoy.
The Congregation, while united by faith, blood and duty, is actually very insular. Every race maintains their own traditions involving Spodeism, and how to worship the great god. The Gardeili worship in great, elaborate, opulent temples, worshipping minor gods who personify certain aspects of Spode in some way, which, early in their history, caused issues with the other races who felt they had returned to their barbaric old ways. The Targarous, being a largely primitive society, worship Spode via a system of runes and stone monoliths erected in their lands. They care not for large temples, believing Spode exists everywhere, and as such, can be honored everywhere.
The Congregation welcomes a host of other races, many redeemed mebers from the Cult of Attzerry, and as Mendel of all kinds, but mostly Ugandalorians, due to their bond with the Gardeili, and Targarous to a lesser extent. Other common species and groups include members of the Waptoria, Orgaat Clans, and some Togunda mining guilds and holds. These races emigrated for a number of reasons, including job opportunities, religious ideals, or protection from outside forces.
The Congregation, though it has tried to shed some of the speciesism from before and make sure all have opportunity within it's borders, still maintains some what of a pyramid structure to it's society, with certain races inherently having more opportunity then others.
Militarism varies between members. Gardeili, Cogneili, Tugian and Targarous tend to be the most aggressive, or simply have the best militaries, and will fight with the fury equal to the Mendel or Zarbanians, while Utuno and Kig-tar tend to have the morale one would expect from volunteers and even some draftees; not exceptional warriors by any means, but willing and able to get the job down. For this reason, they are commonly lead by more aggressive, stronger races who act as field officers.
Among the Followers of Spodism, the Harmonite Sect is the most common and worship style of the Spodists within the Theocratic Congregation. Due to it's believes that all deities in some way are reflections of Spode, versions of his benevolence and giving nature. This gives them great diplomatic access to their allies, and allows many of their immigrants and visitors to join up with other cultures more easily. The next most popular is Spodist Mysticism, practiced by many Tribal members such as the Terniam, as well as many Kulaung members who hail from Kojarros. Next is Classical Spodism, practiced by a few of hte older Gardeili and Tugian families, while Theorationalism is one of the lesser brands. The least common is the Ferric Doctrine, disdained by most members in government and society.
They hold a great reference for beings outside of Spode himself. The Multus Esse are beloved, for their creation of many races and empires, and to help stabilize and bring the galaxy to order, and cease many cycles of violence within it. Likewise, despite the disdain of other Spodists, they also look upon the Anointed as real, physical beings that have helped bring order and freedom to those in need. They also hold a reverence for certain figures such as the One God. Due to their strong history of religious tolerance, many have come to practice some modified form of Viaeism, despite it's historical rivalry with Spodism.
From every ascended being the Congregation is aware of -indeed, if they are aware of the ascension- and every prophet, to even the most basal of minerals, all have their place on the celestial chain. This heavenly hierachy is often seen as overly elaborate, and a common objection by non-Mirusian Spodists is that it distributes the complete glory of the Omniscient One downwards to beings that are not ought to be venerated. Spode's glory, they say, only belongs to him. Indeed, more than a few other Spodists -all non Mirusian, of course- have labelled the MTC as worshipping false idols, and some have even decalred it outright heretical, an excommunication which often becomes mutual.
Despite the name, the Abiding Government of the Church, the Prophet Curia, is not directed by the Brotherhood Prophets. They have members from all races, though the Prophets, Tugian, Targarous, Gardeili, Cogneili, and Terniam are usually the highest ranking members and most common in the government of the empire. The Conclave is lead by two rulers, one from the Brotherhood, and one from the UNOS, though current circumstances have forced Loda'Gadem to take on full leadership position. Under them, are various Councilors and Theocrats who act as a senate of sorts to govern the various states and planets under Congregation control.
The Conclave meets to discuss matters of faith, and to set new laws, taxes, and deal with any heretic movements that may harm the society.
The Mirusian Theocratic Congregation is singularly located in the Mirus Galaxy, being it's second-largest state, after the United Lanat Empire, with some territorial holdings within the Plazith Rim and even a small number within the Phradox Galaxy. Bordering the Syndicate of Spode, the Tarmealox Hierachy, the Mendel Pact and the Zarbania Powers, the Congregation has, after it's total victory over the Cult of Attzerry, reached the maximum size it can reach without suffering from imperial overstretch. Despite, it maintains various outposts outside it's main territory as to beter spread the word.
The Congregation is divided into various Dioceses, each corresponing with a single administrative and religious sector or district. Each Diocese is headed by a bishop, known as a Presbyter, and his advisors. Together, they form the governing Chapter, which in turn answers to and recieves instructions from the Prophet Curia.
Law and order is enforced usually by Secruirty Forces on the planet, called "Arbituis of the Abiding Ascendancy". The Arbituis are under direct command of one individual gifted with a title "the Arbiter". The Arbiter is considered the Hammer of the Prophets, selected specially by the Prophet Conclave for his battle prowess, his fair sense and his ability to seperate the heretic from the pure one. He is notable one of the only ones, safe for the Prophet Conlave themselves, who can over-rule descisions of the Inquisition.
However, far more feared are their secret police, the "Inquisition of the Abiding Ascendancy". The Inquisition, while not allowed to have a standing army, and being under strict control of the Prophet Conclave, do have a near-unlimited power over other security forces, the army, and the fleet. They stamp out all signs of treachry and heresy within their territory, and while sometimes extreme, are respected by their member-states for their loyalty to faith and law.
Overall, while some colonies are better off then others, law and order is held in high regard by them, and police are an common sight. To say they are a police state would be wrong, however.
The Mirusian Theocratic Congregation has a stable economy, and while not focussing on economics all too much, their member states have a high standard of living, and with a strong middle class. A rich upper class does exist, as does a poor lower class, but, generally, the richer one is, the greater the moral pressures on him or her become to give away a constant amount money in alms to the needly. This elevates the poor and devaluates the rich, in turn keeping the middle class large.
“When one spear is blunted, the entire attacks fails. When one armor-suit crumbles, the whole army folds in upon itself. Every attack and every defense must be ready and prepared to the highest degree.”
Land forces, or the Creche Legions, are the armored forces of the Mirusian Theocratic Congregation. Ranging from basic combat soldiers, to the elite Ceremony Guard, the Army is mostly unopposed on the field. Commonly seen as the counter to the Tarmealox Royal Army, the Congregation's Creche Legions is held in high regard by members of the Concalve and it's allies. The Army's members, from Utuno and Kig'tar, to Gardeili and Terniam, are trained to stand their ground, and to not use swarm tactics in battle. When confronted, members prefer to fight an enemy in groups of two to one, taking turns dealing with a foe.
Fighting alsong side the Creche Legions are those that wish to repent for their sins though a glorious battle. Often called Flaggelants due to the barbed lashes they carry into battle, they fight alongside Crusaders, militia that are entirely devoted to Spode, and are led into battle by one of his Warrior-Priests. However, while Crusaders serve as the militia of the Church, they still do recieve some basic training, and this, coupled with their fanatic devotion to Spode, have caused many foes to severely underestimate them.
The important thing to the Creche is armament and preparedness. Every weapon and piece of armor is tested a dozen times before being distributed, and every soldier receives their weapons, and is fully trained to command each one. Although basic troops will only carry pistols or rifles into battle, the Congregation believes all must have the needed weapons to carry out war to the fullest. As such, no body is wasted by being sent into the meat grinder.
The Fleet, or Armada of Faith, is the massive organziation in charge of protecting colonies, enforcing their faith, attacking aggresors, or spreading their faith. Ranging from massive capital ships to colony vessels, the fleet has multiple purposes, though when in combat, is feared for their use of plasma weaponry and other, more dangerous weapons, being not feared to glass enire planets is nessecary.
Unlike many other nations within the UAE, the Mirusian Theocratic Congregation retains a strong police force. Discipined highly focussed on their task, the Arbituis of the Abiding Ascendacy, as they are called, sometimes assist the Army in defending Cathedral and Shrine world belonging to the Congregation. The extremely high amount of Tugian in their ranks caused said race to gain the image of a security race, and also caused the Arbituis to become so well respected, due to the Tugian being extremely respected by the other member species of the Church as well.
Commonly seen as the razor blade to the hammer of the army, the Inquisition are the secret police of the Mirusian Theocratic Conclave and used to stamp out heretics movements that the Arbitors cannot deal with, and commonly the 2 work together on Church worlds to promote unity among different branches of society. Elitely trained, and highly feared, the Inquisition likes to work covertly, but when forced to act openly in the most extreme of cases, the results are severe, and more than once an planet of heretics found itself glassed after the order of the Inquisition declared them "Exterminatus".
The National flag of the Congregation, the Hand representing non-Spodists within their borders, such as worshippers of the God that Will Come, and Mendel that follow Zaraturaism, as the Eye represents Spodists, both together represent their shared history of bloodshed and peace, and their work to stay together no matter how different their faiths are.
The Symbol of the Congregation. The Hand and Eye represents the same thing as the banner, while the triskelion represents the peace and harmony created between the Unified Nations of Spode, Brotherhood of Spode and the Cult of Attzerry, and their attempts to bring their disunited people back together again.
Based on the Covenant from Halo, the Citadel Alliance from Mass Effect, and to a lesser extent on the Empire of Sigmar/Imperium of Man from Warhammer.
The reason to include reform to GMCS onto the MTC was to give the followers of the God That Will Come a more prominent role in the Fiction Universe - and because "Greater Mirusian Church of Spode" was judged too long a name.
The flag was creating by Imperious, as Eco laid out the basics for it, with the symbols on the flag representing different things of importance to the Congregation. The eye represents Spodists, The Hand, Non-spodists, and the Triskelion representing the harmony between the three nations that united to create the Congregation.