“A dead man once said that hidden beneath our facade of civilisation and nicety is a Dominatus - that the angry rage of unrestrained ambition, the uncontrollable desire to dominate, the addiction to the feeling of being feared is solely what drives a species. Perhaps some of us thought this was true, though our fears subsided when we thought of the Persan. Beneath those calm, understanding eyes lay the all-consuming fire that had driven the Dominatus, and in their hands lay the capacity to visit unfathomable agony and terror upon those they judged worthy of their interest. But they had civilized such urges, binding this unfettered, destructive chaos into restorative order. This was not the order of megalomaniac hegemony, but of shepherding, nurturing, and growing - seeking to cooperate with the rest of the Gigaquadrant to advance all life itself to enlightenment. However, it is an unwise species that confuses this kindness for weakness, for as much as they deny it, the Persan merely seek an excuse to shed the veil of civility and order to make their opponents wish for a fate as sweet as death”
- - Unknown
The Persacron Edit
The history of the Persan first began with the legendary Star Dragons known as the Persacron, massive dragons thousands of kilometers in height, absolute control over the elements of Liminal Energy, and possessing both Fruit of Life and Fruit of Knowledge making them gods in the eyes of many beings. The Persacron lived in harmony with the Multus Esse until the rebellion of the Alpha Grox. The Alpha Grox drove the Multus Esse into hiding and then turned their attention to the Persacron having learned that by destroying 30 stars they could create artificial lifeforms, called Dragon Machine Soldiers, of equal power to the Persacron that would grow stronger the more star dragons it killed. The Alpha Grox destroyed 100 suns creating three complete Dragon Machine Soldiers and one partially complete that started hunting the Persacron to near extinction. The Persacron to survive choose to sacrifice themselves by removing their Fruit of Life and dissolving into primordial ooze called Eitr from which new life would energe and eventually evolve into new sapient races.
The Melam Edit
These newly created races quickly took to the stars and spread out across a region of space known as the Persan Expanse. At some point a central authority called the Melam Empire emerged and put all of the Expanse under their dominion via a caste system. The Melam were notoriously abusive and conducted unrestricted sapient experimentation without regard for the suffering it would cause. One of the more notable experiments resulted in an entire generation of children with uncontrollable elemental powers called the Persa. Eventually the Melam Empire came under assault by a mysterious and utterly alien existential threat named the Sclus. Unable to combat the Scelus the Melam armed the Persa and taught them to control their powers. The Persa were successful in repelling the Scelus, however turned upon the Melam who had abused them and slaughtered them all. However, the republic that arose to the replace the Melam feared the Persa for the unstable elemental powers they wielded in the hands of mentally unstable teenagers. They forced the Persa to flee into deepspace. There the Persa went into hibernation waiting for a time when someone would awake them.
The Drakodominatus Tyranny Edit
Unfortunately for the Persa those who awoke them were the Drakodominatus Tyranny who found them floating in deepspace. They enslaved and experimented upon the Persa whose anomalous elemental abilities help contribute to the development of the Drakodomintus biodrones. When the Drakodominatus unleash the Ultima Serum upon their own kind. The Persa escaped in the resulting chaos and fled into deepspace. There they were discovered by the Waptoria who helped them flee to territory now occupied by the nations of nascent UAE. There to their shock the Persa found the Persan Expanse now in a state of complete anarchy. The Persa launched a military campaign both to reunite the Expanse and thus united the UPD and established the Sefirot as its central authority.
The Persa then turned their attention to securing their future against the Dominatus and the taking revenge for their enslavement. They develop teleporting mechs called Kitsune through which a Persa could manifest their elemental powers. to bypass Dominatus long range weapons and strike at them with melee weapons. These tactics proved utterly devastating against the Dominatus who could never truly counter them. When the war came to an end the powers of the Anti-Dominatus Coaltion met to discuss what to do with the remaining Dominatus. The Persa wanted to exterminate the adult Dominatus but take the new and unborn to be raised as Persa, they were overruled though and the Dominatus were exterminated in full. This left the Persa with a cynical streak in regards to international politics and for awhile they would seek contact with no one else outside the UAE.
The UPD is the ruling authority of the region of space in Mirus known as the Persa Expanse composed of a numerous administrative sectors known as the Satraps. These Satraps are largely independent only owning loyalty to the UPD's central authority in the form of taxes, adherence to code of sapient rights, maintaining internal order, and levies for times of war. The central authority of the UPD is the three worldships that make up the UPD's mobile capital. The worldships prefers to exercise soft power to control the region employing soft power through control of four pillars of Persa society: control of the military forces, control of the gateway network connecting all habitable worlds, control of the universal Persan currency, and control the Dream: Persan netspace that connects all individuals in the UPD.
In terms of government the UPD itself is a liberal democracy that is ruled by a parliament headed by a hereditary executive called the Shah, a first among equals. The parliament is a bicameral legislature divided up into the Hall of Satraps which is composed of the elected representatives of the various satraps of the UPD, and the Hall of Factions composed of the elected heads of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic factions that dominate the political landscape of the worldships. The parliament operates primarily off of reaching concusses among the members with the Shah primarily acting as an arbitrator between the parties. If no concusses can be reach then issues will be put to a vote.
While few laws and rulings are treated as universal across the UPD all satraps are required to operate under some form of democracy and must follow a universal bill of sapient rights laid down by the worldships. This bill is composed of four basic unalienable rights given to all sapients within the UPD's boarders. The first is the Right to Life in that all sapient life has the right live and exist in this universe. Second is the Right to Liberty in that all sapient life has the right to be free from slavery, unjust imprisonment, and suppression of free speech. Right to Happiness in that all sapient life as the right to purse what makes them happy so long as they bring no harm to others. And finally Right to Property in that all sapient life as the right to own what they have justly earned and to personal privacy. The Persan tend to see these rights as self evident and believe that they should be universal to all beings.
The United Persan Descendants is well known for being highly multicultural and hosting a great number of different ethnicities that can be found across the Persan expanse. In general the peoples of the UPD can be very broadly categorized into four categories: Genesians, Exodians, Pastoralists, and Persa. The first of these are the Genesians who are the inhabitants of the three world ships that make up the persan capital, they make up the smallest demographic. The second are Exodians who are the descendants of those who left the homesystem and settled on the orbital stations and habitats above planets (with some inhabiting the planets themselves) that became the Satraps. Third are the Pastoralists who are nomands that left the homesystem and instead of chosen to wander from planet to planet in starships.
Despite their vast differences there are several unifying factors across the whole of the UPD between all its Satraps. Persan culture is universally liberal with easy access to recreational drugs and casual sex being seen as fairly normal (though most see it as a way to find someone they want to have a monogamous relationship with), as well as a strong tradition of promotion of free speech. They are far from decadent or hedonistic, though many enjoy luxury, and Persan culture heavily promotes independence, self reliance, and individual accountability to temper the liberal nature of their society. Also these is the fact that few Persan ever truly settle on actual planets preferring to live nomadically on ships or in orbital habitats. This is an end result of the Scelus purge before the UPD's foundation, which meant most Vanara were forced to flee into space and adapted to its conditions to survive their colonies being reduced to a primordial state. Third a final is the emphasis the Vanara place upon the action of the hunt, all Vanara hold the practice of hunting in the utmost regard and prefer to keep planets wild so that there will be plenty of dangerous beasts to hunt. Hunting for sport must be done with archaic weapons and only apex predators or large dangerous herbivores can be hunted. The Vanara will even alter the course of evolution on planets so that they will produce bigger and more dangerous game to hunt.
The fourth demographic is the smallest and the most esoteric and mythologized among the Persan. These are the Persa themselves, the descendants of the generation children who manifested out of control over powers Liminal Energy after the disastrous Melam experiments with piercing the veil of reality into the essence plane known as Terra Incognita. Powers all modern Persa still posses. Despite most of the UPD being not of any degree of Persa descent, the Persa as a people are highly mythologized as the descendants of the ancient heroes that were the first Persa. To the the peoples of the Persan expanse the first Persa were saviors from the assimilation of the Scelus and liberators from the oppression of the Melem. Every colony and peoples in the UPD and even some beyond have stories of a great Persa hero saving their people from some existential threat. Even now they are regarded as protects against the various other existential threats haunting Mirus. Because of this most Persa keep their lineage hidden unless they have directly manifest the powers associated with it. Both to avoid too high of expectations from the believers and/or ridicule from the disbelieving.
Religious tolerance is a guaranteed freedom in the United Persan Descendants, with only a few exceptions such as Darkling cults and the like. However, the majority religion in the UPD is the one known as Drakenism, a monotheistic religion dedicated to the worship of three dragon goddess; Asa Miki of the Sun, Ama Maka or the White Moon, and Ara Maya of the Black Moon. The Persan hold to the worship of asa Miki called Asism and ban the worship of the other goddesses
According to the doctrine of Asism Asa Miki created the universe but was opposed by her sisters with Ara Maya seeking to destroy creation and Ama Maka seeking to restructure creation to obey her own designs. Thus the three goddess are in constant battle with one another for the fate of the universe. To help her in maintaining creation Asa Miki created the Persacron Star Dragons, embodiments of the elements of nature who the Persan accredit with being their progenitors. Asism teaches that one should practice the principles of good thoughts, good words, and good deeds; thinking, saying, and doing good things without hope of reward as the path achieving a good afterlife and reincarnation into the universe after Asa Miki's sisters influences have been purged and creation rebuilt. It also emphasis the equality of rights and dignity given to all sapient beings.
In the UPD there is also a strong presence of allied religions of Zaraturaism, Raptoranean Pantheon, Mellynrism, Baspirism, Spodism, and the Zarbanian Pantheon is being to make headway. The Persan tolerance of other religions is built on a very simple principle. To them there is one god, but just as a hand has multiple fingers god has multiple ways of making itself known. To the persan all simply have their own way they must walk and no one way will fit for all, one mountain but many paths upon that mountain.
While technology across the UPD can be vary diverse from satrap to satrap and is never the same from habitat, fleet, or colony to the next. Because of the satraps of the persan expanse have been out of contact with one another for so long their technology has degraded and advanced differently across the expanse leading to an often schizophrenic level of technology throughout persan territory. Satraps can just as easily be massive sprawling metropolises of interconnected habitats as they can be mostly wild areas were nomadic tribes hunting cybernetic beasts, or even interconnected industrial derelict colonies built throughout entire asteroid belts. With a new age of interconnectedness having arisen thanks to the influence of UPD technology is now often traded freely among the straps meaning one can find all sorts of bazaar and alien technology in the markets and bazaars of the persan expanse.
Despite all these differences and variability there are several universal commonalities with all persan tech coming from the remains left by the collapsed Melem Empire. First of all is that all persan technology is biomechanical in nature blurring the division between living thing and machine, synthetic and organic to the point neither can be distinguished. This technology is controlled by a neural sync system eliminating the need for physical interfaces, though much tech will have a redundant physical interface for ease of use. Paratech is the next commonality and is something that is far more interesting and strange aspect of persan tech for it deals with the power of paracausality which is a fuzzy and poorly understood science. Simply put paracausality is a form of causality outside of this universe's form where complexity dominates over elegance and the relationship between cause and effect is so complex as to be unable to be predicted by mathematics. The persan often mix paracausality with normal causality in their technology (neural sync is an example of paratech being used to command more mundane devices) creating technology that is user friendly but seems vaguely magical in its operations.
Weaponry throughout the UPD is highly variable in its design but tends to be more standardized in operation. Most weaponry is kinetic in nature using electromagetic coils called gauss to propel slugs at relativistic speeds. Similar weapons using electromagnetic rails to propel heavier projectiles at similar speeds but tend to be far heavier weapons. In terms of energy weapons they are mostly composed of lasers and plasma weapons which are largely restricted to being armed on ships. Their are also phase weapons, guided explosives, drones, and nanoswarms that can phase through shields to directly strike at enemies.
The UPD is a place a bustling and free trade both from within and from without the Persan expanse. Both native a foreign merchants are allowed to travel with relative freedom to exchange their wares wherever they may. One can find most anything in the bustling spaceports, tradeyards, and bazaars of the UPD though somethings are restricted and out right banned such as WMDs, slaves and prostitutes, offworld live flora and fauna, propaganda and other fetishes from enemy forces, and certain extremely harmful drugs.
The economic model followed by the Persan is one that follows would be best referred to as a mixed economy having elemental of both planned and market economies. The UPD economy is effectively a market economy but with strong government oversight and intervention from the homesystem in terms of trade and all public utilities and services being provided for by the local government of the Satrap. It also carries elements of distributism with the means of production being widely owned among the citizens of the UPD via cooperatives and mutual organizations instead of concentrated in the hands of the state, corporations, or other entities of power.
An interesting tendency is the unwillingness of the Persan in general across the satraps to take on debit and the charging of interest thanks to strong religious stigma against it. For the persan it is important that all forms of financing be taken on with symmetrical risk and reward so that no party benefits unequally from success nor suffers unequally from failure, all parties must benefit or suffer from success or failure in equal measure. It is not illegal to take on debit or charge interest simply socially frowned upon enough to discourage most individuals from attempting it.
The military forces of the UPD are rather unconventional to say the least with all soldiers being mech pilots controlling mechs supported by drone infantry and piloted transports. The mechs of the UPD are balanced machines built with pilot survivability and are known for being highly customizable. Pilots have a large catalog of weapons and ability programs to select from to built their mech to their specifications and preferred fighting style. As a result no persan mech is ever the same and pilots tend to group themselves into fireteams based on personal synergy with commanding officers staying in the back ground and coordinating multiple teams over missions. All persan mechs are controlled by persa meaning that all wield power over an element of liminal energy.
In terms of general strategy though the Persan combat philosophy of rapid maneuverability, operational flexibility, and battlefield control. With mechs able to fulfill a vast number of different roles, drone support, fire support, orbital strikes, and esoteric methods of hacking and jamming complimenting each other to employ shock and disruption to decapitate the enemy's decision making capabilities in maneuver warfare. To this end the UPD eschews vast numbers and attrition in favor of smaller, more tightly knit, better equipped and trained forces with strong logistical independence and a highly decentralized command structure with lower level officers given great flexibility in accomplishing the end goals of the higher ranking officers grand strategies.
Thanks to having very limited numbers to work are forced to rely heavily upon drones and nanoswarms to augment their lack of man power. While most roles in the military could be replaced by drones, nanits, and AI the persan are a warrior people at heart and thus many still insist on serving directly on the battlefield. Commanders also recognize the value in citizens being able to see men and women fighting and dying for them as a necessary component for maintaining public for the war effort, as well as the general creativity an organic mind can apply to tasks a machine one generally cannot. So while most jobs requiring a high degree of skill as overseen by organic entities, most menial tasks are performed by drones and nanomachines.
Vanara are bipedal semiaquatic, draconic reptiles standing about 2'10 to 3'8 fet on average. They have scaly skin covering their body and scutes along their back. Vanara have three clawed hands with opposable thumbs for holding and manipulating objects. Their heads are dominated by large jaws with slashing teeth, large sensitive ears, four eyes (one set side facing 180 vision and another set forward facing for depth perception), and two jagged horns. Vanara have noticeable tail fins which along with their lung capacity makes them proficient swimmers and vestigial wings on their back with three claws that can be used to assist in climbing.
Vanara are capable of breathing fire through a complex mechanism that starts with two glands located in their mouths that spray volatile oils at their prey. These oils are ignited by a secondary set of jaws that snap closed the moment the glands start ejecting oils. The teeth of these secondary jaws have flint like properties that generates sparks which ignite the oils. These jaws also seal off the Vanara's throat to prevent a back draft of flame down the throat and the moment they seal off the glands cease ejecting oil and retreat into the mouth to avoid being burned. This process spits a glob of burning oil at prey that sticks and burns them. This is not meant to kill the prey through burning it to death but rather to cause it intense pain to frighten it into running and to screw up heat regulation so that the prey uses more energy trying to flee and overheats suffering hyperthermia quicker. Combined with Vanara persistence hunting and slashing teeth and claws designed to inflict wounds that bleed heavily allows Vanara to kill their prey very quickly through blood loss, shock, and heat exhaustion.
Vanara are social and matriarchal creatures that form social groups composed of a dominant female and her mate with several generations of previous offspring making up the rest of the pack. The pack works together to help rear young and hunt for food. Vanara evolved as persistence hunters who would ambush their prey from the trees and use their fire breath to force they prey to flee and exhaust it with intense pain and heat. They then would chase the prey from the trees harassing it with deep slashes from claws and teeth to increase shock and trauma, and inflict rapid blood loss. Vanara adolescences will stay with their parents until a new born clutch is able to hunt with the rest of the pack, at this point the oldest generation will leave their parents to make way for the younger generation and start a pack of their own. Generally about two generations of young will stay with their parents at a time. Vanara are hypermonogomus and if one partner dies that other with not find another mate.
Foreign Relationships Edit
In general the UPD is friendly and open to outsiders, if a bit reserved and aloof at times. While they do not actively seek out aliens to make first contact with, preferring to rely on their network of allies to seek out new contacts, they are known for being very open and willing to trade and make diplomatic overtures to those they do have contact with. Still the Persan are known for avoiding any entangling alliances unless they can be assured of a lasting and prosperous alliance or if there is greater need for one at the moment. This attitude strained relationships within the scope the Covenant of Mirus (among other things) as the Persan were reluctant to commit to its principles and rulings as they were not given the time to be convinced of the Covenant's potential benefit, instead feeling that they had been forced into it at gunpoint.
While friendly and tolerant of other races and nation, and by no means violent conquerors, the Persan universally despise acts such as slavery and genocide and show zero tolerance towards nations that engage in such acts. While mostly keeping to defensive wars they are willing to engage in wars of liberation to dispose of regimes that engage in such acts. Such usually incurs a fast and merciless response meant to destroy the regime in question as quickly and effectively as possible. The persan never conquer the people of the disposed regimes that they have taken down instead focusing on rebuilding and reforming their nations into more democratic and tolerant regimes that they will make allies of.
In terms of first contact with pre-FTL sapient races the Persan prefer minimal interference and not to reveal themselves to the primitives. They will however, infiltrate their societies in disguise to help push along and promote ideologies such as abolishment of slaver, equal rights for all, prevention of genocide, and the toppling of authoritarian regimes. The Persan consider all primitive races in and near their space to be under their protection and will violently bring retribution down upon any spacefaring race seeking to exploit them and guard them against existential threats.
"Allies in Truth!"
- Unified Alliance of Enlightenment - The UPD are rather staunch members of the UAE.
- Mendel Pact - The UPD consider the Mendel some of their closest allies.
- Waptoria Alliance of Species - The UPD are grateful to the Waptoria for helping to rescue them from the Dominatus. Yet they find the Waptoria's forgiveness of Eldarisia over their shared love for nature to be grating.
- Mirusian Theocratic Congregation - The Persan respect the MTC greatly.
- United Knights Alliance - The Persan as well respect the UKA but are irritated by their unwillingness to get along with the Grand Republic of Tyris Major.
- Grand Republic of Tyris Major - Again the Persan respect the GRTM but find their unwillingness to cooperate with the UKA to be irritating.
- Covenant of Mirus - The Persan are rather skeptical when it comes to function of the Covenant of Mirus. They are also prone to doing their own thing counter to the Covenant's wishes.
- French Empire - The Persan believe the French have the best intentions but find their insistence on remaining allies with the Eldarisian and the Hegemony despite their genocidal actions to be grating.
- Eldarisian Empire - The Persan see the Eldarisian as a collection of dangerous and evil zealots and wish to associate with them little as possible.
- Mirusian Triumvirate - The Persan see the Triumverate as a necessary evil to keep Mirusians competitive with the Xonexi.
- Zarbania Powers - Though former enemies the Persan have always held respect for the Zarbania in someway.
- Aeoneonatrix Empire - "The Persan have little contact with the Aeoneonatrix but know them by reputation and want nothing to do with them."
- United Hegemony of Exterioris - "The Persan hate the Hegemony for their racism against the Vanara and attempted genocide against them."
- Troodontid Empire - "The Persan see the Troodontid as something akin to a nation composed of sociopaths."
At War Edit
"Servants of Lies!"
- Scelus Purification - The Persan hate and fear the Scelus on a level matched by no other foe.
- Void Eye Empire - The Persan see the Void Eyes as ignorant and dangerous fools.
- Najiim Krassio - The Persan see the Najiim Krassio as something akin to demons wielding the Void and their gods as false deities.
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“The United Persan Descendants have proven their mettle by fighting our enemies alongside us. We have won many wars with their aid and they have long since earned our trust. Let it be known that any enemy of the UPD is an enemy that we will gladly face alongside them.”
- The UPD has a basis off the historic Achaemenid Persian Empire, as well as several fictional properties such as the Vasari from Sins of a Solar Empire, Last City from Destiny, the Union from Lancer, the New Earth Government from Cthulhutech, the Vanguard from Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and the Tenno from Warframe.