“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
Attero Dominatus Edit
The UPD as a political entity began when the nomadic race known as the Vanara were enslaved the Drakodominatus Tyranny. When the Drakodominatus were on the cusp of their forced evolution into the Dominatus a young Vanara known as Zuki lead a rebellion against their masters and escaped into space. Coming upon the nascent Enlightenment Alliance, Zuki and the rest of the Vanara took refuge with them to recover. Zuki then began seeking out and uniting other nomadic races descended from the same precursors as the Vanara to unite against the Dominatus. When the inevitable war came the newly form UPD deployed the newly developed Kitsune-class mech frame to great affect against the Dominatus, even destroying a Dominatus Ultra-Heavy when known one else could. After the war Zuki argued for the preservation and forceful reeducation of the Dominatus as a species. She and several others were ultimately overruled and the Dominatus exterminated. Embittered Zuki decided it was best for the Vanara to retreat from galactic politics and only keep contact with the other members of the UAE for the time being.
The United Persan Descendants is a democratic and meritocratic republic that is divided into twenty six largely independent states called Satraps. Society within the UPD is divided up into castes with the castes being grouped up into three Orders. The first order is the civilian order as is divided into Neophytes (those yet to reach maturity), Zelators (soldiers), Theoricus (shamans and scientists), Practicus (service), and Philosophus (merchant and artisan). These castes are not determined by birth but rather chosen by a neophyte in the course of their education. There is also an Intermediate or Portal Caste of those who are changing from one caste to another or perform the functions of two castes.
The second order is more of a ranking of the members within the caste itself. They are all referred to as Adeptus with the different grades of Adeptus being Minor, Major, and Exemptus. Minors are most initiated members of a caste, Majors are those who represent a local branch of a caste, and the Exemptus represents the caste as a whole. Promotion up the ranks of a caste is based upon a matter of personal merit with one's accomplishments promoting them up a caste.
The Third Order is composed of the grades of political leadership within the UPD. The first grade is Magister Templi who are the leaders of individual colonies within a satrap. They form a council with their fellow Magister Templi and the local Adeptus Majors of a satrap overseen by a Magus, the leader of their satrap. The Magus' of Persa form another council composed of their fellow Magus from other Satraps and the Adeptus Exemptus of the UPD lead by a Ipsissimus who leads the whole of the UPD. Magister Templi are elected by the people of their colony from the local Adeptus Majors, while Magus are elected by the people of a satrap from the local Magister Templi. The Ipsissimus is also elected by the people of the whole UPD from either the Magus or Adeptus Exemptus.
The United Persan Descendants is well known for being highly multicultural and will happily promote the culture of all members in equal measure. However, thanks to a shared religion and all majority member races being descended from the great Persacron Star Dragons they do all share several things in common. One is a strong martial tradition with all Persan children being taught to fight in equal measure from the movement they are able. Persan armies however do not play along with the idea of noble and honorable warrior. Instead they operate on the ideals a well trained and disciplined soldier putting their martial tradition in a decidedly different light then many of their allies. Traditionally speaking most Persan civilizations have focused on ranged and mounted combat. Though in the modern era mounted combat has fallen out of favor with the advent of mechanized warfare, Persan children are still taught to ride and most Persan have at least one mount. A persan without a mount is considered half a man while one with a mount is considered twice a man.
The greatest ideals of the Persan are truth and freedom. Most Persan will not lie even to the point of confessing to crimes they have committed when questioned directly. Persan will not even lye to their enemies but will use precise wording, half truths, or just flat out refuse to say anything. This also means they are very open and blunt about their opinions. Dept is usually avoid at all coasts as the Persan believe that it is the responsibility for all involved parties to share risk and reward equally so that all will strive to give every endeavor their all. Sacred hospitality is always observed for it is considered a great crime to let harm befall a guest or to bring a guest to harm oneself. To the Persan their is nothing greater then being free, to them freedom is the ability to chase their creativty and passion, to rush headlong following their desires wherever it takes them. This desire for freedom is strong to the point many Persan still retain a nomadic lifestyle.
The UPD is known for being a place of great beauty thanks to it's society's promotion of the arts. Persan architecture is known for being very eloquent with a great variety a bright and rich colors, every building is made with a dignity and grace, for Persan architects there is no such thing as a trivial structures. At the same time Persan architecture is very simple in its design and often times rather modest, as well as often times asymmetrical to represent imperfection and impermanence, reflecting their people's existential ideals. Persan cities are colorful and lively places full of people going about their business, selling wares, showing of their arts, etc. The Persan people love to celebrate and to feast often filling their bellies with great quantities of wine and desserts. The UPD is also a center of the sciences and philosophy thanks to an emphasis on education and its importance, all citizens are at least guaranteed a mandatory education of at least the equivalent of an associates degree in human terms.
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 shamanistic and animistic religion with elements of both polytheism and monotheism. Drakenism focuses on the worship of the Persacron Star Dragons which many of the Persan species are either direct descendants of or had their development altered by. While all Persacron are considered to be part of a single pantheon each species worships its own Persacron solely as their progenitor.
To the Persan the Persacron are not mere beings of flesh and blood, rather they are living embodiments of the very forces of nature in dragon form. It is for this reason the Persan do not depict their gods and have no temples or alters. The Persacron do not have the same nature as men to them and thus it would folly to depict them as such. Among the Persacron their exists a state of balance and harmony that is the highest form of good (known as the Truth), while imbalance and discord is the highest form of evil (known as the Lie). Enforcing this idea is that the Persacron are not simply separate beings but rather manifest aspects of a single living force that permeates all aspects of reality. To the Persan while they all worship a different god they paradoxically worship the same god as well. To the Persan the forces of Truth and Lies are in constant battle and eventually Lies self destructive will prove its undoing. Truth will be victorious and Lies will be render impotent.
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 simople 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.
UPD is not technology in the traditional sense of the word, rather instead they use a form of significantly analyzed magic that for all intents and purposes resembles and functions as technology. The source of the distinction comes from the fact that persan magic operates off synchronic principles then causal ones, being driven by symbolic relationships rather then cause and effect. This means that while persan tech often resembles the technology of most species externally and functions the same, internally it is very strange and bizarre to those unfamiliar with its function.
Because of the symbolic are paracasual nature of Persan tech most of it actually has no functionality what so ever but functions all the same. For them a gun does need to actually be capable of firing but merely appear to be capable of and it will fire, a sword does need to be sharp to cut merely simulate sharpness. It is far more complex then this as symbol as well as psychological and sociological forces play a major factor in how Persan tech functions. For example Persan Electromagnetic Crossbows simulate the appearance of a crossbow and arrows to fire and have the image of a solenoid carved about them to fire those arrows via electromagnetic forces.
This of course has its inherently limits as the Persan must understand how something works on a casual level for them to develop a symbology to operate it on a synchronic level. Thus the Persan develop very little in terms of their on technology preferring to trade, steal, and scavenge technology from others. They will then readopt said technology to act on synchronic principles. A result is that many Persan tech appears primitive and archaic will actually being based on rather advanced principles.
The economic power of the UPD is jointly held by both the Practicus and merchant elements of the Philosophus castes. The relationship is a relatively simple one, what the Practicus produces the Philosophus merchants distribute. This relationship has always made the two castes very close knit since they are reliant upon one another and thus tend to side with one another on various issues. This gives both something of an edge over the other two castes like Zelator and Theocrius which are seen as more prestigious by the Persan as a whole.
The economic model followed by the Persan is one that follows the ideals of distributism with economic assets widely owned among the members of the caste rather then concentrated in the hands of corporations or the central government. Indeed the Adeptus Majors and Exemptus of both castes act more as overseers enforcing regulations, defending property right, and settling legal disputes rather then owning businesses. Indeed production and distribution of resources, products, and services are handled by cooperatives of individuals rather then corporations run by central figures.
This rather chaotic and yet strangely well organized system, despite all its independently moving parts, thanks to a number of technical advancements. For one is the Persan's extensive networking and instant data sharing abilities thanks to use of computerized nano implants. Third is the high use of automation via AI controlled and self maintaining drones which allows an individual person to own their own small workforce. Finally the use of nanoforges allowing people to harvest resources and assemble them with minimal effort on their part other then instructing the nanomachines.
The Persan are rather unconventional in terms of warfare. Their army is a legion of mech pilots known as Immortals numbers a grand total of ten thousand in (no more no less in peace time). These mecha are attended to by their own legion of offensive and defensive support drones that follow the Immortal's and the mech AI's command as well as acting on their own far simpler AIs. Command structure among the Immortals is pretty simple with Adeptus Major Zelator Planetary overseeing and commanding a number of their fellow Immortals. An Adeptus Zelator Major Planetary Grade A commands ten Immortals, an Adeptus Zelator Major Planetary Grade B commanding hundreds of Immortals, an Adeptus Zelator Major Planetary Grade Y commanding hundreds of Immortals, and the Adeptus Zelator Major Planetary Grade G overseeing the entirety of the Immortal Legion.
The navy is organized in a similar way with an Adeptus Zelator Naval commanding tens, hundred, thousands, and tens of thousand for Grades A, B, Y, and G respectively. The core of the Persan is built around their four fifty kilometer supercarrier-dreadnoughts named the Asakhan, Asikhan, Asokhan, and Asukhan. Other ships found in the Persan navy are cruisers, frigates, and corvettes. Aerospacefighters also play a major role in Persan naval operations with the Wyvern being the premier multi-role aerospace fighter of the UPD Navy. Wyverns are equipped with hyperdrives fitting UPd doctrine of hyperspacial warfare via hyperspace travel capable missiles.
The leader of the whole UPD armed forces both planetary and naval is the Adeptus Zealtor Exemptus of the Persan high council. This figure along with the Adeptus Theoricus Exemptus, Adeptus Practicus Exemptus, and Adeptus Philosophus Exemptus form an advisory body to the Ipsissimus of the UPD. The current Adeptus Zelator Exemptus is a Vanara queen named Krel known for the highest numbers of Dominatus defeats in hand to hand combat among the Vanara during Attero Dominatus.
Demographics and Divisions Edit
- Classification - Crocodilian
- Homeworld - Malkuth
- Classification - Simian
- Homeworld - Babel
- Classification - Pterodactyloid
- Homeworld - Gehenna
- Classification - Lepidopterian
- Homeworld - Eden
- Classification - Serpantoid
- Homeworld - Seoul
"Allies in Truth!"
- Unified Alliance of Enlightenment - Hey look promises and results.
- Mendel Pact - Brothers of the sword and shield.
- Waptoria Alliance of Species - We both seek to protect life.
- Mirusian Theocratic Congregation - Fellow monotheists...well for the most part anyway, heh.
- United Knights Alliance - Honorable people always willing to come to our aid.
- Grand Republic of Tyris Major - Fiery but fair defenders of Tyris.
- Covenant of Mirus - So far we've seen many promises but no results.
- Mirusian Triumvirate - Well someone needs to work to counter the Xonexi.
- Zarbania Powers - Well isn't this an amusing turn of events.
- Aeoneonatrix Empire - "You guys sure you're not just a bunch of repressed sadomasochists? I mean it's cool if you are, but we really don't need to experience it ourselves after death. SSC dudes."
- United Hegemony of Exterioris - "We won't ever forgive you."
At War Edit
"Servants of Lies!"
- Scelus Purification - Our absolute worst enemies, no other foe compares.
- Void Eye Empire - Are you so completely and unfathomably stupid?
- Najiim Krassio - Bah, Daevas!
- add your own!
“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.”