The United Earth Nations.
“As Humanity expands into space and throws away the shackles of being limited in both resources and habitable area, we must never forget who we are and where we came from. Earth might no longer be the center of our civilization, but it remains the source of our beliefs, our faith, everything we are. We must honor and continue those traditions, as it is them that have always guaranteed our progress.”
Chairman Hinds inauguration speech, upon his first election in 1152.
Size and structure
The UEN has colonized around 250 planets, split into five organizational clusters which in turn are governed by the Central Assembly. The Chairman of the Assembly is considered the highest position in the UEN, but the system has been designed in the traditional triple-separation of government of Earth democracies. The five clusters of the UEN are:
- The Sino-Japanese Cluster, which is the most populous one and is the forerunner in technological development of the UEN.
- The Core Cluster, consisting mostly of descendants of European countries, the cluster has been historically most involved in Assembly politics and historically over 75% of all Chairmen have been from the Core Cluster.
- The American Cluster, sometimes called the Corp Cluster is the center of both economic and manufacturing in the UEN. The Cluster also has the highest recruitment rate into the UEN military.
- The Hope Cluster, named after its biggest colony, which is the most social oriented cluster of the UEN. Its structure and organization closely mirrors the controlled organization of the GHA, however without the heavy genetic modification that is considered standard there. It is known for a “all for one and one for all” approach and is commonly home to refugees from other Clusters. It has relatively high populations of descendants of Earth’s “Third World” countries, but maintains an overall high standard of living.
- The Frontier Cluster, the smallest of the five, but the only one that has major active colonization efforts underway. It is considered a relatively “wild” part of the UEN, with the highest amount of piracy, but also offers the most chances for privateers to make a fortune.
Each Cluster has its own local government (typically a star system or star systems in close proximity) and a Cluster Assembly. While most clusters have distinct roots in various regions of Earth, over the years they have become very varied in population and traditions and are characterized more by their specialties then ethnic backgrounds.
The society of the UEN resembles the society of Earth before colonization was widespread – there are several distinct social classes, typically characterized by their standard of living and income.
Cultural influences are still present, however old Earth nations exist only in names, as the UEN has in time absorbed all of Earths countries into an unified systems. This however has not stopped for ethnic and national groups to maintain their identities both in colonies and across Clusters and the entire UEN.
Privateer spaceship activity in the UEN is strictly monitored and generally discouraged by the government, the preferred form is typically as hires of space faring corporations.
Corporations maintain a strong presence in both the local and faction wide politics, some colonies are outright owned by bigger corporations (those typically serve a specific purpose, like mining or research)
Non-corporate colonization is highly scrutinized and monitored by the Council, frontier colonies typically have a strong military presence at first, combined with a strict system of parceling and assigning space on newly colonized planets.
The UEN maintains five “major” fleets, one for each of its Clusters. Fleets are organized into battalions, each battalion typically consists of at least five capital ships (one or two of which are typically carrier type ships capable of deploying massive amounts of one or two man ships) and one command ship which organizes the entire fleet.
Three Expeditionary fleets are also maintained, typically assisting new colonies and countering pirate activity that moves into UEN territory.
The Military also maintains the Special Forces, with its own decentralized fleet. The UEN Special Operations core has gained a great deal of infamy over the centuries, known for relatively ruthless but effective tactics and great skill infiltration and erosion from the inside of various criminal syndicates, pirate groups and other formations that do not operate directly in UEN space and are not subject to UEN laws. The fleet of the Spec Ops consists mostly of medium sized, highly specialized ships, but SO operatives are also known to operate independently without the assistance of a flee, alone or in groups.
Notes on Characters from the UEN
Considering the character of the adventure, character concepts should have some connection to military, corporate or civilian space travel. This can include diplomatic, scientific or even political backgrounds however, we can be pretty flexible.
Special Operations characters have to follow certain specific rules and will require specific predispositions and skills taken in order to “qualify” as a Spec Ops member, see the appropriate chapter.