Guardians of the Stars
United Earth Government
The United Earth Government was formed in the aftermath of the Corporate Wars. The primary goals were to limit corporate power and return military power to the governments of the world. However it also created the first united world government through the collective power of an effectively ‘federal’ government.
The map of the world was rewritten heavily during the Corporate Wars, with dozens of countries being outright swallowed up in the fires of war. Rampant poverty, class warfare, and egotism leading up to those conflicts did not help matters. Many large countries split apart while the smaller ones were left disaster areas. The UEG charter recognized this and initially allowed each new ‘territory’ to declare it’s own admission into the UEG. However in time the world would end up separated into six primary ‘regions’. Each region having a ‘Minister’ and each minister having a place on the ‘UEG Council’. These Ministers among themselves each had authority equal to any president of a world super power in previous eras with direct federal authority in their regions.
Besides the UEG Council each region had a ‘UEG Regional Council’. Each ‘country’ or territory getting one representative to this group. They also each have a place within the ‘UEG World Council’, though after the first few years with the World Council the regions became voting blocs as often as not and the World Council was almost never used. Instead the Regional Councils and the UEG Council of Ministers handled almost all matters of state.
The African Union region consists of middle and lower Africa. Before the Asian Corporations attempted to dominate the African nations to provide cheap labor leading up to the Corporate Wars, middle Africa was an often war torn place controlled as often as not by warlords. The Corporate Wars ended a lot of that, however it left middle and Lower Africa a largely fragmented place which had seen monumental amounts of fighting during the Corporate Wars. It did leave a large amount of industrial hardware around though, which made Africa an industrial powerhouse over time.
The Arabic Region consists of upper Africa and the region most often referred to as the ‘Middle East’. With technologies coming into place which reduced the impact of oil as well as the Mega Corporations which caused the Corporate Wars outright seizing oil fields, the conflicts here were intense and prolonged. Already a region with more than it’s share of wasteland, the fighting pretty well flattened everything in the region. The fact that the other regions often consider it the least important is not lost on it’s members either.
The European Bloc consists of most of the territory once held by the ‘EU’ with former ‘Germany’ and ‘England’ as the two primary drivers of their recovery. While not as economically poor before the Corporate Wars as America, they had a large number of economic disasters leading up to it. The Corporations which caused the Corporate Wars, however, often wielded far less power in the EU. When the wars broke out they were actually initially untouched, it was only later these regions would turn into chaos as the Corporations decided to turn the tables on them for limiting their power earlier.
The Asian Bloc is easily one of the most massive regions including most of India, a large part of Siberia, and then China. It was the home of the most powerful economic sectors in the world before the Corporate Wars. It also had created one of the largest divisions of monetary and social power between the rich and the poor. The Corporate Wars however, would devastate the region since some of the biggest Corporate players were heavily invested in these regions.
The Pacific District is home to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and hundreds of islands including Hawaii make up the Pacific region. Ironically it proved to be one of the most stable during the Corporate Wars, with a few exceptions like Japan. In fact Japan chose to consider itself part of the Pacific District instead of joining Taiwan as part of the Asian Bloc, which makes it different than most other members as well. The region mostly polarizes around Japan and Australia who quite often fight for control over the region among the Regional Council. Even the Minister for the region is often from one or the other and it tends to alternate, depending on who gets the upper hand politically.
The American Coalition is the last of the six regional groups and includes north and south america from Alaska to Chile. This entire region was a complete mess even before the Corporate Wars. With the US left with only it’s dwindling military power to prop up it’s economy Canada had actually pulled ahead as potentially the most influential part of the continent. Yet the Corporate Wars didn’t really spare anyone. However some areas where worse off then others. This includes Mexico where at least one nuclear weapon was detonated, as well as Central America where at least two more were used. While none of those weapons was extremely powerful, they still have left there mark. The larger countries like the US, Canada, and Brazil split into smaller sections and even now their economies are far more limited then they had once been.
UEG Military Organization
The UEG as one of it’s goals had intended to centralize a world military and it succeeded by making a massive juggernaut. All remaining military hardware on the planet was claimed by the UEG whether it was former national military or Corporate. Then each region was given it’s own ‘guard’ force. Later a Seventh Division ‘Space’ was added. The Space Division (the UEG-SD) would go on to have the biggest legacy as it was established first to re-establish ties to Mars, Ceres, and the outlying outposts that survived Earths pre-occupation during the Corporate Wars. Then it was given the task for testing the first Linear FTL and building the first interstellar space craft. It was also built into a powerful military weapon full of powerful warships.
All seven divisions, but especially the UEG-SD, however were rife with political appointees. It was said even a few years after the first FTL mission that to Captain a ship in the UEG you had to have sold your sold to a strong political faction or be a relative of someone extremely powerful. This had gotten so out of hand by the time of the Colony Rebellion that as much as 5% of the military consisted of flag officers, each owing their position to their relatives or political connections. Task Group Commanders were full Admirals and their flag staffs consisted of any number of vice and rear admirals. Even a ‘task group’ of a single ship typically had a flag officer in charge. As silly as this sounds, a persistent rumor exists that the UEG-SD Fleet Admiral once said the Colony Rebellion was an excuse to give him somewhere to put the excess flag officers.
UEG-RG Marines and Army forces didn’t suffer quite as much of the ‘flag burden’ that the UEG-SD did, but even they had a wealth of ‘flag rank’ officers. Most of whom had ranks much higher than needed for their posts. The Rebellion would pull some of this excess away from Earth as well.
UEG Military Capability
The UEG-RG and UEG-SD forces where easily some of the best armed anywhere during the Interstellar Space Era (ISE). This included things like powered exoskeletal armor and portable handheld lasers to capital ships. In fact besides the FIC, which had declared itself an independent state very early on in the colonization process, and Ceres no one else even had combat space craft or an active ‘black navy’. It wasn’t until the UEG seized Mars and it’s shipyards that the Colonies started to arm themselves.
UEG Military Ranks
- United Earth Government Marines
- United Earth Government Army
- United Earth Government Aerospace Force
UEG Military Units Pre-Colony Rebellion
Task Group Omega
1st Task Group
2nd Task Group
UEG Military Units at the beginning of the Colony Rebellion
Task Group Omega
- 1 Chukenu Battleship
- 8 Vanguard Heavy Frigates
- 8 Ranger Frigates
- 6 Rakshasa Frigates
- 20 Hammer Corvettes