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聯盟(Alliance)全稱獨立星系聯盟(Alliance of Independent Systems),為銀河系裡第三大人類勢力。其歷史與政治中心位於Alioth星系Turner's World星球上的Garden City。

聯盟由數個獨立星系以聯合力量防禦外敵為由而成立,以和另兩大勢力做抗衡。在軍事上,如此合作關係是成功的,各星系皆派出一部分的艦隊組成聯盟自衛隊上將議會有自治權,可在無政府的批准下快速部署。聯盟的船艦一般會使用其自身星系的標誌,但是會在執行聯合行動時加上另一個聯盟標誌。

聯盟與3230年成立,並以人類權利和民主作為標杆。既不如帝國那般集權,又沒聯邦那般專制,由於成員眾多而有著多元文化。但也因如此,聯盟時常面臨政治決策的困難。行政首長數年輪替,目前的聯盟總理為Edmund Mahon

歷史

於衝突中誕生

儘管宣揚著和諧與獨立,但聯盟實則是衝突下的產物。聯盟的首都星系——Alioth星系——曾經是兵家必爭之地。數百年來是聯邦與帝國間的主要衝突區域,造成當地長期戰亂難以居住。

而3228年迎來了一次轉折,聯邦一次的坐地起價使得當地居民奮起反抗。聯邦和帝國雖派出部隊欲平息紛爭,但當地勢力獲得臨近星系的協助,而將雙方部隊擊退。最終帝國選擇從該星系撤退,而聯邦也了解該戰役在聯邦境內中飽受爭議,也隨即撤軍。

2380年至3230年間的事件

After the war between Achenar and the Federation concluded in 2380 CE, the Federation looked to find new resources elsewhere. In 2398, the first of a new wave of colonial missions was sent to the outermost sectors in the opposite direction to the Empire and Lave.[1]

Alioth was colonised in 2452. Survey data and reports had already indicated the rich resources of the system before settlement, but the resources proved richer than expected. The first colonial settlement in the system was known as 'Fruitcake', the name given owing to the loamy consistency of the planetary surface and its propensity for small mineral deposits.[1]

In 2559, the tourist liner Everichon, full of Imperial nobles was hijacked by a Caker group who planned to crash it into one of the gas giants. The attempt was thwarted by the Imperial commandos. The holo-vid broadcast and subsequent fictional dramatisation 'Rebel Madness', went some way to diverting popular opinion from the insurrection.[2]

Having smuggled weapons into the system, the tension between the Cakers and the authorities was always going to spill over eventually. In 2617, the death of Tom Quaterson, a munitions worker who had been convicted of selling food coupons to the poor, was the spark that lit the flame of revolt. Workers on the gas platforms seized control of the facilities and planetside, the general populace stormed the Governor's residence.[3]

Quentin Deviseses wasn't just a revolutionary. He had a long term strategy for the system and as soon as the planet was secure, used every means he could to get the word out that Alioth would become a free trade port.[3]

The resource implication of Alioth's independence was too much for either the Empire or the Federation to take.[3]

In 2853, the science research outpost of Nesbitt Landing was founded. Initially this was to be a joint venture between the Empire and Federation, but when a detailed study into the genetic problems on New California linked the issue with the terraforming of the planet in 2612, the Imperials withdrew from the project.[4]

The matter remained a local issue until, in 2854, responding to pressure from Achenar, Imperial soldiers instigated martial law and attempted to impose a genetic correction programme on the planet. This was prevented by a coup against the military garrison by a new Caker sect. Within days, the planet had been secured and an appreal was sent to the Federation for assistance.[4]

A fierce battle ensued; Imperial forces from the orbital refineries began a planetary bombardment, but the arrival of a Federal fleet escalated the conflict. Eventually, the Imperial ships pulled back and Admiral Kracer landed with his marines to cheering crowds in the capital. Kracer retired three years later, settling in New California and later became the colony leader.[4]

In 2924, a further conflict started up in the Alioth system, initiated by a squabble over its hydrocarbon resources. The Durn and Resnar Corporation applied for Imperial assistance to enforce its claim over a large swathe of the system's mining rights. A small force of Imperial cruisers and their support ships arrived in the system and rapidly deployed to enforce these claims. They vastly outnumbered the mustered Federal units, and forced them out of the entire system within a year. But then, without warning in 2925, the Imperial battle group disappeared. Federal vessels returned and Hassoni-Kruger appropriated the system's mining rights. Within months all assets of the Durn and Resner Corporation were seized by the Emperor. The reason for the strange events has never been discovered. Federal intelligence sources were later to accuse the Duvals of instigating a cloning programme to breed specialised infantry units.[5]

In 3184, the election of Federation President Loric Trander saw a renewal of hostilities over Alioth. This time, conflict was instigated by corporate rivalry in the system's vast gas mining sector. After the discovery of a murdered official named Riley Dain who was investigating the abuse of permitted quotas, the situation quickly escalated. Trander authorised a force of privateers. In response Hesketh Duval sent in the Imperial XV fleet.[6]

The conflict avoided the settlement of New California owing to the previous treaty, but the settlers there found themselves all but cut off until a further ceasefire was established in 3198. Neither side achieved anything but line the pockets of the industries who fueled and powered their fleets. It also served to stir further resentment amongst the settlers. At this time, the Caker insurrection became more organised and received substantial financial support from unknown sources.[6]

The Alliance of Independent Systems (usually referred to as just 'Alliance') was founded on Alioth in early 3230 CE. Over the next two decades, more than twenty system went on to join. Some were independent, other revolted from Imperial and Federal control. For nearly a thousand years, colonial settlements could only choose between Imperial tyranny or Federal interference. Alioth and the Alliance provided a third way, more supportive and less conditional on cultural alignment.[7]

第三大超級勢力

Mic Turner and his life-long partner Meredith Argent were the first to propose a safe political unit for those who wished to exist outside the protection of the Federation or the constraints of the Empire. They were the main driving force behind the creation of the Alliance.[8]

In the wake of the conflict, the idea of an independent socio-political body rapidly gained popularity among the people of Alioth and in 3230 CE the Alliance of Independent Systems was established. Its founding principles were simple: to protect and support those who wanted to remain independent of the Federation and the Empire, and to empower its member systems while simultaneously preserving their independence. Over the next two decades, more than twenty systems joined the Alliance.[9]

近期事件:3300年起

The Alliance was "watching keenly" as events escalated around the Imperial succession and a junior aide had hinted at frustration in its administration,[10] but little news had filtered out of GalNet regarding the region.

3303年時,聯盟極力避免捲入聯邦與帝國間的紛爭。

3303年6月19日,在聯邦艦隊被Thargoid襲擊後,聯邦總理Edmund Mahon提出聯邦艦隊並無被Thargoid襲擊的明確證據的觀點。

3303年8月4日,聯盟與帝國和聯邦共同成立Aegis,一個用以研究Thargoid並共享研究成果的組織。

3303年9月21日,在聯邦於Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55的艦隊被Thargoid擊毀後,三方迫切擴大Aegis,並大幅提升資金以使研究順利進行。工程師Liz Ryder與Palin博士也受邀加入,以研發新的反Thargoid武器和相應的探測器。

3303年12月17日,在數起Thargoid對空間站的襲擊發生後,聯盟委託Lakon Spaceways開發製作用以應對外星威脅的飛船:Type-10 Defender,為聯盟首次對Thargoid威脅做出軍事回應。Type-10飛船在數週後公佈並獲得成功,3304年,Lakon持續為聯盟製作軍艦:Alliance ChieftainAlliance Challenger以及 Alliance Crusader

On August 31, 3304, Alliance President Gibson Kincaid confirmed that he would run for re-election and campaign to invest his office with executive powers above those of both the Alliance Assembly and the Alliance Prime Minister.[11] While the proposed restructuring of the Alliance bureaucracy was criticized as a risky move that could imbue the presidency with emperor-like authority, the Assembly agreed to hold a vote on it on the same day as the next Alliance presidential election, October 16.[12][13] Kincaid faced two opponents in the election: Fazia Silva, a successful entrepreneur who lacked political experience and intended to leverage her business acumen to increase trade and boost economies throughout the Alliance, and Elijah Beck, a respected politician with over four decades of experience in the Alliance Assembly who was unlikely to propose any radical changes.[13] With Kincaid's proposal essentially riding on his chances for victory, political analysts commented that the 3304 presidential election could be the most consequential in Alliance history.[12] Fazia Silva was found poisoned to death on October 5; Alliance Interpol opened an investigation.[14]

On October 17, the day after the election, Kincaid was confirmed to be victorious over Beck by a narrow margin. Meanwhile, the Assembly opted to debate Kincaid's proposal for one additional week before putting it to a vote.[15] On October 26, the Assembly rejected Kincaid's proposal, but agreed on revising the role of Alliance President. As a result, the Office of the Alliance President was created, a non-political department consisting of a team of ambassadorial emissaries with a diplomatic focus which the Alliance President would oversee. The presidency's term was also increased from one year to three years.[16]

社會

Today, the Alliance is widely seen as a paragon of democracy in an increasingly autocratic galaxy. It is governed by a body known as the Alliance Assembly, the primary function of which is to establish common policies and treaties among the Alliance's member systems, and act as an arbitration body when necessary. The notional head of the Alliance Assembly is the Prime Minister, but in reality it is the Council of Admirals that wields the greatest degree of power.[9]

The Council of Admirals is a six-person body comprising the leaders of the six largest military forces in the Alliance. In addition to selecting the prime minister, the Council also commands the Alliance Defence Force, a vast flotilla of ships contributed by each of the Alliance's member systems. The Council of Admirals is free to deploy the Defence Force without the approval of the Assembly, making it extremely powerful.[9]

"There can be no argument that the Alliance lacks the power-projection abilities of the Empire and the Federation. But it is more than capable of competing with them in economic and political terms, and of defending its member systems when necessary.[9]

What the future holds remains to be seen, but under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Edmund Mahon, it seems likely the Alliance will only continue to grow.[9]

聯盟之價值

On July 2, 3301, Prime Minister Mahon gave a speech about the values of the Alliance which he holds dear at the esteemed Alioth University, his alma mater:[17]

“The Alliance of Independent Systems is built upon a single defining principle and that is one of freedom. The freedoms we enjoy range from our personal freedoms as inscribed in the Bill of Human Rights to the freedom of societies and even planets within the Alliance.”[17]

“But we should not accept this grace blindly or assume that its existence continues by mere chance. The birth of the Alliance came from removing the burden of the Federation and the Empire who for centuries fought each other for our resources and we were caught helpless in the middle.”[17]

“Both of those organisations proudly describe their origins as being freedom from the tyranny of others. And yet now they are the tyranny and it is our duty to oppose them, while also ensuring that we don’t become them.”[17]

多元

While the Alliance is devoted to liberty and self-determination, it includes membership of star systems with various government types. This varies from democracy to dictatorship and other restrictive, undemocratic forms of government.[18]

There are systems where narcotics, genetic engineering and slavery are legal. For example Alliance systems with anarchy governments take slaves and imperial slaves which become regular slaves. The difference is those systems don't want people who live in other systems to govern them.[19]

偽善

A group calling itself the 'Children of Liberty' made a public statement concerning the Alliance and what they call its “rampant hypocrisy” on 7 August 3301. The group claims that a "huge gulf" exists between the Alliance's professed goals and values and the reality present in many of its member systems.[18]

"For an organization that purports to be devoted to the ideals of liberty and self-determination", the release stated, "the Alliance certainly tolerates a great deal of despotism and tyranny within its own borders. It's about time the Alliance addressed the rampant hypocrisy of allowing dictatorships – as well as other restrictive, undemocratic forms of government – membership into their supposed bastion of freedom and liberty."[18]

"On revolutionary Eranin the population are expected to perform in weekly parades celebrating their independence from the Federation, even while their leaders ‘redistribute’ the people’s wages into their own back pockets."[20]

The statement went on to list a number of Alliance-sponsored autocracies in various systems, and called on the Alliance and its supporters to sponsor serious democratic reform in said systems by backing democratically-aligned factions over autocratic ones.[18]

人口

The Alliance has an estimated population of 491,477,277,221 (491 billion) as of February 3304 CE.[21] It is the third most populous superpower in the Milky Way galaxy. People of the Alliance populate 847 star systems, primarily in the Core Systems.[21] More Alliance systems are uninhabited.

Leading Population Centers

Rank System Allegiance Population
1 Lave Alliance 25,000,000,000
2 He Bo Alliance 24,383,243,322
3 G 123-16 Alliance 16,412,629,046
4 Alioth Alliance 14,900,071,500
5 VZ Corvi Alliance 11,829,349,398
6 Vamm Alliance 11,475,993,394
7 LTT 13125 Alliance 10,896,065,831
8 78 Ursae Majoris Alliance 10,387,920,737
9 Mullag Alliance 10,161,396,861
10 BD-22 3573 Alliance 9,795,262,157

法律

Every Alliance member system has an independent government that makes its own laws. The Alliance Assembly lacks lawmaking powers. It mainly functions to establish common policies and treaties among its members.[22]

There are various security forces that enforce the law in Alliance space.

  • The Allied Police Forces are the police forces of the Alliance.
  • Interpol provides multi-jurisdictional investigation, particularly across Alliance worlds, but also when an investigation strays beyond.[23]
  • The Alliance Defence Force is essentially a small rapid deployment force consisting of ships from the Alliance member navies. Additional forces can be provided by member system's navies.[24]

政體

領導人

The President of the Alliance is the head of state of the Alliance, while the Alliance Prime Minister is the head of government. The latter position is the more influential of the two in directing the Alliance's policies. The current Prime Minister is Edmund Mahon. The real power rests with the Civil Servants, and the Council of Admirals.[25]

The Prime Minister is elected by the Council Members in the Alliance Assembly. In theory the Prime Minister is elected for six years, but disputes within the Assembly have meant that the PM often doesn’t make it that long. They can suffer votes against them, often resulting in resignation, or occasionally votes of no confidence. They can serve multiple terms, but none have managed to do so yet.[25]

上將議會

The Alliance Defence Force is run by the six member Council of Admirals, independently from the Council of Members, but reporting to it after the event, to facilitate rapid decision-making. Each of these Admirals is from a key contributing Navy.[25]

聯盟立法會

The Council Members of the Alliance Assembly are elected by the people of each member state. Some Member States have slightly different electoral rules based on their history. The number of Council Members within the Alliance Assembly is based on the size of each member state's respective populations; some only have one. The Council Members represent their member system politically in Parliament. The Meetings of the Alliance Assembly are conducted virtually but run on Turner's World in Alioth. The Prime Minister is elected by the Council Members, and it is his or her job to corral them into some sort of consensus which is generally a slow process. There is much less tradition than in the other powers, and processes within the Alliance Assembly are still subject to change – generally when arguments break out, as they frequently do. In practice the Alliance is largely run by Civil Servants – salaried officials that look after day to day running of the Alliance, generally not getting involved in the political struggles. Due to much cultural variation the Alliance Assembly rarely gets anything done.[25]

The Alliance Assembly is the central body for the Alliance as a whole. While parallels can be drawn with the European Union in the 21st century, the Assembly lacks the law making powers of the EU. It mainly functions as a means for establishing common policies and treaties rather than laws. It also acts as an arbitration body between member states and depending on Assembly votes can enforce sanctions or corrective measures. However the politics of the member states often makes this a tricky process.[22]

When the ruling minor faction of a Member State changes, then depending on the rules of that Member State, it could change who represents them in the Assembly – but given that the Assembly rarely gets anything done, it is unlikely anyone will notice.[25]

關鍵星系

These are key Alliance star systems.

勢力資訊

軍階

The Alliance does not contain ranks, instead featuring a complex permit scheme that restricts commanders' travel to Alliance systems.

聯盟飛船

Permits

Permits are required to access certain systems that are otherwise locked out by the computer of your Frame Shift Drive (FSD).

Such permits are rewarded by the controlling faction for that locked system, when you become allied with that faction. You can often find that faction on a station outside the main system they control.

Once allied, simply visit the Bulletin Board at any of the faction's stations to accept a job titled "Making Friends And Going Places". Accepting the job automatically adds the permit to your FSD computer.

Associated minor factions

Faction System Station
Alioth Independents 78 Ursae Majoris Rominger Dock
Alioth Independents 78 Ursae Majoris Read Gateway
Indaol Independents Indaol Wafer Landing

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