- This article is about the nation. For the planet, see Mechyrdia (planet)
|Empire of Mechyrdia |
|Ethnic groups||35% Human|
14% Gene-modded abhuman
11% Other alien
19% Reformed Tylan
1% Theocratic Tylan
8% Orthodox Christian
|Government||Semi-parliamentary federation with executive monarch|
|Ciar||Nicólei Titówić Mehurdów|
|Ćancellar||Marc Adlerić Basileiów|
|Legislature||Senat (Relmitah e Relmiraþ)|
|Currency||Throne (Ŧ), along many privately-operated currencies|
Mechyrdia (Mec. Mehurdia /mɛ.xɨr.di.a/, Tyl. Mechirdia /me.çir.di.a/), officially the Empire of Mechyrdia (Mec. Ciarstuo Mehurdias /tsar.stʊ̯ə mɛ.xɨr.di.as/, Tyl. Kjarshtam Mechirdiasram /caɾ.ʃtam me.çir.di.a.sɾam/) is a sovereign state in the Milky Way Galaxy. It includes 21 constituent inhabited sectors and 1 constituent imperial district and is populated by mostly (35%) humans, with plenty of xeno citizens from allies, vassals, and conquered nations. With about 400 trillion inhabitants, Mechyrdia is the most populous nation in the galaxy.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Before the Founding
- 1.2 The New Empire
- 1.3 Expansion and Conquest
- 1.4 The Arkant Horde
- 1.5 The War of Ferþlon
- 1.6 The Marcanów Doctrine
- 1.7 Stock Market Crash
- 1.8 The Ilkhan Encounter and the Prelude to War
- 1.9 The Fulkreyksk Cold War
- 1.10 The End of the Cold War
- 2 Economy
- 3 Government
Before the Founding
The New Empire
Upon the federation of the human realms into the Empire of Mechyrdia, the First Emperor, Nicólei I, decided to revive an ancient human tradition: democracy. He would allow the people to vote for representatives, while the Emperor/Empress would appoint the Chancellor. Delegates from all across the human worlds came together and drafted a Constitution that would form the basis for the Empire.
As this was happening, the Mechyrdian fleets were battling the Tylan forces. Eventually, the Theocracy capitulated as it was falling into revolution, and the Empire began integration of the new Tylan Republic. The humans decided that the Tylans should be given the same rights as the humans themselves, as per the Dual State Act.
Expansion and Conquest
The Mechyrdian realm would start expanding its borders almost immediately after the Tylan Integration. Surrounding the former Theocracy were relatively primitive realms that were often terrorized by Tylan raiders. It was easy for the Mechyrdians to convince them to join the Empire. Those that didn't join were simply conquered and integrated as Imperial provinces.
The Arkant Horde
The First Era of Expansion would end in 138 OC, when the Mechyrdian borders were assaulted by a massive strike from the Arkant Horde. Their leader, the Great Khagan, demanded complete surrender. Naturally, the Mechyrdians refused, and thus began the war.
World after world fell to the Horde as their fleets advanced. The Mechyrdians were desperate to the point that the Chancellor ordered the construction of a device that would destroy all of existence in the case that Mechyrdia were to fall. This device would come to be known as the Eternity Cascade, and it still exists today, ready to be activated should Mechyrdia come under severe threat.
However, the invasion would come to a screeching halt when the Khagan was killed by a strike team led by Corporal Róman Gawrilić Śtertów, one of Mechyrdia's most celebrated heroes to this day. He sacrificed himself by detonating the reactor of the Khagan's flagship, destroying the entire vessel.
Mechyrdia would reclaim the planets that were occupied during the invasion. The territories of the Arkant Horde would fracture into countless infighting Diadochi states.
The War of Ferþlon
- Main article: Ferthlon Insurrection
In 154 OC, the Ferþlon sector was consumed by a circumspace anomaly that cut it off from Mechyrdian ships, trade, and communications. After only 4 months, it reemerged. However, in those four months relative to Mechyrdia, four decades passed for the people of Ferþlon. In that time, the local governments loyal to Mechyrdia were overthrown, and a new government emerged. One that is run by non-humans, as under their ultra-xenophilic doctrine, the non-humans have legal supremacy over the humans as reparations for decades of perceived oppression.
Eventually, the tide turned. The death of the rebel leader Qaran Karkhag led to a final Mechyrdian victory in the war, after six bloody years.
The war was the most destructive in Mechyrdia's history, and after it ended, massive scourings of academia and the military were needed, as well as a restructuring of the military to be more spread-out.
The Marcanów Doctrine
In 178 OC, Chancellor Marcanów invented the Marcanów Doctrine; stating that the entire galaxy is within the sphere of influence of Mechyrdia, and all who oppose them will be crushed. It also defined the concept of "adaptive power": rather than just sticking to the military force of hard power, or the diplomatic influence of soft power, adaptive power uses both, depending on which is more appropriate for the situation. In other words, "speaking softly and carrying a big stick".
The military component of the Marcanów Doctrine was the idea of a "putting in place": invading a disobedient nation, destroying their military and infrastructure, and then leaving. Rather than occupying and trying to create a friendly government, Mechyrdia would merely smash the enemy military, give the opposing government a stern warning, and leave.
The astropolitical component of the doctrine is based on a pragmatic focus and an understanding that some cultures are not fit for democracy and capitalism, and that the best to hope for is a pro-Mechyrdian autocracy.
Stock Market Crash
In 181 OC, the stock market crashed, and the banks went bankrupt. Modern historians agree that this is the result of statist crony capitalism, however this was not so clear at the time it happened. In the aftermath of the economic collapse, the Empress at the time, Aemiliana II, fired Chancellor Ferrunów and appointed a special emergency council to lead the Chancellery. This council would be staffed with non-partisan technocrats who would find the best solution to the problem. The members of this first council were:
- Rikahardus Stahlamanns, computer programmer, inventor of open-source quantum AI, and founder of the Quanix Foundation
- Jovar Kjanes, demand-side economist and head of the Final Frontier social-liberal think tank
- Constanzina von Rustlin, supply-side economist and head of finances of the Texandria Institute of Applied Sciences and Arts
- Marcus Julius Titus, sociologist and demographer, head of the Mechyrdia First nationalist lobby
- Wilhelm Josefić Wourciów, small business owner, chosen to represent the common people
This arrangement was also called the Pentarchy in informal speech. As they set out to find a solution, the planetary mayor of Mechyrdia, Gogias Hantić Vandrów had other ideas. He summoned the police and the Planetary Guard, and ordered them to occupy Paloudlic Placj. From there, he declared himself the Grand Protector of the new Mechyrdine Protectorate.
The new Grand Protector, Gogias Vandrów, took near-complete control of the government, and from there, the economy. He ordered the execution of the Pentarchs, however they fled with the assistance of rebel groups in the Mechyrdian Navy. Vandrów didn't pursue them, however, as he figured that they would be powerless to stop him. He then ordered the execution of both houses of the Senate, and the dissolution of the Relmigascaft. He nationalized the banks, the energy industry, the arms manufacturing industry, and the IT industry. He demanded that social media networks censor anything critical of his rule. Finally, he demanded the creation of unemployment pensions and a negative income tax for lower income brackets, in order to attract the people to his rule.
The Mechyrdian military, on the other hand, would not stand by and let Vandrów trample on their freedom. Every fleet in the Navy and every chapter in the Army was mobilized. Reserve forces were also mobilized. The military converged on the Mechyrd system with the objective of overthrowing the Grand Protector. Vandrów saw this threat, and mobilized the Planetary Guard and Fleet to stop the military. Being vastly outnumbered, however, Vandrów's forces were obliterated, Vandrów himself was overthrown and executed, and the Senate and Pentarchy were restored.
The Pentarchy set out to create a plan of economic reform. At the radical end, Rikahardus Stahlamanns wanted to create an AI-driven centralized economy. This idea was shot down, as such an AI would become a prime target for hackers, and disconnecting it from the network wouldn't be possible, because connections to local households would be required for it to know what the people want and need. It would be inevitable that such an AI would be hacked into distributing used condoms instead of food.
At the other radical end, Marcus Julius Titus suggested that Mechyrdia use the Marcanów doctrine to justify taking tribute from the rest of the galaxy and using that to fuel the economy. This idea was also shot down, as it would turn Mechyrdia into a diplomatic pariah.
Wilhelm Josefić Wourciów and Constanzina von Rustlin proposed the libertarian idea: Mechyrdia should shrink its government and purge corporate influence, in order to allow the economy to correct itself. The modern economic consensus is that this idea would have worked the best for fixing the problem at hand, however at the time, it was rejected.
Jovar Kjanes put forth the moderate idea: creating a welfare state to provide for everyone's needs. This had a fourfold plan:
- A universal basic income for every citizen of Mechyrdia, of 1024 thrones per month.
- Unemployment subsidies for every citizen who does not have a job, of 3072 thrones per month.
- A progressive and negative income tax that varies based on the percentile of income, ranging from -10% for the poorest citizen to 10% for the richest citizen, and 0% for the median income.
- Price ceilings for common goods such as food, clothes, and shelter.
This plan was put into law, bypassing the Senate and Empress. The common citizenry liked it at first, they got free money as a reward for doing nothing, and those they envied would be punished for being successful.
However, it didn't work forever. The prices of every consumer good ended up rising greatly; the public was given more purchasing power, while businesses were not given any new production power. This resulted in a rise in demand of consumer goods, which increased the prices of those goods. But the prices couldn't reach equilibrium; the fourfold plan's price ceilings prevented that. This resulted in massive shortages, in some cases the price was half of what it economically should have been (according to modern estimates). On some planets, literal breadlines formed, and the people started to get angry again.
Meanwhile, Constanzina von Rustlin was becoming disillusioned with the emergency council, and thus she resigned from her seat. She joined the libertarian think tank known as the Midas Institute and set up a campaign to educate the public on economics. This education campaign would inform the people the reasons for these shortages, and point them to the many flaws in the four-point plan.
Eventually, the plan was repealed by public referendum, and the economy returned to normal functioning.
The Ilkhan Encounter and the Prelude to War
In 192 OC, Mechyrdia made first contact with the Ilkhan Commune. A syndicalist oligarchy, the Ilkhans immediately denounced Mechyrdia, citing "capitalist oppression" as the main justification. Mechyrdian leaders came together and calculated that military-wise, Ilkhai is an equal match for Mechyrdia. With this understanding, the Marcanów Doctrine was put on hold.
In 211 OC, the Ilkhans invaded the Niska Republic, a neutral nation. This alarmed the Mechyrdians, and led them to believe that war was inevitable. The Empire militarized and put its eastern sectors on Red Śtagróz, in preparation for the conflict.
The Great Galactic War
(AKA the Twenty Years War)
In 212 OC, the Ilkhan Commune invaded the Mechyrdian sector of Wostóctyla, starting the Great Galactic War. The war continued for twelve bloody years before Ilkhai declared war on the Fulkreyksk Authoritariat, a nationalist autocracy to the galactic east of Ilkhan space. One year later, the tide turned at the Battle of Languavarth Prime. The Ilkhan fronts eventually collapsed as Mechyrdian and Fulkreyksk navies met at the Battle of Ilkhai.
The Fulkreyksk Cold War
The Fulkreykski became hostile to Mechyrdia almost immediately after the war ended. They couldn't go to war, however, because they both recognized that, due to their massive militaries and destructive devices, a war could very well destroy the entire galactic economy, if not the galaxy.
Instead, they both tried to spread their influence across the stars; Mechyrdia and its semi-democratic capitalism, against Fulkreykk and its autocratic nationalism.
Proxy War: Ilkhai
After the Great Galactic War, the planet Ilkhai was partitioned into Mechyrdian zones and Fulkreyksk zones, with the surrounding space being a shell of neutrality encased within Fulkreyksk influence. In 236 OC, the Ilkhan Potentate, a Fulkreyksk satellite state, invaded the Ilkhan Republic, an ally of Mechyrdia. The war proved difficult at first, as the Ilkhai system was entirely within Potentate space. However, the Republic eventually won out, in what many have called a miracle.
Proxy War: Niskon
The Niska Republic was the nation whose capitulation foreshadowed the Great Galactic War. After war's end, Niskon fell entirely within the Mechyrdian sphere of influence. In 242 OC, Fulkreykk-backed rebellions broke out all across Niska space. These rebellions died out due to Mechyrdia's unique strategy: doing nothing. The rebels' main propaganda point was that Mechyrdia was an oppressive empire that keeps its subjects in chains. The Mechyrdian government demonstrated otherwise, by letting the rebels wage their war. Eventually, the Niskon military turned the tide on its own, and so the rebellions ended.
The Race to Circumspace
The Mechyrdian and Fulkreyksk navies both used circumdrives: starships would dive into circumspace in one system, and pop out in another. This technology can also be used to travel to different universes, however that hasn't been done ever before in human history.
Mechyrdia started the Race to Circumspace by making first contact with another universe. The Mechyrdian fleet exited Circumspace and assisted in the destruction of an armada of 2,800 ships from a nation known as the Dominion. After the battle, Mechyrdia established diplomatic relations with the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, and many smaller states.
The Fulkreykski followed by attempting to destroy a nation known as the Tau Empire. However, they were driven back by the locals' technology.
The End of the Cold War
In 247 OC, the Fulkreyksk Authoritariat collapsed into civil war. Some say that this was due to to a ministry of the Mechyrdian government known as the Military Insecurity Agency. Those claims fall flat, however, as this agency doesn't exist. What really caused the collapse of Fulkreykk is unknown, as most of the Authoritariat's records were lost in the still-continuing civil war.
The Basileiów Addendum to the Marcanów Doctrine
In 253, Chancellor Basileiów proposed an addendum to the Marcanów doctrine: when dealing with nations with which a war would be too destructive, it is better to diplomatically isolate them and prevent their influence from reaching outside their borders. This was intended to target the remnant of Fulkreykk known a the Isarnareyksk Junta, which had previously made attempts to influence states in Mechyrdia's sphere of influence.
The Mechyrdian economic system is known as Functionumimend, translating as "functionalism"; this name was chosen to describe a "functional economy", contrasting with "dysfunctional economies" that describe any non-Mechyrdian system. Mechyrdia's economic system is almost entirely laissez-faire, with the only actions legally possible being to break up monopolies and trusts, and only with a majority vote in all three houses of the Senate.
The Mechyrdian government, while it operates its own currency, also offers licenses to people and corporations to operate their own private currencies. These currencies can be backed by whatever standard the licensee wants, be it representative, fiat, or crypto.
The Mechyrdian throne (þron, Ŧ) is based on an iridium standard, with each throne being equivalent to a certain portion of iridium metal in the Treasury's vaults. The current conversion is 5.317826 thrones to 1 gram of iridium.
Exchange rates with Earth currency as of Oct 16, 2019 16:30 UTC
|Dollar, United States||USD||8.947849||0.111759|
|Pound, Great Britain||GBP||6.960916||0.143659|
|Franc, Confœderatio Helvetica||CHF||8.905480||0.112290|
Government revenue and expenditure
Most (62%) government revenue is not taken from taxes; rather, it comes from profit made by government departments managed as businesses on a profit model. They compete with private businesses, and this competition is what drives the Mechyrdian government to innovate and improve efficiency. The government also takes donations, and spends each donation where its donor wants the money to be spent.
The only tax that the government uses is the spatial volume ownership tax (Spacisus Volumus Aigatis Tax, SVAT). This tax is based on how much volume of space the taxpayer owns; the more volume, the more tax. The SVAT is described as "progressive tax without the bureaucracy", as its progressive nature is inherent; the more space one owns, the higher their social stratum, and the higher their potential for income.
Mechyrdia is a semi-parliamentary federation with an executive monarch. The Ciar (tr. Emperor) of Mechyrdia is the chief of the Executive, while the Chancellor is the chief of the Legislature. The people elect the senators of the Legislature, however the Chancellor is appointed by the Ciar.