The Bryckster Faction is a rogue self-governing political entity founded and ruled by the Brycksters, a race of sentient machines. The Entity itself is divided into several different factions ruled by Warlords who answer to the Bryckster King, the nation's de facto ruler.
It is believed to have control over five hundred planets from which it derives materials to fuel its war machine, and is one of the largest military factions in the known galaxy. Since its formation, the Faction has not participated in any official galactic trade or diplomacy, causing a deep rift to form between it and the Orion Forum in what is known as the Synthetic Curtain. They are seen as an antagonistic state by the majority of the galaxy
After initiating and losing the destructive Fighting War, the Brycksters vanished into their space never to be seen again until 109 years later when they invaded the United Earth Republic, initiating the Colonial Fringe Wars.
Although the term Bryckster has been used since before the modern Galactic Era, the term 'Bryckster Faction' was not used until the Fighting War when it was created by the Aralian military commander Kyxccees to describe the nation's uncivilised political structure.
The Bryckster Faction has no government or political system of any kind. Instead, the command chain is a pyramid with the Bryckster King at the top. Beneath him are the infamous Warlords who take control of the Bryckster's military forces and act upon orders given to them from the King.
Bryckster military forces are dictated through the use of a hypernetwork known as BRYCOM. Believed to be the largest of its kind, BRYCOM can send up to 500 million pentabytes every second, sending orders to every single Bryckster unit on the battlefield. Attempts by intelligence analysts to penetrate this network have ended in failure due to the presence of a highly sophisticated defense artificial intelligence who refers to itself as LEONIDAS.
It is unknown where the Brycksters originate from and who their creators are. The generally accepted theory is that the Brycksters were created by an intelligent civilisation that preceded the current galactic community and that the Brycksters themselves are the reason behind that civilization's demise.
The Brycksters already had an established civilisation by 1200 CE where they actively enacted genocide upon unrecognised species and civilizations as a means of expanding the Bryckster's empire. Although the Faction did clash with various Orion species they were generally left alone as synthetic civilizations were not considered active members of the galactic community. This led to an economic block on all Bryckster-made goods including iron, steel and bionic parts, most of which were mined by slaves that were captured during the many Bryckster genocides. This eventually led to the Brycksters selling their goods through underground channels such as the galactic black market. By 1500 CE the Brycksters had come to dominate the black market underworld surviving through countless clamp downs by Orion member nations.
By 1600 CE the Brycksters began using highly aggressive and expansionist strategies against their rivals and opponents leading to the passing of legislation within the Orion Forum that would finally recognise robotic civilisations as a real and thriving nation.
Modern Galactic Era
At the beginning of the Modern Galactic Era (1789 CE) the Bryckster Faction had grown to become a very powerful and industrious galactic nation with a large industrial economy almost no longer reliant on slaves and a massive military force. Fears of war against the Orion Forum increased and war was believed to be imminent. In 1793, an Energis Coalition warship came under attack by Bryckster forces. Angered, the Energis Coalition threatened war. A few days later the Brycksters launched their grand offensive aimed at conquering the galaxy. The Fighting War had begun.
The Brycksters saw great victory in the first half of the war, conquering large swathes of territory and star systems from Orion member nations.