The Niraxian Empire (Niraxian: Impyrr Niraxus Silixus; Empire of the Seven Niraxias) is a galactic civilization founded by the Niraki race. Formed as a union of various Niraxian dynasties, it was proclaimed an empire by Mehren the Conqueror following the Niraxian Civil War. Since then, it has been ruled solely by the Sydona line of emperors.
In the later half of the First Galactic Era the Empire saw stagnancy and decline as a result of poor leadership, however its victory in the Plutonian Crusades restored its economic, military and diplomatic strength. Its role in the Fighting War saw the restoration of galactic peace and prosperity and its rise to a superpower.
In modern times, the Niraxian Empire is an economic and military superpower, a dominant member of the Orion Forum and a very active and influential trading power, particularly in the mining industries over which it shares a bitter trade rivalry with the Energis Coalition.
The Empire is ruled by the Emperor of Niraxia who is the absolute head of state. The Imperial Vizier maintains the civilian government in his stead. The current Emperor is Akriontra Sydona.
Although the Empire was officially proclaimed in 200 BC by Mehren the Conqueror, its roots went back as far as 6000 BC when the population of Niraxus 7 (then Niraxia) was divided into various dynasties that made up the Dynastial Era.
Before 200 BC, the surface of Niraxus 7 was divided into nation-states known as dynasties, where one family would rule over land and other sub-dynasties much like a monarchy. These dynasties fought with each other over land, resources and honour. It was during this era that Niraxians developed their inborn desire place family before one's self, a thought that is considered highly conservative in the modern Empire.
In the later half of this Era, dynastial alliances arose in both continents of Niraxus 7. These alliances, originally meant to foster peace, were used by their members to gain control over their continent and establish a form of authoritarianism where power was in the hands of various families. These alliances eventually gained so large that the dynasties merged with each other to form a close bond leading to the formation of the North and South Dominions. These Dominions established the dynastial hierarchy that would rule their future nation for the next five centuries. They eventually began plotting to invade the other continent to gain control of their relics for study. This led to major wars between the Dominions before ultimately resulting in the fall of the South Dominion at the end of the Dominion War in 900 BC. The North's victory led to the formation of the first personal union led by the North Dominion. Power was divided among the Northern families. The victorious North decided to open the various relics that littered the surface of Niraxus 7, where they found blueprints and data on interstellar travel and rudimentary spacecraft.
The First Government of Niraxus
The united Dominions eventually went on to form the First Government of Niraxus, and used their newly-found knowledge of space travel to accelerate their scientific understanding. By the end of 700 BC, the Niraxians had managed to send colonial spacecraft to their neighbouring planets and established colonies, finding more relics. These relics allowed the Niraxians to create bigger and more advanced space-going starcraft. The Niraxians slowly began spreading away from their solar system, utilising the power of faster-than-light travel to colonise neighbouring solar systems. Many primitive races were eradicated during this colonial process. However as Niraxian spacecraft grew larger and more advanced, the cracks in the First Government began to grew larger and many dynasties began plotting to break free from the others and form their own space nations. This reached its climax in 202 BC when the Vizier of the First Government was assassinated by rebels leading to full-scale civil war between the once united dynasties. The Niraxian ships once meant for exploration began firing on each other.
In 200 BC, the war had spread to many of the Niraxian colonies with many dynasties fighting for control over the others. Although many of the original dynastial alliances unravelled in the early stages of the war, some remained intact. One of the alliances, led by the Sydona Dynasty, quickly gained in strength through diplomacy. The patriarch of the Dynasty, Mehren I, who would later become Mehren the Conqueror was a figure of immense diplomatic and strategic knowledge. One of the defining moments that led the Sydona Dynasty to victory was when he arranged for marriage between the Princess of the Jahilik Dynasty and his own son, Katriontris the Legendary. By doing this, he gained de facto authority over the majority of the Niraxian colonies. He would later gain the support of many conservative dynasties by pledging to make the Niraxian religion a vital pillar of their future nation, which he would later fulfill.
By 160BC, the Niraxian colonies were under Sydonan control. After confirming his victory, Mehren established the Niraxian Empire turning the nation into an autocracy. His immediate goals were to rid Niraxian society of the dynastial hierarchy and to make Sydonan authority absolute. Mehren was crowned the First Sydonan King on the 26th of February, which would become known as the Day of the Founding.
The Niraxian Empire
In its early years, the Empire was plaqued with many social issues, which extended from trouble arising from the hierarchy. Many dynasties despite pledging their support, were not pleased to bow their knees to one dynasty. In order to please them, Mehren fulfilled their previous wishes. The Niraxic Order was founded to administer the Niraxian religion and was the first subsidised religious institution in Niraxian history. Secretly Mehren planned to dismantle the hierarchy by slowly and silently exterminating dynastial culture. In 157BC he began work on expanding infrastructure on Niraxus 7 in what would later become Niraxus City. He hoped that by connecting many of the religious and cultural hubs together, the resulting exchange of culture would mix and dilute ethnic culture. He also encouraged inter-dynastial marriages and promoted a unified Niraxian culture.
Aside from his peaceful attempts in making Sydonan authority absolute, Mehren executed plans to centralise the Empire by reorganising the previous colonial government. He formed the Karosmyr to help him take control of other dynasties through the bloodline. Karosmyr agents infiltrated other dynasties posing as wealthy noblemen and wedding into that dynasty. This method proved overall successful. During his time as Emperor, Mehren began writing the Mehrenic Code, a set of rules and tenets that would lay the foundations of the Niraxian justice system. Mehren would continue to centralise the Empire until his death in 58CE.
His son, Katriontris the Legendary, the first Knight of the Order, was crowned the Second Sydonan King shortly after his father's death. His reign saw the separation of church and state following a brief six month standoff between the Niraxian government and the Niraxic Order. After signing the Concordat of Religious Unity, the church's political power was vested in the Royal family in exchange for permanent Sydonan loyalty to the religion. Katriontris also enacted sweeping reforms which established the Mehrenic Code as the nation's sole constitutional document, and the nation's justice system adopted the Code. This would mark the beginning of the totalitarian state that would continue to rule for the next two thousand years.
Katriontris' son Jykaliris was crowned the Third Sydonan King after Katriontris' death in the Colonial Conquests. Following his father's lead, Jykaliris promoted the Niraxian religion, eventually becoming what people described as a fanatic. Fearing for the future of the Niraxian state, a small group of Karosmyr broke the Mehrenic Code by plotting to overthrow him led by Jykalaris' younger brother Arakantra. Jykaliris abdicated and became the Niraxic Order's Holy Prophet until his death.
The Plutonian Crusades
Around 280CE, the Empire had fallen into an era of stagnancy due to Arakantra's actionless reign. Restlessness had begun to take hold of the nation's colonies. It was around this time that the Niraxian Empire encountered its first extraterrestrial opponent. In 281, a Niraxian exploration mission had stumbled upon a colony belonging to a race of cephalapods known as the Plutonians. They possessed technology similar to the Niraxian's, which made them a formidable opponent.
The Niraxian government is divided into two branches, civilian and imperial. The Civilian branch is in charge of administering justice, order and peace within the Empire as well as basic administration services. The imperial branch is the de facto executive branch of the government and is in charge of legislation and governance of the entire nation. The nation's civilian and judiciary system is set out in the Mehrenic Code, a set of tenets written by the Empire's founder, Mehren the Conqueror.
The Civilian Branch is in charge of keeping order and peace within the Empire as well as administering justice through the courts of Niraxia. The branch is also in charge of tax collection and processing, criminal investigation on a civil level, maintenance of emergency services and matters that relate to social and internal affairs. The branch is headed by an Imperial Vizier, who is appointed by the King and serves life tenure unless he retires or is removed from the position by the King. The Vizier's role is to ensure the successful running of the civil government and to report to the King on important issues and problems that arise. Together with the Imperial Branch, the civil government has authority to deal with foreign affairs but is only allowed to do so when the lives of Niraxian nationals are in danger. The civil branch is also in charge of issuing, revoking and renewing Niraxian citizenship and passports. The affairs of the civilian government are administered and monitored by the Niraxian Inquisition, the Empire's sole executive agency tasked with the powers of maintaining order, peace and stability within the Empire. The Inquisition is also in charge of the Imperial Police Service and all Niraxian police officers are by law Inquisitors.
The Imperial Branch is the executive branch of the Niraxian government and is in charge of maintaining and creating legislation, dealing with matters that threaten national security and dealing with military matters. The head of the imperial branch is the King of Niraxia, who holds absolute power over the entire government. The Imperial Council is the nation's legislative chamber but holds no real power aside from helping to draft legislation and advising the King on vital matters. The Imperial Branch is also in charge of maintaining diplomatic and foreign affairs with other galactic states directly. The Niraxian Inquisition is part of the Imperial Branch and is responsible for upholding law, order and justice throughout the Empire.
The Niraxian economy is a mixed planned-free market economy. The Niraxian economy is based on the export of raw ore, refined metals and industrial technology. The Arms Industry signifies a notable percentage of the economy. Private industry is allowed in most industries except for military/weapon production, which is fully state-owned and run by the Niraxian government.
The backbone of the Niraxian economy is reliant on the export of raw ore and refined metals, most of which is mined and refined in the controversial and mineral-rich Niraxian Mining Zone by slave workers and prisoners. As such, trade remains highly important to the stability of the Niraxian regime. It shares a bitter rivalry with the Energis Coalition over the intergalactic ore market as well as in the commercial technology sector.
In modern times the Niraxian Empire has become more and more dependant on the free market, opting to invest in local and foreign businesses in order to expand its economy. Much of the old Niraxian customs regarding the economy have been replaced with modern legislation.
The primary religion of the Empire is Niraxism, a monotheistic religion based upon the principles and teachings of Niraxia, a divine being that lives inside the Niraxian sun. It is the official religion of the Empire and is administered by the Niraxic Order.
The Niraxian religion's rapid growth within the nation was promoted by Katriontris' son Jykaliris, who gave the Niraxic Order greater powers within the realm. After stepping down from the Throne he became the Niraxic Order's Fourth Holy Prophet until his death.
Niraxism is still widely believed in in the modern day Niraxian Empire. Under Akriontra Sydona's reign the religion has seen a pronounced drop in followers, due to his progressive policies regarding religion.
The Niraxian Empire is a highly militarised state. The Niraxian military is the second largest in the known galaxy, and costs nearly 12% of the Empire's economy. As part of the Mehrenic Code's civil responsibilities, every Niraxian male must attend a mandatory one year military service at the age of 16. In the time of war all Niraxian males must serve unless they are in a very important part of their education or if they are unfit for duty.
The Niraxian Army is divided into four major categories: The Outer and Inner Divisions, as well as the Elite and Zealots, which encompass many different fighting units and tactics. The Outer Division is for second-class citizens and conscripts, and are mainly used as cannon fodder in a time of war. Conscripts are given very basic military training. However as the Mehrenic Code dictates, conscripts who achieve valour in battle can be promoted to a first-class citizen when they leave the military. The Inner Division comprises the main arm of the Niraxian Army's forces. The soldiers serving in the Inner Division are given proper military training. First-class citizens are drafted into the Inner Division in a time of war. The Elite division is reserved for elite units such as the Niraxian Grey Ops. They are comprised primarily of soldiers who have demonstrated exceptional military training and service during a war. The final division are the Zealots, who are the Niraxian Army's most elite soldiers. Zealot units consist of the Royal Guard, which is responsible for the protection of the Imperial Family, and the infamous Ten Thousand, an ancient unit whose mastery of Niraxian shock combat makes them a feared fighting force.
The Niraxian Armada consists of over 900 military spacecraft spread out into six battlegroups placed in strategic locations throughout the Empire. There are four types of spacecraft used by the Armada:
- Corvettes, small lightly armoured ships generally used for reconnaissance and scouting missions.
- Warships, which are well armoured and are armed with powerful energy weapons. They make up the bulk of the fleet.
- Battlecruisers, large heavily-armoured and powerful ships designed to lead direct assaults.
- Hellfire ships, which are fitted with a large energy cannon primarily used for razing a planet's surface. In modern times their number in the Fleet has shrunk due to disuse.
Niraxians are well known to be a highly conservative race of people, likely due to centuries of authoritarian rule.
Niraxian culture is, in comparison to human culture, highly exotic. Outside of Niraxus 7, old Niraxian customs are very important to the lives of Niraxians and they value tradition. Although Niraxians are very friendly to species that they deem respectable (such as humans) they can become incredibly violent if their cultural traditions are insulted or respected. Various dynasties have their own unique traditions.
Niraxus 7 is home to many cultural and religious institutions, but its cosmopolitan nature has shrouded its cultural and ancient history. Despite this, there are many annual festivals that continue to be celebrated, such as the Festival of Love.
Since the establishment of the Mehrenic Code, there have been various changes and additions to Niraxian civil rights. Although freedom of speech is heavily restricted, Niraxians have come to enjoy freedom of movement within and outside the Empire, as well as the freedom of choosing religion (especially under Akriontra Sydona's regime.)
Homosexuality is virtually non-existant within the population. Niraxians accused of homosexual acts face incredibly harsh punishments.
As outlined in the Mehrenic Code, education is a fundimental right of every Niraxian. Niraxians start school at the age of six. Their first two years of school are in a pre-educational institution which determines their academic traits and their estimated level of future success. Those who have higher academic ability are given places in royal and elite educational facilities while those with lower chances of success are sent to government-operated schools. A student's education continues for eight years until they reach sixteen. If students have less than a 25% pass rate over the course of their education they are automatically conscripted into the military unless they have already found a job.