Bastion

Created by Bomoor Thort on Mon Aug 26th, 2019 @ 9:48pm

Bastion

"We are the greatest hope for universal peace. We are relentless. We are the future. We are eternal!" - Valavai Tarses, from his "Proclamation of Valour" speech

Basic Information


ASTROGRAPHICAL

    Region: Outer Rim
    Sector: Braxant sector
    System: Sartinaynian system
    Suns: 1: Sarti
    Orbital position: 2
    Moons: 1: Fel
    Grid coordinates: K-3
    Rotation period: 24 hours
    Orbital period: 363 local days

PHYSICAL

    Class: Terrestrial
    Diameter: 12,700 km
    Atmosphere: Type 1 (breathable)
    Climate: Temperate
    Gravity: Standard
    Primary terrain: Hills
      Native Flora:TBC
      Native Fauna: TBC
      Points of interest: Ravelin (capital city), Imperial Library, Fel Citadel (Imperial Headquarters, includes: Pellaeon Memorial Gardens, Moff Assembly Hall), Orbital Shipyards, Disra Palace (Grand Moff's official residence)

    SOCIETAL

      Native Species: Humans (settled)
      Primary language(s):
    • Galactic Basic Standard (Imperial dialect, referred to as "Imperial Basic")
      • Government: Martial Oligarchy
        Population: 2 Billion
        Demonym: Imperial; Bastionite
        Major cities:
      • Ravelin
      • Sartinaynian City
        Affiliation:
      • First Galactic Republic
      • Confederacy of Independent Systems
      • First Galactic Empire (Imperial Remnant)
      • Imperial Remnant
      • Second Galactic Republic (Alliance/Federation)
      • Second Galactic Empire (under Fel and Krayt)
      • Bastion Moff Empire (Imperial rump state)
      • GalactaWerks (secretly allied; technological agreement)


      OTHER INFORMATION

        Title of Leader(s): Grand Moff
        Current Leader(s): Valavai Tarses

        Notable natives: Symon Tarses

      Description


      Once known as Sartinaynian, Bastion is a closed-off and secretive world, known for being the capital planet of the ancient Fel Empire as well as the remnants of the First Galactic Empire, holding true to many of the aristocratic and Humanocentric ideals of Emperor Palpatine's New Order.


      A fortress world steeped in conflict and intrigue, Bastion has become a hotbed for cutting edge modern technologies and is a densely-populated and structure world. Gleaming skyscrapers and well-kept gardens and managed wildlife dot the planet's terrestrial landscapes. Orbital and planetary shipyards are scattered across particular districts and much of the world is managed directly by the military, but there is a substantial civilian population that is largely Human in distribution. Whilst non-Humans within Bastion space, being a combination of families present when the borders were closed and being natives of worlds controlled by Bastion, are not formally discriminated against or prevented from achieving ranking positions within the state, their smaller populations and the innate xenophobia still present within some of the older families and military have limited their numbers in the upper levels of Bastion society.


      Bastion boasts one of the largest standing military organisations within the known galaxy, with advanced technology rivalling the most modern systems employed by the Third Republic, having spent insular centuries devoted to technological development and military advancement.



      History


      Fall of the Second Republic (300-350 ABY)


      In the waning days of the Galactic Federation, a triumvirate alliance state considered the brief spiritual successor to the Second Galactic Republic after the Sith-Imperial War with Darth Krayt’s Galactic Empire, the so-called Fel Empire, rose to fill the power vacuum left by the demise of the Sith. Headed up by the surviving leaders of the New Jedi Order, Republic and Old Empire, the Federation fought in vain to restore a sense of order within a fractured galaxy.


      Divisions were rife between the triumvirs and their respective nations, the culture and desires of their peoples disparate and desperate following years of intense warfare. The Jedi were spread thinly in a galaxy struggling to come to terms with the destruction wrought by Darth Krayt. Even though the Fel dynasty sought to have a positive impact on the galaxy once more, many within the Federation could not draw the distinction between them and the Imperials that had been loyal to Krayt.


      These divisions and failure to cohesively plan and deal with the galaxy’s widespread issues ultimately left the Federation open to numerous petty wars, each of which ebbed away at the alliance’s feebling power and legitimacy, their authority deeply diminished. Eventually, in the third century after the historic Battle of Yavin, an old threat, long believed neutered, rose to challenge the so-called Second Republic: the Mandalorians.


      For twenty years, the New Mandalorian Crusade saw the Mandalorian warriors assault the tripartite galactic state, overwhelming the disparate fleets and forces of the barely-combined Imperial, Republic and Jedi galaxy-wide. Dozen of planets fell to the invaders or willingly joined them as collaborators. Worlds that did not fall had to fight hard for their independence, or found themselves blockaded, cut off from much-needed supplies.


      In the mid and latter stages of the war, it was apparent that the Federation was going to fall. Dissenters within the Imperial faction had their voices becoming louder, urging Empress Marasiah Fel to withdraw from the agreement and bring the Empire out of the war with the Mandalorians. Fel refused, insisting that the Imperials continue to defend the Federation it had formed after the death of Darth Krayt.


      Whilst the Imperials enjoyed the largest tactical advantage of the allied powers, they too were struggling under the resurgent Mandalorian might. A vast number of the remnant Imperial Knights were felled during the conflict, whilst many others were rumoured to have abandoned their posts in favour of the Mandalorian war effort. These rumours fed into the eventual rise of a new faction in the galaxy, born out of an internal split within the Mandalorians themselves: the Defenders.


      These so-called Defenders opposed the tyranny of the “True Mandalorians” waging galactic war. Led by an individual called Mandalore the Divider, this new grouping was theorised to have been formed by Imperial Knights that donned Mandalorian armour, but this has never been confirmed.


      Prior to the rise of the Defenders and the chaos of the Mandalorian civil war that ensued, the isolationist powers within the Imperials grew in strength, until such point the Council of Moffs numbered more heavily in their favour than not. With this dissent and the support by which to enforce it, with even Imperial public opinion turning against the Federation and Force users, the Counil forced the Empress to accede to their demands, and suddenly withdrew all Imperial support for the war effort. It was around this time that the Defenders arose.


      Withdrawing to the long-standing fortress capital world of Imperial space, Bastion, most Imperial forces departed from Republic space. This did not immediately, however, prevent open conflict with the Mandalorians, who, whilst now starting their own civil war, had occupied large swathes of territory in the region historically controlled by the Imperials. The Imperial forces dedicated themselves to reinforcing what they perceived to be their borders, and effectively disappeared from galactic affairs, dedicating themselves to self-preservation and technological development. The point of view of the Moffs, at the time, was that the civilised galaxy was due to collapse under the weight of Mandalorian barbarism. When they had successfully redeveloped and re-armed, Bastion intended to return to the galaxy to restore civility and order.


      Throughout the so-called New Galactic Dark Age and with the eventual Grand Proclamation and advent of the Third Galactic Republic, this did not, of course happen.


      Interregnum


      The authority of the Fel dynasty challenged and waning, as well as being represented by a sole surviving member of the family, the Council of Moffs was rapid in asserting its authority throughout the rump state of the former Galactic Empire. With their borders heavily-defended and entrenched around the central world of Bastion, the world’s name eventually became synonymous with the state itself, with all authority running centrally from the fortress world.


      Gradually, with the passing of the ceremonial Empress, there was no clear successor. This was the general intention of the Council of Moffs. Whilst many harboured dreams of aspiring the to the vacant throne themselves, the High Moff of the Council, who held the best claim, summarily executed any pretenders that put themselves forwards, mercilessly ending such imperial ambitions and establishing a long-standing interregnum that has prevailed into the modern era. This High Moff would reinstitute the title of Grand Moff, the new titular head of state for the changing Imperial state, a position that would be elected from within the Council itself.


      Gradually, the state surrendered ownership of the title of Galactic Empire, accepting their diminished power and scope within the galaxy, even if never surrendering the Imperial doctrine from day-to-day life, and became known formally as the Bastion Moff Empire, and variably as the Moffist Empire or just Bastion. The throne became known as the “Empty Throne”, which became almost revered within the echelons of Imperial society, reserved for a prophesised ‘true’ successor to the First Galactic Emperor: Palpatine of Naboo.


      The Early Bastion Wars


      There have been five formalised “Bastion Wars” between Bastion and the successor Mandalorian state formed by the victorious Mandalorian defenders: Manda’toma. Situated close to the isolationist Bastion state, the two hegemonies have conflicted over territory and ideals numerous times throughout the centuries. For many in Bastion, the wars represent long-standing grudges against the Mandalorians for their actions in centuries past, and the enmity between them is more akin to a blood feud. Like so many in the galaxy, Bastion does not truly recognise the difference between Manda’toma and the Mandalorian Exiles (the “True Mandalorians”), who themselves have shown repeated interest in raiding Bastion space.


      The cold war that often exists between the Imperials and the Mandalorians has fed into the rapid development of modern technology and military-naval tactics within Bastion, who have continued to boast one of the most advanced, capable and sizeable military forces in the galaxy, even if most conflicts are contained within their own borders or against Mandalorians.


      Despite numerous overtures from the Third Republic to open diplomatic ties with Bastion, the Moffs have rebuffed all efforts at interactions, defending their borders jealously and considering the outside galaxy uncivilised and barbaric. Whilst this is not strictly true, it is a belief encouraged and spread throughout the general populace.


      Recent History (Around 1,000 ABY)


      TBC



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