Prior to the destruction of Europa VII, the galaxy was divided between two major powers: The Commonwealth of Man with its collection of vassals, and the Stellaris Federation, an alliance headed by the United Nations of Earth. Prior to this however, the galaxy was far from this level of polarization.
By the middle of the 23rd century, the nations of the new interstellar cycle had learned of each other and were fast coming to the point of finalizing their borders and putting an end to the "final frontier". The Commonwealth of Man was getting its revenge on the Tzynn Empire and the Kingdom of Yondarim for their earlier incursions, while the United Nations of Earth was building friendships with its neighbors.
A number of federations sprang up from those nations who desired friendship with others who saw the world as they did. The governments of these nations were either democratic or oligarchic, while their ethics included egalitarianism and/or xenophilia. However, thanks to other ethics, these nations were initially prevented from joining together. They
Subscribing to militarism, the Kel-Azaan Republic and the Blorg Commonality founded the Justice Alliance together. They would be joined later by the Kilik Cooperative and the Lokken Mechanists, creating a fusion of militarism and materialism as the ethics of the Alliance.
Believing that pacifism and spiritualism was the only way forward for an advanced civilization, the Scyldari Confederacy and the Iferyx Amalgamated Fleets found the Beneficial Compact. They would later be joined by the Glebsig Foundation.
The Ketling Star Pack, thanks to its unique blend of materialism and pacificism, would be on its own for most of its early interstellar history. The Maweer Caretakers, thanks to their extreme isolationism, have been on their own ever since they first left their atmosphere. As the only collective consciousness of the network, the Ix'ldar Star Collective was on its own, alone in a sea of strange entities that somehow managed to survive despite their fractious and divided nature. Thanks to its attempts at rectifying the difference between the members of the Justice Alliance and the Beneficial Compact, the UNE was unable to create its own federation.
Meanwhile, the Commonwealth targeted those civilizations that were a direct threat to itself and to the UNE. In revenge for the opportunistic invasions of the Tzynn and Yondar, territory and planets was taken from them and they were vassalized. Any ideas the Lok had for joining up with the other technocracy of the network, the Voor Technocracy, were shelved following the Commonwealth's conquest and vassalization of the Voor. The Xanid Suzerainty learned to never enslave humans or put them up for sell on the galactic slave market after doing resulted in their conquest and vassalization by the Commonwealth.
The Jehetma Dominion was one of the most pacificistic nations in the network prior to the machinations of the entity known as the "Worm". Their de-evolution into an aggressive and resilient version of themselves resulted in a complete transformation of the Dominion, turning them into a militarist, spiritual, and authoritarian power. Their new wars of expansion had the UNE and the Commonwealth working together to stop their conquests.
The Chinorr Combine was the closest thing that the Commonwealth had for an ally, mostly thanks to their alliance to completely conquer the Hazbuzan Syndicate. The Syndicate had been driving crime rates up across the galaxy, including in human space, and their illegitimate practices gave them a competitive advantage over the other megacorporations. The Commonwealth and the Combine teamed up to utterly conquer the Syndicate, ending them as a civilization.
The Combine enjoyed a near monopoly in the Commonwealth and its vassals, while Orbis Customer Synergies had the same with the Justice Alliance, the UNE, and the Star Pack, along with vying for planets in the Compact alongside the Amalgamated Fleets.
It was in the middle of the 24th century that the status quo was challenged. From one of the Marauders, the Great Khan rose, launching an aggressive campaign of expansion and conquest into the surrounding nations. For the first time, the Commonwealth was forced to fight alongside the Alliance and the Compact against their mutual threat. Along with the Dominion, the UNE, the Star Pack, the Combine, and Orbis Customer Synergies, they all stood against the Khan and his vision for the galaxy.
Amazing victories and horrifying defeats abounded in the Great Khan's Wars. It finally came to an end when a prodigal Commonwealth admiral defeated the Great Khan not once, but twice at the same system. The Great Khan accepted his defeat, going down with his flagship. His empire splintered into multiple factions, allowing the impromptu alliance to begin pushing back, retaking their territories, and in the case of the Commonwealth, taking more for themselves.
Forced to utilize more aggressive strategies and tactics against the Khan, the members of the Compact and the Star Pack came to better understand the militarist mindset of the Alliance and the UNE. With the friendships born from adversity and sacrifice, the Alliance and the Compact formally dissolved, joining the UNE and Star Pack in creating a new federation. Focused on egalitarian and xenophilic values, the Stellaris Federation rose as the new power of the galaxy.
After the Worm's physical trespass into reality in the Jehet Prime system, which transformed the Jehetma into Lovecraftian abominations, leading to a military resurgence, the UNE stood by as the Commonwealth launched a preemptive strike on the Dominion, which ended with their vassalization.
Thanks to the Stellaris Federation, the Commonwealth found itself unable to expand into the territories of the Alliance, the Compact, the Star Pack, or Customer Synergies without making the Human Cold War go hot. And without any hyperlanes or wormholes into the Caretakers or the Star Collective, the Commonwealth turned its focus to the machine empires.
Both the XT-489 Eliminator and the Tebrid Homolog have posed danger to the rest of the network. Prior to their existence becoming common knowledge in the network, each conquered about four interstellar civilizations. With the threats they posed known, their expansion was significantly slowed down. Every star nation had its chance to prove its mettle against the Eliminator and Homolog, with the Commonwealth, the UNE, and the Alliance having done the most to keep them in check.
As the 24th century dawned on the network, the Eliminator and the Homolog ceased their attempts at expansion. The hopefuls of the network believed that they had finally gave up on conquering the galaxy. Deep within their territories, however, the Eliminator and Homolog worked at a feverish pace to increase their military power. Their invasions into the organic empires, the organic empires invasions into them, both had always ended in stalemates. Now, they had had enough of this lack of progress.
It was the Eliminator who struck first, targeting the Iferyx Amalgamated Fleets with an attack unlike anything the network had ever seen before. Such was the scale and magnitude of the assault, by the time the Stellaris Federation and its members had brought their fleets together to fight back, the Amalgamated Fleets was no more. While the Iferyssian species was saved from extinction in the counter-attack, the loose nature of the Amalgamated Fleets meant that instead of re-creating their government, the Iferyx instead opted to create a bunch of corporations within their old territory, now divided up among the Federation members.
The Stellaris Federation's counter-attack into the Eliminator's territory was interrupted. Rather than have so many species and pops risk extinction at the manipulators of the Eliminator, the Homolog launched their own attack into the Federation. Seeing the UNE dragged into a war with the xenos against the machines, the Commonwealth declared war on the Eliminator. Thus began the Machine-Organic Wars.
Throughout much of the conflict, the Commonwealth fought against the Eliminator, while the Federation focused on the Homolog. The battles were the most intense the network had ever seen. The organics knew that anything less meant either their absolute extinction or the theft of their free will.
In the end, despite their internal advantages and power, the Eliminator and the Homolog fell to the Commonwealth and the Stellaris Federation, respectively. Despite their impromptu alliances against the Great Khan, the Dominion, and the machines, the Human Civil War continued as the Commonwealth and its vassals integrated the former territory of the Eliminator into themselves, and the members of the Stellaris Federation dived up the worlds of the Homolog. A new arms began between the Commonwealth and the UNE as designs and plans were found in the wreckage of the Eliminator and Homolog for weapons of unparalleled destructive capability.
As the 2450s dawned over the galaxy, the network could feel the tension. The Commonwealth of Man stood over its vassals (Tzynn Empire, Kingdom of Yondarim, Voor Technocracy, Xanid Suzerainty, and Jehetma Dominion) and with its only ally, the Chinorr Combine. The Stellaris Federation (United Nations of Earth, Scyldari Confederacy, Kel-Azaan Republic, Blorg Commonality, Glebsig Foundation, Lokken Mechanists, Kilik Cooperative, and Ketling Star Pack) prepared to once again defend freedom and friendship. Orbis Customer Synergies prepared to stand with the Federation against their old competitor. The Maweer Caretakers and Ix'ldar Star Collective settled in for a show.
Perhaps the Human Cold War would have gone hot. Maybe they would have continued their stare-down until their civilizations crumbled into dust. Such is relegated to the realm of alternate historians, as history records a mobile megastructure from another network, a gateway entering into a UNE system containing the doomed colony of Europa VII.
This is my overview for the history of the UNE and Commonwealth's home network. Thoughts? Opinions? Headcanons?
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