United Arshan Federation

Written by Sierra Brown.
Artwork by Sierra Brown and HiredClaws.


Formed from the descendants of Russian, American, and Canadian colony ships fleeing the Third War, the United Arshan Federation is one of several main powers in the Milky Way galaxy.

 
 

Efficient. Powerful. Expansive. These words describe this 'Federation' perfectly. The expanse of their territory shadowed even that of our Varkesh. Their loyalty and fierce determination are as of yet unrivaled by any other Human nation I have studied. Even the fierce loyalists of the recent Drakari Civil War pale in comparison to the military dedication of the Arshans.

K'ta'kr'tee Dovolish scholar

The United Arshan Federation (UAF) is one of several main powers that exist in the Milky Way galaxy. As a federal stratocracy, the UAF comprises a variety of systems and planets. Each system abides by the same laws and values with mandatory contributions to the Federation but is otherwise self-governed.

 

During the Third War, nations and groups that fearing the perceived end of the Earth and all of humanity banded together to construct space faring colony ships. Among these groups was a joint effort between Americans and Canadians, and another group based out of Russia. Directed to the same general region of space, colony ships launched from both groups landed upon habitable planets. By coincidence, both planets exist in the Kithar System - These planets are now referred to as DeArshin and Newearth.

 

The UAF is a heavily militarized nation with a communist economy. All UAF citizens serve the military in one form or another with a minimum of 10 years of active service. Additionally, nearly all available civilian jobs benefit the military and the government in some way as well. Within the UAF, all resources are shared by the federation itself and are relocated to where the federation's logistical personnel deem it most needed. Currency doesn't exist, though it is commonplace for personnel whom make frequent contact with the neighboring Republic of Sion to carry Sionian credits with them. As a result, the UAF handles trade with other nations using resources, services, and physical goods instead of straight currency.

 

The general population of the federation is almost fanatically loyal to their nation, to the point of some outside observers perceiving them as 'zealot-like' in national pride. Unconfirmed rumors circulating from Sol Empire propaganda claims that the federation brainwashes its citizens to develop this extreme loyalty.

Structure

Divided into three main sections, the UAF's government consists of an Internal, Foreign, and Military sector. Every section is further split into individual subdivisions that specialize in certain fields, each under the command of that sector's director.

   

The Directorate

Main article: Arshan Directorate

A designated 'Director' oversees each of the UAF government's 'sectors', and these three Directors form the 'Directorate' that serves as the Federation's primary leadership. Each Director assumes full authority over their own sector, and the Directorate together collaborates to make decisions that would affect the UAF as a whole.

   

Government Sectors

The Federation's government is divided up into three main sectors, headed by one of the Directors: Internal, Foreign, and Military. Each sector is further divided down into individual departments that handle various aspects of the UAF's day to day activities. Details regarding the Military Sector are provided in the Military section below.

 

Foreign Sector

Main article: Arshan Foreign Sector

The Foreign Sector is responsible for handling all foreign relations with other nations and territories outside of the Federation including diplomacy, trade, expeditions, and espionage, and serves as the 'public face' of the Arshans to foreigners. The Foreign Sector is led by the Director of Foreign Affairs.

Internal Sector

Main article: Arshan Internal Sector

Led by the Director of Internal Affairs, the Internal Sector handles the inner workings of the Federation. This includes legislation, judicial bodies, logistical support and maintenance, public services, sector governance, and all other aspects of the government as seen by the general Arshan population.

Military Sector

Under the leadership of the Director of the Military and the highest-level command branch known as Zulu Command, the Military Sector encompasses all branches of the Federation's armed forces including its army and navy with only two exceptions. These military branches are Alpha Squadron, Delta Squadron, Foxtrot Squadron, and Tango Squadron. Between these squadrons the full might of the Arshan military is organized and brought to bear against the Federation's enemies, protecting the country's territories and population from external threat.

Public Agenda

The UAF was originally founded between the descendants of the Newearth and DeArshin colonies with the expressed goal of 'Maintaining a united people, so that nuclear war may never happen again.' This has evolved into what the government now calls a drive to maintain a high standard of living for its citizens, protect itself from outside threats, and form tight bonds with any other nations or races they discover to prevent another man-made catastrophic event.

 

This primary motivation has led to the UAF being mostly peaceful when making first contact with the Sionians, Varkesh, and Sol, despite the military strength maintained along their borders.

 

Obstacles

Sol-Arshan Unification War

The Sol Empire is the current primary obstacle of the UAF. The Empire's ideologies and methods of attaining their goals conflict with the Federation's own motivations and goals - Especially regarding what the Arshans see as the forceful unification of all humanity and purging of non-human races deemed a threat to humanity.

Varkesh Cold War

The current cold war conflict with the Varkesh also serves as an obstacle, though on a relatively much smaller scale than the Sol Empire due to a lack of open combat and communications. This has led to the Varkesh border being defensively militarized, impeding possible expansion or diplomatic negotiations.

Assets

Carbide Steel

Main article: Carbide Steel

One of the Federation's most valuable assets is access to a metallic alloy known as 'carbide steel'. This substance is named for its distinct, natural black color. Used as a replacement for most metals in the Federation, this material has a stronger resistance to force than other forms of metal available to the Arshans. This alloy is also rumored to be capable of absorbing light and thermal energy in such a way that the effectiveness of energy and laser weapons is diminished when this alloy is used as a form of armor.

History

Founding 1 AST

Formed at the same time as the Arshan Standard Calendar on April 32, 1 AST, the UAF began as a union of two planets in the Kithar System - Newearth and DeArshin, with DeArshin declared the new nation's capital. The Federation, from the very start, was looking at neighboring planets and systems and over the course of the next couple centuries, the UAF had quickly grown into a federation of many systems and planets.

 

The First Human Alliance August 32, 280 AST

On August 7, 280 AST, the UAF encountered their first fellow human-descendant nation, the Republic of Sion. Finding themselves meeting a culture that seemed the opposite of the strict, militaristic Arshans, the UAF was hesitant at first. However, this trepidation didn't last long, and soon the Federation became close trade partners with the bordering Katar Tribe and Sion Tribe, and declared themselves allies with the Republic as a whole. This relationship has been maintained, despite the Republic's open neutrality during the war with the Sol Empire.

 

The Sol Empire

The Larigo Expediton

Main article: Larigo Expeditionary Fleet

On February 18, 544 AST, a Delta Squadron border patrol made first contact with the Larigo Expeditionary Fleet at New Sibir. This event marked the first meeting with the Sol Empire, and the beginning of what looked to be a peaceful future with another human culture.

Sol-Arshan Unification War

Main article: Sol-Arshan Unification War

Lorum ipsum blah blah

 

Sol-Arshan Unification War May 2, 544 AST to present

Just over 200 years later, on February 18, 544 AST, UAF border patrols made first contact with a Sol Empire expeditionary fleet. Communication was difficult at first as the two divergent human languages struggled to understand each other, but eventually, proper communications were established. The Empire introduced themselves as the descendants of Earth and humanity, comparing themselves to the Arshans and citing 'Extremely dangerous alien threats to all of humanity that we must unite to protect ourselves against'. The Solus then extended an offer for the Arshans to become a part of the Sol Empire. The offer was barely considered before it was refused, with a counter-offer of an alliance instead. Communications and negotiations continued back and forth, with the Solus continuing to request unification, and the Arshans refusing anything more than an alliance with the now bordering Empire.

Two months after the first contact on April 39, 544 AST, during which the Solus continued to speak of uniting humanity and destroying the previously mentioned alien threat, the Empire contacted the UAF - This time, sending a large military fleet to the border. Instead of making another peaceful request, the fleet admiral demanded the Arshans submit or be destroyed as enemies to humanity. Refusing once more, the Arshan border systems were attacked. Official UAF reports indicate the Sol fleet destroyed the out-numbered border patrol fleet in the sector and bombarded several colonized planets, exterminating life without prejudice, before the UAF military was able to respond with the full might of their own fleets. The Solus were beaten back, and the Arshan border re-established with a heavy military presence. Open conflict has continued between the two nations, as the Empire continues to probe Arshan defenses for a weak point.

Demography and Population

The Federation's primary demographic is Arshan, though there is a percentage of citizens descendant from Sionian parents, or parents of both ethnicities. There are also records of Solus descendant citizens, though this is quite rare, as such cases are documented defectors crossing the Solus border - An act that generally ends in summary execution by Solus border fleets if attempted. Rough estimates based on a census taken in 482 AST showed 79% Arshan, 17% Sionian, and 4% Solus.

 
UAF Demographics
UAF Demographics - Census of 482 AST by SierraKomodo
 

The general population of the federation - Especially those of Arshan descent - is almost fanatically loyal to their nation, to the point of some outside observers perceiving them as 'zealot-like' in national pride. Unconfirmed rumors circulating from Sol Empire propaganda claims that the federation brainwashes its citizens to develop this extreme loyalty. However, there is no evidence to support this claim, and any Arshan accused of being 'brainwashed' would take it as a great offense.

 

Health and Medical

Citizens within the UAF are generally quite healthy and fit, with free and easy access to medical care. Treatable injuries are handled promptly, under the idea that the sooner a citizen can be declared healthy again, the sooner they can return to contributing to their community and the UAF.

 

Genetic diseases and deformities have become a rare occurrence in the Federation due to a policy of euthanizing infants identified with such diseases. This policy has been widely accepted among Arshan citizens as a merciful act, as it's considered cruel to force someone who cannot contribute to live in their society. This has caused some occasional conflict with Sionian and Solus citizens, whose original cultures do not share in this belief.

Technological Level

As one of the many space-faring nations that exist in the Milky Way galaxy, the UAF has access to various technologies relating to space travel, combat, and communications. Many of the technological advancements made by the Federation are focused on economic and military efficiency and equipment. Travel time between the farthest reaches of the UAF's borders using current UAF drive technology is about 1 month.

Economy

Due to the nature of the government economy, the United Arshan Federation lacks any form of internal currency - A concept that is foreign to their Solus and Sionian neighbors. The necessities such as food, water, shelter, etc. are provided by the state without any requirements beyond citizens performing their duties, and other services, amenities, products, etc. are generally available to the population, typically also provided by the state. However, there are some instances of individual systems within the federation having a form of currency or internal trade system for goods and services.

 
 

Luxuries and Recreation

General policy within the Federation regarding luxuries and recreation is any citizen can have anything they desire that can be provided by themselves, their community, or the government itself, if they have worked to earn it. Due to the strong work ethic among the Arshan population, this system has worked well for the UAF. In many cases, gaining access to the cutting edge is simply a matter of contributing to the development and production of the technology, or contributing to the community in general. Luxury services and recreation are free for Federation citizens, and the workers performing the relevant duties do so simply because it's their duty.

 

Service. Dedication. Loyalty.

Ancestry American, Canadian, Russian Races 100% Human (79% Arshan, 17% Sionian, 4% Solus) Currency N/A Calendar Arshan Standard Time - AST
Founding Date
1 AST
Type
Political, Federation
Capital
DeArshin
Alternative Names
UAF
Demonym
Arshan
Government System
Stratocracy
Power Structure
Federation
Economic System
Command/Planned economy
Currency

Although the Federation's economic system does not include a common currency, the government does employ a system of credit to track citizen's contributions to the Federation. This line of credit grows as citizens provide services, and can be exchanged for additional luxuries, resources, or supplies that would otherwise not be provided by the government.

Major Exports
Weapons and ammunition; Surplus agricultural and material resources; Decommissioned vessels
Subsidiary Organizations
Official Languages
Related Ranks & Titles
Controlled Territories
Neighboring Nations
Manufactured Items
Related Items
Organization Vehicles
Related Ethnicities

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Articles under United Arshan Federation

The Directorate
Organization | Aug 27, 2019

The three-person leadership of the United Arshan Federation. Each Director within the UAF's Directorate oversees a specific sector of the government - Internal, Foreign, and Military.

Military Sector
Organization | Jan 27, 2019

A branch of the United Arshan Federation's government that oversees and manages the entirety of the Arshan armed forces.

Readiness Alerts and Codes System
Generic article | Jan 27, 2019

Standard procedure, readiness, and alerts doctrine for emergency situations aboard United Arshan Federation facilities and ships.

Arshan Standard Time (AST)
Generic article | Oct 10, 2019

The standard universal calendar used by the United Arshan Federation

Caseless Ammunition
Technology / Science | Oct 4, 2019

A form of ammunition developed by the United Arshan Federation based on old 21st century pre-war experimental designs. This technology is used in all forms of Arshan-made rifles and gun batteries and many forms of Arshan-bloc Sionian weaponry.

S/A-7 "Talon"
Vehicle | Oct 15, 2019

A strike craft design in current active service within the United Arshan Federation. The Talon is a hanger-based attack craft, intended to support attacks on larger, fortified targets such as capital ships and stations.

Kaiser Class Corvette
Vehicle | May 23, 2019

The current standard class of corvette deployed by the United Arshan Federation's navy.

Arshan Equipment & Vehicle Designations
Generic article | Oct 12, 2019

A guide and listing of the various designations currently used by the United Arshan Federation for labeling equipment, vehicles, etc.



Arshan Calendar

1 AST and beyond

Initiated by vote shortly after the formation of the United Arshan Federation, this calendar is based upon the timescale of the planet DeArshin, which has roughly 29 hours in a day following the standard seconds/minutes/hours timescale. Due to the shortened orbit of DeArshin compared to Earth, the Arshan calendar has eight months, each at 38 days in length. A DeArshin year lasts approximately 304 DeArshin days. See Arshan Standard Time (AST) for details.

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14 Apr, 2018 08:51

Quite impressive details.

14 Apr, 2018 19:47

Thanks :D

16 Apr, 2018 00:33

How did you make a quote like that?

16 Apr, 2018 00:41

What do you mean? The CSS styling, or something else?

16 Apr, 2018 02:28

The part at the top. " Efficient. Powerful. Expansive. These words describe this 'Federation' perfectly. The expanse of their territory shadowed even that of our Varkesh. Their loyalty and fierce determination are as of yet unrivaled by any other Human nation I have studied. Even the fierce loyalists of the recent Drakarian war pale in comparison to the military dedication of the Arshans. — K'ta'kr'tee, Dovolish scholar"

16 Apr, 2018 02:29

The way it's in it's own little box like that.... there don't seam to be an option like that for me, that something unlocked with guild stuff

16 Apr, 2018 17:50

It should work if you use the `quote` bbcode tags. The bbcode reference dropdown on the upper right of article editing pages should have details on how to use it - And here's what the bbcode for that quote block looks like for this article: https://i.imgur.com/zfIP9So.png

17 Apr, 2018 14:07

Very Nice this is a great example piece of work that inspires us all, this is the best article i have seen on a Political government/ Faction. Well Done!

17 Apr, 2018 14:09

Plus where did you design your emblem at? I need a good emblem maker for my faction and governments.

17 Apr, 2018 19:05

I made it using paint.net (http://getpaint.net). It was literally just a triangle, with a smaller triangle overlayed to make the chevron, then a circle added on top.   I'm not a very good graphic designer XD

22 Apr, 2018 03:59

So far I think this is the most detailed world I have seen. Really very nice, loved the graph and the formatting. Would you consider this the main group in this setting or the "main character" in terms of star nations?

22 Apr, 2018 04:16

In a sense, yes, but only if you allow for there to be multiple 'main groups'. The Arshans are equivalent in that respect to the 3 other main powers in this era of the universe's history, the other three being the Sionian Republic, Solus Empire, and the Varkesh.   I plan on getting articles for those three up as well, but I'm focusing on the master's monthly competition right now.

6 Aug, 2018 00:29

Is there a way to assign a tooltip to an article, or are you just using the BBC code every time?

6 Aug, 2018 00:58

If you use the @article syntax, it'll display that article's excerpt as a tooltip.

6 Aug, 2018 21:15

With some effort, I figured that out. My problem was I was using @article:type, it needs the specific code.

9 Dec, 2018 07:18

First thing i have to say is that you went quite deep into the arshans and i loved it.you went into great detail about the arshans and even made small sections describing some of the small things like the squadrons and the sectors. personally i liked the military part the most as i am an avid geek of warfare if you can call me that.It is also very well structured and gives the information in an organic way.Overall nice article.Keep up the work sierra

9 Dec, 2018 09:32

Thanks. I'm pretty sure I massively overdid it for the one article though. Alot of this is going to get transferred into separate articles dedicated to the governmental branches of the UAF and such.