A religion turned government, commanding the hearts of many. The Congregation will see to it that all, you included, convert to their faith— and serve under their rule. Be wary.The Deserite Congregation is one of The Five. Descended from what was once known as "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," they aim to convert and unite all of humanity under the Deseret faith.
The Deserite Congregation aims to unite all of humanity under the Deseret faith, and most importantly— their leadership. This task is given to the faithful as a righteous mission from on high. As they are told, god himself is witholding the rapture until after all of humanity can be taught his word. While not everyone needs to accept his word— they will have no chance of a peaceful afterlife without paying tithing. And so, the faithful— wishing the best for humanity— try their best to convert as many as they can.
On a missionIn order to achieve their goal, the congregation sends out bands of missionaries on ships known as salamanders. These ships supply the younger, healthier Deserites on board with a drug known as Moroni. This keeps them happy, and energized to continue their work. At the same time, this creates a dependency on the ship, thus ensuring that missionaries return each day, and lessening the chances of them abandoning their faith while abroad.
When the The Cremation began, the luckiest on Earth had mere hours to find shelter. Those in the know— including the leadership of the LDS Church, select members of the church, and conspiracy theorists— raced towards a safe haven prepared for just such a scenario: the Granite Mountain Records Vault. Outwardly, the vault was simply a collection of genealogy records. However, the vault was shrouded in secrecy— as inside laid an exclusive safe haven. A bunker, prepared to house up to four-hundred of the faithful, was hidden in the vault. Without so much as a calming speech to the frightened masses, the church leadership abandoned their flock to save themselves. A small armed contingent of Utahns attempted to take control of the bunker, but were fought off by the Mormons— who themselves had prepared for just such an occasion. In the chaos, the acting prophet— leader of the church— had died. He had been shot by one of his own— Joseph Hofmann, a young apostle with dreams of prophethood.
They shot the prophet! Oh, heaven, they shot the prophet!
In the years following this, Hofmann would gain the support of other survivors, claiming to have been told by god to reform the church— and promising great power to those who supported him. later, when the remaining leaders refused to ordain him as the new prophet, Hofmann and his followers would stage a mutiny.
Brothers and sisters, I tell you, that great tragedy was a warning from our Heavenly Father. He appeared to me that dreadful day, and told me how we must reform. It will not be easy— but it must be done. At any cost.About a decade after the Cremation, the survivors finally emerged into the scorched world outside. By this time, their faith had already changed drastically. After taking control, Hofmann had written a new set of scriptures, which would lead the faithful into the new era. As they began to grow in size, and conquer other— smaller— pockets of survivors, the church would rename itself to the Deserite Congregation. In time, they would build new cities over the ashes of North America, expanding westward until running into fierce opposition at the hands of the then independent Redwood Arcology. After years of stalemate on the western front, Hofmann had grown restless— wanting nothing more than to keep expanding his area of control. Around this same time, the coil drive had been invented— renewing interest in space travel and sparking a race to colonize the solar system. Hofmann would reveal a new direction from god, that he and his flock must go to Venus.
Thousands of Deserites left for the new promised land, while many remained on Earth to ensure their homeland remained out of enemy hands. A colony was established, and grew rapidly as the years went by. So, too, did the church— becoming the Deserite Congregation seen today.
We leave for Venus, once known as Kolob, where our Heavenly Father was born. There, I, and your faithful leaders, shall grow to become like Him.
Ordained by the prophet is the High Counselor, who acts as a trusted advisor and works directly alongside the prophet to carry out his myriad duties. When the prophet's current body grows old, and is unable to act, the High Counselor will carry more of his duties. Below them is the Quorum of Twelve Apostles— each ordained directly by the prophet. They will each ordain and oversee regional leaders, known as presidents. Presidents may ordain any number of local leaders— such as bishops and counselors— beneath them as their membership and territory grows. Disputes and legal matters are handled directly by bishops at the local level, while larger scale issues move up the chain corresponding to their size and importance.
The Deserite military consists of unwaveringly faithful Deserites, who are directly called upon as soldiers by their leaders. Many are fit into spider-like chassis possessing increased durability, strength, and endurance. This is often a painful, irreversible procedure. Standard strategy typically relies on overwhelming numbers, throwing wave after wave of faithful soldiers at their enemies until they are finally worn down. Ideally, they would give in after merely seeing an approaching army. The goal of any battle is to crush their opponent's spirit and resistance, so that they may be converted to their faith. However, if they continue to refuse the word of god, they are already lost— and serve as an obstacle that must be put down.
The EliteThe highest honor for a Deserite soldier is to be appointed as a Danite— an elite group of that carry out the Congregation's most difficult, high priority, and often covert military tasks.
The Lamanites buried their arms, and promised never to kill again. Heavenly father instructed them to do this, so that their arms may grow, and flower into the great weapons of destruction we wield today.
The entirety of Venus is controlled by the Deserite Congregation, with their capital city of Nauvoo acting as the seat of power. A considerable portion of North America on Earth is also controlled by the Congregation, stretching to the east, and down south through Central America. To both the north and west they border territory controlled by Osiris.