Rogue Star Collective
The PACT and NATO dominate most headlines. In the wake of Earth's destruction they more than any other factions have carried the conflicts of Old Earth into the stars. There are some who reject this arrangement. There are some who take advantage of the vast distances and timescales involved to simply leave and found their own colonies. Colonies where the freedom promised to the people of Old Earth might one day become a reality.
Government StructureUnlike other major factions, the Rogue Star Collective maintains no central administration. Each settlement is politically independent and ruled by a elected committee of locals. Most decisions are handled at the local level, with matters of foreign policy decided by the Defense Council, the members of which are chosen as needed by the Trade Committee, Security Committee, and Health and Rations Committee. Even then the power of the Council is limited as individual settlements are free to go their own way if they choose.
Trade CommitteeRSC plays a surprisingly large part in interstellar trade despite its relatively small size. Many of its settlements are near enough to major trade routes to benefit from passing ships in need of supplies, repairs, or medical care. The Trade Committee exists to study the interstellar economy and help member settlements find trade partners and provide economic consultants. In a way, the Trade Committee is to the settlements of the RSC what a Workers Union is to laborers.
Security CommitteeThe RSC military is heavily decentralized. Captains and other officers are elected by their crews for the duration of a ship's tour. Ships are often outdated and rarely serve as warships fulltime. The Security Committee's main task here is to examine international conflicts and identify new trends in warfare to anticipate threats and create training and security guidelines for RSC member settlements.
Health and Rations CommitteeDespite the independence given to each settlement, few are completely self-sufficient. The Health and Rations Committee monitors the health of RSC member settlements and determines which are most in need of assistance. Assistance may come in the form of food aid, medical experts, or technical expertise depending on the exact needs of the settlement.
Local AuthorityEach RSC settlement is different, ranging in size from a single space station to hollowed out asteroids and Bernal Spheres. As a result each settlements needs and administrative committee are different. Within each settlement the citizens are grouped into unions based on their identity and occupation. In many cases an individual may qualify in more than one union based on religion, work, ethnicity, and other factors. Most settlements however have in their bylaws than an individual may only belong to two unions. Each union collects dues from its members and advocates on their behalf. Each union is also entitled to place one of its members on the settlements Administrative Committee. The Administrative Committee in most settlements is tasked with maintaining public spaces, docks, and life support. As well as hiring peace officers, distributing basic incomes to citizens, and ensure that schools are kept running. An individual can generally expect to pay between 10-15% of their non-basic income to their union and another 20% to their Administrative Committee. The Administrative Committee then in turn forwards 5% of its income to the greater RSC. Members of the Administrative Committee are generally elected by their respective unions on a yearly basis. In instances where the Administrative Committee feels that a decision must be made that is outside of the powers granted to it by settlement bylaws, they will then draft a proposal for whatever actions they recommend, followed by a period of public comments and a referendum. In the event of a crisis, some settlements allow for citizens to elect an Executive Officer who will take over all the functions of the Administrative Committee for a set period of time to handle the crisis.
Universal LawsIn almost all cases member settlements are given complete autonomy from the larger RSC. However, in order to retain membership in the RSC and thus retain its protection, settlements must abide by a set of core rules and values.
- Free speech and expression for all citizens.
- Access to sufficient food, air, water, and healthcare for all citizens.
- Free movement for all citizens not convicted of a crime.
- All citizens may bear arms in order to provide for the common defense. All citizens who choose to bear arms must in turn be willing to commit themselves to training alongside members of their community and report when summoned to defend their neighbors.
- Freedom of worship.
- Freedom from religious oppression.
- Free and open elections must be held at least once every two standard years.
- Guilt in criminal cases and the sentences that follow must be decided by a committee of peers with a focus on rehabilitation where possible.