As its size was dwarfed by the Federation and the Ascendancy, ESO invested heavily in the development of stealth kinetic bombardment weapon platforms, a cheap but effective way of preventing any attack. This was ill-received by both the Federation and the Ascendancy, starting a new arms race between these platforms and the means to defeat them. This race slowed down after numerous rounds of diplomatic negotiations took places in the 320s, after which the tensions cooled down and, while ESO remains wary of both nations, relations slowly improved. This is especially the case between ESO and the Ascendancy, as numerous trade routes and joint exercises are taking place regularly. While the Federation also attempts to improve its relations with ESO, the results are far less effective, and only some trade and other events take place between both nations.
The Elysian Security Organization is a military and economic alliance made of both civilian and military components to maintain its integrity. These have limited authority over all five members of ESO and primarily serve as a coordination tool in case of an attack. All civilian matters that do not pertain to ESO's jurisdiction are handled by the member states directly without any intervention from ESO. The organization structure of ESO is as follow:
Elysian Security Council: The ESC is the body which has effective governance authority and powers of decision in ESO, consisting of member states' permanent representatives or representatives at higher level (ministers of foreign affairs or defence, or heads of state or government). The ESC convenes at least once a week and takes major decisions regarding ESO's policies. The meetings of the Elysian Security Council are chaired by the secretary general and, when decisions have to be made, action is agreed upon by consensus. There is no voting or decision by majority. Each state represented at the Council table or on any of its subordinate committees retains complete sovereignty and responsibility for its own decisions.
Mutual Defense Comitee: The MDC is the top of the military chain of command of ESO and its member states. Comprised of the Chiefs of Defense of all five member states, the MDC advises the ESC on military policies, strategies and decisions.
The people of ESO value their freedom above all else have have very little constraints in their lives. This also means that a lot of actions others would consider illegal or unethical are permitted within ESO, which severely limits tourism and emigration. The Elysians care little about the opinion of others and instead prefer to remain within their own communities.
Demography and Population
The global census of 382 estimated the total population of ESO to 40 732 543, making it the least populated dominant power in Elysium. With a fast and steady population growth of 1,89% each year, it is expected to reach 60 millions in the 400s and to stabilize at 150 millions in the 450s. The current population is primarily located in urban areas, as most of the land within ESO is not suitable for small settlements. At the end of 382, ESO's five states were populated as follows:
- Harmony: 9 372 558
- Zheng: 8 606 786
- Cabot: 8 028 384
- Vespucci: 7 523 301
- Magellan: 7 201 514
Despite its small population, ESO stretches over more than 1 billion square kilometers of land, most of it remaining unexplored or uninhabited to this day. All of this territory is divided into five states spread between five solar systems, making it the second largest nation in Elysium after the Federation. Each member state maintains sovereignty over its entire solar system, even if it does not have the capability to do so. These five states are as follow:
Harmony is the largest state of ESO as well as its de-facto capital, where its main headquarters are located. Its main planet is a harsh cold world where water can be found as ice, leading to cities being built underground to exploit geothermal veins for heating and energy generation.
Vespucci is the second most populated state in ESO and for good reasons. The major issues found with its main planet is hostile wildlife and toxic atmosphere, leading to cities being built under domes and other atmospheric control techniques to make some sectors suitable for human life.
Zheng is an industrial powerhouse for ESO, and while it cannot compare to Vesta or Enodia, its output remains the largest of ESO. Its main planet is an arid world with an unbreathable atmosphere and underground water sources but no other hazards for human life.
Magellan is the agricultural heart of ESO thanks to widely available arable lands. The main planet of the system is a tidally locked world where most usable land is a temperate region stuck between a hot desert and cold tundra.
Cabot is the smallest state of ESO and does not have any particular features beyond the fact that, like Enodia, its main planet is a moon.
ESo's military power is insignificant in comparison with that of the Federation or the Ascendancy, but instead focuses its efforts on maintaining and upgrading its arsenal of strategic kinetic bombardment weapons. These weapons are rumored to be undetectable until the end and have been the subject of many discussions between ESO, the Federation and the Ascendancy. Some even speculate that these weapons do not even exist and that the money is simply being embezzled.
ESO maintains some technologies that are more advanced that the Federation due to the harsher living conditions, but is otherwise fairly similar. Some Enodian influence has started to permeate into the ESO Research and Development department, but such results have yet to be formalized.
ESO maintains embassies and open trade routes with the Federation, but remains skeptical and distrustful of its intentions. Even after decades, relations are only slowly improving over time. While the various trade agreements have been successful for both parties, diplomatic relations have not improved much from the Great Exodus, and both nations remain wary of each other.
Ascendant Enodian Empire
ESO is currently being assisted by the Ascendancy in several fields, including the military, in an attempt to improve relations between both nations. This is moderately effective, as trade and other cooperative measures are well underway. The fact that both nations are born from discontent for Vesta and its interest also helps both nation's ambassadors to find a common ground for further diplomatic treaties.
Sanctioned Council of Unity
ESO has warm relations with the Unity Concord, but remains wary of all the goods that are currently traded between both nations. Customs are particularly vigilant of any products coming from the Vestan Federation, but as regulations in ESO are relatively lax, most of the trade follows through without incident. Overall, the trade routes and common ideologies are leading to good relation between both nations.