Driven by the philosophy of the The Sevenfold Path
, the Federation of Xah
spread out from its home system of Xah
in a crusade that allowed for no negotiation, and only complete surrender of all of humanity under its unifying philosophy. This crusade saw a lengthy stalemate, brought about by the unexpected tenacity of the Northup Alliance
and the near-suicidal threat from the League of Unaligned Systems
In the early 400's, the invention of the FourDrive
saw a renewal of the Crusade, with the defeat of the League of Unaligned Systems
and a failed attempt to remove the Northup Alliance which had reverse engineered the FourDrive and began to expand rapidly. The Crusade then shifted from a purely military conflict, into a race to colonise as many worlds as possible expanding the philosophy of the Federation. In this, the Xahians had more success, as their artificial breeding programs were able to increase their population much faster than the Alliance's more natural means.
By the seventeenth century, expansion was still going on, and the Federation was in an uneasy Cold War with its rival, all the while having to put down rebellion and insurgency within its own systems. The unexpected encounter with the advanced but inscrutable Ghalimi aliens has now complicated matters, as the Federation of Xah examines its priorities in the face of this new faction.
From the beginning of the formation of the The Sevenfold Path, Xahian leaders knew war would be inevitable and that humanity would 1ever surrender its freedoms voluntarily. The Warrior caste was, as well as being an integral part of the Path, essential for the upcoming conflicts. It took several decades of careful genetic selection, but ultimately the Leaders felt the Xahians were ready and the Crusade began.
At the forefront of the Federation of Xah's expansion was the Warrior Caste
, genetically engineered and bred to be superlative fighters, and far superior to anything that non-selected humanity had to offer. Whilst at the start, the Warrior Caste relied upon technology similar to that from before the Amnesiac Virus
event, the first few systems annexed by the Xahians revealed a trove of advanced technologies, and enabled the Technical Caste to significantly improve the tool available.
Within twenty years of the start of the Crusade, the now familiar and ubiqitous Xahian Power Armour
was a common sight on the battlefield, and the Rhincodon Class Crusier
became the herald for Xahian intentions.
At the start of the crusade, there were approximately 800 million front-line Soldiers available to the Warrior caste, but after a number of intense conflicts with high-tech worlds that resisted annexation, the Leaders authorised a large up-scale in the production of Warriors, and by the time the Crusade came to its first pause, there were 16.5 billion Soldiers fighting for the cause.
With the massive expansion of human settlements into the galaxy, numbers have increased exponentially, and the Federation of Xah can call upon close to 5 quintillion members of the Warrior caste to defend itself.