Detailed article about a solar system I made up, and from which my armies come from.
There is a list of celestial bodies, their description and further description of inhabited planets along with their purpose and meaning in the system.
You can also learn system's history, from the very beginning, about its struggles, up to current state.
At the very end there is a list of notable military units and naval assets, along with very brief description for you to read.
And even some short stories can arise!
Article is currently under construction. I need to translate is all from my mother language to english and it takes some time. :)
Solar system of Europa
Location: Southern edge of Garon Nebulae, Segmentum Tempestus
Affinity: Imperium of Man
Tithe: Aptus Non
Goverment: Planetary Council
Nearest known systems: Vakaria, Pranagar, Somonor, Xairus
List of Celestial Bodies
Europa - A class star, Temperature: 10500k, Luminosity: 5 L⊙
Ardena (0,9AU) - Dwarf planet orbiting so close to the sun, that is has no solid surface. It's basicly a giant sphere of molten magma. It has a tamperature of 4800K.
Conflagratum (1.6AU) – Next dwarf planet. It's consisted mostly of Tungsten and despite it has surface temperature of 1900K, it has a solid surface. It orbits counter-clockwise, unlike all other planets.
Clereth (2.3AU) – Desolate, grey planet with no atmosphere, covered in meteor craters, deep ravines and jagged mountains.
Thelyn (4.6AU) – Extraordinary orange-beige collored gas giant which has 17 moons orbiting, some sized as planet, some has dimensions closer to what one can imagine under the term "moon".
Four of those moons are in fact inhabited and on lower orbit, it has thin ring, created most probably by moon collisions.
- Europa Primaris - Largest moon, roughly sized as a Holy Terra. The surface consists of wide-spreading swamps, dense jungles and oceans. Temperature is pleasant 300K during the day. (Think of Hossin, Planetside 2)
- Zorya - Second largest moon, covered in tall mountains and rock formations, deep forests and luminescent crystals protruding from the ground are not uncommon.
(Think of Pandora, Avatar the Movie)
- Risha - Another inhabited moon. The surface is mostly flat, consisting out of vast plains and gentle hills, and the soil is very fertile. Planet's only continent is divided into two halves by high mountain ranges, that are passable only with great risk, both through air or ground.
- Aethra - Moon with high volcanic activity. Inhabited only in high altitudes due to methane and sulphur atmospheric contamination. The planet is very rich in minerals.
- Tiron - Barren and dry moon, covered in rocks which serves as one, giant junkyard. All of the garbage, which has not been processed ends up here, forgotten for eternity.
(Think of Arcadia 234, Soldier movie, 1998)
Neutra (6.5AU) - Cold, snowy and mountainous planet, covered in taigas and tundras, with thin temperament climate zone around the equator, which host most of the population.
It has 6 tiny moons orbiting around and very thin ring.
(Think of TES: V Skyrim)
Eclipsis (9.9AU) - Freezing, ice-covered planet. Otherwise barren.
- Ostrakan - Eclipsis' moon, also covered in ice and snow with huge, underground cavern systems being the only difference. Caverns are, in fact, inhabited.
(Think of something like the planet-wide City of Ember, World of Warcraft - Ironforge and Dragon Age - Orzammar combined and with less lava and no dwarves)
Yurilia (16AU) - Mineral rich dwarf planet.
Beuter (29AU) - Insignificant dwarf planet.
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The very beginning - The system have been colonised during the ill-fated Garon Nebulae crusade, led by Black Templars chapter. Colony on Europa was established by auxiliary flotilla led by Admiral Chester and his Oberon class flagship, called Stella Boreallum and it's purpose, as a rear base, was to provide service to the crusading Imperial Navy.
Due to the inglorious result of the crusade, the whole fleet hastily retreated and the colony has been left behind, with all of the people and the (mostly damaged) vessels present, then located on one of the Thelyn's moons, which later become Europa Prime.
Ghosts of the past - Time went on and people didn't know what happened. No reports, no new orders, only false rumours, hope and faith.
About three years after last combat-capable vessel sailed away, long-range scanners detected a group of unidentified vessels, heading directly towards the solar system. All combat forces have been mobilised to fight off any potential invaders, but it turned out that it was a group of badly damaged Imperial vessels, with Stella Borealum sailing among them. Admiral Chester reported that their fleet was attacked by an overwhelming force of the Archenemy and they were ordered to retreat. What happened to the other fleets remains unknown.
First steps - Even though that the colonists suspected what happened to the crusaders, the nescience worried them greatly. Still no reports, messager or orders. Repair works on the vessels slowly ceased as supply convoys with spare parts were nowhere to be seen.
After few more years of waiting, the colonists took their fate into their own hands and started to develop their homeland, instead of focusing on the damaged vessels. Those have been left abandoned in the toroidal orbital docks, which were planned to be built around the whole planet. Only a small part of the Torus has been build as it would take decades, maybe even centuries to build completely.
On the planet surface, colonists have been establishing new cities and rebuilding existing, from ugly prefabricated hab-blocks into something more comfortable and better looking.
Other moons have been colonised too. Risha first, then Aethera and lastly Zoyra. For a long time, these four moons were the only colonised bodies. Risha provided the wealth of food as it became an Agriworld, Aethera supplied the other with minerals while Zoyra exported all kinds of wood and rare materials. Also, vast pro-population policies were in effect.
Horizons far far away- With help of Adeptus Mechanic (which always had great presence, especially in the orbital docks) some of the vessels have been fully repaired and made functional. With help of those vessels, the planet of Neutra has been also colonised, on which were formed basics of the professional army, or the Planetary Defence Force. Neutra is inhospitable and the harch planet and people stayed mostly in the equatorial zone, where the weather isn't so extreme. Only the bravest dared to go further from the equator into the taigas and tundras. Those people most often live in small villages with the population of few hundreds. And especially those people are most favourite by the army recruiters, as they are tough, stubborn and they can take care of themselves.
Next colony was established on the planet Ostrakan and it was decided that due to the cavern system, the planet will become one giant fortress, able to withstand all but the exterminatus-grade weaponry. Caves have been divided into sectors for administrative and security reasons. People live exclusively under artificial life and only a few lucky people are ever allowed to leave the caverns and see the sky. On the surface, everything is masked so it looks like a barren planet.
To summon things, small Imperium within Imperium has been created. Also, more vessels were repaired, as parts started to be manufactured locally.
Those were happy times of great determination and cooperation, and feeling of liberation just underlined it all, as people ceased to be mere menials and became free people building something solely theirs. But times are passing.
The great vegetable war - Population of Risha was always divided into two parts by the massive mountain ridge, which effectively separated the continent into the east and west part. With separation comes healthy rivality, motivating both parties to grow, raise and prosuce more than the other, but few people took it too setiously and started to sabotage the others. It began more or less innocently when a group of Westerns started rerouting the convoys of Easterns, carrying goods to the starport on the north by forcing them to take longer and more dangerous routes by lying them about non-existent road blockages. Not long after Easterns learned about it and began to block western convoys entierly. Entire conflict step by step escalated into something nobody ever expected and that is a full-scale civil war. It begun with destroyed convoys, slaughtered herds of cattle, burned off the farms and factories, and even murders were happening on daily basis. Local peacekeeping force never expected something like this to happed and were practically powerless against the thousands of rioters laying waste to the farms, towns and cities (Adeptus Arbites as we know them, were yet to be established). Infrastructure slowely collapsed until the planet fell into one, big playground for violent anarchists.
Riots were finally suppressed months later with help of several thousand of Guardsmen and hundreds died on both sides, and in some location, it took several weeks of fighting until order was restored again. Total damage was tremendous and it took several years until production was on the comparable level as it were before the rebellion. Risha wasn't the only affected, as food from Risha is distributed into the entire system, specially Neutra and Ostrakan, which isn't able to effectively support itself with the food supply. In aftermath, PDF presence was significantly shrenghtened to prevent this happenng ever again.
Metal of Gods - During undergrounds mining operations on Aethera, an unknown, yellowish collored element was found. Further investinagion revealed that it can withstand extremely high temperatures and when disposed to intensified sunlight, it becames room-temperature electrical power source with no internal resistance. It has been named Solarum, and it's refined form is called Solar Steel.
This led to the creation of a megalomaniacal plan which had to solve all problems coupled with production of electrical energy. After years of planning, construction of one giant solar power plant began. In a close distance from the sun, a giant array of mirrors and lenses have been built. Those arrays concentrated sunlight into beams of sunlight and directed them to router arrays. The system of routers allowed to redirect, focus or disperse the sunlight beams. Next step is routers located not in interplanetary space, but on planet's orbit. Those routers bend the sunbeam and focus it on a single point on planet's surface and on this point, large plates of Solar Steel are located, creating huge amounts of energy, day or light alike. This can be also used as a very potent weapoc, able to burn, melt and vaporize anything located both on planet's surface or in space.
The system is advanced enough that it can compensate for any broken part of the system. Successful trajectory prediction and timing is a matter of course, as we are speaking about of dozens of minutes of travel time between the sun and planet of Neutra, which is the furthermost destination. Ostrakan gets its power from mostly geothermal sources.
Uninvited guest - After several centuries of peaceful living, when the population thrived, drew and expanded, long-range scanners detected a single vessel. From depths of the Warp, a Space Hulk emerged. A conglomeration of ancient vessels of all possible origins packed one against each other, aimlessly drifting through space. Navy command immediately mobilised all avalible assets for a recon mission. Ships closed into the space hulk, engaged all kinds of scanners and everyone's worries were confirmed. It was not empty.
After wild discussion at the naval command, strike force was formed and the target was a transport ship, called Cardinal Martellus, which was still in the records and marked as missing. Reason, why this ship has to be boarded, is a fact that it carried, at least by the records, reinforcements to the Imperial Guard armoured force somewhere on the other side of the galaxy, three thousand years ago, and the command hoped that something valuable might be still present on board.
Strike force consisted out of four platoons of Neutran Grenadiers, supported by Ostrakan combat engineers and dozens of Techpriests with bodyguards. A cruised called "Thunderstrike" which carried a mobile solar router created a landing zone and the soldiers borded. The resistance of the Orks, who inhabited this hulk was weak as they were surprised, but they quickly rallied and returned fire at the grenadiers. After several hours long firefight Ork lines finally collapsed and they got eventually eradicated. Storage areas were found pretty quickly and because they were sealed off, no Ork had a chance to damage the dozens of Chimeras, Basillisks, Leman Russ tanks it carried. More valuable find were two Baneblade tanks, two Macharius tanks and several aerial assets. Vehicles were extracted while scout parties searched the rest of the ship. Many orks were encountered, by they were disorganised and easily defeated. Other things that was looted were tons of medical and military supplies including weapons and armour and other valuable things or relics, along most "valuable" thing, a thousands year old bottles of Amasec from captain's cabinet.
Operation was very successful and several more raids were performed over the course of several days, including other vessels of Imperial origin, and all of them were more or less succlesful in securing large amount of valuable assets. Once no other potentional targets were found, fleet detonated the warp drive of the Cardinal Martellus using Lance salvos, resulting in warp rift which consumed the entire Space Hulk once and for good. Debris that wasn't consumed by the warp slowely floated into the interstellar space, where it doesn't cause any harm.
Ages of the Dark - Until now, the Europans lived in relative peace and abudance, but times are passing and new era begun, as the governor's seat has been occupied by a self-centered and powerhungry despot. His reign begun with small and unnoticeable restriction of freedom, continued with secret personal army, removal of undesireable people and ended with martial law. His name was Victor Keeling.
He was unscrupulous, self-obsessed, powerhungry megalomaniac. To satiate his megalomania, he orderet to build many various buildings, most frquently his own villas and resideces, many of which he never visited and many of which were left abandoned. Next thing he ordered to be built were various mounuments to himself or things he liked. His biggest and most ambitious project of underwater city called Palanea, which had to be built on the seabed in one of the Europa Primaris' seas. Entire city had savor of elegance and utopia and yet during it's planning phase, every possible need of the future inhabitant was considered, being it transportation, housing, entertainment or services. This city was planned to house only handful of Keeling's most loyal and favourable friends and companions, thus was built very opulent and full of luxury. Palanea was one of the few projects that survived to the current era. True, some section were selaed off due to safety reasons, some were additionally built, but Palanea is still inhabited by thousands of people, who live their ordinary lives like in every other city, with only one difference, and that is hundreds of meters of water above their heads.
People didn't like Keeling's actions in general, but every act against them or his rule was brutally supressed. Secret cells of resistance stared to form, who informed people about current situation as official media were full of propaganda and lies. Keeling became an absolute leader. He still had his opponents even between high-ranking officers, but those people didn't dare to say anything as they would be immediately executed. His brutal reign lasted for several decades and during it thousands of people were executed, tortured or worked to death.
Keeling never appeared in public as he knew it was high security risk. Only his doubles ever appeared and many of them ended up dead, as they were assasinated in belive it's the real Keeling. After every assasination attempt there were widespread purges of both civilian population and govermental ranks alike.
In fact, one assasination attempt was succesful in killing the right Keeling. It was performed by one of the resistance cells by faking an innocent-looking car accident in front of Keeling's convoy right before blowing up entire avenue with powerful explosives hidden in sewers. Keeling survived, but was captured by the resistance fighters and day after, he was hanged in front of his palace, with many of his henchmen and sycophants. Almost everybody who had something to do with Keeling's reign was either hanged or sent no Aethra to work in mines as a penal laborer.
After all was resolved, many new laws passed and planetary council was formed to prevent anything like this to happen ever again.
The light of hope - Long range scanners once again detected a vessel, brodcasting a distress signal. A patrol has been sent to investigate the source and found a heavily damaged transport vessel, named "Eternal Servitude". The crew identified themselvs as survivors from the planet of Vakaria, which has been invaded by the Arch Enemy.
Majority of them were civillians, who managed to escape the planet, with help of local resistance force. Another part of the crew were actual resistance fightersm equipped in everything they managed to get their hands on. From simple uniform through carapace armor to parade uniforms. Their guns were in similliar state, ranging from basic autoguns, through lasguns, hellguns, plasma guns and power weapons up to very rare piece of Volkite Charger. Members of the Ecclesiarchy from the Order of the Silver Hand were also on board. They were evacuated first as they would end up tortured to death. Specially the most holy person, Saint Beltaine herself.
When the Arch Enemy invaded Vakaria, the governor fled the planet cowardly and left it to it's own fate. Military command was ill trained and prepared, thus the defence was innefective. Chaos swept through the loyal forces like a power sword through an ork. Once they took controll, many of the commanders decided to take the inniciative and formed many cells of resistance. They were sabotaging convoys, blowing up storages and munition piles. New overlords quickly lost patience and launched massive scale hunt for any resistance members. Meanwhile evacuation operation was in effect. Many warriors fell, but alot of innocent people were saved from torture and slavery. Captain set course to the closest known position of the Imperial forces and ignited engines at full power. Shop took few hits from the defence batteries, but were soon out of range. 16 years of uncertainity layed ahead of them.
Gamma + - The crew of Eternal Servitude wasn't only a bunch of pitiful civilians, religious fanatics and rugged soldiers. There was one very important person named Alexandra.
She was born on board of the ship several months after departure. She wore an unusuall, bright red necklace on her chest. She got it from her mother after birth. She gained it from her husband, reputable jeweller from Vakaria who bought it from an unknown man from little money. He did not make it to the rescue shuttle.
As the little girl grew up, unusial things started to happen around her. She could hear other's toughts, she could move things without touching them, slow the time down or force others her feelings or opinions. She didn't know what's happening, but she had full controll of it.
Just for sure, she had somebody by her side, but nobody knew they have the honour with very powerful psyker.
That has been proven then the vessel was attacked by pirates, who tought that the vessel is abbandoned. They boarded and killed everyone they met. Alexandra's mother. Now teenage girl saw it and got enrages by the loss of her mother. She used her powers to set ablaze several of the invaders, to tore an ceiling crane down to crush some pirates underneath it, and to cause unbearable agony on the rest of them. All caused by mere tought. Once all calmed down, she was explained what she was and once the ship finally docked and the newcomers went through medical examination and interrogation, whe was sent to psyker school. They found out that she was a Gamma+ level psyker, and that her necklace is in fac an Eldar spirit stone. Alexandra took some of it's power and the stone protected her from being posessed by a deamon.
That's all! For now...
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Detailed summary of inhabited planets
Europa Prime is considered to be the "main" planet in the system, as every important institution is located here, including the planetary council, cathedral of St. Beltaine, Imperial Guard HQ and much more, that are required for smooth run of the system.
Population is roughly 2'000'000'000 people, concentrated mostly in cities, Aquilea being the largest.
As the planet is mostly covered in dense jungles, where treetops are commonly 200 meters high, aerial transport is largely limited. The main mean of transportations is above-the-ground highways and Maglev railway. Remote areas are especially difficult to reach, as even VTOL aircrafts have hard time looking for a landing zone, and if there is an open space, it's most probably a swamp.
Live outside of fortified cities is harch. Fauna and Flora aren't inherently hostile, but the jungle and everpresent swamps along with long distances don't make the life much easier. Sometimes you can even find settlements dozens of meters above the ground, anchored to the giant tree trunks.
Around Europa Primaris, there is an unfinished toroidal space station, serving as both military and civilian docks and housing for voidmen, merchants and service crews, along with resident population.
Zoyra has a very small permanent population, only about 4 million. Reason for this is that the planet is not inhabitable, but has very little to offer except for its natural beauties. The surface is covered in jungles, with trees not so high as on Europa prime, but even denser. In those jungles, several tribes of beastmen were found, who have genetical resemblance with cows and horses, instead of goats, which are much more common to see in other places of the galaxy. They are not violent but are still trying to avoid contact with outside civilization. Only a few individuals ever left walked through a human city. Regular humans are not violent against them, but they still keep an eye on them. Their origin is not known as they do not have any chronicles and official records not mention them. Most probable origin is that they are remnants of Keelings experimentation with genetics as they hold different levels of genetic
divergence, as some are merely un-recognisable from human, and some are more of a beast than human.
Next thing that's typical to Zoyra is a cult or sect of hedonists. Those people are most frequently from higher classes when they do not have to work hard to make a living and they devoted their lives to seeking of (most frequently erotic) delights. Their distinguishing mark is their clothes, usually consisted out of simple tunic or robe and sandals, with nothing more. More devoted members may wear very revealing, translucent or even no clothes at all. In fact, complete nakedness is quite rare.
This group of people, which has its followers all over the system, but it's most widespread on Zoyra, has been investigated many times by the Inquisition or Adeptus Arbites under suspicion of Chaos worshipping or summoning Slaneeshi deamons, but nothing has been proven.
Speaking of industry, the main export commodity is wood and herbs, but the planet is more known as a holiday destination.
Most notable thing as Temple of the Night, which is millennia old, and not of human origin and every 9 years, the temple lits up in bluish light and from the centre of the temple, a blue beam of light is emitted into the emptiness of the void. While this is happening, holographical images of bipedal humanoid species appears, who aimlessly wander around the temple. Some people believe those are spirits of the builders of the temple. They are non-living and they do not react or interact with anything.
Risha is an agricultural superpower. Planet surface is one, supercontinent. which takes about one-fourth of the planet's surface, surrounded by one, an immense ocean. The landscape is more or less flat and is covered in vast crops fields, pastures and greenhouses, along with various food plants. Ocean is also great source of food and crude, unrefined promethium is mined from the rocks under the seabed.
On the eleventh meridian, the supercontinent is traversed by a massive mountain ridge, which is a result of tectonic plates movement. Mountain ridge can be safely crossed only a few places and use of aircrafts is largely limited by the weather which is usually irreconcilable with safe flight.
Most of the population, which is about 1.5 to 2 billion, lives decentralised, in settlements, villages or small towns. and the majority of them works in agriculture, fishing or light industry.
Separation of the population to the western and eastern part creates natural and healthy competition, where both are trying to grow, catch and manufacture more than the other part. Time to time, the healthy competition overgrows into a situation that riot control units are deployed, and the initiators are always "the other ones".
Aethra is unusual, very mountainous planet. A Large part of the atmosphere is consisted out of methane and sulphur, released due to heavy volcanic activity. People live only in high mountains and plateaus above the cloud levels. Speaking of it, the population is relatively small, only about 60 million individuals. Transportation is solved mainly by aircraft (between the cities) and by airtight, armoured trains (under the cloud level).
What is unusual about this planet? An immense mineral wealth, but it's hidden deep under the surface, in areas afflicted by volcanic activity and toxic atmosphere. In these mines, brave (or foolish) men dressed in hazmat suits dig for those minerals. It's extremely dangerous, the mortality rate is very high, but it's very well paid. Unless you are a servitor or a convict. Then you work for free.
Tiron is a barren, rocky moon with breathable air but little water, which serves as a giant junkyard. All of the garbage, which has not been processed is being sent here to be forgotten.
Officially, the moon is unpopulated, but in fact, on the surface, there are several settlements, inhabited by various outcasts, castaways, salvagers, scavengers, collectors and escaped convicts. Beside endless fields and mountains of rotting and rusting garbage, wreckage and junk are several compounds called Tiron-1 to Tiron-6, which are in fact huge waste disposal facilities. All of the garbage which is brought inside from the fields is sorted, and what can be recycled is recycled, and what cannot be is incinerated, crushed, compressed and left to its own fate somewhere outside.
Majority of the workers are in fact convicts serving their life sentences, whose offence wasn't serious enough to be sent into the deep mines on Aethera.
Neutra is not a moon anymore, it's a separate, individual planet. 5th in a row.
It's cold, mountainous planet, covered by the larger part by tundras and taigas with wast polar caps and thin, temperament belt in the equatorial area.
Population, which consists roughly from 2 billion, is concentrated in cities around the equator. Only handful of people live in the frozen wastes, usually in small villages or settlements, that live in a hunter-gatherer society, as no other means of getting food are not effective. People from those villages are especially favoured by the military officers, thanks to their natural physical and mental strength, toughness and independence.
Neutra hosts the largest military training camp, for either military police forces and the navy.
Speaking of industry, wood, minerals and light industry are the main export commodity.
Ostrakan may seem barren at first look, but all the life is happening down there, under the surface. Ostrakan has a very important role, and that it being a fortress world that can be hermetically sealed off for years and withstand all but the exterminatus grade ordinance. Ostrakan also hosts the emergency management of the entire system. The planet is divided into many sectors, each of them can be hermetically sealed from all other by massive blast doors. A large number of the sectors are under control of the Adeptus Mechanicus, who runs dozens of forges and factories, which makes Ostrakan into partial Forge world. While combined with fortress world, in case of siege, factories can run on full production potential without any great risk. Seeking patrols of Skitarii forces all around the planet is not uncommon. Their deeply black coats and sinister looking, red glowing visors can easily frighten anybody who's not used to their presence.
Speaking of population, there are about 4 billion citizens and most of them work in various factories. The whole world is militarised and every citizen has gone through basic military training and is knowledgeable about the use of firearms and basic tactics.
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Current political situation
Many people may think that the government of Europa has very non-standard attitude and are there tolerated things that might be totally unacceptable in other parts of the galaxy. There are two main reasons for that. First is total isolation from any other systems and nobody knows what's happening beyond the borders of the solar system. Only what's left are centuries old celestial maps. Due to this, the Imperial creed slowly deviated from it's "standard" version. mainly to adapt it to the current situation. It has naturally "evolved".
The second reason it the population. 12 billion is the extremely low number for the size of the system. That's twice the Holy Terra had in its Atomic era, dispersed on 5 planets. Government is trying to compensate for this by use of technology and use of quality instead of quantity, which is common practice on Hive worlds for example, where they have exactly opposite problem. Use and development of new technologies and widespread automatisation is one of the ways how to compensate for the lack of skilled workforce.
During the whole existence of the planetary council, extensive pro-population politics are in effect, which results in steady population increase as an each married couple has 3.71 offsprings in average. At this rate, the whole population should double in course of 5 to 7 generations. At the appropriate time, the pro-population policies will be cancelled to prevent overpopulation.
Life of a civilian
Life of an ordinary civilian can lead 2 ways. He can stay civilian, who has absolute freedom over himself (within the laws and morality, of course) but has only basic voting right (to vote city councillors only) and has no claim for special type of "for service to the country" salary, which is paid exclusively to citizens. To become a citizen one must enter the army, police forces, Adeptus Arbites, Adepta Sororitas, participate for certain time in the PDF, become a sailor in the warfleet or work in/for the government for some time. The statute of a citizen can be awarded for brave acts, or taken if the person commits a crime. Citizens have the full voting right, free healthcare, minimum granted pension and many more advantages. Penalties are identical for both civilians and citizens.
Standard of living is not bad at all. Under the lever of poverty lives roughly 3 to 5% of the population. Serfdom, slavery is illegal and everybody is entitled to proper health care and education.
The whole government is led by the so-called Planetary council. Ministers from each planet are voted directly by the citizens, one from each planet for one minister office. It's given by the law that each minister must be educated in the field he want's to work. (So dentist can't be a minister of finance. Banker or economist can be.)
Also, each prime minister of each separate planet is directly voted into his office, and the supreme prime minister which is the main minister is voted by the other ministers.
Citizens also have right to attend and affect so-called Aerial parliament, where prepared changes, laws and future visions are discussed. In those parliaments, citizens can pass a veto for a prepared law, if enough votes are collected.
For the preparation of future visions and changes and used supercogitators, that calculate the optimal course of actions which serve as a guide to the politicians. Lead scientists can attend a planetary council meeting and directly affect it. What many people don't want to hear is that government sees them as thousand upon thousand of tiny cogs in one giant machine. But that does not entitle them to amoral treatment.
Population is also taught to love their job and if they do it right, they know that it does not only advantages themselves, but the entire system.
Like every political system, this has its opponents. They are usually people who are too emotional or too spiritual. They are usually loud, but harmless. Time to time, a dangerous individual appears and those are usually watched by the secret services and in care of the need, silenced. Sometimes forever.
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The Imperial Guard
The term "Imperial Guard" is somewhat misleading in our case, because the Guard is galaxy-wide organisation commanded by High Lords of Terra. Europan armed forces are consisted out of 2 parts. The PDF, which is basically a territorial army stationed on a single planet, and the professional army, which is taking over the name of the Imperial Guard, even it's not the Imperial Guard in the true sense of the word...
To become a soldier, one must be older than 20 years, pass an entrance examination and go through basic training. Then he or she must choose if he or she wishes to be in the territorial army, or become a professional. If he or she chooses the militia, then he or she continue his or her life an ordinary person but must undertake a month-long training each year. The militia is deployed during a crisis and is (usually) the first to encounter the potential enemy, and their task is to hold long enough until proper fighting force arrives. They also help during natural disasters and civil uprisings. Ostrakan is kind of exception, where basic military training is required from all, and all people are considered as being part of the militia.
If one becomes a professional soldier, he or she lives in the barracks and participates in every training his or her unit undertakes. Training is also much more intense, specialised and professional soldier has access to the top-notch equipment and weaponry on which territorial army soldier can only dream of.
4th Neutran Armoured Division - they were the first unit that got reinforced by the new Panther tanks instead of the archaic Leman Russ designs. They are also equipped with new weapon designs from Ostrakan.
Ostrakan Combat engineers - They were the first who set foot on the board of the Space Hulk and they are jokingly called "Junkers".
1st Europan CAS wing - Other troops call them "The Guardian Angels" and it's rightfully defended. It's told that they are always up here looking down upon you and when you are in trouble, they strike. If you hear the typical "brrrrrrrrrrrrt" sound, you know that somebody has very, very bad day. It's terrifying sound even for those who are used to it, but it's the nices sound a ground trooped can hear.
16th Europan Rocket artillery Platoon - Nicknamed "The Doom Orchestra", those people somehow started giving names after music instruments to their Manticores and started to jokingly call their officers as "Dirigents" and their artillery observers as "Composers". It became popular and later caught on. Reason why it became a thing is probably the sound what the Manticore rocket make.
The Ecclesiarchy hasn't been active from the beginning. There were various temples devoted to the Emperor but were not organised under a single church. Ecclesiarchs arrived onboard of the Eternal Servitude, and only in low numbers. Saint Celestine was grateful for the opportunity to reestablish her Order of the Silver hand, successors of the Argent Shroud order. Many governors and generals do not like the Ecclesiarchy because sometimes they act more like a unguided rocket acting on the basis of their beliefs and not rationality or official battle plans. Many members, especially those more devoted that were used to the Vakarian way didn't like the fact that they have to adapt to Europan ways of living and not otherwise like it usually is. For preservation of the order it was necessary, otherwise it would be disbanded.
Ecclesiarchy slowly gained its followers, built monasteries and taught the common people about the Emperor and his ideas, his love to the people and love to ourselves. Even the military branch was restored, the Adepta Sororitas. After agreement with the Adeptus Mechanicus, the design of the Sororitas power armour was replicated and recruitment of young women begun.
New recruits must take the oath of loyalty and oath of duty. Next they were divided by their physical strength. Some help in the hospitals, others teach in Schola Progenium, organize charity, work in schools, administrative or in churches. Physically able women can enter the ranks of the Adepta Sororitas and men can become missionaries, chaplains or priests in ranks of the military.
Ecclesiarchy is independent organisation and they are not under control of the government. But part of the oath of loyalty is an promise that they will preserve the laws and moral values. This is why the Adepta Sororitas can be frequently seen side to side with Adeptus Arbites and they also supervise the planetary council, if they acting doesn't violate the laws or moral values.
What is highly unusual is that women in the ranks of the Ecclesiarchy are not nuns, but regular women who can be married and have a children. If they marry or have a child, they cannot be promoted to higher positions, they cannot work as managers or officers and they must take an another oath, that says that Ecclesiarchy goes first. Only exception are the warriors of the Adepta Sororitas, who cannot marry or get pregnant. If they do, they are immediately expelled and punished for the violation of the oath.
Adeptus Mechanicus have very strong presence. Their members can be seen almost everywhere, but most of them are on Ostrakan and Europa Primaris' orbital docks. It's known that Tech-priests has very orthodox approach to technologies. This wee in effect until Magos Draken become raised to the power, who has, maybe even heretical approach. He believes that technology has to be preserved, but also improved and create new ones. Whole research division were established, who are trying to improve the existing or create completely new technologies. This is most visible in the navy, where whole vessels are being rebuilt and modernised. Even the Guard uses many new weapons and technologies, that are unique to this sector.
Civilian sector also seen some changes. Regular trains were replaced by Maglevs and the middle-class resident can afford an Hovercar. Even some alien technologies were adapted to be used. Recon ships Ghost and Phantom are good examples as they use adapted cloaking technology gained from a wrecked Eldar vessel from the Space Hulk.
Candidates for service for the Navy must pass similar process as the Guard recruits. Everybody is trained in the use of firearms and tactics of onboard fighting. However most of recruits ends up in merchant and transport vessels, or like a workers in docks. Only the best may serve in the warships.
In the current era, a large part of ships which have been left behind is already repaired, modified and largely automatised to lower the crew requirements, sometimes even by 50%. Use of labour servitors for the menial jobs is also quite common. On the other hand, qualification of the crewmembers significantly raised.
Stella Borealum - Oberon class battleship, still being repaired, modified and automatized because the crew cannot be effectively replenished in terms of human resources. Ship will be also equipped with turreted Lance batteries located on the sides at the expense of fixed broadside batteries.
Thunderstrike - Already repaired and modified Armageddon class cruiser, equipped with mobile solar router.
Adamant - Heavily modified Gothic class cruiser, with additional engines, reinforced prow, more powerful Void-shield generators and additional broadside guns. Ship is designed for breaking through enemy lines.
Archangel - Old, Hellfire class heavy cruiser in the service of the Order of the Silver Hand rebuild to meet standard service requirements and crew comfort. It's distinguishing sign is giant angel statue located behind the bridge. Ship is still being repaired and modified.
Blackout - Dauntless class light cruiser equipped for electronic warfare. Beside default loadout, it carries EPM antennas, Vox jammers, Holographical projectors, Infrared emitters and much more, designed for jamming communications and deception of the enemy. Ship is fully operational and held in reserves.
Ghost & Phantom - are two identical Dauntless class light cruisers equipped with advanced cloaking mechanisms, that are able to optically hide and dramatically lower the heat and electronic trace of the ship. They are equipped with experimental teleportation device, able to instantly mode the ship anywhere up to 5km. These two ships are in active service as reconnaissance force, and they are always deployed together.
Additional ships that are being held in reserves and are waiting to be repaired is Overlord class heavy cruiser and two Defender-class light cruisers.
Seventeen more Tempest, Sword and Cobra class escorts that are fully operational are being held in reserves and sometimes used for reconnaissance.
The fleet includes twelve more transport ships, half of which are held in reserves.
Number of private and commercial ships that are registered is 67, and Naval Command has no direct control over them.
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