The Sinturian Empire
Political Composition- Technocratic Autocratic Imperial Socialism
Head of State – Emperor
Capital – Sinturia Click Here!
Currency – Kals
Soldiers per capita – 45/100 (including logistic support staff)
Average Lifespan – 92
Adjective- Sinturian, Sinner (archaic pejorative)
War Cry- “Submit, serve, and you will/may survive!”
The sworn enemy of the Federation and declared “The enemy of all free peoples” the Sinturian Empire has waged almost ceaseless war with the Federation since times of antiquity. The brief periods of peace are said to be calms before storms. The origins of the Sinturian Empire and the Sinturian race are shrouded in mystery. They are one of the five original universal super powers that have survived since the earliest records. They control a vast amount of the known universe and only seek to further expand their ever growing empire.
The Sinturian Empire and Federation firmly focused on war were then surprised by one of the longest periods of peace between them. Both nations faced the similar internal uprisings but their response could not be any more different. As the Federation formed to be a republic, the Sinturian Union reorganized into a limited Empire retaining much of its socialist aspects. Centralizing authority, the Sinturian Empire crushed its disjointed dissidents. Resolving the reasons for rebellion thus became a quiet afterthought. In the wake, an odd hybrid government was born, one that supposedly supported equality yet headed by an emperor.
Having postponed social reform, revolution reared again in the most inopportune moment. Forced to withdraw from the previous war, the Sinturian Empire was unable to exploit a Federation weakened by its first conflict with Lafeya. A second civil war ravaged Sinturia but left leading a soldier molded in crucible of war. Emperor Malikia was quick to institute new progressive policies and recover from the ruin. Presented with another opportunity by Lord Lovat’s resurgence, there is no question that Sinturia will enter into the war. The mystery is then when and where such a power will strike and whether it may be repelled.
A Military State
Essentially devoting the majority production to war, the Sinturian has the largest army of all the Galactic Superpowers. Sociologically ordered in a war based caste system, soldiers and scientists hold the highest positions of power. All functions of industry are socialized; as such in theory the welfare of the people coincides with the welfare of the state. There are though rumors of famine running rampant but barred access outside observers can neither confirm nor deny.
Sinturian commanders lead their troops into combat themselves in line with Sinturian traditional honor codes. Given numbers at birth, names are only bestowed upon those soldiers who achieve their first rank. Surnames are not taken from family lines but from their unit commanders’ first names. With enlistment comes opportunity, with name the possibility of fame. Sinturian Elite soldiers are selected by real combat ‘exercises’ where failure results in death. Constantly obsessed with rank, many citizens of Sinturia all dream of promotion, few dare to dream of becoming Emperor.
At head of the serpent is its Emperor, a selected rather inherited position. Though officially wielding absolute power, the Emperor must control the Assembly of Generals all of which would weakness provide seize the position and become Emperor themselves. At any one time a General having passed a series of trials may legally challenge the Emperor for his position in single combat. Incompetent Emperors can also be ousted by the majority of Generals. Historically some Emperors out respect to their contributions are allowed to live out their last years, realistically few do.
A rare occurrence in Sinturian history the previous Emperor was opposed and supported by an equal number of Generals. A challenger arose but before the battle, the emperor was assassinated. Suppressed sectors threw their lot into the conflict escalating hostilities. With no successor and disputed majority, civil war broke out that shook Sinturian unity. The following conflict saw the rise of a single soldier to position of Emperor but not before great devastation. Recovering from the aftermath many Generals are eager again to fight in their minds the true enemy, the Federation.
National Unity through Racial Solidarity
Sinturian physiology is radically different from human though they look similar in outward appearance. They share qualities of both mammals and reptiles. Possessing forked tongues they seem more similar to reptiles. They are gifted with extraordinary potential for physical strength and far greater capabilities than the average human. As such Sinturians despise the human race in particular as inferior.
The citizens of vassal states of the Sinturian Empire often undergo invasive gene altercations to be “cured” of their humanity. Converts are not forced to do so but a rigid caste system makes societal advancement unattainable without conversion. The byproduct of unions between converts is always Sinturian thus over consecutive generations peoples of vassal states of the Empire become unrecognizable from their original racial roots. The process is promoted as for the sake of advancing equality by uplifting lesser races.
Incompatible species and races are segregated from mammal and reptile. Reptilian races are received as brothers while mammalian races are either extradited or worse exterminated. Children are raised communally and circulated amongst the Empire thereby further obliterating cultural ties. Slowly and surely subjects of the collective are made mind and body uniform.
With quick and vast territorial gains by the Sinturian Empire, the question race is resurfacing. Conservative Generals claim that assimilation is weakness while liberal Commanders embrace the influx. The single voice is becoming many.
Sinturians specialize in laser based weapons and use a form of endothermic energy to power their weapons. The high cost of laser weapons is only mitigated by a mass production scale other nations cannot to commit to. Possessing superior weapons, Sinturians have long considered the technology of other races as pitiful. The laser weapons systems while impractical for other nations to copy on miniature are replicated in macro scale battleships. This forces the Sinturian Empire to constantly improve their space base weapons systems in order to maintain their star fleet’s supremacy. The jewels of the Sinturian star fleet is their Laser Liner archetype ships.
Neural uplink interfaces are ubiquitously incorporated into Sinturian vehicles allow near fusion between flesh and metal. Often operators after extended use though find themselves inextricably linked to their machines. The danger, associated with the technology, has led other nations to be reticent about adopting it. Benefits determined to be greater, the technology remains as do the risks. Miniaturizing and militarizing the neural uplink technology, Sinturian scientists created a new deadly class of soldier, the mind hacker. Capable of usurping the minds of the weak willed they are used forcibly extract information from their enemies, removing the need for spies.
Typical Planetary Development/Composition
As it is said that the Federation and Lafeyate Legions rule two third of the stars, the Sinturian Empire rules the other one third. The Sinturian Empire covers an expanse of space referred affectionately by its people as “The Cobalt Cosmos” due to the blue luster of the stars.
Prioritizing colonies for mineral resources rather than balanced development, Sinturian worlds are forced to rely on a few planets devoted to agriculture. Appropriating the majority of resources towards the military, many worlds remain under developed. A legacy of poor environmental control has also toxified many worlds as to be unsuitable for local produce. The resource expense of importing food keeps many planets on the brink of starvation.
Sinturians have held an isolationist policy when it comes to economics. Sinturian traders, rare and few, only accept mineral ores and refuse currency of peoples what they deem lesser. With vast territorial claims the internal economy is self-sustaining albeit given to the inefficiency in planning.