Novo Aether: Vetus Caelum
The Prime Collective
A massive collection of agnatus sapiens political entities, Prime Collective is more of a cultural and societal unity then a political organization. Worlds and species that belong to the Prime Collective have no true political identity; they are instead ruled and governed by the Collective. Some highly complex political entities do exist within the Collective, however, and these exhibit an immense amount of influence on the Collective. Prime Collective can have ‘the’ in front of it or simply exist by itself. The Collective usually refers to the unit as a political or military entity while Prime refers to it more as a cultural or social tradition.
Long before the dawn of recorded time, ancient, powerful civilizations existed on Earth. These empires had progressed to the peak of humanity, incredibly advanced in science and technology. They built a powerful gate that managed to connect to a distant galaxy. They dispatched billions of settlers throughout this galaxy, settling dozens of worlds. Then, inexplicitly, the civilizations collapsed, the wormhole was closed and the settlers were abandoned to their fate. The settlers suffered a dark age, as their technology, history and knowledge was lost in the chaos. For thousands of years as they slowly evolved and adapted to their individual worlds. These new species, these agnatus sapiens, eventually rebuilt civilizations on each world. They finally reached the ability to spread the stars.
The first agnatus sapiens that became extrasolar formed empires, federations and kingdoms, spreading across the galaxy as more and more agnatus emerged from their homeworlds and explored. All shared similar traits, including derivatives of a similar language. As the various agnatus sapien societies met and mingled, a cultural and social tradition emerged that binded together the loose civilizations. Overtime, this evolved into the civilization of the Prime Collective. While most worlds and cultures adapted into the Collective with great ease, some did not. A series of violent clashes between dissenting separatists and Prime Collective began. Several breakaway republics emerged from the result of these wars. These either collapsed and were later absorbed by Prime Collective or defeated in other wars.
As the Prime Collective expanded and unified, it made contact with its first alien species, the Orblas. It was evident that the Orblas existed on an entirely different level then all other agnatus sapiens. The second alien species, a microbiological entity, was found on a desolate planet. These contacts gave great credence to the popular belief that all agnatus sapiens descended from a common ancestor. It was obvious that others in the galaxy deviated wildly from the agnatus sapiens. The ancestor belief became a common legend instead of a wild theory. More and more genetic research emerged that supported the idea of a single common genetic line; the belief of ancestors transcended into a form of religion. While some looked at the vast variety of agnatus sapiens and scoffed at the idea, many believed. The common mythos that ran through the various societies was of a lost homeworld, called ‘Eden’. It also told a story about a great ancestral race that was the guardians of Eden. The religion of Eden grew amongst the Primes. They believed that Eden was destroyed, the guardians dead. A cry to find the dead planet, the “Graveyard”, rang out.
Human contact was made with the Prime Collective by a human exploration probe sent by IPEC and a Collective automated survey vessel. The first meeting between Prime Collective and humans was made in orbit around the planet Altair in the Alpha Centauri system aboard the human ISV Hope, a spaceship ran by IPEC. It was a very important meeting, as four human and two dwarf astronauts met with a Breken and a Merion first contact specialists. Genetic sampling and research followed. It appeared to be proof that Primes descended from a proto-human race on Earth.
When human contact was made, the Prime Collective was shaken deeply. The mythos of Eden was true and Eden still existed, the guardians still alive. This provided a great shock to the Collective. A common idea of unity ran throughout the agnatus sapiens as they learned that humans were their ancestors. Most agnatus expressed great joy at the finding of their “brethen” and offered to share with humanity all their knowledge.
Humans were amazed to find that almost all of the various racial lines and species contained within the Collective contained traits somewhat similar to humans. Most racial lines are basic humanoid shapes and contain the same fundamental physiology of humans. Furthermore, it was discovered the base trading language used by the agnatus sapiens had etymological roots in Latin and Greek.
A new language was formed based heavily on Latin; it was easily understood by those trade speakers. The ‘Universal Joint Auditory Communication Project’ provided a common tongue between humans and agnatus sapiens, forming the first important link between humans and their derivatives. Throughout most human societies, Universal is taught alongside their factional language.
The interstellar transportation jumpgate system, GAPTRAN (Galactic Public Transit Network), was soon started in an effort to provide cooperative friendship between Terrans and Prime Collective. A widely successful project, the Prime Collective and Terran factions have enjoyed good relations ever since. The wild success of both these projects cemented the friendship of the Collective and Earth experienced an incredible amount of growth as nations formed powers to spread humanity to the stars.
The economy in the Prime Collective is best described as free market; planets have open free trade between themselves as established by various trading houses and planetary law. Various racial lines within the agnatus sapiens have focused on a particular skill or trade goods; these are spread all over the Collective. The Collective is totally self-sustaining, spreading and distributing resources via a complicated system that economists are still struggling to understand. This system of shared economy ensures a stable, though stifled, economic base.
It has established trading agreements with all the human stellarpowers. These separate agreements ensure that vital resources of the Collective are obtained by the megacorpations of the Terrans. Dedicated trading routes interlace all over the transit network. These routes are full of freighters with lucrative cargos moving in-between Terran and Collective territories. While the CE struggles to secure full trade control over its member states, every human power has some form of trade agreement with the Collective.
Megacorporations and chaebols have expanded into the Collective, existing as almost a seperate entity then as an agent of commerce. Many cultural experts are employed by human business to understand the Collective market. The biggest hurdle for any human-based megacorp. is effectively understanding the supply-and-demand chain of the Collective.
Culture within the Collective is diverse and wildly eclectic but runs on similar themes. Common mythologies are shared among the species and themes of progress, triumph over adversity and hope are prevalent in art and music. Trends do not keep in their own racial culture but will flow throughout the worlds of the Collective, affecting all forms of culture in all the various species homeworlds. Having a shared language has greatly affected the flow of ideas.
A very popular trend is that of morphing Terran culture in Prime classics. This ‘ancestral’ art is highly prized, as things like cave drawings and old Medieval-era style paintings are immensely popular. Fusions of Terran music with Prime styles are also very popular. Astrosociologists have compared this fusion of Terran culture with Prime culture to old India’s fusion of Western art and music into Hindu traditions. Much of the Prime popular culture is influenced and fused with Terran history and societal traditions, or at least agnatus translations there of.
There are some cultural trends that show disdain for the ‘primitive’ humans. Some agnatus have a condescending attitude or superior air, like an elder with a child. They look upon these ‘human creatures’ as backwards and ignorant, unevolved and simpletons. These agnatus prefer to call themselves ‘ascendants’ and shun Terran culture and show outward disdain for humans. Ascendantism is a minority belief, albeit a vocal one.
Most, however, at least consider humans an important link in their history and culture. All agnatus sapiens see themselves as one ‘race’, one set of beings even though they may differ vastly from one another. Respect is shown for their origins and Earth is considered an almost-Holy place, the true root of their beginnings. Many agnatus sapiens believe in a popular cultural movement simply termed ‘ancestralism’, this movement believes that one should journey to Earth to walk the path that their ancestors took. Many agnatus have made journeys to walk the Earth and visit places like New York, London and Mexico. The ancestor culture has played an immense role in human-agnatus relations. A large number of Primes hold to a form of ancrestralism beliefs.
The Orthodox Faith is the only real organized religion in the Collective that spans across the entire society. Some Primes have their own religions nestled in their species culture but none have traction outside of thier species and most religion is a minority at that. However the Orthodox Faith has many adherents from a wide range of Primes. The Faith shuns ascendantism and ancestralism and instead teaches a path of enlightenment.
The xenopolitics of the Collective do not translate well into Terran political philosophy. Politics are complicated and little understood in the Prime Collective. Each species or racial grouping seems to exert some sort of self-governing, while planetary laws rule everyday things like zoning rights and trade control. A ruling body called the Elders is chosen by some mean not directly understood. This is overseen by a rotating figure known as the Judge. This seems to be some form of meritocracy, as the Judge is immensely respected and honored amongst the agnatus.
Some political entities do seem to have a sort of independent status to the equivalent of a nation on Earth. How or why they have this status isn’t fully understood either. While these entities are organized along the lines of more traditional governments, moves to understand why these entities exist merely end in confusion. Many times agnatus sapiens have attempted to explain it to the best of Terran political scientists only to end in frustration and almost always concluded that it is best left to those who ‘understand Prime’.
The Collective does maintain a powerful military force, usually banded together from various entities militaries or formed under the banner of the Collective and recruited from all agnatus. A few dedicated branches exist that perform a specific function. The aedituen is a branch that provides security along the borders and handles commerce protection duties, planetary orbital security and other internal defensive duties. The briareus is the branch of the Collective military that performs an offensive functions. Ground, naval and atmospheric forces are all assigned to this branch with the ability to strike anywhere via wormcallers and the GAPTRAN.