Republic of Biesel
The Republic of Biesel is an independent system within the Core of human space. It is heavily tied to the NanoTrasen corporation at nearly every level of government. The Republic of Biesel is the government of the Tau Ceti System, exercising authority over Biesel, New Gibson and all other settlements and installations within Tau Ceti's gravity well.
It is one of the most populated systems in human space, a financial center, industrial powerhouse and one of the most prestigious systems in the galaxy. However, unrest and gridlock undermine the government, and the aggressive attitude of the Sol Alliance against its former system has made many worried of the future of the Republic.
Recently, there are rumors of increased Syndicate activity within the system. However, Nanotrasen has insisted that their financing of the Biesel police force is more than adequate to deal with terrorist threats.
Official Title(s): "The Federal Republic of Biesel and the Tau Ceti System" (SC)
Capital: Mendell City, Biesel
Demonym: Bieselitte, Cetian, Gibsonian
Official Language(s): Sol Common, Tau Ceti Common, 24 additional Recognized Languages.
- 2445 Census: 10,709,678,435
- 2457 Census: 11,056,727,000
- 2460 Est.: 11,632,576,000
Biesel maintains the Credit as its official currency. Backed by fusion energy, the credit remains the galactic currency.
NanoTrasen is an unquestionable monopoly within Tau Ceti. The Free Trade Zone established shortly after independence in 2452 served to only reinforce their foothold. Almost the entirety of business in the system are either owned directly or a branch of Nanotrasen. Small business is rare, but recently the service sector has kicked back up with smaller "family run" restaurants and grocery stores popping up in the cities of Biesel.
- 15% Colonial Chinese
- 15% Colonial Hindustani
- 15% Colonial Caucasian
- 14% Colonial Arab
- 10% Colonial African
- 30% Other
Being one of the early colonized systems, Tau Ceti remains diverse. People from all walks of life exist in the Republic, and the meshing of cultures extends to even the growing minority of alien species that find their home in the small Republic. There are tensions between the natives and the influx of alien immigrants, and the integration of IPC's into society remains an extremely hot topic.
Tau Ceti Basic is the dominant language in the Republic of Biesel, spoken by nearly all its inhabitants except some small groups of immigrants. Due to the diverse nature of the Republic, every language across populated space can be found here. Sol Common is viewed with some hostility by natives of the Republic, especially after the Frost Invasion, and is mostly spoken in pro-Sol areas of the Republic. Tradeband and Freespeak are commonly spoken amongst the resident and immigrant populations, with many coming from across the human frontier to pursue a better life in Tau Ceti.
Biesel fashions are numerious and very cosmopolitan. At present there is a spike in popularity with Little Tajaran Electro swing music and neo-greaser fashion. This includes pompador hair styles and leather jackets with white vests. Another rather avant-garde, alternative style is the floor length braid, usually dyed in neon colors. The floor length braid or "FLB" is associated with anarcho-communist or general anarchist sentiments largely due to its impracticality in general Biesel work environments.
Biesel remains a Federal Democracy as enshrined in the Tau Ceti Constitution. It has an elected president, a congress, and a supreme court. Legally there are various checks and balances between the branches of government. In reality, current president Joseph Dorn has centralized a significantly influential executive branch, though he has refrained from taking on the Supreme Court.
For the executive branch, President Joseph Dorn was sworn into office for his first term as president in 2454. He faced reelection in 2458 and won in a landslide, yet contested victory.
The legislative branch of Tau Ceti's government is the Congress, which is unicameral and is made up of senators from every district of Biesel and New Gibson.
For the Judiciary, the Biesel Law Institute is the foremost law agency of the Republic, and is the primary source of legal services for the Nanotrasen Corporation. The Tau Ceti Supreme Court is the ultimate judicial authority of the Republic however, with the 7 justices being appointed by Congressional vote.
Biesel's government is split between two distinct political parties, who's philosophies can be called Universalism, and Protectionism.
Universalists generally want to see greater integration in the galaxy, the breaking down of trade barriers, and increased cultural exchange and integration.
Protectionists promote increased barriers to trade, reigning in runaway corporations, and generally focus on nationalistic policies.
Tau Ceti Republicans and Social Democrats are respectably Universalist and Protectionism. But since the Frost Invasion, these parties have had splinter factions of the Ultra-Universalist New Republicans, and Ultra-Protectionist True Democrats.
The New Republicans have 179 seats, 47% of the entire House. The traditional Republican Party has only 34 seats; 9% of the House.
The rival Social Democrat party has faced a much less clean divide, nearly splitting down the middle. Social Democrats have 103 seats, or 27%. The more hardliner True Democrats have 67 seats, or 17% of the House.
1.) Republicans, including President Dorn, want to increase funding for both the state military and the mercenary wing of NanoTrasen: The ERT. 2.) New Republicans want to keep Tau Ceti's state navy demilitarized, but increase funding for its mercenary contracts with NanoTrasen. 3.) Social Democrats want to maintain the status quo. 4.) True Democrats want to increase military spending and decrease ERT spending
1.) Republicans want to maintain the status quo on Synthetics, where their rights are mostly tailored around indentured servitude, while keeping the identifying tagging system. 2.) New Republicans, as well as President Dorn, want to fully emancipate Synthetics to become citizens, allowing them to service in public office and the military and remove their electronic tags. 3.) Social Democrats want to keep Synths "contained". They would keep the electronic tags and increase regulation on Synthetic proliferation. 4.) True Democrats want to revert Synthetic rights entirely, and institute a sweeping ban on the construction of additional, unchained posibrains.
Economy and NanoTrasen
1.) Republicans, including President Dorn, want to maintain the Free Trade Zone, who's realities have seen NanoTrasen retain an absolute monopoly on all business in Tau Ceti. 2.) New Republicans want to cut existing regulations on NanoTrasen to promote job growth, and reduce corporate taxes. 3.) Social Democrats want increased regulations and government oversight on NanoTrasen, and end the Free Trade Zone to allow foreign corporations to compete locally, while launching an investigation into NanoTrasen's influence on the government. 4.) True Democrats want to completely break up NanoTrasen in Tau Ceti, arrest key corporate officials on corruption charges, and institute new laws forever limiting the size and strength a corporation can gain in Tau Ceti.
Non-Human Citizens and Workers
1.) Republicans, including President Dorn, want to keep the status quo, where humans keep a minimum wage while non-human immigrant labor have none. 2.) New Republicans want to implement a universal minimum wage for all humans and non-humans working in Tau Ceti. 3.) Social Democrats want to implement a cap on work visas for immigrant labor to promote job growth for native Biesiellites. 4.) True Democrats want to enact immigration reform to restrict xeno immigration, suspend work visas, and begin deporting any non-human convicted of a crime.
1.) Republicans, including President Dorn, want to keep the status quo, with businesses required to provide private health insurance, retirement funds, and scholarships to employees and prospective employees. 2.) New Republicans want to slash public social services and make private corporations foot the bill. 3.) Social Democrats want to repeal "crippling" insurance requirements, which they say punishes small business to the benefit of NanoTrasen, and increase social services for everyone applicable. 4.) True Democrats want to completely take social services out of the hands of private interests and make it all publicly available, but only to native-born Biesellites.
1.) Republicans, want to keep the status quo, including the economic alliance with Elyra and NanoTrasen: AREP (Association for the Responsible Export of Phoron, which is like a space OPEC that dominates +80% of known Phoron deposits.). 2.) New Republicans, including President Dorn want to expand Biesel's influence across the galaxy and open doors to allow other Phoron-exporting systems into AREP. 3.) Social Democrats want to maintain Tau Ceti's policy of neutrality while keeping AREP for economic security. Some have also hinted that they would increase funding for Biesel Intelligence Service to 'get back' at the Sol Alliance. 4.) True Democrats want complete isolation from the politics of the galaxy. They would cancel AREP and 'close the borders', insulating Tau Ceti from the galaxy at large.
Being surrounded entirely by the juggernaut of the Sol Alliance and situated near the core systems of humanity, Tau Ceti is isolated from the major dangers and players on the galactic stage save for an increasingly hostile Sol Alliance.
With the most common threats being incursions by raiders, pirates, and Syndicate mercenaries, Tau Ceti maintains a small military dedicated to self-defense.
With 30 corvettes and 2 destroyers, the navy maintains 25,000 active sailors with 12,000 in reserve, and 223 marines deployed with 4,000 in reserve. The Biesel National Guard, a form of a ground army, maintains an 40,000 active force and 90,000 in reserve, whereas New Gibson maintains a reserve force of 4,500 National Guard.
NanoTrasen and its Emergency Response Team take up the bulk of actual security duties. A complex and intricate series of security and engineering contracts has corralled the young Republic to be obligated to get weapons and equipment exclusively through the mega-corporation, such as weapons and tactical armor. The military recently took offense to apparent NanoTrasen laziness in an event where NanoTrasen shipped the navy 800 new Tactical Armor sets with the NT logo still on them.
Despite patronizing attitudes from NanoTrasen towards the Tau Ceti's military, the mega-corporations extensive involvement allows the young republic to only dedicate .98% of its budget towards the military.
Being one of the closest systems to Earth, Tau Ceti was one of the first explored by early interstellar travelers. When Biesel was discovered to possess an Earth-like atmosphere, complete with full-fledged biospheres, the system was flooded with settlers. As Biesel flourished and towns grew into cities, explorers began to survey the nearby planet of New Gibson, and found it metal-rich. Corporations and individuals alike established mining colonies which have grown over the centuries into massive domed cities and industrial parks, mining raw materials and turning them into all manner of goods, then shipping them off to Biesel or outside the system. Biesel, with it's Earth-like atmosphere, became the financial and agricultural heart of the system while New Gibson was the industrial powerhouse. Around 100 years after it's first settlers made planet-fall, the Republic of Biesel was formally established as one of the first semi-autonomous states within the Sol Alliance.
Following the discovery of phoron in the sparsely explored Romanovich Cloud at the edge of the system, NanoTrasen began to move it's corporate assets and bureaucracy onto Biesel. As NanoTrasen became fabulously wealthy, the money trickled down to the Tau Ceti System's upper class. However, the economic catastrophe of the Second Great Depression threatened to wipe out the entire economy of the Sol Alliance. With the Sol Alliance teetering on absolute bankruptcy and consequential tax hikes for systems, the unemployment rate in Tau Ceti exploded to 20% by 2450. Within the next two years, Nanotrasen became one of the only still functioning corporations within Tau Ceti, making it extremely popular with both politicians and the population at large, as it offered jobs and services unavailable anywhere else.
Politicians pushed for closer ties with the mega-corporation, and eased anti-monopoly laws for NanoTransen. In 2452, The Republic of Biesel and NanoTransen formed the "Tau Ceti Free Trade Zone", which gave NanoTransen control of vast swathes of the Romanovich Cloud and at the same time presented an ultimate to the Sol Alliance government to give Tau Ceti independence or face a total loss of Nanotrasen investment. The announcement was met with both praise and outrage: Some welcomed the money that would flow into the system with NanoTransen able to more effectively mine and distribute phoron, while others claimed that NanoTransen had 'bought' the government of Biesel and that an Orwellian future was just around the corner. Desperate and unable to enforce their refusal without a total collapse of their economy, the Sol Alliance caved and allowed Tau Ceti to become independent in 2452.
A side effect of NanoTransen's increased operations in the sector are that employees from outside the system are often 'bused' in through the system's Warp Gate. Many have chosen to settle in the system and are provided corporate housing in numerous 'Corporate Enclaves' that have sprung up across New Gibson and Biesel. The system's population is estimated to be one of the most diverse in Human Space.
The Frost Invasion: 2458 - 2459
In October of 2458 the Sol Alliance had ended anti-piracy patrols around Tau Ceti by its 33rd Fleet as part of a diplomatic campaign to put pressure on the small system over various long-standing disputes. This caused a massive spike in piracy and raider attacks against Tau Ceti, which Biesel's small, part-time military had no ability to deal with effectively. Biesel maintained contracts with NanoTrasen's Emergency Response Team but the mega-corporation was cool to the idea of increasing investment without re-negotiating the terms of the contracts. The result of negotiations with NanoTrasen ended with an announcement on the 20th of October where Biesel would sponsor NanoTrasen to build thousands of combat drones that can operate near-autonomously in the vacuum of space. This was a disaster for the Alliance, who's plan to pressure Tau Ceti to reduce its proliferation of synthetic life had just backfired spectacularly.
This development also angered and worried many Skrell both within Tau Ceti and as far as the Jargon Federation. The Federation persuaded the Sol Alliance to enact an 'economic embargo' against the Tau Ceti system, to be enforced by the 33rd fleet commanded by Admiral Frost. Prices for basic goods skyrocketed across Tau Ceti as imports hit a bottleneck after the bluespace gate leading to the system was shut down. Tensions between Synthetics and Organics as well as general xenophobia grew across Tau Ceti.
On December 1st crisis talks between the Sol Alliance, Jargon Federation, and the Republic of Biesel that had been attempted to resolve the crisis had come to an end. The Alliance's demands had grown from not Biesel cancelling its combat drone program, but also creating strict regulations and controls on its synthetic population, and finally that Biesel would allow Alliance and Jargon authorities to assume leadership in federal and state law enforcement agencies. Biesel agreed to all but the last demand, saying it would be surrendering its autonomy. The crisis also revealed a divide between the Federation and the Alliance: The Federation was trying to focus specifically on Tau Ceti's synthetic proliferation, but had been caught up in the Alliances' attempt to re-assert itself over its former break-away province. At the end of these talks both sides walked out and negotiations broke down, and with it the hopes of resolving the crisis peacefully.
On December 26th 2458 Biesel announced it had formed an economic partnership with the Republic of Elyra and NanoTrasen called the Association for Market Stability. This economic alliance created a union between the only two galactic nations with control over large phoron deposits. Overnight the entire balance of power shifted as Biesel now had a serious bargaining chip to use against the Alliance: potentially slashing phoron exports and tanking the Alliance economy. This further sunk relations between Tau Ceti and the Alliance, and many within the Alliance began to consider Biesel a serious risk to its security.
On February 26th, 2459, with no end of the embargo in sight, Biesel expelled the Alliance's diplomats in its system and ordered the closure of the Alliances' embassy. It accused the Alliance diplomats of intimidation and abuse towards Biesel authorities. Diplomatic ties between the two nations were now completely severed. The first warning signs from Admiral Frost surfaced here, with the admiral warning Biesel that there would be retaliation.
On February 27th 2459, Biesel's Congress voted to trigger a constitutional convention that would allow them to re-write the Constitution of the republic. The purpose of the convention was clear: pro-synthetic factions had finally gathered enough influence, and full emancipation of synthetics was soon to be a reality. The proposed amendments would also see a streamlined legal framework in regards to synthetic ownership, employment of synthetics, and the legality of their treatment.
Only three days after the announcement of the convention, Admiral Frost suddenly invaded Tau Ceti with the 33rd fleet. He was acting autonomously and without orders from the civilian government. His fleet's overwhelming firepower and rapid speed overwhelmed Tau Ceti's tiny defense network. Within 5 hours the Republic of Biesel capitulated to Admiral Frost, who had seized an entire star system in a near-bloodless invasion. President Dorn, who had been captured by a 33rd commando raid, broadcasted a televised speech announcing his unconditional surrender. Frost seized control of Biesel as its dictator, and began his campaign of terror, who's goals can be best described by the man himself.
"This colony of the Alliance has been proliferating synthetics as potential weapons of mass destruction. There have already been numerous incidents where synthetic infiltrators have murdered people in cold blood to progress their agenda. Synthetic proliferation is an existential threat to all mankind. Like a weed, synthetics take root among us and spread until they are able to strangle us all. They can look like us, they feel no pain, and are incapable of understanding mercy. To allow the Tau Ceti government to build an army of combat synthetics, despite the abhorrent lessons of history, is unthinkable. The 33rd, along with assistance from federal, state, and NanoTrasen authorities, will be working over the next month to completely cripple the power of synthetics in this system. They will be dismantled. They will be re-purposed. They will be returned to their status as tools and stripped of all notions of independence or emancipation. Synthetics are tools, and made to serve mankind. But they are dangerous to leave unchecked. This colony's administration was incapable of handling or even understanding the Pandora's box they were opening. Hail Sol, and God bless the Alliance."
During the occupation Frost used his totalitarian authority with vigor. Many free IPCs were sold into slavery or scrapped, robotics labs were shut down and demolished, and 33rd Officers even took over Captainship of NanoTrasen stations in Tau Ceti like the NSS Aurora. Many in Tau Ceti resisted the occupation, with protests gripping the streets of every major city.
Eventually, the Sol Alliance 25th fleet arrived to Tau Ceti and fought the 33rd in a surprise attack, chasing it from the system. Admiral Frost and a small retinue of loyalists were chased to the NSS Aurora where he managed to evade capture from its security force and 25th Marines on his tail, and he escaped to the frontier.
The 25th Fleet left Tau Ceti after chasing off the 33rd, and a humiliated Alliance, who's rogue Admiralty was now public knowledge, ended the embargo.
The invasion and occupation by Admiral Frost forever altered politics and lifestyles in Tau Ceti. Before the invasion, patriotism was uncommon and viewed as strange. But the invasion created a strong sense of nationalism and patriotism within its diverse population. President Dorn returned to his office of the presidency amid soaring approval ratings, and declared that a new era had begun for the small Republic. Snap elections flooded Congress with New Republicans, a radical Universalist party that Dorn himself defected to at the expense of his former, moderate Republican Party.
Despite being plagued by corruption scandals and growing tension domestically and abroad, President Dorn continued to ride on his popularity as a war time President to push through key New Republican reforms that see synthetics and non-humans in Tau Ceti granted greater freedoms and rights, while at the same time loosening already timid regulations on NanoTrasen.
Tau Ceti is now styling itself as the bastion of freedom and liberty for the Orion sector. Dorn has eagerly branded the system as the most diverse system in the known galaxy, and has cooperated with the New Republican congressional majority to ensure the system continued to remain as such.
Potential Character Concepts
Here is an example character from the Republic of Biesel:
- Jenn Song-Bennett, 23, is a bartender currently aboard the NSS Aurora. She is extremely casual and friendly.
- Song-Bennett is 5’5” and very skinny, about 110 lbs. She has slow, flowing movements and laid-back posture. She has dark brown eyes and a pixie cut dyed pastel green with black roots.
- Song-Bennett lives in Mendell City, frequently commuting to the NSS Aurora for work. When at home, Song-Bennet spends time with her girlfriend and frequently phones her father. She is a non-practicing Catholic. Song-Bennet is a New Republican, though she dislikes their views on social service.
- Song-Bennett loves all alien species, with the exception of Vaurca, and holds a fantastical, more friendly outlook on their cultures.
- Song-Bennett speaks Tau Ceti Common.
Here is a second example character from the Republic of Biesel:
- Mitchell Lee, 27, is a quartermaster working for Nanotrasen. He is passionate, and a bit intense.
- Lee is 5’11” and fairly built, likely 170 lbs. He has a tough slouch and his movements are jerky, but coordinated. He has blue, mechanic eyes and short, curly, dyed-blonde hair.
- Lee lived in New Gibson, usually living aboard the Odin while working on the NSS Aurora. However, after the attack on New Gibson, Lee lives on the Odin permanently. He lives in a small room with a roommate and his girlfriend. Lee is agnostic. Lee also stays out of politics.
- Lee has a preference towards Unathi due to their natural strength and Tajara for their general speed. However, Lee has a furious hatred against Vaurca after the attack on New Gibson.
- Lee speaks Tau Ceti Common and Freespeak.