Planet/Moon name: Mercury; “Neo-Hyperborean Empire”.
Government category: Totalitarian
Government description: Fascist Party Dictatorship; aspiring inter-planetary empire. Lead by “The Captain”; formal title is “Imperator of the Neo-Hyperborean Empire”.
Population description: Human; genetically enhanced both through Genetic Engineering and a very long legacy of widespread eugenics programs, isolation of genetic traits deemed undesirable. Highly intelligent and very densely populated. Extensive propaganda extolling virtues of physical fitness has lead to abnormal physical strength and endurance being increasingly common. Average male Imperial is 6’ 3’’ with very muscular build. Radically militaristic and largely made up of ideological zealots. Mandatory military/police service along with the massive Imperial Space Fleet and supporting Imperial Expeditionary Corps, comprised mainly of Imperial Fleet-Marines.
History: Began as a small colony which focused primarily on resource exploitation. Gradually became a large population center of voluntary political and religious exiles. Soon, the planet grew, and gained independence in a short yet sharp coup/ resulting skirmish with the colonial government/ army. The “Hyperborean Empire” was proclaimed.
The resulting government was authoritarian, conservative, militaristic, and repressive. This went on for centuries before the government became corrupt, nepotistic, inefficient, and it’s authority undermined by competing democratic/ peaceloving reformists, and extremists. There was a bloodless coup as regime leadership aligned itself with the democrats in hopes of preventing the collapse of the society. Thus followed a short period of interplanetary reconciliation and societal confusion as the “Hyperborean Republic” struggled to gain legitimacy. Hyper-conservative/fascist “Imperials” sought a return to the glory days of the regime, while the extreme leftist “Interplanetarians” threatened to remove any last vestige of the regime.
Eventually, elements of the military revolted against an attempt by the government to disband the Old Imperial military, precipitating a civil war in which the “Imperials” flocked to the side of the rebels. After much bloodshed, and a resulting violent repression, the “Neo-Hyperborean Empire” took shape, with the fascists largely sidelining the hyper-conservatives with the full backing of the military leadership.
Materially devastated, the Imperial government soon greatly enlarged the military and forcibly initiated greater societal experimentation than had ever been attempted by the “Old Empire”. Massive constructive projects and innovative military advancements quickly made the Neo-Hyperborean Empire a rising power.
Additional Information: It is now over a decade since the civil war concluded. The New Empire, and it’s relatively young and charasmatic leader, makes no attempt to hide it’s ambition to expand into other worlds. “The Captain”, as the dictator is referred to, is a former Old Imperial Fleet-Marine Captain and ever-promenant, long-time leader of the “Imperial Party”. He lead the Imperial militia to several stunning victories in the civil war, cementing his status as uncontested leader of the New Empire. Making regular inflammatory and rousing speeches, the Captain has yet to fulfill his oft-spoken promise of conquering other worlds whilst the still-damaged economy struggles to keep up with the rapid rise of the New Empire.
However, distant, and often secret, military outposts span the solar system as far out as the Asteroid belt with unclear missions. Even murkier “Imperial Friendship” organizations on other worlds are often in contact with visiting Imperial citizens for not-so-obvious reasons.
Starting technology -
Machine Engineering: 8