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Xi'an Empire

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Xi'an Empire
CapitalHyoton IV (after 19755 BCE)
FoundedBefore 19747 BCE; 22697 years ago (-19747)
First Contact2530 CE; 420 years ago (2530)
LanguagesXi'an language
ReligionLi'Tova
GovernmentGreat Houses with a centralised Emperor, military and bureaucracy
Current EmperorTwayng Kray
Ruling familyHouse Kray
Territories14 known systems

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The Xi'an Empire or Saoshàn ( kyexiin: 9sao9xyan2; SRX: SaoXy'an (Proper); literally The empire of Xi'an; ) is a polity ruling all of known Xi'an space over 20,000 years. They also have - compared to humanity - a very long tradition of spacefaring.

The Xi'an Empire is located along the border of UEE's "eastern systems". It is comprised of at least fourteen systems. The Xi'an government has not disclosed the exact number of systems under their control but it is assumed that they have more territory deeper into space.[1]

While not inherently aggressive or expansionist in their nature, the Xi'an history is rife with civil war and power struggles. However over the last 500 years the Xi'an have adopted alternate methods to warfare preferring subtlety and manipulation to overt conflict. Xi'an influence is suspected in the revolution and subsequent overthrow of Imperator Messer XI in 2792.

History

Prehistoric Society

The homeworld of the Xi'an was one's a lush tropical world with a hot humid environment. The early Xi'an society lived in nomadic groups. They invented agriculture, domesticated animals and erected fortified settlements at an unknown date.[2]

Since Xi'an aren't able to digest the majority of fresh food and are intolerant of hot or cold meals, the discovery of fermentation was a milestone in Xi'an history. They were now able to stockpile fermented food in vessels, called tyixa'yetui. They were able to expand further, forming "state-like powers called Houses."[2]

The Great Divide (20044 - 19755 BCE)

A chaotic era filled with rampant conflict between four powerful Xi'an Houses. Initially a conflict between House Ru'a and Uai'i the conflict escalated with the intervention of House Chii and Kl.ō. In the end of the war the atmosphere of the Xi'an homeworld (Hyoton III) was eradicated in 19755 BCE.[3]

As a result, the Xi'an Empire was formed and the House Rúa became the ruling family of the empire.[4][5] House Chii attempted to seize power again "thirteen years later" (19742 BCE ?) but were defeated and 'exterminated.'[3]

First Imperial Age (19747 - 657 / 957 ?)

Six years (19747 BCE, Xi'an year: I.0) after the end of the Great Divide, the first imperial dynasty of the Xi'an Empire ruled by Emperor Ru'a (Rúa) was founded.

The Xi'an religion Li'tova was codified into common law and the Xi'an started to discovering Jump Points and terraforming worlds outside Hyoton.

The Age came to an end in I.14680 (657 BCE? / 957 BCE ?)[6][7] with the rise of the house Xy.ō (Shoh).[8]

Last Ru'a Emperor Se'ang abdicated in support for Y.ah'a se Xy.ō, the oldest daughter of her House and the first Emperor of the Second Age.

Second Imperial Age (657 / 957 BCE - 1225 CE )

The Second Imperial Age was the second imperial dynasty ruled by the Shoh house. It was founded by Y.ah'a se Xy.ō, the house's great matriarch and first Emperor.[4]

Eradication of the Xy.ō house (1225 CE)

In 1225 during the Spirit Wars, the Kr'Thak launched an orbital bombardment of the Shoh estate, elimating the reigning Emperor Xy.ō and her house, leaving nothing but a massive crater behind. After the devastation, the Kr'Thak activated dozens of strike forces around the Xi'an empire, systematically targeting any location with a remaining member of the Shoh family. The entire Shoh line had been eliminated and their house's reign was over. The Xi'an's Second Imperial Age had been brought to a brutal and decisive end.[4][7]

The Dark (1225 CE - 1377 CE)

Following the eradication of the House Shoh in 1225 CE (until 1377 CE, Xian year II.1706 - II.1824)[7][9] chaos unleashed across the Xi'an Empire. Those in the bureaucratic class tried to keep the government functioning, but struggled to do so without an Emperor and royal family dictating an overarching policy. The Xi'an war strategy also suffered from the leadership vacuum, as the Imperial house controls the military just as directly as it does the government.

Instead of a clear vision, powerful Xi'an houses feuded and political factions formed. Some argued that retribution against the Kr'Thak was necessary, while others claimed it was the time to discuss peace. Various houses acted unilaterally, with some trying to broker deals as others started secretly arming themselves. Envoys were sent to every Xi'an settlement to search for a new ruler, but even more years of hunting still did not have a single match. After decades of this uncertainty, some Xi'an philosophers pondered whether a new ruler would appear only after their war with the Kr'Thak was over. Public opinion swung in that direction and eventually a ceasefire was negotiated with the Kr'Thak by the remaining military bureaucrats. Primarily due to the fact that a new Emperor could not be found, powerful houses grew concerned that they might lose everything, and divisions between houses grew deeper and the threat of another brutal civil war was all but certain. At that time, the dissolution of the Empire was a real possibility.[4]

Third Imperial Age (1377 CE - Present)

The Third Imperial Age was the third imperial dynasty ruled by the House Kray ( kyexiin: 9kree1; SRX: Kr.ē (Proper); ). It was founded by U.e'o se Kr.ē in 1377 CE.[7][9]

Rise of the Kr.ē house (1377 CE )

In 1377, the Kr.ē house became the ruling family of the Xi'an Empire after the coronation of the infant U.e'o se Kr.ē. While there was a conspiracy involving a number of powerful Xi'an families, the official story is that U.e'o se Kr.ē was tested for the Imperial markers shortly after being born and proclaimed to be the new Emperor not long after. Family matriarch IIth se Kr.ē was given provisional power until U.e'o was of age.

U.e'o se Kr.ē was raised to be a ruler, eventually ascended to the throne with a quiet confidence and immediately instituted a number of sweeping changes. She strengthened settlements and military fortifications in systems connected to Kr'Thak. She banned jump point hunting in those systems, believing that the less contact with the Kr'Thak, the more chance the ceasefire would hold. Some believe this shift away from Kr'Thak space is what forced the Xi'an Empire to expand in a different direction, one that would result in them crossing paths with Humanity.[4]

Cold War (2530 CE - 2789 CE)

The Xi'an Empire became known to humans in 2530 when the Gaia Planet Services attempted to terraform a planet without authorization. Turns out the planet wasn't uninhabited. A new race, later discovered to be the Xi'an Empire, showed up while the terraformers were building the equipment. This encounter immediately escalated into a 259 year "Cold War" (2530-2789).[10][11] In the darker era of human history, the Imperator and government often used the Xi'an threat as a means to terrify their own citizens and swell the power of the military. Although neither side declared open war, there were many casualties on both sides from covert operations, sabotage, and espionage. Due to their extended lifespan, there are Xi'an from that era that are still alive, such as Kray, the current Emperor, who negotiated the daring peace accord with Senator Akari in 2789.

The Xi'an and Humanity have had a tumultuous relationship over the years. While the Xi'an have generally regarded Humanity as short-sighted and impetuous, they have acknowledged our capacity to destroy and treated us accordingly. While their technology might seem superior to ours (it certainly looks nicer), most of that is simply due to its alien origin. Our two civilizations are on relatively equal technological footing. This ability for mutual annihilation is probably what kept either side from attempting an all-out attack.[12]

The former Perry Line (dissolved 2789 CE)

A line of systems that acted as a no-man's-land between the UEE and the Xi'an in the Cold War. These systems (Tohil, Oya, Gurzil, Horus, Pallas, Hadur, Indra and Virtus) became known as the Perry Line. After the Peace Treaty of 2789, the Perry Line was divided between the UEE and the Xi'an with Tohil, Oya, Gurzil and Horus going to the UEE and Pallas, Hadur, Indra and Virtus going to the Xi'an.[12]

Human-Xi'an Trade Initiative (2947 CE)

In 2947, a UEE trade agreement was announced by the UEE Imperator Costigan to improve the trading relationship with the Xi'an Empire. The agreement heavily deregulates restrictions on inter-Empire commerce, incentivizing Xi'an houses to do more businesses with Human companies.[13]

Present

Relations with the Xi'an have warmed over the centuries, but it would be difficult to call them friendly without a slight hint of sarcasm. 'Guarded' is probably a more accurate term. There are undoubtedly members of the Xi'an government who still regard the UEE with suspicion and distrust. The current Imperator has always been clear that the futures of two nations are intertwined. As more human Corps enter into tech-exchange deals with Xi'an companies, apparently they feel the same.[12]

Government

Political System

The Empire was originally described as an "absolute hereditary monarchy"[1] though this designation does not fit more recent lore. Under this early design, the title of Emperor passed down through the family line. The emperor had a Xi'an High Council of Advisers, each representing a facet of the government. On each planet under Xi'an control there was a Council that ran that world. Those Council Members reported directly to their respective counterpart on the Emperor's Council.

Later lore placed a great deal more power in the hands of Great Houses or Lines ( kyexiin: Yii2ua; SRX: Yii'ua (Proper); ). These are described as serving the function of both states and corporations[14]. While the Emperor still rules, the Great Houses dominate life. [15]

The Great Houses collectively and consensually established the seat of the Emperor, selecting the First Imperial Line[16], and later selecting the Third and current Line.[17] Houses are shown to engage directly in negotiation with the UEE[18][19][20]. Houses have ruling councils that make all decisions regarding budgeting and distribution of resources within their House[5], and are said to be "everything" to a Xi'an.

The recent lore regarding the power, influence, and rights of the Great Houses conflicts with the earlier depiction of the Xi'an Empire as an absolute monarchy[21], and lead writer Dave Haddock explicitly described this as a process of re-writing at Citizencon 2947[15]. Based on the status of the Great Houses as essentially States within the Empire, the SaoXy'an may be better described as having characteristics of a federal monarchy[22], or the Fengjian system of government in China[23].

Major Players

Emperor Kray - Ruler for the past three hundred years. He was the one who negotiated the peace treaty with Terra in 2789, and has not forgotten how Humans acted back then.

Torsi Leelk - a Xi'an diplomat who represented the Empire to the UEE during the Jenk Gallen affair.[24]

Diplomatic Status

UEE: Formerly hostile/tense but currently "friendly". There are still corners of the Xi'an Empire that haven't forgotten how antagonistic the UEE was back in the day.

Banu Protectorate: Friendly.

Vanduul: Indifferent but not welcome.

Kr'Thak: The Xi'an and the Kr'Thak have been fighting each other for a long time, since then the Xi'an had been avoiding contact with the Kr'Thak. The longest and most devastating conflict was known as the Spirit Wars. The UEE just recently learned of the Kr'Thaks' existence, but have not met or opened relations with them.

Power transfer between houses

The process involves searching for certain genetic 'markers' that only the new Emperor will carry. Envoys were sent to every Xi'an settlement, and all Xi'an are tested to see who might carry these markers. It is an incredible bureaucratic undertaking in peaceful times, and nearly impossible during a war whose duration was approaching a millennium.[4]

Commerce

The Xi'an houses grant monopolistic rights to Xi'an companies to control various sectors of industry.[25]

Service

All Xi'an at age 40 (51 in Earth Years) undergo a 30-Year period of Service to the Empire (38 in Earth Years).[5] During this time they are ceremonally adopted into the Imperial Household, changing their name. The Service also uses a distinct dialect, and all Xi'an will eventually be fluent in Service Dialect and Proper Dialect in addition to any native dialect they may speak. The Service is divided into two branches: military ( kyexiin: hui2pu14hyath5; SRX: hui’p.ūh’yath (Proper); ) or bureaucracy ( kyexiin: hui2puu14tung5; SRX: hui’p.ūt’ung (Proper); ). Xi'an are drafted into either branch with no regard to their personal choice, with males and females treated equally.

The Xi'an Defense Forces consist primarily of these Military Service conscripts. Xi'an are considered to be reserve members for the rest of their lives. The standing Xi'an armed forces consist currently of over sixteen million members, not including the civilian populace, many of which have combat training.

It is not uncommon for older Xi'an to return to the Service in senior positions later in life when their wisdom and experience is required by the Emperor. This is considered an honor.[5]

Law & Criminality

There is less crime per capita in the Xi'an Empire than in the UEE, but it still exists. The Xi'an pride themselves on having 'dignified' criminals, since acting from emotion is seen as a sign of weakness and immaturity. So criminals within the Xi'an Empire are similar to the syndicates within the UEE, sprawling disciplined organizations whose business happens to be crime.

There are Xi'an pirates and smugglers but they tend to be younger, still in their rambunctious phase of life. These pirates will usually hunt in UEE territory, but they will rob their own kind if the cargo's right.

Organized criminality exists within legal borders and is managed by 'criminal houses', called Kuang. The Kuang are getting permissions from the government for their various activities, which includes robbery and racketeering. In return, criminal houses are only allowed to revoke a certain amount of money from the system. There is a complex ruleset which is controlled by the Kuang and the government itself. It is not allowed to kill or to rob a person's cargo entirely or to rob a person too often. Criminal houses are controlling themselves by hunting down and catching rogue outlaw Xi'an to retain the balance of the system.[26]

Demographics

Language

uo'aXy'an is the official language of Xi'an Empire. Xi'an is spelled the same, but spoken differently depending if you're speaking formally, or informally. This is due to the 30 year mandatory military service each Xi'an has to go through.[27]

Religion

Rather than worshipping specific gods, the believe in Li'Tova, a moral and spiritual belief system popular among the Xi'an which guides its adherents' view of the universe.[28]

Culture

Xi'an are masters of diplomacy. The Xi'an are patient and refined, but can and will throw down if the situation calls for it. They live for centuries; for this reason, propagation of the species is carefully monitored and directed by the government to prevent overcrowding. While their placid demeanor can often be interpreted as aloofness or apathy, their long lifespan means that they act with decades in mind, not years.

To Humans, Xi'an culture can seem rigid and lifeless. A majority of that is artifice. The Xi'an present themselves as polite but neutral, particularly to those they have never met before. This is an age-old social testing mechanism. They approach a person as a blank-slate and let the other person set the tone (or tip his or her hand) as to how the interaction will progress. When a Xi'an feels comfortable with a contact, they will begin to lose the artifice and relate on a more personal level. With Humans, it takes a little longer (as we said before, a lot of them remember the Messer Era).

There is a definite "us versus them" mentality within the Xi'an society. They will not hesitate to take another Xi'an's side over an outsider unless definitive evidence is presented to support the outsider's claim or accusation.

It is not unusual to see Xi'an within UEE space, usually falling into three categories: visiting Xi'an businessmen or dignitaries (as described above), younger Xi'an who haven't quite settled into the Xi'an culture, and expatriates.

There are those within the Xi'an Empire who felt that their way of life was too stifling, welcomed Humanity's 'childish' emotions as a breath of fresh air and expatriated into the UEE. Some went through the arduous process of becoming Citizens while others enjoy the relaxed civic responsibility of Civilian life.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Meet The Xi'an (Original RSI URL)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Galactapedia: Xi'an Cuisine, acc. 2019-11-25
  3. 3.0 3.1 Galactapedia: House Chii, acc. 2019-11-24
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 This Day in History - The Third Imperial Age (Original RSI URL)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 An Overview of Xi'an Language for Diplomats
  6. Galactapedia: First Imperial Age, acc. 2019-11-23, currently Galactapedia has an error in the text and infobox of the article claiming that the the First Imperial Age ended in 657 and 957 BCE (both times Xian year I.14680).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 The given dates in the source This Day in History - The Third Imperial Age are not corresponding with the current information on the galactapedia.
  8. An Overview of Xi'an Language for Diplomats
  9. 9.0 9.1 Galactapedia: The Dark, acc. 2019-11-24
  10. 2530: The Galaxy Gets Bigger
  11. 2789: A Cold War Thaws
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Writer's Guide: Part Six (Original RSI URL)
  13. KAIZEN: Human-Xi'an Trade Initiative Unveiled (Original RSI URL)
  14. Galactapedia: Xi'an House (Yii'ua). Retrieved 10-08-2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 STAR CITIZEN: CitizenCon 2947 - Xi’an History, Physiology, and Language. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  16. Galactapedia: The Great Divide. Retrieved 10-08-2020.
  17. Galactapedia: House Kr.ē. Retrieved 10-08-2020.
  18. Congress Now - 2944-01-21. Retrieved 10-08-2020.
  19. Congress Now: Torral Aggregate Testimony. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  20. Portfolio: Aopoa. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  21. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_monarchy
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_monarchy
  23. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fengjian
  24. Comm-Link:Congress Now - 2943-09-23 (Original RSI URL)
  25. Comm-Link:Portfolio - AopoA (Original RSI URL)
  26. OP.NET: Combat Haggling (Original RSI URL)
  27. Around the Verse - Alien Languages
  28. Galactic Guide: Kayfa (Original RSI URL)