The United Centauri Republic
As both the first colony established outside of the Solar system and the first to achieve its independence, Alpha Centauri has grown to become what many consider the cultural and financial capital of humanity. Situated at a natural transport hub between the four major superpowers, in the aftermath of the evacuation of Earth Alpha Centauri became the new de facto center of the Orion Arm. It is also a major center of interstellar diplomacy, home to the League of Nations Headquarters, the International Court of Justice and the League of Nations Colonial Council.
Originally settled by a joint Federation / Soviet / German colonial program, during the evacuation of Earth the nation accepted tens of millions of refugees from nearly every ethnic and cultural background. Today the United Centauri Republic has one of the most diverse societies in the Orion Arm and with 1.7 billion citizens is the single most populous star system in the Orion Arm. Highly developed with an advanced economy and industrial base, Alpha Centauri is unquestionably the Orion Arm’s leading regional power.
Historically neutral, the United Centauri Republic maintains diplomatic relations with every country in the Orion Arm and is often used as intermediary in international affairs. Unofficially, growing concern over the Soviet-German war and Japanese expansion has resulted in the Republic aligning itself closer to the Democratic Federation.
The Islamic Arab Republic
Existing in name only for much of its early history, the Islamic Arab Republic finally emerged from a scattered collection of refugee zones and disparate protectorates in the early 22nd century. Uniting the peoples of former North Africa, the IAR today spans across six separate star systems and with over two billion citizens is one of the largest nations in the Orion Arm.
A former member of the Democratic Federation, disagreements with Federation policies, namely the alliance’s antagonistic relationship towards the Greater German Reich and Soviet Union, led in 2203 to a national referendum in which the Islamic Arab Republic formally withdrew from the DF. Since its emergence as an independent entity, the IAR has become a powerful influence on interstellar politics in its own right and an effective counterbalance to German and Federation influences in the region.
Despite a vast, developed economy, ineffective centralized policies have stymied opportunities for growth and led to periodic phases of limited job opportunities and public discontent. Corruption amongst government agencies is reportedly widespread and the current political situation is widely regarded as unstable.
Successful diplomatic maneuvers have ensured relations with the Islamic Arab Republic’s two largest neighbors, the Democratic Federation and Greater German Reich remain positive and the nation serves as a neutral center for trade between the two superpowers. The Federal Nordic Cooperative is the IAR’s main competitor for the German/Federation market and the two nations have an icy relationship punctuated by periodic border skirmishes.
The Federal Nordic Cooperative
Modeled on the success of the Democratic Federation, the Federal Nordic Cooperate is an alliance between the Kingdoms of Norway and Sweden, established in the aftermath of the First Scinfaxi War. Working with both the United Kingdom and the Greater German Reich during the colonization era, the FNC was able to colonize two star systems on the edge of the Perseus Gulf.
With a little over 400 million citizens the FNC is one of the smaller regional powers, yet it’s exceptionally developed public infrastructure, highly advanced economy and breadth of natural resources has made Sweden and Norway among the most prosperous nations in the Orion Arm. The FNC includes a common currency, shared internal market and a united foreign policy and military apparatus. Situated on the innermost edge of the Far Frontier, the FNC is increasingly becoming a major transport hub between the core worlds of the Solar Sector and the emerging colonies within the Pillars of Winter and Arrowhead spur.
A growing rivalry with the Islamic Arab Republic continues to dominate FNC foreign policy with border skirmishes occurring intermittently between the two powers. These conflicts, in conjunction with a growing piracy element in the region has spurred the FNC to modernize its armed forces, further worsening its relationship with the IAR. Despite this conflict, relations with both the Greater German Reich and Democratic Federation remain positive and public opinion of the Federal Nordic Cooperative remains high across the Orion Arm.
Among the first wave of German colonies, Vega’s undesirable position on the outskirts of the core German systems left it underprioritized and underdeveloped. Never officially absorbed into the Greater German Reich, the system was instead granted independence under the authority of a pro-German puppet government; the Vega Union State. During the evacuation of Earth, Vega was a major partner in the Sanctuary Worlds program and received millions of refugees, drastically altering its demographics and eroding support for the colonies pro-German policies. A civil war in the 2210s between fascist hardliners and coalition of liberal and socialist groups resulted in the overthrow of the Union State and the establishment of the Confederation of Vega.
Heavily supported by the Soviet Union, the People’s Unity Party of Vega was eventually able to seize control of the state security apparatus, the justice system and the armed forces. With rival parties sidelined and a series of rigged elections, the Confederation of Vega was slowly transformed into a Marxist-Leninist state. Still struggling to neutralize Union State sympathizers and rampant piracy across the system, the Confederation joined the Kharkov Pact in 2273 inviting Soviet aligned naval forces to assist in patrolling the system.
With the outbreak of open conflict between the Soviet Union and the Greater German Reich the Confederation of Vega had hoped to remain on the sidelines and barely resisted leaving the Kharkov Pact altogether. Yet despite diplomatic posturing and massive preparations, the Kriegsmarine invaded the system in 2289, plunging the system into the most brutal conflict the Orion Arm has ever seen.
The Italian Social Republic
During the final days of the Second Scinfaxi War, the National Fascist Party of Italy finally renounced their claim to the Roman Empire on Earth and vowed they would instead build a new Rome in the stars. Today the gleaming capital of Italia on Novas Roma fulfills this promise, presiding over the two star systems and 1.1 billion people of the Italian Social Republic.
Existing under German hegemony in the aftermath of the First Scinfaxi War, Italy remained a committed member of the Fascist bloc and accepted its status as principal ally of the German Reich. This alliance, one of the longest standing in the Orion Arm continues to define the Italian state, with detractors often referring to it as a German puppet government. Despite this, the Italian people remain fiercely independent, retaining their predominately Latin and Catholic culture and resisting most outside influences. Italian fascism remains distinctly Italian, distinguishable from both modern German fascism and Nazism.
The Italian economy is primarily driven by the manufacture of high quality consumer goods and large scale agriculture. It also has a sizable underground economy, which by some estimates accounts for nearly 13% of the GDP. Problems with corruption and organized crime continue to hamper economic development, but despite this the Italian Social Republic remains in a state of economic revival, following a particularly harsh depression throughout most of the 2260s.
As a member of the fascist bloc, Italian-German relations are very strong and Italy maintains close ties to every major fascist party in the Orion Arm. Unlike most other fascist governments, the Italian Social State has retained friendly relations with the Democratic Federation for much of its history, resulting in several important trade agreements. Diplomatic ties to the Soviet Union are non-existent, with several Italian fleets and armies among those fighting on Vega and the border system of Tanarsus.
One of the last independent nations in German-dominated Europe, the Spanish State is among the staunchest allies of the Greater German Reich and an influential fascist power in its own right. Centered on the Hispania system, the Spanish State has maintained its distinct identity and culture in the face of German hegemony.
Originally established in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War, the Spanish State proved victorious over the Spanish Republic with German and Italian aid. The Virus Crisis and the First Scinfaxi War devastated Spain, forcing the Spanish government to be exiled in Germany for most of the conflict. After the Scinfaxi retreat, the Spanish State succeeded in maintaining itself as the sole independent power in Iberia, and rebuilt the entire peninsula in the image of the ruling Falange Party. The culture of authoritarian fascism - modeled on that of Germany - was fused with traditional Spanish culture to create a "new" Spain for the twentieth century and beyond. Spain joined the Greater German Reich's interstellar colonization program, settling the Hispania system and quickly reestablishing itself among the stars.
The modern Spanish State is a regional power, with a robust economy providing luxury goods for much of the galaxy, and a powerful military that has served alongside the Greater German Reich in several military campaigns throughout the 22nd and 23rd centuries. The Spanish remain loyal allies of the Greater German Reich, and their relations with the ideologically-opposed Soviet Union and Democratic Federation remain tense. The Spanish State has a particular enmity with the latino populations of the Federation, as both vie for cultural hegemony within the Hispanophone world.