I think we are the few interested in this game, I still haven't played it but find the rules and options very good. That’s why I'm making, with the help of a few friends (the local warganming club) some "original" generic and almost cliché space opera background to play the game.
As I want variety in the setting and a kind of "something for everyone" I organized a team of players and each must develop a race/civilization, it's background, some history, style of play and the fleet and spaceships they use (according to the rules the race abilities and weapons).
I'll be uploading theme here and will like some feedback, and of course you can join in the fun uploading your creations, maybe we can make something great. And at least there will be ready to play races with ready to play ships, something that I think hurt the game a lot when it was released.
Also, my primary language is not English, please feel free to inform me if something I write hurt the grammar and/or orthography eyes, just be polite
The first two civilizations...
CAROLINGIAN GALACTIC EMPIRE
Weapon selection: All common plus Mass drivers, Ultra reaper and E-Torps (I may be changing this one as I feel it is a little redundant with the regular torps, but will wait until I play with it at least in a test).
Humans, descendent from Terra that conquered a vast expanse of the galaxy. The first Carolingian Galactic Emperor was crowned Carlo Magno II after a short war of unification while humanity has young in space exploration and started the adoption of many old traditions combining them with policies of progress and enlightenment to make the empire and his time as emperor a golden age of humanity. His sons ruled wisely and wasn’t until the tenth Emperor died suddenly that an Emperor not from the original dynasty was crowned, Fillipino XI, and an age of excesses brought strife to the Empire, nobles ran rampant and policies strangled the colonies and the provinces farther away from the capital. When some of the frontier provinces declared independence from the Empire the response was immediate, brutal and ruthless, but instead of sending a message of fear to the rest of the Empire the demonstration backfired and ended in general uprising of most provinces, until one of the Master General Admirals, Otto Von Manstein took control of the military and dethroned Fillipino XI to crown himself as Otto XXI, Emperor of the Carolingian Galactic Empire, supported in part for been allegedly descendant from Carlo Magno II and in greater part by the support of the armed forces and most of the more level headed nobles.
The empire under Otto XXI did managed to get things in order and most of the worst excesses of Fillipino XI supporters where fixed, the far off provinces returned to the empire embrace and things looked bright again, for a while. It was clear that Emperor Otto had a different vision of progress than Carlo Magno originally envisioned, Otto was determined to expand the empire and the control of the military and government over the population. He implemented many reforms to the government related to military service, freedom of movement and commerce, the result was felt during the following century of his reign as many corporations, especially those not controlled by members of the military high command, suffered under the strict controls and some of the citizens in the provinces and colonists, eager to explore the galaxy expanse where channeled to militias and forced to relocate according to Imperial dictation.
Time passed and with Maximilian XV, Otto XXI’s last grandson, the Carolingian Galactic Empire is once again at war, the provinces in the Andromeda sector have rebelled and the aliens around the empire are always a problem, pirates and smugglers run rampant along the commercial lanes and the Imperial Navy can’t patrol the frontier systems as thoroughly as need. The senate is constantly revising the Emperor policies and there are rumors of the Emperor dismantling the Senate and some speak of civil war, in the frontier in shadowy alleys and bars, at dusk, some speak in whispers of a new time, a time of action and freedom while looking over shoulder and under hoods for imperial spies and civil control troopers.
The Empire is a militaristic monarchy with a representative senate, every star system have votes according to its military, economic and political might. Away from the monarchy, family have little influence in imperial politics and society, a commoner can rise to a position of command and as much success as a noble. Military is composed of drafted conscripts militia and elite Imperial units from imperial academies.
Most people in the empire live well with good education. The sciences, education, the arts and family are all greatly valued in the empire, as envisioned by Carlo Magno II, also people tend to study and work in what they like. There are enough personal freedom than no one really complain for a lack of it, although the entire system is geared to make the individual a functional part of the empire and studying and working in something a person does right or is needed is more valued to doing what the person like, it is engraved from early education and as family values, most movies and entertainment emphasize the strength of the group over the individual, group sports and movies with a team of heroes are popularized over individual sports and single hero movies, for example. Honor and chivalry is also a significant aspect of the carolingians, not just the nobles and the military, professionals have codes of conduct and even criminals have codes, many are the tales of pirate honor and some legends about it, and many more than outsiders of the empire like to admit are real. Carolingians think ill of those outside the empire, aliens and humans alike, as the images they have of the outside is savage, uncivilized chaos, sadly that vision is true in many parts of the galaxy and the empire use footage of many a lost colony to alien attack, plagues, revolt or any of the many horrible destinies the outer space have for those not prepared as proof.
Ship preferences and tactics
The Carolingians use a balanced mix of ships with corvettes, frigate and destroyers used for patrol of commercial lanes and frontier systems and as escort for battleship and dreadnought squadrons. Heavier ships tend to be grouped around task forces or naval squadrons according to missions tending to treat ships of middle size as support for the bigger ships. The Carolingian Galactic Empire tend to use fighters as a defensive screen to their ships of the line, mostly as a counter to other fighters and mecha and boarding parties. The empire favor the use of the Ultra Ripper as the main spine guns of the capital ships, but some ship designs use them as regular batteries. Empire ships have superior shield technology and use it effectively during space battles, as their society they dance as a group during combat strengthening their shield in the side the enemy is expected and circling the enemy to for it to attack the strong shield, these war choreographies and ballets are a sight to view and many real battle footage have been shown in the imperial plazas for the citizens of the empire to enjoy, mostly the victories, but a few defeats too. The empire also tend not to treat the enemy ships as salvageable as it reduce the image of power of the empire, able to build ships as needed but many times an imperial captain shows mercy in rescuing the enemy survivors as honor is a cultivated trait in Carolingian society, they see themselves as virtue and honor bond, and as a shining example of civilization in a dark galaxy. What happen when those survivor arrive to an imperial prison is another thing entirely.
FREE NATIONS OF ANDROMEDA
Weapons selection: Missiles, PDS, Laserlances, Gravitron Guns, Mechas.
The Free Nations of Andromeda is the result of what started with the ill begotten reign of Emperor Fillipino XI after the death of the last emperor of the Charlo Magno dynasty died in mysterious ways. During Fillipino XI reign the empire suffered from lack of leadership and vision, the nobles, without any control from the Emperor ruled their domains as capricious children and abused from their vassals, the corporate magnates used their economic and political clout to do as they pleased and many of the far off provinces suffered from lack of basic resources. Some nobles and corporations tried to be fair and do things with the original vision of Carlo Magno II but as Emperor, Fillipino XI had many favorites and constantly harassed those against their way of rule.
After Otto Von Masntein coup and short liver civil war things seemed brighter, but soon it was clear there was going to be only a change of despot. The nobles and Corpos that shared a vision of progress and equity soon developed a clandestine network of contacts to keep in touch during the times of strife to come, until the time where right to claim the empire for a brighter future. But things where not going to be easy for them, Otto XXI discovered the secret contact network with his own and personal spies network and proceeded to purge most of the nobles and corporate heads involved. Some confessed in search of mercy from the emperor and some others died with their secrets but the network was at an end.
During some time the empire seemed to be in order, but there where many against the rule of the Otto dynasty and imperial policies of relocating the people to expand the empire as efficiently as possible, also with the strong militaristic philosophy and overall aggressiveness against all foreign and alien civilizations, then, no one really know or speak of how things came to pass but the old underground network came to life, but this time it was clear that retaking the empire was impossible and Carlo Magno’s vision died with his grandson, so the underground network devised plan to migrate as most people and industry from the empire as possible and during the period of a hundred years, working from the inside of the empire government and military, they relocated all the important dissidents and their families and million other unknowledgeable men and women to the Andromeda sector, where the rule of the empire was weaker and farther away.
Everything happened fast but not fast enough and many gave their life to ensure the exodus success and halt the empire war machine to crush the new andromedans. In time the empire send a diplomatic envoy and arrived to the sector with a proposition, to rule them as a foreign province with equity, self-autonomy and a voice in imperial policies and imperial protection from enemies, but the andromedans remembered the imperial concept of equity and how they like to share the galaxy so declined, even if some of the population though otherwise. The empire attacked immediately, the envoy had a war fleet hiding in a nebula not far, with troop cargo for a full-fledged invasion! But the andromedans were expecting them and the First Andromeda Defense Fleet jumped to block the invaders, after terrible loses from both sides, the destruction of most of the troop carriers and the destruction of the imperial flag ship the remaining of imperial fleet retreated to imperial space. The victory was sour for the andromedans but the survivors were determined to keep andromedan space free.
The Free Nations of Andromeda is a representative Democratic Assembly with one representative from each stellar system, all representatives have equal vote power. Most system have autonomy of internal policies and people tend to enjoy a lot of freedom of opinion and of movement, especially the freedom of any family to migrate to any other system inside or outside of the Free Nations. People tend to be individualistic and free spirited unless some threat from outside is upon them, then they unite as a single mind to defend their freedom. All planets support the war effort sending trained troops, starships and materiel. The military career is voluntary and no system in the Free Nations enforce any type of draft but some have special privileges to those that enroll as a way to bolster the numbers of military personnel during these times of war. As the Andromeda sector have some of the richest deposit of minerals in the galaxy along with their tolerance to other civilizations they enjoy a good economy and commerce and make use of mercenaries and pirates to beef up their ranks, especially in some of the frontier systems and to harass the Carolingian Galactic Empire, their sworn enemies. They also have a clandestine network inside the Carolingian empire that smuggle people out of the empire, especially victims of political persecution and dissidence, sadly some criminals use the freedom train to escape imperial law and end been a problem in andromedan space, but for the most part the population support the Freedom Train and almost all systems, even some not very well developed have refugee camps for those wanting to escape the empire, those same camps sometimes work double duty for refugees from other wars and for survivors from natural or war calamities.
Ship preferences and tactics
The andromedans use a balanced mix of ships but tend to make few ships bigger than cruisers (battleships and dreadnoughts) as the resources and time needed tend to put a strain in their production. Even then they have enough flag ships to cover their smaller territory and have good response time to almost any part of their sector. Their war philosophy is mostly a defensive one, with the empire at the doorstep it have to be and make use of some outposts and space forts along the empire-andromedan border. But with the alliances and always looking for a way to stop the empire and the other more aggressive civilizations on their expansionistic ways they have developed enough harassing and raiding tactics and strategies to make of it their body of military science. The andromedans make use of mecha as a main combat arm, during system and planetary invasion, defense and space battles. Their mecha academies are some of the best in the galaxy and foreigners from allied civilizations are allowed to study there, and in some of the academies even enemies have been allowed as a way to ease the tensions between the powers, so far with little success. The ships tend to use the graviton guns as main spinal guns in their ships, even corvettes tend to have them, doing rapid approaches to make the stinging attacks. The andromedans tend to like their battles far from their ships and like to use long range attacks with lasers and missiles, but are not afraid of closing in with a swarm of mecha and go all guns blazing, most of their weaponry tend to be rapid charging lasers and graviton guns.