Estin Supreme Hierarchy

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Estin Supreme Hierarchy
Setting: Galactic Crucibles
Anthem:
The Prime Coding by the Dromedian Orchestra
Capital Kreinen
Ethnic groups Estin
Other minorities
Demonym Eshene
Government Electorate
Establishment
Area
 • Size At Peak, 40 Systems (50 otherwise established areas)
Population
 • Post-Anathema estimate At Peak, 50 billion


The Estin Supreme Hierarchy was a polity formed during the reign of the First Galactic Senate which took succession over the planet of Kreinen in the Dranscar system.

The ESH is predominantly made up of the Estin species, though some others are present in small quantities, and since its formation has spread to claiming sovereignty over forty systems whilst taking up installations in at least another fifty by the post-anathema period.

Defined by four distinct periods of history the Hierarchy has survived major conflicts over centuries with a dependency on their technological prowess and a noted sparse population.

History

Liberation and the First Hierarchy

For Millenia the Estin population on Kreinen were under the subjugation of the Buyuk Empire, left over as a vassal from the ancient Omni Empire. Conditions ranged between slavery and culling, or at better times merely as a forced tributary state. The Buyuk stopped them from advancing with widespread bans on electrical technology and immense propaganda influences that kept them in check, alongside common brutality in strong measures.

However soon after the formation of the First Galactic Senate the Karnasaur Meritocratic Federation began on offensive against the Buyuk and liberated many polities from their control. Unbeknownst to the newly-founded Estin Supreme Heirarchy they were to serve as a buffer state between the First Senate and the Buyuk forces, calming down aggression by acting as a neutral ground between the two superpowers.

Not long after, the First Senate reached out to the various freed polities in the next few decades and offered out an invitation to join them. The ESH readily accepted the agreement in order to start back towards the image of their past-mythical selves derived from ancient oral tales of the Omni.

The First Senate

Once they joined the First Senate they realised the extent of how large the galaxy truly was: hundreds of representatives for thousands of planets all together and under the major influence of the KMF. Though the ESH did not see this as a problem as they viewed the KMF as great liberators (their own culture so far heavily based on mythic tales). This was an overwhelming prospect for the ESH and for the most part they simply followed suite to the KMF while staying silent on almost all other matters which they felt were beyond them.

Unfortunately disparity came early on to ESH-Senate politics as the KMF decided to leave the official Senate not long after their liberation. Though due to sheer amount of allies the KMF still acted as a Senate in its own right, and so the ESH joined the KMF in separating off from the Universal Alliance. When the Galaxy was plunged into the First Galactic War the ESH territories were used primarily as training grounds for troops owing to the vast landscapes yet-developed by the ESH themselves. The KMF and many smaller polities shipped their troops over and helped raise the economy of the ESH to a sizable affair as they were delivered products from a wide range of cultures in exchange for the use of their lands.

However this fruitful exchange would not continue forever as the KMF decided it would enter negotiations with the Buyuk in order to return fire at the UA. On this subject the ESH was outraged and demanded the KMF either change their minds or move elsewhere, with the KMF easily choosing the latter and thus denying the ESH any trade benefits and left them fending for themselves.

Once the Senate was reformed the ESH joined once again for protection reasons but the reputation of the KMF was suspicious and trade was denied. The very same Senator who denied the KMF their training grounds came to speak out against the continuous power the Karnasaurs held. Although Senator Kreash did not hold much political sway himself he had become an extremely popular figure within the Estin population. During his stay of power he supported the "Karnasaur Removal Act" which was shocking to many Eshene citizens.

But after the KMF was rejected the Removal Acts would keep returning against any polity who spoke out against the majority of the Senate, and when Senator Kreash motioned for an all-out offensive on the Buyuk the ESH were also removed from the Senate.

During the Second Galactic War the ESH were under attack from Buyuk raiding parties and due to their earlier removal from the Senate they gained no help from their previous allies. However one famous Estin philosopher, Noxideem, did take note after a time that due to their seclusion from the Senate they did not come under distress from the Sterility Plague. This notion would come to shape the Second Hierarchy.

Buyuk Wars and the Second Hierarchy

By this point the ESH had expanded out to five systems, colonising Rotthul, Ollos, Priial, and Broshun alongside the home system of Dranscar. Each of these systems did have a minor population of tribal-level societies which were then absorbed, also being relics of the First Senate.

While some infrastructure remained in place across some of these systems during their time in the First Senate they had largely been degraded due to both Buyuk raiding parties who relentlessly attacked the colonies, and also to a lack of knowledge of how such systems worked in the first place. Due to their reliance on the First Senate for greater technologies they learned merely how to use the devices and not how to repair them, and so many hydroponic gardens and factories simply ran until they shut down and then abandoned.

The major consensus at the time (thanks to Estin philosopher Noxideem) was that the faults the ESH had come across so far was due to the faults of outside influences, and that in order to move forward they must isolate themselves and clear their collective minds and culture of problems. This led to a policy of non-communication with the outside galaxy, which some would say helped them stay out of the way of the bulk of the Buyuk Empire.

Advancements made in this time were surrounding social engineering, electrical technology, and minimalist artistic movements. The ESH became a semi-caste system for the Estin species as individuals and later families were required to stay in fixed professions for their lifetimes to maximise skills, though it should be noted that for non-estin species the polity left to their own devices as they weren’t considered as important to their culture. This left an interesting sentiment that the second-class citizens enjoyed more freedom and benefits of the ESH, however it also developed a self-righteous attitude in the Estin population.

As the Buyuk raids continued the majority of the ESH were forced to retreat into subterranean areas which were later expanded, giving the famous idea that Eshene worlds are extremely barren places (a reputation that is held for a long time). Under government sanction the military forces were ordered to leave behind any citizens or forces that were captured by the Buyuk Empire (or any other pirates who raided the area) as it was considered too risky to use resources up in defending citizens who could still die, or in the case that the retaliation offered up a new target for a larger Buyuk force to descend upon.

The situation of the ESH remained in this limited fashion for a long time until Admiral Sarideem made the beneficial, however illegal, negotiation treaty with the Cannak Plutocracy who had been raiding the Ollos system for a long while. The treaty entailed various protection benefits over the ESH meanwhile the CP were allowed to salvage technology from the ruins of First Senate institutions. Later this treaty would be extended out to other piratical factions with various other caveats, and so the ESH began to prosper with their shield of pirates between them and the Buyuk, though this situation would change once Domum Regimen flared into activity once again.

Relations to the Second Senate and Civil War

When Domum Regimen sent out messages across the galaxy to join a war effort against the Buyuk Empire the ESH was extremely cautious as to what should be done in response. Many claimed it was merely a trick by the Buyuk to give up their final locations, whilst others further claimed that it would be pointless to attempt an offensive in the first place. They declined to acknowledge the first messages, but did cause intrigue in the scientific community due to their clear use of the Eshene language in some variations of its translations. Once other languages and information was pinpointed the Hierarchy was split in two on whether to simply ignore the pleas for help or attempt to give them some advice on how to hide away from the Buyuk to save themselves. The official decision was made to stay silent, however a rogue community of scientists named the Sarideem Renaissance did eventually find a way to send out messages to both the Karalian Empire and the Union of Eteno Socialist States which made them aware of ESH presence. The Hierarchy considered this as a highly illegal activity that threatened the ESH on an existential level, leading to the hunting down and execution of the entire movement. The ESH would continue to be contacted by various Second Galactic Senate polities now that their presence was given away, however they maintained communication silence.

Buyuk raids would continue on for more years, slowly breaking through the fronts made by the Cannak, Eunian Diarchy, and other piratical factions. These defenses would lead to ever-more extortionate protection payments which declined the internal economy of the Hierarchy, presenting one of the major reasons for the growth of the Eshene Isolationist Movement with the polity. The movement was made up of those who wished not only to hide away from the Buyuk but also from all other factions of the universe, instead turning inwards for productivity and power in restraint. This movement was met with general approval until the Dragandr Meritocratic Monarchy not only contacted the citizens of the Rotthul system but also came bearing gifts in the form of resources and technology. The Hierarchy was unsure how to respond to these unofficial greetings that had now occurred (and were angry towards the mercenary guard force who let them set down in the system). In order to explain their refusal of contact policy the Hierarchy had to make contact with the DMM, to which they responded with a kindness and understanding whilst leaving negotiations open for further contact. This event placed the seeds for a Second Sarideem Renaissance, alongside the disorganisation of the Buyuk after their leader INFRA had been killed.

The next decade would only bring more confusion to the Hierarchy's foreign politics when other factions of the Dragandr began to contact the ESH and lay certain claims over not just territories but also the government and people of the ESH. It was at this point that the Hierarchy found out that the Dragandr species was split into a number of separated factions which were all claiming to be the successors of the KMF. Threats were made by both the Llyss'Adain and the Sacred Federation of the Praetori, meanwhile many messages were being received to open negotiations by the Pwyn'Tuchaf and once again the DMM (and even the SFP who switched up their approach towards the ESH at different times). The Hierarchy was met internally with a number of issues of how to approach each or all of these contact missions which routinely set foot within the Rotthul system, thinking that it was the home system of the ESH.

To complicate matters further the Altusian Brotherhood was seeking ruins from the Omni Empire that lay under the planet of Kreinen. These infiltrations were not noticed at first though once a number of citizens seemed to be under the control of LUCIS (first thought to be a terrorist organisation within the ESH) their presence was made clear. A number of military operations under the jurisdiction of Commander Sakresh were put into place over civilian territories after a series of tragic incidents left the subterranean city of Shrikomm uninhabitable by Estin people (however not uninhabitable to non-Estin races). It took four years for the Commander to discover the exact nature of what the Brotherhood was after: the Omni ruins under the surface of the planet made up a supercomputer that had information pertaining to a satellite galaxy that held further Omni technology. This was at first kept secret but the Brotherhood leaked this information to the public in order to cause more infighting over its use.

With the combined issues of the Brotherhood attacks, the Dragandr negotiations, and the possibility of advancing through expanding into the satellite galaxy the Hierarchy briefly fell in on itself and split into two major factions. Each was heralded by the previously noted groups of the Isolationists and the Renaissance, though their movements had become more nuanced in the unfolding of events. Neither group was neatly split across the five systems that ESH was present on and so this led to a large number of small-scale skirmishes across the many underground cities in each system, with no designated neutral ground between the two factions. The Isolationists would slowly take control of Kreinen thanks in part to the support given by Commander Sakresh, meanwhile various other planets and soon systems were taken over by the Renaissance who enlisted the help of various Dragandr factions (who at the time were unaware of each other's involvement). Hostilities reached their peak when the Altusian Brotherhood revealed a stock of planetary-annihilation devices from a Buyuk reserve and negotiated their safety from Commander Sakresh by giving over the stockpile, one of which was used on the planet Grezz in the Priall system. After this event various Dragandr factions pulled out of supporting the Renaissance and also discovered how they had been lied to in their treaties and negotiations, then declaring that they would never again support the ESH in any movements. Without the extra support and the devastating tragedy of Grezz's destruction the Renaissance lost speed to low morale and eventually surrendered. In the meantime the Altusian Brotherhood had finished their plans and retrieved the information from the Omni ruins, then leaving the ESH for good.

After the Hierarchy was brought back into reform with the Isolationists winning the civil war they attempted to focus on research into the Omni ruins and maintaining a strict regime over resource shortages in order to survive and eventually progress forward. For this reason Commander Sakresh was sentenced to exile because of his war crimes, as were others who helped in the destruction of Grezz. In further decades the ESH would learn much from the Omni ruins and put an extreme focus on the scientific over the cultural. The mercenary army they previously used was soon outmatched by the ESH themselves and they began to defend their own territories.

Although they were still not a member of the Senate the Hierarchy did receive transmissions concerning the Anathema and various plans involving galactic wide co-operation and coordination, however the Hierarchy remained resolute and silent towards them. A number of orbital stations were lost to the Anathema femtobot plague, but thanks to advancements in dimensional technology from Omni research the Hierarchy managed to make a plan to hide away the entirety of Kreinen in a pocket dimension for a decade (limited by their most favorable power estimates). Mass emigration occurred between the systems within the ESH and only a couple planets were left behind with any citizens (mostly due to choice or illness), and so Krienen was transported into the pocket dimension with all thirty billion Eshene citizens. It would later turn out that the plan would only work for five years, however this was enough to escape the approach of the Anathema who had meanwhile been wrought their destruction over the galaxy and later been trapped away by the Senate.

After this event much of the galaxy was left in distress, with many polities having collapsed under the events of the Chaos Crisis (which included those of LUCIS and the Anathema). The galaxy was left open to the Hierarchy, and after five years spent inside a locked planetary prison the mindset of the Eshene citizens was changed, having seen the extreme scenarios the Isolation movement had led to. The Hierarchy was beginning to shift again, though this time under calmer political means.

Expansionism and the Third Hierarchy

During the mass-immigration to Kreinen the other major planets of the ESH had been left largely devoid, except for small populations who began living a tribal-like existence over the two decades. Due to this near-abandonment other polities had moved into the territories in order to capitalise on the infrastructure already present. Among these polities were; the Eunian Diarchy, the Cannak Plutocracy, the Theocratic Order of Alket, and the Cronsola Expanse.

In order to reclaim their territories the Hierarchy decided the shed their isolationist policies and began to take the five systems by force. At this point in time the military would be separated from direct political discussions and be given it's own council from which to act which was smaller and more efficient than the Supreme Hierarchy, who they were still commanded by. These conquests, henceforth named the Reclamation Conquests, were most often heavily one-sided towards the ESH who had a far greater level of power optimisation due to study of Omni tech and further developments made themselves. In propaganda the newly crowned Third Hierarchy would pretend to the public citizens that they were treating the other polities as almost-equals, however this was far from the truth which belonged to climate, chemical, and biological warfare being used against opposing forces. Public figures such as Jross the Merciful, Yisk the Defiant, and Phloam the Conqueror became popular surrounding these conflicts (and would later go on to have further colonies named after them in respect). The Reclamation Conquests had regained the ESH territories within three decades with almost total ESH control of the five systems (although the Theocratic Order of Alket kept territory in the Broshun system due to having only STL capabilities and the Hierarchy refusing to offer technological aid).

The Hierarchy had learned how easy it was to take systems from the nearby polities whose weapons were inferior and so began to expand outwards beyond the original systems, still referring to the conflicts as the Reclamation Conquests. The Hierarchy named systems for the military council to take in the name of reparations from the polities surrounding them. The politicians had become eager to earn favour throughout the ESH by creating successful conflicts and colonisation efforts so much that the true political control seemed to fall into the hands of the military council who performed the tasks themselves. Thus, the Third Hierarchy was born, where conspiracies between diplomats, politicians, generals, and commanders ruled over the populace of the ESH.

In the later parts of the Reclamation Conquests the ESH would lay defensible claims to fifteen systems, including Jross, Yisk, Phloam, Cresam, Rotthul Minor, Hrike, Ferlinn, Eltare, Alul, Immisphar, Gronnam, Yau, Tilse, Hunhul, and Kolhun, each having been taken from other polities (even when closer habitable systems existed in which the ESH could have colonised). The conquests ceased after internal struggles played out and several conspiracies were revealed leading to the exile of all involved, though no-one is truly certain if all of the espionage had been filtered out of the Hierarchy.

Even after the conquests had ended though, the Third Hierarchy had designed itself as a superior polity to those around it and would continue to attempt to assert dominance over the rest of the galaxy (which now lay in ruin after the Anathema Crisis). The ESH was involved in several conflicts over Domum Regimen, though failed to capture it themselves, along with conflicts over Buyuk remnants.

These conflicts would slowly filter to the edges of political concern once each of the fifteen colonies started to build up infrastructure on top of what was already in place over those systems (where they had previously only adopted the local culture and infrastructure of the regions). Phloam the Indispensable (great grandchild of Phloam the Conqueror) became a revered figure of this time due to her insights on the subjects of economy, productivity, and Eshene psychology. She designed not only the low-level political systems but also low-high level architecture that would be brought into the colonies and the original five systems as symbols of eshene progress. Though she was considered a controversial figure to the non-Estin minority as she was of the majority mindset that the Estin species was simply superior in value to the ESH than their counterparts. Following from this the Third Hierarchy later had to deal with small-scale targeted attacks on the other species, to which further protests were made. Eventually these were quelled and the non-Estin citizens remained, though in an even smaller minority than before.

The various plans made by Phloam the Indispensable would not be completed until after two centuries after her death, at which point the Third Hierarchy was beginning to slow down. Those two centuries were considered the golden age of Eshene history, but they had now come to a stagnation wherein scientists were held in place by problematic Omni research, diplomatic ties to the polities around them stopped wars, and the internal economy was running off of government-mandated structures. The ESH was by no means faltering, but for another three hundred years it was commonplace for no change in infrastructure to take place within Eshene society due to the systems put in place by Phloam the Indispensable being met with citizens produced of the caste system devised at the beginning of the Second Hierarchy which had only grown to encompass the entirety of the population strictly.

Technocracy and the Fourth Hierarchy

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The Estin Supreme Hierarchy is conducted as an electorate across all four of its distinct periods. Citizens have the opportunity to elect representatives who are then seated at mass councils.

During the first period this was done very informally and positioned in former Buyuk slave-theatres on Kreinen which were re-purposed to hold thousands of Estin at a time. The politics of this age were much more akin to a form of progress-entertainment with representatives shouting over each other and at times being allowed to enter into combat to prove their points, which were cheered on by most spectating. This later progressed with the addition of formal Speakers who designated individuals to speak on various issues at a time, making things much clearer albeit much slower. In this form representatives were best served by the ability to make their points as briefly as possible as to allow easy remembrance and more time spent on whether the proposal is in fact a good idea or not. All representatives were considered equals, meanwhile the Speakers were respected more highly but not allowed to give their own proposals or opinions on the topics. They met daily to discuss various issues, though most meeting would just be repetitive rehashes of disputes from previous meetings. Even when the First Senate provided them with digital communications they mostly resorted to the same structure with the difference of it being a little faster.

During the second period representatives were changed to manage far more citizens than the previous electorate. At this point in time the ESH covered five star systems though they meetings were still only held on Kreinen. The reduction in representatives allowed the Hierarchy to be a lot stealthier with political operations as they were being hunted down by Buyuk forces once again. Meeting places were changed to underground complexes formerly used as factories which were not easily adjusted to, thus requiring an increase in the number of Speakers present at each meeting to help allocate representatives to various rooms. In this time the ESH was the most cautious and very little dispute came about, though part of this is from many issues not being properly raised in fear of disapproval and banishment as a representative (which had become an extremely lucrative role due to the danger involved in being a target). This is one of the reasons that the ESH stayed away from block-alliances such as the Second Senate, alongside how even after the Buyuk were reduced significantly in power by the Buyuk Wars they still posed a threat to the ESH.


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