Established after the colonization of the Earth’s Moon, The Earth Republic is a culmination of Earth, Sol, Sirius, Stein, Eridani and Kapteyn’s Star. It has close ties to the developing star systems of Wolf, Ross, Groombridge, Xi Bootis and Altair. It also controls Omicron Base on Eridani, the military installation on Kapteyn’s Star and The Star Navy Space Fleet. At one time, the Earth Republic had control over the Moon and Mars colonies, but they ultimately seceded and formed their own independent governments. This resulted in the Lunar War and Mars Rebellion respectively. Both wars ended in a cease-fire and The People’s Republic of Mars and The Lunar Federation currently remain independent. Despite a troubled past, The People’s Republic of Mars and The Lunar Federation still view The Earth Republic as an ally. Government relationships are positive and both hold multiple trade agreements. ECONOMICS The Earth Republics currency is called the Versa. Realizing the impracticality of paper currency, The ER switched to the Versa in 2125. Due to its use of credits as currency, adoption among the populous was not difficult. MAXICORP Before its dismantlement by the Earth Republic in 2155, MaxiCorp was the largest alliance of corporate interests to survive The Corporate War of the 2120’s. Existing as a business and political entity, Maxicorp was as much a country as it was a company. Maxicorp provided its employee-citizens with everything from living quarters and health care to entertainment. Maxicorp was also a major supplier of parts for Star Navy vessels. Some believe its dismantlement was due to Maxicorp’s refusal to bring Stein into The Earth Republic, a planet that had been owned and mined by the company since its establishment as a colony. WORLD CHURCH An ecumenical movement of all of Earth’s recognized religions. It has no creed and primarily exists to educate people about the religions of the world. Through the World Church, someone could have a Christian Baptism, a Jewish Bar Mitzvah, a Hindu Wedding and a Shinto burial. The World Church does not object to those who remain devout to a certain faith. It has come to be a symbol of unity across The Earth Republic and even those without a religion regard it with respect rather than vexation. Because of its peaceful nature, it has occasionally clashed with The Earth Republic politically. THE COMMITTEE A secret organization that started as a group of technocratic hackers in the 21st Century. While having started as an attempt to expose corruption within The Earth Republic, it became amoral in nature. This would lead to the blackmailing of non-government officials, merciless public shaming of those who spoke out against them and several assassinations. After multiple members were captured in sting operation, The Committee’s founders feared exposure and escaped the Sol system. Establishing different aliases, they gained control of the Sirius Colony and now operate as a shadow government. Due to a loss of members, the crackdown by The Earth Republic law enforcement and internal power struggles, The Committee is currently in a state of chaos. TAU CETI & THE CETIANS During one of its earliest ventures into space, The Earth Republic encountered the planet of Tau Ceti. Home to a race of aliens known as the Cetians, they welcomed the visitors to their planet and sent an ambassador back to meet with Earth Republic officials. Soon after, an alliance was formed. The Cetians have been staunch allies of The Earth Republic for decades, establishing everything from trade agreements and military support to student exchange programs. The Earth Republic has encountered other alien species besides the Cetians, but few are as friendly or well understood. On occasion, The Star Navy has called on the Cetians assistance against aggressors.