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:: Introduction ::
In a Galaxy fraught with discord and conflict, and an eternal struggle for dominion among governments and powers rising and falling, there has been one constant for four thousand years: the Hapes Consortium. A government whose culture is steeped in ancient and honorable traditions, a military armed with the latest technological achievements to protect its own, and a home to hundreds of billions of citizens with a rich heritage that spans the millennia.
The Hapes Consortium welcomes any person, regardless of species, gender, beliefs, experience, or cultural background. Anyone honest and of solid integrity who wishes to leave any past affiliations behind and make their new home in the Hapes Cluster as a citizen of the Hapes Consortium is welcome. What do you want to do? What do you want to accomplish? Read on to learn more about one of the Galaxy's oldest governments, seize your destiny, and become part of something greater than yourself!
:: History ::
Sequestered within the Hapes Cluster, veiled by the hazardous Transitory Mists, the Hapes Consortium was once but a myth among space travelers, rumored to have risen from an ancient conflict between the Jedi Knights and Lorell Raiders. The occasional, rare surviving explorer would speak of a vast isolationist civilization of unparalleled wealth and culture, marvelous ancient cities, and unique technological achievements used to ferociously guard its borders against all foreign intrusion. And so the legend of the Hapes Consortium would be told across the millennia.
Not until the onset of the Galactic Civil War did the Hapans finally initiate contact with the outside on a grand scale, confirming their existence to the greater Galaxy. Still Hapes is a social nexus of diversity with peoples from all walks of life; from statesmen and civil servants, to powerful warriors and pilots, to the gentlest of scribes and poets, all working to further the goals of Consortium as it surges forward into a new age.
Driven by ancient ideals of honor, pride, and glory, the Hapes Consortium has found itself at a crossroads, seeking to adjust to its new role as a major power in a Galaxy rife with mistrust, intrigue, and conflict.
:: Structure ::
The Hapes Consortium, an ancient monarchy, is centered on the throne world Hapes, deep in the heart of the star cluster. Lorell Hall, a parliamentary body with the Royal Council at the top, oversees the day-to-day affairs of the Consortium's central government and its array of ministries and departments.
Upon signing up, a new candidate of the Hapes Consortium is automatically enrolled in the Robin Hood School of Education. The school provides an abridged introduction to Hapan history, culture, and society through three brief tests that qualify them for citizenship, and earn them the social rank of Lerin upon graduation.
The citizen is given the option of starting their career with a three month tour of duty in the Royal Hapan Armed Forces, or as a member of the industrial Crown Corporations. Regardless of initial career choice, all of the Consortium's citizens advance along the same wage scale that is dictated by their social rank. Advancement through the ranks is based on monthly allocated merit points assigned by their superior for tasks and duties performed. While the Hapan Government is not available as an initial career choice, one may apply for part time government positions that can be fulfilled alongside primary duties, earning more merit points and more rapid advancement. Upon completion of the three month tour of duty within the military, a Hapan citizen can choose to transfer full time to the government or any other branch of the Consortium.
:: Technology ::
The Hapes Consortium prides itself on its technological achievements that have been perfected over the centuries. While also employing foreign designs in both the military and government, there are numerous ships, vehicles, weapons and items that are uniquely Hapan. This diverse array of entities mixes practical use and versatility with finesse and firepower.