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\\- Introduction -\\
The Anshanéz Coalition, the largest cohesive polity in the Jishen system, is representative of 637 different polities scattered across roughly one third of the circumference of the Sizhaket debris belt, each of which is represented by a single ambassador in the RBCP - the primary governing political body of the Coalition. Effectively, however, despite the promise of unit representation in the RBCP and, to a degree, the SCRCC, the Coalition remains dominated by its founding member, Sahrhaktan - which, due to its concentration of economic, industrial, and scientific assets, dominates the MRASA, SOSPA, and in a particularly egregious example, the SMC - an organisation which, though incorporating assets from various Coalition sources, remains virtually unchanged in hierarchy and leadership from the days of the Reclamation.
The massive territorial reach of the Coalition relative to the extent of Sizhaketer means that it technically has access to a quantity of mass equivalent to that of thousands of gas giants. However, the Sizhaketer debris belt is, belying its recent origin, highly unstable. Micrometeorites are sufficiently common as to render spaceflight veritably impossible without metre-thick armour; stray coilgun rounds from a faraway conflict regularly destroy large sections of habitats. High-voltage electrostatic discharges, built up from friction between dust particles, damage sensitive instruments and produce so much interference as to make fast wireless communication little more than a pipe dream. It is a testament to the technological and engineering prowess of the Maün people that such large polities as Sahrhaktan and the Coalition were able to emerge, when mere millennia had passed since the destruction of their home planet.
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The Jishen system originally hosted three planets - Arizih being the rocky middle planet, while there existed a gas giant on either side - around the boundaries of what is now the unimaginably vast Sizhaketer debris belt. However, neither of these exist any longer - it seems that only Jishen itself was sufficiently strongly gravitationally bound as to survive the initial disruptions produced by the arrival - and subsequent destabilisation - of the Cataclysm.
The orbital period of what is commonly accepted to be the 'centre' of the debris belt, near Sahrhaktan-Nadir Regional Classification 02H, is at a distance of 0.0029 AU from Jishen with an orbital period approximating 2 Earth days, with a range of uncertainty of 0.003 Earth days due to instabilities and inconsistencies in the composition and behaviour of the belt contents within that region.
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\\- SECTION: HISTORY -\\
| BEFORE FIRST CONTACT - RECOVERY
Sizhaketer, the immense debris belt upon which the Maün reside, is a product of the catastrophic, spontaneous appearance of a wormhole in close proximity to the former home planet of the Maün, Arizih (literally, 'our home'). The planet was shattered by the gravitational forces accompanying the wormhole's appearance - and though fragments of Arizih's biosphere survived the incident, the vast majority of records and historical artifacts of Maün civilisation prior to the event were lost. At the same time, high-velocity streams of hot gas, dust, and what appeared to be damaged warship fragments exited the wormhole, raising the mass of Sizhaketer to what it is now; regions where large quantities of this material accumulated, where stable, proved so dense as to be traversable by pre-Cataclysm Maün submarines after several centuries of agglomeration.
The pieces of Maün civilisation which survived the transition primarily did so through the efforts of various deep oceanic development efforts - the submarine installations within which Maün industry and research were conducted were built to survive particularly extreme natural disasters - of such magnitude as to be not entirely dissimilar to that of the disintegration of Arizih. For centuries, hydroponics and life support systems were kept running by risky salvage operations in attempts to exploit the remains of the damaged alien warships which passed through the wormhole; thus many of the pre-Cataclysm installations survived the first years of the Cataclysm, when regions typically alternated between hard vacuum and vast micrometeorite storms. As the debris belt began to coalesce into progressively larger chunks, however, many of the installations were abandoned - not only did the appearance of regions of relative stability spur the radiation of surviving Maün, but those same processes resulted in the entombment of many installations - which, while extremely durable, could not continue to sustain their inhabitants without the continuation of external maintenance.
Within these pockets of stability, Maün communities began to grow and settle - many such locations tended to attract chunks of artificial debris which provided adequate shelter and offered sufficient components for the continued operation of requisite equipment, and where intact reactors existed, a life could be made. However, such reactors were not a renewable resource, and often failed for lack of maintenance - which went undone, for the technological capabilities of the builders of these alien warships were far above that of the Maün themselves. Solar energy and harnessing of environmental electrostatic potential served well for the centuries after, but simply were not sufficiently powerful to facilitate long-distance travel: either the vessels were too lightly protected to survive outside the stable pockets, or were insufficiently quick to minimise exposure to transregional hazards. As such, communities largely remained isolated prior to the beginning of the Reclamation.
The polity of Sahrhaktan was among the lucky few which yet had intact pre-Cataclysm installations with intact power supplies - several, in fact - in the same pocket of stability; the bulk manufacturing capabilities of these installations, combined with the large quantity of metal which accumulated near Sahrhaktan, allowed expansion to proceed at an extremely rapid pace. Within the span of five centuries, Sahrhaktan had already become a polity encompassing hundreds of thousands of individuals, and steady improvements in electrical interference compensation technologies (leading to the development of ETT technology, as in SECTION: SMCEF - Systems and Equipment - ETNM) allowed for tethered, remotely operated vehicles to reach hundreds of kilometres away from power relays on mining and trade expeditions - a breakthrough to which is attributed Sahrhaktan's present socioeconomic dominance among Coalition polities. Its government was, using preserved records, modelled after the primary pre-Cataclysm government body of the installations from which Sahrhaktan emerged - and though the microgravity conditions meant that many agricultural, industrial, and military tools were either unusable or unable to be used by individuals to which gravity was unfamiliar and/or stressful, what remained was more than enough for Sahrhaktan to develop a variety of unique solutions of its own.
Eventually, with the development and proliferation of practical space-based fission reactors, Sahrhaktan began a vast programme of warship construction, salvage, and repair - this was to facilitate what would come to be called the Reclamation, as a vast fleet of expeditionary forces swept the debris belt in the search of habitable space, resources, allies, and enemies. Over the course of roughly twelve decades, Sahrhaktan would open and consolidate relations with hundreds of different, previously isolated polities to form what is now the Anshanez Coalition - and over the course of countless small conflagrations, the Sahrhaktan Military Commission would gain such a formidable reputation as to virtually extinguish raiding and skirmishing in the vast majority of Coalition-occupied regions. The Coalition would be modelled, with small modifications, after the government of Sahrhaktan itself (albeit with considerable objection from some polities), and Sahrhaktan advancements would ensure that citizens of the Coalition would, if not prosper, at least be able to evacuate from unstable and/or destabilised regions.
| BEFORE FIRST CONTACT - THE RECLAMATION
Though Sahrhaktan was sufficiently built-up to now achieve the means of survival, many difficulties were yet faced by its citizens - secure, protected building space was still at a premium, and while population growth had been manageable for the most part, further expansion became progressively more difficult. The facilities available to Sahrhaktan did provide it with the necessary implements for basic survival, yes - and the development of progressively more efficient microgravity aeroponics facilities and other original work did a great deal to contribute to its relative prosperity. However, many of the advances that had brought it to this point were products of reverse-engineering the pre-Cataclysm technology Sahrhaktan had now effectively exhausted - and with continued expansion fuelling fears of death by debris impact, as development carried on progressively further away from the presently irreplaceable debris defence shield (cobbled together from various alien technologies too vital to risk allocating to the reverse engineering), the Sahrhaktan executive assemblies sought a means to develop a long-term solution.
The SOAA, precursor to MRASA, came to the conclusion that the most pressing deficiency in Sahrhaktan's capability to address the issues associated with expansion was a lack of resources - both technological and material. The former would quickly lead to the latter, and as such it was determined that an expedition be mounted to search for additional artifacts - both alien and pre-Cataclysm - to secure for Sahrhaktan a safer future. The Reclamation Initiative - to secure that which was rightfully belonging to Maün culture - was thus ratified, and a consensus achieved.
Sahrhaktan, at the time, had yet to develop any suitable vessels; there existed foot soldiers to maintain stability and clear wrecks, and technicals (SULU.Sv1105) to facilitate construction, resource collection, debris interception. Neither of these were sufficiently rugged for long-distance expeditionary purposes. For the purpose of braving the harsh conditions beyond, heavily armoured mining vessels did exist - but were equally unsuited, for they were dependent on a large influx of electrical power, transmitted via cable: unviable in the context of an expeditionary vessel for obvious reasons. The next fifteen great-cycles were spent testing various prototypes for a vessel that would combine the versatility and light weight of the technical, the thrust and armour of a mining vessel, and the range of a vessel of which such specifications had never before been requested - eventually producing what would become the mainstay of the early parts of the Reclamation, the SULUb.Sv1120 - a vessel which, in the later Reclamation, would see reclassification into the SULUb.SMCv1120: a prototype showing the early schools of thought that eventually produced the iconic Barrier-type military vessel.
Once development and construction of the SULUb.Sv1120 - a vessel now adequately equipped to take on the hostile environment of the debris field proper - had finished, twenty fleets, of one hundred SULUb.Sv1120 vessels each, were sent to investigate the in the Sahrhaktan-Zenith and Sahrhaktan-Nadith directions. Here, the expedition, for the first time in post-Cataclysm Sahraktan history, made contact with akanin of non-Sahraktan affiliation - disunited scavengers who had clustered around sites of high technological artifact density. This was to be expected, and so the crews, at first, set about making diplomatic efforts - but while the locals were greatly impressed by the size and scale of the expedition, the confiscation of their livelihoods was unacceptable without guarantee of a safe place to stay, and unlike the sheltered akanin of Sahrhaktan they had seen first hand the effects of what happened to groups which grew too quickly in the harsh environment of Sizhaketer. As the talks went on, they saw the attrition suffered by the Sahrhaktan fleets - and so distrusted them too much to believe the claims of safe haven they were shown, in the eventuality of a deal.
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The roles of the various councils in the Coalition government are as follows:
| The RBCP serves as a committee in which constituent polities of the Coalition can bring forth matters in an official capacity. Though the number of representatives is officially capped at one per member polity in such a fashion as to ostensibly provide equal representation, as a result of much of the dealings revolving around soft power politics and pre-existing international relationships, Sahrhaktan remains a dominant speaker in Coalition affairs.
| The SCRCC brings forth and approves proposed inspections of the government in official capacity, ensuring that the manner of conduct of government are not to the dissatisfaction of a significant portion of member polities. Additionally, it is ensured through this that goals set by committees and assemblies are appropriately followed, enforced with various capacities - up to and including the suspension of representation of an entire member state.
| The MRASA is an administration which, similarly to the SCRCC, ensures that the other branches of the Coalition government are functioning as specified; however, they serve a more direct link to the effects of Coalition policies in areas of socioeconomic significance, as surveys, assessments, theories, and philosophies are studied, revised, and employed to emphasise correct courses of action. In effect, it is really more of an advisory body - but with the ability to suspend matters of government and the union of the academic advisory bodies into a single political union, a much greater impact can be exerted. MRASA also has the role of keeping tabs on SOSPA, to check its influence.
| The SOSPA is yet another advisory organisation, with many similarities to the MRASA; however, its members are largely composed of more traditional bureaucrats, rather than the scholar-bureaucrats of MRASA. As MRASA keeps a check on it, it also keeps MRASA in check; it ensures that all procedures are followed with appropriate conduct, and serves as a more significantly democratised, higher-capacity version of the SCRCC - which draws its ranks from SOSPA members of particular merit. SOSPA is one of the most significant barriers to the proliferation of polarisation and/or philosophical drift - ensuring that the correct (Sahrhaktan) cause is that which is being followed.
Bills and decisions in Anshanéz assemblies and institutions are generally put together through real-time collaborative drafting technologies built into meeting facilities, where representatives can make their councils' stances known via direct edit - and through various asynchronous communication techniques, continuously reformulate stances by actively coordinating with other representatives reviewing the relevant section of the document. The resultant fluidity contributes significantly in the ability for individual institutions to deal much more effectively with the vast, complex networks of issues and interest groups throughout the Coalition; additionally, the intrinsic decentralisation combined with asynchronous review allowed by the process is highly effective at containing potential nuisances and/or rogue agents, while reducing the effective group size of individual review groups (streamlining the pre-consensus ratification process). Combining the natural akanin affinity for group cognition and the capacity for much greater numbers of members and representatives to take part in official assemblies, such innovations are crucial to the continued smooth operation of Sahrhaktan's centralisation effort.
This policy for the adoption of real-time collaboration applies not only to individual assemblies and boards, where horizontal fluidity is resultant, but to vertical organisation structures as well - members are almost always in contact with the organising bodies they represent, via the comprehensive network of telegraph lines vital to the continued coherence of the Anshanéz Coalition. Areas without such telegraphic network coverage do not present issues thanks to a particular maxim originating from the early days of Sahrhaktan expansion: that is, by Maün reckoning, membership in an assembly is defined largely by the degree to which such real-time communications are practical. Of course, this method has its limits; polities far from Sahrhaktan proper, thanks to light lag, electromagnetic interference, and cable damage, often find themselves lacking in the proper qualifications to attend relevant meetings. Such is, in fact, one of the primary contributors to the gradual slowing - and eventual mothballing - of the Reclamation, the initiative which had driven the vast bulk of Coalition expansion until recently.
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The mission of the Sahrhaktan Military Commission Expeditionary Fleet, or SMCEF, is primarily to ensure the protection of the Coalition against the numerous hazards inherent to habitation in Sizhaketer - in addition to any potential pirate activity, action must be taken against threats such as micrometeorite storms, large object impacts, exacerbation of Kessler Syndrome during industrial accidents, and dormant autowar incursions - as well as towards rescue operations, communications, cable-laying, and exploration, among other tasks. In effect, the SMCEF is the organisational body tasked with keeping intact the threads which hold the Coalition together.
Due to the particular environmental circumstances of Sizhaketer, fighting often takes place in the relatively narrow, high-complexity environment of extremely dense debris fields: areas hazardous for all but the most heavily armoured craft, yet valuable all the same due to the relative stability (and thus space for bases, habitation) afforded in such regions. Such conditions limit the capabilities of point defence and wireless communications; furthermore, due to the high availability of reaction mass and significant levels of sensor and/or weapon trajectory interference, long-range dumb-fire weapons do not yield the same advantages that would be guaranteed in a more open environment.
| SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT - NULLSPACE DIVISION
|| NULLSPACE TECHNOLOGIES || NULLSPACE VESSEL VISUAL SUMMARY [last updated 1338PC] || NULLSPACE VESSEL DESCRIPTIONS, ASSESSMENT -
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Sahrhaktan's basic manufacturing sector is operated primarily by the state; such is necessary to ensure the sector's high infrastructure load does not disrupt operations elsewhere, private or public. Large centrifuges and electrical furnaces are the first stage in filtering and extracting raw materials from salvage; the refined exports, typically in the form of liquid amalgam, is then transported through the TLS to component manufactories: huge, skyscraper-sized complexes extruding fibres, castings, electronics, and various other components using programmable robotic assembly systems similar in nature to industrial 3D printers. Finished products of these component manufactories are delivered to more advanced industries by way of the TLS. Central Sahrhaktan harbours the majority of these component manufactories - there exist hundreds of thousands.
Once they have arrived at their destination, basic components are typically then transferred into a robotic assembly grid where they are vacuum-welded or bolted together. If further assembly is required due to size constraints, then these products are then brought to the site of final assembly: manual intervention is required to move the components into the requisite locations, where tethered guide drones are then employed to conduct final alignments and finishing touches. Such is the operating process of shipyards, electronics factories, utility vehicle factories, weapons factories, and so on; finalised products can then, once again, be exported via the TLS to where they are needed.
| MINING AND RECLAMATION
The mining industry across Coalition territory largely depends on utility vehicles and drones of Sahrhaktan manufacture; much of the invested capital is in the form of prospecting drones which travel beyond the reaches of the stable regions, spotting for desirable concentrations of minerals through the extensive use of close-range, field-conducted X-ray spectroscopy. Where desirable debris clouds are found, course adjustments are made using nets and high-thrust tug spacecraft such that they brake on - and eventually, settle in certain desirable spots within stable regions, where other spacecraft can then tug the redirected material towards refineries within Sahrhaktan proper. Due to the hazards and complications associated with the process, the rate of material export from Sahrhaktan's mining sector is quite erratic - sometimes the mass-equivalent of several moons is taken in over the course of days, other times it could be considered prudent simply to collect and process the dust particles which settle on the corridors of Sahrhaktan. As such, there is significant pressure on other industries to recycle material as often as possible.
| CONSTRUCTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Sahrhaktan devotes the vast majority of its power and material output to the construction of large shields, further manufacturing cores, and structural grids - part of a centuries-old initiative to begin reclaiming regions beyond the natural borders of the local stable region by capturing large quantities of micrometeorite-sourced gas and dust - released via impact. To this massive effort can be attributed the continuous expansion of the borders of Sahrhaktan: ~4 additional metres added to the average diameter of the structural complex with every passing day. To save on valuable metal, much of these construction efforts are rather conducted using an ice-regolith composite which, once required to house high-temperature facilities (chemical plants, housing), are only then reinforced with metal components.
The electrical infrastructure of Sahrhaktan is dependent on large quantities of aluminium cable - a dual-use network both preventing the buildup of electrostatic charge (i.e. a lightning rod) and extracting useful energy, in one fell swoop. This method of electrical power acquisition is necessary not only due to the high cost of fission fuel, but the fact that solar panels cannot function in the dust-obscured regions within which Sahrhaktan resides.
The TLS, standing for Tube Logistics System, is the network that carries physical materials, tools, and equipment from point A to point B - anywhere within the bounds of Sahrhaktan. It consists of an extensive network of pneumatic tubes ranging from 0.2 to 2 metres in diameter, where transported components are sufficiently small - larger cargo is distributed by way of drift corridors: long, spacious, dust-free, low-pressure corridors, taking advantage of microgravity and Newton's first law to cheaply transport many things at high speed in a straight line.
Wastewater infrastructure, due to the cold temperatures of much of Sahrhaktan, is often prone to freezing - and where it is not, it is dependent on the incorporation of live colonies of microorganisms producing heat from the digestion of incorporated biomass - a measure necessary to reduce the use of limited energy, already strained by high demand from the manufacturing industries. Due to the organism's biofilm-forming tendencies, however, the construction of long-distance pipelines is generally quite rare and costly - rather, it is far more common for wastewater to be filtered in small centrifuges prior to being delivered to a vacuum distillery, with the remaining, concentrated waste then being packed into tightly sealed canisters delivered to waste treatment plants via the TLS. Upon arrival, these dry waste packets are blasted with heated, high-pressure solvents to facilitate recovery and recycling of easily soluble metals and elements relevant to the chemical industry, with the remaining quantity reconstituted into feedstock for Sahrhaktan's bioreactors where further treatment takes place.
Though the survival of pre-Cataclysm facilities allowed for the use of hydroponics facilities in Sahrhaktan's early history, it was quickly discovered that the biomass growth rate of certain undesirable microorganisms - found in sewage systems, air filtration ports, and even dust miner intakes - would allow for far greater productivity, especially as much of what pre-Cataclysm biota could be cultivated was dependent on the existence of certain substrates which, while common on Arizih prior to its destruction, had no mechanism of replenishment following the loss of Arizih's complex ecological machinery. Certain strains of these microorganisms, once combined, produced a biofilm with nutritional composition similar to the recommended nutritional intake of akanin - once strained and exposed to Maün fermented root cultures, the resulting cakes adopted a flavour profile and composition suitable for use in a wide variety of culinary practices. The robustness and versatility of the biofilm-producing cultures - and their tendency to exclude excess quantities of undesirable substances - make them uniquely suited to the extraction of desirable organic compounds and elements from the sewage cakes left over from first-stage wastewater treatment procedures - hence the choice of feedstock employed in Sahrhaktan's bioreactors.
The initial processing is conducted in large, turbulent pools into which a mixture of oxygen, water, and dry sewage is injected; the turbulent flow is forced through a large quantity of retractible spikes throughout, upon which biofilm cultures grow and accumulate. After a period of roughly sixteen hours, the flow is halted and the pool allowed to settle for a duration of one hour, after which the fluid component is decanted and moved to a second-stage organic waste bioreactor. The process continues in like fashion with each stage's output being funnelled to the next, with up to nine stages total - the reaction period and settling period increasing at each stage. Once each pool is fully decanted and the remaining settled waste brought back into the first stage's injection cycle, a clean, high-pressure flow perpendicular to the initial flow is used to dislodge excess biofilm buildup and the excluded material - a low-power centrifuge removes any leftover water and excluded sediments from the film and shunts them to a recycling centre, while the remaining, high-purity biofilm is left over to be transferred to the maturing process. In this process, any water used is cleaned by the machine's operation to a sufficient degree as to allow reuse - thus allowing it to maintain a net-zero water profile.
During the maturation process, a separate, less resilient culture is added to the initial culture; the material is then packed into sealed containers and left to ferment. The conversion from aerobic to anoxic conditions allows the new culture to dominate, while any remaining activity from the original culture goes towards the cementation of the broken substrate such that, once the 110-hour maturation process is complete, the resultant dense, rubbery cake can be handled with ease. The cake is then treated with lysing enzymes, extracted and baked in an electrical furnace, sterilised with ionised radiation, and finally delivered to distribution depots.