|Gilgamesh Colonial Confederation|
|Formal Name||Independent Colonial Confederation of Gilgamesh|
|Founded||31 July 2231|
|Government Type||Psephocratic Directorial Confederation|
|National Anthem||Children of Terra|
The Gilgamesh Colonial Confederation(GCC), officially the Independent Colonial Confederation of Gilgamesh (ICCG), is a regional power in human space, bordered by the Sol Central Government towards the galactic center. The capital of the Confederation is the city of Amaranth on the planet of Terra, in the Gilgamesh system.
Most of the Confederation's territory had been colonies under the early Terran Commonwealth. Over time, these colonies grew increasingly cut off from the centralized power of the Terran Commonwealth. On 31 July 2231, as part of the founding of the Sol Central Government, the Independent Colonial Confederation of Gilgamesh declared independence. The current Constitution of the Confederation was adopted at this time as well, and it remains in use today. The nation is a psephocratic confederation with a primus inter pares Premier as part of a representative directory. There are currently 12 member states, each with their own elected minister as a representative to the directory.
Due to rich mineral deposits in its core systems, and investment by early megacorporations following the initial colonization of the Gilgamesh system, the manufacturing industry has grown to dominate the Confederation's economy, and currently composes over 40% of the nation's GDP. The largest sector of this industry is currently the manufacturing of armaments.
Most of the Confederation's territory had been colonies under the early Terran Commonwealth. Over time, these colonies grew increasingly cut off from the centralized power of the Commonwealth. On 31 July 2231, during the founding of the Sol Central Government, the Confederation declared independence. The Confederation has since become a major industrial and military power in the region.
The habitable planet of Amaranth Major was colonized in late 2148 after a small fleet of cryogenic generational colonization ships sent out in early 2112 arrived in the Gilgamesh system. Another planet in the system, Amaranth Minor was also colonized during this time, as well as Novaya Zemlya. Other uninhabitable planets in the system were found to be rich in minerals and industrial materials. Development of the system proceeded slowly. However, by 2180, when the Commonwealth made contact with the system again, it had become home to a population of nearly one million humans.
After being contacted by the Commonwealth in 2180, the colonies in Gilgamesh were re-integrated into its government. With technological and logistical support from the Commonwealth, the Gilgamesh system became a lucrative trade hub. This directly caused a significant increase in immigration to the system, leading to additional economic and societal growth. During this time, developments on the planet of Novaya Zemlya had caused it to become the industrial center of the system.
In 2228, shortly before humanity's first contact with the Skrell, the colonies of the Gilgamesh system founded the Gilgamesh League, successfully lobbying for the right to expand their territory outside the system. After expansion into neighboring systems, and significant colonization efforts, the League's systems had become almost entirely self-sufficient. In addition, these systems had begun to work towards independence, cut off by their significant distance both physically and ideologically from the central government of the Commonwealth.
On 31 July 2230, during the signing of the Sol Central Government charter, many of the League's colonies declared independence from the now defunct Commonwealth, conglomerating into the Gilgamesh Confederation. By the 24th century, the Confederation encompassed thirty-one systems, with forty-nine colonies, and a population of ten-billion.
After the founding of the Sol Central Government, and the Confederation's declaration of independence, the Confederation entered into an economic depression caused by the abrupt withdrawal of support from the SCG. This depression led to a famine, causing the Confederation to expand their borders in an attempt to annex additional agri-worlds to provide for the rest of the Confederation.
Among the planets annexed was Gaia, a world on the border of SCG space. The annexation of this planet led directly to the Gaia Conflict in 2292. The conflict between the SCG and the Confederation aided significantly in the consolidation of the Confederation's economy as well as their overpopulation issues. The conflict ended in a pyrrhic victory for the SCG in 2296. During this time, the Confederation had begun significant economic reforms, which had been put in place by the end of the conflict.
The GCC is a directorial, representative democracy. At the head of the GCC are the one hundred and eight directors (referred to by the Terrans as the 'One-oh-Eight'), comprised of twelve representatives from each of the nine core worlds. While all of the 108 jointly exercise the combined powers of Head of Government, the Constitution of the Commonwealth limits this power to the representative's home planet, where it is typical for the twelve representatives to serve as joint Presidents of the planet that elected them.
Serving as the nation's Head of State is the Premier, who serves as the [i]First Citizen of the Terran Commonwealth[/i] (Primum inter pares), and is elected every eight years from members of the 108, requiring a majority vote. The Premier is seen as the embodiment of the Terran people, and appoints the Cabinet of the Commonwealth, who, with approval of the Directory, manage the affairs of the entire state.
The Constitution lies at the heart of the Commonwealth, unable to be amended by the Directory unless by unanimous vote, and cannot be revised during national emergencies, or times of war. Any changes to the Constitution that affect the sovereign rights of a member state, national unity, or matters of independence, can only be made after the proposal is supported unanimously. It is considered a crime against the Commonwealth to make any attempts to limit or restrict the rights of humans. This specific wording has caused significant issues in the modern Commonwealth, especially following the first contact with Alien species. The Constitution of the Confederation was written two years before the first official first contact, and because the document, by design, requires unanimous vote to change it, the vote to change "Human" to "Sapient Being", has been raging for almost sixty years. Many of the 108 wish to see this technicality fixed, claiming that "the intent of the founding figures was to enshrine rights to all", and that the word human was used only due to historical context. However, an vocal number claim that "assuming the intent of the founders is impossible, and that what the legal document says is what stands." These two factions have been termed Revisionists and Legalists respectively.
As a Confederation, they have no formal diplomatic ties with any nation. Individual member states are expected negotiate their own diplomacies with any non-Terran nation, with the exception of Sol. The member states of Terra maintain the Unilateral Agreement of Denouncement, which declared that any attack on a Terran nation or individual by the Sol Central Government would be seen as an attack on them all. Any diplomacy between the two is conducted by the state itself, on behalf of the Confederation's members, by the Committee for State Security.
Because of this, many in Sol claim that the Confederation has not recognised any non-human state. This is because the Confederation does not recognise any states, as all diplomatic channels are done by the member states of the Confederation, rather than as one homogenous entity. Several of these states maintain some diplomatic channels with non-human powers. However, this is not a common occurrence and most states view the non-human powers with distrust, largely due to their historic ties with Sol. For example, Moghes is surrounded on all sides by Sol, and is widely considered a Sol puppet. The Skrell too, first revealed themselves to a Sol vessel, which gave them a significant advantage in diplomatic negotiations over Terra. The only exception to this is the unilateral recognition of the Positronic Union, which is a sort-of state for all independent artificial beings. As the Union is not a physical location, but rather an online world that exists in the internet, the GCC can donate and provide needed bandwidth to the Union, without needing to deal with Sol in any capacity.
The Confederation as a whole maintains close relations with aligned independent colonies, though have been known aggressively enforce their policy on belligerent or uncooperative colonies. The modern Terran policy can be considered as such, "The closest ally of all, to those it likes. The greatest threat, to those it does not." They have been known to commonly use gunboat diplomacy to influence minor powers, the most significant example of this being the prelude to the Gaia Conflict.
In 2306, the Confederation had a GDP (PPP) of roughly 927.776 trillion Thaler and a GDP per capita (PPP) of 25,471 Thaler. The Confederation is an upper-middle income economy. During its early years, the nation experienced roughly a century of economic instability and decline, led in part by a lack of support from the newly formed Sol Central Government and a lack of structural reform. From 2250 onward, however, the Confederation's economy was transformed into one of relative macroeconomic stability, characterized by high growth, low unemployment, and declining inflation. Shortly after the Gaia Conflict, the economic stability of the Confederation increased drastically. Unemployment in the Confederation is at 9.7% according to 2304 census data.
Industrial output growth reached 10.3% year-on-year in February 2304. The largest local companies include arms manufacturer HelTek, Gazpran Oil and Gas, Grayson Terra, Sinnesloschen Electronics, TDE & TIE, and the Novaya Zemlya Shipyards. Exports have increased substantially over the past few years, with an 18.7% annual rise in exports in 2298. The Confederation's main exports are military equipment, electrical and electronic equipment, industrial machinery, metallurgic products, agricultural products, and raw materials. Trade is mostly centered on independent colonies and smaller nations. However, trade agreements have been previously established with the Positronic Union.
Since 2250 the official currency has been the Confederate credit ("cred") and following a denomination in 2270, it has been valued at 1.7-1.9 Thaler.
As per 2304 census data, there has been a 12.1% population increase from the figure recorded at the 2297 census. The urbanization rate is 48% of the total population living in urban areas (as of 2302).
Cultural and ethnic composition
The term "Indie" had initially described the inhabitants of the Gilgamesh league. In 2231, the Confederation's constitution was put into effect, naming the nation as the Independent Colonial Confederation of Gilgamesh. Thus, many among the group of Independent-speaking colonies clung to an "Indie" identity. With the prevailing identity among the member states being defined as "Independent," new colonies integrated into the Confederation were more likely to identify as Independents than were immigrants.
According to the latest Confederation Census (2291) (excluding minor colonies or those integrated since 2292):
The official languages of the Confederation are Pan-Slavic and Zurich Accord Common. The 2230 Declaration of Independence stated that the national language of the Independent Colonial Confederation of Gilgamesh was Pan-Slavic and Zurich Accord Common, and its writing is based on a modernized Cyrillic alphabet. At the 2304 census, 69.8% of the human population named Pan-Slavic whereas 26.4% named Zurich Accord Common as their first language in daily use.
For the 2304 census, Orthodox Christians were found to make up 57.1% of the Confederation's human population. 26.1% of the population is Anglican, 6.8% of the population make up other Christian denominations, 0.7% belongs to other religions, 2.3% are non-religious, 4.7% is atheist, and 2.3% did not answer the religion question at the census.
It is a common misconception that the Confederation is "Slavic", or "Anglo" exclusively. While it has its political and economic origins in Anglo-Slavic peoples, vast numbers of the population are Franco-Arabic, or Areso-Thai. To consider the GCC a monocultural nation would be wrong. Politically, the GCC is dominated by the Anglo-Slavics, who are considered to be the stereotypical culture of the GCC, much like how the Martian is seen as the stereotypical culture of the SCG.
Inner Terran Culture
The core GCC systems of Gilgamesh (Terra), Bratis (Savoie), and Sestris (Amelie), make up what is known as the 'Traditional Terran'.
===Outer Terran Culture
The Confederation's cultural tradition has been influenced primarily by the Slavic origins of its majority population, as well as Anglosphere cultures, the roots of which go back to its original colonization, which consisted primarily of the two ethnic groups. The Confederation has enriched its own culture by adopting and maintaining primarily Orthodox traditions, with minor influences from a number of disparate ethnic groups. The largest ethnic group, which had come to identify itself widely as "Indie" by the late 23rd century, is a speaker of Independent and played a significant role in the shaping of contemporary Slavic culture, which still maintains a major role. The culture has been further influenced by English and Scottish culture, and the cultures of integrated colonies. A strong Slavic influence in Indie literature and arts was prevalent in the late 23rd century.
Most retail businesses close on Independence Day and New Year's Day as well as Christmas, which are officially recognized as public holidays, but remain open on all other holidays. Christmas is celebrated either on 7 January, the traditional old-calendar date in Independent Orthodox Churches or on 25 December, the former of which is officially recognized as a public holiday.
While Thunderdome remains the national sport of the Confederation, it prides itself as a nation of intellectual and physical sports. Martial arts are extremely popular in the core Terran worlds, whereas it has yet to take hold on the more recently occupied systems. Terran Broadcasts of sports are extremely popular internationally as well as domestically. The Galactic Organization of Zero-G Racing also has a significant presence in the Confederation.
- Anatoly Popov, Children of Terra; National Anthem of the Gilgamesh Confederation
- Abram Vasilyev, The Declaration of Independence of the Gilgamesh Colonial Confederation
- Harold Oswald, Sol Central Government Declaration of War Against the Gilgamesh Colonial Confederation
- Valentina Kharitonova, The Resurgence of Orthodoxy in the Post-Commonwealth Independent Colonies