Holy Interstellar Imperium of the Fifth Dominion
|The Holy Interstellar Imperium of the Fifth Dominion|
The Holy Interstellar Imperium of the Fifth Dominion ("founded" 2028) is a successor to the Holy Empire of the Fifth Dominion. However, rather than being seen as a successor nation, it is considered to be a direct continuation from the Holy Empire due to the fact that the only thing which changed was the territory and name of the nation.
The Interstellar Imperium was formed near the close of the War of the Divide, when a new planet, Reach, had been colonised. Subsequently, during the Calamity War, entire swaths of continental land was conquered and absorbed, extending the Fifth Dominion to its greatest extent.
The Fifth Dominion Island is dominated by plains with a mountainous region towards the center. Once, great forrests covered most of the island, but these have since been cut down due to industrialisation. The plains have many rivers and streams flowing through and there are farming towns clustered around them, although the island is now almost completely urbanised.
On the new colony, Reach, the terrain is diverse, with towering mountains, great forests, rolling plains and harsh desert landscapes.
The weather is usually mildly sunny with the occasional rain. During winter, the rivers freeze over and there are frequent blizzards. On Reach, the weather varies from different locations on the planet.
the Fifth Dominion's Founding Document is the Writ of Union, a treaty written by Tyrael Menethos I during his conquest of Hiphopotymy, which after this treaty, became known as the First Dominion. Tyrael I, noting how the harsh desert landscape of Hiphopotymy were having a detrimental effect on his troops, made a proposal: Hiphopotymy could surrender now, to the benefit of both parties, or the Empire would march on them in full strength, regardless of temperature, or cost of lives.
The Writ went like so:
On and on shall old war go,
Without respite my blood will flow
O’er your eyes ‘til they cannot see
The impossibility of victory.
On the third page of the Writ, the First Dominion swore an Oath; the Oath which the other Dominions would also swear, many years later:
"....According to our station, All without exception..."
On the blood of our fathers...
on the blood of our sons...
we swear to protect the Empire...
Even to our dying breath
This particular Oath was sworn by every warrior in service of the Empire, and is still sworn today by Dominion Troopers.
The Constitution of the Fifth Dominion is based on that of the Great Imperial Empire. it essentially gives the Emperor/Empress power over life and death over all the subjects of his/her domain. The Emperor/Empress appoints a single Regent to take control in his/her absence, and to also assist in other matters. The common citizen is allowed to do anything within the law, and must obey the Emperor to the letter.
The Fifth Dominion used to have a parliament, installed due to demand by the citizens who instigated the Glorious Revolution against the Tyrant-Emperor Logan. However, the newly crowned Emperor, Tyrael Menethos III, found the system inadequate, with all its bickering and disagreements. So, the Emperor dissolved parliament and set up the Conclave. The Conclave will not debate on passing bills, as this is very ineffective and the current ruling party will be guaranteed to win. Instead, the Conclave is to take the complaints or ideas of the Citizens of the Imperium and sort out the useless ones from the interesting/useful ones.
Then the Conclave will have a meeting to decide on the values of these suggestions and how to incorporate these into the law. After this is done, the Conclave must bring the Bill before the Emperor who will either reject it, accept it, or change it. After this is done, the Law is sent back to the Conclave to read over and accept.
In this regard, the Conclave is more of a giant gateway between the Emperor and the People, rather than an advisory body. Of course, Conclave members may state their concerns over the Laws passed by the Emperor, but may only repeal these with an unanimous decision, supported by at least 20% of the Civilian Population.
The Conclave will consist of representatives from all sectors of life, from Welfare to Religion, to Defence and Education, everything is here. While this means that the Military are part of the Conclave, they are ultimately under the control of the Emperor himself.
The Courts of the Dominion usually have the results of previous cases used as a basis for an argument. If a previous case's result is used many times, the Judges may have the Argument for the Case turned into Common Law. For example, if a person was judged guilty for punching someone in the face, but argues that the plaintiff pointed a gun at them and fired, scarring their face, the judges may make a law stating that: "pointing, and then firing a gun at someone's face, making them punch you in the face, is illegal."
Main Article: Fifth Dominion Defence Force
The Fifth Dominion Defence Force as an organised Army was founded back in 865. The first fighting elements of the island, however, have its roots back to Pre-Historic Antiquity, when hunter-gatherers formed warbands to take slaves and wealth from other tribes. Eventually the tribes united and the first Great Band was formed at around 400BC. They made forays onto the mainland and raided the various Imperial towns which had sprung up near the coast. When the Empire set foot onto the island's soil, the future people of the Fifth Dominion hid in the forests and used guerilla warfare to strike them down, each time. It was not until 850 AD that these barbarians were tamed. During this time, the Fifth Dominion was under the protection of Imperial troops.
In 865, the first all-Fifth Legion was formed: the Raiders. Specialising in hit-and-run tactics, these lightly armored troops were used as skirmishers, but were never expected to hold out on their own. Eventually, the Fifth Dominion become "Imperialised" and adopted the Empire's signature Heavy Infantry as its main fighting force.
By 1006, the Fifth Dominion was the site of one of the two main Naval Drydocks for the Eastern Continent of the Empire. Dominion engineers built great Galleys and other vessels of war. When the Fourth Dominion had instigated a Civil War in 1099, the Fifth's navy proved decisive in winning the battle of Varna River.
However, the Empire fractured completely and it became general consensus that a land force would be needed to win the war against the hostile Fourth. The Fifth Dominion raised additional Skirmisher units as well as crossbowmen to bolster its Heavy Infantry. Next came a 300 year war against the Fourth Dominion. Midway through the war, Emperor John I started the DOMINION Project: an ambitious SUPERSOLDIER Project. The result was an army of 2 metre tall bloodlusting berserkers which could tear through lines of enemy infantry.
As guns got better, DOMINION faded into the annals of history, and the Fifth Dominion adopted guns into its standing army. With guns, the Fourth Dominion was shattered by Empress Catherine the Great's Crusades, and Varnathox was retaken.
Eventually, Emperor John II started PROJECT: BLUECOAT: creating soldiers who moved faster and reacted faster in times of stress, due to what is now called "the adrenaline bomb." However, machine guns brought down this project, as Blucoats could not dodge a hail of bullets.
Without the Bluecoats to lead them, the Army was reorganised into better fighting elements. Each Army was divided into Corps: smaller units which were self contained with their own Cavalry, Artillery and Infantry elements. This evolved into the Fifth Dominion Army of today.
Each Service Branch has its own motto, taken straight from the Writ of Union.
MOTTO: On the blood of our fathers, on the blood of our sons.
The Fifth Dominion Army is the "bread and butter" of the armed forces, and all wars the Dominion has fought in involved boots on the ground. The standard infantryman wears a Type-7 Bodysuit and is issued a Type-32 Laser Rifle. The Bodysuit's visor includes a HUD which has a GPS system, a targeting reticule and ammo/battery counters for weapons. A basic COMs set is also included. Infantrymen are also given specialised equipment befitting their role. Close Quarters sqecialists are given the Type-2 Energy Sword, as well as the F5 Close Assault Weapons System: a simple ballistic shotgun. Heavy Weapons specialists are given the Type-4 Plasma Cannon, as well as a Plasma Rifle or a Laser Gatling. Snipers are given the Type-100 Focus Rifle as well as the FDA-7 Laser Pistol for close quarters.
The Army has a sizeable force of Type-66 Chimera tanks and various Artillery and Mortar pieces. The ATAV, or All Terrain Assault Vehicle, is an eight wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier with a capacity of three squads. It's weapon can be change from laser gatling to gauss cannon to rocket launcher.
The Fifth Dominion Army has a reputation for keeping its win-loss ratio high. When defeated, they almost always manage to inflict heavy losses on the enemy.
MOTTO: With this sacrament of blood we journey into the divine beyond.
The Fifth Dominion Navy has two separately distinct branches: the Wet Navy and the Space Navy. The wet navy consists of Frigates, Cruisers and Battleships and protect the Fifth Dominion's seas. They occasionally support Army assaults by bombarding enemy positions from the Sea.
The Space Navy is in the process of phasing out the Wet Navy and consists of various-class Cpaital Ships and their Fighters and Bomber escorts. These huge metal behemoths act as a more powerful version of the Air Force and can lay siege to entire planets, as well as defend planets. They can also do bombing runs on the Planet's surface to stop a ground advance.
The Space Navy has the Dominion's most advanced technology, such as the FTL (Faster Than Light) Drive allowing them to make hyperspace jumps. Given enough time, the space Navy can burn the planet until its Oceans boil and its surface is nothing but glass, but this is a very thorough process and depending on the number of ships and the size of the planet, can take anything from a few hours to a couple of weeks. After the "glassing" the target planet's atmosphere blows away, rendering the planet completely uninhabitable.
MOTTO: Penetrate and annihilate
On the surface, the Marines seem to be like regular Army troopers placed on ships. The Marines, however, consist of a single Corps, as opposed to the Army, and are well known for their bravado and daring. Marines are used as shock troops and are trained in close quarters combat, as they are usually used to board ships. This focus in close quarters combat means that Marines are fairly effective in urban combat as well.
The very best of the Marines are given the chance to serve in the Orbital Drop Shock Trooper (ODST) Battalion. To join, however, they must be able to stay fully conscious during an atmospheric drop, and must be physically strong enough to kick open the hatch. ODSTs have been used to turn the tide of battle many times before and can be seen as one of the Fifth's signature units.
MOTTO: Be the weapon
Navy Special Warfare is divided into 3 sections. Section 1 are the logistical and administrative officers. Section 2 are the weapons research team. Section 3, however, is what is considered by many, the "real" Special Warfare Group. Section 3, or PROJECT: GUNGIR, are a recent addition to the Fifth Dominion Defence Force. Each GUNGIR is a 2 metre tall, genetically modified, augmented super-soldier wearing Advanced Power Armour with Colonel-grade Energy Shields. GUNGIRs are to be thought of as Marines, or if the situation calls for it, ODSTs, but are usually used in ground warfare and are therefore mistaken for an Army branch.
MOTTO: Glory and honor guide our acension
The Fifth Dominion Air Force is small and outdated, eclipsed by the might of the Fifth Dominion Space Navy. As such, they are used in defensive missions only, and even then use hit-and-run tactics. The bombers also do bombing runs on enemy Wet Navies and ground forces. Notable Aces include Kevin Lucksaw, known for his genius calculations during aerial battles, and the infamous Gilette, or Jane Hipap, the only female in the air forces to obtain 'ace' status, and heralded as the reincarnation of the original air ace during the Glorious Revolution, François Gil.
The Air Force's Motto may soon be adopted by the Space Navy.
MOTTO: Victory is secured not from the throne, but from the frontlines.
The Imperial Guard were the Emperor's Guardians ever since the days of Tyrael Menthos I. The Fourth Dominion also had an Imperial Guard branch, and after the reclaiming of Varnathox, the two branches merged. Now, the Imperial Guard are given state-of-the-art Power Armour and a wide variety of plasma weaponry, as well as Energy Swords. They also receive Energy Shielding, something only elite member of the Army (and NCOs) receive.
The Imperial Guard are under the command of the Emperor himself who is required to attend their training sessions. They have sworn to fight to the death for the Crown and will do so willingly and gladly. Famous guards in Aerinoth's history include Daveth, a once Imperial Guard, who managed to take the throne, and Kenzo of Elb, who singlehandedly defeated thirty-nine Fourth Dominion Imperial Guards in an assault on the then Fourth Dominion owned Varnathox; a single battle, not to mention the countless other less skilled soldiers he slew. Perhaps the most famous modern one is Arjoon Andrew, or more commonly known as Black Andrew, who was famous for the only Imperial Guard to be honored with donning the Black Power Armour of the Paladins, despite his non-Paladin status.
MOTTO: The true devotee honors our name with actions, not words
The Fifth Dominion Paladin Corps are an elite group of hardcore Catholics who receive superior training and weaponry to take on the beings they deem "unclean." Their trademark Power Hammers and Midnight Black Armour brings fear and awe to all who cross them. While not at war they are simply noisy Priests, but during wartime, they are a force to be reckoned with: impossible to defeat at close quarters, hard to track with force multiplying circuits within the armour allowing for greater strength and speed.
Paladins are renowned for their fearlessness, although this has cost the Order a lot in the past. Their Power Hammers can be charged up to deflect objects and send enemies flying, or to simply give an extra "boost" while jumping: this along with the force-multipliers have given reports of Paladins smashing planes down into the ground. For short-to-medium range combat, Paladins receive the Laser Gatling. They are proficient with all Army weapons, and can pilot a wide range of vehicles. The most famous modern Paladins are Schism war heroes, Paladin Adarash, now a member of the Elder Council, and his apprentice, Adiraj of Tara, who is now the commander of an elite branch within even the Paladins. Other notable paladins include legendary medieval Paladin, Jamus Bageli, rumoured to have crushed mountains to dust, and the almost deified Paladin, Sephiroth Jenova, who was simply just; epic-awesome.
52nd 4th-5th Dominion War
The Holy Interstellar Imperium consists of one full-size planet, Reach, and some land on the Home World.
Fifth Dominion Island
The Fifth Dominion Island, or Aerinoth, was the place the Dominion originally sprung out from. First settled in 1,000,000 BC, the island was ripped from the continent by forces unknown, which should not have happened as they are on the same tectonic plate. The first Barbarian-King, Thus, came to power in 500,000 BC and for a while, united the various war bands which populated the area. But the tribes shattered and did not unite until the first Imperial Expedition, many years later. The island today is almost completely covered by skyscrapers and light pollution is a problem.
Continental Territory 01
Continental Territory 01, formerly known as the Queendom of Inquells, is a peninsula to the east of the Fifth Dominion Island. On the western most tip of the peninsula stands Fort Brazner, the place where Queen Dominique of Inquells signed the treaty which brought her into the Harem of the Emperor in exchange for Dominion control of Inquells. Territory 01 is mainly mountainous, and is covered in exotic forests, and is used mainly as a resort area.
Continental Territory 02
Territory 02 is the late nation of Hoppity Jump, a nation conquered during the events of the first half of the Calamity War. It is known for its highly urbanised cities and is used as the "banking house of the world." Territory 02 is home to the 2nd Army.
Continental Territory 03
Territory 03, or Livefire Range No. 123-A, is the land on which the former nation of Alfalshi is located. Because of its huge open plains, the Space Fleets and the Air Force, as well as the Armored Elements of the Army, frequently use it as a live fire training ground. Most of its cities are situated near the eastern coast with a few scattered town inland.
Continental Protectorate 01
The long-time arch-nemesis of the Dominion, the Grand Fourth Dominion is a protectorate, but unlike ONF, it is ruled directly by the Fifth. The Fourth Dominion, as part of its surrender treaty is immune to conscription, but its people may still apply for service with the Armed Forces.
Continental Protectorate 02
The Republic of Old North Fish became, yet again, a temporal protectorate in the beginning of 2080, following revolts and threats from other nations. After the Battle of The North (aka Scalaw Battle), it became a fully supported protectorate, in return, fulfilling HAISE's vision of one day, a nation that would rise against Imperialism and Monarchy and becoming a Republic.
The Colony of Reach
The new planet Reach is slightly bigger than Earth and is a diverse landscape of dry deserts, rolling plains and towering mountains. The entire planet is crisscrossed by metropolises and is protected by 300 Orbital Defence Cannons powered by planetside generators and no less than 17 Fleets. All previously unmentioned elements of the Armed Forces are based here.
The economy of the Fifth Dominion is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry. Uranium Mining and Information Technology comes up as the next biggest thing. This ultimately allows the Fifth to maintain a powerful army, although with the recent rise of the new emperor, Paladin Menethos, almost 60% of the nation's wealth was squandered on expensive coronation procedures. It is just barely recovering.
The economy traditionally relied on agriculture as its main source of income. This was so ever since the days of the Glorious Empire, where the Emperors placed this peaceful, well-protected island which happened to be close the the capital, in the position of the primary agricultural provider. The Imperial Bank is the Fifth Dominion's central bank, and issues the nation's currency: the Imperial Credit.
The Industrial Revolution came to the Dominion in 1798 with an initial concentration on the heavy industries of shipbuilding, coal mining, and steel making.The Dominion shamefully started to trade with the Fourth Dominion and created a small overseas market, which expanded as more and more countries were discovered over time. By the 19th Century, the Fifth Dominion was an economic superpower. However, other nations started to industrialize and started to catch up and following a disastrous war with the Fourth Dominion, the Fifth Dominion started to lose its competitive advantage. Manufacturing still remains as one of the primary parts of the economy but Arms Manufacturing is on the rise, resulting in a well-equipped army.
The Heavy Manufacturing Industry employs over a million people, as does the Arms Manufacturing Industry. These sectors generate about $5.5 billion a year. There is a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on everything, and many companies are private. The average income tax rate is 67% but is much, much, higher for the wealthy. A small portion of the tax collected is given out to the poor and unemployed, and also to help find jobs for them.
The Education system in the Fifth Dominion is the typical system. The Infants are kept at Daycare Centers/Preschools. The Children are taken to Primary School, where they learn how to read, write, speak, think, add, subtract, multiply, divide, use decimals, use fractions, run, punch, jump, kick, tackle, throw and at Year 6, shoot.
In Junior High, they have their nationalistic feelings and religious views "awakened." Then, at the final stage, Military School, they learn how to channel these urges into fearlessness and the urge to die for the Emperor and Country. Oh, and they also learn about Advanced Mathematics, Science, English Writing Techniques, Geography, History, and the Arts.
After completing these courses, they must engage in PT, learn to shoot to Sharpshooter standard, throw grenades, run through obstacles, move without being seen, destroy tanks, use heavy weapons, treat wounds and, most importantly, learn to ignore pain.
After the "Graduation" they are sent to the military branch of their choosing due to compulsory military service. There they learn more branch-specific things and how to work as a team. After 6 years, they are given the choice of staying in the military or leaving for the business world. Understandably, 6 years of hell is too much, and many leave. However, this system means that ALL policemen have military experience, and there is a pool of War Veterans to pick from if times get desperate.
Main Article: Holy Imperial Church
The Fifth Dominion is noted to be one of the most intolerant nation in terms of religion in the entire region. Being ranked in the top 5% of the world for the most devout consistently, most Dominionites are Roman Catholic. However, with the death of one of its greatest Emperors, Tyrael Menethos III, a cult of personality emerged around him with "cultists" demanding that he be canonized as a saint. The Pope, understandably appalled by the idea of such a warmongerer becoming a saint, refused. The "cultists" then formed a new church: the Holy Imperial Church. This "new" church was exactly like the "old" Catholic church except with Tyrael Menethos III as a saint and with a separate Pope stationed at Varnathox. The Holy Imperial Church has now overtaken the Roman Catholic church in terms of adherance.
- Tyrael Menethos I/Talentus Arlocti
- Catherine the Great
- Phil McGroyne
- Lord-Regent-General Sir Eisenhower
- General Augustus Caesar
- Tyrael Menethos III, "the Great"/Jack
- Robert O'Hulk
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