Capital: Qezan (secular capital), Shahra (religious capital) on Adapa
Government: Irenic Monarchy/Theocratic Oligarchy
Head of State: Primus Foree Eman & Precentor Sheha Suri
Legislature: The Congregation
Major Species: Ithani
Minor Species: n/a
Religion: 100% Ithani Canon
The Ithani Concordat is a duumvirate which governs the Aya System.
Before the Concordat, around year 1750, the Homeworld of the Ithani was once ruled by a powerful theocratic dictatorship governed by a single individual, the Rasnabin, (Ithanese: “Archprophet”), in a hierarchical power structure supported by the official state religion, the Ithani Canon.
In 1959, a succession crisis occurred in which three Rasnabin claimed the title and a world war resulted for nearly a decade. The theocracy was held in low regard afterward. The new Rasnabin consolidated power and, to appease critics, conceded some secular authority to a Samabeth (Ithanese: “Delegate”). The new position proved popular and threatened to challenge the authority of the succeeding Rasnabin. As a result, in 2054 the Rasnabin abolished the position of Samabeth and appointed a council to take its place, Mushara (Ithanese: “The Consultants”).
A new succession crisis arose in 2188, and the position of Rasnabin was abolished. The Maj (Ithanese: “Congregation”) had grown considerably in power since the previous succession crisis and installed a Dismahad (Ithanese: “Saintly Singer”) as a sort of Religious Prime Minister. Meanwhile, the Mushara appointed their own head of state, the Igwarad (Ithani: “Red Captain”) to act on their behalf.
In 2204, following a second disastrous world war between these two groups, a new peace was signed. The Concordat was revised and officially signed in 2209. The new Concordat clearly defines matters of military to the Igwarad while matters of jurisprudence are left to the Dismahad.
The Concordat is effectively a duumvirate, governed by two powerful heads of state who have veto power over the decisions of the other one. The militant Primus is a semi-hereditary autocrat who governs much of the physical land, wealth, and military of the Concordat. His counterpart, the Precentor is a spiritual bureaucrat who represents a theocratic oligarchy who dictate much of the laws and justice of the Concordat to which both are held accountable. Together, they are regarded as a benevolent guardians striving to protect the Ithani from a violent galaxy. In practice, the Primus is focused mostly on quelling revolts and piracy while the Precentor must placate the Congregation or risk losing her position. While previous Duumvirs have had different viewpoints, the current Primus claims that he seeks to bring his people into an enlightened age of reason while the Precentor maintains the need for inward spiritual growth as a civilization.
Notably, a rising merchant class on the fringe of society is growing and may threaten this already shaky political and economic model in the coming generations.
Corruption is the largest social ill which plagues the bloated double bureaucracy of the Concordat.
The Concordat military is led by the Primus and focused entirely on the defense of their territory. Membership is voluntary. Notably, the military is composed almost entirely by men. While women are not forbidden from joining the military, the vast majority of officers are men. Advancement is largely a matter of family connections and social networking, rather than personal merit.
- Friendly Relations: n/a
- Neutral Relations: n/a
- Hostile Relations: Ariani Establishment (greedy sinners!)
- No Official Relations: n/a
Much of their food supplies are shipped to other stellar nations. Wealth is concentrated in a small upper class, normally either in the hands of military officers or religious authority figures. A small merchant class is developing along the fringe of society, however.
The Concordat has some very powerful weapons at their disposal. Orbital defense networks protect their planets, constant patrols remain vigilant for threats, and starships which pack a strong arsenal on large, plodding craft.
Highly spiritual, the Canonites of the Ithani are devoted to their patron saints, the Paragons. Each Paragon represents an ancestor venerated by the Congregation and invoked for protection and guidance by the faithful. The pious are focused on self-improvement and some time is devoted every day to joyous daily prayers in Paragon Temples.
Discrimination is largely based on gender. Women are believed to be more spiritually inclined, wise and rational. In fact, officially the Congregation does not accept men as clergy. Likewise, men are believed to be more prone to violence, physical prowess and tactically-minded and so nearly all military officers are men. Gender is believed to be spiritual, not physical however, and so by middle childhood, an Ithani will settle into a gender which may or may not match his sex.
Personal freedom is heavily repressed, the media is state-controlled, and being born into wealth is the only sure way of having any real choice in life. Social status is determined upon the reputation of one’s family. Artists who specialize in religious artwork are among the most respected professions in the Concordat. Especially talented artists can find patrons and raise their social status as a result.
Physical currency has long been held in contempt by the Concordat. Instead, wealth is accrued through social status and a reputation-based economy exists. Those with the lowest reputations are relegated to the most menial of tasks. Those from prestigious families invariably find themselves in positions of power and influence. Usury is taboo in the Concordat, forbidden by the Congregation when debts are owed.
Psions are believed to be blessed by the Paragons, possessed of their holy spirit and guided by their divine influence.