|Anthem: Hymn of the Emperor's Reign
(and largest colony)
(and largest city)
|Recognised regional languages||Various Bacterian dialects|
|Ethnic groups||78% Bacterians
|Legislature||Court of Bacterium|
|-||Estimated||~10 billion star systems|
|Time zone||Bacterius Standard Time|
The Bacterian Empire is one of the largest known interstellar government, comprising large swathes of the Gamma Quadrant of Milky Way and the Bacterian Home Galaxy.
The name of the Bacterian species comes from their peculiar parasitic/symbiont biology, based on genetic assimilation via a highly advanced microbiological vector, known as the superbacterium. For more information, see Bacterians, Evolution and Genetic Assimilation.
Known leader(s): Emperor Graciobacillus, Emperor Pavonidas Bacterionema I, Emperor Namgron
Ruling Body: Court of Bacterium
Although theoretically the state, and therefore the Emperor, holds ownership of all Bacterian territories, the system has some feudal elements, with lesser territorial lords pledging their allegiance to greater ones. Established warlords are rewarded for their loyalty with surplus wealth, territories or labor services. The hierarchy that holds this system of government together is reinforced by close ties of loyalty between warlords and their subordinates.
Each warlord governed territory is dynamic, not static. Power is constantly shifting and authority is often ambiguous. Each warlord territory encounters competitors, including the Emperor and the court aristocracy, the imperial governmental systems, and religious authorities such as the Great Temples and shrines. Each territory reflects the necessity of new ways of balancing the changing requirements of central and regional authorities. The study of the ebbs and flows in this complex history continues to occupy the attention of scholars.
The vast Bacterian military force, possibly the largest in known space, is not a centralized organization. Instead, individual Fleets of the Imperial Bacterian Navy are typically commanded by individual warlords.
While most Bacterian systems maintain a specialized customs and law-enforcement force, in many cases some part or all of this role falls to the Provincial Fleets of the Imperial Navy. Naval starships have the right to stop and search suspect vessels – and they have the weaponry to compel obedience. The enforcement role includes suppression of piracy and smuggling.
Ethnic Factions: Bacterians - 98%, Other - 2%
Most of the Bacterians live under the direct control of the Bacterian Empire.
Control World: Bacterius, Bacterius system, Gamma Quadrant.
Territories: Medium-sized territories in the Gamma Quadrant, estimated hundreds of thousands of systems in the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy.
Treaties & Diplomatic Relations
PEACE TREATY: The Hemmoian Federation
Origins & ancient history
The exact age of the Empire is not known, but it is regarded as one of the oldest governmental institutions in the Universe. The history of the Empire is a bloody one, with constant conquer and invasion, civil wars, death, and sorrow. According to gathered intelligence, a powerful noble house has traditionally held the power for generations, until a takeover, hostile or not, was performed by some other noble house.
The Emperor is the supreme commander of the Imperial Navy, the Imperial Legions and the Bacterian people themselves. A court of some sort exists, but its power and impartiality is questionable at best.
The Empire originates from the Bacterian Home Galaxy, which to this day has remained an area of mystery to the peoples of the Milky Way. Based on the Vobyscum Fragments, it is believed the Bacterians came to our Galaxy from the Large Magellanic Cloud of our Local Cluster. There, it still is one of the three major starpowers, along with the Amandas and the Hagourians.
Era of Expansion
Many generations ago, the Bacterians discovered an active singularity which had successfully ripped through the space-time continuum to form a gateway to the Milky Way Galaxy. Realizing the infinite possibilities of extra-galactic conquest, the scientists of the Bacterian Empire quickly replicated this natural phenomena. With the capability to open portals to other galaxies, the Empire soon took over large swaths of the Milky Way's Gamma Quadrant, by force or by establishing false treaties with the locals. A large uninhabited planet suitable for Bacterian life was selected to be the Bacterian Command World in the Milky Way. The planet was named Bacterius.
Fortunately, the Bacterian advance was then stopped by lack of resources since the Empire was soon the size of a medium-sized galaxy. Furthermore, they had to slow down as they encountered two major adversaries, namely the Gigerdians with their Federation and Confederation in the Alpha Quadrant and the United Orcs in the Delta Quadrant. After the historic First Contact with the UO, the Bacterian Empire co-existed semi-peacefully with its neighbours for 22 years.
First Bacterian War
However, when half-Orc half-Bacterian Paavo Bakteeri seized control of the Empire, craving
for vengeange, this era of peace was ended
quickly and replaced with a mass slaughter like
no other conflict before - The First Bacterian
War. The Bacterian Empire sent out huge Purification Fleets, composed of planet sterilizing weapons
of mass destruction and bioweapons capable of
incomprehensible horrors. Billions of Hemmoians,
Orcs and Ollapukkitians were lost to the sudden
aggression. The unstoppable bacterian war machine
tore apart the new homeworld of the UO as well
as nearly every colony. The remaining leaders of
the United Orcs fled to a distant minining colony
and prepared a huge colonyship, named the
UOSF HemmoCruiser III, after the two colony-uniting
vessels of the Great Chaos Era, to escort them
beyond the Rim, to a safe haven in the Inter-Galactic Void.
They suffered staggering defeats during their retreat and extinction of their species seemed imminent. Against all odds, the First Bacterian War suddenly ended just when the aggressors were ready to eliminate the HemmoCruiser III with Bakteeri Paavo being forced to step down from his position as an Emperor, and giving back the conquered colonies of the United Orcs. The retreat of the United Orcs also lead to the UO - Gigerdian First Contact, as the HemmoCruiser III had unwittingly entered previously uncharted Gigerdian space in the Alpha Quadrant. In fact, the Gigerdians were instrumental in saving the UO survivors from the doomed colonyship.
- Main article: First Bacterian War
Peace Station Era
The Bacterian Empire backed down, ending their era of violent conquest and enlargement for a while. When the Independent Hypersentiences proposed the Peace Station Inter-Species Peace Treaty, the Bacterians signed it with the rest of the starpowers and sent an ambassador aboard the Peace Station.
While the Peace Station Era was not a time without conflict for the Bacterian Empire, no large
scale wars erupted (at least in this galaxy;
the events in the Bacterian Home Galaxy remain
a mystery). But as the Peace Station Project
was about to get closed down, and members of the Bakteeri family had once again infiltrated the
workings of the Government, the Empire's
prolonged age of peace was about to end. About
a year before the official abandoning of the
Peace Station, the Empire had gathered a
tremendous attack fleet in secret Imperial
Navy installations. This fleet was now ready to
be deployed in a full frontal assault against
an enemy starpower. The target of choice was
again the United Orcs - only this time the
union was named the Hemmoian Federation. The
Second Bacterian War had begun.
Second Bacterian War
- Main article: Second Bacterian War
The strategy of choice for the Empire was to
mobilize its full starfleet, to jump into the
target system, hit hard, hit fast, and eliminate
all resistance. While this was brutally effective
when engaging younger, less influential
civilizations, it proved to be a grave error when
applied against a major galactic superpower.
The Hemmoian Federation, caught off guard at
first, lost several borderworlds to the
aggressors but soon gathered a defensive force
of an equal strength to take care of the
invaders. In a gritty showdown between two
superpowers, the IHSF fleet moved in defensive
positions around their command world, Aldaain,
while the entire Bacterian attack fleet "fell
upon them like an endless black rain emerging
from the jumpgates", as a Hemmoian fleet admiral
described the scene. Both sides suffered heavy
losses, and the surface of Aldaain was partially
bombed to ruins, but the Hemmoians emerged from
the conflict as winners. With their entire attack
fleet decimated, the Bacterian Empire was forced
to call their campaign against the Federation off
when they threatened to take out their command