Dark Nova: Andali Crest Picture

A national crest from the Dark Nova role-playing game.

The crest of the Andali Confederation appears as shown on their national flag (with a white background), and without the bordering scrollwork and logo on all of their military vessels, vehicles, equipment, armour, and uniforms. It is comprised of elements of the family crests of each of the powerful ruling houses that comprise the neo-feudal Andali court. The motto means "Peace in Victory".

Andali Confederation (AC)- 940 offworld colonies and eleven capital worlds.
Overview: The Andali Confederation was born from a political debate society formed by the heads of a dozen wealthy and powerful industrial families who enjoyed comparing the state of their systems- European colonies at that time- with various points in history, with which they were all obsessed. Eventually, the discussions slowly evolved into a plan for restructuring the colonies. Public sentiment towards the European Union hadn’t improved much since the Andali systems were conquered in the Reunification Wars, and even the wealthy wanted a change in leadership at the very least. The society members, being wealthy elites, were well-versed in classical literature, including the works of Nicolo Machiavelli. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a blueprint, they developed a three-part plan. The first part was a viral propaganda and public relations campaign to remind the people what the European forces had done during the Reunification Wars, to point out the freedoms experienced by those colonies that had succeeded in their bids for freedom, and fomenting pure, unadulterated hatred for the EU. The second part was to create a mythology of noble houses of ancient European origins, dethroned by the evil fascist and socialist governments that had come to power throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries, who were the true leaders of the people. This mythology centered, of course, on the very same families the society members came from. The third part was the quiet financing of a sizeable private army by each of the members through their corporate and industrial assets. Contracting non-European mercenary firms to train the thousands of idealistic Andali youths who had bought into the mythology for combat, they soon had a potent military force capable enough to accomplish their end goals of seizing power. Thirteen years after the initial debates, contracted mercenary fleets combined with tens of thousands of nationalist troops loyal to each of the “noble” houses quickly defeated the European Colonial Defense Forces and overran the Colonial Administration Building, from which they declared their independence.
The casualty-averse European Union was extremely reliant on drone technology at that time, so the massive fleet they sent to quell the rebellion was comprised primarily of drone fighters and combat robots. The Andali planners had spent over a decade planning for this, and using highly-trained netjackers, hijacked the drones and sent them back against their European masters. Later assaults with meat-body troops and pilots were met with captured EU warships and drones, and suffered tremendous casualties as the Andalis always seemed to be three steps ahead of them. By the end of 2281, the European Union found itself bogged down in a guerrilla war against what was rapidly becoming a solidified nation. The death-knell to the war came in 2282 when the Australio-Pacifica Coalition and Ahrugan Tribal Confederation officially recognized the Andali Confederation as a sovereign, self-governing state. Having had no decisive victories, and facing a brutal insurgency and possible intervention by the APC and ATC, the European Union signed peace accords and formally recognized the Andali Confederation as well. The EU didn’t go quietly, however, and they still to this day quietly lend materiel and financial support to various “loyalist” insurgency groups and separatist movements within the Andali territories.
Since the end of the war, the Andali Confederation has turned to solidifying its political structure. It is technically a confederation of noble houses, each house being the equivalent of a sovereign state. The heads of these houses make up the Andali Council, which is the overall governing body of the Confederation, and elect from among them a chairman who serves for a four year term. In truth, the Confederation is a collection of neo-feudal states that play Machiavellian games with one another so complex that not even the Sarza can keep up with the subtle intrigues and plans-within-plans. Political journalists have nervous breakdowns trying to figure out what the true end-game is in Andali politics, and many suspect not even the Andalis know what they are doing. Militarily, the Confederation has a substantial ground force, but a relatively small navy, mostly comprised of captured European ships. The most powerful ships in their navy are Drake-class assault ships that they commissioned the Ahrugan Tribal Confederation to manufacture for them, based on their famous Dragan-Class Corvettes. These three hundred assault ships can stand toe-to-toe with a destroyer-class vessel and win, which has caused Andali military planners to contemplate large fleets of smaller, deadlier ships as opposed to the more conventional spread of vessel classes. To that end, they have begun producing their own vessels, sleek, powerful destroyers and cruisers that take many inspirations from the Drake-class vessels.
Culturally, the Andali Confederation is- as a result of the very romanticized ideology and mythology that led to its founding- one of the stranger nations within the Terran Alliance, often being referred to as the galaxy’s largest anachronism. While this is certainly true of their architecture- a mix of modern contemporary, Victorian European and Renaissance styles, resulting in cities that look like a mixture of something out of a Dickens novel blended with a Renaissance festival, and a dash of high-tech modernity thrown in for flavor- and their dress- which tends to be a modernized neo-Renaissance blend of belted tunics and doublets intermixed with more contemporary styles- there is no doubt that the Andali Confederation is a potent socio-economic and political power. While vehemently antagonistic towards the European Union, the Andali Confederation takes great pride in its retro-European culture and appearance, and many old European cultural styles are still apparent. Anglo-Andali, Greco-Andali, Romano-Andali, Germanic-Andali, etc. are all cultural and style descriptors, yet are based in archaic versions of those parent nations. Ironically, this anachronistic appearance hides a growing technological and industrial power growing in the heart of the Tarsus Corridor.
Enemies: EU
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