Aquarian Authority Picture

The Flag: The flag of the Aquarian Authority is actually two flags, the flags of its member states, the Atum and Hathor Authorities.
-Hathor: The White Eagle is the symbol of Hathor and its people, white for purity and religion, the Eagle for nobility and purpose. It is set against the golden Double Sun, the golden sun which is both the physical star Gliese 876 and is symbolically God, without neither life is possible, and the gold ring around it symbolizes the solar system. The laurel leafs are the honor the Authority brings to God and Country, and it is set against black, the darkness of the void and the harshness of the universe in which the people find themselves.
-Atum: The Black Bull symbolizes the strength and fertility of the Atum people, the red and orange sun against which it is set is a literal representation of Gliese 876, set against a background of green, which symbolizes the basic divinity of the universe.

Society: Hathorim (Ahl al-Hathor)
-Orientation: Conservative, Individualist, Extrovert
-Ethos: Casablanca, Nasser-era Egypt, just post-colonial North Africa
-Patron Philosophers: Jurji Zaydan, Theodor Herzl
-Culture Hero: ibnBattuta, the cunning merchant, emphasis on courage and knowledge
-Ethnicity: Arab, East African (Nilotic), Saturnian, Persian

Society: Tem Desi
-Orientation: Liberal, Collectivist, Introvert
-Ethos: Indian, live in sealed religious communes, how India was imagined by the hippies
-Patron Philosophers: Lord Swaminarayan, Mahatma Jyotiro Phule
-Culture Hero: The Teacher, who brings wisdom needed to live to his people, emphasis on listening
-Ethnicity: Punjabi, Indian, Malay, Kurd, Selenian

Government: Aquarian Authority [Extrasolar State]
-Area: The IL Aquarii (Gliese 876) solar system
-Capital: Ta Netjeru, Horus, first moon of Hathor (Gliese 876 b)
-Form: Strong Alliance, Unitary Republic. The two major member planets of the IL Aquarii system, Hathor (Gliese 876 b) and Atum (Gliese 876 c) have their own styles of government. Hathor is governed by a civil service, the Authoritat, primarily chosen by appointment and testing, under the head of the bureaucracy, the Chief Authority. While the independent settlements of Atum tend to be ruled by councils of elders and religious leaders, who are overseen by the Representative Council, selected from the smaller Regional Councils of Cooperation. All the peoples of the system vote for the supreme legislative body, the Diet, which passes laws and guidelines for both the Councils of Atum and the Hathorian Authoritat.
-Head of State: Chief Executer, nominated by the Diet, approved by both the Representative Council and the Hathor Chief Authority. The Chief Executor executes the will of the Diet and has authority over the military and the infrastructure.
-Official Language(s): Arabic, Urdu

Placed strategically at the crossroads of the Near Colonies (Epsilon Eridani, Tau Ceti, Gliese 832, Beta Hydri and GJ 832), the IL Aquarii system (Gliese 876) is the most populous and industrial of the Near Colonies outside Epsilon Eridani and the most diverse outside Tau Ceti. When people think of the Near Colonies it is generally the cosmopolitan, independent IL Aquarii system they most often think of. This population is concentrated on the moons of its two great gas giants, Hathor (Gliese 876 b) and Atum (Gliese 876 c).

After centuries under the heel of the Space Lords, the Aquarian Militia was a well-developed phenomena, and was welded into its current form under the auspices of the Jovian Starfleet after the 'Redemption' of the Extrasolar colonies. Located between the Near Colonies and the Frontier, the Aquarii system has been involved in the wars of the Kakubjaya nearly since they began, fighting at one time or another with all the major factions or occasionally alone.

The IL Aquarii system was the last of the first wave of Extrasolar colonies to be settled, populated by a combination of religious pilgrims, refugees from the Saturnian Revolution and Arab terraformers fresh from the restoration of Earth. Placed between the settled systems and the mining system of Fomalhaut, which also served as the home base for the Space Lords, they spent centuries under the heel of the nomadic Clans, although the history of the system is one of constant resistance which often failed, with the few, brief moments of independence mythologized and celebrated beyond their actual extent. For most of its history, the Aquarian system was firmly under the thumb of the Space Lords, in separate 'Tributary States' (in fact the Lojban term for tributary states 'jecle'i' was first coined to describe the Aquarian polities). Ironically, when the system was 'Redeemed' by the Home System, most of the existing regimes, especially in the more heavily populated Hathorian moons, had to be removed or subjugated, having been put in place or propped up by the Space Lords. The Authoritat originated as a mechanism set up by the Jovians to govern the system which slowly fell into the hands of the natives. The IL Aquarii system was the last of the extrasolar colonies to declare independence and is the only one to have never been a member of the Colonial Front.

For a long time after its settlement, interference from the nomadic Spacelord Clans meant that space travel between the various moons of the system was severely limited, and travel even between Atum and Hathor orbit was rare and often dangerous depending on what Clans were in-system. As a result, the two sets of moons developed two radically different cultures, based both on their ethnic make-up, histories and physical circumstances.

Hathor (Gliese 876 b) is a massive world, twice the size of Jupiter, and hosts a vast system of moons and captured satellites, five of which hold at least a minimal atmosphere and three of them are larger than Mercury in the Home System. Because the majority of the potentially-habitable worlds are around Hathor, it was the initial destination of the primarily-Arabic environmental engineers. Two of the three major moons have been made at least nominally habitable. Which is one of the major reasons that it is home to the majority of the system's not inconsiderable population. Due to regular trade needed to be both a) share the burdens of tribute payment and b) marshal the resources to fuel the ongoing terraforming efforts, regular trade routes developed between the moons and Hathorim have become cautious, but effective traders and travelers, using Arabic as a common trade tongue. When most people think Aquarian culture, what they're really thinking is the Hathor moons. The Hathor moons are also the home to Great Hajj Islam, one of the most pervasive religious movements in the Extrasolar colonies. Great Hajj Islam is ubiquitous throughout the system, and thanks to centuries of missionary work, is one of the few things that the Hathorim and the Tem Desi have in common.

Atum (Gliese 876 c) half the size of Jupiter or about the size of Saturn back in the Home System. Of its moons, which are still numerous, only the largest has even a trace atmosphere. Rather than expend the massive resources that would have been needed to terraform those moons, the less-numerous, mostly religious pilgrims of Indian descent opted to build orbital, subterranean and undersea habitats, clustering together to harvest and distribute h3 from the planetary atmosphere and live minimal lives of subsistence. With little reason beyond the h3 harvesters to band together, each of these colonies developed its own unique traditions. If there is any shared Atum culture at all, it is because of similar make-up and circumstances and from the brief mingling when the Spacelords would enslave the Tem Desi to work the harvests. Generally, the Tem Desi like to keep to themselves, a situation that has been increasingly difficult next door to the expansionist Hathorim. Generally Atum settlements tend towards gerontocracy and more 'mystical' or personally-experienced religious traditions, favoring subsistence hydroponics over the heavy industry that drives the Hathorim economy.

The two cultures are a single state only by circumstance and necessity.
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