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Every election, a new President will be elected from the 'Elected Officials' of the UN, and held responsible for direct executive action of the Empire. This does not mean the President will have final say. A Parliament of the rest of the 'Elected Officials' will be able to overrule a Presidential decision with a vote of those present at the time of the debate. In the event of a contested decision, a vote will be held among the general populace.
— Initial rules
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Inspired by Stellaris Invicta series, a reddit user decided to start a server in which people would roleplay as members of a space goverment. Together they would vote on decisions and, through the owner, replicate them in-game. The concept was simple. The execution less so. After a few days the server has attracted more people than ever intended and became an arena for some major power struggles betweeen the various factions formed. With the Research Board, Military, Senate and half a dozen independent political parties each seeking to reach their ends, the fate of humanity relies solely on the cooperation of the users.

Which means we are all pretty much doomed.

Unfortunately, season 2 has been put on indefinite hiatus after several admins quit halfway through.

There have been a few spin-offs, such as Ruins of a Tower, set in successors to a longer-lived version of the ROS around 200 years after its collapse.

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    Season 1 
  • 0% Approval Rating: Bob, universally hated after he attempted to coup the UNE and make Worm worship the state religion. Not even the Followers of the Worm were happy about the last one.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: Steve Stevens Jr, who took control of post-worm Earth during the War for the Worm to keep it out of the fighting and negotiated a peaceful re-entry into the Republic with General Walker. However, he is widely considered to be a traitor and worm cultist to the rest of the Republic, keeping the people of Earth from being properly integrated, and stopping the planets affected by the Worm from being repaired.
  • Ascended Extra: Pulsemain, who was simply a senator writing bills before launching several coups and becoming a meme in a matter of days, including being banned from the server at one point.
  • Authority in Name Only: The Emperor of Theia, a very impressive but not particularly powerful title. Inaugural holder was Tim Jim.
  • Back from the Dead: Major General Volkan and Major General Val. The latter suffered complications.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Where to begin? Quite a few people have killed themselves rather than be taken to court. Emily Richards, Thrawn, and Poi are all famous examples.
  • Black Shirt: Played as straight as possible with the Voidshirts of the Shield of Humanity (and previously, the Pan-Humanist Party), a large paramilitary force of party fanatics used to defend party rallies and act in the interests of the party.
  • Cat Girl: Yeah, no such luck, but the research board has been trying their best to invoke this trope, and if they are to believed, they partially succeeded... only to lose their first specimens almost immediately.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Followers of the Worm have this reputation. Whether or not it's true depends on the individual members and what is funnier at the moment. Besides...
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: John, the CFO of Pulsemain Arms after the beloved ancap Pulsemain had died, is exactly this. In his own words "authoritarian isn't an insult rather it's a compliment". Making a caste-system curriculum, opposing child labor laws, and pushing for a corporatocracy are some of his deeds.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Despite acting like lunatics half the time, the Followers of the Worm have not only proven their deity's existence, they have successfully summoned it into the material realm.
  • Cincinnatus: General Walker, who suspended democracy and became an effective dictator during the War for the Worm, and restored it after the worm cultists had been defeated.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Soon aften joining the First Order, Omeg stopped caring about any of his former ideals and became a half-insane Blood Knight.
  • Defector from Decadence: Happens quite frequently whenever a party crosses a major line. Most notably, Prophet Tom alienated many of his followers with his pragmatic decisions.
  • Dirty Communists: The Peoples' Party, according to the propaganda of certain rival factions.
  • Disposable Intern: In the research foundation, to the point where it was joked about them being hybridized with explosives. According to some, this practice reduced casualties to the point where one member suggested that the President undergo the procedure.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While it may seem that president Poi was responsible for the attempted POI party slow coup attempt, the attempted coup and the plan around it were devised and put into action by Poi's right hand man, Iota Obi. Of course, you may not believe Poi's account of things, in which case this would be a case of The Scapegoat.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Red Tom, if you choose to believe him that is. His response to religious fanatics carrying out a colossal terrorist attack is to have them brutally killed in a Make an Example of Them scenario. Or they could have really been his men after all, and the execution was a case of You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Some may apply this to the Shield of Humanity, which was essentially every right-wing party piling on together.
  • Fake Defector: Southwind, who infiltrated the Domain of the Worm high command during the War for the Worm on Walker's orders, and finished the war by using his position to gather the Domain's general staff in one position to kill them. He succeeded.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Major General Val, after being revived with a 54 year old brain scan.
  • Four-Star Badass: Chad.
  • Frozen Fashion Sense: Major General Val, for reasons stated above.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: The nature of nearly all power struggles on the server. Every political group has their own ideals and none of them manages to live up to those ideals perfectly.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Fleet Admiral Shoto, who isn't pleased with his position of head deity of the Grand Arbiter's Sacrosanct.
  • La Résistance: How the Fifteen (or how many members they finally get), see themselves.
  • Long Title: Shoto's full title is: By the Grace of Sol, the Worm and Alaskanism, Fleet Admiral Shoto of the Republican Navy, Commander-in-Chief of the Earth Defense Fleet, Governor-General of the Pelx-Cradonian Mandate of Cradon, Treasurer of Cradonia, Grand Protector of the Pelx-Cradonians, First God of the Pantheon of the Pelx-Cradonians, Slayer of Pirates, Annihilator of Terrorists, Sublime Cracker of the Encrypted and Ciphered Messages, Head of the Public Affairs, Officer of the Republican Military, Attorney General of the Republic of Sol, Slayer of the Grand Marshal, Slayer of the Grand Ether Drake, Bane of Drakes, Father of Dragons, King of the Great Grass Sea, Duke of Greenland and Breaker of Chains, Fleet Admiral Shoto, first of his name. If that wasn't enough, Grand Arbiter is one of his informal titles.
  • Mad Scientist: Depending on how much of the things scientist are discussing in canteen can be taken seriously, most of the Research Board could be classified as this.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Doctor/Chancellor Ela Maxima has gone through an impressive amount of planning, deceiving and backstabbing even for this server. By the time she left the server, she had played every major party and gotten herself to the position of a Chancellor of Senate through sheer cunning and effort. As she admitted herself:
    It's been fun to organize several coups and play every party against each other while everyone thought I was secretly on their side, fun to steer myself to a position of power with a constitution I drafted, ensuring allegiances with promises I was never going to be able to keep (and wasn't planning on keeping, to be fair), and then have everyone assume Arathorn or Jeremy is the big ringleader.
  • Military Coup: You know it! Perhaps the most famous event on the server, the overthrow of the United Nations of Earth and the establishment of the Republic of Sol left deep marks on the overall community psyche.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The entire server
  • Occupiers out of Our Country: Directed at the Republic of Sol from time to time. CHAPTER and assorted other groups all had Republican withdrawal from Cradon as a key point.
  • President Evil: Most of them, depending on who you're asking. The only uncontroversial answer would be Bob, perhaps the most infamous figure in history.
  • President for Life: Perhaps narrowly averted. Vega I almost did it, but was impeached before he could complete his plans.
  • Praetorian Guard: Subverted. While an organization with that precise name exists, it's a party militia. Nothing to do with any current emperor.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Punished, a mysterious group that attempted to eliminate the rival terrorist group CHAPTER, was eventually brought to some kind of justice in part because of some major mishaps in its communication abilities, which led to far more casualties than were necessary (and precisely zero on the part of CHAPTER)
  • Right Hand vs. Left Hand: Even when political parties are not a factor, there is not much love between various branches of the goverment. The most blantant example would probably be the Senate and the Military, both of which are vital to the proper functioning of the state, and which just won't get along.
  • Skewed Priorities: With the Pelx-Cradonian Hegemony preparing for war, the fate of humanity is highly uncertain. What does the Research Board choose to focuse on? Creating CatGirls, of course.
  • Shout-Out: The whole server is riddled with science fiction references, most notably Star Wars.
    • Ela Maxima's Last Will and Testament ending with the following:
    "The Senate" wants my hide. I tried to organize it but it'll be the same bureaucratic mess it was before. The Senate. Pfah. I *am* the Senate.
    • Lightsabers and the JEDI order
    • Dooku, Thrawn, Sheev and Grievous all make appearances.
    • Mass Effect 's own Admiral Hackett, though spelled slightly differently.
    • Two of Shoto's (many) titles are Breaker of Chains and Father of Dragons.
  • Sudden Name Change: The POI (Proactive Obliteration Incorporated) Party, formerly ironic Space Nazis, have rebranded themselves as Pineapple Oracles Incorporated, solely dedicated to worshiping pineapples.
  • The Coup: Starting with Bob, executed with Ela, and attempted by worm knows how many people, it is the most iconic activity of the community- so much so that the umbrella organisation it spawned, [redacted] Interactive, is itself a reference to it.
  • The Empire: How the Solar Circle see the newly-formed Empire of Sol
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: General Mac Donald II, who believes that the Pan-Humanist Utopia can only be achieved if a series of highly intrusive and to a certain extent, illegal cultural and biological reforms are attempted.
  • Vice-President Who?:
    • Averted with Fernando, ended up controlling the entire government during his term as Vice President, spawning numerous memes and references mostly involving his declaration of a personal empire or threats for impeachment.
    • Played straight with almost all other Vice Presidents.
  • Vichy Earth: After UNE fell, the remaining loyalists turned to Pelx-Cradonian Hegemony in hopes of reinstating themselves as a puppet government. It didn't work out, for better or worse.
  • Villain Decay: For a good few days, the Fight Against Sol succeeded in stirring up folks, contributing to the general paranoia about what was going on. One embarrassing conversation with his alt account, however, and that was all over for good.
  • War Is Hell: To many, this would apply to the Republic's defeat at the hands of the Golden Compact as well as to the soldiers who fell at the Cliffs of Cradon.
  • War God: Shoto, a god to so many on Cradon and the rest of the Pelx-Cradonian Hegemony, as well as to a lesser extent, Chad.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Even with the threat of interstellar war over their heads, the various parties and groups on the server just can't get along.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: The CIA is played by the DI, a diabolical organization dedicated to spying on citizens of the Republic , and the FBI is played by the RDI, a department tasked with investigating corruption and protecting the civil liberties of citizens. This ultimately results in a takedown of the DI by the RDI, and the arrest of president Poi and his cabinet.
  • FBI Agent: Members of the RDI, including Director Jawa Irwin himself, fit this trope. Though the RDI and Director Jawa have the Republic's best interests at heart, their execution is often questionable.

     Season 1. 5 
  • Black Shirt: The Iron Wave, the far Right Wing party has it's own militia.
  • Chummy Commies: The Vega coup was revealed to the public by the IAF, a party made of an alliance between strains of anarchistic communists and right-libertarians, but the communist faction was the most powerful
  • Dirty Commies: The IAF gained this reputation after the 2260 Revolution, as did the SI who did temporarily succeed in establishing a communist state. It didn't last.
  • The Cartel: The military under Vega, at least in its own eyes. If you ask just about anyone else, they were a hive of incompetent degenerates who couldn't stop a leak to save their lives. Literally.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The massive amount of military support for the Revolution of 2260 convinces the government to free Vega and his compatriots, who had been locked away for trying to set up a deeply immoral military deepstate.
  • Military Coup: Nearly the entire Military High Command supported the Revolution of 2260 against the government.
  • Civil War: Of course, this wasn't exactly enough. The civil war that spiraled out of the Revolution of 2260 eventually claimed billions of lives and concluded with a Loyalist victory (but at what cost?).
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Disgraced Pirate/Admiral Hakket, who roamed the fringes of the Empire for years, emerging occasionally for some basic piracy and, on at least one occasion, to kill millions of defenseless primitives on the planet of Sesim
  • The Usurper: The former Chief Justice, Caesaria Norm, in the closing days of the Galaxy proclaimed herself Queen, but as she lacked support, blew herself up in the Supreme Court building. Sad end.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Dapocalypse, back from his earlier ban after the events of The Fight Against Sol in Season 1, somehow managed to find a new place among the DPS membership. A redemption arc to rival Pulse's.

     (Aborted) Season 2 
  • Cut Short: Or possibly Second Season Downfall, if DPS didn't manage to recover and move on. Eventually, people realized the systems they had envisioned for the megacorp-themed second season just weren't going to be feasible, and after much fanfare the decision was made to cut and run before the season truly launched.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Evil Corp Mega-Corp, pretty self-explanatory.
  • Conflicting Loyalties: Taken Up to Eleven from previous seasons. With corporations, spheres parties and government positions all being in play, it is hard to expect any individual to reamin loyal to any singular organization.
  • Cowardly Lion: Doctor Omeg. You can always expect him to join a dangerous mission if there is a chance at saving people or furthering mankind's scientific knowledge, but you can also expect him to behave like a shameless coward during said mission.
  • Ignored Epiphany: After seeing President's Heath justify the Opium War, Zhou Yu asks the Europeans whether they learned anything from the times of imperialism. One of the Europeans present announces that no, they haven't learned anything and would gladly go colonize something again.
  • Mega-Corp: The Helios Corporation is the both the government and the largest private company. Although it permits smaller corporations to spring up, provided they have an agreeable Charter, the Corporation is by far the largest one of its kind on Earth.
    • Unfortunately, due to a somewhat delayed launch the government system and lore will be at least partially based on the S1 system, however other corporations can be sustained or dissolved at the CEO's judgement.
      • (The above stands as a testament to the tragic hopefulness of our past selves. Godspeed, you beautiful Icaruses.)
  • Private Military Contractors: Diamond Dogs, Elfenlander-Rademaker-Pender Security, Rogue Coyote, and the Corpus Corporation are the main groups for military work, in which they field private armies to secure the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP).
    • Meaning if someone does so much as to step on your lawn, they're violating the NAP and you can hire a private army to get on their ass
     (Actual) Season 2 
  • United Nations Is a Superpower: The very premise of this season, in a way. The whole thing starts off with a recently united Earth under the auspices of the UN.
  • I Fought the Law and the Law Won: Pretty much the case for everyone not fighting for the status quo, eventually. Not much even happened to the guys who nuked Botswana because it was "getting too uppity".
  • Multiple Government Polity: The United Nations of Earth, inevitable, is just one of these. The many constituent blocs of nations were prone to fighting each other incessantly, and it dramatically changed the tenor of the experience.
  • The Judge: Justice Malarky, essentially the only active person left on the bench after a time. He also had a penchant for overturning everything that had happened since the last time he checked on a minor technicality. As you can imagine, this endeared himself to no one and potentially hastened the end of Season 2.
  • Kangaroo Court: According to the authors of the International Autonomist, this was the nature of Malarky's ruling against Vega. Despite the prosecuting attorney quite literally failing to control his bowel movements during the trial, and despite the expiration of the statute of limitations, Malarky still chose to convict.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Essentially to mark the end of the ongoing political drama of the UNE, the Autonomists launched one last riot agains the police. This happened to be in front of the General Assembly building, and eventually came to involve the cannibalization of a number of representatives. Ouch.
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     Season 3 
  • Assumed Win: Many people assumed that the victory of the Imperials was all but ensured during the Imperial coup due to their superior numbers and control of the fleet. However, the Loyalists manage to pull of an unexpected victory that surprised even themselves.
    President Lyra Michelakos: I honestly thought we were going to lose this in some glorious bitter end struggle, I had no plans post-war.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: BB has been portrayed as The Ditz by the player and was largely dismissed as loud nuissance by many. Once civil war started she proved her worth by leading on pro-imperial forces to almost fight each other. Emperor Beluga even admitted she's dangerous.
    Emperor Beluga: I think BB is too dangerous to be left alive
  • Bio-Augmentation: The research board has the technology to graft new limbs and organs, but is mostly using it to make Cat Girls and give people claws
    • The Marine Corps started a project to use the tech to make Super Soldiers, but all three of the scientists brought on for it wound up joining the Imperial forces, and the status of the project is unknown.
  • Combat by Champion: During the War of the 5 Presidents (the first coup/civil war), rather then wear each others armies down in a brutal, attritional battle in Tokyo, Marine General Schallert and EPA-CDA Head Senti decide to settle the battle through a 1v1 sword fight to the death. Both of them end up dying to each other and Federal forces end up winning a pyrrhic victory as a result.
  • Dark Messiah: Ayatollah Yumaid, of the Anarcho-Jihadist Front.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Gavin Tasker, officer in the Starfleet Intelligence Agency (SIA) and secretary of the Federal Anti Corruption Bureau (FACB), had assigned SIA Agent and Research Bureau Vice Director Koltyo Mara command of the 150 FACB officers on Titan during the Federalist/Imperialist war, Tasker himself siding with the Federalists. Upon discovering that Mara was an Imperialist, he relieved him from the SIA... only to realize that he had cut off his only communications link from his current position to Titan - leaving him unable to relieve Mara of command of the FACB officers, resulting in the deaths of BB and Jared Allen - the RB's (Federalist) heads of Society and Engineering research.
  • Double Agent: BB and Jared Allen managed to outplay Vice Director Mara, who had taken control of the FACB and ordered their arrest as alleged conspirators in the Imperial plot. In reality, the FACB were loyal to the Imperials all the way through, and turned on the RB's (pro-Imperial) security forces, due to Mara proclaiming that they were loyalists. Even the Imperials felt largely impressed by this deception.
    Director Koltyo Mara: I FUCKING PLAYED MYSELF JESUS FUCK
  • Emperor Scientist: Aizik Vatari, the ex-Director of the Research Bureau, was appointed as Deputy Emperor of what's left of the Imperialist faction shortly after his escape alongside Hawke and Vice-Director Koltyo Mara.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Despite larger numbers, the Federation crushed the Imperialist Armies.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Admiral of Blue Breznikov who had joined the Imperial rebels, defects back to the Federation but is killed before he can do anything. Later, Fleet Admiral South also defects back to the Federation and valiantly sacrifices himself in an attempt to hold back the Imperial Fleet.
    Breznikov: Long live the Solar Federation! Death to the false empire! My sacrifice will not be the last but it will bring victory ever closer!
  • First Day from Hell: Yang Rui was just promoted from his job as Lieutenant-General of the Marines to Admiral of the Red. The first day of his new job, the Imperial/Federal Civil War breaks out.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Yang Rui, facing numerically superior Imperial forces on Mars, exhorts the Martians to rise up against the Imperials and wage a People's War using guerilla tactics.
    Yang Rui: Mars will be worse than the Vietnam War, Stalingrad, and the Chinese Civil War combined when I'm fucking done with it.
  • Hostage Situation: After taking control of the RB's turrets, Dr. Hawke threatens to kill everyone on Titan. He forces Angus Klein, leader of the loyalist SEC members to choose either to let Hawke live, or to kill all the civilians on the base. Klein opts to instead Take a Third Option, and simply disables the turrets.
  • Interservice Rivalry: The Starfleet Military and Research Bureau never exactly saw eye to eye with one another or even particularly liked the other side. The conflict between the two escalated so severely that the two ended up on opposing sides during the Federalist/Imperialist war.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: Sibieanu doesn't find participating in a Civil War to be too scary. The thought of being arrested for tax evasion, however, shakes him to his very core.
    You know the scariest part about this? It isn't the fact I have to kill people. It's the fact I'm a tax evader and Tim will come for me regardless of the outcome of the war.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Justice Omeg gained himself a reputation as one of Sol's most proficient fencers and a user of extremely fast maneuvers. His skills are limited to pressing the buttons wildly and copying his opponent's moves in hopes it works out.
  • Motive Decay: Ex-Vice Director Koltyo Mara, of the Research Bureau, originally supported an uprising to enforce isolation from the Federal Council. By the time he realized that the Imperialist faction he sided with was going to fail in their uprising, his goal became maximizing collateral damage during his escape.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: General Caldwell doesn't relish the idea of shedding blood in a civil war, but since the majority of his people on Mars decided to support the Empire, he will fight in its name.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight / Combat Pragmatist: Vice-President Tim Jim is challenged by Emperor Beluga to a 1v1 sword fight on Earth. Most people expected him to honour the duel like Schallert did with Senti in the last civil war. Instead, Tim Jim simply pulls out a gun and shoots Beluga.
    Tim Jim: I am no Schallert
  • Really Gets Around: AIZIK VATARI, having fucked 70-80% of the RB's staff around the time he was still a member.
  • Rousing Speech: When Emperor Beluga ordered the Council Guard to begin executing the captive delegates, delegate Yin Xiao Long bursted out into a rousing speech convincing the guards to ignore Beluga's orders and lower their weapons.
    Yin Xiao Long: Guards! Do not give yourselves to brutes - those who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Do not give yourselves to these unnatural people - machine beings with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are like us! You have the love of all in your hearts! You must not hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Do not fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: The aforementioned Yin Xiao Long was found to have a personality extremely similar to Ayanami, even though the character's creator had not watched Evangelion at the time of creating the character.
  • Scientist vs. Soldier: Quite literally during the Imperial Coup, where the Research Bureau sided with the Imperials while most of the military (eventually) sided with the Federation.
  • State Sec: The SEC Division of the Research Bureau, a paramilitary organization armed with military grade armour and weapons, ostensibly for internal security for the RB.
  • The Remnant: The Imperialist faction, having fled the Federation after the failed insurrection.
  • Shout-Out: After Beluga makes his speech next to Council's building, the first person who responds to him does so with the words "How dare you stand where he stood!"
  • Twist Ending: After some heavy hinting, it turned out that Lt. Emperor Lobster was the player Dapocalypse.
  • You Are in Command Now: With most of naval high command either having sided with the Imperials or trapped on other planets, David Kotch quickly found himself being promoted from the lowly rank of Commodore to Rear Admiral and was given command of the entire Loyalist fleet. He would later be promoted to Admiral of the Blue after the end of the Civil War.
    • After the death of Emperor Beluga, Lieutenant Emperor Lobster was placed in charge of the crippled Imperial army.
     Ruins of a Tower 
  • After the End: Around 200 years after the end of a longer-lived S1 Republic of Sol.
  • Balkanize Me: Set in various successor states left over from the Republic of Sol .
  • Earth That Was: Earth and the entire Sol system went missing not long after the collapse of the Republic.
  • Future Imperfect: True for all of the nations, though the Frost-Kalian republic is notable for it's devotion to the ideas of "Albion" and "Columbia" after the nations whose people colonized Frost and Kalia respectively.
  • The Remnant: The so-called "Fuou Fleet", an old ROS fleet in orbit of a pulsar, claims to be the legitimate successor to the ROS, although by now it is more or less a fascist government that refuses to acknowledge the other successors as legitimate. There is also a very old hard drive in the primary ship of the fleet that contains information that will end the 'Republic' if released.
  • The Usurper: Emperor Beluga, who attempted to usurp the presidency of the Federation and install himself as Emperor.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The main challenge for the Frost-Kalian Republic, as it technically has four governments, the Federal Government, the government of Frost, the government of Kalia, and the Colonial government. While the Colonial government usually has power over foreign policy, the governments of Frost or Kalia can override the Federal and Colonial government at any time.
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