Federative Republic of Endi Martell
The Federative Republic of Endi Martell is a single-system federal parliamentary republic located in the Endi Martell System. It consists of 16 constituent states, which are divided among 2 inhabited planets, 13 moons, and 7 civilian stations throughout the Endi Martell system. The majority of the nation’s population lives on the planet of Karakum, the system’s largest terrestrial planet and the home of both the nation’s capital, Sankwala, and largest city, Abakalini.
With a population of just under 0.9 billion, Endi Martell is the eleventh-most populous nation in the Orion Arm, and is the fourth most populous nation that is not aligned with one of the four superpowers, behind only the Islamic Arab Republic, the United Centauri Republic, and the Commonwealth of Tau Ceti. Endi Martell plays a prominent role in cultural, military and diplomatic affairs across the Orion Arm and is considered a major middle power. It maintains a well-funded military, has a high standard of living, and despite recent setbacks continues to be a rapidly developing economy.
Settled largely by immigrants from West Africa, Central Africa, and the Caribbean, Endi Martell is the home of one of the most diverse societies within the Orion Arm. No single ethnic or cultural group makes up more than 20% of the total population of the republic, creating a uniquely multicultural and syncretic society. Endi Martell has become the center of dozens of cultural legacies from sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.
- 1 History
- 2 Astrography
- 3 Government
- 4 Economy
- 5 Culture
The Endi Martell system was first discovered by Japanese astronomers in 1994, and quickly confirmed by independent astronomers from the United Kingdom later the same year. In the 2070s, an automated Soviet probe arrived in the system, noting that the planet of Endi Martell-III, later dubbed Karakum, was a possible candidate for terraformation and colonization. However, the system was well outside the growing network of Soviet extrasolar colonies. In 2081, the rights to colonize the system were sold to the United States, with Soviet and American officials agreeing that the system was too far outside of either nation’s colonial network to be a part of their core nation.
In 2082, the Sanctuary Worlds Program opened petitions for the various groups represented by Nations-within-Nations to colonize the system. A joint petition filed by the Republic of Niger, the Commonwealth of Caribbean Africans, and the Central African Republic was awarded the right to colonize Endi Martell after a prolonged publicity battle with the Republic of Ireland. Terraformation of Karakum was completed in 2095, and on July 7th, 2096, the first eight colony ships arrived on the planet. Between 2096 and 2099, Endi Martell received over 500,000 colonists a year, coming from across the Democratic Federation. The large number of colonists made Endi Martell a lucrative market for finished goods, leading to the United Centauri Republic and the Confederation of Vesta doing large-scale business in the system.
In 2103, when the population of Endi Martell passed 5 million, a constitutional convention was held in the city of Scarborough, a relatively small but wealthy city on Karakum that had been acting as capital of the nation since 2096. The resulting document, the Constitutional Declaration of Endi Martell, established the Federative Republic. Scarborough was replaced as capital by the largest city on the planet, Abakalini, with the intention of establishing a new capital built to be a national capital once construction was completed.
Endi Martell in the Great Game
Endi Martell, along with Tau Ceti, Vega, and Sirius, was one of the most populous colonies in the Orion Arm that was not controlled by one of the superpowers in 2100. This made it a lucrative target for the growing businesses of both Centauri and Vesta. In 2114, the Federative Republic granted extensive trading rights to the Praha Twelve, making Endi Martell one of the largest trading partners of the Confederation of Vesta. For much of Endi Martell’s early history, it was dominated economically and politically by the Confederation of Vesta, most visible when Vestan businesses helmed the construction of Sankwala in 2121, which replaced Abakalini as the national capital.
This became a key fact when the Second Scinfaxi War triggered the desperate evacuation of much of Earth. Millions of refugees poured into Endi Martell, quickly overwhelming the humanitarian efforts that had been set up for the refugees. Though many came from the Antillean Federation, the United States, the United Kingdoms, and the French Republic, and thus had many cultural ties to the established Endi Martell population, hundreds of thousands more came from all over the globe - Soviet Russians, Slovene and Croat partisans, Pacific Islanders, and more all crowded into shantytowns across Endi Martell.
Placed under the immense strain of caring for these new refugees, the government of Endi Martell was forced to decide how much aid they would render to them. The administration of Chancellor Mazzi Chinweike, a progressive internationalist, invested heavily in the camps, citing both humanitarian purposes and a belief that the skilled professionals among the refugees might improve Endi Martell’s economy. However, widespread poverty and corruption already existed in Endi Martell, and the Chinweike Administration’s position served to further alienate political opponents as the refugee crisis worsened.
The Endi Martell Civil War Begins
In 2154, many oppositional groups in Endi Martell fused into a large, national organization known as the “United Struggle.” Though composed of a wide variety of political ideologies, including theocratic democrats and progressive socialists, the core of the United Struggle focused on an Endi Martell-first policy which would embrace isolationist tendencies and promote a nationalistic development of Endi Martell’s economy. Endi Martell intelligence quickly placed the United Struggle near the top of their watch lists, but endemic corruption within the Endi Martell administration led to little activity being taken against the organization. According to a CIA report in 2156, over half of the Endi Martell intelligence apparatus and over 80% of Endi Martell High Command were either United Struggle members or sympathizers.
General Francois Emmanuel, a high-ranking member of the Endi Martell army and former governor of the Pied-Noir Arrondissement, quickly rose to prominence within the United Struggle. An outspoken critic of the Chinweike Administration, Emmanuel had nonetheless tempered his rhetoric with a moderate, pro-federal twinge which had allowed him to largely escape notice of the Federative Republic. In March of 2157, Emmanuel abruptly visited the city of Mount St. Catherine, a metropolitan center of the largely agricultural, pro-United Struggle Wolof Arrondissement. There, he met with several high-ranking government and military officials to discuss a brokered deal with the Chinweike Administration to dramatically reduce aid and support to the refugee camps and oversee the adoption of many United Struggle positions.
However, the events of April 2nd, 2157 propelled conflict forward. A radical group of United Struggle partisans snuck into a shantytown inhabited by Soviet Russian refugees outside of the city of Scarborough. In the early morning, they carried out an attack on the largely unarmed refugees, killing over 100 before retreating. Local police forces, who were largely pro-United Struggle, garrisoned the paramilitary group’s headquarters shortly afterwords when a refugee mob attempted to strike back, killing another thirteen protestors before the group dispersed.
News of the incident, dubbed the “Good Friday Massacre,” quickly spread to both the Chinweike Administration in Sankwala and the Emmanuel cabal in Mount St. Catherine. Within eight hours of the attack, Chancellor Chinweike had called for the arrest of the paramilitary fighters, the police officers, and fifty-five suspected United Struggle ringleaders, among them the majority of Emmanuel’s cabal. Claiming innocence in the planning of the attack, Francois Emmanuel declared the Chinweike Administration to be operating illegally and established a government-in-exile in Mount St. Catherine. In the first several weeks after these events, mass defections to the Emmanuel Administration occurred from the Endi Martell military, leaving the government’s forces severely undermanned.
The Internal Conflict
Neither side in the civil war was prepared for war when it broke out, and it was not until mid-May, over seven weeks after the Good Friday Massacre, that full armies were mobilized in the Endi Martell Civil War. Beforehand, brutal urban warfare had characterized the conflict, as partisans of either side utilized terror tactics including car bombs, homemade chemical weapons, mobs, and random attacks against civilian targets in attempts to cow the other side into submission. Worst affected by the conflict was the city of Abakalini, which saw over 13,000 deaths in the first month of conflict, owing in part to the rise of the genocidal “Father Saint-Fort” and the large concentration of refugee communities near the city’s spaceport.
In early June, the Emmanuel Administration launched a broad offensive aimed at large urban centers across Karakum, in an attempt to create a general momentum that would induce United Struggle sympathizers to join the cause and swell the Administration’s ranks. The Chinweike Administration, meanwhile, deployed the majority of their forces in defensive positions around major cities and launched the Operation: Delilah, an attempt to seize cities with major spaceports under Emmanuel’s control. Though Operation: Delilah proved to be a failure, due to the leaking of the operation’s details mere hours before it launched, it did reveal serious weaknesses within Emmanuel’s camp, primarily a lack of munitions and supplies for their army.
This conflict continued into 2158 with the outnumbered but better supplied Chinweike Administration weathering attacks by the numerically superior but undersupplied Emmanuel Administration. Of particular note was the Siege of Azuei, a running urban battle from September 2157 to January 2158. Emmanuel’s forces surrounded and besieged the city, fighting building-to-building against local partisans. A large group of refugees who had settled in Azuei, mostly Croats, Spaniards, Polynesians, and Hawaiians, won particular renown as “the Unstirrables,” fighting United Struggle forces. In the aftermath of the siege, the remnants of the Unstirrables were incorporated into a larger force of armed refugees, who would form the first wave of the Endi Martell Foreign Legion. Often armed with outdated equipment, the Endi Martell Foreign Legion would win renown for its valor in the conflict.
Defeat at Azuei for the United Struggle proved a decisive turning point in the war. Emmanuel’s forces, while in retreat, were ambushed by a larger Republican force and routed, cutting a massive hole in the wide front Emmanuel had created. Scrambling to fill this gap, Emmanuel opened up his line to attacks all across Karakum, putting United Struggle forces on the back foot. This was followed up in July 2158 with the Daloa Offensive, a large Republican strike which captured the cities of Daloa and Abakalini from United Struggle forces. By the end of 2158, Emmanuel’s forces had largely been reduced to fighting holding actions on nearly every front. However, the two years of fighting had already killed nearly 200,000 people in Endi Martell, over half of which were civilian casualties inflicted by both sides in urban fighting.
The Vestan Intervention
Though the civil war had largely stayed internal in the fighting, international attention on the war had seen a mixed response. Though the League of Nations uniformly denounced the perpetrators of the Good Friday Massacre, many, including the Greater German Reich, Islamic Arab Republic, and Empire of Japan spied an opportunity to win an ally in a victorious Francois Emmanuel. The Confederation of Vesta and the newly-formed Pan-Vestan Security Alliance, however, in a rare moment of cooperation with the Democratic Federation made it clear that they would respond in kind to any intervention on Emmanuel’s behalf. A tense state of affairs was broken in September 2158, following the fall of Abakalini to Republican forces and the revelation of Father Saint-Fort’s crimes, when a joint announcement by the Greater German Reich and Empire of Japan condemned the Emmanuel Administration.
Rounds of negotiation between the Chinweike Administration and the Confederation of Vesta culminated in February of 2159, when a joint declaration by the Confederation of Vesta, the Commonwealth of Tau Ceti, and the Vega Union State confirmed their support for the Chinweike Administration. In June of the same year, Operation: Radetzky saw a joint operation by Vestan and Tau Ceti forces launch an airborne attack on Mount St. Catherine. Though the city and much of the United Struggle High Command was captured, Emmanuel and many of his die-hard followers escaped to the Igala Arrondissement.
In the aftermath of the Vestan Intervention and the Fall of Mount St. Catherine, many cells of the United Struggle surrendered, and the front lines of the war collapsed. Despite this, many supporters of Emmanuel continued to fight, shifting to guerrilla tactics. Sporadic fighting would continue, with the notable Igala Offensive seeing a constant harassed Republican army commit several war crimes which would later be investigated by the League of Nations. In March 2164, General Emmanuel was captured by Republican forces. Two days later, a United Struggle cell attacked the convoy carrying the Generalissimo to Sankwala in an attempt to liberate him. In the ensuing firefight, Emmanuel was killed by United Struggle gunfire when he was mistaken for a Republican soldier. The United Struggle cause largely collapsed after Emmanuel’s death, with the provisional leadership surrendering in July 2164.
The Crystal Revolution
The end of the Endi Martell Civil War in 2164, followed by the conclusion of the Chinweike Administration in 2165, saw a massive shift in Endi Martell’s politics. Though the United Struggle had been defeated and many of its fiercely nationalist positions discredited by the destruction wrought under its banner, the Chinweike Administration had fared little better, especially after the atrocities committed during the Igala Offensive. Chancellor Theophilus Otieno, Chinweike’s handpicked successor, succeeded him in 2165, only for the growing International Socialist Party to make the Otieno Administration increasingly unpopular. In 2168, following fresh elections to the National Senate and National Diet, a vote of no confidence ousted Otieno from the seat of Chancellor and resulted in the election of Endi Martell’s first International Socialist Chancellor, Rasheed Baillieu.
Politically, the International Socialist Party combined elements of the United Struggle’s ideology, most notably a grassroots organization method combined with a guiding central hand, and unified it with a “Soft Socialism” that had been popular amongst Chinweike loyalists. Of paramount importance to the ISP were the twin issues of corruption and living standards. The Baillieu Administration, which continued from 2168 to 2185, oversaw a decentralization of economic programs, allowing case-by-case investments from a central bank to promote growth, while simultaneously saw a centralization in anti-corruption and oversight, in order to reduce the rampant corruption seen in the lead up to the Civil War.
The Crystal Revolution, so called for the “crystal-like” transparency promoted by the Baillieu Administration, saw reconstruction efforts in Endi Martell explode in size and effectiveness. It is estimated that Endi Martell had reached pre-Civil War levels of development and GDP by 2171, and had quadrupled its GDP and tripled its Human Development Index rating by 2185. This radical growth legitimized the International Socialist Party in the eyes of many in Endi Martell and laid the foundation of both stringent anti-corruption and economic strength that the nation continues to rely on.
Endi Martell After the Great Game
Many Endi Martell businesses, chafing under the restrictions placed on them by their membership in the Pan-Vestan Security Alliance, had put pressure on the Federal Government to leave the alliance in the latter half of the 2180s. The destruction of Vesta in 2194 brought a shock to the system, and resulted in the largest flood of refugees to Endi Martell since the evacuation of Earth. While Endi Martell society was already deeply multicultural, both through the initial colonization period and the evacuation of Earth, the Vestan refugees formed a solid block of shared culture and experiences, creating a sizable population of Vestan-Martellites.
The destruction of Vesta made the Vesta system one of the most valuable mining centers in the Orion Arm and left a power vacuum amongst the secondary nations. As a result, Tau Ceti and Endi Martell rushed to fill that void, resulting in conflict and rivalry between the nations. Public opinion of Tau Ceti dropped precipitously during the 2190s and 2200s, matched by a cooling off of the effects of the Crystal Revolution and a slowing of Martellite economic growth.
In July of 2229, Endi Martell received an ultimatum from Tau Ceti to curtail its influence of the newly-formed Republic of Vesta and to withdraw all agents from the nation’s borders. When the ultimatum’s deadline ran out on July 30, 2229, Battlegroups from both nations poised outside the Vesta System sprang into action. The Battle of Hestia, a running nine-day conflict between the two navies, resulted in the destruction of thirteen Martellite ships and seven Cetian ships before the Cetian Navy retreated from the System. In the aftermath of this battle, peace talks began and Martellite influence in the Vesta System was upheld, concluding what came to be known as the Two Weeks’ War. More importantly, several bilateral treaties were signed which sought to demilitarize the Vesta System, preventing further war between the two sides.
Victory in the Two Weeks’ War emboldened Endi Martell in future endeavors, propelling a greater conflict with Tau Ceti. In 2236, the Republic of Novyi Chernozemye and the United States of Juno, two of the colonial three states in the Juno System, entered into a border dispute that quickly spiraled into armed conflict. Novyi Chernozemye appealed to Endi Martell for assistance, while Juno did the same to Tau Ceti. A proxy war thus began in the Juno System, occupying much of the political discourse in both nations. Despite the war’s increasing unpopularity in Endi Martell, Novyi Chernozemye ultimately proved victorious in the war, thus earning Endi Martell further power and influence in the region.
The False Spring and the Long Winter
The Juno War, having lasted from 2236 to 2241, had created several large rifts in the International Socialist Party, dividing it along several ideological lines, with various branches of the party espousing closer relationships with the Soviet Union, Empire of Japan, and Centauri Republic. The Administration of Leslee Pope, inaugurated in 2246 and lasting through 2255, is commonly known as the False Spring, and is commonly characterized as a period of papering over serious divides and tensions with nominal economic growth and bipartisanship.
Discord and dissent had come about due to the unpopular Juno War, coupled with a slowdown of the economic growth that had characterized the Crystal Revolution. Leslee Pope, the firerband leader of the Unity Party, had risen to prominence due to her sharp criticisms of the Juno War and her advocacy for an abandonment of Endi Martell’s warming relations with the Kharkov Pact in favor of closer relations with the Democratic Federation. Pope’s victory in the 2245 election would mark the first time the International Socialist Party had not held the seat of the Chancellor since 2168, as well as one of three times that a coalition had taken the majority from the ISP in the National Congress.
The Pope Administration, however, proved to be a time of simmering discontent. Though temporarily chastened, the International Socialist Party maintained a firm base of support within Endi Martell, quickly crystalizing around a nationalist sense of Martellite identity drawn from the nation’s shared experiences in the Great Game, Endi Martell Civil War, and wars with Tau Ceti. The Unity Party, now the core of the ISP’s opposition, began to take on an increasingly internationalist position, with the most radical members suggesting that Endi Martell seek membership in the Democratic Federation.
Following the False Spring was the Long Winter, brought about by the contentious 2255 elections. Osman Bouchiba, the International Socialist Party candidate, won a majority of electoral votes for Chancellor, despite losing the popular vote, leading to mass protests across the nation. Many feared that the election would be the prelude to a Second Endi Martell Civil War, with Bouchiba’s opponent Kamari Koman remaining silent for several days. In a momentous occasion in Endi Martell history, Koman publicly accepted the loss of the election in person, with Bouchiba afterwards appointing him to be the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chancellor. The Great Compromise of 2256, as this moment came to be known, remains a high point in Endi Martell’s democratic history.
Despite this, the Bouchiba Administration proved to be a difficult time for the nation. A year after the Great Compromise, infighting in Tau Ceti saw a splinter state assert their independence from Endi Martell’s rival. Seeing an opportunity to drum up national support with a seemingly justified war, the Bouchiba Administration joined the United Provinces in their war of independence. However, two years of fighting saw thousands of Endi Martell soldiers dead on the moon on Vindhya, with many observers doubting the effectiveness of Endi Martell’s support. Though Sankwala officially withdrew their support in 2259 after intense lobbying by the pro-Tau Ceti Unity Party, Endi Martell has continued to officially recognize the independence of the United Provinces of Tau Ceti and supplied them with weapons and training when possible.
Endi Martell’s joint Unity-ISP government also created a bifurcated foreign policy for the nation. The radically different foreign policy goals had the effect of simultaneously pushing away both the Soviet Union, due to the Unity Party’s bellicose tone, and the Democratic Federation, whose opinion was colored by their close relations with the Commonwealth of Tau Ceti. The trade shortages that resulted from both the United Provinces War of Independence and Endi Martell’s increasing isolationism triggered an economic recession in 2260, which continued to 2262 and which the Martellite economy did not recover from until 2267.
The economic sector hardest hit by this recession was agriculture, as Endi Martell had long relied on foodstuffs imported from the Soviet Union while local agriculture was more focused on cash crops. Through the careful planning and anti-corruption of the Crystal Revolution prevented any large-scale famines, food shortages plagued Endi Martell for years and forced state action. In 2263, the Bouchiba Administration repossessed many larger farms and redistributed the land as dedicated staple crop land, alleviating the food shortages at the cost of furthering opposition to the Unity-ISP government. The active role Kamari Koman took in the administration further increased opposition to the Unity Party.
Growing Kharkov Pact Influence
In 2264, an armed Tau Cetian battle fleet entered the Vesta System, allegedly hunting members of the the 12-23 militant political organization who had fired upon them, in violation of the treaties which ended the Two Weeks’ War. Endi Martell protested the action, delivering an ultimatum that Tau Ceti remove the fleet or a state of war would exist between the two nations. When Tau Ceti refused, an Endi Martell fleet was dispatched to the system. In a pyrrhic victory for Tau Ceti, the Martellite fleet retreated and a ceasefire was rapidly signed, though neither side dropped their claims to the system.
The elections of 2265 proved much less contentious than those of 2255, with the active Soviet support of ISP candidate Halim Obee and promised economic stimuli from the Soviet Union going a long way in discrediting the Unity Party. 2267 proved to be a fateful year for Endi Martell, as the economy recovered to pre-Long Winter levels, and the death of Soviet Premier Malchikov and the ascension of his successor Premier Alexeeva saw an increase in Soviet attempts to use soft power to expand their aims. Alexeeva saw Endi Martell as a powerful potential ally for the Soviet Union, and a natural bridge into the Solar Sector for international communism. During Alexeeva’s brief administration, Endi Martell was drawn closer into the Kharkov Pact, becoming an observational member of the pact in 2269. The swift fall of the Alexeeva Administration, however, saw Endi Martell stall at that position, where they remained.
Following the turbulence of the 2250s and 2260s, Endi Martell has returned to a steady pattern of economic expansion and rivalry with Tau Ceti. With Tau Ceti’s participation in the Solar Sector Commercial Authority, Endi Martell has grown closer to the Kharkov Pact for economic and political allies. In 2287, mutual accusations of violating the 2264 ceasefire, as well as the continuing Martellite support of the United Provinces of Tau Ceti, resulted in a declaration of war between Tau Ceti and Endi Martell. As of 2289, Endi Martell forces have been driven from the Vesta System.
The Federative Republic of Endi Martell is a single-system state that does not have civilian territory outside of the Endi Martell system. Approximately 80% of the population of the republic - 0.7 billion individuals - live on the planet of Karakum, a terrestrial planet approximately 1.1 times the size of Earth. Karakum is a temperate planet with 65% of its surface area covered by water. Karakum was the first planet to be terraformed and settled in the system, and contains the seven largest cities in the republic, including the capital of Sankwala. Karakum is the driving force behind the republic’s economy, and is the center of commerce in the system. Karakum consistently votes for the International Socialist Party, and maintains the nation’s close relationship with the Soviet Union and the Kharkov Pact. Karakum has two moons, both of which are terraformed and inhabited.
Sanwi is the other inhabited planet in the Endi Martell system. Only roughly 0.7 times the size of Earth, Sanwi has an orbit slightly closer to the Endi Martell sun, which combined with the lower gravity of the planet to create a warm, wet climate that has seen a growth of major jungles and rainforests across the planet. Over 75% of the planet’s surface is covered in water, with much of the landmass in the supercontinent of Grenada and the many archipelagoes surrounding it. Opposition to the International Socialist Party tends to be strong in Sanwi, larges channeling a preference for a deeply individualistic culture that exists on the planet. Sanwi has a single moon, which is inhabited. Sanwi is inhabited by approximately 160 million individuals.
There are eight other planets in the Endi Martell system, five terrestrial and three gas giants. Ten moons of these planets are inhabited and have been terraformed to varying degrees, largely moons around the outlying gas giants, which serve as fuel and supply stations for traveling freighters moving between Endi Martell and other systems. Less than 2% of the republic’s population lives outside of Karakum and Sanwi.
Initially conceived of as a federal republic, which would grant extensive autonomy to constituent states, the Federative Republic of Endi Martell has evolved into a more centralized republic, centered on the apparatus of government in Sankwala. The 16 constituent states of the Federative Republic each maintain a degree of autonomy, with the right to raise taxes, maintain police forces, pass laws, and budget their spending according to the wishes of their electorate, though the National Congress of Endi Martell maintains the right to overrule state laws. Historically, the five states on the planet of Sanwi have been more resistant to central authority than the eleven on Karakum, which has resulted in tension between the two planets.
The National Congress is a bicameral legislature composed of an upper house, the National Senate, and a lower house, the National Diet. The National Senate is composed of representatives elected by the nation as a whole, and intended to represent the breakdown of political views of the nation regardless of political affiliation. The National Diet, meanwhile, is composed of representatives elected by state, with the number of representatives a state may send determined by population. The executive branch of the Federative Republic is centered in the Office of the Chancellor, represented by the Chancellor and the Chief of Staff.
Since 2201, the International Socialist Party has maintained a majority in the National Congress, and has lost the seat of Chancellor only once, in the 2245 election, following a failure in a minor war against the Commonwealth of Tau Ceti. No single party is large enough to challenge the International Socialist Party, though often coalitions of smaller parties will form to create an opposition. Most recently, a coalition formed by the Federalist-Republican Party, the Unity Party, and the Future Prosperity Party has become the primary opposition to the International Socialist Party, building on a platform of increased trade with Japan and a reduction of social welfare programs.
The Armed Forces of Endi Martell are a well-funded and highly capable force, which has seen comparatively more activity than the vast majority of military forces in the Orion Arm. The nation’s rivalry with Tau Ceti has forced the Armed Forces to evolve and adapt into a highly trained force capable of engaging equally modern and well-equipped forces. Due to this, the Armed Forces of Endi Martell have drawn considerable interest across the Orion Arm, with many Soviet officers studying tactics and military theory under veterans of the wars with Tau Ceti and many drill sergeants being recruited from those who had faced active duty.
The Endi Martell Navy and Endi Martell Air Force are both modeled largely on their Soviet counterparts, making heavy use of torpedoes and missiles launched from major battlecruisers while strike craft play a largely defensive role. Unlike the Soviet Navy, however, Endi Martell has pioneered the use of “fire ships,” smaller battlecruisers that eschew heavy armor for pure firepower and maneuverability, using their strike craft to draw fire away from them. This tactic has proven to be successful against unsuspecting foes, though seasoned commanders of Tau Ceti feeds have learned how to successfully engage the Endi Martell Navy.
Meanwhile, the ground forces of Endi Martell, the Army of Endi Martell, have spent much of their recent history involved in smaller, infantry-to-infantry firefights, largely in the context of the United Provinces War of Independence. This has led Endi Martell to largely disregard armored divisions in favor of small groups of infantry moving forward in coordinated “pods” while given cover by the Endi Martell Air Force. Of note within the Endi Martell Army is the Endi Martell Foreign Legion, an organization with its roots in the Endi Martell Civil War. Foreign Legionnaires hold a special prominence in Endi Martell public imagination, and often consist of foreigners from across the Orion Arm.
Endi Martell’s foreign and internal intelligence needs are served by the Directorate of Security, or DS. The DS was founded in 2171 as a means of anti-corruption in the Martellite government, but quickly evolved into a general intelligence organization. The DS is composed of five branches, named B1, B2, B3, B4, and B5, which operate secretarial and administrative duties, geospatial intelligence, cybersecurity, military liaisons and technical intelligence, and economic threats and arms trafficking, respectively. B1 also has the internal organization of the GDS, the Gendarmerie of the Directorate of Security, a paramilitary organization. During the Alexeeva Administration in the Soviet Union, several former members of the KGB were recruited as experts for the GDS.
The Foreign Relations of Endi Martell are primarily characterized by their close relationship with the Soviet Union. As an observational member of the Kharkov Pact, Endi Martell regularly conducts business with the Soviet Union, the Vega Confederation, and many other member states of the Kharkov Pact. Despite this, Endi Martell is not considered a full member of the “communist international” by the Soviet Union, a fact that has prevented Sankwala from getting as close to the Soviet Union as New Weimar has. Despite this, Endi Martell has consistently maintained positive relations with the Soviet Union, a fact that has often led to concern within both the Greater German Reich and the Commonwealth of Tau Ceti.
Likely due to Endi Martell’s close relationship with the Soviet Union, their relations with the Greater German Reich tend to be strained. Trade and travel between the two nations is infrequent at best, and public opinions of the German Reich tend to be low in Endi Martell. Germans tend to see Endi Martell as a puppet state of the Soviets, and thus largely part of the communist threat, while citizens of Endi Martell generally consider the German Reich to be militant oppressors of a wide range of cultures and ethnicities. Despite this, Endi Martell has so far remained neutral in the ongoing Soviet-German War.
Endi Martell maintains neutral relations with the Empire of Japan, though the relationship between the two nations is more positive than one may expect. In recent years, the Empire of Japan has made overtures toward Endi Martell in an attempt to prevent them from being a full-fledged ally of the Soviet Union should a war break out, an endeavor that has largely proven successful. Travel between Japan and Endi Martell is more frequent than with many nations, and Japanese businesses have begun to make headway into Endi Martell markets, though a protectionist stance from Sankwala has prevented total domination.
Relations with the various nations of the Democratic Federation fluctuate between cordial and strained. Many in the Democratic Federation have noted the positive aspects of Endi Martell, such as the high degree of political freedom, the high standard of living, and the democratic system of government, and suggested that it could be a corridor for introducing such principles to the Soviet Union. The Pacific States of America and Confederation of Australasia, in particular, hold these ideas. On the other hand, the United States of America and, to a lesser extend, the United Kingdom view Endi Martell with some suspicion, both due to their relationship with the Soviet Union and their rivalry with the Commonwealth of Tau Ceti, which is closely aligned to the Democratic Federation. On the side of Endi Martell, the Democratic Federation is largely viewed with ambivalence, aside from times when their support goes toward Tau Ceti.
Since the destruction of Vesta, Endi Martell and Tau Ceti have been at the forefront of a notorious international rivalry. Initially over the many resources that could be easily harvested in the Vesta System, this rivalry has since grown to include elements like Endi Martell’s support of the breakaway state the United Province of Tau Ceti and Tau Ceti’s involvement in the Solar Sector Commercial Authority. This rivalry has spilled into contained wars five times, in 2229, 2236, 2257, 2264, and 2287. Two of those wars, the United Provinces War of Independence - begun in 2257 and having continued with unofficial Endi Martell aid - and the Second Vesta War - begun in 2287 - remain ongoing, leaving Endi Martell and Tau Ceti in a state of war. Continued aid to the rebels has left Endi Martell with a quite positive relationship with the United Provinces of Tau Ceti, meanwhile.
Relations vary within the other secondary nations of the Orion Arm. Along with the New Canaan Republic and the Islamic Arab Republic, Endi Martell claims to be one of the three centers of Islam in the Orion Arm, which has led to a rivalry with New Damascus and warm relations with New Constantinople. Relations with the United Centauri Republic are mixed, though the two nations conduct large-scale business across their borders regularly. End Martell maintains close relations with the Vega Confederation, as well as with the Geneva Confederation. Recently, relations with the other members of the SSCA have been strained due to the state of war between Endi Martell and Tau Ceti.
Since the end of the Endi Martell Civil War and the beginning of the Crystal Revolution, Endi Martell has possessed a “Soft Planned Economy,” an ad hoc economic model based on a collaboration between government directives and localized business patterns. This has had the effect of granting greater long-term control of the Martellite economy to the government while cutting down on monopolization and promoting highly local business. In general, Endi Martell pursues a highly interventionist economic policy.
Endi Martell’s agricultural sector has been driven by a goal of total self-sufficiency since the Long Winter. Martellite Farming Directorate statistics state that 85% of Endi Martell’s foodstuffs are produced on either Karakum or Sanwi, primarily on local farming collectives established in the Long Winter. Heavy manufacturing in Endi Martell tends to be focused on industrial collectives established during the Crystal Revolution and originally founded as factory towns during the early colonial period. The largest sectors of the Martellite economy are the service and energy sectors.
The Soviet Union is by far the largest trading partner of Endi Martell. The value of exports and imports to and from the Soviet Union is more than five times that with the Vega Confederation, the next largest trading partner. Endi Martell also does frequent business with the Geneva Confederation, the Commonwealth of Tau Ceti, the United Provinces of Tau Ceti, the Empire of Japan, and the Sirius Federation.
As the inheritor of hundreds of distinct cultures from West Africa, North Africa, the Caribbean, and North America, much of Endi Martell’s early history saw a unifying culture fail to take hold in the nation. The first several generations of Martellites preserved much of their traditional cultures, which did much to preserve the literature, religion, customs, and cuisines of these cultures. Following the Endi Martell Civil War, the shared experiences of the conflict, the refugee crisis, and the Crystal Revolution began to promote a new sense of nationhood and a synthesis of many of the cultures that had formed Endi Martell. Despite this, Martellite society remains a deeply pluralistic one, with dozens of regions recognized as having distinct cultures.
Art and Architecture
Endi Martell is perhaps best known for its rich literary tradition. The genre of fantastical realism, first pioneered in the Republic of Aztlan, quickly took hold in Endi Martell in the 2170s, where a realistic look at life and hardship during the Civil War was infused with a deep sense of history and mythology, often drawing on West African mythological roots. Nalaali East, a Jamaican-Ethiopian author, is known popularly as the mother of Realistic Fantasy, an inversion of the fantastical realism genre which takes fantastical realms drawing on West African mythology and grounds their fantastical aspects in realistic trends.
Martellite visual arts include local cinema, painting, sculpture, and fabrics. Brightly-colored dresses, robes, headscarves, and decorative tapestries are common products of Endi Martell, and are characteristic of Martellite fashion. Martellite cinema has taken many cues from Italian cinema, especially the neorealist, with many Martellite films making use of non-professional actors and almost exclusively shooting on location in order to obtain a more realistic feeling. Anya Nasrallah, a Martellite filmmaker, has won the Nazif Film Festival in Konstantiniyye-i Cedid three times, in 2281, 2284, and 2286, leading to her prominence within the industry.
Martellite culture draws heavily on influences from West Africa, most notably Igbo, Yoruba, Malian, Ghanan, and Hausa cultures, as well as influence from the Caribbean, mostly Jamaican, Haitian, and Afro-Cuban cultures, and American Southern and Gullah cultures. However, there are hundreds of individual cultures who have left impacts on Endi Martell, ranging from North Africa, East Africa, Indonesia, and Europe to other groups within West Africa and the Caribbean. The preservation and celebration of these cultures has become a major concern of Martellite society, and annual cultural festivals are used to preserve these legacies.
The society of Endi Martell is deeply religious, with citizens of the republic reporting that over 98% of the population believe in some sort of deity. Variations of Christianity and Islam comprise approximately 70% of the religious makeup of the nation, with each religion composing approximately 35% of the nation’s population. Predominant religious groups in Endi Martell include the Anglican Church of Endi Martell, the Christ Embassy Church, Maliki-Sunni Islam, Ash’ari-Sufi Islam, Ahmadiyya Islam, and the Roman Catholic Church. Among Vestan immigrants, the Eastern Orthodox Church, both the Greek and Union rites, and Judaism are widely practiced.
Of particular notability in Endi Martell is the Ahmadiyya rite of Islam, a movement that began in the nineteenth century in the British Raj, which centers around the relevance of a new set of Caliphs. The Ahmadiyya Caliph currently resides in Sankwala, where he preaches from the Kpakpando Mosque, a large marble-and-tile mosque constructed in a classical Mughal style. The Federative Republic of Endi Martell has the largest population of Ahmadiyya Muslims in the Orion Arm, with substantial communities also existing in Tau Ceti, the United Centauri Republic, the New Canaan Republic, and the Azad Hind. The Ahmadiyya Caliphate has historically been highly critical of political authority, often clashing with the Arab Unity Council in the Islamic Arab Republic, which officially disputes their claim of the title of Caliph.
Outside of Christianity and Islam, major religions in Endi Martell tend to be loosely-organized folk religions which do not have as formalized hierarchies as the various Christian and Islamic sects. Many of these folk religions are classified as syncretic faiths, taking elements from Christianity, Islam, and traditional African faiths. Such syncretic religions include Yoruba, Bwiti, Santeria, Voodoo, Candomblé, and the more recently developed Endouyies, a syncretism of Hinduism and traditional African faiths. Judaism was largely brought to Endi Martell through the Vestan refugees.
Less than 2% of the population self-identifies as either atheist or agnostic, a number that has actually decreased steadily since religious affiliation was first included in the Endi Martell census in 2136. Notably, high levels of activity by religious organizations in both education and public welfare have done much to promote them across the nation, while a strong sense of religious heritage has continued to pervade much of the population. Census reports indicate that, since 2136, religious affiliation in Endi Martell has trended away from large organizations with off-planet centers, such as Roman Catholicism or traditional Sunni Islam, in favor of traditions more centered in Endi Martell, with the Anglican Church of Endi Martell, the Christ Embassy Church, and Ahmadiyya Islam seeing the largest growth since 2136.
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|New Canaan Republic | Commonwealth of Tau Ceti | Geneva Confederation | Greater Korean Protectorate | Federative Republic of Endi Martell | Pan American Republic|