New Canaan Republic
The Republic of New Canaan, sometimes known as the New Canaan Republic, is a parliamentary republic located in and namesake of the New Canaan Corridor. It is located entirely within the New Canaan binary system alongside its immediate neighbors, the Republic of Gediz and the Tyrus Caliphate.
The Republic can trace its roots to the Ottoman Empire and Republic of Turkey, both multi-cultural and multi-ethnic states which existed on Earth. During the evacuation of Earth prior to the Second Scinfaxi War, Turkish citizens were evacuated to a variety of nations, including the Islamic Arab Republic, the United Centauri Republic, the Greater German Reich, and several nations of the Democratic Federation. In 2172, the Republic of New Canaan was formally established. While not legally the successor of either state, the Republic of New Canaan is widely viewed as inheriting the cultural mantle of both Turkey and the Ottoman Empire.
The Republic of New Canaan’s growing population, economy, and growing strategic importance in the Corridor has to led to its recognition as a middle, and potentially regional power in the Orion Arm.
- 1 History
- 2 Astrography
- 3 Government
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Culture
- 6 Economy
(Main Article: Republic of Turkey)
The Republic of New Canaan has its roots in the cultural and ethnic legacies of the Ottoman Empire, an Imperial state that existed in the Middle East from 1299 to 1923. Established by the House of Osman leading a tribe of Turkish warriors, the Ottoman Empire conquered the city of Constantinople (later Konstantiniyye) in 1453 and became a major power in the Eastern Mediterranean. The fortunes of the Empire waxed and waned during the 18th and 19th centuries, until it faced a crisis following defeat in the Great War. In 1923, the Empire was dissolved, replaced by a series of European administrative districts in the Levant and Middle East and the Republic of Turkey in the Anatolian peninsula.
During the 1920s and 1930s, the Republic of Turkey saw the reformist and nationalist administration of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, which promoted the creation of a secular, democratic, and distinctly Turkish nation, as well as the movement of the national capital from Konstantintiyye to Ankara. Notable achievements from this period included the election of women to the Turkish Parliament, which occurred before similar developments in much of Europe, Ataturk remained President of Turkey until 1938, when his death resulted in the end of the first single-party period in Turkey. During the early stages of the Virus Crisis, Turkey was hesitant to allow the mass influx of refugees from the rest of the Middle East, a position which triggered condemnation from the United States and United Kingdom. In late 1939, Turkey officially opened its borders, resulting in over a million immigrants of Kurdish, Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Iraqi, Persian, and Arabian origin. This influx grew as the First Scinfaxi War came to the Middle East.
Located in the north-western corner of the Middle East, the Republic of Turkey was one of the last Middle Eastern nations to be invaded by the Scinfaxi. Thousands of immigrants, fighting as irregulars, harried the Scinfaxi advance into central Anatolia, supplementing the Turkish Army and Navy as they fought against the invasion. Despite this, however, a controlled retreat was the best the fighters could accomplish, giving ground as the civilian populations fled behind them. The government of Turkey fled Ankara in 1944, relocating to Konstantiniyye, from which they continued to coordinate the resistance to the Scinfaxi advance. Late 1945 and early 1946 saw a particularly bad winter for Turkish forces, during which mass starvation and forced requisition of food resulted in thousands of civilian deaths, with the Turkish forces pushed back to the coasts of Anatolia, and Scinfaxi war machines moving within sight of Konstantiniyye.
The detonation of atomic weapons and the abrupt halt in the Scinfaxi advance in 1946 gave the Republic of Turkey breathing room to re-establish contact with pockets of resistance along the northern and southern coasts of Anatolia. During the 1950s and 1960s, “Ataturkist” parties maintained power in Turkey, dictating the creation of a powerful military to defend a specifically Turkish nation, with the adoption of the Turkish language and Turkish customs encouraged among immigrants. Throughout this period, Turkey took a fascist approach to much of their administration, taking several cues from the German Reich and Italian Social Republic in administration.
In the 1990s, a gradual liberalization of the Republic of Turkey began, spurred on by a new generation that had not experiences the Scinfaxi War nor the harsh measures taken by the Turkish government in the aftermath. 1996 saw the end of the second single-party period in Turkey, and a general warming of relations with the United States and United Kingdom. Beginning in 2011, the Republic of Turkey began a tentative plan to recolonize central Anatolia, a region that had remained unclaimed since the conclusion of the First Scinfaxi War. Many immigrant communities were drawn into these colonization efforts, receiving an opportunity to maintain culturally distinct communities within the Republic of Turkey. Following the discovery of FTL-travel in 2024, Turkey took part in the Alpha Centauri Colonial Venture, though only a small handful of Turkish immigrants colonized the system. By 2100, Turkey had not begun any large-scale evacuation or colonization efforts.
Evacuation of the Anatolian Peninsula
In 2129, three young Turkish citizens, Mehmet Akif Korkut, Yasmin Solak, and Adam Kobal formed KKS Engineering, a large-scale engineering firm dedicated to the construction of Turkish ships capable of FTL travel. Early contracts with larger American, British, and German companies gave KKS the resources it needed to begin the great project that Korkut had envisioned: the evacuation of the Anatolian Peninsula. Beginning in 2139, KKS, at the head of a cabal of Turkish businesses and the Turkish government, began the evacuation of the Anatolian Peninsula. As no Turkish extra-solar colonies existed, Turkish citizens made their way to the United Centauri Republic, the Islamic Arab Republic, the Greater German Reich, and the nations of the Democratic Federation. Between 2139 and 2149, over 56 Million Turkish citizens were evacuated through the efforts of KKS, forming large Turkish expat communities across the Orion Arm. In 2151, the government of the Republic of Turkey was suspended, ending the nation’s 200-year history.
Following the end of the Second Scinfaxi War and the conclusion of human habitation of Earth, agitation began for the creation of a Turkish homeland. Though the Scinfaxi dominated issues for much of humanity in the 2150s, by 2156, the push for a Turkish homeworld was growing. A substantial group, led by Korkut, had petitioned both the Democratic Federation and the Greater German Reich for a system in which to establish themselves. In 2161, the discovery of the New Canaan Binary System led to serious discussion of its establishment as a Turkish homeland; a decision that was finalized by an agreement cosigned by the Greater German Reich, United States, Pacific States of America, Empire of Japan, and United Centauri Republics in 2162. The next eight years saw the terraformation of New Constantinople, which concluded with the arrival of settlers in February of 2170. Over 59 Million people, largely those evacuated from the Anatolian peninsula, made plans to settle the newly-established colony in the system.
Birth of the New Canaan Republic
Early debates between the settlers of New Constantinople centered on the nature of the new nation. Many suggested the establishment of a Second Republic of Turkey, drawing a direct connection to the prior government. However, many opposed the creation of a direct successor to the Republic of Turkey, both due to the prevalence of non-Turks among the colonists - just under 42% of the colonists self-identified as Turks - and due to concerns over some of the more authoritarian trends of the Turkish government. During the Constitution Convention of 2171-2172, the future Governor of Tūr Maurōn Qasimlo Paulos Bey suggested the name of “New Canaan” as both a reference to a promised land and to the old Canaanite region within the Ottoman Empire. At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, the title The Republic of New Canaan was officially adopted by the new government.
Settlement of the planet of New Constantinople continued throughout the 2170s, with full administration of the planet established by 2183. At the same time, terraformation was carried out on the planets of Saltus and Tyrus in the same system, with plans drawn up for the settlement of both planets. In 2177, President Sameet Yesil Pasha agreed to accept approximately 300,000 immigrants from the Islamic Arab Republic, a fundamentalist sect of Ibadi Muslims who had originally emigrated from the Sirius Federation, having been causing problems for the Islamic Arab Republic since the 2120s. Tyrus, which had been largely terraformed, was set aside for their settlement, forming the Tyrus Special Administrative Region. Shortly afterwords, the planet of Gediz in the binary system began to undergo terraformation.
Early history of the New Canaan Republic was characterized by a tension between the centralizing trends of the liberal, progressive, secularist, urban center of the Republic and the diverse, religious, and agrarian outlying provinces. The Tyrus Special Administrative Region, in particular, saw governance under officials appointed from New Constantinople, causing substantial resentment within the local population. The settlement of Gediz and Saltus in the 2200s and 2210s only furthered this divide, with the creation of the Gediz Special Administrative Region and Saltus Special Administrative Region. Cultural diffusion among these planets saw the development of four distinct cultures between the four inhabited planets: liberal, centralist, culturally-minded New Constantinopolitans, individualistic, scientific-minded, enterprising Saltusians, militarist, federalist, authoritarian Gedizi, and conservative, fundamentalist, deeply religious Tyrusians.
The period between 2172 and 2200 also saw widespread economic domination of the Republic of New Canaan by American and Pacific businesses. While this did much to build the economic base of New Canaan, giving the government the tax money to establish infrastructure and improving the quality of life for most New Canaanites, it also bred resentment among many citizens. However, the interventionist monetary policies of New Canaan led to a steady growth of New Canaanite businesses, allowing them to challenge American rivals within the New Canaan System. In 2199, a recession in the United States gave New Canaanite businesses the opportunity to replace their American and Pacific rivals in many New Canaanite markets, ending the period of American hegemony.
The New Century
The rise of New Canaanite businesses did much to bring economic prosperity both to New Constantinople and Saltus, where many of the high-technology firms had their headquarters. This resulted in a new genesis of culture and economic activity in the Republic of New Canaan, exemplified by such developments as the Tūr Maurōn architectural style and the revival of Turkish cinema and literature. Though the later description of the Republic of New Canaan as a “cultural powerhouse” would not apply to New Canaan in the 2220s and 2230s, much of the groundwork, including the creation of distinctive national styles and creative industries, was laid during this period.
As the New Canaan Corridor grew in political importance as the primary lane of traffic between the Democratic Federation and the Empire of Japan, the Republic of New Canaan grew in wealth and prestige. New Constantinople, being the most heavily populated and developed planet in the New Canaan Corridor, became a common stopping point for business and travel between the two superpowers, and in time an important business hub in itself. The rich deposits of aluminum, neodymium, and other rare elements led to the creation of booming technology firms in New Canaan, though their products were often forced to compete unfavorably against similar products from the Empire of Japan or Greater German Reich.
The Joseph World War of 2236 drew international attention to the New Canaan Corridor as it seemed to become the key to future conflicts between human nations. It led to redoubled efforts to court the Republic of New Canaan by both the Democratic Federation and the Empire of Japan. This almost universally saw the Democratic Federation receiving greater support within New Canaan.
In 2241, following the conclusion of the Sirius World War and the devastation of Sirius, the Republic of New Canaan was one of four nations to establish the Sirius Redevelopment Coalition, creating large-scale commercial contacts across the Orion Arm. This was the culmination of several years of expanding New Canaanite businesses throughout the minor nations of the Orion Arm, bringing greater prosperity to much of the New Canaan Republic. Despite this, the vast majority of economic growth occurred in New Constantinople and Saltus, with Tyrus and Gediz seeing comparatively little growth during this period. In 2237, a movement to grant Saltus, Gediz, and Tyrus greater measures of self-government began, which made the dissolution of the Special Administrative Regions their first goal.
The Miracle Decades
Considered to be the period from 2240-2259, the Miracle Decades were a period of dramatic economic growth and cultural development within the Republic of New Canaan. The administration of President Ibrahim Simsek Pasha (2239-2248), who took office after the death of his predecessor, is largely synonymous with this period. The international exchange of both money and ideas generated through the Solar Sector Commercial Authority led to the massive growth of creative industries in New Canaan, in particular the New Canaanite film industry and music industry. Artists International, an organization dedicated to the free and uncensored production and transmission of art founded by New Canaanites in the 2120s, grew from 20,000 members in New Canaan in 2130 to over 3 million members across twelve systems in 2150. This lead to the creation of the annual Nazif Film Festival, named for the founder of Artists International and famed New Canaanite filmmaker Aya Nazif. In 2243, a Sirusian linguist, Seline Oubre, began her work at Korkut University in New Constantinople, which led to her codification of the Sirusian language in 2248.
During the 2240s and 2250s, several metropolitan areas throughout the Republic of New Canaan saw rapid growth, notably the city of Masmavi on Saltus, which eclipsed New Constantinople as the largest city in the nation in 2254, as well as Yüce, Bayrut-Nuvelle, and Odise, all of which grew substantially during this period. Architectural styles such as Dohány, Persianate-Akbari, Moorish Revivalism, and High Modernism were pioneered in these cities, as the wealth generated by the SSCA was put toward the construction of new and bold buildings.
The Liberal Republican Party, a New Canaanite political party emphasizing regional self-governance, non-militarism, and non-interventionism, experienced tremendous growth during the Miracle Decades. In particular, support for the non-militarist stance of the LRP created excitement among young, cultured, progressive voters, who stepped away from the traditional progressive parties of the Unitary Federalist Party and Cananaite Socialist Party, resulted in tremendous gains for the LRP within the growing Canaanite cities. In 2244, a Republican-Federalist coalition government took charge in the Grand National Assembly, replaced in 2252 by a Republican majority.
However, the Miracle Decades saw a largely uneven growth amongst the planets of New Canaan. New Constantinople, as the hub of cultural production and transportation in the New Canaan Corridor, experienced substantial growth, while Saltus, the home of the majority of the technology firms in New Canaan, saw remarkable economic and demographic growth. Gediz, meanwhile, experienced little growth, with military enlistment becoming one of the few opportunities for economic and social advancement. Tyrus experienced even less growth, with the deeply religious and fundamentalist culture promoted on Tyrus leading to many groups being disbarred from military service. Agitation for the dissolution of the Special Administrative Regions grew over these decades, with independence referendums becoming a real possibility in the 2250s.
The New Canaan War
2257 saw the establishment of two important organizations, the Siyah-el (English: Black Hand) and the Ghazi Guard, on Gediz and Tyrus, respectively. The former, the Black Hand, were a separatist-nationalist organization built around Bosnian, Serbian, and other Slavic immigrants to Gediz. Officially a political movement, the Black Hand saw large membership from militarist elements, and rapidly became a paramilitary group, providing security for various organizations of similar political positions. The Ghazi Guard, meanwhile, were a politico-religious group established by Mustafa Benchemisi, a low-ranking officer from Tyrus who began preaching a revivalist message promoting both self-sufficiency on Tyrus and a strict adherence to sharia law. Membership in the Ghazi Guard grew substantially over the early 2260s, with over 70% of the Tyrusian population either active members or supporters of the Ghazi Guard by 2263.
According to a Japanese intelligence declassification in 2285, both the Black Hand and Ghazi Guard received covert funding and intelligence from the Japanese government during this period. Officially, this was in reaction to a 2262 decision by the Republic to block an independence referendum on Gediz, which was widely suspected to result in a vote to secede. This triggered a wave of pro-Black Hand sentiment on Gediz, resulting in the election of Black Hand member Selcuk Cihan Bey as the Governor of Kūthaya. Cihan began negotiations with the Republic to permit a Gedizi independence referendum in 2264, which received substantial backing through diplomatic pressure from the Empire of Japan.
Negotiations were suspended, however, when Mustafa Benchemisi, at the head of a cabal of Tyrusian officers and low-ranking officials, launched a coup in the Tyrus Special Administrative Region, taking control of the operations of government with the backing of militant forces of the Ghazi Guard. New Constantinople immediately moved to mobilize its armed forces to put down the Ghazi Guard, but widespread protests across Gediz, and to a lesser extend the rest of the Republic, hindered attempts to move against Benchemisi. Under considerable pressure, President Mahla Akhtar-Denkel Pasha authorized an independence referendum on Gediz in September of 2264, which resulted in an 84% vote for Gedizi independence. Selcuk Cihan, the provisional President of Gediz, then agreed to assist the New Canaan military in dislodging the Ghazi Guard from New Marrakesh, the acting capital of Benchimisi’s government.
In March of 2265, the New Canaan Navy achieved orbital superiority over Tyrus, with New Canaan Marises storming the few repurposed civilian freighters that composed the Tyrusian Navy. Negotiations began between Benchemisi and New Canaan officials, with Benchemisi demanding the independence of Tyrus and a non-intervention treaty between New Constantinople and New Marrakesh. New Canaan officials initially refused, leading Benchemisi to insinuate that he had an agreement from the Empire of Japan that the Japanese would intervene should the Republic refuse. The ambassador of New Canaan in Kyochuu was contacted and was informed by the Japanese government that they would not intervene in the New Canaan Republic’s recapture of New Marrakesh and other strongholds of the Ghazi Guard. Four hours after this information was relayed to New Canaanite High Command, Operation: Corsair Blade was launched.
New Canaanite troops landed on the surface of Tyrus on April 2nd, 2265, at two landing zones, codenamed Zagros and Taurus, while Gedizi troops landed at a third zone, Alborz. Canaanite-Gedizi Coalition troops were rapidly met with resistance composed of the Ghazi Guard, local police forces, and armed militia. Initial skirmishes resulted in Tyrusian forces retreating, with the superior firepower of the Canaanite-Gedizi forces proving decisive. Gedizi troops, codenamed Battlegroup Osman, quickly surrounded the city of New Oran, the second-largest city on Tyrus after New Marrakesh. Battlegroups Ahmet and Murad, the two New Canaanite forces, meanwhile moved to secure the rural regions surrounding New Marrakesh.
Between April 14th and August 12th, Battlegroup Osman saw fierce fighting in the city of New Oran. During the 4-month battle, thousands on either side were killed, with firefights over each building taking extreme tolls on both sides. During this time, many of the Gedizi units distinguished themselves in the brutal urban warfare, proving adept at rooting out the largely insurgent-based militia of the Tyrusians. On August 5th, a major breakthrough occurred when Gedizi forces captured the Metropolitan Capital by storming it under the cover of a nearby mosque. Embedded Pacific reporters quickly noted that Gedizi forces ignored the sanctity of places of worship, resulting in heavy scrutiny into the nation’s army, particularly the leader of the assault, Captain Caliskan Alabora. Regardless, the loss of the stronghold led to Tyrusian forces in the city crumbling, with the last holdout killed by an airstrike on August 12th.
Meanwhile, Battlegroup Ahmet faced increasing resistance in rural towns surrounding New Marrakesh, preventing them from launching an attack on New Marrakesh. As resistance strengthened, Battlegroup Ahmet found itself stalled, trying to build an administration in the occupied region. On May 26th, a group of Ghazi Guard veterans, leading approximately 80 insurgents, ambushed an advance force of New Canaanite soldiers, capturing many. The next day, the Tyrusians disguised themselves as New Canaanite soldiers using stolen uniforms and carried out two attacks on divisions of Battlegroup Ahmet, before retreating into the marshy lowlands surrounding the Battlegroup near the town of Sidi El Hani. Both New Canaanite divisions engaged one another, believing the others to be insurgents, leading to a 14-minute firefight before each side realized they had attacked their comrades. The Battle of Sidi El Hani resulted in the deaths of over 100 New Canaanite soldiers, 66 of which were due to friendly fire. Reports of Sidi El Hani, as well as similar guerrilla attacks, served to erode public support for the war on Tyrus.
In September, with New Oran secured and Battlegroups Ahmet and Murad still attempting to maintain superiority around New Marrakesh, the Republic of New Canaan authorized the creation of the Tyrusian Special Assembly, a civilian government composed of Tyrusians. New Oran became the center of this new administration, which was transferred to New Canaanite troops while Gedizi forces evacuated the planet. Despite arguments within New Canaanite High Command over whether or not the Gedizi forces should be pressured to remain, President Kasim Abachi Bey refused to put diplomatic pressure on Kūthaya over the matter, particularly once an INTERPOL investigation began regarding the conduct of Battlegroup Osman during the Battle of New Oran. Thus, a third force - Battlegroup Suleiman - was created out of forces from both Battlegroup Ahmet and Murad that had seen the worst of battle, rotating them out of active combat and placing them under the command of the Tyrusian Special Assembly.
The remaining forces in Battlegroups Ahmet and Murad, now lacking many of the veterans who had spent months dealing with the guerrilla tactics of the Tyrusian forces, soon cane under a renewed attack from Benchemisi’s forces. September and October saw mounting casualties as Battlegroups Ahmet and Murad retreated from the outlying suburbs of New Marrakesh. Meanwhile, much of the population of New Oran, already chafing under the Tyrusian Special Assembly due to the brutality of the Battle of New Oran, was further pushed towards Benchemisi due to the harsh retaliations taken by both the beleaguered soldiers of Battlegroup Suleiman and the administration of the Tyrusian Special Assembly, which was composed of survivors of Benchemisi’s political purges in 2264.
On October 29th, known as Republic Day in New Canaan, Tyrusian forces carried out coordinated attacks across the front against Battlegroups Ahmet and Murad. Though many of these attacks were repulsed, the sheer number caused several breakthroughs, forcing both Battlegroups to retreat further. The next day, news of the attacks triggered uprisings across New Oran, with members of the Ghazi Guard leading attacks on Battlegroup Suleiman and the administration of the Tyrusian Special Assembly. As the attacks intensified, New Canaanite forces withdrew from New Oran, leaving the city defended only by the New Oran Police Department and Tyrusian Special Assembly. On November 4th, the Metropolitan Capital Building was retaken by the Ghazi Guard, and the members of the Tyrusian Special Assembly were taken into captivity.
The fall of New Oran and the successes of the Republic Day Offensives triggered a new round of negotiations between Benchemisi and the Republic of New Canaan. A general ceasefire was called on November 13th, just over a week after the fall of New Oran. Three days later, a delegation from the United Centauri Republic arrived in Turchia, where peace talks began. The Republic of New Canaan ultimately accepted the independence of Tyrus, with Benchemisi accepting provisions to allow the emigration of any Tyrusians to New Canaan, and the restriction of the Tyrusian military space fleet to one-fifth the size and manpower of the New Canaanite fleet. The Treaty of Turchia was signed on December 5th, 2265, ending the 9-month war that taken the New Canaan System from containing one nation to three.
Defeat in the New Canaan War proved to be more culturally and socially depressive than economically so. Tyrus and Gediz, even before the war, had been the poorest parts of the Republic of New Canaan, and both New Constantinople and Saltus had been spared any of the destruction that had been visited upon Tyrus. In 2267, the Grand National Assembly approved a Navy plan to construct a military outpost known as Reis Station on the primary moon of Tyrus, a move that elicited protest from the Tyrus Caliphate. Plans were briefly stalled until, in January of 2268, an assassination attempt made on the Governor of Sivas was revealed to have been carried out by members of the Ghazi Guard, eroding international support for the Tyrus Caliphate. In 2271, Reis Station was completed, allowing the New Canaan Navy to maintain constant surveillance of the orbit of Tyrus.
2271 also saw the creation of the Solar Sector Commercial Authority, an economic union created out of the Sirius Redevelopment Coalition. New Canaan’s membership in the SSCA did much to promote Canaanite business interests, ending the minor recession that New Canaan had gone through in the late 2260s. As the Ultranationalist Siyah-el faction waned in Gediz, business between New Canaan and Gediz increased, despite harsh measures taken by the Gedizi government against their opposition, which earned international condemnation. In 2276, the Republic of Gediz was made a provisional member of the SSCA, with New Canaan being one of the nations objecting to their full membership.
Politics in the Republic of New Canaan trended leftwards after the New Canaan War, with the Canaanite Socialist Party growing to become a prominent third party alongside the Unitary Federalist Party and Liberal Republican Party. In 2276, an unprecedented coalition government formed between the Canaanite Socialist Party, the Internationalist Communist Party, and the Unitary Prosperity Party, three parties that had never held the position of President beforehand. A reaction to this victory saw a Republican-Federalist coalition retake the Grand National Assembly and Presidency in 2280. The 2280s saw a growing divide between the “old guard” of the Unitary Federalist Party, predominantly pro-Democratic Federation, pro-Interventionist, anti-Socialist voters, and the “new guard,” who trended much further to the left and favored both the SSCA and coalitions with the Canaanite Socialist Party. Husni al-Atassi Pasha, a Federalist candidate favored by the old guard but considered a moderate between the two Federalist factions, won the Federalist candidacy in 2289 by re-forming the Federalist-Socialist coalition that had dominated politics through the 2270s, which would allow him to go on and win the Presidency.
The Republic of New Canaan lies entirely in the New Canaan binary system, located in the New Canaan Corridor between the Empire of Japan and the Democratic Federation. Eight of the ten planets orbiting the twin stars lie within New Canaanite space, including six uninhabited planets: Aras and Erythra orbiting New Canaan A, and Karasu, Paryadres, Cilicia, and Machairas orbiting New Canaan B. The first and third planets from New Canaan A, Saltus and New Constantinople, are the two inhabited planets that compose the Republic of New Canaan. Gediz, the second planet from New Canaan A, and Tyrus, the third planet from New Canaan B, along with Gediz’s two moons, are the only celestial objects in the New Canaan System that do not fall under New Canaanite jurisdiction. The Republic maintains scientific outposts on the moon of New Constantinople and several moons of Aras and Erythra, commercial outposts on the moons of Cilicia, and a military outpost on the moon of Tyrus. The New Canaan Republic also maintains two major space stations, Mehmed Station in the New Canaan system, and Ajyad Anchorage, located between the New Canaan and Hesperus systems. An asteroid belt, known as the Ararat Belt, lies between New Constantinople and Aras.
New Constantinople is the oldest inhabited planet in the New Canaan system, as well as the most developed and most densely populated. With over 123 Million inhabitants, New Constantinople contains slightly less than half of the New Canaan system's population, and over half of the New Canaan Republic's population. Cool and mountainous, New Constantinople is a primarily alpine planet with a tropical ring around the equator and tundras leading to ice caps in the far north. New Constantinople is covered in 60% water. It is also the center of economic and cultural activity in the New Canaan system. Many of the typical aspects of New Canaan culture, including the secularized, liberalized students of Ottoman and Turkish culture, history, and literature come from the inhabitants of New Canaan.
Saltus is the next most densely populated planet in the New Canaan system with a population of 53 Million people. Saltus, with a slightly closer orbit than New Constantinople, is a generally warmer and drier planet. While Saltus is covered in 57% water, it is largely collected in a single sea dominating the northern hemisphere of the planet. This has led to a tropical, storm-ridden coast in the equatorial regions of Saltus, which turn into jungles and then savannas as one ventures south. Nearly a third of the population of Saltus, however, lives clustered in various archipelagoes in the northern hemisphere, where the temperature is more moderate and the islands afford stunning views. To battle the major storms that build across the northern sea, the cities of Saltus have been expertly engineered. This has led to the divide between New Constantinople, considered largely cultural and historical, with Saltus, whose intellectuals focus more on engineering and the hard sciences.
The Republic of New Canaan is a unitary parliamentary constitutional republic. The Grand National Assembly, a unicameral parliament, is charged with making laws, setting taxes, and declaring war for the Republic, as well as filling positions on the Constitutional Court of New Canaan. The President of the Republic is elected separately, by popular vote, and acts as the Head of State as well as the President of the Grand National Assembly, though the latter powers are rarely exercised. The Grand National Assembly is composed of 99 members, with three members representing each of the thirty-three Vilayets. A hundredth member, the Speaker of the Assembly, is elected during the same cycles as the President.
Politics in the Republic of New Canaan are dominated by three parties, the Unitary Federalist Party, the Liberal Republican Party, and the Canaanite Socialist Party. The UFP, or Federalists, are considered to be a centrist party, though they tend to lean center-left economically, and promote a strong central government along with a close relationship with the Solar Sector Commercial Authority. The LRP, or Liberals, are a center-right party, which emphasizes the delegation of power to the Vilayets, increased laissez-faire economic policy, a non-militarist stance. The CSP, or Socialists, meanwhile, combine elements of Soviet-style communism with Islamic Socialism in the vein of the Islamic Arab Republic. Minor parties in the Republic of New Canaan include the Islamic Unity Party, the Canaanite Falangist Party, the United Prosperity Party, and the Internationalist Communist Party.
Historically, the Republic of New Canaan has seen a consistent ascendancy of the Federalists, which have a dedicated core of voters among much of the urban middle class, rural farmers, and highly-educated voters. The Federalists have maintained a coalition majority in the Grand National Assembly with either the Liberals or Socialists for 57 of the 117 years the Republic has existed. The 2240s and 2250s saw the rise of the Liberals as potential challengers to the UFP’s power, but the New Canaan War, which discredited both the Liberals’ non-militarist stance and their position of granting greater autonomy to the Vilayets, damaged much of the party’s legitimacy. After 2265, a Federalist-Socialist Coalition government dominated New Canaanite politics until the 2276, which saw the unprecedented creation of a majority out of a Socialist-Communist-Prosperity Coalition government, which was quickly ousted in 2280 by a Federalist-Liberal coalition. In 2288, the Federalist-Socialist Coalition reformed, with the Federalist Presidential candidate Husni al-Atassi Pasha and the Socialist Speaker of the Assembly candidate Roza Rohat Sekban winning their respective posts. As of 2289, the Grand National Assembly houses 33 members of the United Federalist Party, 19 members of the Canaanite Socialist Party, 28 members of the Liberal Republican Party, 4 members of the Islamic Unity Party, 4 members of the Canaanite Falangist Party, 3 members of the Internationalist Communist Party, 4 members of the United Prosperity Party, and 4 seats which do not recognize any party affiliation.
The planet of Saltus, which is the home to approximately 30% of the Republic’s population, maintains a level of self-rule. Though the eight Vilayets on Saltus are equally represented in the Grand National Assembly, the city of Masmavi is the seat of the Saltusian Assembly, which serves to govern intraplanetary commerce, enforce laws, and enact legislation, so long as it does not contradict the acts of the Grand National Assembly. Prior to the New Canaan War, similar systems had been established on the planets of Tyrus and Gediz, though neither were given full representation in the Grand National Assembly.
As a founding member of the Solar Sector Commercial Authority, the Republic of New Canaan maintains close relationships with the United Centauri Republic, the Commonwealth of Tau Ceti, and the Sirius Federation. Canaanite businesses regularly operate across these borders, and travel between these nations is frequent. New Constantinople maintains a particularly close relationship with the Pan American Republic, as the two dominant powers in the New Canaan Corridor, with Pan American doctors and engineers often studying at universities in the Republic of New Canaan and the two navies regularly conduction joint exercises. Relations with the Argentine Federal Republic have been mildly strained, as objections to the Federal Republic’s full membership in the SSCA have largely arisen from the Republic of New Canaan and the United Centauri Republic.
New Canaan has historically enjoyed a friendly relationship with the nations of the Democratic Federation, both due to the Democratic Federation’s early support of the creation of a Turkish homeland and close commercial contacts between the two nations. In recent years, however, relations have gone from friendly to merely positive as the SSCA has begun to exert more independence from Federation influence. As relations between New Canaan and the Empire of Japan have also warmed, the Federation has begun to be more wary of New Canaan’s loyalties. Nevertheless, New Canaan enjoys close business and cultural relations with nations in the Democratic Federation, particularly the Pacific States of America, the French Republic, and the African Union.
Relations with the Empire of Japan have historically been chilly, with an all-time low in the 2260s following the Japanese Bombing of Joseph, after which 78% of New Canaanite citizens indicated a willingness to join with the Democratic Federation should war between the two powers erupt. However, following the events of the New Canaan War, the Empire of Japan made a concentrated effort to open further business within the Republic, which has done much to normalize relations between the two nations. While competition between Japanese and New Canaanite technology firms for the New Canaan market is often fierce, the animosity between the tow governments has largely been left behind.
Interaction between the Republic of New Canaan and the Soviet Union is uncommon, and the relationship between the two nations is fairly ambivalent. The same is true for the Greater German Reich and Spanish State, though the Italian expatriate communities in the New Canaan Republic have led to some cordial relations between Elysium and New Constantinople. Other nations, such as the Federal Nordic Cooperative, the Geneva Confederation, the Vega Confederation, and the Federative Republic of Endi Martell have similarly ambivalent relations with the Republic of New Canaan. During the early 2200s, a positive relationship developed between the Republic and the Greater Orthodox Union, a relationship exemplified by the Patriarch of Constantinople’s annual Easter service in the Aya Sofia Cathedral in New Constantinople.
The Republic’s relationship with the Islamic Arab Republic tends to swing between cordial and strained, as the two nations, along with the Federative Republic of Endi Martell, often consider each other rivals for cultural prominence among the Islamic community of the Orion Arm. New Canaan has accused the Islamic Arab Republic of oppressing Shi’a Muslims and promoting an overly autocratic government, while the IAR has typically considered New Canaan’s liberal, secularized, Turkish culture to be inferior to the Pan-Arabism of the IAR. Despite this, the two have often cooperated to promote the study and understanding of Islam in the Orion Arm, and have, on several occasions, lobbied the against Islamic persecution in the Soviet Union.
Within the New Canaan Corridor, the Republic of New Canaan enjoys positive relationships with many of the colonial assemblies, such as those in Hesperus, Lutece, Vesuvius, Alexandria, Brunswick, and Aurora. New Constantinople is often referred to as the “Gateway to the New Canaan Corridor,” and is a common stopping point for colonists, and the Republic conducts large-scale business with the colonies. The Republic of New Canaan is often regarded with suspicion by the nations of the Joseph System, leading to chilly and mistrustful relations with the Jefferson Confederacy, the American Confederacy, and the Republic of Richmond.
Since the 2270s, the Republic of New Canaan and the Republic of Gediz have maintained a “special relationship,” with business and travel occurring between the two nations occurring despite generally wary public relations. Gedizi suppression of the freedoms of speech and the press, as well as their generally fascist leanings, are often criticized by New Canaanite observers, while Canaanite businesses are frequently criticized of “economic imperialism” in Gediz. Despite this, the relationship between the two allows Gediz to access the wider economic sphere of New Canaan and the SSCA, while the cooperation between New Canaan and Gediz is used to cow the Tyrus Caliphate when threats of military action are made.
Relations between the Republic of New Canaan and the Tyrus Caliphate are almost universally poor. Three assassination attempts carried out against high-profile New Canaanite politicians have been traced to agents of the Tyrus Caliphate, as well as the Mehmed Station Bombing of 2278, which resulted in the deaths of seven New Canaanite citizens. As of 2289, polling suggests that between 40% and 50% of the citizens of New Canaan support military action against the Tyrus Caliphate, with approximately 25% supporting the re-annexation of Tyrus into the New Canaan Republic.
Though the New Canaan Republic was initially founded on an ideal of non-militarism, the realities of international politics, reinforced by the New Canaan War, have led to a recent buildup of New Canaanite military capabilities. The majority of this buildup has been centered around the New Canaan Navy and New Canaan Air Force. Designed on the models of the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, respectively, the NCN and NCAF have become the most technologically advanced in the New Canaan Corridor. While the majority of the NCN's vessels are designed on the models of USN vessels, such as the Mesih-Class Cruiser, the Piri Reis-Class Destroyer is entirely of New Canaanite design, and the pride of the NCN. NCN Doctrine, known as the New Devshimire, emphasizes coordination between medium-sized destroyers providing cover for well-coordinated offensive maneuvers by advanced fighters and bombers. The New Canaan Navy regularly conducts wargames with the Pan-American Navy.
The military of the Republic of New Canaan is a volunteer-only force, with constitutional provisions for a civilian draft should it be approved by the Grand National Assembly. A draft has only been suggested on the Assembly floor once, in 2264, and was soundly defeated. Acceptance to the military varies by branch, but generally requires a high level of physical fitness and technical competence. Following the passage of the Rizgan-Bayrak Serviceman Act of 2215, 5 years of service in any branch of the New Canaan military without serious infractions qualifies servicemen for state-sponsored university education. The New Canaan military recognizes conscientious objection on several grounds, and encourages citizens to apply for conscientious objector status even during peacetime.
Outside of the New Canaan War, the military of New Canaan has predominantly been involved in peacekeeping activities throughout the New Canaan Corridor. Divisions will often be sent on the request of colonial authorities to assist with recovery from natural disasters or the construction of infrastructure in the case of emergency, activities which have done much to build up goodwill to the Republic of New Canaan within the New Canaan Corridor. Perhaps the most famous operation carried out by the New Canaan military outside of the New Canaan War was the seizure of the “Oasis of the Stars,” a joint operation carried out with the Pan American Republic following the capture of the international cruise liner by members of the Black Mask criminal organization.
The Republic of New Canaan is divided into thirty-three provinces, known as vilayets, across two planets. Each vilayet is administered by a governor and an elected assembly, which is itself composed of representatives from sub-regions of each vilayet, known as kazas. The 33 vilayets are divided into a total of 1,285 kazas. Vilayets also elect three representatives to the Grand National Assembly, and on Saltus, two more representatives to the Saltusian Assembly. The Republic is built upon a unitary, not federal, system, in which the vilayets are subordinated to the Grand National Assembly and positions in local administrations are either elected by constituents or appointed by the Grand National Assembly. Administrative systems in the vilayets and razas are commonly considered extensions of the administration from New Constantinople, rather than independent agencies operating under New Constantinople’s legal structure.
New Canaan maintains two primary intelligence agencies, the National Intelligence Organization (Turkish: Millî İstihbarat Teşkilatı) and the Foreign Services Office (Turkish: Dış Hizmetler Ofisi). The NIO is primarily concerned with internal intelligence, including maintaining customs protocol and security at spaceports, investigating criminal organizations that extend across vilayet borders and thus beyond the jurisdiction of viyalet police forces, carrying out counterintelligence operations within the Republic, and ensuring cybersecurity for the government of New Canaan. Unlike the FSO, the NIO is staffed largely by non-military personnel, though security for both the NIO’s center of operations in Lazkiye and any operations that require security is commonly provided by the New Canaan Marines, with whom the NIO maintains a close relationship.
The FSO, meanwhile, is charged with foreign intelligence operations, which officially include the investigation of international criminal organizations, particularly the Black Mask, the Dead Hands, and the Sumiyoshi-kai, the protection of New Canaan from external cyberattacks, and the investigation of external terrorist threats. Though the FSO has never publicly admitted to taking part in the infiltration of foreign governments or use of covert operations in foreign nations, it is widely speculated that they have done so, especially in cooperation with the American Central Intelligence Agency. The FSO is staffed by many veterans of the New Canaan military. The FSO maintains an armed branch, the Special Services Division (Turkish: Özel Hizmetler Bölümü), a special activities group used for both security and tactical operations against criminal organizations. The SSD was formed following the attack on the Oasis of the Stars in 2197, and has seen action in several high-profile operations, most notably the liberation of Adanija Station, when a team of 10 SSD agents stormed a Sumoyoshi-kai held apartment building in Adanija Station, resulting in the death of 17 Sumoyoshi-kai associates and the capture of the notorious human trafficker Sakurazaki Tetsuya.
The Republic of New Canaan maintains an appointment-based peerage system inspired by various titles from the Ottoman Empire. Though these titles are only a rough approximation of their original uses in the Ottoman Empire, they have been praised for maintaining a sense of cultural continuity within the Republic. Peerage titles are non-hereditary, and granted by acts of Vilayet Assemblies in accordance with the guidelines established by the Grand National Assembly. Titles may be revoked under outstanding circumstances, though outside of the impeachment of public officials, such revocation is rare. The possession of a title grants one the privileges of the title’s use on official documents and state funding for one’s funeral, as well as several minor privileges granted by private institutions.
A total of five titles exist within the New Canaanite peerage system, two military and three civilian. The title of Sekban is awarded to officers in the New Canaan Armed Forces at the rank of Colonel or higher, or the equivalent in other branches of the Armed Forces. The title of Yeniçeri, meanwhile, is bestowed upon any member of the Armed Forces who has been recognized for valorous actions while on duty. The title of Yeniçeri is the only peerage title to have been covertly awarded, with six FSO agents between 2216 and 2289 receiving the title but being barred from accepting it or being recognized as such due to operational security. Four of these orders to remain covert have since been declassified, three of which posthumously.
Two titles, Bey and Pasha, are awarded to civilians in particular positions of government. Governors of Vilayets are granted the title of Bey, while representatives in the Grand National Assembly, Saltusian Assembly, members of the President’s cabinet, ambassadors to foreign nations, and the President himself are granted the title of Pasha. However, Presidents often already have titles, commonly Bey, Sekban, or Pasha, that they maintain. Impeachment from office is a valid reason for the revocation of titles. The final civilian title, and most commonly awarded one, is Agha, a broadly defined title often translated in English as “the honorable.” Agha may be awarded to any civilian recognized for an “outstanding contribution to the Republic of New Canaan.” This includes notable artists, scholars, scientists, and public servants.
There are 176 Million citizens of the Republic of New Canaan residing across the Orion Arm. Considered the primary inheritor of the cultural legacies of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey, New Canaanites are predominantly descended from inhabitants of Asia Minor, the Levant, and parts of the Middle East. Other citizens are descended from immigrants from Italy and Sicily, North Africa, and Spain in substantial numbers, as well as smaller communities from across the spectrum of human habitation. Since colonization in the late 2160s and early 2170s, the population of New Canaan has grown steadily, including a minor baby boom in the late 2260s following the return of soldiers from the New Canaan War. Population growth has generally been higher in rural regions of the Republic than urban ones, especially in the Saltusian Breadbasket region. It is estimated that the population of the Republic of New Canaan will eclipse 200 Million by 2315.
The 2162 New Canaan Charter initially granted to the Turkish Homeland Council specified the creation of a “Turkish Homeland” in the New Canaan System. During the preceding two centuries, however, the Republic of Turkey had become a popular destination for refugees from the greater Middle East region, who were fleeing the advance of the Scinfaxi war machine. Turkey had seen an influx of Lebanese, Syrian, Kurdish, Armenian, and Persian immigrants, some of whom were subsumed into Turkish culture while others maintained distinct cultural communities. The Turkish Homeland Council, in 2164, elected to permit the settlement of any groups who had lived within the Republic of Turkey in New Canaan.
Immigration statistics from the 22nd century, considered the “colonization period” of the Republic of New Canaan, included a self-identification section which tracked the colonists of the system. Self-identified Turks composed 42% of the colonists, numbering over 25 Million. Three groups, identifying themselves as Kurds, Levantines (Lebanese or Syrian), and Turkish Cypriots saw between 8 Million and 2 Million colonists. A wide variety of groups saw between 2 Million and 100,000 colonists, including Armenians, Persians, Arabians, Afghans, Georgians, Greeks, Spaniards, Italians, Turcomans, and Yemenis.
Following the colonization period, immigration to the Republic of New Canaan decreased substantially. Many groups of Turks, Syrians, and North Africans who had taken up residence in the nations of the Democratic Federation immigrated to the Republic, bringing with them elements of American, Pacific, British, and French culture, which often formed distinct cultural communities within the cities of New Canaan. Communities such as Little London in Masmavi and the French Parish in Odise were established by such groups.
Slightly less than 2/3rds of the population of the Republic of New Canaan reside in the 40 largest cities of the nation. Of these, approximately 80 Million citizens live in the 10 largest cities in the Republic of New Canaan. The largest city in the Republic, and the dominant city on the planet of Saltus, is Masmavi, which has a population of 21.2 Million. The second-largest city in the Republic and the largest city on New Constantinople is the capital of Konstantiyye-i Cedid, with a population of 18.1 Million. The 40 largest cities of the Republic include all 33 capitals of the Vilayets, which serve not only as administrative centers of the Republic, but also as centers of commerce, culture, and transportation across the Republic.
The 10 largest cities, by population, are:
- Masmavi, Masmavi Vilayet, Saltus, New Canaan Republic (21.2 Million)
- New Constantinople, Dulkadir Vilayet, New Constantinople, New Canaan Republic (18.1 Million)
- Yüce, Van Vilayet, New Constantinople, New Canaan Republic (14.7 Million)
- Prensadasi City, Prensadasi Vilayet, New Constantinople, New Canaan Republic (7.4 Million)
- Odise, Trabzon Vilayet, New Constantinople, New Canaan Republic (5.6 Million)
- Bayrut-Nuvelle, Tūr Maurōn Vilayet, New Constantinople, New Canaan Republic (4.9 Million)
- New Bodrum, Korkut Vilayet, New Constantinople, New Canaan Republic (3.1 Million)
- Korkut, Nîlek Vilayet, Saltus, New Canaan Republic (2.2 Million)
- Antiokya, Nabatiye Vilayet, New Constantinople, New Canaan Republic (1.7 Million)
- New Rodos, Mermer Vilayet, Saltus, New Canaan Republic (1.4 Million)
The official and most widely spoken language in the Republic of New Canaan is Turkish. Primarily influenced by Ottoman Turkish, the Turkish that is spoken in New Canaan has also taken influence from both Arabic, due to the number of Arabic-speaking immigrants to the Republic, as well as German, due to the years spent under German dominion following the First Scinfaxi War. Over 90% of the population of New Canaan speaks Turkish as a first language, with the majority of the remainder speaking Arabic instead. Citizens of New Canaan that learn a second language tend to learn Japanese, English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
The Republic of New Canaan is predominantly Islamic, with private beliefs held by 84% of the population and attendance of religious services hovering around 50% of the population. Though the original settlers of the Republic of New Canaan were a mix of Sunni and Shia, their cohabitation of the New Canaan system has led to a reduced emphasis on the Sunni-Shia divide, and a renewed interest in the jurisprudential schools of Islam.
Tracing their roots to the various Islamic nations on Earth, the Islamic jurisprudential schools have historically been the intellectual dividing lines between islamic sects. The prevalence of theological, philosophical, and legal education in the Republic of New Canaan has placed an emphasis on individualistic, intellectual interpretations of religion. The largest of these schools is the Neo-Mu’tazilite School of Islam, which roughly 41% of the population of the Republic of New Canaan ascribe to.
The Ulema, alternatively spelled Ulama, refers to the body of legal and theological experts in the Republic of New Canaan. Derived from the religious-legal literati in Islamic civilizations on Earth, the Ulema of the Republic of New Canaan has evolved into a scholarly, theological, and philosophical intellectual class. Though their influence is vastly reduced due to the development of a secular legal system, the Ulema have remained culturally and religiously significant in New Canaan, and have shaped much of the theological and philosophical of the Republic. Membership in the Ulema is restricted to those that have received doctorates in Theology or Philosophy, and has been divided into a variety of schools.
One of the most tangible effects of the New Canaanite Ulema has been the development of Neo-Mu’tazilite Islam, an Islamic jurisprudential philosophy that has rapidly become the most widely followed school of Islamic though in the Republic of New Canaan. Inspired by the Mu’tazilites of the eighth and ninth centuries in the Abbasid Caliphate, the Neo-Mu’tazilite philosophy was also colored by the ideas of positivism, or the evaluation of religion on scientific principles.
A major distinguishing factor of the Neo-Mu’tazilites, inspired by their namesake, is the concept that righteousness and religious affiliation are not intrinsically tied; in other words, that one’s religion does not have any meaningful impact on their morality. This concept has been condemned by the Tyrus Caliphate and much of the Islamic community in the Islamic Arabic Republic as heretical and, according to the Tyrus Caliphate, atheistical. Nevertheless, the Neo-Mu’tazilites have maintained close relationships with non-Muslims living in the Republic of New Canaan while simultaneously preserving important Islamic traditions as cultural touchstones.
Philosophy, the Arts, and Society
Due to the cultural effects of Neo-Mu’tazilite Islam and the New Canaan Ulema, the Republic of New Canaan has become a center for philosophical and artistic thought in both the Islamic world and the New Canaan Corridor. History, literature, philosophy, and theology have all flourished in the Republic of New Canaan, as well as a popular resurgence of calligraphy as an art form. The various Ulema Schools are renowned in the New Canaan Corridor and beyond for their publications on history, philosophy, and theology, and many aspiring students from the region make their way to the Republic of New Canaan for their education.
In many ways, the artistic and cultural forms of the Republic of New Canaan harken back to the days of the Ottoman Empire. Ottoman Revival architecture is popular across the Republic, Persian-Style poetry is common, and Canaanite carpets remain luxury products in most of the Orion Arm. Dress in the Republic of New Canaan is largely influenced by Western European styles, though brightly-colored scarves are favored by Canaanite women during the winter, and traditional Turkish styles have gained popularity in recent years.
The Coffee House has remained one of the most important parts of Canaanite intellectual and cultural life. As ubiquitous as mosques and schools to every town, coffeehouses are gathering spots for most levels of Canaanite society, and major engines of culture within the Republic. They also tend to be the homes of Ulema Schools, and places where the non-inducted can interact with the Ulema and their philosophical musings.
The New Canaan economy is built primarily on Keynesian principles, with the government in New Constantinople taking a moderately active role in the regulation and control of the markets. Government assistance was critical in the establishment of early industries and infrastructure in the New Canaan system, and the generally well-maintained transportation systems, both on-planet and in space, have helped the New Canaan Republic maintain a robust economy.
Shipping and transportation make up the largest sector of the New Canaanite economy. A variety of New Canaanite shipping firms, led by KKS Engineering, dominate transportation of goods and people throughout the New Canaan Corridor. Many colonial states in the New Canaan Corridor rely on the various New Canaanite shipping firms for supplies and colonists, creating a major market for New Canaan businesses. The shipping industry works closely with the agriculture industry, which benefits from the major agricultural surplus generated on New Constantinople and Saltus. Cooperation between farms and shipping firms means that many colonists in the New Canaan Corridor eat foods grown and raised in the New Canaan Republic.
Recent demand for a powerful spaceborn fleet for the New Canaan Republic has opened a new window in demand for cutting-edge technology, and industry that is dominated by companies located on Saltus. For much of the 2240s and 2250s, New Canaanite technology was considered cheap knock-offs of Japanese goods. Recent advances, as well as the growing reputation of Saltus's technological firms, have begun to change this model. The New Canaan Navy now exclusively uses navigational equipment and life support systems manufactured within the New Canaan Republic. This has caused and economic boom on Saltus, bringing vast wealth to the cities and technology firms on the planet.
New Canaan, and in particular the planet of Saltus, is a major producer of luxury culinary goods. Fine spices, in particular, were discovered as part of the natural ecosystem of Saltus pre-terraforming, and have been cultivated as a specialty product of New Canaan. similarly, though coffee is a ubiquitous good across much of the Orion Arm, New Canaanite coffee beans are highly sought after due to the refined growing techniques and unique soil composition of Saltus. Canaanite cuisine has influenced the cuisines of a variety of colonies throughout the Orion Arm, and has become a popular niche style in the Pacific States of America.
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