PILGRIM: Travels in Space
Inner Planetary Union
Made up of Venus, Mercury, and small stations orbiting within their orbits, the Inner Planetary Union is a lesser power in the Solar System. After Mars lead the charge in peacefully separating from Earth in 2112, Venus and Mercury followed suit. Thanks to their strong ties and general proximity, the two planets consolidated power. Their government is a parliamentary system, with two houses of government, the House of Venus and the House of Mercury. The Union maintains a small fleet, but generally works to maintain diplomatic ties with its neighbors. The Union’s capital is Union Station, orbiting the sun between the orbits of Mercury and Venus.
United Earth Coalition
The longest-running solar government, the United Earth Coalition for many decades claimed the entire Solar System as it’s territory. In 2112, amidst mounting tensions from many planets and moons, the UEC gave up control of those territories. Consisting of the member nations of the United Nations and the government of Luna, the UEC still remains the most powerful government amongst mankind. The UEC operates under a democracy, updated from the early United Nations charter, and maintains the strongest stellar fleet amongst the governments of humanity. It’s capital is in New York City, at the site of the original U.N. Headquarters.
The initial seeds of liberation were sown on Mars in the early 22nd Century. After tension and difficulties between Earth and Mars eventually resulted in the signing of the Interplanetary Independence Accord, the Red Planet became a cultural and technological paradise thanks to early investment by Earth, and continued investment by numerous mega-corporations seeking to take advantage of a powerful new market. That, coupled with a strong work ethic and educational effort by the Martian government, produced glittering cities and advanced technology on par or surpassing that of Earth. A loose confederacy of provinces, established surrounding the initial colonies on Mars, maintain a government focused on provincial rights and socialist-oriented industry. The Martian Confederacy’s powers extend from Mars to Phobos, Deimos, and several larger Belt Colonies, including Ceres. The capital of the Martian Confederacy is Opportunity, at the foot of Olympus Mons.
The numerous moons of Jupiter, particularly the Galilean moons, form the government surrounding the Jupiter orbital region. Also known as the Jovian Territories, other members include some small Belt Colonies. The government is made up of mining and manufacturing consortiums, which hold most of the power and each send representatives to the Jovian Council from major colonies and space stations. To be a citizen of Galilea Prime, an individual must work in one of the approved businesses and corporations that make up the government. Otherwise, that individual simply is classified as a ‘Member’, with limited rights and no say in colonial voting. This emphasis on commercial enterprise has made Galilea Prime a strong force in terms of material wealth and manufacturing. The capital of Galilea Prime is Danae, the largest colony on the surface of Europa.
League of Outer Planets
The League consists of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their respective moons, as well as outposts beyond Neptune’s orbit. Despite it’s broad territories, the League is one of the minor powers within the Solar System. The League features a government similar in nature to Galilea Prime, although it provides significantly more freedom to it’s citizens, and does not require it’s people to work in industries that are government members. The League maintains a fleet made up of privateer ships, which conduct trade and explore the farther reaches of the Solar System in addition to it’s preexisting military obligations. The capital of the League is Theban, a colony on the surface of Rhea.
Many of the large corporations that emerged during the 20th and 21st Centuries have not only maintained a foothold in solar society, but have grown incredibly large, to the point where many maintain provinces and stations within national borders. Some small asteroids are even considering sole corporate property. Companies like LG, Samsung, Hitachi, Carnival, GE, Exxon, AT&T, Boeing, Verizon, and many others have large presences in daily life, as well as other groups that have emerged in more recent years.