This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.
This story concerns the end of the United Global Alliance, a former human government based on Earth. Learn more about their history here.
[EARTH STANDARDIZED SOLAR DATE 2303.08.17]
The following speech was delivered by Imperiatrix Nadezhda Sayanovich to commemorate the rise of the United Galactic Imperium. Glory to the Empire. Gnasci Imperium.
The wolves howl at our door.
Their baying sounds the clarion call of our annihilation.
Can you hear it? Our comrades, the Athirova, hear it. Even their legendary warriors are powerless in the face of a foe on their borders whose time is passed, yet whose power is overwhelming. We stand as guardians of our brothers, as the guardians of peace and reason for the entire galaxy. We are the sword of the Federation, and the armor, and yet what are we in the face of the Avarrian threat? We are nothing, citizens. All of our power, our unsurpassed military technology, pales in comparison to what we face.
What of the rest of the galaxy? Human history has taught us, since time immemoriam, that when the wolves are clawing at your borders, you unite to turn them back. You join together in a grand alliance and you resist annihilation with blood and steel and sweat!
In this, the Federation has failed! The Eruxo fled, sealing themselves in their borders to hoard their wealth and war amongst themselves!
The Jogollwa withdrew, believe the UGA too ruthless, too powerful, to be trusted. And what of our enemies?
The Yapathi have turned further inward, cowering prostrate to more powerful empires, hoping the galaxy passes them by so they may rebuild from the ashes.
The Vool laugh and spit upon our diplomats, continuing to accumulate military power, more attached to the idea of fighting humans than uniting to save all spacefaring races.
Only the Concord still stands with us in the face of a threatened onslaught of overwhelming force, and what does our own government do?
They send diplomats to our enemies seeking peace and cooperation. They put human and Elaminid lawyers on the task of dissolving the Federation![The crowd boos lustily.]
Our leaders abdicate their bravery for cowardice. They seek to abandon our brothers in their hour of need to be fodder for the wolves. We say nay![The crowd goes berserk.]
They have done more than abandon their spine, they have lost their legitimacy! The United Global Alliance has lost the mandate to lead humanity! They have lost the right to represent and fight for all of us!
The Interstellar Fleet will not stand for this, and we have not gone without acting. Four hours ago, our finest marines seized members of the defunct Senate and detained them for trial.[Nervous chattering from the crowd that balloons into grand, sweeping applause.]
The old Alliance has been washed away! I declare the emergence of the United Galactic Imperium![Deafening applause.]
Our priority is brotherhood! Our policy is defense! We will face the enemies at our door, and we will cast them screaming into oblivion! We will defend our friends and allies! We will make the galaxy a safe place for all peoples to live, learn, and grow!
But first, we must rise. We must be unchallenged by those who would let petty squabbles get in the way of mutual survival. We must punish dangerous dissension. We must send a message that no force, no culture, no race alive can mistake!
Our first act will be a forceful incursion into Vool space. We will drive them from our borders. We will seize the frontier worlds they plan to use even now to mount attacks against us. We will humble them, we will render their military impotent, and we will force them to stand behind us as we lead the charge for galactic prosperity.
The time is now. Let every citizen do their part. Let every citizen stand shoulder to shoulder with their brothers and sisters. Let us embrace all freedom loving peoples and put those who despise our ways and our people under our heel. Let us work for the glory of humanity! Let us fight for the Imperium!
Gnasci Imperium![The crowd chants the motto until they are hoarse in voice and raw in spirit.]
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