Southern Cross Alliance is a community organisation focusing on catering to all playstyles. Headquartered at /r/southerncrossalliance for Australians, New Zealanders and other like-timezoned players.
Southern Cross Alliance started as just an offhand remark on a Reddit post which cascaded into a fun, vibrant community. The organisation quickly grew as Australians and New Zealanders flocked to the banner of the Southern Cross, growing 100 members in our first month as a listed Organisation. Now Several years in the growth continues, now the SCA listing boasts more than 500 members, Several thousand ships make up the fleet, but this isn’t a fleet consisting only of single seat fighters, rather the fleet numbers many capital ships including, 3 Javelin Destroyers and 15 Idris’. So what does this mean? It means we will never be lacking in things to do.
Since 2946 the SCA have hosted the Crux Cup, a community run racing event and the home of the AURORA Classic.—————————————————————————-
We have taken to writing up little fictional “in verse” pieces of Lore relating to the history of our organisation and our members. While we do try to be consistent with official SC Lore, our intent is to create organisational history in a fun, creative way. We will periodically update the piece of Org-Lore that we are showcasing.
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Relations began to sour between Earth and Terra at the dawn of the 29th century. The International Governors Congress (IGC) on Earth were believed arrogant and self-righteous, it is was as though their mantra, “We are the cradle of humanity!” was a claim to an inalienable right for preferential treatment. Such a view was irksome to many, not least among Terrans. Terrans then, as they do now see themselves as the first among equals, Terra is after all the nexus of multiple Jump points and trade routes and were the first to oppose the Messers corrupt governance of the empire. Truly, Terra is the centre of the UEE.
The failure of the Archangel project, which was started in 2872, to produce quick results only increased the perception of Earths irrelevance, especially as earth’s senators to the UEE Congress were, and continues to be amongst the most vocal supporters of the project. This has done little to ease the rivalry and tensions, especially as the Terran representatives to the UEE Congress have been and continued to be the loudest opponent of the Archangel project if only to oppose their Earthen counterparts. Thus while Earth sought to maintain their premier position within the empire, some Terrans were beginning to question the need for earth at all.
As the millennium of Earth’s first global war neared, Earth’s International Governor’s Congress resolved to hold events throughout Empire that year to commemorate the sacrifices of those men, and all who had sacrificed in the past, (for these sacrifices are what has made humanity and thus Earth great) and focus attention within the Empire upon Earth, the cradle of empire.
One of the planned events was the “The Millennium Race”.
The Millennium Race was held in the Sol System on the 25th April, the date chosen as it coincided with ANZAC Day. ANZAC day an aeons old remembrance day was proposed by earth’s Oceanic governor, Hershall Verne Evatt, and accepted by the IGC as this event had come to signify sacrifice, duty, honour, mateship and chief for the politicians on earth, commitment to the empire.
A new race track which was constructed and named New Suvla, after the hallowed grounds of Suvla Bay, where soldiers had died on foreign soil for the sake of Empire. But the expense of building a massive raceway to honour empire seemed to the Terran Congress to recall the Messer years excesses and thus complained that it was a waste of Imperial funds and merely sought to detract the Citizens of the empire from the insignificance of Earth and the problems the empire faced.
The first Millennium race was a success, all eyes of the empire were focussed on Earth, visits to the Sol system increased tenfold and Billions followed the races via their mobiglass.
However, the IGC were shattered when the Champion, a Terran pilot, Captain Wilson Alexander George promptly praised Terra as the true shining light of the empire during his victory speech. Captain W.A. George (call sign WAG) also went on to win the Murray Cup in 2915. He died during post Murray Cup celebrations, having drowned in a tub filled with Champagne.
Conspiracy theorists still maintain W.A.G was assassinated because of the perceived insult he had offered earth. However, there is no truth to these allegations, and no evidence has ever been produced that indicates foul play. All the IGC members and many on Earth were as shocked at the death like everyone else, and despite the theorists claims that Earth was involved, in truth Earth had nothing to gain from such an act.
While a success, the race failed to become the premier racing event. Still, the races at the New Silva Raceway have continued and remained popular, being used by pilots to count towards entry into the Murray Cup. Also, race organisers petitioned for and were granted a name change after all; every year cannot be the Millennium of sacrifice. The Oceanic representative, Hershall Verne Evatt, argued that the renamed event must still honour the ANZACS. As a result of Hershall Evatt’s efforts, the race is still held at the New Suvla track on Earth every April, with the champion crowned on the 25th April. The races were renamed the Crux Cup (after the Constellation, the old ANZACS held dear) and the Winner named the ACRUX the brightest star. While the name change was purely a pragmatic one, conspiracy theorists have argued it was because the IGC desired the name change to remove the link to the suspicious death of the first champion and the memory of Capt. George’s victory speech praising Terra over Earth. Having failed to establish the premier racing event the IGC showed less resolve than they have for the Archangel project and recently withdrew from official sponsorship of the races, opening the door for new sponsors and organisations to host the event.—————————————————————
Captain Wilson Alexander George or WAG, was the winner of the 2915 Murray Cup, A Terran National whose rise to fame and notoriety and fame was relatively brief. WAG had been a member of the Minute Men the premier interceptor squadron of then Terra Militia; he resigned his Commission in 2915 to follow a career in racing.
His first appearance on the inter-planetary scene was the Millennium Races held at the New Suvla Track on Earth during the Millennium Races. The Millennium Races were devised by Earth’s Congress to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the of what Earthers still referred to as the Great War. Earth’s IGC hoped to promote the notion that Earth was still the premier planet within the UEE.
WAG’s unparalleled piloting skill enabled him to consistently navigate the New Suvla course and take the title as champion for that race. If his racing skill was not enough to bring fame, he was forever linked to the growing tension between Earth and Terra when rather than praising Earth as the cradle of the UEE he promptly claimed Terra was the brightest light in the UEE and true Center of Empire.
Given his piloting skill, it was no surprise that Captain George easily qualified for the Murray Cup in the same year. As in his previous races, WAG’s piloting skills enabled him to easily win all stages of the Murray Cup championship. It looked as though he would dominate the racing scene for many years to come. This, however, was not the case; his career was unfortunately cut short. He drowned during his Post Cup celebrations, being found in a hot tub that had been filled with Champagne.
Conspiracy theorists on Terra, to this day, claim Earth’s IGC had Captain George “removed” for his comments against earth. While such beliefs still exist among conspiracy theorists, the truth is that Earth was not involved in the death of WAG. Given his dominance of the Race Track and the number of professional racers, he had easily defeated it is more likely that, if he was the victim of foul play, that it was rivals in the racing community that arranged for his demise.
Southern Cross Alliance is an organisation that strives to provide a safe environment for players from between the UTC+8 (west oz) to the UTC+12 (Kiwiland) timezones to work together. We’re all in that annoying spot that the rest of the world is never playing when we want to – so why wait for them? Catch them while they sleep, so we believe.
This has lead to some interesting budding Alliances with some major powers who want the added muscle of someone to watch their assets while they sleep (kind of like the whole Vampire/Werewolf alliance, without the slavery side of it.) which not only benefits them but us as well. But don’t get us wrong, we are not all the Carebear type who want to fly in the safety of patrolled space. We welcome all kinds of Adventurers to our fold, and our operations will cover a large part of patrolled and unpatrolled space.
Southern Cross Alliance is an organisation that provides a home to Star Citizens from Australia, New Zealand, Oceania and others within the UTC+8 and UTC+12 time zones (That’s West Aus through to Kiwiland) or who feel a connection to our cause. The Southern Cross Alliance is here to help you play the game how you want and with the people who are like-minded in goals and principles.