On December 5th, 2946, the United Empire Astrogeology Survey, a science and defense cooperative, was founded to answer the growing demand for an organization that would explore the stars, acquire their resources, and protect those who would settle there. The UEAS was chartered by a coalition of scientists, explorers, industrialists and former military personnel to see these goals through.
The UEAS’s heritage can be traced back centuries, but three major modern events lead to its creation.
2941; the UEE Senate passed the Historical Truth Act, declassifying thousands of government documents. Exploration data from centuries of military pathfinding expeditions became available to the public for the first time, creating a new and expanded market for exploration startups.
In 2942; the UEE Synthworld project failed to meet its latest milestones, scorning project investors and reinvigorating private sector homesteading initiatives.
2945; the Battle of Vega II lead to the UEE Militia Mobilization Initiative, authorizing the purchase of military grade starships, weapons, and equipment for Citizens willing to take up the burden of defense on the frontier.
This created precedent for an agency that would not only deliver science, data, and resources to the Citizens of the Empire, but defense for those living on its fringes.
The Survey is an independent exploration geology cooperative, with a focus on science, industry, homestead support and self-sufficiency. The UEAS specializes in planetary survey, research and development, defense, and resource acquisition in the Empire and beyond.
The UEAS is comprised of five departments: Exploration, Industry, Logistics, Security, and Operations. These departments work both independently and together to achieve the Survey’s goals.
Specialists of the UEAS are in high demand, and come from scientific, engineering, security and trade backgrounds. The Astrogeological Survey is currently hiring in all Departments – this includes high-level openings. The needs of the UEAS includes researchers, technicians, miners, haulers, security personnel, and other experts in multiple disciplines. Everyone is vital to our day-to-day operation; talk to a UEAS recruiter to discuss current opportunities.
If you are looking to employ the UEAS, contact a Survey representative. The Chairman or a member of the Oversight Board can be reached on Spectrum and will handle your contract questions and provide quotes for Survey work.
The United Empire Astrogeological Survey is a scientific cooperative, an exploration geology enterprise, and defense contractor, with a focus on cartography, resource acquisition, deep space research, frontier protection and homestead initiatives. The UEAS aims to study, map and categorize the worlds of the Empire and beyond, the flora, fauna, hazards and resources that can be found there, help and protect those who settle those worlds, and ultimately provide for its members by bringing valuable data and resources to market.
To reach these goals, the Survey is broken into five semiautonomous departments, each with their own goals and mission statements. Working together, they assure the mission of the UEAS is achieved.
The individual mandates of each department are as follows.
Explore new regions, chart new jump points, survey new systems and worlds. Conduct internal Research and Development. Generate relevant exploration data to be utilized by the UEAS’s own scientists and the Industry Department, or to be sold on the open market.
Using proprietary exploration data, conduct industrial resource acquisition and exploitation operations. Process and refine collected resources. Produce manufactured materials to be utilized by the UEAS, or to be sold on the open market. Assist with the construction of homesteads. Provide external industrial services to UEAS clients.
Provide refuel, rearm, and repair services to deployed UEAS assets. Provide long term medical care to UEAS members. Fulfill requisition requests and keep the Exploration, Industry, Security, and Operations departments stocked with the supplies required to maintain their operations. Determine optimal sale locations, customers, and shipping routes; bring data and resources to market.
Provide risk analysis, conduct patrol missions in operational areas, perform time sensitive/potentially hazardous emergency response operations like Search and Rescue, and defend all deployed UEAS assets from harm. Investigate potential security risks, and preemptively prevent loss of UEAS and client assets; be that data, resources, or personnel.
Provide administrative services, expert consultants, and quality assurance for all departments. Aid interdepartmental cooperation, manage funds, acquire contracts, serve as liaisons to clients and other organizations, and help ensure the UEAS’s vision is achieved.
The United Empire Astrogeological Survey is a lawful organization arranged as a representative cooperative with a command structure. Survey Members earn shares by participating in UEAS operations and can participate in organization decisions through their representatives of higher military rank. The goal of the Survey is to provide for its members, render services to its clients, and contribute to the fields of astrogeology and ecology. To this end, the Survey has adopted a modular yet robust hierarchy, which allows it to conduct both coordinated and compartmentalized activities.
The head of the organization is the Operations Director. The Operations Director’s job is to tend to the high-level operation of the organization, to coordinate deployments between UEAS departments, to secure and manage UEAS contracts, and to ensure these contracts are completed to the standards of the Astrogeological Survey. The Operations Director also serves as the Chairman of the Oversight Board.
The Oversight Board is the Survey’s chief governing body. It is comprised of the Directors of each of the UEAS Departments, votes on important matters affecting the organization, and serves as an upper court and chief advising body to the UEAS and Chairman. While departments generally work autonomously, the Board exists to facilitate interdepartmental operations which are key to the UEAS’s success, and to represent the needs of the Survey’s members.
Directors are the chief executive of their respective Department. The UEAS is comprised of five Departments – Exploration, Industry, Logistics, Security, and Operations. These Departments consist of multiple Divisions that oversee specific and self-contained functions of a Department. It is the Director’s job to ensure their Department’s mandates are carried out, that their work is meeting the standard of the UEAS, and that their member’s needs are met.
While the Directors are generally responsible for the organization of their own departments, there is a common hierarchy between all Departments in both rank and structure. The first of these ranks is the Expedition Officer, a Survey executive in charge of a Division. Serving directly under their respective Director, these Officers oversee a key but self-contained facet of their department, such as Naval operations in Security, or Manufacturing in Industry. Depending on the specialty and size of their Division and quantity of operating assets, Expedition Officers may be found serving as the superintendent of a UEAS facility, a dispatcher and coordinator to many widely dispersed units, or the commanding officer of a fleet. Division Heads serve together as members of High Table Command, a council that functions as the UEAS lower court and advising body.
Answering to the Expedition Officers are the Warrant Officers. These leaders are responsible for the cultivation of expertise and implementation of training in their department. They also serve as Wing Leaders – a unit that is not self-sufficient, but a major contributor to the function of their Division. This may manifest as the overseer of several fighter squadrons, a flight of multicrew mining vessels, a tank formation, a warship flotilla, or a multifaceted repair wing, depending on Department and Division.
Reporting to Warrant Officers are the Senior Specialists. Captains, squadron leaders, foreman and explorers, Senior Specialists represent highly skilled and experienced members of a Wing who exhibit extreme aptitude in their field and possess noteworthy leadership capabilities. As such, Senior Specialists may be deployed independently to manage high priority tasks or may manage their own crew of Specialists, called a Team. The smallest unit of the UEAS, Teams can be found across the Survey operating individual starships, ground vehicles, or small instillations. Teams are highly configurable and may be activated or deactivated as needed.
Making up the members of the Teams are the Specialists, the backbone of the Astrogeological Survey. These skilled individuals bring their expertise – whether that be science, engineering, or craft and trade – to bear, ensuring their Team, and by extension their Wing, Division, Department, and the UEAS as a whole function effectively. Specialists often work as researchers, crew, field agents, or infantry during UEAS operations. Specialists are given the chance to work on various Teams as the opportunities arise throughout their career.