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Welcome to the United Space Confederation!

The USC is a Star Citizen community of over 230 members, and we believe our group has something for everyone. Visit: Our United Space Confederation Website to learn more!



History

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The United Space Confederation hasn’t always been a government looking to provide a better environment for the inhabitants of our Galaxy; its roots lie with a modest corporation that predates even the UEE itself. With Roberts Space Industries completing the first commercially available starship in 2140, and space travel becoming more popular by 2200, Eagle Industries was founded on the eve of 2500 with the promise of consumer-friendly, and affordable ship parts for everyday purchases.

With the “Cold War” of 2530 between the United Planets of Earth (UPE) and Xi’An Empire, Eagle Industries, like many ship companies at the time, switched from a parts market to a military market supporting the effort to weaponize ships for combat. This move to weapons, shields, and other military-grade equipment only doubled when the UPE granted Eagle Industries a contract to develop a Mass Accelerator Cannon (MAC) during the First Teverian War in 2542.

With the formation of the UEE in 2546, Messer’s unprecedented expansion and colonization agenda, profits for Eagle Industries soared. However, the company took a stance against the rise of Messer seeing the Empire’s motives for being “too volatile”. Nevertheless, profits began to increase and Eagle Industries expanded operations to several new colony worlds, offering much-needed investment and employment to the backwater populations there, in order to meet the needs of the growing industries. It was an unprecedented time for Eagle Industries.

After publicly condemning the Second Tevarin War of 2603-2610, Eagle Industries joined Senator Assan Kieren of Terra in calling for a vote of sovereignty for Terra and its adjacent systems in 2638. Eagle Industries was one of many to accuse the UEE of involvement in Senator Kieren’s disappearance and alleged death. In the years that followed, Eagle Industries faced massive tax increases, various Eagle executives narrowly avoided multiple assassination attempts, and Eagle Industries convoys started falling prey to a suspicious rise in highly coordinated privateer attacks. Eagle Industries refused to close any of its operations or lay off any workers despite the financial setbacks. Instead, Eagle Industries used the need to provide increased security for their convoys to create a new security division, offsetting their costs by providing regional security and allowing others to join their convoys.

During the political unrest starting around 2715, Eagle Industries continued pushing for social justice and political accountability from the UEE. Despite ever-rising UEE sanctions, Eagle contributed large amounts of credits to multiple organizations lobbying for government reform on Earth. As the UEE became increasingly authoritarian in preparation for war with the Xi’An Empire, Eagle Industries adopted the slogan Equality, Prosperity, Freedom as a symbol of what the company will stand for in the coming years and centuries. The slogan stood as a promise to all Eagle employees of what they could expect from the company, and this act of defiance against the UEE war machine was met with praise from the Eagle employees. There were some who whispered that Eagle Industries might be considering seizing control of the planets their operations were based on. Disgruntled workers and disillusioned administrators began orchestrating the movement for independence from the UEE.

In 2789 Eagle Industries applauded Senator Terrence Akari for negotiating a peace treaty with the young Xi’An Emperor Kray. Eagle, among many others, declared Terra the forward-thinking political entity the galaxy needed and again called for a vote of independence for Terra and surrounding systems. Hit with more politically motivated fines and tax increases, Eagle Industries was being pushed to the brink; forsake what the company had stood for over the centuries and stay in business, or risk financial ruin due to partisan politics and banking institutions friendly to the UEE.

The Massacre of Garron II in 2792 was the final straw for many people, including Eagle Industries. With the backing of its millions of employees, Eagle Industries reorganized into the United Space Confederation, therefore unequivocally joining the uprising against the UEE. Declaring its independence and seizing the planets of the Oracle system from the UEE was not a decision made lightly; the USC had several hard-fought battles with UEE forces who were stationed on the outer fringes of the galaxy. With the uprising on Earth and no reinforcements able to come to their aid, the UEE forces were pushed out of the systems by the ex-Eagle employees turned USC Citizens. With Erin Toi of Earth becoming the new Imperator and promises an age of enlightenment and social consciousness, the UEE requested the relatively small area now under USC control to return to the UEE. Despite the promise of more social consciousness, the unwillingness of Earth to do away with the old Imperator system, and not wanting to dishonor the sacrifice their citizens made to get to this position, the United Space Confederation respectfully declined the UEE request. Wanting to keep the new promise of a more enlightened and socially conscious government, the UEE decided not to challenge the small government. Diplomatic relations between the UEE and the USC remained tense.

Over a century of relative peace follows, with the United Space Confederation keeping its promise of Equality, Prosperity, and Freedom to its citizens. The relative stability in the UEE government meant that, despite its flaws, many were content with the UEE rule. Political activism quietens, and many companies who supported movements and groups such as the USC begin to withdraw extensive financial support. Unfortunately, the UEE’s insistence that Terra remains under their control never wavered and contracts that guaranteed discounted parts and ships for USC fleets begin to fall by the wayside, as many companies look to increase profits where the opportunity presented themselves. Even though Eagle Industries had amassed a huge amount of wealth and assets over the centuries of operations, maintaining the economy of three planets, under UEE trade sanctions, was expensive, not to mention taxing on its citizens.

UEE trade sanctions over the USC nearly doubled in 2919. Increased jump point inspections and blockades meant it was harder for supportive companies and local governments to simply ignore the trade restrictions. By 2929, the USC economy was feeling the strain of the increasing trade sanctions. The USC Citizen Senate initiated cutbacks and sacrifices were made to support the civilian economic structure. Military forces shrink from funding cutbacks and a lack of discounted ships and parts to maintain fleet vessels. In 2935, the Senate made the difficult decision to sell fifty percent of the capital ships in the Defence Force Naval Fleets. The funds are used to stimulate the economy, and fewer ships in the fleet meant lower operating costs for the military. Some small economic growth was seen following the credit injections, and many hoped this is the turning point for USC’s stagnant economic situation.

In late September 2939, Intelligence reports sporadic loss of ships moving within the Oracle system. Speculation of the cause is blamed on the UEE as those people demanded answers. Speculation of the cause is blamed on the UEE. Dismissed in the Citizen Senate, these reports were considered warmongering and downplayed, but on 25 October 2939, the USC Department of Interstellar Commerce lost the USCS White Oak, a fully laden Hull-E class cargo vessel on the edge of the system. The USC Defense Force found the vessel’s severely damaged hull and cargo. Considering the value of such a vessel and its cargo, no one could understand why the ship was not seized, but instead destroyed. Just a month later, the inhabitants of the Oracle system would learn the answer.

On 28 November 2939, the alien race known as the Vanduul invaded the Oracle system. After years of rumors of Vanduul raids, the aliens finally reached the lone Oracle system at humanity’s edge. The USC expected a quick victory, only locating small raid parties, but a Vanduul fleet entering the system squashed all hope of a fast battle when the USC Defense Force’s 1st Fleet was decimated. By 1 December, only a mere 3 days later, the Vanduul began to approach the USC homeworlds of New Maine, Washi, and Novomoskva. The USC requested aid as they sent repeated requests for support and assistance from the UEE, only to be met with silence. They were alone. USC declares Martial Law in the face of this overwhelming alien threat.

By 4 December, the USC lost two of their worlds; Washi and Novomoskva within a week of each other, due to overwhelming superior numbers and sheer power of the Vanduul swarm-like tactics and the arrival of a Vanduul Kingship. The capital world of New Maine is blockaded. In a final desperate attempt to flee, USC High Command authorized a blitz to the jump point allowing many civilians to escape. Once through, Admiral Cornhover of the USC Defense Force detonated a still classified prototype wormhole nullifier device, therefore destroying the jump point that lead out of the system, trapping himself and the Vanduul Fleet forever but saving the USC Government and her people.

The United Space Confederation is, to this day, a government in exile. Refusing to reassimilate back into the United Empire of Earth, the USC seeks refuge in the Terra system. The government in Prime, remembering hundreds of years of support for Terra, offers sanctuary. USC ships are granted diplomatic status, near-completed buildings in a new section of Prime City are graciously earmarked for USC leases, and financial assistance in the form of low-interest loans are offered if needed. In turn, the UEE realizes the USC has been destroyed. The USC is given minor aid through diplomatic channels via Terra. The UEE attempts to control the story about the massacre of Oracle in the media, and thereby steer the public sentiment away from the USC, using the massacre instead as an example of humanity needing to stay together under one government. The USC, operating primarily from Prime City, Prime, Terra System, and the few remaining capital ships, begins to rebuild and re-establish itself in the galaxy. The USC Recovery Act is signed, authorizing increased spending for all Branches. A new USC crest is commissioned to recognize the government in exile.

Two years post-defeat, in 2942, the USC commemorates “the Oracle Massacre.” Petitions to raise awareness of the event were negated as the UEE propaganda machine disavows the severity of the Vanduul threat to humanity still avoiding to accept humanities losses. In 2943, Terra leases the first capital ship support facility to the USC, allowing the now very small nation to host ships in hangars and rebuild a government-sponsored fleet beginning to recruit for the nation. In 2945, The Vanduul War is finally declared by the United Empire of Earth, causing a surge of sympathy for the United Space Confederation, after the Massacre of Oracle is finally revealed to the public. On December 11 of the same year, The USC launches its very first expedition away from the Terra system since the Oracle Massacre, sending scout ships and probes to the nearby Stanton system. The expedition lasts only a year before HIGHCOM ends the progression, fearing retaliation by the Stanton system’s many corporations and the UEE. The failure of the expedition causes deep setbacks as the USC is unable to pay their leases, causing the state itself to go into bankruptcy. Loans are given in support, but a climbing debt causes an economic depression throughout the USC.

In 2948, USC High Command loses its saviors from the Oracle Massacre; Consul’s Lykinn and Neshy retire to live happy lives on Terra, becoming citizens of the planet. This sparks a movement to where the USC population begins to dwindle, and many accept their new place on Terra. A loss of over 60% of the USC’s population with many returning to the UEE or becoming citizens of Terra itself. Before their official retirement, the final acts of the Consul’s are to end the 8 years of Martial Law. In early 2949, to sidestep UEE oppression, the USC reorganizes into a more corporate structure, outwardly focused on providing various “services” on a contractual basis to local governments. The “branches” of the old USC government-in-exile are reformed into the Ministry of Security Services, Ministry of Interstellar Commerce, and Ministry of Intelligence Services. To protect the citizens of the USC from UEE persecution, the Ministries serve as a clearinghouse for work by “independent contractors” who are not officially employed by the Ministry or by the USC, allowing for plausible deniability if stopped by UEE patrols or accused of working, as UEE propaganda asserts, for a “terrorist organization.” Outwardly, the USC Navy no longer officially exists, its assets dispersed to USC citizens performing services on behalf of the Ministries. The USC High Command is disbanded.

There followed a period of stagnation and decline, but by the end of 2949 what remained of the USC found itself transforming into a small, yet vibrant confederation. A fresh constitution is drawn up which garnered huge support from the citizens with prominent Senators of the Citizen Senate drafting the reorganization of the government structure. With support from the ministers and aligned with the will of the people, only time will tell as USC is brought into a new era of Freedom, Prosperity, and Equality.

Manifesto

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United Space Confederation At A Glance…

  • Balanced PvP, PvE and great opportunities for RP
  • Strong European and North American presence, with a growing Pacific player base. Admins in both the EU and NA.
  • Mature, respectful and polite membership. Recommended 18y/o and up.
  • Rides the middle ground between casual and competitive. No enforced playtime per week, real life comes first. Our Number one goal is to have fun enjoying the game with a good community.
  • Option for players to form groups under a Branch for a more “hardcore/dedicated” gameplay experience. Talk to one of our Outreach Officers or Ministers for more information.
  • Leadership roles will be assigned when needed by Council based on a number of factors including but not limited to skill and dedication. Major decisions affecting USC Citizens are made with input from all members.
  • Current Diplomatic intentions are to build up relations with other friendly organizations. Founding member of S.T.A.R.
  • Active Forum and Discord community. Currently developing a good environment for our members to enjoy themselves, discuss Star Citizen, and play in groups in the game. Dedicated areas for those interested in Role-Playing and discussing other games USC Citizens might be interested in playing until the release of Star Citizen.

*All components of the USC are subject to change as we learn more about Star Citizen and its mechanics. USC citizens have the opportunity to help shape the group by providing input on many decision-making processes

Charter

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Responsibility and Respect

Citizens of the USC are all treated with equality and respect by the leaders, and Citizens are expected to behave the same to each other. The USC acknowledges that gamers come from diverse backgrounds, and use video games to escape the stresses of real life. Because of this, the USC aims to provide a pleasant, drama-free environment for Citizens to enjoy playing Star Citizen in. As such, only polite, mature, and responsible candidates need apply for USC Citizenship. It is recommended that applicants be over the age of 18. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Overall you will be judged on your personality and treatment of others in the community, not your age. The USC operates on a zero-tolerance policy for needless drama, and Citizens who are found disturbing the peace are subject to immediate loss of USC Citizenship. If you have a direct problem with another member, please contact an Outreach Officer or Consul member to help deal with the situation.

External Representation

USC Citizens are expected to uphold the name of the USC throughout the universe. You are not to do anything to harm the reputation of the USC, in-game or otherwise. Common decency is expected of all Citizens when engaging in both internal and external interactions.

Dual-Membership

Dual-Membership with other Guilds, Corporations, Governments, or other ruling bodies, and the USC allowed on a case-by-case basis. The USC is hard at work to always provide everything that a citizen would need to have a happy and profitable life in the universe. Engaging in Dual-Membership with Organizations that are in direct contradiction (i.e.: pirates, slave traders, and the, etc.,) especially for ranking officers and operatives, will be considered treason and is cause for immediate termination of USC Citizenship. Additionally, alerts will be sent to all allied organizations regarding affiliations found to be offensive. Small ‘family’ groups and teams of players (i.e. roleplayers on a single ship or small fleet) are welcome to apply for Citizenship while maintaining their desired gameplay focus. And of course, exceptions can be made in special cases so please feel free to contact us to discuss. We understand due to the way CIG Organizations will work in the game, dual membership with things like family groups or ship owner’s clubs will be allowed and of mutual benefit to all involved. A special request must be submitted to an Outreach Officer or a Minister, and approval is required. The list of Consul-approved organizations is available for review for USC Citizens to interact with.

Piracy

The USC prides itself on upholding equality and fairness for all beings. As such, any and all forms of piracy is forbidden for USC Citizens. Any reports of piracy will be promptly investigated and confirmed cases of piracy could result in expulsion and termination of USC Citizenship.

Gameplay

The USC looks to accommodate everyone’s play styles and time restraints. We understand that everyone has a life outside of Star Citizen, and because of this, we have no set gameplay time requirements per week – your real life comes first. However, to stay an active USC Citizen once Star Citizen launches, we expect all of our Citizens to contribute in a meaningful way. We expect USC Citizens to use their playtime, whenever or however long it might be, in a meaningful way that both benefits them and the United Space Confederation. We will not tolerate people using group resources for purely personal gain.

Officers

Leadership positions in the United Space Confederation are a position of duty, not privilege. These positions are based on need, and candidates will be selected for an Officer position based on a number of factors, including but not limited to dedication and skill. Having a higher position in the USC does not give the authority to dictate other’s actions, time spent and/or play style in-game outside of approved areas such as Dedicated Squadrons. Leadership positions never allow the person holding office to act in a privileged manner during social interactions with other members. Should you be offered an Officer position in the USC, we expect you to commit more time to Star Citizen and the USC, so please keep that in mind before accepting.

Voice Communication

We are offering many different ways for USC Citizens to communicate and connect with each other. Primary communications in-game will be VoIP using Discord, and in-game VoIP and FoIP. We understand that not everyone wants to be on the mic all the time during their gaming sessions, as such, VoIP participation is not required for all Citizens, with special exceptions for circumstances such as Dedicated Squadrons or group operations. Voice communications will not be required for normal USC activities.

Nationality and Time Zone Policy

We are open to all English speaking members, whether native or as a second language, and regardless of time zone.