(There will eventually be some kind of flag here)
Originating from the planet Atlas, the third planet of the Saule system, the United Arborean State is populated by Humans, who ethnically descended from the inhabitants of the Arborean Pocket thousands of years ago. The Aborean people are small in number but determined in their endeavours, carving out a territory of their own amongst the stars to ensure that their species not only perseveres, but prospers; a committed, inventive people who strive to fulfil their obligations to their community, adhering to a strong personal and collective sense of duty and public service.
Despite rising to become the single unified planetary identity, the modern Arboreans have very little that separates their culture and language from that of their ancestors more than a thousand years ago. Humans were the dominant species on Atlas centuries before the advent of warp travel, while what few non-Arborean cultures and ethnicities that had existed historically have become archaic and fallen out of use, vanishing quietly as time went on and the unified world of Atlas advanced. The spoken language within the United Arborean State is an inflecting language, which has two grammatical genders with primary word stress typically on the first syllable of a word, spoken in subject-verb-object word order.
The Arborean palette has diversified over time, resulting in their diet going beyond being largely simple agricultural produce. Since the 2200’s the Arboreans have had little need for foods that are naturally grown on farmland or raised as livestock and have begun instead to rely on the use of large hydroponic farms, where food can be grown to a better quality, in higher quantities and tailored to meet specific needs, tastes and desires much more easily, as well as better meet the nutritional requirements of the individual. Many traditional Arborean delicacies are still the primary staple, including such foods as fruit bread, apple, chicken and other rye-based foods.
Society within the United Arborean State is broadly centred around public service and self-sacrifice, with a strong sense of collective honour and duty. While citizen and soldier alike are still thinking, feeling Human beings with hopes and desires, they are expected to set aside personal desires for the good of all within their space should it be asked of them. Even after thousands of years, the Kenpeidan are one of the cornerstones of Arborean society and service in either the military or the public services is still considered one of the most respectable feats an individual can accomplish, which gives Arborean society a somewhat militaristic appearance. Every citizen aims to serve their community and the United Arborean State in some capacity, owing to the social stigma regarding selfishness and poor work ethic, largely drawn from their historically fragile existence. This has created a sense of extreme pride as well as what they refer to as ‘Izturba’, a form of self-discipline and restraint, within the United Arborean State and the denizens of their nation share an unbreakable connection and sense of belonging, a hardened loyalty to both the government and the good of the Arborean people, facing their future in the galaxy together.
While Arborean Humans make up the vast majority of the population, there are small minority groups that exist. The largest of these, the synthetic Humans, makes up around 7% of the total population. Synthetic Humans are incredibly advanced cybernetic bodies designed to perfectly resemble the Arborean form, controlled by a powerful Artificial Personality Matrix, which allows them to function as any normal Humanoid life form could. While synthetic Humans are granted full citizenship and rights within the United Arborean State (The only non-Arborean ‘Species’ to be granted such) there are countless laws and regulations regarding their creation, ranging from what physical attributes a synthetic body may have to bans on physical resemblance to real life persons.
A.S.N. Kosmosa: The A.S.N. Kosmosa is a Litvinis-class destroyer, constructed at the Ciltvaira orbital graving docks above the planet Atlas in the year 2221, in service of the Arborean Star Navy. It has a typical crew compliment of around 400; including navy crewmen, Officers and Marines. Like many other ships in the Litvinis line, she was constructed to meet the demands for a next generation destroyer that could perform peacetime patrol duties as well as serve comfortably in a frontline frigate role. The ship has a gross tonnage of 1,250 tonnes, is 535 metres in length, 199 metres in width and 112 metres in height. She’s powered by a nuclear cold fusion rector, which runs both the faster-than-light jump drive and the ships four engines, two large and two small. Although a rather old class of destroyer by now, the Litvinis-class is still the most common destroyer variant used by the star navy and with production of new ships ongoing, as modernizing the older designs proved more cost-effective than completely phasing them out.
Boasting a versatile armament of two bow-mounted nuclear missile launchers, twelve rail gun batteries along the port and starboard hull, as well as six flak batteries and the latest in cyber warfare technology, the Litvinis line of destroyers are equipped to deal with a broad variety of duties and the Kosmosa is no exception. Alongside its compliment of weaponry, both offensive and defensive, the hull of the Kosmosa is made from 60cm of reinforced durasteel, as well as an energy shield grid to protect the hull from both incoming weapons fire and any hazards that may be floating in space.
The ship has five decks, labelled alphabetically in ascending order and accessed via a main stairwell located close to the centre of the ship.
A Deck features the observation deck in the midsection as well as the exterior access ways used by the crew to exit onto the outer hull of the ship, while in the stern section of A Deck is the large recreational area, featuring a bar, canteen and panoramic views from port, starboard and stern viewing glass.
B Deck features the residential companionways running throughout the midsection towards the bow, lined with billets and officer cabins as well as a communal shower area and small facilities for laundry and storage purposes, while further forward towards the bow is the bridge, though it’s only accessible via C Deck. Towards the stern section of B Deck is the boarding airlocks for both port and starboard.
C Deck, also known as the boat deck, features the medical bay, armoury, server room and lifeboat access all within the mid section. In the bow is the fire control bay for the ships’ arsenal, the loading mechanism for the missile launchers, the communications room, officers quarters and bridge access, while in the stern section is the upper access for the engine room.
D Deck has lower engine room access in the stern, with hanger, cargo and the brig fore of the stairwell.
E Deck features only the hanger and cargo bays, accessed from the D Deck walkway through the midsection of the vessel.
The Kosmosa carries a total of fourteen lifeboats, arranged along the port and starboard hull on C Deck. They have the capacity for 25 people each as well as extra storage space, fold down seats to store lifebelts and emergency supplies, a small secure weapons locker fitted with AI3-N automatic carbines, L6C service pistols, as well as appropriate ammunition. Additionally, the lifeboats come fitted with a supply of ration packs, flares in both standard red and emergency/signalling white, deployable shelter, water purifiers, long-range communication equipment and a fabrication unit, as well as a small selection of survival tools. Training in the operation of a lifeboat is something all navy personnel are taught during their time as sailors in-training. The boats are designed to float on water, operate within atmosphere, even lift relatively heavy loads, although they lack faster-than-light travel capabilities. In the event of an emergency, they are intended to reach minimal safe distance from their ship, before either floating at a nearby mustering point to await rescue or set down on a habitable world within range, with side doors and a roof hatch allowing the occupants to vacate the lifeboat on landing.
The crew: The ship roster is mostly comprised of star navy personnel, who would have been trained at one of dozens of naval academies within Arborean space, while also carrying a sizeable contingent of marines who would handle such things as shore party duties and protection of the ship against hostile boarding actions. The A.S.N. Kosmosa is under the command of Kapteinis Dzeimss Modris, a veteran of command who has over three decades of experience as a ships officer, seconded by the ships’ first officer; Komandieris Daniels Karteris, who joined the navy when he was young due to a lack of family, before taking the ships masters exam to become an officer. Below them are the deck officers, followed by different divisions aboard the ship and their ratings. Jura Kapteinis Roberts Bertans commands the Marine detachment aboard the ship.
Rank Structure (Officers):
Floteadmiralis – Fleet Admiral
Admiralis – Admiral
Viceadmiralis – Vice Admiral
Kontradmiralis – Counter/Rear Admiral
Komodors – Commodore
Kapteinis – Captain
Komandieris – Commander
Kapteinleitnants – Lieutenant Commander
Leitnants – Lieutenant
Jaunakais Leitnants – Sub-Lieutenant
Virsnieks Kadets – Officer Cadet
Rank structure (Ratings):
Specialists Matrozis – Specialist Sailor/Warrant Officer
Galvenais Bocmanis – Senior Chief Petty Officer
Staba Bocmanis – Chief Petty Officer
Bocmanis – Petty Officer
Pirmkart Matrozis – Sailor 1st class
Otrkart Matrozis – Sailor 2nd class
Treskart Matrozis – Sailor 3rd class
Macibas Matrozis – Sailor in-training
The uniforms of the Arborean Star Navy are somewhat dated in their appearance, especially for a spacefaring people, even ones as relatively young as the Arboreans. They quite openly trace their roots back to the star navy’s origins as a terrestrial force, where ships patrolled the oceans of their home world, Atlas.
Naval ratings within the star navy wear a close fitting black under shirt beneath a thick navy blue tunic bound around the waistline by a black leather duty belt which is fitted to carry a large variety of tools and other items in the day to day work schedule of a crewman. The tunic cuffs are colour matched to the duty trousers and uniform square-collar. The uniform also consists of a set of thin black leather duty gloves and matching dress boots. The final component is a dark blue beret, featuring a white banding that displayed the name of the ship its wearer was assigned to, along with a metal badge of the star navy emblem; A dull grey shield with three roses entwined together, one sapphire blue, one ruby red, one emerald green. Rank is displayed with silver markings on the left and right upper arms for those of Sailor 2nd class and above.
Officers and certain senior ratings, such as Specialist Sailors, wear the officer dress; a white dress shirt and black tie beneath a double-breasted black naval officers tunic with silver buttons, black dress trousers and matching dress boots. They wear a cap with a slicked back design, a coloured band around the rim of the visor and two separate metal badges pinned to the front; the larger one on the band displaying the star navy emblem, with a smaller Arborean roundel pinned higher up on the felt. Variations of the standard dress are available, such as a black waistcoat for engineering officers and greatcoats for cold weather conditions. Rank is displayed with silver bands around the cuffs of the tunic and on the epaulettes of the greatcoat depending on circumstance.
The Marines, while distinct from their army counterparts, still wear more or less the same attire as the rest of the front line troops. The colours of their uniform and armour are passively camouflaged to their surroundings depending on deployment, but typically would wear variations of greys whilst expecting to not leave the ship or starbase that they are stationed aboard. These uniforms consist of high collar battle dress fatigues, tactical gloves and combat boots, covered by metal alloy armour covering the chest, shoulders, shins and a helmet to protect their heads. The metal itself is designed with the intention of protection against blunt force trauma and ballistic weapons, but still offers at least some protection against certain direct energy weapons due to the alloys used in its design.
As well as the ships’ fittings, they also carry large quantities of embarked equipment for use by the crew, either as part of their duties or for shore parties to make use of, in a large variety of situations. The military still use ballistic weaponry and employs rifles and carbines as their standard infantry weapons, alongside pistols, shotguns, sub-machine guns, rocket launchers, smartgun LMG’s and anti-material rifles to name a few. The A.S.N. Kosmosa also carries a compliment of both ground and air vehicles: Such as the DM11 light reconnaissance vehicle, a highly mobile all-terrain vehicle which can be easily adapted to fill different functions from transport to combat support. The DS44-TT, a VTOL aircraft used for both transport and providing air support using its nose-mounted guns and wing-mounted missile pods. Finally, aboard the ship, is the GKT-V, an armoured battle tank used by the military in an anti-armour and infantry support role, with one main gun and a coaxial machine gun, virtually impervious to non-energy based weapons.
(Pictures coming soon)