18 May 2011

A report from the files of the Imperial Intelligence Services on the Thersis Confederation.

The Thersis Confederation is another human interstellar state in Subsector Orses, rim and trailing from the Seventh Imperium. Currently they do some cross border trade on the frontier. Below are some notes on the Confederation.



In order to qualify for Membership in the Thersis Confederation a Member must maintain a minimum of a Class C Starport and a baseline TL-9 infrastructure. A Member is also required to maintain some form of Confederation Defense Forces Base.

Standard Base is either Navy, Military, or Depot which are has a combined infrastructure capable of supporting both the Navy and Militia. If a base is present it is presumed to be supplied not for only regular use, but potential combat use thus will have extra supplies in deep storage for emergencies.

  • Z = Navy Base: Must have TL-9+, Port B+.
  • F = Military Base & Navy Base: Must have TL-C+, Port B+


A prospective member of the Confederation (also known as an Applicant State) will have some form of early Confederation infrastructure either militarily basing, maintaining consent trade and commerce or through official diplomatic channels.

A Military Base is most often composed of some local volunteers and Confederation Militia cadre and equipment, including organic Lift capability. Cadre will be equipped with Confederation Standard Issue which is a minimum of TL-C. Native Troops will most likely be armed with local weapons when able or imported arms and equipment.

  • M = Military Base: Must have TL-7+, Port F+.


An Embassy Center is usually this is the first step in true membership in the Confederation and will result in a Starport C and a Confederation Defense Forces Base, when ready for Full Membership.

  • E = Embassy: Must have TL-8+, Port C+


World under study or protection of the Thersis Confederation are usually Restricted or Advisory Zones and have a Confederation Interstellar Scout Service infrastructure in the system.

  • V = Exploration Base: TL-Any, Spaceport G+ (supplied by CISS).


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The Bremishe Exception is the legal term used to attempts to justify quite a few things in the Confederation. Most of them fail yet Bremishe is still a Full Member of the Thersis Confederation as outlined in the Articles of Confederation. This Exception came the usual rules regarding Full Contact with a Non-Spacefaring Civilization due to what was supposed to be a routine patrol run of a Confederation Navy Bravo Squadron from Porcous to Wringsh. 

Bravo Squadron consisted of the cruiser TCF Persistence, its escorts and various tenders. Quite late in its transit through Jumpspace to Wringsh, the squadron was precipitated out of J-Space and into N-Space in the outer system of Bremishe with massive damage to the Jump Drives and some to the Power Plants. Fortunately enough of the Maneuver Drives were spared damage for a majority of the squadron limp to the then unknown world of Bremishe. In orbit of the world's satellite was an Old Empires Starport which has not seen service in some time. 

The Natives of Bremishe had not seen contact with starfarers in some centuries, and the local rulers were not so happy to see an interstellar navy, crippled or not arrive out of nowhere. Facing the might of the Confederation's Navy and its Marine contingent was enough for the natives to lend aid to the Navy's attempts to bring the old starport on line so they could repair their vessels and return to base. While the Navy was never quite able to bring all the systems online and running in nominal condition (making the station once again a functional starport), they did get it to function as a Class F Spaceport, which was enough to repair sufficient ships to report to both Wringsh and Procous. This brought aid from both stations as well as from the Capital Depot in the Thersis Belts as both bases had reported the squadron overdue.

First the matter made it to the Admiralty Court, then the Department of Native Affairs and so on down the line until eventually the matter ended up on the floor of the Confederation Assembly and in the end while Bremishe did not match the normal requirements under the Articles of Confederation, the Assembly voted to honor Treaties drawn up between the Confederation, represented by the commander of Bravo Squadron and the rulers of the Bremishe, the Most Royal House of Deversti, ruling oligarchy of Bremishe. 

The Treaty specified that by signing the document the Confederation was "granting the world of Bremishe, Full Membership in the Interstellar State known to the House of Deversti (in the form of His Majesty Volstok the Third) as the Thersis Confederation, an Interstellar State composed of many starfaring worlds(represented by Captain Willhelm Victor Sandhurst of the Confederation Navy Bravo Squadron), and they pledge eternal peace and friendship between the two signatories' States and are hereby bound by the actions of their respective Agents."  

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Procous is a world run, staffed and supplied entirely by Thersis Confederation Department of Defense employees and service members assigned to the Joint Forces Logistics Command. What it was before current days is lost in the mists of records and time. The population of 546,902 sophonts are governed by the rules and regs of the ConDoD manuals, the law level is low but that is because the punishments can be harsh and a certain decorum is expected of service members. 

Currently it is setup as a forward base if a war should break out between the Seventh Imperium and the Confederation. It is also the site of the second Confederation Research Base, Station Baker, which is still examining the vessels, equipment (and it is said the sophonts) of the infamous Bremishe Incident. 

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