Space Cadet RTS Concept: FederationThe Federation dislikes planetary engagements on an institutional level. The fact that the Federation's planetside warfare branch, the Federal Star Fleet Army, is a subdivision of its orbital warfare branch speaks volumes to this preference. If the Federation had its way, it would win every engagement by bombarding its target from orbit. However, some situations do warrant planetside engagements, such as pitched battles with other galactic great powers or the capture of strategic worlds that cannot simply be burned to a crisp. However, even when the Federation chooses to wage planetside warfare, it attempts to keep its distance. Thus, the FSFA is heavily based on the doctrine of combined arms, with many different units working in conjunction with one another to achieve the FSFA's goals.Space Cadet RTS Concept: Federation in Settings More Like This
The Federation may possess the second largest empire in the galaxy, but the Federation's size only means that they have more systems to patrol. Thus, the FSFA is divided into divisions that are assigned
Culture Profile: The Galactic EmpireAstrographyCulture Profile: The Galactic Empire in Settings More Like This
The Galactic Empire ("Empire"), also known as the Third Empire of Man, spans almost the entire Milky Way. Like its Federation rival, there are tens of millions of systems within the Empire, easily dwarfing any other galactic polity. Because of the Empire's size, an exact count would be impossible to take, for as soon as the numbers have been collected they would be outdated.
Natural Physical Appearance
The Empire is populated by a myriad of humans and non-humans, so the concept of a natural physical appearance would be inapplicable to them. However, the majority of the Empire is composed of humans of the Galactic ethnicity.
Given the Empire's diversity, appearance traditions vary wildly within the Empire. There is no one style that dominates the Empire's spacefaring classes, although ostentatious shows of wealth are always present among the dress of these wealthy individuals.
There is no one language in the Empire,
A Very British Solar System, Part IA description (with a little rationalization and expansion) of Philip Reeve's rah-ther delightful "Larklight" trilogy universe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larklight_trilogyA Very British Solar System, Part I in Settings More Like This
The Aether currents circle around the sun, a jolly good thing, too, because if the Aether were a static medium, the planets would soon fall into the sun. As it is, the currents help move the planets in their orbits, and ease the passage of space ships travelling clockwise rather than counterclockwise around the sun. The Aether is an energetic medium, the basis for the Alchemical drive, and sustains the fauna of space much as air sustains terrestrial life; however, the traveler should keep in mind it cannot substitute for oxygen for long, and one needs to bring a supply along when venturing into space.
The solar system is well supplied with suns and planets: as in many other solar systems,  this is not a natural phenomenon but the work of a member of the ancient and slightly eldritch super-race known as t
A Very British Solar System, Part IIThe nearest celestial body, the Moon, turned out to be a bit of a disappointment to terrestrial explorers, much of it deserts of grey sand, it’s seas shallow and bitterly salt, it’s most advanced animal life snails, slugs, and insects (albeit often of most formidable size), it’s plant life generally of a pallid or grayish mushroom or fungus type, the most developed of which is the closest thing to an intelligent species, the Lunar mushroom-men, which herd the giant snails and live in their empty shells, and dealt with the unusual arrival of human beings by trying to ignore them as much as possible. (Fortunately for them, mushrooms do not seem to catch any human diseases). There are no picturesque ruins. There are some mines and a penal colony, but generally the Moon does not attract many visitors or compel much excitement. (Well, unless one is infected by one of the fungal spores which sprout in human flesh, or attacked by one of the various predatory insects, some ofA Very British Solar System, Part II in Settings More Like This