United Nations Space Command Transmission 376377-1
Concerning our previous correspondence, I've attached one of the requested files on the 48 ex-Covenant polities flagged as GREEN on our Threat Assessment Index.* Groups designated "GREEN" have been filed as low-priority for further study until we have a better picture of the ORANGE and RED level factions. In practice, most of the GREEN groups are members of the Arbiter's coalition - including the SoS proper and their allies. So far, our files on these groups have been "tentative" (i.e. often nonexistent), and our internal terminology (to say nothing of the UNSC/UEG at large!) has been grossly inconsistent. Hopefully, this will clear things up on your end -- it would ease things up enormously not having to guess at which one of these factions is being referenced when a doc merely uses the cryptic "Sangheili" or "Elites", especially when 90% of those factions do have actual names. I'm not sure what you're allowed to say out loud to the UEG Liaison Committee, but I've attached slides (w/pictures) with the basics. Trim down at your discretion -- still, I recommend that you familiarize yourself (not just the AI) with the long versions. They can be... eye-opening.
It has been said that the root of all wisdom is the acknowledgment of facts. In our case, those facts are the astropolitical realities we must learn to cope with and adapt ourselves to as best we can. That even with the devolution of power to smaller units, the ex-Covenant aren't another Insurrection, not even the hypothetical, conveniently equiv-tech enemy our armchair admirals used to love to sim, but something far more grand and ancient. Their central government may be gone but all that colonial infrastructure hasn't gone anywhere; unlike some of us, they haven't had the need to harness all of their resources as a civilization to a single war effort for the last 30 years. Joyous Exultation and Glyke (i.e. the incidents the Arbiter and Hood both politely avoid bringing up) made only a small dent on the military power that's now at the hands of God knows who. And to think we hold all the strings is the height of folly. Whatever we do, there are are giants out there and always will be, and contrary to the propaganda the press keeps spewing, those giants aren't us - so we'd better do our damnedest to make sure the nice ones stay on our side. But it's only when those revanchist politicos realize this that I start sleeping soundly at night.
** We're still going over the stellar charts provided by the SoS (their categorization methods are, well, alien), but so far we've identified thousands of worlds as developed as our Inner Colonies (or more so), and well over 9,000 colonies that are in some way notable.
THE CHIKRI-MERKAA CONFLUX
- Name: Chikri-Merkaa Conflux, The
- Type: Aristocratic/oligarchic federal union; constituents include feudal states and dependencies, merchant republics, and uncategorized xeno-collectives.
- Location: Interstellar; Chikri-Merkaa Strand, Siakar Expanse, Raan-Uchaal Bridge [the Orion Arm]
- Sphere of influence: 17 systems; 23 worlds [or comparable habitats]; 4 systems contested (22-03-2558)
- Capital: Station of Auspicious Confluence, Radiant Zenith, Chikri System
* Most of the alien proper names used in the document follow the convention set by the 02/55 AI translation of the General Atlas of the Covenant Empire in the 9th Age of Reclamation According to the Cartographers of Kettan Oor, provided by the Swords as a token of goodwill during the Second Concord Symposium in 2554.
** Unfortunately, our documentation is still filled with obscure references like these due to the aforementioned gaps in our intel.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
The Chikri-Merkaa Conflux is a local trade and military alliance trending toward greater internal unification as the memory of the Covenant's cultural hegemony grows ever dimmer. Their primary decision-making body is a core council of approximately a dozen representatives from its various member groups known as the High Conclave. The basis of the Conclave was the several-hundred-year-old Chikri-Merkaa Trade Alliance, of which most (if not all) of the current members of the Conflux were part. A larger, secondary body known as the Council of Many Voices was recently founded to act as a legislative branch, but it appears to be relatively ineffective due to a large amount of conflicting interests within. The cultural and political heart of the Conflux the colony of Radiant Zenith in the Chikri system, and specifically the orbital platform known as the Station of Auspicious Confluence.
The Conflux can hardly be said to be embodied by a singular leader, though were one to be named it would likely be former Lesser Councilor, now High Speaker Sossak Kar 'Usoi. A key figure in organizing the political system of the Conflux, 'Usoi's status is formally advisory, though in practice he still handles much of the political heavy lifting within the Conclave as well as foreign relations to other polities. Hailing from Radiant Zenith, 'Usoi was formerly part of the Covenant governmental apparatus for the Siakar Expanse's administrative province, and his knowledge of local customs and politics helped greatly in creating the foundations for the Conflux along with his personal aspirations stemming from a lifelong frustration with the Covenant's governance and policies. 'Usoi and several of his allies within the Conflux's political system have infused the faction with an ethos that looks beyond the immediate utilitarian benefits of the alliance, attempting to undo the Covenant' sins and build a better future for all beings.
MAJOR CONSTITUENT ENTITIES
*Different post-Covenant factions have differing ideas on what to call the ongoing new age after the 9th Age of Reclamation came to an end with the Great Schism. Many within the ex-Covenant sphere speak of it as the 40th Age of Conflict, while some, such as the Swords of Sanghelios, have chosen to forgo the Covenant's timekeeping system altogether.
CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Societal conditions and demographics
Views on religion
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY
The CMC is one of the more active ex-Covenant polities engaged in Joint-Occupation Zone activity, partly due to their relative proximity to the human sphere. Many Conflux-based enterprises appear rather ignorant of (or indifferent to) inter-human politics, however, and frequently ignore UEG trade regulations in their dealings with human colonies despite the CMC formally remaining an ally to the UEG and even partaking in joint operations with the UNSC, including the ANVIL Initiative. They have additionally contributed a number of researchers to the Swords' ongoing joint research efforts with the UEG, such as the Onyx United Research Project, along with a number of other allied factions. Ytimmal Signals Enterprise, technological infrastructure concern operating in the Conflux is also one of the first to attempt to bridge the Covenant and human colonial FTL communications networks, with tandem communications operating on at least the JOZ world Far Shore, though larger-scale integration has been stymied by ONI interference.
* Post-Covenant warlords' lack of imagination and/or delusions of grandeur in declaring their faction simply as "the Covenant" have caused significant categorization difficulty for both UNSC and SoS strategists. The current MO in formal documentation is to designate said "Covenants" by their leaders or other influential figures, or locations where they are active or based out of, as with Jul 'Mdama's Covenant or with the Xicaal Nebula Covenant. Some of these factions are helpful enough to take care of the disambiguation themselves, such as the Eternal Covenant, the Holy Covenant Empire, and the Rightful Covenant.