The United Nations Of Terra
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The United Nations Of Terra
-Excerpt from Britannica Virtual Encylopedia, edition 2523
Background: The United Nations of Terra is a second generation united human government, having
evolved from the first generation United Nations, a government that has followed humanity's
expansion from it's home planet and into the galaxy.
Location: Unfashionable western spiral edge of the Milky Way galaxy
Area: Approximately fifty-six million cubic light-years of space
note- only includes area within UN territory
Officially the United Nations of Terra, but much more commonly referred to simply as the United
Nations, or UN, is a federal republic consisting of over six hundred colonized planets, moons,
asteroids, and other celestial bodies, which stretch over an area of nearly two hundred parsecs
of space out from Galactic Point (0,0), centered on Earth itself.
Population: 198,562,673,891 2520 Census Estimate
Population Growth Rate: 1.091%
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 132.4 years
male: 130.9 years
female: 133.9 years (2520 est.)
Official language: English
Other major languages: Mandarin, Spanish
Major Religions: Christian (41.0%), Islamic (16.6), "Stargazers" (11.1), Bhuddist (10.9),
Name (conventional long form): United Nations of Terra
(conventional short form): United Nations
Government type: Parliamentary republic with a democratic tradition
Capital: Geneva, UN Administrative District, Earth
Number of administrative districts: 322, including planets, moons, asteroids, and other habited
celestial bodies in UN territory. Not including 23 dependent areas.
Date founded: February 24th, 2084
Sufferage: 16 years of age, universal
Branches of Government:
Secretary-General: Shigeru Ishiwara
Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the Secretary-General with Parliamental approval
Elections: Secretary-General elected by general elections in all UN administrative districts,
terms last six Galactic Standard Years (GSY).
Unicameral Parliament consists of the Integrated Terran Confederation General Assembly, the
officials of which are elected in regions, with one elected official per 100 million citizens.
Regions consist of administrative districts grouped by proximity to each other and population.
Each member of Parliament serves a term of ten years, and no more.
Elections: Are staggered, with approximately 1/2 of each house being elected every 5 years
Confederate Supreme Court is the highest judicial post in government; consisting of seven judges
appointed by consensus between the Chief of State and Head of Government, and approved by
Major Political Parties: Modernist (Conservative Platform) Party
Hiigaran (Explorationist Platform) Party
Human (Militaristic Platform) Party
Unionist (Liberal platform) Party
Gaian (Environmental platform) Party
God First (Religious platform) Party
Economic Overview: The United Nations has a booming and thriving economy. It has almost no outside
trading partners, except for the Independent Terran Confederacy (ITC), and the few independent
colonies on the edge of human space.
Currency: Terran Commark
Denominations minted- 1 centimark (coin)
1 decimark (coin)
1 commark (coin, paper)
2 commark (coin, paper)
5 commark (coin, paper)
10 commark (coin, paper)
20 commark (coin, paper)
50 commark (coin, paper)
100 commark (paper)
1000 commark (paper)
Regional currencies- Earth dollar
Military Branches: Navy (Space Command)
-30+ million Active Duty personnel, another 10 million Ready Reserves
-Over 6,000 capital ships and 150,000 smaller craft in service
-3 million Active Duty personnel, another 500,000 Ready Reserves
-7 million Active Duty personnel, another 3 million Ready Reserves
-Operating 100,000+ craft
-9 million Active Duty personnel, another 1 million Ready Reserves
-Operating 500 capital ships and 750,000 smaller craft
-Nearly 500 million personnel on over three hundred colonies
Military age: 16 years of age
NATIONAL AND TRANSNATIONAL ISSUES
Disputes - national: The Integrated Terran Confederation (ITC) is a collection of nineteen colonized planets and moons that declared their independence from the federal government in 2495. After a prolonged conflict which ultimately ended in a stalemate, a peace treaty was signed granting the ITC a great deal of local autonomy, although the federal government refuses to recognize the ITC's claims of total independence. There are also another fifteen known independent human colonies (twelve planets and three asteroids) both inside and outside of human space. Three colonies have also been placed under martial law by the federal government. While an issue in decades past, instances of intergalactic piracy have recently dwindled significantly.
Disputes - transnational: Currently none. No sentient extraterrestrial life is known to exist.
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