|Time period:|| 2317 – present|
Part of Federated Commonwealth from 3055 to 3057
|Capital world:||New Avalon|
|Ruler title:||First Prince|
|Military:||Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS)|
|Secret Service:||Ministry of Information, Intelligence, and Operations (MIIO) and Department of Military Intelligence (DMI)|
The Federated Suns is the most powerful and largest of the Successor States. By the end of the 3rd Succession War, it numbered more than 500 systems over 20,000 square parsecs, reaching more than 500 light years away from Terra at its furthest point. Ruled by House Davion and located mostly rimward and spinward of Terra, the Federated Suns was founded in 2317 after the withdrawal of the Terran Alliance from its colonies.
The Federated Suns is considered by many to be the military powerhouse of the five Successor States, due to the quality and quantity of forces available to the realm. Martial prowess is held in such esteem that the First Prince, ruler of the Federated Suns, is required to have served at least five years in the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns in order to be eligible to use the title.
Despite its military acumen, the fall of the Star League left the Federated Suns with only a handful of technologically advanced worlds among its large expanses of underdeveloped worlds, especially when compared with the other Successor States. To remedy this, Hanse Davion founded the New Avalon Institute of Science and prioritized the recovery of lost technologies. Within two decades of the Institute's founding, the Federated Suns (and its Fed-Com ally, the Lyran Commonwealth) could claim to be the most technologically advanced military among the Successor States.
It is debatable whether this technological renaissance of the early 31st century also reshaped civilian technological levels to the same level, especially on its periphery borders.
Among the Successor States, the Federated Suns most ostensibly resembles a constitutional monarchy under a representative democracy with guaranteed personal liberties, similar to the United Kingdom of pre-First Exodus Terra. Stratification of society (especially with regard to the influence of the warrior-elite) make the Suns less open to pure democracy than claimed. A deeper look at the actions and history of the Suns casts even more doubt on their claim of democratic ethics.
The Federated Suns is politically and militarily organized into regional Marches. The three that have been around since the March system was created are the Capellan March (bordering the Capellan Confederation), the Draconis March (bordering the Draconis Combine), and the 'inner' Crucis March. The Crucis March is the home of New Avalon, the capital world of the Federated Suns.
The Federated Suns (also known as "the Federation" by its citizenry) could best be described as a hereditary and constitutional monarchy. The First Prince is the leader of the Federated Suns and is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS). Officially the High Council, a group of both democratic, hereditary, and other officials chosen by the leadership of the member-worlds of the Federated Suns, presided over the nation until the formation of the Federated Commonwealth.
Since the reign of Prince Alexander Davion the High Council has become largely a glorified "rubber stamp" organization. The Privy Council is a group of the highest advisers to the First Prince and is extremely important in the running of the day-to-day affairs of the state. The Nobility of the Federated Suns, created during the reign of Prince Simon Davion, also hold positions of authority, but the nobility of the Federated Suns has lesser power than in some of the other Successor States. The citizens of the realm also have basic rights protected by law, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the ability to appeal to the central government in order to have unpopular or destructive noblemen removed from office.
The internal administrative structure of the Federated Suns has changed several times during its history. In the period prior to the formation of the Capellan Confederation the region within which the various nations and proto-states such as the Sarna Supremacy and Tikonov Grand Union existed was known as the Capellan Zone; the border region abutting the Capellan Zone was known as the Rimward March prior to becoming known as the Capellan March.
In March 2418 Simon Davion reformed the structure of the Federated Suns, reshaping the nation into five Principalities, each headed by a Prince and led by a single First Prince; the first such First Prince was Simon Davion himself. These five Principalities were named the Capellan March, Crucis March, Draconis March, Outer March and Terran March, and each was subdivided into a system of duchies, margraves, counties and baronies and a new class of titled individuals was created, each of whom was subject to appointment by the Prince of his or her respective March. This reform formalized the neo-feudal system that had already been growing throughout the region since the early history of New Avalon.
The rulership of the some of the Marches changed notably during the Age of War; the Varnay family came to power within the Capellan March with the appointment of Richard Varnay to the post of Prince of the Capellan March during the reign of Ellen Davion as a means of removing him from the positions of Chancellor of New Avalon and Constable of the Crucis March because of his ambition to become First Prince. The Varneys would rule the Capellan March until their defeat during the Davion Civil War in 2537.
Another branch of the Davion family came to rule the Draconis March following the decision in 2514 to appoint the sister of First Prince William Davion, Laura Davion, as heir to Vladimir Kerensky, the aging and childless Prince. Laura Davion only ruled the Draconis March until 2533, when she committed suicide after the defeat of her forces by Alexander Davion on the March capital of Tancredi IV during the Davion Civil War.
Shortly after the appointment of Laura Davion to rule the Draconis March the rulership of the Terran March passed from the Leighton family with the death of Prince Charles Leighton and his family in a Terran Hegemony raid on the March capital, Robinson. Noted Federated Peacekeeping Forces General Nikolai Rostov was appointed Prince by the Council of Regents, but the Rostov family would rule the Terran March for just two generations; Nikolai Rostov was killed in battle during the Davion Civil War and was succeeded by his son Dmitri Rostov only for Dmitri to be killed by Alexander Davion following Dmitri's open rebellion against Alexander's efforts to reform the structure of the Federated Suns in the closing stages of the Davion Civil War.
When the Davion Civil War ended, only two of the five Princes of the Federated Suns were still alive: First Prince Alexander Davion of the Crucis March and Prince Nuno Gutierrez of the Outer March, who from his capital world, Filtvelt, had kept the Outer March out of the Civil War. Alexander Davion restructured the Federated Suns, disbanding the Outer and Terran Marches, instead subdividing the realm into just three Marches: the Capellan March, Crucis March and Draconis March, a system that would remain in place until the late thirty-first century. The rulers of the Capellan and Draconis Marches were made subordinate to the First Prince, leaving the First Prince as the highest noble in the Federated Suns and the highest-ranking military officer. Each March was divided into a number of zones for administrative purposes, just as the Marches were divided into Theaters and Polymorphous Defense Zones for military purposes.
Stewardship of the Draconis March passed to House Sandoval after the Davion Civil War; the Sandovals were a significant noble family on Robinson, and gained de facto control of the capital of the Terran March while resolutely turning their backs on Dmitri Rostov, an act of loyalty and support that saw them rewarded by Alexander Davion. The Capellan March was ruled by a series of noble families during the Star League era, with one family replacing another in quick succession, due to political infighting and personal conflicts during the Star League era and then attrition in the First Succession War - a conflict that saw four March Lords killed in battle and two more injured so badly that they had to step down. In 2829 the ruling family of the Capellan March became House Hasek, an old and well-established family within the Federated Suns, with the appointment of Colonel Damien Hasek to the titles of Duke of New Syrtis and Minister of the Capellan March.
The next major change in the administrative structure came with the creation of a new Periphery March by Princess-Regent Yvonne Steiner-Davion in the aftermath of the Jihad; incorporating the edgeward regions of the Chirikof and Markesan Operational Areas of the Crucis March as well as the Milligan and Woodbine PDZ of the Draconis March and the Warren PDZ of the Capellan March, the Periphery March was made the desmene of Duke Raymond-Roger Marsin with the March capital being established on June.
In terms of military strength, the Federated Suns is one of the most powerful nations in the Inner Sphere. The First Princes of House Davion have always been committed to the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns, a highly trained, disciplined, and professional force that benefits greatly from technological advances from the New Avalon Institute of Science. Every heir-apparent is required to serve in the military in order to be eligible for the title of First Prince.
The AFFS has undergone several major reforms during the centuries of its existence; most recently, the damage inflicted during the Jihad resulted in a desperate need to adjust to remain effective as losses mounted and the Word of Blake ravaged the industrial base of the Federated Suns.
The major characteristic that distinguishes the AFFS from the other Inner Sphere militaries has for a very long time been the organizational efficiency with which the AFFS operates. This is evident in the manner in which the disparate elements of the military coordinate and work well together, a shared spirit of teamwork making the whole greater than the sum of the individual parts. In the first half of the 31st century, First Prince Hanse Davion capitalized on this when he invented the AFFS military organization known as the Regimental Combat Team - not to be confused with the much earlier Star League Defense Force organization of the same name. During the Jihad, necessity drove Marshal of the Armies Jon Davion to introduce a new formation drawing on many of the same properties and capabilities that made the RCT effective.
The first brigade to make use of the new Light Combat Team model was the Avalon Hussars, whose performance in the new organization combined with the portability and flexibility of the LCT saw it become the model for the AFFS in the post-Jihad era. With many front line commands re-formed into LCTs, some formations remained in the larger RCT format to act as the big stick for dealing with particularly troublesome neighbors. The ease with the reforms bedded in is both a testament on the success of the LCT and a chilling statement on the damage inflicted on the senior ranks of the AFFS by the Jihad. With major reforms going on and talented officers being promoted two or even three ranks because of the number of open posts, the reorganization conducted in the early 3080s marked the biggest change in the structure of the AFFS since its initial incorporation.
A detailed list of some FedSuns manufacturer and industrial centers.
- Achernar BattleMechs
- Cal-Boeing of Dorwinion
- Corean Enterprises
- Dynamico Limited
- Federated-Boeing Interstellar
- General Motors
- Jalastar Aerospace
- Johnston Industries
- Kallon Industries
- Lycomb-Davion IntroTech
- Quickscell Company
- Salvatore Incorporated
- Valiant Systems
- Wangker Aerospace
The Federated Suns is committed to allowing freedom of religion to its citizenry. During the First Succession wars, when the Draconis Combine and Capellan Confederation were bearing down against House Davion's forces, there was a wave of hatred against Asian residents of the realm and many Buddhist institutions were destroyed. Today, however, Buddhism is practiced freely throughout Davion space. Judaism maintains a small but active presence in the Federated Suns and is centered in and around the world of Robinson.
The closest thing to a persecuted faith in the Federated Suns is the Azami branch of Islam, which is distrusted by the government, due to the large and important Azami population in the Draconis Combine. The larger Sunni branch of Islam is completely accepted by the Federated Suns population. Hinduism is important in a region in the southern portion of Davion space called the United Hindu Collective. It was formerly a sovereign state but later joined the Federated Suns. Protestant Christianity is the largest of all of the religious faiths of the Federated Suns. The Catholic branch of Christianity is also important although it is divided between those who owe loyalty to Rome and a split-off known as the New Avalon Catholic Church which is based around an interpretation of a communique from the Pope to the Cardinal of New Avalon.
Era Specific Data
- Founding Year: 2317
- Capital (City, World): New Avalon City, New Avalon
- National Symbol: A silver sword, blade upturned, against a golden sunburst on a red disc.
- Location (Terra relative): Outward-Spinward quadrant
- Total (Inhabited) Systems: 434
- Estimated Population (3130): 1,302,000,000,000
- Government: Constitutional Aristocracy (Western European feudal stylings)
- Ruler: Prince Harrison Davion
- Dominant Language(s): English (official), French, German
- Dominant Religion(s): Christianity (Interfaith Church), Buddhism, Judaism
- Unit of Currency: Pound (1 pound = 0.97 C-Bills/1.72 C-Bills (3145))
Federated Suns when founded in 2317
Federated Suns before the Reunification War
Federated Suns after the Reunification War
Federated Suns after the First Succession War
Federated Suns after the Second Succession War
Federated Suns after the Third Succession War
Federated Suns after the Fourth Succession War
Federated Suns after the War of 3039
Federated Suns in 3130
- Inner Sphere (sourcebook), p. 32
- House Davion (The Federated Suns)
- Strategic Operations, p. 167
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 5
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 20, "Capellan Zone Border Wars"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 22, "Pushing Towards Confederation"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 27, "Timeline: Early Years and the Age of War"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 28, "The First Prince"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 29, "Battling Varnay"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 37, "Timeline: Revolution and Civil War"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 31, "Battling Varnay" Cite error: Invalid
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- Handbook: House Davion, p. 35, "Battling Varnay"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 34, "Rostov's Legacy"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 36, "Putting Down Rostov"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 37, "Dividends of Peace"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 112, "House Sandoval"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 56, "The Hasek Legacy"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 111, "House Hasek"
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 52-53, "Camelot Summit"
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 127, "Inner Sphere Map - [October 3085]"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 95, "Reorganizing The AFFS"
- Strategic Operations, p. 15
- Tactical Operations, p. 15
- Touring the Stars, p. 23
- Era Report: 3145, p.194, "Currency Conversion Table"