Homeworld: Gaia (Earth)
Galaxy: Milky Way
Gaians are devoted to the Earth Mother, Gaia. The Earth is such an honored part of Gaian culture that they ritualistically give birth in the soil or the sea so that the first embrace of a newborn is by Gaia. They strive for harmony with nature and have managed to achieve steady technological advancement while evolving their industry and lifestyles to be non-destructive to the natural environment.
Gaians do not pursue space exploration, though they have the means. Most would never consider leaving the planet and in fact Gaian law forbids citizens from doing so. The Gaian people on Earth live in absolute peace. There is very little inequality or scarcity of resources. Education is open and abundant. There is almost no crime and there hasn’t been a conflict of any kind since the conclusion of the Gaian War in 2179. However this peace comes at a cost.
Gaian law is strict and punishment is brutal. For the most part people are free to live their lives as they please except in matters of global resources. Food is readily available but rationed in a manner that insures it will remain so. A major element of resource management is population control.
Since about 2275 the birthrate has been tightly controlled requiring licensing and, while life quality expectancy is well over 150, all citizens between the ages of 90 and 100 are expected to volunteer for “Civil Sacrifice”. Anyone that doesn’t volunteer are required to pass a qualification when they turn 100, if it is deemed they are still of significant benefit to society they are given a pass, however must re-qualify every 10 years. If they fail qualification, they are mandated to perform the Civil Sacrifice. The system has been successful however population density is currently testing resource capacity and there is debate over further restricting births or lowering the Civil Sacrificial deadline.
Most other aspects of Gaian culture would be considered fairly common by human modern social standards.
The Children of Gaia began as small groups protesting the growing trend of living in space during the Orbital Boom. The groups’ philosophy was simple, humans are from the Earth and should remain on the Earth. As the cause grew the views of various groups ranged from those pledging not to follow the orbital trend, to those reverting back to simpler times and choosing to live off of the land with minimal technology.
In 2142 the groups began to take on more extremist views violently protesting the expansion of humanity into outer space, and in particular, the World Science Organization’s (WSO) direct intent to contact extraterrestrial life. However it was not until after the tragic terrorist attack on the Cristo Space Station that the Children of Gaia were truly seen as a threat. As humanity continued to venture off into space the Children of Gaia groups continue to grow in both size and violence. Tensions between the COG and authorities steadily increased escalating into the Gaian War in 2166.
The brutal war continued for more than eleven years concluding with The Children of Gaia overthrowing the United Global Committee (UGC) in 2178. The newly seated Gaian Authority then began to gather and execute anyone who was not born “of Gaia,” turning the Pangaea orbital complex into a massive death camp before the intervention of the Brotherhood of Sol (formally the Earth Defense Initiative). After the Exodus, in which billions of humans that did not wish to be part of the new Gaian world order left for a new home world of Solum, Gaian civilization thrived becoming what it is today.
Their are really two Gaian cultures. The general Gaian population is peaceful, most living their lives without a thought or care of what might be going on beyond their beloved planet. The Gaian Authority however actively pursues an agenda to eliminate all other humans in the universe, seeing them as a threat.
While Gaian citizens are not allowed to leave the planet, the Gaian government considers the entire solar system their domain and have implemented an impressive defensive network to protect it. Officially Gaians have no ties to any outside humans but being that they have few military resources they often work through the Pirate Clans that occupy the outer colonies of the Milky Way. Very little is known about the Gaian leverage over the much more powerful Clans.
The Gaian political system is globally unified and could be described as a Democratic Dictatorship. The individual regions and local governments are generally democratic in nature, with elected representatives and governmental branches. Most laws are even defined by regional courts. However global law and matters relating to population control and resource management, the Gaian Authority is the ultimate and final word.