Romanov HegemonySource: Robert Hofrichter/ Colin Nash / GZG Published Works
CommentsThe Romanov Hegemony consists of the remains of Russia, Ukraine, Beylorus, the Baltic States, and various bits and pieces of the non-ESU Slavic nations. Consisting of territories on Earth as well as several inner colonies and three outworld colonies, the Hegemony is a significant political, military, and economic power, though not of the first rank. The Hegemony has been a long-time opponent of the Eurasian Solar Union, and the two are uneasy neighbors. The Hegemony's closest allies are the New Anglian Confederation (after all, their respective Royal houses are related) and the Neu Swabian League.
The Hegemony's government can be considered a constitutional monarchy. The Tzar is the chief executive though significant executive power is also held by the Duma, the chief legislative body of the nation. The governments of the individual states and colonies that make up the Hegemony also have considerable power, especially with regards to internal laws and policies because they have always retained the right to secede. The prevailing political alignment of the government is somewhat socialist, though much less so than in the early 21st Century. As may be expected in such a society (especially given Romanov and Russian history), there is a large gap between rights of the "haves" and "have nots." The Hegemony is an enthusiastic supporter of the United Nations Space Command.
The military is not on par with those of major powers, especially when it comes to space forces. Though a fairly effective fleet is kept in being, the Hegemony relies on its alliances and its significant ground forces to deter attack. Most vessels are non-FTL and are designed purely for defensive operations. The ground forces are organized and equipped more like NAC units. A notable difference in organization from other nations is the fact that the Hegemony relies extensively on the availability of reserve ground forces. A large proportion of the population is required by law to serve in the Army Reserve, so much so in fact that the nation has been called an "eastern Switzerland."
The Hegemony does have a thriving local arms industry, producing large numbers of high-quality personal arms and some serviceable armored vehicles. Foreign sales of weapons and designs are encouraged by the government both as a means of reducing the per-unit-cost to Hegemony coffers and as a way of field-testing new equipment without directly risking Hegemony assets. The Hegemony is loath to purchase foreign arms but exceptions exist, especially with regards to the Navy.
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