Scandinavian FederationSource: Sean Bayan Schoonmaker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CommentsThe Scandinavian Federation originally included the Earth nations of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, though it now includes a number of off-world colonies. When these five governments first united, the move was motivated by defensive necessity, and hastily done. The foundations for a combined government were not yet in place, and without support from the EC the nascent super-state most likely would have fragmented soon after the ESU threat, which was generally considered the primary motivator for their confederation, became less imperative.
The union of sovereign states is not unlike the American colonies under the Articles of Confederation, or the early days of the European Union, as Acts and treaties must be ratified by all member states. The unicameral legislature is representational by population, though it has the ability to vote in a "one vote per nation" capacity as well. A "Speaker" heads each nation's representative group, and the Regering (Prime Minister) is usually elected from their number.
As the Scan-Fed expanded into space and what would eventually be known as the Scan-Fed cluster, the parliament was expanded to include established, self-sustaining colonies. Eventually, some time after the NAC did so with its own government, the Scan-Fed followed suit and moved its own governmental seat to the now thriving colony world of Asgard.
Swedish is the language used in the Scandinavian Federation for most military and governmental matters, though several others are equally "official" in common use. The naval arm of the Federation's military is called the Federala Skandinaviska Rymdflottan, typically abbreviated FSRF, which translates directly to Federal Scandinavian Space Fleet. The current prefix used for military ships is FRS, short for Federationens Rymdskepp, translating to Federation Spaceship. Civilian vessels simply bear the prefix RS for Rymdskepp, whose translation is Spaceship. It is identical to that used by the NSL, as their merchant fleets, and languages, are very closely related.
The FSRF emblem is exactly the same as the national ensign, a gold crown on a blue field, with a wide white border on the bottom and wide red border on the right side.
Scan-Fed ship design follows its NSL origins in most aspects, excepting drive ratings. FSRF shipyards opted for more powerful main drives, sacrificing a portion of the NSL's powerful beam arrays and hull reinforcement. Better drives were deemed necessary to improve the survivability of their limited stock of ships. Though not quite as robust in superstructure as Swabian vessels, a restriction imposed by their semi-modular design, they are still considered quite hardy and also boast significant armor. Their largest departure from NSL tradition is their modular structure. Two or four interchangeable pods are affixed to the rear hull stanchions. Though this operation requires a shipyard, and much more time than was originally envisioned, it does allow a larger degree of flexibility with a small quantity of ships.
Editorial NotesThe Scan-Fed, though initially neutral through conflicts prior to the First Solar War, has generally sided along with the NSL, who is also a primary trading partner, since 2146. As might be expected, animosity with the FSE eventually emerged, though not till almost the time of the Third Solar War.
Even though independent from the NSL, the Scan-Fed used their military equipment until the latter part of the Second Solar War. Using lessons they'd learned, and accepting the fact that their economy could not possibly produce hulls in sufficient number to meet all their needs, they adopted a semi-modular ship design, the first production models appearing in 2155. NSL equipment and vehicles are still used for ground forces.
The Scan-Fed will generally never appear in Full Thrust as an independent force unless playing a particular scenario in the area of the Scan-Fed cluster. More often they will appear supporting NSL fleets or occasionally those of their other allies. They are staunch supporters of the UNSC, and thus are also seen operating with peace-keeping forces from time to time.
Ship naming conventions are derived almost exclusively from Norse mythology. Contact me for a comprehensive list. I'm also working on sculpting the miniatures for the FT line.
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Author and ContributorAuthor: Sean Bayan Schoonamker
Changed: Saturday, 30-Jul-2011 11:55:40 EDT