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The All Systems Commonwealth or simply the Systems Commonwealth is a fictional intergalactic government from Gene Roddenberry's science fiction TV series Andromeda. It was born out of the Vedran Empire. The Vedrans, originating from Tarn-Vedra, which was their homeworld and the capital of their empire, were the first known race to discover the Slipstream, the only known way to travel faster-than-light. They built their empire by traveling to the different star systems and conquering the inhabited and colonizing the uninhabited worlds. The Commonwealth was a democratic federation of planets, drifts (space stations or orbital habitats), and systems. Depending on where you look, the Commonwealth (and its preceding Empire) was spread across Three Galaxies (referred in the fourth season of the show simply as "Tri-Galaxies") or Six Galaxies. It lasted for about 5500 years, starting with a time of political reform and ending with a violent civil war and subsequent invasion by the terrifying Magog. Image File history File links Information. ... Image File history File links Information. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In rhetoric, a tautology is a use of redundant language in speech or writing, or, put simply, saying the same thing twice. // Tautology, often regarded as a fault of style, was defined by Fowler as saying the same thing twice. In fact, it is not necessary for the entire meaning... abstraction in general. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Gene Roddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Television series redirects here. ... The featured ship of the Andromeda television show, the Andromeda Ascendant Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda is a science fiction television series, a posthumous creation of Gene Roddenberry. ... Tarn-Vedra is a fictional planet in the Andromeda universe. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Slipstream is a science fiction term for a fictional method of faster-than-light space travel, similar to hyperspace travel, warp drive, or transfer points from David Brins Uplift series. ... Faster-than-light (also superluminal or FTL) communications and travel are staples of the science fiction genre. ... Democracy describes a series of related forms of government. ... The International Space Station in 2006 A space station is an artificial structure designed for humans to live in outer space. ... Two bodies with a slight difference in mass orbiting around a common barycenter. ... NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 17,000 parsecs in diameter and approximately 20 million parsecs distant. ... // The Species The origins of the Magog are unknown. ...

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Origins

Vedran Empire

After discovering the Slipstream, the Vedrans founded their Empire as they travelled from system to system subjugating other worlds. The Vedran government was an absolutist hereditary monarchy, with the Empress as the head of state and government. As the Vedrans continued expanding throughout the Andromeda Galaxy—the galaxy in which they originated—and the nearby Triangulum Galaxy, and Milky Way Galaxy, they eventually encountered the Kalderans in the Greater Magellanic Cloud. The Kalderans managed to somehow capture Vedran Slipstream technology and reverse-engineered it for their own use; it was not long before the Kalderan Alliance formed to offset Vedran incursions into their system. This was one of few active attempts at resisting Vedran imperialism and eventually escalated into a brutal war between the Kalderans and Vedrans for control of the Magellanic Cloud territories. The conflict ended with the Vedran bombardment of the Kalderan capital, Kalderash, and the forced integration of the Kalderan Alliance into the Vedran Empire. Tarn-Vedra is a fictional planet in the Andromeda universe. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Scholars debate about what exactly constitutes an empire (from the Latin imperium, denoting military command within the ancient Roman government). ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... “Kingdom” redirects here. ... Emperor is also a Norwegian black metal band; see Emperor (band). ... M31 in a small telescope The Andromeda Galaxy (IPA: , also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224; older texts often called it the Andromeda Nebula) is a spiral galaxy approximately 2. ... The Triangulum Galaxy (also known as Messier 33 or NGC 598) is a spiral galaxy about 3. ... It has been suggested that Andromeda-Milky Way collision be merged into this article or section. ... The Large Magellanic Cloud (also known as LMC) is a dwarf galaxy that is in orbit around our own Milky Way galaxy. ... Reverse engineering (RE) is the process of taking something (a device, an electrical component, a software program, etc. ...


Despite four thousand years of successful conquest, the monolithic Vedran Empire could not last. The Vedrans themselves had become a minority within their own Empire, relative to the numbers of other races which included the Kalderans, Makra, and Perseids, amongst others. Eventually, even their military, the High Guard; previously the exclusive preserve of the Vedrans themselves; became too small to maintain control of the many planets within Vedran borders. The Vedrans were forced to allow non-Vedrans into their ranks. However, dissatisfaction with Vedran domination continued among the Empire's non-Vedran citizens. This culminated in the Perseid Insurrection, which was a failed but very significant attempt at secession by the Empire's Perseid worlds. The High Guard crushed the uprising violently and thus preserved the Empress' authority, but at the same time a series of events and reforms were set in motion that would eventually undermine absolute imperial authority and set the stage for democracy. The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. ... The High Guard are a military organization from the TV series Andromeda. ...


Empire to Commonwealth

The popular reaction to the devastation of the Perseid Insurrection forced the Vedrans to appease their subjects lest they face a more widespread revolution. Elections were held in CY 4205 for the Conclave, the first parliament for the Empire. Over the following decades, the Conclave would exceed its intended purpose as a powerless facade and pass reforms and legislation. This progressivism soon evolved into republicanism, and factions formed calling for the abolishment of the Imperial Throne and establishment of a Systems Republic. The Empress and her loyalists protested and only a compromise brokered by Sani nax Rifati prevented a civil war—the Vedran Empire became the Systems Commonwealth, and instead of being an absolute hereditary monarchy, it became a parliamentary monarchy, with the Empress as a ceremonial head of state to symbolize the bond of Vedran monarchy to popular democracy. The storming of the Bastille, 14 July 1789 during the French Revolution. ... An election is a decision making process where people choose people to hold official offices. ... Centuries: 9th century BC - 8th century BC - 7th century BC Decades: 770s BC 760s BC 750s BC 740s BC 730s BC - 720s BC - 710s BC 700s BC 690s BC 680s BC 670s BC Events and Trends 728 BC - Piye invades Egypt, conquering Memphis and receives the submission of the rulers... A parliament is a legislature, especially in those countries whose system of government is based on the Westminster system modelled after that of the United Kingdom. ... Progressivism is a term that refers to a broad school of international social and political philosophies. ... Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A republic is a form of government maintained by a state or country whose sovereignty is based on popular consent and whose governance is based on popular representation and control. ... A civil war is a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight against each other for the control of political power. ... A constitutional monarchy is a form of government established under a constitutional system which acknowledges a hereditary or elected monarch as head of state. ... Queen Elizabeth II, is the Head of State of 16 countries including: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand and the Bahamas, as well as crown colonies and overseas territories of the United Kingdom. ...


Systems Commonwealth

The All-Systems University

Soon after the Empire morphed into the Commonwealth, the All-Systems University was born to collect and preserve knowledge from the Known Worlds. One of its most prominent components was the Special Collections Division, which would grow into the main field research and preservation division.


Even this federation of professors and librarians, however, would grow its own ambitions and split into factions in the future. After the Fall, these Collectors would go into hiding and operate clandestinely to gather and preserve knowledge from before the Long Night. Some remained true to the original ideals of the ASU - to preserve knowledge for the sake of it; others deviated and used the knowledge to gain power in the chaos and manipulated the knowledge for personal gain.


Political Systems

The political system of the Commonwealth was a classic parliamentary democracy. The Empress remained as head of state, though with little real power. In lieu of one Premier or Chancellor, the Systems Commonwealth had three heads of government: the Triumvirs, to prevent one person from taking too much power and keep things fair and balanced. The Conclave parliament was tricameral: the Voice of the Sectors represented Sectors (or groups of star systems); the Voice of the Planets represented each member world individually; and a directly-popularly-elected Voice of the People. A parliamentary system, or parliamentarism, is distinguished by the executive branch of government being dependent on the direct or indirect support of the parliament, often expressed through a vote of confidence. ... Emperor is also a Norwegian black metal band; see Emperor (band). ... Queen Elizabeth II, is the Head of State of 16 countries including: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand and the Bahamas, as well as crown colonies and overseas territories of the United Kingdom. ... A premier is an executive official of government. ... For other uses, see Chancellor (disambiguation). ... The Head of Government is the chief officer of the executive branch of a government, often presiding over a cabinet. ... con·clave (knklv, kng-) n. ...


With the end of the centralized Vedran Empire and introduction of a democratic Commonwealth, there also came political flexibility and thus decentralization. Essentially, the Empire turned from a firm union into a federation of different sectorial governments. // Le de décentralisation de de est le processus de la dispersion prise de décision plus près du point de service ou action. ... A map displaying todays federations. ...


Humanity's Impact

When Earth joined the Commonwealth, humanity almost immediately assimilated to the new technologies presented by the Commonwealth and traveled outside Earth. Humanity thus contributed greatly to Commonwealth culture, politics, and military.


Soon, genetic engineering became all the rage within human society, allowing many humans the ability to breathe underwater (Castalians), live on heavy-gravity worlds (the "heavy-worlders"), see in almost total darkness (Inari), or even all of the above. Paul Musevini encouraged his human followers at Ayn Rand Station, orbiting the planet Fountainhead, to lead a life of constant physical, mental, and emotional betterment, using the philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche as a guide. His son, Drago, became the first true Nietzschean, and thus was called the Progenitor. Drago became the leader of this first colony of Nietzscheans and by the time of his death, he was revered as nearly a god among his people. He split his followers into multiple different clans, which would later evolve into the Nietzschean Prides. Though they lived primarily as warriors, the Nietzscheans were, like their human cousins, major contributors to every aspect of Commonwealth government, military, and society. An iconic image of genetic engineering; this autoluminograph from 1986 of a glowing transgenic tobacco plant bearing the luciferase gene, illustrating the possibilities of genetic engineering. ... Ayn Rand (IPA: , February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982), born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum (Russian: ), was a Russian-born American novelist and philosopher,[1] best known for developing Objectivism and for writing the novels We the Living, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged and the novella Anthem. ... Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900) (IPA: ) was a German philosopher. ... This article is about the Nietzschean race in the television series Andromeda. ...


Illusions of Peace

The Commonwealth celebrated an era that came to be known as the "Twelve Centuries of Peace" in which it continued to grow and prosper, even though peace with the rival Pyrian Empire (the Pyrians lived on hot inner Venus-like planets) always seemed uneasy and tentative at best. By CY 9760, a pacifist movement managed to call a referendum for disbandment of the High Guard. Though the referendum was in favor of High Guard, it is by a very slim margin and thus the pacifists vowed to revisit the issue. (*min temperature refers to cloud tops only) Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 9. ... The fifth millennium is a period of time which will begin on 1 January 4001 and will end on 31 December 5000. ... Pacifist may mean: an advocate of pacifism. ... Elections Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ...


Only 6 years after the referendum, a brutal and vicious species mercilessly attacked Brandenburg-Tor, a frontier colony. Few of the 3 billion inhabitants managed to live to tell the tale of the bloody attack. For 15 more years, this new enemy, called the Magog, attacked numerous other settlement worlds, and numerous battles were fought between High Guard and Magog. // The Species The origins of the Magog are unknown. ...


The Andromeda Ascendant's mission

The Andromeda Ascendant, under command of Perseid Captain Perrim, was sent on a highly classified secret mission to locate the source of the Magog invasion. What the Andromeda found was beyond belief... A structure of 20 hollow worlds joined together, manipulated and powered by an artificial sun at its center: the Magog World Ship, with huge armadas of Swarm Ships, in another galaxy filled with dust and black holes, working its way toward the Known Worlds while sending advance fleets to clear the area for the World Ship. The Andromeda was overwhelmed by Swarm Ships, her entire crew slaughtered. She managed to escape into Slipstream, but since AIs cannot navigate it on their own, she wandered the tangled webs alone, lost, and blind. By the time she emerged in the Triangulum Galaxy, she was halfway to having gone crazy from loneliness, and almost attacked a Than ship. When she limped back to the nearest Commonwealth outpost, the Vedrans got the information and report from the mission and erased her memory of the mission, and commissioned her back into service with no recollection of the suicidal mission into the heart of the Magog, this time under the command of a human from Tarn-Vedra, Dylan Hunt. The Andromeda Ascendant is a fictional starship in the television series Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda. ... Kevin Sorbo as Dylan Hunt in Andromeda Dylan Hunt is the name of two fictional characters created for television by Gene Roddenberry. ...


The Treaty of Antares

The Treaty of Antares ended the war between the Magog and the Commonwealth, establishing a border between the invaders and the Commonwealth, with the Magog keeping control over sectors that were already devastated by their initial attacks known as the Quarantine Zone. Since many Nietzschean frontier worlds were attacked, the Nietzscheans, among others, launched vigorous protests and called for complete extermination of the Magog. Several Nietzschean worlds threatened to leave the Commonwealth but remained because of increased security assurance from High Guard command. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The Nietzschean Insurrection and Commonwealth Civil War

Conspiracy

The Treaty of Antares still resting uneasily in Nietzschean minds, several of the Prides, under the leadership of the Drago-Kazov, conspired to replace the Commonwealth, which they perceive as weak, with a Nietzschean Empire. Though most Nietzscheans still remained loyal to the Commonwealth, the worlds that did support the Dragans began spending sprees and retrofitted passenger liners into fighters and cruisers, and this Nietzschean Alliance amassed a huge fleet.


Surprise Attack

The Insurrection essentially began at the Nietzschean-populated Hephaistos System, where a convenient rogue black hole provided the Nietzschean Alliance with a trap to lure High Guard ships into the system to be ambushed and destroyed by waiting ships. One-by-one, the Nietzscheans managed to pick off High Guard starships until they got the attention of the Andromeda and Dylan Hunt. The Andromeda's captain realized it was a trap too late, and by the time the shock set in, the Andromeda was too far from a Slip-point to be able to escape the system alive. Hunt ordered his crew to abandon ship and, with his then pilot, the insectoid hermaphrodite Refractions of Dawn, sent the ship directly into the singularity, hoping for a slingshot effect to thrust the ship toward the nearest Slip-point. The Nietzscheans followed the grand prize into the black hole but also went for the escape pods, but many of the crew managed to escape and warn the High Guard. Because of sabotage by the Nietzschean XO, Gaheris Rhade, the Andromeda was unable to pull back and slingshot away and was frozen in time, teetering at the edge of the event horizon. Simulated view of a black hole in front of the Milky Way. ... The 1st-century BC sculpture The Reclining Hermaphrodite, in the Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme in Rome A hermaphrodite is an organism that possesses both male and female sex organs during its life. ... Singularity has several different meanings: mathematical singularity - a point where a mathematical function goes to infinity or is in certain other ways ill-behaved. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... While Executive officer literally refers to a person responsible for the performance of duties involved in running an organization, the exact meaning of the role is highly variable, depending on the organization. ...


Meanwhile, throughout the rest of the Known Worlds, sleeper cells attacked once word reached them that the Andromeda's crew warned the Commonwealth. Half the High Guard fleet was blown to bits in the shipyards and the dockyards.


Nietzschean Success

Though the loyalists had more numbers than the insurrectionists, the High Guard had not fought an organized war in more than twelve centuries, and so it was easy for the Alliance to deal mortal blows to the Commonwealth. Earth itself was bombarded, and the only major failure in the first year of the war was the battle for San-Ska-Re, the Than homeworld. The Empress was killed in a Nietzschean attack as well. Success continued well into the second year - CY 9785 - when the Nietzschean Alliance seized the vital Acheron Delta system, preventing a High Guard offensive.


Tarn-Vedra

During the second year of the Insurrection/Civil War, Commonwealth morale was damaged even further with the disappearance of the Vedrans and Tarn-Vedra. The High Guard and remnants of the Commonwealth were left behind to fend for themselves as Nietzschean successes continued.


The Battle of Witchhead

The Battle of Witchhead, at the Witchhead Nebula, was the final and climactic battle in the Civil War. 100 High Guard ships were supposed to gather there to launch an attack on Fountainhead, the Nietzschean homeworld, hoping to plunge rebel morale. However, 500 Nietzschean ships were also at Witchhead, and instead of the High Guard remnant coordinating a strike on Fountainhead, the two fleets battled bitterly until they destroyed each other. This battle shattered the Nietzschean Alliance as Jaguar Pride and its allies betrayed the weakened Drago-Kazov Pride and no Nietzschean Empire ever materialized. The Witch Head Nebula (also known as IC 2118) is named after its shape, as can be seen seen on the right. ...


The Angel of Death

According to Nietzschean historical records, the Nietzscheans arrived at the Nebula with 1500 ships: a guaranteed victory. However, at the critical hour, "the Angel of Death summoned forth the fires of hell" and destroyed the Nietzschean fleet, "their glorious victory turned to ashes".[1] When the High Guard arrived, the 500 survivor ships were off-balance and confused. The Angel of Death was in fact the Andromeda Ascendant, which Slipstreamed back in time just before the battle to set history right again and with an Anti-Proton (AP) Fusion Catalyst, sent the nebula into flames, incinerating two-thirds of the fleet. Death, as a skeleton carrying a scythe, visiting Mort. ... The Andromeda Ascendant is a fictional starship in the television series Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda. ...


The Long Night

After millennia of prosperity, the Commonwealth had fallen in ashes. Instead of a Nietzschean Empire, chaos reigned. Months after the Battle of Witchhead, the Magog invaded once again, this time in much greater numbers, and wiped away the last remaining struts of the Commonwealth. In the realist theory of International Relations, the anarchical system that all states find themselves in is the lack of clear organisation of states into a hieracical order that is found within states. ...


In many long years, few systems could keep together.


The Restored Systems Commonwealth

300 years after the Fall, Dylan Hunt and a ragtag team of misfits began to restore peace and order, or try to. Once the threat from the Magog became known, a unified front became even more urgent.


Problems

Some would say the Commonwealth lasted for millennia because of the Vedrans... Others would say the Commonwealth lasted so long despite them... The Restored Commonwealth immediately faced problems. It was a confederation of disparate, sometimes rival, planets, systems, and political entities, and opportunism was everywhere. The Collectors were vying for control.


Nietzschean Secession

Once again, the Nietzscheans betrayed the Commonwealth... This time, because Tyr Anasazi, a member of Hunt's own crew, tricked them into believing him to be the Nietzschean Messiah — a genetic reincarnation of Drago Musevini. All of the Commonwealth's enemies had joined together and destroyed both the Drago-Kazov and the High Guard fleet that refused to retreat. The Secession took a heavy toll on the Restored Commonwealth: at least one entire system destroyed; the Perseid planet Sinti occupied; many of the new High Guard's prize possessions also destroyed... and a power vacuum that brought to light the true powers behind the Commonwealth - powers that control it and perhaps directed its demise. Later, it is also discovered that the Nietzscheans were working with the 'Spirit of the Abyss'. Tyr Anasazi out of Victoria by Barbarossa is a Nietzschean character in the television series Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda, played by actor Keith Hamilton Cobb. ...


Triumvirate

Hunt was proposed for the Triumvir position, but refused. Though the Triumvirate was elected soon, corruption was clear...


Tri-Spring River Flowing

Being a Vedran, her homeworld is the missing world known as Tarn Vedra, the source of moral authority for the High Guard and founders of the original Systems Commonwealth. The last Vedran to serve the original Systems Commonwealth Triumvirate as First Triumvir, she was technically never killed by any Nietzschean strike team as the other original Triumvirate members were, she was simply missing and pronounced dead. Unofficially, she survived the Long Night and the chaos that replaced the fall of the Commonwealth. She found refuge on San-Ska-Re, the former Commonwealth Provisional Capital and homeworld of the Than-Thre-Kull, there she remained hidden and waiting for democracy to replace the chaos in the Known Worlds. She eventually was found by High Guard Captains Dylan Hunt and Sara Anders. She again continues her role as Triumvir of the Restored Systems Commonwealth.


Tri-Jema

Tri-Jema's homeworld is unknown. But she was a friend to anyone when she needed their help... not so much when they needed hers... As was the case with Hunt, whom she had put on trial for treason because of a power struggle between idealists and corrupt Collectors. Believing the Collectors to be the winning side, Tri-Jema joined them. But her drive for greed was lethal for her as she perished trying to retrieve a vital star map.


Tri-Ortiz and Tri-Camille

Though Tri-Ortiz (formerly Isabella Ortiz) was idealistic, the Collectors unseated her and put her more complacent sister Tri-Camille in her place. Little is known (from the show) about her.


Tri-Lorn

Grew up on Tarazed idolizing Hunt, and indeed turned out to be the one Triumvir true to the Commonwealth's ideals. After the Collectors' mock trial of Hunt, Tri-Lorn helped the Andromeda flee the Collector fleet at Tarazed, and a civil war began between the idealistic and Collector factions. Tri-Lorn has not been seen on the show since.


The Battle of the Magog World Ship and Final Universal Peace

The Andromeda had fought against the Magog World Ship in a final attempt to save the galaxies. The entire crew (apparently) gave their lives to defeat this danger to the galaxies.


When the Andromeda arrvived back from the Seefra system through the Route of Ages, the crew learned that the Magog Worldship wasn't actually destroyed, but merely crippled. The remaining Commonwealth fleets were faring badly in the four standard days the crew was gone. A huge Nietzschean fleet of two prides was on its way to Tarazed. The Andromeda was the only line of defense. When Dylan learned that the Methus sun wasn't only built for the Seefra system to survive, but to destroy the Abyss. The sun destroyed the Abyss in the Route of Ages, creating a slipstream portal reuniting Tarn-Vedra with the Known Worlds. Dylan Hunt could finally rest after five years of fighting. Spoiler warning: In the fictional universe of the television show Andromeda, the Route of Ages is a portal in space-time, sought by many of the shows characters throughout season four (see MacGuffin). ...


Conclusions

The Systems Commonwealth provided peace and stability, but it was not perfect. However, the Restored Systems Commonwealth seems to be a regressive, twisted form of the Commonwealth: the direct antithesis of what the Commonwealth should be like. The Commonwealth cannot function if it is extremely corrupt, as is evident in the civil war of the Restored Commonwealth. However, the re-appearance of Tarn Vedra gives hope that the Commonwealth will eventually return to the democratic and prosperous civilization it once was.


Member Races of the Commonwealth

  • Castalians
  • Chichins
  • Humans (Homo sapiens sapiens)
  • Inari
  • Kalderans
  • Nietzscheans (Homo sapiens invictus)
  • Nightsiders
  • Perseids
  • Than-Thre-Kull
  • Umbrites
  • Vedrans

Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ... The name may refer to one of the folloing. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... The Than-Thre-Kull, commonly abbreviated to Than, are a fictional sentient species from the television series Andromeda. ... Tarn-Vedra is a fictional planet in the Andromeda universe. ...

References

  1. ^ Andromeda Season 1, Episode 6: "Angel Dark, Demon Bright"

External links

  • Official Andromeda Site
  • All Systems University

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