Confederacy of Suns is a fictional political entity in The History of the Galaxy series of novels by Russian writer Andrey Livadny. It was formed as a defense measure against the powerful fleet of the Earth Alliance.
Before the Wars
Humans began to colonize other star systems even before the discovery of the hypersphere anomaly (time period known as the "Great Exodus"). Relativistic sublight colony ships were sent to the closes systems to establish human presence there. When the first hypersphere-capable ships sent from Earth in 2217 reached the colonies, the colonists felt bitter about their "Earth brethren" sending them to a possible death and now demanding to accept additional colonists to relieve the pressure of the overpopulated Earth. Refusing to accept the arrivals of the "Second Exodus", the colonists attempted to cut ties with their homeworld.
The First Galactic War
Unable to ignore the problems present on Earth, the President of Earth Alliance ordered the Alliance fleet to take control of planet Dabog - one of the colonies resisting Earth's influence. The First Galactic War began with the siege of Dabog. The farming population of Dabog refused to submit and fought dearly against the invaders. Surprisingly well-equipped to fight, the colonists managed to repel the Alliance ground forces by using their agrarian walking machines. These servo-machines (AKA mechs) proved to be much more effective in ground combat that Earth tanks and troop transports. After taking heavy losses on the ground and in space (the Dabog colony had a surprisingly effective missile defense system), the admiral of the strike fleet ordered all ground troops withdrawn and fleet moved to a higher orbit. From there, the ordered the entire planet bombarded with nuclear warheads. Only a handful of survivors managed to make it off the colony before it was turned into a radioactive wasteland.
Banding into a military alliance known as the Free Colonies, the colonists began to organize their own ragtag fleets against the might of the Earth Alliance. Eventually (after decades of bloody and destructive fighting), the Earth fleet was near-destroyed and retreated back to the Solar system.
Realizing that the Earth Alliance would return in greater numbers, the Free Colonies began to build up their own fleets and armies, awaiting the impending invasion. The second invasion came after the Alliance managed to rebuild their fleet and modernized their ground forces with semi-computer-controlled servo-machines, including the infamous Phalanxer-class heavy walkers. Unlike Earth military, which strived to automate their instruments of war, the colonists, lacking the necessary technology, instead preferred to simplify them, so that the humans could use them.
Several decades later, the second phase of the war was coming to an end. The Free Colonies were gathering the entirety of their battle fleet to take the fight to Earth. They fully expected to the battle to be the toughest one yet, as over 90% of Earth's defense was machine-controlled. In fact, Admiral Vorontsov, the supreme commander of the fleet expected his fleet to be annihilated. When they arrived, however, they (relatively) easily dispatched the Earth defense fleet, as the admiral in charge deactivated most of the machines shortly before the battle. His motivation for doing so was not discovered until much later - he was trying to stop the machines from eventually destroying the colonies, as he wished for the human race to survive. After the surrender of Earth, Earth Alliance was no more as a political entity.
The Free Colonies were officially reformed into the Confederacy of Suns immediately after the surrender of Earth.
Ironically, it was the war that turned the colonies without any major industries into powerful centers of innovation, culture, industry, and trade. The prosperous Confederacy eventually allowed other colonies to join, albeit at a lower status than the core colonies. It was due to this treatment of border colonies that led to the eventual downfall of the Confederacy.
The Second Galactic War
Also known as the War of Everyone against Everyone, the Second Galactic War, basically, involved most of the outer colonies banding into small alliances and waging war against each other to establish their own sovereignty. The Confederacy remained neutral, although hardliners like Admiral Vorontsov were itching to take their fleet in to "let the upstarts know who's the boss", the other politicians disagreed, preferring to let the conflict play out, as it did not directly affect the Core Worlds. The Admiral was ready to do just about anything to assert his fleet's supremacy throughout the known worlds. His chance came with the start of the Shiran invasion of several border colonies, on their jihad to form the great and powerful Stellar Caliphate. Vorontsov's plan was to let the barbaric desert warriors wreak havoc on the nonaligned worlds and then move in with his fleet to drive out the religious fanatics and show the colonies that only under the unified Confederate umbrella they can be truly safe. His plan backfires, when the Shirans send only a token force to invade three colonies in order to distract the Confederate ships, while sending the bulk of their fleet to attack the heart of the Confederate Navy - Fort Stellar, Vortontsov's home base. The daring attack is surprisingly effective, which is a shocking blow to the Fort Stellar inhabitants, as the moon was thought to be an impregnable fortress. If not for the selfless actions of several former Earth officers and Ganians, Fort Stellar would have fallen to the enemy, and the galaxy would have been theirs for the taking. Barely managing to hold off the Shiran forces while the Fort's defenses were being brought online, many Earth officers lost their lives. However, the reactivated guns made short work of the enemy ships and troops, destroying any hope for the Stellar Caliphate. This close call has convinced the Confederacy leaders of the need for peace.
Decline and Rebirth of the Confederacy
After the decline and, eventual, disbanding of the Confederacy of Suns, each planet was on its own. The only thing connecting the world together was sporadic trade and the Interstar network. However, when the Harammins attempted to invade the colonies during the Seven Days War, the main hub of the network was destroyed, leaving the colonies isolated. After the defeat of the blue-skinned aliens, a new Confederacy was created in the place of the old one. Unlike its predecessor, all worlds were treated equally, so as not to cause any more dissent. In fact, the newly-freed Insects and Logrians petitioned to join this new structure and were gladly accepted. With the re-creation of the Confederate fleet came stability, offset by occasional corporate struggles and Ganio pirate attacks.
The discovery of the 10th level of hypersphere was immediately classified, as this information presented a threat to all the Confederacy. Deciding that a military presence was required at the center of hypersphere to stop any possible alien invasion, the Confederate fleet built several ships specifically designed to work in a non-electronic environment by using laser computers and nuclear technology, which were not affected by the intense magnetic field at the center of the anomaly. A rogue Borderworld corporation called "Genesis" found out about this and hijacked the two prototypes, intending to take control of the "hypersphere hub" themselves and dictate demands to the Confederacy. By chance, they took the ships to the planet Hermes, secretly owned by the late Galactic Cybersystems Corporation. In the ensuing firefight, "Genesis" lost many ships but were able to make the jump along a vertical force-line in one of the prototype ships, pursued closely by the Confederate heavy cruiser Dion intent on retaking the ship. However, on arrival to the center of hypersphere, both ships were sucked into another vertical leading to an unknown system. Repairing the second prototype, a killer and a clone, along with a cybreaker and a mnemonic (hacker and information security officer, respectively, both with multiple brain implants), made a jump while being on the ground (never before accomplished) and ended up in orbit around First World. The mnemonic accidentally discovered that she could "see" with her implants all the verticals around her and distinguish the idle ones from those which have recently been used. They use that information to follow the Dion and rescue both ships.
These revelations allowed the Confederacy to turn First World (or Arast, as it became known in the galactic community) into a true hypersphere hub, where ships modified for 10th-level travel and crewed by mnemonics-navigators were able to quickly travel to any system in the galaxy and back.
Unfortunately, this turned out to be easier said than done, as President Sheila Norman decreed that traveling to uncharted systems should be done with utmost caution, as there could be other alien races out in the galaxy, who must never get their hands (paws, fins, tentacles, etc.) on the human hyperdrive technology.
Allied Alien Races
Insects are an alien race in The History of the Galaxy series of novels by Russian science fiction writer Andrey Livadny. The first encounter between humans and Insects is described in the novel Demeter, although signs of the race's former glory are discovered in earlier novels. The Insects' current technological level is close to that of humanity, as humans have shared many technologies with them. 3 million years prior to that, however, they were an interstellar empire capable of building massive structures in space and on planets.
Physically, they are reminiscent of Earth praying mantises, but are human-sized. They also walk upright and appear to possess telepathic abilities, allowing them to communicate with other species with ease. They do possess a spoken language but seem to prefer telepathic communication. Unlike certain Earth insects, they are not hive-minded. Each is an individual in its own right, although they are able to voluntarily give up their sentience and regress to the state of mindless drones. Certain older individuals can hone their telepathic skills to establish mental contact over large distances (e.g. planetary surface to a ship in orbit).
The history of the Insect race goes back millions of years, when their race flourished in the region of space now known as the Sleeve of Emptiness. They were aware of, at least, three other intelligent races in their sector of space. It is during that time that most of their great achievements were made.
Everything changed when the Forerunners were detected approaching the Sleeve. These proto-matter creatures only possessed a low-level intelligence, but their sheer numbers and incredible resilience more than compensated for that. Flying towards stars like moths to the flame, the Forerunners consumed all matter they found: planets, asteroids, space dust, etc., leaving only stars and empty space in their wake. It is likely that the Insects initially attempted to fight the swarm and even managed to repel it for a few centuries with heavy losses. What is known is that, unlike the Delphons, they eventually chose to escape and preserve their race and culture.
To this end, they began an undertaking of massive proportions - they were building a Dyson Sphere. This massive structure would completely encase their home star, both providing living space for the entire Insect race and preventing the Forerunners from being guided to the system by their star.
The project was only partially successful. The sphere (more like an oblate spheroid) was finished, but other important parts were incomplete, including the computer designed to maintain the sphere. Despite their efforts, the Forerunners found the sphere and attacked it. For reasons unknown, the sphere was not destroyed, although it sustained heavy damage. The surviving Insects, along with the Logrians, fled their space through ancient hypersphere portals into the area of space, which will eventually become known as the O'Hara cluster (known to the natives as Settoren). There, they encountered the Harammins. Suddenly faced with the prospect of being displaced from their own area of space, the Harammins managed to obtain a Delphon device used to create novae, which they used to force the Logrians and the Insects into servitude. Using the knowledge and skills of their servants, the Harammins constructed powerful gravity generators that hid their space from the Forerunners by bending light around it. The three races continued to live in the hidden space for 3 million years, with the Harammins eventually forbidding erasing knowledge about their slaves' glorious past. The effect of bending light around them also eventually obscured the outside universe from anyone living in the cluster.
Eventually, a number of Insect Families managed to break away from Harammin control and settled on the outer worlds of the cluster, with their sheer numbers making it impossible for the Harammins to re-conquer them.
A small colony of Insects was left behind during the exodus. However, over time, the planet's ecosystem changed and the temperature lowered. As the Insects require heat and moisture to incubate their eggs, they sought out deep caverns filled with radiation for that purpose. This had the side effect of causing irreversible mutations in the offspring, eventually removing their natural telepathic abilities.
Things changed when a human colony ship landed on the planet, which they named Demeter after the Greek goddess of green growth and motherly love. Shortly after the colony was set up, first armed conflicts took place between the two races, eventually turning into an all-out war. The human colonists, concerned mainly with their survival, lost many of their technological advancements. All industry but military came to a standstill. The war continued for several centuries, when new arrivals to Demeter managed to resolve the conflict. Apparently, the Insects wanted access to the humans' colony ship and its reactorto incubate their eggs. After managing to establish contact with the rest of humanity, the two races were evacuated from the planet and taken to separate worlds.
After the Harammin attempted invasion of human space, the Insects and the Logrians were freed from their slavery. Some Insect and Logrian colonies joined the restored Confederacy of Suns. However, there is still an entire cluster, populated with not-too-friendly Insects known to humans as the Wild Families, who refuse to have any dealings with the humans.
The novel The Dream of the Mind also reveals that, during the construction of the Dyson Sphere, the Insects collaborated with the Logrians on improving their hyperspheretravel. At that point, they relied on hypergates to send them to other hypergates. Using the hypersphere's natural properties, they attempted to send planets to the 10th level of the hypersphere, which appears to be the anomaly's center, where all the vertical force-lines converge. If successful, the planet would allow them to set up a portal at the center of the hypersphere, they would be able to travel anywhere in the universe in a matter of hours, if not minutes. After eight failures (the planets broke apart during the hyperdive), they finally succeeded in sending an intact planet through. The project was hampered by the fact that time flows much slower on the 10th level than in normal space. The project came to an abrupt halt when the Forerunners attacked the Dyson Sphere, cutting off the Insects and the Logrians sent to that planet. They were eventually killed by humans who got "sucked-in" to the 10th level during the First Galactic War.
Logrians are an alien race in The History of the Galaxy series of novels by Russian science fiction writer Andrey Livadny. The first encounter between humans and Logrians occurred when human colonists ended up in a strange nebulous areas of space filled with resource-rich asteroids. As it turned out, a Logrian space habitat was also present in the region; however, the frightened humans attacked and destroyed it, killing most of the inhabitants. Few Logrians survived. Those who did, ended up either being enslaved by the Ganio pirates, who arrived later, or working with humans who were not as xenophobic as their brethren. Physically, the Logrians each have two snake-like heads with one eye each, while the rest of their body is reminiscent of a scaly cephalopod. They are referred to as "xenomorphs" in the novels; however, this may be misleading to some who associate the term with an alien creature that is capable of altering its shape (e.g. Xenomorphs from the Alienseries). In the novels, the term simply means "non-humanoid" and is sometimes applied to Insects as well.
Millions of years ago, the Logrian race flourished in the region of space currently known as the Sleeve of Emptiness. They coexisted with the neighboring Insects, the aquatic Delphons, and the humanoid Harammins. Unlike the other known sentient races of the galaxy, the Logrians built massive space habitats and shaped their environment to their choosing instead of colonizing planets. This is thought to be due to them being confined between the other three races in that region, who have already claimed any habitable planets.
Their interstellar expansion and exploration was slow, because their Hypersphere travel was done through static Hypergates. However, in order to get to a new system, such a gate would first have to be taken there at sublight speeds, which, usually, takes years. They attempted to change this by sending a planet to the 10th level of Hypersphere and setting up a base there (events mentioned in the novel The Dream of the Mind). To this end, they collaborated with the Insects on this monumental undertaking. After several failed attempts, they finally succeeded sending an intact planet through. A base was set up on the planet at the center of Hypersphere. However, contact with "normal space" was severed during the events of the Forerunnercrisis. Eventually, the Logrians and Insects stranded on the planet were killed off by the humans who ended up "sucked-in" by the Hypersphere.
One of their greatest inventions were the "logrs" - small jewel-like computers/data storage units, which could operate both independendly or with others. Each logr was capable of containing massive amounts of information. In fact, its primary use was to preserve the encoded consciousness of a deceased Logrian. Most logrs were combined to form the most advanced computing device ever created - the Logris.
About 3 million years ago, the Logrians detected a swarm of proto-matter creatured moving towards their area of space, eating all matter in their path. Face with certain destruction, the Logrians abandoned their Hypersphere experiments and dismantled the Logris. They left their space along with the Insects in an attempt to outrun the swarm. Their flight led them to the Settoren star cluster, occupied by the Harammins - blue-skinned humanoids, who were forced to fight the other two races for living space. Eventually, they Harammins managed to obtain a Delphon device capable of destroying a star and threatened the Insects and the Logrians with it, forcing them to submit. They used Logrian ingenuity to design powerful gravity distorters and the Insect manpower to build them around the entire star cluster. The so-called Veil hid everything in it from outside eye. It is known that, at least, one Logrian group travelled farther away from the threat.
Eventually, the Harammins completely enslaved the Logrians and the Insects, forbidding them from ever seeking to discover their origins, and using their technology to keep themselves living in luxury. In fact, through some of these inventions, they Harammins managed to make themselves essentially immortal.
After the Seven Day War between the Harammins and the humans, the Logrians found themselves once again a free people. Rediscovering their roots, they joined the restored Confederacy of Sunsalong with the Insects, giving humans their reactivated Logris to replace the destroyed main hub of the Interstar network.
Delphons were an alien race in The History of the Galaxy series of novels by the Russian science fiction writer Andrey Livadny. The Delphons were first introduced in the novel The Black Moon, although the name was not yet given. "Delphons" is a human designation, as the original name has been lost due to the species being extinct for over 3 million years. They were an aquatic humanoid species with a technological level of humanity in the 29th century.
First instroduced in the novel Demeter, Mother began as the central computer for the human colony ship sent to planet Demeter (named after the Greek goddess of green growth and motherly love). While the planet was of a terrestrial type, the colonists refused to leave the ship and, instead, constructed a dome on top of the craft and called it the Socle. The central computer was charged with maintaining the Socle using the ship's robots. After several decades of living in the Socle, the colonists expanded outwards and some became farmers. That was when the first contact with the Insectstook place.
Once the colonists engaged in an all-out war with the Insects, the ship was abandoned and the humans moved into the Socle. Over time (centuries, perhaps), the humans forgot their origins. Most were not even aware that they live on top of a starship. All they cared about was surviving and defeating the Insects. Because of this, the central computer was forced to improvise to continue its main task - maintaining the Socle. The computer cannibalized some of the ship's own systems to repair damage done by time and the war. At some point, the computer crossed an invisible line and attained intelligence.
Despite having a choice, the new intelligence still fulfilled its primary task. At the same time, the computer, now calling itself Mother, began to make modifications to the maintenance robots, hoping to create a mechanized race of intelligent beings.
After Demeter was introduced to the galactic community, the Confederacy of Sunssent representatives to communicate with and study Mother. Initially, Mother was cooperative but, once the human and Insect colonists were relocated to other planets, asked to be left alone. Eager to find out the evolutionary path of Mother's mechanical "children", the Confederacy imposed a quarantine on Demeter.
As revealed in the novel The Spiral, Mother was not given a chance to create other artificial intelligences. Some time after the quarantine was instituted, a Ganioship crash-landed on Demeter. Mother contacted the Ganians and offered to repair the ship. The Ganians eagerly accepted but, shortly after leaving, came back with a sizable force. Realizing that they intend to capture it, Mother programmed the robots to combat humans. This was for naught, however, as the well-trained Ganians destroyed most of the robots and forced Mother to work for them.
The Ganians used Mother's capabilities heavily during the fall of the Confederacy. Mother gave the Ganians information that allowed them to effectively combat Confederate troops. After the dissolution of the Confederacy, the Ganians attempted to destroy Mother, but it was one step ahead of them. Mother found a frozen body of a dead female colonist. An implant was inserted into the body, allowing Mother to transfer itself into it.
During the events depicted in The Spiral, Mother transferred itself to the personal computer of a former Confederate trooper, now a black market archaeologist. After a lengthy adventure, both found themselves on an abandoned colony ship, which they used to free a large group of humans and aliens from Ganio prisons. The escapees turned the craft into a generation ship, and Mother became the ship's computer, apparently finding its true calling.