They are generally at odds
with everyone around them... the Ptatls, Makkuth, Core
Commonwealth, and Bjaki Federation. They are not above
allying with any of these powers, however, if it suits their
purpose. They have a close trade relationship with the
The Kharkosanth are an expansionist, militaristic empire with culture based on individual merit. They are named after a
predator on Cyarkos, their original colony and capital. They are comprised of a diversity of worlds and beings that have
joined in a quest for power, have been subjugated by conquest, or have joined individually as immigrants. They are darkly
philosophical and see the universe as doomed to chaos, entropy, and death. War, hatred, and starvation is the ultimate doom
of the universe unless the strong and able seize control and maintain order. It is imperative to them that all races unite
in strength, with the most capable in command. Their goal is to bring everyone under the Kharkosanth banner, in order to
structure and protect them with an expansive set of rules, equal justice for all, and a powerful military.
At any given time, they will
take the opportunity to absorb, conquer, or recruit anyone.
They lack the resources for prolonged, full-scale war.
Individual worlds trade at their convenience under the
scrutiny of the Imperial eye.
|Government|| Democratic Empire|
|Tech Level|| Modern|
The Kharkosanth Empire was
founded by a disenfranchised group of Iliene and Humans
splintered from the Bjaki Federation. Led by
Rhulson, "The Black Admiral", they made their
way from the Bjaki Federation into uncharted space,
fleeing the dangers of a weak, directionless society in
which mass opinion and nepotism took precedence over truth
and personal merit. They settled on an ignored and all-but-forgotten
world, NK1901, which was habitable but had such an
aggressive, hostile ecosystem that it had been left alone.
The Kharkosanth fit right in.
The Kharkosanth government is a "democratic empire".
Government is split between elected individuals that tend
to make the actual decisions that drive the Empire and
councils of experts that devise policies for their areas
of expertise. The Emperor-Elect is the official head of
the Kharkosanth government, as elected by the entire
population of the Empire. He oversees the Tribunes that
devise policies and actions that cover every aspect of
running the Empire. When their plans and policies
are ratified by the Emperor, they appoint Wardens to carry
out specific plans in specific locations. Each planet
elects a Governor to oversee the Wardens acting on a
planetary scope and each city or geographic region elects
a Mayor to oversee the Wardens acting on a regional scope.
There is a fine set of checks and balances that allows the
Emperor to rapidly and efficiently drive the decision
making and action taking of the entire Empire, while
including the voice of the Empire's greatest experts and
the opinions of the people.
Government agencies, formally called
Tributaries, are formed by Tribunes to carry out the
policies of the Empire. Well known Tributaries include the
Imperial Design Corps and the Imperial Fury.
The Kharkosanth are relatively few in
numbers and use other species, including genetically and
technologically augmented ones, to fill specific societal
and military needs. The original colozination fleet
included Humans, Bjaki, Iliene, and Balithrim from the
Bjaki Empire. The Kharkosanth population quickly added
Makkuth and Olawasi to their initial settlement. In
Antiquity, the Kharkosanth would encounter the Irukki and
construct a massive orbital forward military post in the
Tenoxi system. Nominally, the Kharkosanth would welcome
the Irukki into the Empire but they proved to be erratic
and uncontrollable to the point where the Kharkosanth
would remain friends and trading partners but would limit
the Irukki involvement in their military for the good of
all. Many independent Irukki move through the Empire in a
variety of roles.
The Kharkosanth Empire lies in a self-proclaimed territory
of space known as the
Kharkosanth Frontier. They hold a number of worlds in
their small empire.