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    I am currently running a Total War game set in the distant future where noble houses rule the stars and compete for dominance. It is a semi-freeform nation game that will involve players running various noble houses and striving to come out on top. Unfortunately we've lost a lot of players so I would like to recruit some more people to fill things out and make for more interesting diplomacy.


    Spoiler: What is Total War
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    Question: What is Total War?
    Answer: Total War is a series of Semi-Freeform Play by Post Nation games.

    Question: What do you mean by ‘Semi-Freeform’
    Answer: Total war utilizes a structured numerical system to maintain balance, while allowing players the freedom to do whatever they wish in diplomatic actions and describing their actions. The numbers describe what happens. The players describe how it happens.

    Question: Nation Games?
    Answer: In a game of total War, the players play as a nation, faction or body in the game world. They control what the nation does, to a reasonable extent.

    Question: What is the aim of the Game?
    Answer: The main goal of this game is to ascend to the top and claim the imperial throne for your noble house. But you could also have other aims such as becoming the richest faction or exploring the setting secrets.


    Spoiler: Setting Background
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    Two thousand years ago the golden age of the Harmonious Collective came to an end. As the collective splintered colonies withered and raiders sacked the few remaining prosperous regions. It was a dark time as billions died and entire worlds burned. But even this came to an end as all things do.

    Warlords rose up from the primitive tribes living in ruined space ports. They slowly restored order and fiefdoms soon encompassed planets, then entire systems. This was an age of war when petty kingdoms fought over rich asteroid mines and bountiful garden worlds. From one such kingdom came Queen Hallow. A master of strategy and diplomacy she conquered first one nearby system, then two, then three, then an unstoppable tide as her grand navy spread through all the warp lanes.

    In mere decades she had carved out an empire and declared herself Empress Hallow the first of her name. And for one last decade she ruled and prospered before an assassin killed her in her sleep. She had taken the time to ensure the stability of her realm however and her son was able to succeed her with only a minor civil war. He was unimpressive on the battlefield and relied on his generals to fight for him, which resulted in a slow loss of the outer provinces, but in economics he had no peer. Under his guidance trade flourished throughout the empire binding a once disparate set of states into a unified people. He was Emperor Felder the first, and he ruled for thirty prosperous years before dying from a stroke.

    His own son however was hedonistic and lazy. Emperor Fedler II lasted a mere two months before he was assassinated by ambitious rivals. The empire then plunged into a five way civil war as his cousins fought to determine which of them would ascend the Titanium throne. And so it went for the next thousand years. A family would manage to hold onto the throne for two or three generations before falling to their rivals and a quick succession of feuding emperors. The empire grew in fits and starts. Sometimes a brilliant strategist would rapidly expand the frontiers, or a colonization effort would push into the unknown. Other times entire sectors would break off in civil war not to be reclaimed for centuries.

    For the last two hundred years the Laramy family has ruled from the Titanium throne. A nearly unprecedented expanse of prosperity and expansion. The old emperor was beloved by the people and nobles alike. An esteemed statesmen he could walk into a room with bitter enemies and walk out with new friends. Unfortunately even with the best of analgesics nothing can stave off death forever. The emperor's eldest children were killed in various tragic accidents. And one revolt that was crushed swiftly.

    The two surviving children are neither brilliant nor respected. They spend most of their time feuding over which of them will inherit even as the most powerful noble families sharpen their knives, and even the outermost dukes and duchesses quietly research how their lineages connect to Empress Harrow I.


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    After nearly twenty five years of devastating civil war Queen Persephone Laramy has finally triumphed over her brother and united the Imperial core sector behind her. With her newfound military might she has crushed the rebellion of the Democratic Collective of the People. However in the final hours of rebellion the Infinite Republic, an old foe of the Imperium, has intruded to keep the collective from being totally overrun.

    Meanwhile in the Liness sector a massive swarm of the engimatic Vespid has overrun the territories of House Ytterbus. Calling for aid the remnants of Ytterbus as well as their allies hold the rampaging alien swarm at bay, but face ever increasing numbers of the insectile species.

    As the Imperium faces a war on two fronts House Greenflame has called for an Imperial Council to convene and decide on the resolution of a new treaty with the Freeholds to end the centuries long feud and perhaps even gain them as an ally.


    Additional Background

    The Rules

    Sector Map


    Spoiler: Joining the Game
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    There are two options here. First you may take over any of the following factions. These aren't set in stone. You can change their current leader, pick your traits, and modify the stats a bit.

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    House Okeke
    Current Leader: Duchess Akachi Okeke
    Primary Stat: University
    Secondary Stat: Court
    Description: Reckless explorers who constantly seek out new systems and treasures to fund their expansion and recover from disasters triggered by that same exploratin.

    House Tehrani
    Current Leader: Duke Omid Tehrani
    Primary Stat: University
    Secondary Stat: Navy
    Description: Affiliated with the Iron Church the Tehrani family constantly works to document and analyze new threats to the Imperium from the unknown reaches and prepare defenses against them.

    Democratic Collective of the People
    Current Leader: A First Equal
    Primary Stat: Navy
    Secondary Stat: Market
    Description: For a century the collective has been a beacon of democracy in a sea of feudalism. With unmatched fervor they built up their armadas to beat the best the Imperium had to offer. Unfortunately they underestimated the sheer scope of the levies the feudal houses wielded. And after a swift victory eluded them they were forced to concede. Now their populace has lost its taste for war and wishes to rebuild and recover.

    House Lonestar
    Current Leader: Benjamin Stone
    Primary Stat: University
    Secondary Stat: Agency
    Description: An idosyncrit house lead by an old fashioned duke. House Lonestar prefers to explore the unknown just to see what wonders lie through the next gate.

    House Ytterbus
    Current Leader: Duchess Cupria
    Primary Stat: University
    Secondary Stat: Court
    Description: Taking transhumanism to the extreme almost all of House Ytterbus has replaced the majority of their bodies with augmentations and many no longer have humanoid forms. Unfortunately their self experimentation has come to an abrupt end as they turn all their efforts towards defending against the alien Vespid.

    House Forsche
    Current Leader: Unknown
    Primary Stat: Agency
    Secondary Stat: University
    Description: An enigmatic house on the edge of Imperial space. House Forsche delves deep into the mysteries of the both the unknown reaches and the Imperium's past.

    House Mallach
    Current Leader: Grand Admiral Mallach
    Primary Stat: Navy
    Secondary Stat: University
    Description: A mere decade ago House Mallach was only the House of Steel. A titleless organization of mercenaries that sold their services to the highest bidder. However centuries of war formed their own traditions and their unmatched military prowess evnetually bought a noble title for their current grand admiral. Currently in a marriage alliance with House Paphian.

    House Starosta
    Current Leader: Duchess Maldeen Starosta
    Primary Stat: Court
    Secondary Stat: Market
    Description: The Starosta shipyards are the finest in the Imperium. They specialize in produced luxury ships of unmatched quality and splendor, but aren't above produced warships of equal quality and lethality.

    Excagon Family
    Current Leader: Grandmother Lehel
    Primary Stat: Court
    Secondary Stat: University
    Description: The Excagon family is reknowned for training their members in the twin arts of companionship and intrigue. Their scions can be seen throughout the Imperium playing host or guest at numerous balls, functions, and retreats. Currently they have an alliance with House Gilkara.

    House Vastadd
    Current Leader: Duchess Izabela Vastadd
    Primary Stat: Agency
    Secondary Stat: University
    Description: A house known for their uncanny ability to penetrate the security networks of their rivals the Vastadds are recovering from a long decline into hedonism, but their new duchess is revitalizing their position. Currently they are vassals of House Laramy, but have retained fully autonomy over their relations with other houses. They are also allies of House Greenflame.

    House Barlow
    Current Leader: Duchess Lorelie Barlow
    Primary Stat: Market
    Secondary Stat: Court
    Description: The Barlows control the breadbasket of the Imperium. They are stoic and slow to move, but can bring as significant resources to bear on any problem that arises in the distribution of their exports.

    House Kelse
    Current Leader: Duke Athaea Kelse
    Primary Stat: Navy
    Secondary Stat: Agency
    Description: A militaristic house that seeks to stamp out piracy and disorder. House Kelse has a long standing feud with House Jinks which they have temporarily set aside to deal with the Vespid threat.

    Universal and Empyrean Church of the Blessed Eternal
    Current Leader: Grand Exarch Malraux
    Primary Stat: Court
    Secondary Stat: Agency
    Description: The church views death as the worst sin and continuously seeks a means to immortality. Barring actual immortality they also seek to preserve the history and record the lives of all their adherents.

    House Mertens
    Current Leader: Duke Ewout Mertens
    Primary Stat: Market
    Secondary Stat: Navy
    Description: By far the wealthiest house in the Imperium the Mertens have long been the center of a vast network of trade routes and financial institutions. Currently they are a vassal of House Laramy.

    House Voss
    Current Leader: Duchess Brechtje Voss
    Primary Stat: Court
    Secondary Stat: Navy
    Description: A house known for their schemes and willingness to do anything for victory. House Voss has consistently ended up on the winning side in the Imperium's conflicts.

    House Gadhavi
    Current Leader: Duchess Arnborg Gadhavi
    Primary Stat: Market
    Secondary Stat: Agency
    Description: A purveyor of fine and exotic goods. Gadhavi trade caravans venture far beyond the borders of the Imperium to bring back rare delicacies and strange beasts to sell to the jaded nobility.

    House Sansone
    Current Leader: Duke Stefano Sansone
    Primary Stat: Navy
    Secondary Stat: Market
    Description: Known for their impenatrable fortress worlds House Sansone's reputation has been sorely tested by their war with the Zaqaru Dynasty. With the war over they seek to rebuild both their fortresses and their reputation.

    House Lacross
    Current Leader: Duke Menard Lacross
    Primary Stat: Navy
    Secondary Stat: University
    Description: A new house created by House Sansone as part of their peace treaty with the Zaqaru Dynasty. Duke Lacross is an old warrior who fought on the front lines of the Imperium's toughest battlefields. He now seeks to live a quiet life of retirement and tend to his new fiefdom.

    House Jinks
    Current Leader: Unknown
    Primary Stat: Agency
    Secondary Stat: Navy
    Description: Anything can be bought in the territory of House Jinks. Their laws are notriously lax, and what few restrictions they have can be easily circumvented with the application of money. Were at war with House Kelse, but entered into a ceasefire in order to deal with the Vespid threat.

    House Berger
    Current Leader: Duke Ernst Berger
    Primary Stat: Navy
    Secondary Stat: Market
    Description: An ambituous house that is only recently branched from the main Imperial line. Duke Berger has major territorial ambitions and a one sided rivalry with House Voss. Currently a vassal of House Laramy.

    House Arnos
    Current Leader: Duke Raudos Arnos
    Primary Stat: Market
    Secondary Stat: Navy
    Description: Known for their dedication to keeping their trade lanes safe from piracy House Arnos has benefitted greatly from the increased merchant activity in their space. They are currently a rising power in their part of the galaxy.


    Second you can make an entirely new faction based on the following guide. In which case I will replace one of the existing NPCs with your new faction.

    Spoiler: Faction Creation
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    Each faction application must include the following
    Faction Name: The name of your noble house.
    Faction Leader: Faction leaders may serve as a free messenger, but otherwise have no in game effects.
    Faction Description: What your faction is currently like.
    Faction History: How your faction formed and its history to this point.
    Faction Traits: You have 2 points to spend on static traits and 2 points to spend on dynamic traits and can pick up to 6 of each. Static traits may be stacked.
    Faction Stats: You may spend up to thirty five points spread between the various stats.
    Faction Resources: Each faction will start with a base of 0 trade, 50 prestige, and 35 colony sites spread across their systems.




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    House Okeke

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    Outlaw Gate Map (1 point) Aquired through completely legal means to help them with their research.

    Archives: Warp Gates (3 point) Studying the warp has its benefits and they have learned quite a few secrets from it. (I would prefer if the bonus the archives gives is some way related to warping larger things that usually shouldn't fit through a warp gate if possible)


    Debtor's Mark (-2 point) The Okeke have invested heavily in tech and their invention of outer space habitats. The research has recently paid off but their economic standings are not good.



    Ongoing
    Astral Engineering (3 points) A massive amount of research went into creating these habitats with the express purpose of researching the other side of various warp gates for extended periods of time.

    Meticulous (1 point) Unsurprisingly good science is well respected for them. A warp hole disaster is the last thing any one wants.

    Byzantine Bureaucracy (-1 point) They might like everything in its place and backups a bit too much.

    Shoddy Infrastructure: Market (-1 point) With their debts there isn't a great deal of trust with them and the market. It is hard to get investors to back them up and let them fix anything that damages their market.



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    I don't know what Okeke stats are but as long as science is good and my agency isn't terrible I should be good.

    I would like 3 science, 1 navy and 1 factoru in my 5 habitats.
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    Looks good. I'll give it another week to see if anyone else shows interest. Then you can join the game in turn 7.

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    Map of the Imperium

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    Incoming Diplomatic Message!


    Diplomat Namzara Zaqaru
    We need YOU!
    A great leader, whom I welcome to the Imperium!
    Strong and capable leadership is needed more than ever in our midst. Ever since the death of the old Emperor Maximilian Laramy, many of the Dukes and Duchesses of the Imperium have focused inward, caring little for the threats which face the Imperium today.

    Besides the NPC Factions, the players are the Zaqaru Dynasty, House Greenflame, House Gilkara, House Paphian and the Exiles' Consortium. Allow me to shortly introduce them to you.

    The Zaqary Dynasty is the noble family to which I hold allegiance. An old noble family, seeking to reclaim its ancient glory and power. House Greenflame holds its domain in the bottomright of the Imperium, within the Whitewynne Sector. They are warriors, protecting the Imperium from the Freeholds. The holdings of House Gilkara are at the center, in the Imperium Sector, officially known as the Hallow Sector. They have regained their feudal powers rather recently and denied vassalage to Persephone Laramy, Queen of Hallow. House Paphian recently came to power as well, uplifted by Queen Persephone from commoner to Duchess in exchange for supporting her to become Queen, together with her husband, the Duke of House Mallarch. Their center of power lies in the Byvale Sector, the bottomleft of the map. Lastly we have the Exiles' Consortium. Outcasts and exiles overthrew the noble House Xinclair, traders and merchants. I would advise you caution in dealing with this villainous hive of rogues and smugglers.

    So now I turn to you again. Will you stir the silent forces in the left or top? Will you take up your rightful mantle as noble in the leftern sectors of Vansaun or Canzanelli? Perhaps you rise to power, be it a noble successor or a violent commoner uprising, in the upper sectors of Dorvale or Rayview? Or perhaps you dare thread in the other sectors, with greater activity?

    Recent news has reached me and I welcome 'Hamste' in the topleft of the Imperium as House Okeke.

    I hope to welcome you as well. Should you have any questions, please, do ask. I would be happy to answer them for you, as distinguished Diplomat of the Zaqaru Dynasty, though I am confident others, such as the most honourable Game Master Arcanestomper, would be more than happy to answer any question you might have.

    Hello reader! Please consider joining our game! I am the player of the Zaqaru Dynasty and would be eager to welcome more!

    Looking forward to see you as House Okeke amongst us, Hamste!
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    I know that a game like this can be pretty intimidating to jump into after it starts. So if anyone has any questions here is a discord link to the Total War server.

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