|Velyka Galatza Imperiya|
|Tek Level 7|
Capital (de facto): Bakhacha Station, Caspian System
Capital (de jure): Antares City, Elkoss
Direct control over 250 systems (30 Colonized), claims on another 50
| Planetary Levitican Empire |
| Zagoria |
|Emperor Shulga Full List|
Galacia /Gah-lay-sha/ (Galacian Slavonik: Галацiя) formally titled the Velyka Galatza Imperiya (literally the Greater Galacian Empire) is a large TL7 Empire hailing from the Gold Sector. It has a long and storied history, officially beginning in R.2014, But has history stretching as far back as R.1992
Pre-History and Founding
Originating from a merging of anti-communists refugees who fled the Western Kievan region of the USSSR and the local population who were still stuck in the feudal ages on the planet Elkoss *Known as Brikrigton at the time*, The Galacia is a state that has existed in a sector between the areas Galaxia Nehellenium known as the Western Arms and the Shire. It sprung from the ruins of the Elkossian Empire in G.R 2014 after several other failed states had laid claim to heir of the Empire. The Elkossian Empire had enjoyed relative peace and progress until G.R 2011 when it was invaded and embroiled in a years long war against a gargantuan Peach invasion consisting of many factions that banded together. The resulting war balkanized the Empire and forced it to retreat and consolidate to it's core systems. Government remnants would rise and fall for 2 or 3 years after the war. It wasn't until G.R 2014 that a stable power,controlling the capital and having regained control of key systems in the sector, declared the beginning of a "reformation" and the state would now be known as the "Galacian Republik" taking their name from a region of in the Kievan region of the purple sector, their ancestral homeland. After which, several other successor states and separatist groups alike would compete for control, independence or sovereignty in the sector and argue over whom is the legitimate government, like they had been for the past 5 years, although this time things would be different
R.2014 to R.2015 - Military Junta
Following the consolidation of most of the sector, and at constant odds with threats in the west. Galacia was initially controlled by a Military Junta due. This period was marked by oppressive policing by troops, a lack of civil liberties for the populace, especially in the border zones, and was a period of intense violence towards peaches.
R.2015 to R.2016 - Transition period *1st Republik*
After constant whining from the AN, And the defeat of it's enemies in the west, the Junta decided to transition to a civilian government, with strings attached. Snap elections were held, although all of the candidates were pre-selected by the Military commanders as background checks had already been done on all of the. Hardliner Stepan Tesarik won the election and things pretty much continued as normal. The 1st Republik's period was largely defined by counter insurgency in the west against Peach rebels, and the failures of multiple megacorporations in the south, leading to many of the southernmost prefectures become poor and impoverished.
R.2016 to R.2017 - 2nd Republik
By 2016, The populace had grown wary of the government's leadership. Tesarik's bloodlust for peaches had turned the west into a wasteland, and the south into shambles due to economic mismanagement. at the end of his 1st term, another civilian election was called. However unpopular, Tesarik was expected to win due to there being very little serious competition, however due to a coincidental chain of events, Election day was on the same day as the Stanislav Cup Finals in the Galacian Ice Fighting playoffs. With the Caspia Centurions and Voldoga Timberwolves playing their game 7, turnout at the polls was very poor, and the majority of those who turned up were piss drunk. A joke candidate, James Lahey ended up winning the election, Lahey was by all standards a progressive individual despite being a career alcoholic. For a very short period afterward, The Republik was a rather calm place. Peach persecutions were halted, and many were given reprisals and compensation for the hardships. However internationally the GR started butting heads with the 45th Union during this period. President Lahey denounced the Union on national television, normalizing the conspiracy theory that the Union had been behind the Peach insurgencies for nearly a decade.
This did not bode well with hardliners of any cloth, Peach rebellion flared up in the west again, and Tesarik, blood drunk as ever and now out of a job, fled the Capital and started his own Paramilitary group in the west, Cherhovna Bryhada. A group of Violent Ultranationalists and Racists that became a major criminal empire in the west.
Throughout the entirety of both republiks, the Military was led by the Triumvirate of Army General Shulga, Navy Admiral Kazakov and Army General Voronin. The three had constantly fought with the civilian government as it had lost most of it's control over the president when Tesarik was ousted. The military was stripped of several of it's authoritative power over the republik which greatly angered it's leaders. Morale was at an all time low as the troops in the army and navy were more loyal to their commanders than any concept of a nation. After constant arguing and several instances of the military obstructing civilian projects, Lahey decided to give in to the Triumvirate and selected General Shulga to be the Marshal of the Armed Forces, effectively it's supreme commander. He gave Shulga a budget allowance, and the orders to improve the military's forces by whatever means he could with the budget.
This proved to be a grave mistake for the longevity of peace, because Shulga was both a political mastermind and an expert with pretty much everything that had to do with maintaining his army, Despite being given a generous budget, he stole resources from private businesses in the south, and used the capital to train vast amounts of personnel, as well as fund top secret military projects through Z.I.T. By the time the overhaul was complete, The Gold sector had raised one of the largest militaries in the entire Galaxy, which came as a complete shock to not only Lahey but the members of the AN as well.
R.2017-Present Second Imperiya
After months of figuratively stumbling around under the leadership of a Drunk, and after the Outer Haven Incident, Marshal Shulga commenced Operation Schadenfreude, a military strike against the Imperial Magikstrate, who were supported by the M-Throne Empire. After the smoke cleared, it was obvious that this would only be the first of many engagements and the Iron Symphony Alliance was now effectively at war with the M-Throne Empire and Magikstrate, President Lahey did not sanction the attack, and was told of it in the middle of the night. Rather than have Shulga Arrested, he drank himself into a stupor that night and During that time, Shulga took control of the DuGA AI system, and in turn took control of the Shock Forces across the entire sector, he used them to strongarm his way into a coup,Luring most of the government and military elite to his station for a major announcement, and then arresting government members and Lahey's lackeys while proclaiming himself Imperator of Galacia, Lahey learned of his betrayal from the confines of a hospital bed and was then sent into hiding.
The Second Imperiya was more or less, just a major change in government, however worthy enough to be considered the start of a new era. At the end of the day Shulga would cite his reasons for doing what he did, was "Greater Galacia was being sent adrift by a drunk, and with hard days ahead, it needs a strong hand at the helm" literally meaning that Shulga trusted only himself and his confidants to govern the empire.
As of Q3 R.2017, Galacia is essentially a Lighthearted Autocracy led by it's "Imperator"or Emperor, Alek Shulga, although he still prefers to be called "Marshal" from his previous post before taking power. At it's core despite it's head of state having absolute power through military coup, The Marshal essentially did so to "guide" the nation through troubled waters as it's previous elected president was a reckless drunk. Shulga was able to achieve and enforce his rule over the empire by taking control of the Shock forces, legions of enhanced supersoldiers that were utterly brainwashed, and trained to accept orders from the AI system which Shulga had control over
Galacia is ruled by a multi tier system. At the very top, with absolute authority is the Supreme Commander, The Imperator, who leads the "Imperiya Kommissariat". a group of regional leaders all selected from the Commanders and other elite of the Military. While some are more loyal than others, The Emperor trusts, respects and values each member of his council. Together with the civilian senate, who hold no real power and are simply lobbiyists. The Galacian Imperiya is essentially a Socialist state run by a Military Stratocracy, with limited power from a civilian oligarchy in the senate.
Culture and Society
Galacia takes it's name from a subsection of the present day USSSR, The name was passed down after a small group of refugees fled the communists in the Purple Sector, and landed on Elkoss, merging with the local population. In early G.R 2016 the Elkossian Federal Republik changed it's name to the Galacian Republik in homage to their roots.
While somewhat refuted today, Galacians who descend from the refugees, are technically considered Genetic "Cousins" of the Soviets and Poles. Genetic relations are generally irrelevant though since most minifigs share ancestry through the Deadly Space Men
Galacian society can be both arrogant and humble, a large percentage of the population identify as simple citizens and colonists who want nothing more than food on the table, a house that doesn't look like shit, something to do for fun, and to witness or participate in some violence once in a while. Most Galacians live in towns and cities, in small private homes or apartment buildings. A smaller percentage of the population live outside of cities, in the countryside or outskirts of their colonies, however this is seen as a risk as security forces are notorious for abuse and outright killings of Minifigs outside the cities, given their paranoia of rebel activity.
Galacian culture is very intolerant of Peaches. While slavery is banned throughout the empire, this hasn't stopped them from refusing to grant citizenship to the peach population depriving them of the right to vote as well as many other basic liberties enjoyed by non peaches, and Corrections facilities are often full of peaches. This hatred and flat out racism comes from an itense grudge most Galacian minifigs hold as a result of the Great War.
The national pastime of Galacia is "Team Ice Fighting", which appears to be little different than Ice Hockey, but weapons are often used in fights, like sticks, benches, and whatever the spectators throw on the ice. Fans are known to jump onto the ice and join a fight or start one in the bleachers too.
The national animal is the husky breed of dog. The national "colors" are Orange and Sometimes Red. although the military primarily uses white and black. Alcoholism is widespread in the empire, getting shitfaced is considered a right of passage, and one that is repeated every other week.
While a member of the G20 sitting just above the 45th Union, Galacia's economy is basically that of an oligarchy, While the nation itself is considered very wealthy, the people are poor. More minifigs are considered poor or lower middle class than the opposite. Basic necessities are widely available and affordable, but personal luxuries are few and far between. The Imperiya and it's predecessors are stuck in an almost eternal War economy, priority for funding and manufacture is usually given to the army and navy upkeep in subsectors of conflict, only the core regions that don't experience conflict are able to gain some resemblance of prosperity.
Galacia's export economy revolves around supplying the necessities like ABS and Energy to smaller neighbors, and selling specialist niche goods to the larger ones. Most of it's trade is done with empires not native to the region, because shipping is a disaster outside of the Eastern Gold sector, due to constant wars.
- Food - Galacian agriculture on "green" worlds is considered a galatik breadbasket, and is the largest supplier of food exports for the entire Shire Arms of the Galaxy, and the 3rd largest for the Western Arms.
- Military Goods - While Galacia does not export advanced military hardware like Starships and Tanks, it does produce a staggering amount of small arms that usually find their way into black markets and wars all over the Western Arms
- Electronics - While No one ever dreams of having a Galacian TV, Known for being exceptionally shitty and prone to explode. Galacian personal communications equipment from the Motrolla company are considered one of the best "radio" systems available for armies across the galaxy
- Autos - While most Galacian civilian drivers use either Imported autos, ramshackle domestic brands or the few but hilariously dangerous repulsor hovercars. Galacian Motor brand SUZU is known for making Motorcycles that are great for minifigs killing themselves in a blaze of glory on.
- Natural Resources - Boasting a respectable mining industry for Red, Blue and Green Transparent elements. most of these are usually turned into something for either energy generation, or military use. then sold
The Gold Sector as a whole has a very large disparity of technology distribution, Galacia is no exception, While technically considered a TL7 tier empire, due to their ability to develop rudimentary teleportation as well as experimental inter dimensional travel mediums. Most of this Technology is reserved for the scientific community and the elite. Most of the Imperiya functions at a TL6 or TL5 level, Hover cars and advanced electronics exist, but are not widely available outside of the larger colonies. Many colonies still hold the structures built from a TL4 or TL5 era that have been refitted with modern tech, like solar panels and smart doors.
The leadership of Galacia is secular, and it's society is mostly tolerant of spiritualists, Two major faiths are followed in Galacia, they are not exclusive of one another given that one of the faiths revolves around the worship of living saints, who happened to follow an older religion. A third faith, the Trianglist Church however, is an outlawed religion in Galacia given its cult behaivors.
Subfactions, Organizations and Groups
Militsiya - the official federal force that polices the populace on Galacian worlds not requiring military occupation.
Read More about Militsiya here
Major Galacian Companies, Corporations and organizations
- SUZU - An automotive manufacturer specializing in high performance motorcycles for domestic sale and export
- Kybov Arms - A military small arms manufacturer
- Sich Precision - Another small arms manufacturer
- Urving Energy - An Energy and Resource extraction giant
- Z.I.T - A technological institute responsible for the research and development of most of the empire's tools and toys
Galacia has one of the largest standing militaries in the Galaxy. Ranking somewhere between 6th and 12th, by it's own estimates.
While individual branches vary, the overall membership rate in the military as a whole stands around 70% Volunteers. and 30% Conscripts, with Rumors of some of those conscripts being former military and civilian prisoners, brainwashed into fighting for their captors. Conscription is significantly more common in the Army, than the Navy.
The Galacian Ground Forces, now known as the Imperiya Armiya is primarily Infantry based. Fielding Regular squads of 10 or 14 troops. As well as a wide range of specialized or elite troops, including paratroopers, commandos, engineers, psionics, and multiple generations of heavy infantry. Galacian combat doctrine suggests that the most powerful and important aspect of war is it's most simple element, the mighty minifig. Galacian soldiers recieve good training by galactic standards, and are exceptionally well equipped. The most basic infantry squad is often equipped with multiple grenades, rockets, machine guns, medikal tools and an array of radio communications equipment for each individual squad.
While having a very large number of footsoldiers, the Ground Forces also field large numbers of transport vehicles, Armored carriers, Battle Tanks, Logistics vehicles, and an array of air support. As well as a very expansive support network of non-combat services. Trucks, APCs and IFVs are attached to infantry squads as they are needed. Battle Tanks are often fielded in tank columns or platoons based on the weight class of the vehicle, having both modern medium and heavy tanks in it's motor pool.
The common GR Ground force strategy is that of overwhelming firepower and sheer brute force. A favored tactic of ground forces is to assault with pincer maneuvers and suppression fire, and once the enemy has been boxed in on multiple flanks, to unleash heavy artillery from armor and infantry units into the clusters of enemies for maximum effect. While not always perfect, Galacian ground units also are capable, and prefer to engage their opponents at somewhat longer distances than is usual elsewhere.
Regular Army Infantry The core of the infantry is made up of "Regulars", two thirds of which are volunteers on short to mid term contracts, the rest of which are usually made up of conscripted citizens that were unable to find work by a certain age.
Army Infantry Composition
|Unit Name||Lead By||Unit Composition|
|Team||Kapral (Cpl)||4-5 Troops|
|Section||Serdzhant, or Starshiy Serdzhant (Sgt, Staff Sgt)||2 teams|
|Expanded Section||Praporshkik (Master Sgt)||3 teams|
|Platoon||Leytinant (1Lt)||2-3 Sections|
|Mechanized Platoon||Starshina or Praporshkik (Senior Sgt or Master Sgt)||Up to 5 Vehicles. Ratio of 1 Mech Platoon per infantry platoon|
|Company||Kaptan or Mayor (Cpt, Maj)||2-3 Platoons|
|Battallion||Polkovnik (Col)||2-3 Companies|
|Regiment||Kombrig (Brigadier)||2 Battallions|
|Division||Komdir (Commander)||3-4 Regiments|
|Army||Komdiv (General)||3-4 Divisions|
Army Irregular units Composition
|Unit Name||Lead By||Unit Composition|
|Recon Team||Praporshkik||4 Operators|
|Paratrooper Section||Serdzhant, or Starshiy Serdzhant||10 Operators|
|Psionic Squadron||Adeptus (Psionic trained Officer)||Up to 15 Psionic Operatives|
|Militant Arm||Varies||Up to 30 Militia|
Shock Forces The GR Army fields a semi independent branch of troops usually referred to as Heavy Infantry, or the Shock Trooper Corps. These units are troops that have been enhanced with cybernetics and rigorously brainwashed into following a specific behavioral doctrine. They in some context of the phrase "Elite Troops" but within the branch there are multiple levels of Shock Trooper, including regular, advanced, elite, and a few specialist roles within each rank. They are unquestionably loyal and considerably more deadly than the regular army troops. Cold and calculating efficiency, complete brutality and cruelty onto their enemies, and even when faced with death they are fearless to the last minifig.
These Heavy units are not usually deployed alongside regulars. On multiple occasions they have been known to assault or even kill allies in cold blood when they obstructed the carrying out of their orders. This is not because of a sense of superiority or any kind of arrogance within the troops, their cybernetic enhancements are also neural, and that they think more like machines than minifigs.
Their weapons and equipment remain nearly the same as regulars, but their purpose on the battlefield, at least for the non-specialist troops, is that of a heavy assault unit, to smash through enemy forces quickly, and disregarding any threats or risks. They are organized into simple 10 or 12 troop "Units" usually given a simple phrase or number for a handle, Such as "Scythe-3". These units are deployed as needed, and each Shocktrooper officer , a "Centurion" Has a direct link to the command network. There is no real chain of command or unit structure in the shocktrooper corps. There are troops, in units led by officers, who report directley to the top command network in the region. Unlike the Regular army that uses a long and convoluted unit structure
The Shock Trooper Corps keeps it's soldiers for life. The changes they undergo turn them into more of a machine than minifig. The longterm goal of the program is to replace the entire fighting force of the army and navy with these "drones", but volunteers are very few and far between. Due to the brainwashing nature of their upgrades, the program is rumored to transform prisoners into faceless, emotionless slave soldiers.
Until Late G.R 2015 the Armed forces were still relying on slug firing weaponry as the empire's capacity to produce energy weapons was damaged. However they have resumed use of energy munitions and have rolled out Pulse small arms to all ground units
Most Galacian Army small arms use light blue transparent power cores as ammunition. This refined power source is in huge abundance in the sector and is at least marginally more powerful than red transparent, also in abundance in the sector. This LBT is used in pulse weapons primarily, Pulse weapons are complicated hybrid weapons that have traits of both a kinetic and energy weapon. They hit extremely hard and they are very loud. Galacian Pulse weaponry is renowned around the galactic neighborhood for it's "Dakka" Properties...
Infantry Armor and Ranking Infantry uniforms almost always consist of White composite hardsuit armor over top of white, black or grey body gloves. Helmets are usually white but Medics units wear Black helms. Almost all enlisted wear heavy black tinted ballistic visors, with the exception of Medics who have dark green, and Recon who have smoked. Officers wear red visors. Top ranking NCOs and Officers use Gold visors instead of red. Some but very few units wear headgear other than the standard encased helmet.
The Galacian Regular Uniform is based off of a Canadian design, the white armor and warm clothing was used as many of Galacia's core worlds experience long or year round winter conditions and became too much of a logistical issue to get theatre specific armor for every world.
The chain of command in the Galacian army is long and convoluted. Requiring many years of service or extreme feats of heroism to reach the upper ranks.
Enlisted: Private, Senior Private and Corporal NCO: Junior Sergeant, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Senior Sergeant and Master Sergeant Officer: Junior Lieutenant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major Commander: Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier, General, Marshal
Enlisted soldiers, making up the grunts of the army, who wear white armor, white helmets and black visors.
Non-Commissioned Officers, consisting of experienced veterans who make up an important link between the Officers and Grunts. They wear armor identical to Enlisted. Except most will have custom decals painted on their helmets. This however is not true for Heavy infantry units, while consisting of mostly NCO ranks, are not allowed to customize their armor. Squad leader NCOs will have orange striped armor.
Officers, consisting of the company and battalion commanders of the army and the most common symbol of authority on an army base. Their armor is usually white, and sometimes consists of maroon trim. With Red visors.
Commanders, being the top brass of the military; generally wear their own outfits. However grey arms, red or white epaluettes, and gold visors are the typical features of commanders below a Two-Star General. After which, personalized uniforms and outfits become commonplace.
These are the basic weapons used by the Galacian Ground Forces and Galacian Navy Personnel
Light and medium weight vehicles
Heavy and very heavy weight vehicles
The navy has not seen much action since the days of the peach war, and even so the fleet of that era consisted mainly of corvettes and frigates. The modern Galacian Navy consists mainly of very heavily armored ships that carry plenty of ammunition and multiple classes of weapons, Fleets are called "Battlegroups" and vary in size. Frigates and Destroyers are most common, however the Navy boasts a considerable amount of Capital ships, Keeping with the traditions of the Ground force weapons, The best Galacian ships have very long range Gauss cannons and prefer to bombard enemy ships from a distance. And if that doesn't work, fill the void with dozens of missiles and torpedoes.
Imperiya Navy weight class chart
Campaigns and Conflicts
- As far as real life nations as influencers, Galacia is based on an amalgamation of several eastern european countries like Ukraine, Russia, Finland and Czechoslovakia, It's flag is just a recolored Russian Federation flag. The simple design was influenced by Trattoria, being one of the only other factions that uses a rows/columns flag.
- "Galacian Slavonik" is usually translated Russian, Ukrainian, or just bastardized fictional slavic.
- Galacia is named after Galicia, an unintentional mispelling of a region in the Hungary/Ukraine border area. However it is pronounced like Galatia in Turkey or Galacia in Portugal
- Much to Colette and other's chagrin, Galacia has gone by as many as half a dozen monikers before it was decided on and stuck with. This includes the Brikrigton Empire, Caspian Federation, Elkossian Empire, Elkossian Dominion, Elkossian Enclave, Elkan Federal Republic. The Elkossian Empire was still used to denote a state that existed before this one.
- During this period, The "space region" in which all of Kastrenzo's creations were said to be from was jokingly refered to as the Balkans of Brikwars because factions were constantly changing. This pattern of clusterfucked secterian violence was later embraced with open arms after he got his ducks in a row and his kanon solidified.
- Galacia is the result of a "kanon retkon", meaning that a faction with some level of clout existed before it, but the predecessor's story was completely wiped clean and an entirely new Kanon was written for the faction with a different name, but mostly the same minifigs and vehicles.
- Orange was chosen as a tertiary Identification color because Black and White were all too common in Brikwars, Orange looked relatively nice, and it was a "newer" color which fit it nicely as one of the most significant 2nd wave factions, those that joined between 2010 and 2015.
- Thematically, Many video games have played parts in the worldbuilding of Galacia. It was first based on the Terran Republic of Planetside, as well as the Combine police state seen in Half-Life 2.
- Many of the units are based on designs or concepts from the Command and Conquer, XCOM and other RTS games, explaining why it is one of the most DIVERSE factions in the brikverse in terms of number of troop types.
- The Samson SHT and Samison system on the map are named after a friend of Kastrenzo's who was murdered in 2014, the two used to play brikwars together when they were in their teens, and Kastrenzo was given all of his lego later in life.
- The Kodiak II tank is a visually up-armored version of the Battlemaster *shown in motorpool although does not exist anymore* which was probably the oldest creation of Kastrenzo's that still lives today, the design was from around 1999 or 2000. It does not have a proper interior and would be technically illegal by Brikwars Rules stickler's standards. Many of his vehicles forgo the ability to have minifig crews in favor of making nice designs that are more appropriate to minifig scale