The Intergalactic Council is an intergovernmental organization tasked with managing international peace, trade, and the coordination of international projects. It is both the largest and most powerful international organization in the known universe. Traditionally, it was headquartered in neutral, intergalactic space around a rogue star. However, this makes it difficult to defend in case of an attack, so it was moved to a station orbiting Sagittarius A*.
The Council was founded in 20286 CE as a condition in the treaty to end the War of the Decamillennial Transition with the purpose of allowing a platform for peaceful resolution of issues among all nations in around the Local Group, although, it has since expanded to cover several thousand times more of a volume than that. Every known sovereign state was asked to send a representative to help draft the charter for the Council, resulting in thousands of compromises that needed to be made. Because of large human influence, terms and other time-scales are defined by Solar years.
With the discovery of wormholes, the council was able to spread its influence over thousands of more galaxies. Many nations either willingly joined or were forced to join by neighbors or even the Council itself. The Lowzyol Federation willingly joined in 107405. By 150000, almost every single nation within 100 million light years of the Milky Way were members of the Council.
Presently, most Kardashev II or higher civilizations get representation in the council, either because they themselves discovered a member nation, or, more commonly, a member nation discovered them.
The Intergalactic Council is divided into seven principal entities, each tasked with different functions. They are as follows:
- The Grand Council
- The House of Commons
- The House of Lords
- The Economic Council
- The High Court
- The Secretariat
- The Trusteeship Administration
The Grand Council
The Grand Council is the main deliberative council of the Intergalactic Council. Regular monthly sessions take place remotely, while ever decade, in-person deliberation occurs on a pre-selected planet. The council is lead by a Council Chair voted on by the other members, however, no one species or nation can hold the position for two terms in a row (100 years) It is comprised of 187,000 representatives, with one from each member state.
New members, budgets, allocation of territories after a war, and other high-level important decisions are determined by the Grand Council. Since every nation gets equal representation here, this is the only viable way for the smallest nations to have any say in what happens on the intergalactic scale. This makes many of these small nations coordinate to get resolutions passed in this house with their shear numbers alone. Of course, large nations do not like this, so the House of Commons was created 50 years after the creation of the Council.
The House of Commons
The House of Commons is the second of the three legislative houses of the intergalactic council. As the name suggests, this house gives each nation power based on the number of individuals residing in that nation. As of right now AI's are not included, Hive-minds always count as one individual, sub-C species on the Ralis Scale are not included, and pre-industrial civilizations are not included. All of these rules were put in place to prevent the manipulation of a population mass-producing voters or otherwise giving themselves more representation than they really deserve.
This house also has 187,000 members just as the Grand Council, unlike the Grand Council, the members are voted on in elections held within each of the nations they represent. Another difference with the Grand Council is how votes are counted. A vote from a large nation would be weighted to reflect the number of people they represent. This means that the thousands of small civilizations that are able to coordinate in the Grand Council have little power in this house.
House of Lords
The House of Lords was instituted after the Second Noble Crisis as it became evident that ultra-wealthy individuals had power comparable to some of the smaller nations within the council (with the wealthiest of them comparable to the medium-sized nations in the Council). This house works similarly to the House of Council in that each Noble Organization receives a representative. However, since "power" is hard to quantify, they are all given one vote. This, of course, means that sprawling intergalactic noble houses get the same vote as a feudal house occupying less than a single planet, but this is meant to handicap the power of these organizations in the Intergalactic Council.
The Economic Council
The Economic Council mostly tries to promote economic ties between nations, as this would make war between them harder. While most nations approve of this, there are many which reject the trade deals proposed by the Economic Council and draft their own instead. This is, of course, within their power as the resolutions by this branch are suggestions and are not binding unless nations agree to them.
This body also has jurisdiction over what hundreds of international banks used only for loaning to nations. These loans are usually conditional, forcing many nations to accept the economic deals posed by the Economic Council if they want to get these loans.
The High Court
The High Court is tasked with prosecuting war criminals, crimes which happen in international territory, and interpreting treaties which have caused disputes between nations. While originally a council like the other bodies, it has since been replaced by a non-self-aware artificial intelligence designed to be as objective as possible when making decisions. It often has to call on sapient individuals when something subjective needs to be interpreted. These individuals are a randomly selected member of the Grand Council that is not from the same nation, species, or galaxy as any of the parties in the trial. Currently, all attempts to make the AI fully automated have been narrowly denied by all legislative houses of the Galactic Council.
The Secretariat is essentially the executive branch of the Galactic Council. Within it are all of the thousands of bureaus within the Council as well as the peace-keeping forces. A list of some of the more prominent Bureaus under the control of the Secretariat is below:
- The Health Committee (similar to the FDA)
- Ministry of Colonization
- AI relations (deals with entities such as the The C.Y.R.E.X and Templaria)
- Bureau of AI Relations and Containment
The Secretariat is headed by a General Secretary and a Vice-Secretary.
In total there are 1009 member states in the Intergalactic Council. A few notable members include:
- Federations of United Star Systems
- Lowzyol Federation
- Socialist Planets of Taitheia
- The Vlanoan Intergalactic Republic
- Empire of Mankind
- The Union
- Neo-Terran Intergalactic Hegemony
- Intergalactic Federation
- The United Alliance
- Ambrosia Alliance of United Systems
- Republic of Sion
- Plutocracy of Gish
- Alkan Intendancy
- Arcadian Administration
- The Shael Hive
- The Shev'ra
- The Aldorian Dominium
- The Aldorian High Kingdom
- The Aldorian League
- The Aldorian Confederacy
- The Aldorian Hegemony
- The Krizik Stratocracy
- The Krizik Regime
- The Krizik Dominium
- The Krizik Warrior Assembly
- The Arati Clans
- The Murban Directorate
- The Noraki State
- The Khlakun Nation
There is a membership fee associated with being a member state proportional to a nation's GDP. Many nations inside The CoB and The Commonwealth fund almost 55% of the budget of the council.
The Council has helped tremendously to alleviate many conflicts, however, the council is not without its issues.
Not every nation is part of the Council. There are over ten powerful nations which refuse to join, The Administrator being a noteworthy example. When a nation does not join The Council, they are not subjected to laws or rules. However, sanctions are possible and will happen if required. Most nations that do not join are self-sufficient so tariffs are embargos would do little to affect non-member states.
The vast majority of nations follow the rules put in place by the council, but there are a few routine offenders that the Council can do little to stop.
- The VIR does not allow for inspections of any secretive facilities and continuously expands its military without authorization. This issue on its own is being investigated upon.
- The Confederacy of Borealis has been known to not follow many orders given to by The Council. Mostly because they are a very high ranking member, and they have had lots of freedom from the get go.
- The Ambrosia Alliance of United Systems has been looked down upon by other larger members of the Council thanks to their respective home galaxy's bloody history both in past and present. As well, thanks to their constant dancing around the still dormant C.Y.R.E.X.