“This galaxy is a center of peace and prosperity for all. But it will not always be that way. This peace is transient. It will float from our grasp if we neglect it for even a moment, and only when we fight for it with every ounce of our beings do we reap its fruit. We must always be vigilant, on watch for anything that threatens the fragile balance.
To those who would plunge the galaxy into turmoil for their own nefarious ends, I have only this to say: go to hell.”
The Bunsen Galaxy (Tybusenic: Bonn'senas - "Celestial Home") is a relatively large spiral galaxy in the Xonexi Cluster of the First Gigaquadrant. Though the galaxy itself is nearly as old as other major galaxies in the Gigaquadrant, interstellar civilization in Bunsen is relatively young in comparison to other galactic communities. Bunsen is only beginning to have a presence in intergalactic politics with the current generation of interstellar civilization, led by the five major galactic powers of the Tybusen Intergalactic Allied Federation, the Grand Spodist Church, the Argexantine Warrior Alliance, the Levisala Confederacy, and the Bunsen Grox Republic. With the formation of the Allied Bunsen Galaxy in 1829 SY, the Bunsen galactic community is slowly but surely reaching a level of political and economic power on par with the most influential galaxies in the Gigaquadrant.
Bunsen's late arrival to the intergalactic stage can be attributed to its early cosmological history, which was characterized by an anemic rate of star formation and a low population of heavier stars for terrestrial generation. Ancient intergalactic civilizations would be inclined to label Bunsen as a lenticular galaxy, and it was not until billions of years after the galaxy's formation that its star formation accelerated to that of a proper spiral galaxy. The Bunsen Grox would become the first major interstellar civilization in Bunsen nearly half a billion years ago, though they were not natives of Bunsen. Over the next 500 million years, numerous generations of interstellar civilization would rise and fall, until eventually finding stability in the two latest generations, labeled the Old Powers Era and the New Powers Era.
In the present day, Bunsen is a vibrant center of prosperity and culture, enjoying an enhanced profile in Gigaquadrantic politics and a sense of fraternity through the Allied Bunsen Galaxy that has been unparalleled by any other era in the galaxy's history. However, the harmony of the present hides the scars of a series of wars that ravaged the galaxy no more than 30 years ago, and the increasing power of the galaxy's great powers invites ambition and lust that may threaten to unravel the delicate balance which upholds this historic order and tranquility.
Creation and First Signs of LifeEdit
The Bunsen Galaxy formed around the same time as the Milky Way. Its satellites, Portea and Adriana, formed about 400,000 years after the Bunsen Galaxy.
At first, the Galaxy was very poor in resources. Many early stars were red main sequence stars, which meant that they lived for a very long time. With no heavy elements being dispersed by dying stars, most planets were barren rocks of little significance. Life was not possible at this point.
Finally, after some smaller stars died off, larger stars could be formed. The accelerated creation of the elements required for life made life in the galaxy more than just a fantastic dream. Slowly but surely, new life began to form. Unicellular organisms were already present some 5 billion years ago. By 4 billion years ago, the first multicellular organism evolved on a planet called Greylon. Though it would still be many millenia before a sentient race evolved in the Bunsen Galaxy, progress was being made.
Formation of the Intergalactic RiftEdit
About 2 billion years ago, a strange anomaly formed in the Bunsen Galaxy. Another one formed in the Milky Way. The anomaly appeared to collapse upon itself and turn into a black hole. However, this was not an ordinary black hole. It was a wormhole, a portal linked to others across space, and sometimes time. The one that formed in the Bunsen Galaxy was linked to the wormhole in the Milky Way, which was close to where the Jovar would rise on Jora sometime later.
This was the beginning of the Intergalactic Rift. The one anomaly's collapse caused instability in that small sector, which would lead to the formation of new wormholes when they link to ones in other galaxies.
First Spacefaring RacesEdit
The Bunsen Grox were the first to inhabit the galaxy. Though not technically a Bunsen Galaxy native, they were not returning to the Grox Meta-empire any time soon. The arrival of the Bunsen Grox is estimated at about 500 million years ago, when a group of exiled Grox found the Bunsen Galaxy not too far from the Milky Way. Some inhabited Portea as well.
As the only civilization currently present in the galaxy, the Bunsen Grox took to expanding very quickly. They created an empire of 2,400 systems surrounding the Galactic Core, an important energy source for the Grox species.
The Grox would remain the only residents for another 250 million years. Then, about 250 million years ago, the species that had evolved on Greylon had achieved space travel. They were called the Greys by the Bunsen Grox, after their homeplanet and their grey coloring. The Bunsen Grox were initially friendly to the Greys. As the only two spacefaring races in the galaxy, they worked together, traded together, and soon became allies. By 100 million years ago, the Greys were already quite advanced.
Emergence of New Spacefaring RacesEdit
100,000 years ago, a cargo crate carrying primitive humans from the Milky Way was ejected from an unidentified ship. The cargo flew into the Direveir system in the northern Erion Star Cluster, where it landed on Novaterra, a habitable planet. The humans, still at least centuries from even achieving sentience, would evolve differently than these "Novaterran humans", or simply Terrans. The Terrans developed agriculture long before their Earthean counterparts would, which is widely believed to be because the Terrans in the original cargo were abnormally intelligent (more likely, it was either sheer chance or the alien cargo ship influenced Terran development). Most other innovations generally followed the Earthean human pace, but since the beginning of the Terran's civilization arrived much sooner, they reached space in almost half the time. 50,000 years passed until the Terrans were capable of launching spacecraft, but they launched one nonetheless. As the Janus Sector was relatively unoccupied at the time, the Terrans did not find any companions in their local sector of space. They took to expanding quickly and to search the cosmos for other life.
Around the same time that the Terrans had arrived at Novaterra, the Vossk had already begun forming basic tribal societies. As by some twist of fate, the two future rivals seemed to advance at a shockingly even pace, though the Vossk reached space first. Similarly to the Terrans, they lived in an unoccupied space, the Corwell Sector, the southern zone of the Roswell Arm (an arm that neighbored the Larson Arm, home of the Terrans). They expanded quickly. The quick expansion of both the Terrans and Vossk would mean the two species would meet.
The last major species of the era, the Nivelians, rose at Nivelia, in the Odwalla Sector (the south part of the Merna Arm, which the GSC currently occupies). Their evolution had started about 85,000 years ago, and they got to space in merely 40,000 years, considerably faster than the Terrans and Vossk. They were a highly intellectual race and had the technology to show for it. Like the Terrans and Vossk, they quickly occupied their small unoccupied slice of the galaxy.
Galactic Powers and Galactic WarsEdit
With the three major races' quick expansion, outside contact was near inevitable at this point. By 35,000 years ago, the galaxy had made contact with each other. From this communication, the concept of galactic powers was considered. Most defined the powers of that era as the Terrans, Vossk, Nivelians, Bunsen Grox, and Greys.
However, this idea would also spark rivalries, as seen in the Terran-Vossk Wars, a devastating war that happened about 10,000 years ago between much of the major powers of the galaxy. The young galaxy was afire with constant battling and warring between the young nations. Hostilities continued until 8,500 years ago, when a new threat would bring an end to an era.
The Great CataclysmEdit
A galaxy-wide disaster, the Great Cataclysm forced most of the nations of the time to move out of the galaxy. The Skelewalkers, which were mysteriously introduced to the Galaxy mere months before the Cataclysm, wreaked havoc using their limited demonic abilities, which had been passed down by a supposed ancient connection to the Xhodocto (it was later discovered that they had descended from a very different demonic race. None of the individual nations could combat the Skelewalkers alone. Realizing that they were facing a powerful enemy that could destroy Bunsen Galaxy civilization if they fought on their own, the five powers teamed up. Their combined efforts were able to destroy the Skelewalker civilization. However, the war came at a heavy cost. Many empires were in ruins from the 500-year war. Fearing that an extragalactic power might find and attack the weakened nations, most of the powers departed the galaxy for the obscure Portea Galaxy, with the Bunsen Grox electing to isolate themselves in the center of the galaxy. The final Old Power to depart, the Terran Federation, evacuated its final planet in Bunsen about 7,500 years ago.
The Galactic SilenceEdit
As the last of the original species left the galaxy, the galaxy was once again devoid of major spacefaring races. The Bunsen Grox would remain in silence for another 1,500 years. A few small fledgling nations existed, but did not grow very large and mainly remained isolated until they would be discovered much later in the New Powers Era. The Bunsen Galaxy experienced a very eerie silence, where not a single species was heard. The silence would persist until the Bunsen Grox finally emerged from hiding and began establishing contact with the rest of the galaxy again, about 6,000 years ago. While expeditions outside of the Core did not yield results, the Core Sector was lighting up with activity once more.
Birth of the New PowersEdit
About 4,500 years ago, the seemingly-alone Bunsen Grox were about to receive some new company. In both the Janus Sector and Mormea Sector, small civilizations were rising again, bringing life to the silent sectors. In the Janus Sector, the Corgel Republic became a rising power, while in Mormea, the Alandra and Mechantropa formed a strong alliance. These empires, while not the iconic races of the future nations they would be members of, would be the oldest empires to have joined them.
During this time, many of the future New Powers species were well into their civilized development or were at least forming tribal societies. Among those tribal societies were the Tybusen and Levisala, on planets Tropicana and Mormus. Much like the Terrans and Vossk before them, the two future enemies were evolving at an equal rate. The Tybusen were the first to build their planet-bound civilization, but the Levisala were not too far behind. About 2,500 years ago, the the first modern Tybusen and Levisala nations had appeared on Tropicana and Mormus, respectively. Around 2,400 years ago, the Bibiulor had begun constructing a tribal society on their homeplanet Laureles, while at the same time, the Precathora created their highly religious civilization on planet Quilyuon-2. About 2,000 years ago, all four were thriving civilized species.
Thanks to discovering precursor technology from the Old Powers Era in their home systems, both the Tybusen and Levisala had developed efficient space travel by about 450 years ago. The Precathora entered space about 20 years later, and the Bibiulor were the last ones in space 10 years after that, at about 420 years ago. Many future members of their respective nations had already been spacefaring by the time their leading race had risen to space, though quickly gained the respect of their neighbors through their rapid jump into the interstellar community.
These four races, the Tybusen, Levisala, Bibiulor, and Precathora, would all eventually go on to form the four New Powers of the era, the Tybusen Intergalactic Allied Federation, Levisala Confederacy, Argexantine Warrior Alliance, and Grand Spodist Church.
Beginning of the New Powers EraEdit
For about 100 years, the New Powers mainly kept to themselves and focused on stabilizing their positions in their home sectors. Many wars were fought against neighboring species that resisted their expansion, yet very little contact had been managed between any of the powers. The Bunsen Grox were aware of the presence of new galactic powers due to detecting the massive radio emissions of highly concentrated civilization, though did not seek to contact them. This is mostly because of a turbulent change in government in the Bunsen Grox that replaced the normal republic with a tyrannical imperial regime that would reign until the end of the First Bunsen War.
After having successfully established themselves as the main powers in their local sectors, the New Powers began to all send out expeditions to the rest of the galaxy to seek other civilizations. It was at this point when the four New Powers would finally meet each other along with the Bunsen Grox. The initial mood was enthusiastic from the idea that other intelligent races inhabited the galaxy. That mood quickly dissipated, however, when the five powers began to learn more about each other, becoming distrustful of each other based on each others' philosophies and actions.
In particular, there was heavy distrust between the TIAF and Levisala Confederacy, as well as tension between the Grand Spodist Church, AWA, and the Bunsen Grox Empire. In the pre-Intergalactic Contact era, this would lead to two relatively minor conflicts that would ultimately be the set-up for the greater galactic wars of post-Intergalactic Contact Bunsen. These conflicts were the Core Conflict between the GSC, Bunsen Grox, and AWA (about 75 years ago) and the Caigiancia War between the TIAF and Levisala (about 70 years ago).
A few hundred years after the formation of the four new galactic powers (about 50 years ago), the nations of Bunsen began an unprecedented effort to establish contact with extragalactic civilizations, especially in the wake of the two early New Powers wars (usually referred to as the Sunset Wars). The TIAF and AWA were the main leaders of the exploration campaigns, being the first of major Bunsen nations to have successfully established contact with an extragalactic nation. Expeditions were sent into neighboring galaxies, specifically the Milky Way and Portea, searching for spacefaring races. Most importantly, perhaps, was the TIAF contact with the Seven Starr Alliance, which revealed to the Bunsen nations the true scope of the universe and its inhabitants.
Most consider this to be the era that made Bunsen less of just a dot on a map of the universe and more of an active center in the intergalactic political stage. Contact with the SSA and the TIAF alliances with the DCP and Jarquvix began to attract extragalactic attention to the emerging races of Bunsen. But while there were benefits to this opening of Bunsen to the universe, intergalactic contact would have some negative influences on some of the Bunsen nations. The TIAF was drawn into multiple conflicts and eventually suffered a terrible civil war that has been directly linked to the events of the DCP Civil War. And with the five major powers of the time being relatively weak at the time, the galaxy's vulnerability would attract a variety of problems with pirates, which would linger until the end of the War of Redemption.
The Bunsen WarsEdit
About 30 years ago, the two rivals, the TIAF and Levisala, were on the brink of war after the Levisala had researched a method to revive the Skelewalkers, which had devastated the Galaxy in the Great Cataclysm. Soon, the entire galaxy had been drawn into the war, with the TIAF, AWA, and GSC forming the Resistance and the Levisala and Bunsen Grox forming the Levisala Union. It would be a long and bloody war, but the galaxy would emerge from it one step closer to unification than before. The victorious Resistance powers formed the League of Bunsen Nations to prevent another war like this, inviting all residents of the galaxy to join. Unfortunately, the League flopped, but it would pave the way for its more-successful successor, the Allied Bunsen Galaxy, after the War of Redemption.
About 10 years ago, another galactic war was sparked between the classic rivals, the Second Bunsen War. The TIAF led the Allies, composed of the TIAF, AWA, GSC, and Bunsen Grox, to victory over the Levisala's Revolution, comprised of the Levisala, VFP, and a variety of allies from the Wental Galaxy.
Divine Era and Present DayEdit
The Annihilation did not intend to spare Bunsen and as such Bunsen soon came under attack from the Xhodocto fog on the day of the Annihilation. A Vi'Navitum Ark was sent to evacuate Bunsen, but arrived too late and was destroyed by the fog. Although it looked grim for Bunsen, Bunsen was soon saved by the galaxy's guardians, the Arturnias. Bunsen was relocated to the pocket universe inhabited by the Arturnias and their darker counterparts the Veidatras, the Divine Realm. Bunsen was kept here for 20 years before being reinstated to the First Gigaquadrant, which at that time had just received the Arks that had evacuated across 5D from the Annihilation.
After the end of the Divine Era, the galaxy suffered a brief recursion of the Second Bunsen War which finally delivered a decisive end to the conflict, again in the Allies' favor. In the present, Bunsen has not seen too many major activities or events, as most of its major residents either focus on maintaining peace within the galaxy or are participating in events abroad.
The Bunsen Galaxy is divided astrographically into what are known as Sectors. Sectors span roughly a third of a galactic arm, with the borders usually defined by existing political divisions or patterns in interstellar topography. Most Sectors are also further divided into star clusters, though in unexplored or lesser-known areas of space there may not be sufficient knowledge of the topography to make such divisions.
The Sixteen SectorsEdit
The Bunsen Galaxy is divided into 16 distinct Sectors. Each of the five galactic arms is divided into three Sectors, and the Galactic Core and the surrounding region is considered a Sector in of itself. Sectors can vary greatly in terms of size since their boundaries are defined by political and astrometric measures, though Sectors closer to the Core tend to be shorter and wider than other Sectors due to the shape of the galactic arms.
- Core - Core Sector
- Larson Arm - Janus Sector, Mellus Sector, Toomes Sector
- Merna Arm - Odwalla Sector, Kereo Sector, Marko Sector
- Omega Arm - Delta Sector, Alpha Sector, Beta Sector
- Almari Arm - Sola Sector, Deteron Sector, Polaris Sector
- Roswell Arm - Corwell Sector, Mormea Sector, Horkua Sector
A treacherous region spanning parts of the Delta and Alpha Sectors, the Spiral Expanse is a gravitationally unstable zone where spacetime anomalies are reported to be common. As a result, wormholes are relatively numerous in this region, with some of the Expanse's wormholes connecting to extragalactic locations, such as the Jora Wormhole which connects to the former Jovar territories in the Milky Way Galaxy. Advances in Allied wormhole technology have opened up new avenues for the use of the Expanse's wormholes and anomalies, and may allow Bunsen powers to project their influence on a much wider scale than was ever believed feasible.
However, even as the Expanse begins to be tamed by the power of science and technology, it remains a dangerous region for interstellar travel. Ever since the earliest days of interstellar society in the Delta and Alpha Sectors, the Expanse's wild anomalies have been responsible for the deaths of countless explorers or travelers who either did not realize where they were, or who underestimated the dangers of the Expanse. Even today, the gravitational fluctuations of the Expanse make it risky for hyperspace travel, and the safest paths through the Expanse remain wormhole routes that bypass the Expanse in its entirety.
At the very center of the Bunsen Galaxy appears to be a supermassive black hole, which most, if not all galaxies are believed to have. Its powerful emissions bathe most of the Core Sector in various forms of radiation, which makes the Core Sector hazardous to enter for most Bunsen species without proper protection. However, the radiation hardly bothers species like the Bunsen Grox, who happen to be one of the very few species that call the Core Sector home. The Core's radiation effects begin to fade into the background outside of the Core Sector, so species outside of the Core Sector usually have nothing to worry about from the Core's emissions.
However, the Galactic Core is not merely the central axis of the galaxy. It was discovered after the Annihilation that the Core obscures a portal that links the Bunsen Galaxy to the Divine Realm, where the Arturnias and Veidatras reside. The Core is in fact a wormhole that connects the two realms. The portal is known to be operable only from the Divine Realm side of the aperture or by Arturnias and Veidatras; an Arturnias commonly referred to as Steve resides in the void between the worlds that exists when someone enters from the Bunsen aperture when the portal is not open. He is usually there to turn back unwitting travelers or to relay messages from important Bunsen figures if the message or messenger is deemed to have important business.
Satellite Galaxies/Star ClustersEdit
The Portea Galaxy is an small satellite galaxy of the Bunsen Galaxy. This is the home of numerous smaller empires who have yet to achieve prominence as well as numerous colonial sectors for the Allies. They have benefitted greatly from their obscurity by being able to avoid major powers from other galaxies from attacking them. The only known active routes into Portea are from Bunsen, though in the past Portea had a connection to the Cyrannus Galaxy (which was destroyed as a result of the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus' expulsion of all extragalactic influences). This obscurity and exclusive accessibility makes it very easy for nations who reside or have colonies here to defend themselves, although the lack of any major center of galactic power makes pirates in Portea much more problematic than in Bunsen.
An unusually large nebula in the galactic halo that is suspected to actually be a protogalaxy, Adriana has gained a reputation as a breeding ground for both stellar matter and criminal activity. The Nebula's gases cause all sorts of problems for most modern Bunsen spaceships, from electromagnetic disruption to outright exploding on contact. However, many of the Nebula's gases also have valuable applications in modern machinery and technology, and some entrepreneurs have decided that the gaseous riches of the Nebula are worth the risks. Along the edge of the Nebula, harvesting colonies primarily from the TIAF and GSC have cropped up, and colonial recruiters advertise Adriana as a bold new frontier right on Bunsen's doorstep.
However, the colonists are not alone in the Nebula. The various native species of the Nebula, who adapted their technology to the volatile conditions, seem to enjoy preying on unfortunate travelers who end up lost or stranded in the Nebula for one reason or another. Many Adriana species have joined forces as the Adriana Pirate Alliance, a formidable organized crime force that terrorizes the harvesting colonies and also sometimes conducts activity closer to the central regions of Bunsen. The inaccessibility of their center of operations - deep in the heart of the Nebula - makes them difficult to root out. The presence of the Vespan Federation of Planets, who assist the Pirate Alliance in exchange for being allowed to base themselves in the Nebula, further complicates matters.
Bunsen has always been on the outer edge of what is usually considered the First Gigaquadrant, having few major neighbors in the pre-Annhiliation era and even fewer neighbors after that. However, that is not to say that Bunsen is a totally isolated galaxy; it just happens to not be as centralized as galaxies such as the Milky Way or Cyrannus. Listed here are some of the notable neighbors of Bunsen.
The Milky Way Galaxy is Bunsen's closest non-satellite neighbor and is considered to be one of the singlemost influential galaxies in the entire modern Gigaquadrant. Bunsen and certain areas of the Milky Way are heavily interconnected thanks to efforts from Bunsen natives with allies or colonies in the Milky Way. The Star Bridge of Delpha, constructed by the TIAF between the edge of the Larson Arm in Bunsen and the edge of the Scutum-Crux Arm in the Milky Way, is among one of these feats accomplished due to a demand for quick transportation to the Milky Way (although the Star Bridge has become virtually obsolete with the advent of the Hyperspatial Revolution and the discovery of new transgalactic wormholes).
The Ottzello Galaxy was formerly a fellow member galaxy of the Local Group. Ottzello was destroyed as a result of the Annihilation, although most of its residents managed to evacuate and survive, with many now residing in the Borealis Galaxy's Ottzello Sector. Most Bunsen races had little to do with the races of Ottzello while the galaxy itself existed, as Ottzello was a hostile and divided galaxy that Bunsen diplomats considered not worth their time. The greatest extent of Bunsen-Ottzello interaction prior to the Annihilation would be the arrival of the Bunsen Loron early in the Intergalactic Contact era, and even then the Bunsen Loron did not have strong ties to their Ottzelloan brethren.
Allied Bunsen GalaxyEdit
The five galactic powers and many other inhabitants of the galaxy are members of the Allied Bunsen Galaxy, an international galactic organization designed to promote peace and solidarity throughout the Galaxy. The ABG serves a variety of functions in the modern galaxy, serving as a forum to allow members to settle disputes peacefully, a commonwealth organization to share some of the prosperity of the great powers with those in need, and a center of international scientific and cultural studies. Allied efforts are cooperative, and members of the ABG are encouraged to contribute as much as they can as often as they can. The ABG is always trying to continually expand its influence into newly-discovered frontier regions of the galaxy, though their presence is not always welcomed. Inhabitants of Bunsen are not forced to consider themselves members of the ABG, but there are many benefits that come with doing so.
There are many resident empires in the Bunsen Galaxy, but five stand out and have been defined as the galactic powers.
Tybusen Intergalactic Allied FederationEdit
The most prominent resident of the galaxy, the TIAF is by far the most powerful civilization in Bunsen and holds an overwhelming amount of influence in the galaxy. The TIAF is a federal democratic republic which dominates the Janus and Delta Sectors and parts of the Mellus and Alpha Sectors. Given their stature both within the galaxy and outside of it, the TIAF is considered the main representative of Bunsen as a whole in the intergalactic community. Holding the largest military in the galaxy and being the largest civilization in the galaxy (not counting their intergalactic territories), the TIAF is widely considered to be the most important nation in Bunsen.
Argexantine Warrior AllianceEdit
An alliance originally consisting of only militaristic members, the AWA is surprisingly peaceful and non-confrontational, preferring to exercise their formidable military force only in self-defense. The AWA is a democratic oligarchy primarily situated in the Sola and Deteron Sectors. AWA space is one of the most secure areas in the galaxy, thanks to their unrivaled military tradition and defensively-oriented military doctrine. Their defensive nature also makes them somewhat isolationist in foreign policy, being wary of dragged into international actions that don't align with their own interests. The AWA boasts the second-largest standing military in the galaxy and is the third-largest in terms of territory.
Grand Spodist ChurchEdit
Comprised entirely of Spodist theocracies, the GSC is almost universally considered the main authority of Spodism in the Bunsen Galaxy. The GSC is a theocratic constitutional monarchy residing in the Kereo and Odwalla Sectors. As to be expected from the country considered the leader of Spodism in Bunsen, the people of the GSC are very devout. Unlike what one might expect from a theocratic empire, the Church does not usually spread their faith aggressively. The Church operates under the ideology of Idenza Sepodia, seeking dialogue with other faiths and seeing if their belief systems can be reconciled and integrated into the Pazumiri Church. The GSC has the smallest military of the five major powers and is only the fourth-largest in territorial expanse, but one should not underestimate their tenacity when pushed.
Historically a very antagonistic civilization, the Levisala Confederacy has been a fierce rival of the TIAF and the Allies for over a century. The Levisala Confederacy is a federal republic situated in the Mormea and Corwell Sectors. They are very committed to science and the advancement of technology, though they do not always use this technology for peaceful purposes. Their militaristic culture and renowned tactical and strategic skill makes them dangerous even to numerically superior foes such as the TIAF. Their major losses in the two Bunsen Wars have largely gutted the Confederacy's economic power, but many believe that if the two wars never happened or even resulted in Levisala victories both times, the Levisala could be the heads of Bunsen as opposed to the TIAF. The Levisala command the third-largest standing military and have the smallest territorial expanse of the major Bunsen powers.
Bunsen Grox RepublicEdit
The Bunsen Galaxy faction of the Grox, the Bunsen Grox try to dissociate themselves from the Grox Empire as much as possible, even going as far as to genetically re-engineer their entire race in order to create a biological difference. The Bunsen Grox Republic is a democratic republic centered around the Core Sector of the galaxy. As descendants of the Grox, they have a strong affinity for science and technology, rivaling the Levisala at times for this zeal for research. Unlike the Grox, however, the Bunsen Grox understand the value of peace and cooperation over war and assimilation. Though they were feared by many as the Bunsen Grox Empire, much like the Grox, they have slowly but surely rehabilitated their image as the Bunsen Grox Republic. The Bunsen Grox have the fourth-largest standing military and have the second-largest territorial expanse of the major powers.
Notable Minor ResidentsEdit
There are some nations that reside in the galaxy beside the five major powers that are worthy of notation. Some of these are a result of extragalactics colonizing the galaxy, or are significant nations but not among the five major galactic powers.
Hailing from a distant future, the Theians are the survivors of a cataclysmic event many millenia in the future. They have settled in the Beta Sector, and while not aligned to any of the major organizations in the galaxy, they are said to be on good terms with the TIAF. They have a mysterious past that they prefer to keep secret, though what is known is that they are the lone survivors of an event in their past (which is the future to us) that nearly extincted their race.
Shellious Imperium/Draconid ImperiumEdit
The Shellious inhabit the Jacoba Star Cluster in the Delta Sector. They have maintained a colonial sector there since the end of the Second Bunsen War, in which they were allowed to stay there under the circumstance that they would not raise any more than a defensive military garrison there unless ample reasoning was given. The colonies have since shifted hands to the Draconid Imperium due the Draconis having taken in the Shellious as a commonwealth. A demilitarized zone exists there between the colonies and TIAF space in the Delta Sector from a mutual agreement between the Draconis and TIAF before the War of the Commonwealth that Bunsen would not become a front of that war. Since then, the area slowly became open again thanks to improvements to Draconis-TIAF relations.
A severely religious and honor based Empire, the Eldarisian's are the founders of The Religion of Cuth and wish to spread him to others. The Eldarisian's are known to be very distant and mysterious at times along with their actions which can be fairly natural or drastic. They will defend their ally to the sword, but their trust will be hard to gain and is the first step in becoming allies with them. Betray them and many years of hate and bitterness will be found. Ally Eldarisa if you wish, but they will always be a mystery to the universe.
French Bunsen ColoniesEdit
A small colonial sector set up by the French in the Alpha Sector, the French Bunsen Colonies are becoming well-known in the galaxy as a flourishing center of human arts, with its seclusion from much of the hustle and bustle of French territories in other galaxies attracting aspiring artists. They are also noted for being the first human faction to colonize the Sol Nova region, a special area of the Alpha Sector designated by the TIAF as a colonial zone for human nations hailing from the Milky Way.
- The name "Bunsen" is, in fact, a reference to the Bunsen burner, a relic of a long-gone time when CaptainTybusen had very unoriginal naming conventions.
- The Spiral Expanse was originally called the Intergalactic Rift. It was changed to avoid confusion with the term used to describe the darkspace between galaxies, also called "intergalactic rift".
- The TIAF and the AWA were the first two major empires to have been created for the galaxy, while the Divine Realm races are the most recent to have been created.