...I might need to re-think things.
After a few days consideration, I think I can live with my idea of the UISA being called a "Military Commissariat", since we can manually name our leader's title ourselves (the one in system is just the default). And really, part of the point of these guys is that they are a mixed flavor Eagleland
, desperately trying to be Type 1, but humorously not noticing the rather blatant Type 2 tendencies they've adopted. So sure, they will insist that they are a Representative Democracy with a healthy military budget, and yet they are run by Senate High Command (a Section 8
reference. Yes, I am that into Space Marine fiction) and a Commander President. Not a General President, because that sounds weird and there's already a General he serves: the General Public
I mean, isn't that always the case about most science-fiction? We, deep down, want
to be a happy Star Trek Federation (which the UNE is supposed to represent), and yet
the story will inevitably deal with warfare at some point. And yet, and yet
, we universally agree that a heavily militarized dictatorship is A Bad Thing. Bad enough that we seem to be in an endless war against it. Thing is, all that fighting? All that... practice?
Is going to have an effect on a society, such as engraving a belief that in order to maintain
this happy friendly life, we are going to need to fight for it. Do it too much, and we might feel the need to do the fighting for other people, too. One thing leads to another, and all of a sudden they are building Call of Duty holographic combat sports stadiums on every planet ('cept Mars, that's the Doom Arena), treating our troops like professional wrestlers/football players, and broadcasting our wars like the ultimate all-star game.
(Actually, that doesn't sound so bad.
So yeah, if I ever get off my wallet, and wrench it open enough to purchase Stellaris, I'm probably going to take the UNE, change Xenophilic to Militarist, change the look to something more American looking, write a little blurb about how America had to take over after the world fell apart, then go around liberating the hell out of the universe. And considering how the Shroud is basically the Warp, liberate the universe out of hell.