Hapes Consortium

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The Hapes Consortium is the ruling government and consortium of the Hapes Cluster. A hereditary monarchy based on the capital world of Hapes, it rules over the region in isolation since before 3,000 BBY, protected by the Transitory Mists. It spans 63 closely positioned star systems, each with an inhabited world.

Overview

The Hapans are ruled by the Queen Mother, who holds court at either the Fountain Palace when on Hapes, or aboard the royal transport ship Star Home when traveling abroad. The title of Queen Mother is hereditary, passed down from mother to daughter. If the Queen Mother fails to have daughters, the wife of the firstborn son becomes Queen Mother. However, to be in the line of succession means both the Queen Mother and her heirs have to avoid constant attempts on their lives by jealous relatives who vie for the throne themselves.

In addition to the Queen Mother, there are also representatives from each Consortium member planet at the Royal Court. Their main purpose is to vote on matters of importance and to give updates on any political and social conditions of their home planets that may require the Queen Mother’s attention. The Queen Mother has the final say on everything, and her word is considered law.

History

After the defeat of the Lorell Raiders at the hands of the Jedi, the remaining population of Hapes, most of whom were female, decided to create a new government system which gave power to one woman. Given the title of Queen Mother, the chosen woman united the planets of the Hapes Cluster and formed the basis of the Hapes Consortium. Later on, she would commission the building of Star Home, a mobile replica of the Fountain Palace on Hapes that she would use when traveling abroad.

Around the same time Star Home was completed, the first Queen Mother sealed the borders of the Hapes Consortium from any outsiders and quickly captured more planets within the Cluster for the Hapans to colonize. After being isolated from the rest of the galaxy for almost 3000 years, the Hapes Consortium only opened its borders to the rest of the galaxy in 8 ABY after an alliance was made between Queen Mother Ta’a Chume and representatives of the New Republic.

Culture

Hapan culture, at least among the upper classes, is based on assassination attempts and struggles for power. Most upper class Hapans would think nothing of arranging the death of one of their own if it would advance their own cause.

The Queen Mother is treated like a goddess by the Hapans, and her selection of a consort is important to all her people. Candidates for the role of consort often come from the nobility, mainly to keep the gene pool vibrant. There are fierce rivalries between many noble houses over which house would get their sons to father the next Queen Mother, and nobles often plot against both the consort and the heir of the Queen Mother who is not fathered by one of their own. It is because of this that Allana’s paternity was kept secret, so all the noble houses would believe that one of their own possibly fathered her and would not harm her.

Due to the matriarchal society of the Hapes Consortium, men are often treated as second class citizens. Although most Hapan males are used mainly for breeding, some hold positions of power, although their ability to use it is often limited. Some Hapan men who feel trapped by their position in society often run away and became pirates. These men hide out in the Transitory Mists and prey on unsuspecting vessels, at least until caught by passing Hapes Nova-class battle cruisers. When captured, they are put on trial and possibly executed depending on the severity of the charge.

Anti-Jedi sentiments were rife among the Hapans, mainly due to the fact that the Lorell Raiders had fallen to the Jedi. This sentiment came to head during the reign of Ni’Korish. Ni’Korish had an immense hatred of Jedi and had done her best to wipe out any that had made their way into the Consortium. In recent history, such anti-Jedi beliefs, while still present, have significantly laxxed. The general populace is typically at most wary and untrusting of Jedi. Naturally, extremists exist that still retain hatred towards the Jedi. Such estremists exist throughout the social heirarchy, heads of state not necessarily excluded.

Commerce

The Hapes Consortium is vastly wealthy, with treasures such as rainbow gems and guns of command fetching high prices on both legal and illegal markets.

Even though businesses can operate on any of the 63 planets, Hapan law dictates that all major financial and business transactions must be conducted on Hapes.

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