|Republic of Liberty|
|Capital|| Planet Manhattan,|
New York System
Liberty or the Republic of Liberty is the title of one of the four original houses in Sirius. Liberty occupies the central systems of the core worlds, giving it the position of the commercial hotspot of Sirius - a position which the house knows how to exploit. The Liberty Navy is known for frequently patrolling independent systems connected to it's sovereign territory.
- Main article: History of Liberty
Escape from Sol
In the tumult of the Exodus, The Liberty launched before the other great sleeper ships. Colonists whisper, even today, that the launch date may have been intentionally moved forward against the explicit wishes of the Great Planners. Early launch would have guaranteed the Liberty free access to the worlds of the Sirius Sector before the other sleeper ships arrived, but all proof of such a betrayal of trust was lost along with Earth. Even if the Liberty did launch early, there is little that can be done about it now...but there remains a lingering feeling of resentment among the other houses: a vague feeling that, somehow, Liberty does not entirely deserve the position of superiority it enjoys eight centuries later.
Arrival in Sirius
When the Liberty first arrived in the Sirius Sector they found an area rich in resources but lacking in habitable planets. With a hundred systems at their fingertips, they settled on those near the center of Sirius where the highest number of main sequence stars and Earth-like planets existed and a fair number of resources could be easily obtained. Eventually they made planet-fall on Manhattan, in the system they christened New York. They began the difficult task of rebuilding civilization two full years before any other sleeper ship arrived.The physical sleeper ship itself was stripped down to allow for rapid building, but has since been refurbished and proudly flaunts Liberty's logo over Manhattan's main landing dock for all travelers to be reminded of just how far Liberty has come.
Controlled and contested space
The Liberty government considers fourteen systems as part of it's republic: New York, Texas, Colorado, California, Pennsylvania, Ontario, Alberta, Minnesota, Illinois, Virginia, New Hampshire and Alaska; Virginia and Alaska however are off-limits to everyone but a small number of highly trained Navy members and other government officials. Illinois is under control of the Liberty Police Incorporated and off limits to everyone non-police affiliated. Out of these fifteen systems, only five have habitable worlds: New York, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and California.
Government and politics
Liberty is a very capitalistic colony, cherishing free trade above all else. Its location at the center of Sirius has made it extremely rich off of inter-colonial trade, and Liberty's military forces have the protection of free commerce as their primary mission objective.
Due to its position as a center for trade, Liberty maintains diplomatic and economic ties to most of the other houses, with the current exception of Rheinland.
Liberty has especially strong ties to the house of Bretonia, due in part to their shared culture and language, as well as powerful economic ties that bind the two houses together. The Liberty Navy and Bretonian Armed Forces also have a long history of cooperation, with both houses helping to jointly administer the independent systems of Magellan and Cortez under the Treaty of Curacao.
Liberty also maintains a neutral stance towards the Kusari Empire, but relations have been strained over the conflict between Bretonia and Kusari in the Tau systems. However, it is likely that relations between Kusari and Liberty will remain relatively calm, as Liberty relies heavily on several key Kusari exports.
Liberty is currently engaged in a war with Rheinland over allegations of illegal Nomad research by Liberty scientists, as well as arguments over the administration of the independent systems of Bering and Hudson. Almost all economic ties have been severed between the two houses, with the exception of limited Synth Foods and Interspace Commerce transports.
Liberty is also very hostile towards the Outcasts, who's distribution of the drug cardamine have caused major problems within the large population centers of New York and California. Liberty is also officially opposed to the other Hispanic group, the Corsairs, but due to the lack of contact between Liberty and Corsair forces, little actual fighting takes place between the two.
States and other Lawful Sovereign or Semi-Sovereign Entities
|Kingdom Of Bretonia||
|Empire of Kusari||
|Federal Republic of Rheinland||
|Kingdom of Gallia||
Crime and dissent
Liberty has made its share of enemies. Free-market capitalism produces an exploited class as a by-product, and the Xenos, Lane Hackers, and Liberty Rogues are all the remnants of Liberty's wanton lust for profit. While Manhattan has become a cornucopia of wealth, systems like Colorado and Texas, that fuel Liberty's industry, are manned by slave labor convicts, most of which maintain that they were only imprisoned to fuel Liberty's economy.
For a complete list of ships you may see being flown in Liberty space, see Liberty ships.