The discovery of the Eye of Aarran and the activation of the Great Hyperspace Network (which colloquially shares its name) marked the beginning of the Age of Sjet, and great turmoil in the galaxy. Although the Aarran network granted them unparalleled hyperspace capabilities, it still took the Hiigarans several years to defeat the Vaygr and reclaim their former territories. The blitzkrieg launched by Makaan brought the fledgling Hiigaran empire to its knees. Nearly a dozen star systems were completely overrun, and the Hiigaran navy took enormous losses against the Vaygr horde. Hiigaran policy after the Activation became one of solidifying the home front first before turning their eyes outward. Due to this, the Hiigarans were forced to suspend many of their treaty and alliance obligations while they rebuilt their core worlds and worked to destroy the most hostile Vaygr crusades. While the death of Makaan led to civil war within the Vaygr ranks, there remained several major Vaygr fleets that threatened Hiigaran space. Surgical strikes using the Eye gates allowed the depleted Hiigaran fleets to take out the most dangerous concentrations of Vaygr, but their offensive capabilities were hampered by the need to protect the Homeworld and the focus of industrial production on civilian reconstruction.
The crumbling Vaygr empire further intensified the chaos of the Dust Wars. Where once some had been able to put aside their differences faced with a much larger threat, when that threat evaporated not only did they resume their wars but entire new ones began, prompted by the transplantation of dozens of Vaygr tribes into new territories. Deprived of their Hiigaran alliance, many of the former Council races took a hard beating during the Dust Wars. The Taiidan Republic was forced to abandon its capital and sought refuge inside Frerrn space.
It wasn’t until 9629 that the reclusive Hiigarans emerged from their space and shocked the galaxy with the revelation of the hyperspace network. Like firefighters dousing a forest fire, Hiigaran fleets streamed out of heretofore hidden or deactivated gates and smashed the fleets before them. The sight of the reborn Hiigarans and a great weariness after decades of war quickly led to multiple cease-fires being called across all fronts, as the Inner Rim came together to form the Arbitration Tribunals. The various issues and injustices committed to and by each faction were brought before an assembly of judges, to be solved through diplomacy and compromise rather than war and death. Those who refused to come before the Tribunals faced the wrath of the Hiigarans and their de facto allies, and their capitulation was swift. On [May 22], 9630, the final cease-fire was signed and the final group of delegates checked into Assam Kiith’sid for the Tribunals. The Dust Wars were over.
Looking back later, many would blame the Tribunals for setting the stage for what was to come. Although the Tribunals were chaired by multiple figures from an assortment of races, many accused the affairs of being biased towards a Hiigaran point of view, not the least of which because of the Hiigaran’s control of Aarran and Sajuuk. Cooperative races and allies of the Hiigarans saw themselves with greatly increased access to the gates, while resistance was met with limited to no hyperspace access. Subconsciously or not, the Hiigarans emerged out of the Tribunals at a definite advantage.
Hiigaran control over Aarran would soon end however. One of the secondary purposes of the Tribunals, besides the cessation of hostilities in the Inner Rim, was to set the stage for a new Galactic Council, to prevent the mass bloodshed of the Dust Wars. Karan Sjet especially pushed hard for a new Council, and was an integral part of the negotiations to establish it. Fully realized in 9634, one of the first acts passed through the New Council was a comprehensive set of regulations for use and ownership of the Eye of Aarran. The Eye would form the core of the new galactic trade routes, replacing the ancient Bentusian system. Council members would be charged with protecting the gates in their sectors from pirates, but they would officially be ownerless. The gates themselves were almost completely impervious to weapons fire, but raiders and brigands could assault ships coming through them.
The other major act the New Council did was a massive Reconstruction effort across the galaxy. Especially with the power and speed of Aarran, vast amounts of materiel were easily transported over very large distances. The Hiigarans spearheaded the effort, applying many of the same techniques they had used locally on a much larger scale. Hiigaran service companies became the dominant galactic enterprises, managing the rebuilding efforts of thousands of worlds. It’s obvious now, but these were the first steps on the way to the Pax Hiigara. Karan Sjet worked tirelessly to ensure that power rested with the New Council, that the Hiigarans acted only as the most willing and selfless helpers. Even with the best of intentions however, the Hiigarans came to be seen as guardians and providers throughout most of the galaxy, and the aura of godhood surrounding Sjet spread beyond the bounds of Hiigaran society. For a dozen years the galaxy saw peace, consumed with the enormity of Reconstruction.
Soon enough however, the petty squabbles and issues arose again. The damage was done, metaphorically speaking. Although the New Galactic Council handled all the issues and was the official rule of the Core, the galactic mindset was that Hiigarans were the true powers of the galaxy. More prevalent in the small, more primitive species that has been hardest hit by the Dust Wars, (and therefore given the most aid by Hiigara) the idea of the Hiigarans as being the ultimate saviors and benefactors spread throughout all the galaxy, slowly but surely, for the next three centuries.
(Karan Sjet dies – 9743. People naturally look to another Sjet to assume the leadership role – begins tradition of Sjet leadership.)
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This was a position that the Hiigarans came to resent. Popular sentiment became that the Council was inefficient and slow, and that Hiigara was being pulled into the affairs of too many other nations, and forced to act stupidly and inefficiently at the behest of the Council. Outwardly, the sentiment was much the same, that the Council had become a puppet for Hiigaran politics.
The final straw was the Mayako Massacre, which occurred in 9965. This sparked a brief but furious war between various allied groups against the Hiigarans. The Allied fleets were stopped at Khyber by the Hiigaran armada, which included the Gatekeeper. Furious at the attack, Sjet-sa Endika denounced the Council and announced Hiigara’s withdrawal. Part of this withdrawal involved retaking control of the Eye of Aarran. This was initially met with resistance, but Endika used the formidable Hiigaran Armada to crush it, and solidified Hiigaran control of the galaxy by declaring the Pax Hiigara, and himself as the first Emperor Sjet. No more would the galaxy suffer under the pettiness of nations and inadequacies of the Galactic Council – the Kushan, who had given and lost so much, would not be beholden to anyone, and would ensure peace and prosperity as benevolent custodians of the stars.
And for the most part, the Pax has been peaceful and prosperous.
Even though both the Council and the Hiigarans had tried to fight it, the ascendance of the Hiigarans as the dominant galactic power was inevitable after the Dust Wars. Many peoples would naturally seek their help first before going to the Council, and the Council was seen as weak and ineffective unless spearheaded by Hiigarans. From as early as 9824, there had been rumblings that the Hiigarans should just replace the Council and that the galaxy should embrace the first galactic government.
The issue came to a head in 9965, when an official act was put in front of the beleaguered and by this point, almost powerless Council, to officially disband it and instead adopt the Hiigarans as the leaders in a new pan-galactic alliance. Sa of Sa’s Endika Sjet accepted the proposal, and the modestly pretentious title of first Galactic Steward. To celebrate the new galactic order, he declared the beginning of the great Pax Hiigara and a massive series of celebrations and festivals. Sjet-Sa was warmly and enthusiastically accepted by the majority of the galactic populace, and his reign is still regarded with a certain nostalgia.
[Next ruler rules as a Steward for a couple decades, but eventually adopts the Emperor title, both de facto and de jure. Over the centuries the fuzzy warm “alliance” becomes more and more a hierarchal system with the Hiigarans firmly at the top and depending on the goodwill of the Sjet family, which becomes a distinct entity from the rest of Kiith Sjet. The sweeping reforms that begin to make this Pax tyrannical and oppressive begin in the 550’s)
(Steward) Endika r. 0-79
Corbulo r.1012-1019 (Abidan takes the throne in the Great Compromise)
Tel-Heruse (Paktu destroyer, Capt. Rykobi)
Prince Abidan (My father is judge)
Torech – Taiidan fleet carrier, flagship of Admiral X. Torech becomes one of the central ships in the Pak/Dan fleet, coordinating strikes against Royalist targets. Torech is also one of the few fleet carriers to survive the Sjetti reprisals, and ends up becoming one of the most important Taiidan units.
Sjet – Jet (Jetti)
Paktu – Pak (Pakten)
Manaan – Man (
Naabal – Bal (Naablian)
Taiidan – Dan (Danian)
Royalists – Royals, Roys
Abbasid – old, ancient race that peacefully aquisqued to Hiigaran control. Sagely advising the Royal Throne, they projected the appearance of peaceful compliance and weren’t therefore subject to many of the restrictions placed on other species. This allowed them to build and maintain a fairly large and well-equipped fleet. When the Pax shatters, the Abbasid reveal their true nature – a deep hatred for the Hiigarans and the long centuries of the Pax. The Abbasid are determined to become the new dominant power of the galaxy and to destroy their Hiigaran oppressors.
Pax 1013 = 1013 years after the allied defeat at the Battle of Khyber and the subsequent crowning of Steward Endika Sjet and the declaration of the Pax Hiigara.
Current Emperor: Corbulo Sjet. Recently ascended after the death of the last emperor in Pax 1010. One of his children is Abidan Sjet.
Griitidim has been readopted as a derogatory term. Originally used in the Heresy Wars by Kiith Siidim, in its current context the word refers to the pro-kiith faction, whose blood is still corrupted by the sands of Kharak.
“Look at what Hiigara has become. It’s a curse, inspiring fear, contempt, hatred. The word used to mean hope. When Karan led us home, the Beast Wars, through the Dust Wars, through Reconstruction. We were the shining beacon of the galaxy."
“How quickly we forget. We’ve come full circle. Our ancestors were exiled from Hiigara for delusions of grandeur, then the Taiidan, and here we are again. We should just blow the damn planet up and be done with it.” (←This does eventually happen.)
The story would have begun with some political event regarding the kiithid's use of the Eye network and/or a movement to formally merge the kiithid together. Kiith Sjet would be the primary antagonists, and Kiith Paktu the primary protagonists. Sjet starts getting greedy and begins bossing around the other kiithid. Through all the excesses and crimes of the centuries, internally Kushan civilization had always maintained a certain equalness. While Sjet were the Royal Family, it was seen as Hiigarans > All, not Sjet > All. When Sjet starts to encroach on this, Kiith Paktu and others become increasingly alarmed, until finally a civil war breaks out between the Royalists (those allied to Sjet and in favor of unification) and the old Kiith. The end (or one end - possibly an agreement between Sjet and Paktu) would be the Great Compromise, wherein Abidan Sjet would compromise in some fashion with the old kiith (who don't have a snazzy adjective like the Royalists do - Loyalists sounds too imperial and like they're loyal to the crown.)