The Trade Federation was built on the foundations of honor, integrity and profit and has always strived to abide by that motto. While the rest of the galaxy collapses in on itself due to corrupt politics and frivolous wars, the Trade Federation remains unscathed and continues to deliver goods throughout the entire galaxy.
Viceroy Jacob Jansen has pledged to uphold the tenet of honor, integrity and profit by ensuring that the Trade Federation remains impartial in all matters relating to commerce and under no circumstances overlooking any client.
Despite the fact that the Trade Federation started as a small trading organization, it is now a superpower whose influence can be felt throughout the entire galaxy. With each passing day the Trade Federation solidifies its control on the systems in its jurisdiction which in turn results in many governments and factions lining up to create trade contracts with the Trade Federation. Being a fully fledged government headquartered in the Zeemacht Cluster, the Trade Federation will remain unaffected by the war torn galaxy and continue its path of success.
TFNN - Taanab System, Zeemacht Cluster
Celebrations were in order on Day 244 of this year as citizens joined in marking the six-month anniversary of the Trade Federation House System (TFHS). The new House System was championed by former First Seat Navik Ikron as Avance's largest single contribution to the Federation in the merge, and was seen by many as a sign that the two governments and cultures were truly merging into something new instead of one swallowing the other whole.
The TF House System's success is a reflection of the success of the merge itself. The TFHS has quickly become a much-loved part of life for many in the Federation, and the Houses have already begun to make noticeable contributions to Federation society. The House System has it roots in the Houses that comprised most of the former Avance Coalition where seven Houses (5 major and 2 minor) oversaw different sectors of the former Avancian territory and helped promote and sustain unity as a Coalition while preserving more regional cultures. The TFHS is made up of six Houses: three former Avancian major Houses and three newly founded ones. The foundation of the new Houses vary from informal fraternity among workers to revivals of ancient cultures in Federation space.
To be recognized as a House each group had to submit an application describing in detail what their intended contribution to Federation society would be. They also had to align themselves with a Ministry to illustrate both cultural continuity and innovation. These applications were reviewed by a House Review Board made up of heads of state taken from both former Avancian and Federation populations. Once approved, Houses were put on a probation period to be observed before legal rights were granted them.
One notable change from the former Avancian system is that each House associates themselves with only a system and not a range of sectors for which they are responsible for enriching and stewarding. Any citizen is permitted to apply for House membership, and many see it as an invaluable aid to professional and philanthropic growth. Houses provide a unique networking opportunity and a crucible for those with common interests who may be spread out over various departments and systems. Each House, however, has their own unique admissions process reflective of their identity.
Long seen as the short-track to prominence and success in government offices, House Soyak-Ikron is the largest and most recognizable carry-over from the former Avance Coalition. As a Federation House it continues its reputation as a breeding ground for the who's who for Federation politics and power players. The other continuing Houses are House Asclepius, which centers around the medical arts, and House Valeo, the traditional Avancian center for the learned, the literati, and the intelligentsia. The newly founded Houses are equally as diverse and significant.
House Jade sees itself as the formal embodiment of the tradition of fraternity and levity among the Department of Logistics pilots and staff. It centers around jokes, pranks, and the finest fermented beverages they can find. Taking a page from the former Avancian House Vigihan (which formed the Kingdom of Elysia), House Systkin centers around the Federation pillar of trade and financial prowess. It offers support for new businesses, investment opportunities, and provides a training ground for the future business tycoons. The newest House, House Arkoh, is a revival movement for the Arkanian-Sith culture and promotes cultural understanding and funds research in any academic fields, offering an informal challenge to the old-guard of House Valeo. Among its core academic interests is the Arkanian tradition of cloning and a reintroduction of the long-extinct full-blooded Arkanian species.
Each of the Houses has something different to offer to the prospective member. The Federation encourages any Trade Federation Citizen that would like to know more about the Houses or to apply for membership to contact the House leader(s) on the Federation holosite or directly via datapad message.
TFNN - Endor System, Moddell Sector
The lush, verdant forests from which the Forest Moon got its name have become famous galaxy wide. Home to both the Yuzzum and the Ewok peoples, the breathtaking majesty of the moon was chosen years before to host the capital of the Avance Coalition as if the richness and fertility of the jungles and the residents who prospered alongside and not by or in spite of the untamed expanses could say more about the former government than could any palace or diplomat.
For years it silently circled the planet Endor, broadcasting its bold, unchallenged growth and glory on behalf of the whole Coalition. Visitors today, however, find a much different story.
If one were to travel to the famed Forest Moon today, you'd find it a forest in name only. The growth of the former Avance Coalition brought with it expansion projects to the capital, and with projections of growth in the upswing before the Recession even more land was cleared and slabbed to prepare for the building and infrastructure to support the promised prosperity.
Many resorts, seeking to allow more of the public to experience the splendors sought to expand their grounds and locations around the moon as well. But it was not to be. The Galactic Recession found the moon cleared and mostly slabbed over, with many cities and settlements in various stages of completion.
The many public works projects aimed to stimulate the economy focused on the planet Endor, and made use of the open space on the moon for material storage and recycling foundries. The condition of the moon's surface declined rapidly.
By the time the problem was brought to the attention of the former Avance government who had been scrambling to address the myriad effects of the Recession, internal security disputes, and assisting allies in combating terrorism, the problem's magnitude had surpassed the funds and energy needed to combat it effectively.
Paul Luz was approved by the Hall of Houses to assemble a team of Avance Rangers and scholars to study the effects of rapid urbanization on planets and estimate the scope and trajectory of currents trends as the majority of programs aimed at ending the recession hinged on public works and infrastructure expansion. His efforts, however, ran parallel with the plans to merge the Coalition with her closest ally, the Trade Federation. Luz was only able to assemble his team and start planning their methods before the Hall of Houses that had approved and sponsored his efforts had ceased to be, dismantled and assumed into the new regional government of the Federation.
TFNN - Endor System, Moddell Sector
In a joint press conference in front of a veritable army of Trade Federation News Network and Avance News Network reporters, Avance Coalition First Seat Navik Ikron and Trade Federation Viceroy Jacob Jansen released a simple statement: "The Avance Coalition will merge with the Trade Federation."
After a moment of stunned silence from the assembled press corps, an unintelligible flurry of questions rained forth upon the two leaders. First Seat Ikron calmed the crowd, saying, "This is not being done out of whim or personal gain. I’m not receiving any service, technology, or monetary exchange for doing this. The Trade Federation is a group much like our own. We all are friends and work well together as leading bodies within the Galactic Concordiate. Our combined governments will form one super government capable of doing so much more than just either of us could accomplish ourselves."
Viceroy Jansen, nodding, added: "This is a huge move. No, it's a colossal move. When I was first approached by Navik, I was pleasantly surprised. The gravity of such a merger is overwhelming. But we have such a strong infrastructure in place, we are able to incorporate every department and member within our own with little trouble. This merger is a unique chance for all of us. A once-in-a-lifetime chance. Together we can accomplish great heights that before were never even imagined. To our allies and future allies: we look forward to working with you on our new joint endeavors."
Despite another barrage of questions, the lectern from which the two leaders were speaking was rolled off-camera and a table and two chairs were brought in. First Seat Ikron and Viceroy Jansen sat down and proceeded to use a huge varactyl quill and ink to sign their names to the treaty that would not only merge two governments, but also result in other changes in Avance space.
Rendili StarDrive, Centurion Arms, and Alpha Medical Corps will be joining the Trade Federation family. The Wraiths mercenary group, formerly owned by Soyak-Rainer Enterprises, have been given full control of the Trilon sector and will be an autonomous entity. The Cerean Quadrant, Sombure, Yushan, and Gendius sectors will be under control of King Arklari Clise and the newly-founded Kingdom of Elysia, reformed from the Harbingers and operating both Czerka Corporation and Golan Technologies. Both the Kingdom and The Wraiths will remain on friendly terms with the Federation, and will work closely together to defend the territories from threats to the safety of the citizens living there.
As for the reasons for the merge, political pundits across the galaxy have posited many theories. The one that fits best suggests that the Galactic Concordiate served as the backdrop providing a mutual political and cultural growth for both the Avance Coalition and the Trade Federation. Several members of the Federation government joined the House system and Avance got involved in the Federation Market, further bringing the two peoples together. Both sides were dedicated to the maintenance of peace through neutrality, supported by strong economic policies. Seeing the success of the GC, talks began to address how the cause for neutrality and prosperity might be furthered by working closer together and establishing a unified front to confront the encroaching tides of war, the increasing boldness of piracy galaxy-wide, and the galactic recession. After much discussion, a merge grew as a popular option and was soon taken to heart by the leadership to consider in greater detail.
TFNN economic analyst Moradin Kwyntehst pointed out that a key feature to watch is the availability of technology that was formerly restricted or exclusively offered by Avancian companies like Rendilli and Centurion Arms now is more readily available to be integrated in Federation defense fleets and has less obstruction to being more available to the public in the Federation market. This, of course, only increases the Federation's economic influence as more equipment will be sold exclusively through their markets, giving them complete control over the markets for those items or weapons. Additionally, an internal announcement released to Federation personnel obtained from unnamed sources shows that Federation salaries and fringe benefits will be increased to more closely match those enjoyed by those who served Avance before the merge.
Early congratulations on the merge came in from a close ally. Hapan King Zayth Kadrim sent the following by Holonet: "Avance Coalition became known for being an economic powerhouse, striving towards recognition as a mediator on the galactic stage, with its Houses forming the undercurrent of its distinct culture. Although it is regrettable to see its time coming to an end, without a doubt they have found the right partner in Trade Federation to entwine their futures with. As such Hapes welcomes the strengthened hand of the Trade Federation, and we wish them all the best with their efforts of bridging both the physical distance and the cultural dissimilarities between the two peoples. We will continue to follow with interest how the diverse possibilities offered by this merger become utilized by the parties involved."