An Introduction to the Vriljan Concordat, Pt. 1
The Vriljan Concordat is a major interstellar polity of the Alpha Quadrant of the Galaxy which occupies all or nearly all of Sectors G5 and G6, much of sectors F6, H6 and G7 and some of Sectors H4, F5, F7 and H8. Its capital world is the planet Vrilja, third planet in the Dra system. The best-developed of four inhabited planets in the system, Vrilja is the largest of Dra’s three Continental worlds and is larger than the inhabited Desert planet as well. Vrilja is also the homeworld of the Zenox which are currently the dominant race of the Concordat, presently comprising 89 per cent of the Concordat population. Zenox group members occupy all important and senior socio-economic-political positions. The Concordat was formed approximately at the time the Zenox, along with the other major races, began their expansion into the Galaxy some five centuries ago. According to Zenox mythology there exists a legendary true Zenox homeworld which has yet to be discovered. Sixteen other colony worlds fill out the composition of the Concordat, which then controls a total of twenty inhabited planets in sixteen separate star systems.
Socially the Zenox are rather conservative, a touch xenophobic if somewhat pacifistic. Zenox tendency to value education is a hallmark of the larger Concordat culture even though culturally the Zenox are not the most welcoming of other races. Science, technology, literature and the arts are held in great esteem by the Zenox. However, it is true that many times other cultures see Zenox output as somewhat too Zenox-centric and hostile towards certain other cultures. Still, the immense and prestigious Galactic Archives are located on Dra 2- museum and library, the Archives is the most well-known and best-respected collection Galactic knowledge and history. The rest of the Galaxy also are impressed by the Zenox achievements in Galactic trade and medicine and are envious of the gargantuan Merkidor Planetary Fortress that protects Vrilja.
The Concordat government is characterized as a Technocracy and in keeping with another Zenox cultural trait is filled with numerous councils, commissions and directorates. The primary legislative power resides with the Concordat Supreme Council (CSC) which is a body composed of all of the Concordat High Ministers (“national”-level cabinet members), senior military leaders (Fleet and ground forces), the thirteen-member judicial Grand Tribunal (all of which are Permanent Members, meaning they have been so designated by previous First Administrators and confirmed by the CSC in Conclave) and all A6 grade Administrators (directors of the most senior representative groups of society- scientific, commercial, industrial, etc), the various Governors and Speakers- representatives of the Cantons ( social divisions by convention numbering 50 million individuals. Except for Permanent Members (which are basically appointed by the Executive), members are elected by their various Peer Councils (for life, barring major conduct unbecoming). Considered to be in permanent session, the CSC has a general gathering known as a Conclave on Vrilja- major policy and legislative issues are debated and voted on, directives issued in the form of Mandates. An accepted component of a Conclave Mandate is considered to be holy writ to the Zenox. The supreme executive authority of the CSC is the First Administrator, elected by the CSC Conclave, for life. In cases where a First Administrator dies (or is otherwise removed) between Conclaves (which would be always), the First Secretary fulfills the function until a replacement is elected (there is an extended COG line of succession, naturally).