The most powerful major industry, manufacturing military droids in Age of Machines world. Created by Rogue Saint.
The Institute for Intra-Galactic Affairs is a nonprofit think tank from the planet Beta 67A, home to a third-level civilization in the galaxy that bears the same name. IIA gathers intellectuals, influential former politicians and geostrategists to analyze history and the present and to project the future relations of different cultures across the universe. Within the IIA operates the Executive Ordnance Council (EOC), which oversees military affairs and production of IIA combat droids. IIA represents a major industry in Age of Machines world.
The Institute for Intra-Galactic Affairs was formed by Vilias Garash, a renowned and influential writer, sociologist and geostrategist. Garash wrote extensively about his worries over the future of the native people of Beta 67A and their generally unfavorable position compared to larger and more populous planets and galaxies.
Garash argued that trade contracts between the smaller but highly advanced B67A and other more populous but less developed civilizations had hurt B67A’s profits and slowed its progress. He also argued that B67A’s political influence “is limited and must increase over more populous civilizations.” Garash was first to publicly demand that B67A acquire executive control of territories in newly founded colonies from civilizations he labeled “those who don’t know how to advance their lands properly.”
Rise of the influence of the IIA:
Garash’s ideas received widespread approval in political circles and are nowadays considered very influential. Although publicly no active politician from B67A is a member of the IIA, many of them allegedly attend important meetings.
The Institute for Intra-Galactic Affairs operates far from the public eye. The meetings are not reported in the media, and the names of the participants are held in secrecy. However, the IIA publishes many bulletins and editorials, the most prominent of which bears the title “Robus – Impero – Unitas.” The same words are the IIA’s motto, derived from Garash’s writings on unity between different civilizations.
“A free, self-sustaining unity among vastly different species is a fairy tale built on mud. As such, it has no viable future and should not be discussed any further. Unity can be successful only if it’s controlled by an order behind which lies enormous power. Or, if you’d like me to put it in its proper sequence: power, order, unity.”
Outside of politics, Garash’s ideas found even more fertile ground in military circles. His infamous book B67A - Executive Manifest is believed to be inspiration for the creation of the Executive Ordnance Council, a military wing that operates under the IIA.
The Executive Ordnance Council within the IIA:
“When all best wishes have been pledged, when smiles have flattened and ink on signed documents has faded, only facts remain unchanged. Spreading the influence of B67A, as well as ending our dependence on our larger neighbors and removing the existential threat they represent, is plausible only through the means of arms and advanced military strategies.”
It is believed that these words from Garash’s Executive Manifest inspired the creation of the military department of the IIA—the Executive Ordnance Council. Garash, in his infamous work, never called blatantly for annulling contracts with other civilizations, but he did write: “We need to have a branch. A branch that is capable of creating and operating under circumstances that will render the ink on these documents irrelevant and call for change in our favor.”
Creation of a droid army and the rising influence of B67A:
B67A’s droid army first appeared during territorial disputes between the Maxillant and Exooak civilizations. The territorial disputes had escalated into skirmishes and armed conflict before a treaty was signed. B67A offered to support implementation of this treaty by dispatching combat droids.
The appearance of the combat machines, their dominant posture and the perfection with which they executed tasks not only enforced the truce but also intimidated both the Maxillants and the Exooaks. The media on both sides agreed they had never seen anything as frightening as the war robots from B67A.
Even this move by the IIA was seen as a legacy and tribute to its founder Garash, who once said, “We need to show our more populous neighbors, in a very clear and determined way, where we stand in comparison to them. Ideally, we shouldn’t aim to crush their lives. Taking lives would embolden their spirits and fuel their hatred. We should aim to be more sophisticated than that. Instead of crushing lives, we should crush their egos. Then, we can climb the shards to a pedestal of power.”
Your neighborhood villain.