One of a number of small empires to develop following the break-up of the ComEmp, the Capellan Federation has been luckier than most, continuing to the present time.
Part of this success has been due to the efforts of the local hyperturings, which have skilfully manipulated the ruling Houses and Clades of Capella, and at the same time been careful not to antagonize any of the big powers. The official birth of the Capellan Federation occurred in 5404 when Hyperturing So Ba Lon managed to draw nine local hyperturing gods and their polities together with the promise of special trade and investment deals e had organized in the Carina Sector.
Known as The Ten, over the next few centuries they managed to make territorial gains through friendly offers to local non-Capellan polities, gradually incorporating them, as well as undermining all transapient opponents at home. When some local Houses refused to go along with The Ten, they were undermined and a number of new clades brought in to take their place. For the most part however, the lot of the sophonts and SI:1 intelligences has been a pleasant one, and the Federation has become a popular centre for banking, investment, and data-storage. Currently the Families Yton and Hazwic constitute the major proxies, although there has been some manoeuvring among some of the New Houses in the area, apparently with tacit approval from the Ten.
During the Refutology Wars, and especially during the Byrdis conflict, the Capellan Federation lost a number of important outlying polities to the Dominion and the Terragen Federation. The polities of New Moscow and Sana-Nuiceres went over to the Fomacs, and the Democratic Union of Wickrasingh seceded. However, the ruling hyperturings have been nothing if not flexible, and have been able to recover the stability of their client worlds through a rigorous memetic purge. At present the Federation is once again looking at investment possibilities along the periphery, this time in the Cygexba Outer Volumes.
- Capella (Alpha Aurigae)
- Refutology War - Text by Anders Sandberg
A minor low-violence war between the Refutologists and Faillance 8496-8513, mainly fought among minor Inner Sphere worlds. The Faillance was a trade-prognosis cartel culture that had emerged during the fragmentation of the ComEmp. As a counter to its growing influence were the Refutologists, skeptics and analysts of competing trade cultures. Among a number of minor worlds their conflict escalated due to memetic manipulation into full-scale proxy war (on the major worlds local governments had no problems preventing such conflicts). The war led to the breakup of Faillance (and the few formal Refutologist cartels) due to economic sanctions; the resulting Faillantau either dissolved over time or became minor local government religions.