|“||Laconia is Mars. The Martian ideal taken to the next level||”|
| — Winston Duarte|
in Persepolis Rising
The Empire of Laconia is a sovereign authoritarian colonial empire that encompasses the totality of human-controlled star systems, spreading across 1,000 light-years.
It was was formed as an despotic state, and developed into a massive colonial empire.
Breakaway Martian fleet Edit
Knowing that the colonization of the worlds beyond the Ring gates would lead to economic disaster for Mars an MCRN Admiral Winston Duarte in secret organized a succession from the Martian Congressional Republic by a significant proportion of its Fleets to a recently surveyed system Laconia. In this system an MCRN probe had discovered Laconia station; a Ring Builder shipyard in which human ships could be upgraded and new vessels made of technologically superior materials made. The existence of this station was not heavily known of by even the MCR government and Duarte was able to keep it a secret known only to people loyal to him.
Breaking off from the Martian Congressional Republic would not be easy to achieve ordinarily so Duarte contacted various more radical factions of the Outer Planets Alliance including the Marco Inaros faction in order to secretly supply them with numerous smaller MCRN ships with which to launch a Belter war against the Sol powers. This war would allow ships loyal to Duarte to move towards the Slow Zone uncontested.
Up to a third of the entire MCRN fleet including the Donnager-class battleship Barkeith joined this First fleet. The Barkeith however would not make it into the Laconia system as it was destroyed in a Ring gate anomaly.
Full article: Free Navy ConflictWith the establishment of the Free Navy and the defected MCRN forces now in the Laconia system. Winston Duarte proceeded to establish a new government on the planet Laconia with himself as High Consul. The shipyard Laconia station was already functioning and within months the first ship from it the Proteus was launched. This ship was used to transport rail guns to the Slow Zone where they were installed onto Ring Station to ensure the Free Navy could hold onto the Slow Zone for as long as possible before the Sol powers would enviably retake it.
When the Free Navy forces were defeated the newly Formed Empire of Laconia had a repeating broadcast sent through the Laconia gate warning all ships not to enter or be destroyed. All probes sent through in the following years were disabled or destroyed.
Isolation Period Edit
For three decades, the empire developed from a police state solely in the Laconia system and consisting only of those residents. The police state itself usurped control from the research settlement present before the arrival of Duarte's breakaway Martian fleet. For thirty years, ingress and egress through the Laconia ring gate was prohibited and a veil of secrecy was enforced.
Laconia-Sol Conflict Edit
Full article: Laconia-Sol ConflictThis Empire was fully realized when the Heart of the Tempest, under the command of High Admiral Anton Trejo, defeated the forces of the Earth-Mars Coalition and the Transport Union at the Battle of Point Leuctra.
Human empire realized Edit
The Congress of Planets was reformed under the orders of High Consul Winston Duarte as the Laconian Congress. The Laconian Empire effectively consists of the entirety of humanity but is regarded primarily as the authority within the Laconian system.
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