Republic of Beowulf
Home Planet Beowulf
Capital Columbia
Head of Government Chairman
Senior Military Commander Chief of Naval Operations
Executive Branch Board of Directors
Legislative Branch Chamber of Shareholders
Chamber of Professions
Military System-Defense Force
Marine Corps
Population Several billion

The Republic of Beowulf was a small star nation and a founding member of the Solarian League. It consisted of the Sigma Draconis System and its planets, most importantly Beowulf, one of the first human colonies in outer space.

History Edit

In 1246 PD, scientists on the planet developed the gravitic impeller drive. (HH1) Beowulf provided substantially to the aid Old Earth received in the aftermath of the Final War, involving the genetic supermen developed in Ukraine.

Allison Chou was a native of the planet. (HH2) She met Alfred Harrington while he attended Semmelweiss University on Beowulf and accompanied him back to Manticore when he returned to duty with the Royal Manticoran Navy. (HH7)

Society and Culture Edit

Beowulf society generally had a much more relaxed view towards sexuality than most other societies of the Diaspora. They were regarded with some alarm by the more conservative, and with positive horror by the most conservative; many Beowulfans, like Allison Chou Harrington, took some enjoyment in twitting the more staid. Many of Beowulf's original settlers were of Oriental extraction and had arrived there as part of the earliest colonization efforts to leave Earth. One of the oldest colonies established by humanity, Beowulf had been the source of many colonial expeditions itself throughout its history. (HH3)

For nearly its entire existence, Beowulf was among the most medically advanced – if not the most advanced, planets in the explored galaxy. Its most significant competition at the leading edge of medical research and practice was Old Earth itself, Mesa (founded by a renegade from Beowulf, Leonard Detweiler), and the Star Kingdom of Manticore, which was very 'close' to Beowulf (in transit time, due to the Manticore Wormhole Junction) and benefited therefrom.

Mesa's connection with assorted criminality, especially the genetic slave trade carried on by Manpower Incorporated, was a very long standing cause of conflict between Mesa and Beowulf. Beowulf had led an ethical movement in medical genetics, being primarily responsible for the Beowulf Code and the Cherwell Convention. Its government also maintained a covert, but highly skilled, military organization called the Biological Survey Corps, whose purpose was opposition to the genetic slave trade and to Mesan activities in general. (CS2)

Beowulfans did not believe in fetal tubing, and preferred to carry their children to terms naturally whenever possible.

Beowulfans were the ones who came up with the various prolong treatments used to let humans live up to several centuries, assuming no other health problems, by way of telling certain methyl groups in a person's cells to work differently for that span of time. (HH4)

Government Edit

Beowulf's government was a representative elective oligarchy governed by a Board of Directors. (HH8)

In 1922 PD, the Directors were:

The legislative branch of the government was divided into the Chamber of Shareholders and the Chamber of Professions. (HH13)

The capital city was Columbia. (CS2)

Military Edit

Beowulf's main military branch was the Beowulf System-Defense Force, whose ships were also manned with Beowulf Marines. (HH12, HHA5.3: LD)

Another branch was the Biological Survey Corps, which officially conducted civilian survey missions, but was in fact a military force created to fight genetic slavery and the slavers of Mesa. (CS2)

Notes and References Edit

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