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Pact Worlds
The Pact Worlds.
(Organization)
Type Interplanetary government
Scope Pact Worlds system
Members Eox, Verces, other Pact Worlds system planets
Images of Pact Worlds

Source: Core Rulebook, pg(s). 428-460
This article covers the governmental entity. For the solar system, see Pact Worlds system.

The Pact Worlds are an interplanetary government in the Pact Worlds system. Formed in 41 AG by the Absalom Pact in response to the Veskarium's aggression toward the Golarion System, the Pact Worlds bind all worlds in the system in a mutual defense and governance agreement.[1][2]

History

See also: Absalom Pact

The Pact was created five years after the Battle of Aledra, a vesk ambush of the Triaxian city of Aledra. Concerned that the disparate worlds of the Golarion System could not defend itself against the Veskarium, officials from Absalom Station, Castrovel, and Verces proposed a system-wide alliance based on Verces's multilateral Ring of Nations government. Eox quickly agreed to the plan, and the remaining worlds soon fell in line.[2]

Members

See also: Category:Pact Worlds/Members and Category:Pact Worlds/Protectorates

All planets in the Pact Worlds system are members, though not all are considered full members. With few exceptions, such as independent Arkanen, moons are considered part of their parent planet. Planets and bodies with limited civilization, such as Aucturn and Liavara, are considered protectorates with non-voting representatives and limited autonomy.

Likewise, some non-planets have gained full member status. The united Diaspora is a full member, as is the kasathan worldship Idari.

Corporations and religious organizations are not full members, but many actively lobby and advocate their causes to voting members.[3]

Structure

Each world in the Pact retains its own independent government, making the Pact Worlds a confederation rather than a fully unified system government.[3]

Pact Council

The Pact Council, based in the Plenara on Absalom Station, is a representative council of delegates allocated proportionally by each member's sentient population. The council directly votes on most issues. The Directorate, a body of five elected delegates with 2-year terms and the Director-General of the Stewards as an indefinite-termed sixth member, decides issues that the council is unable to rule upon due to legislative deadlock.[3]

Powers and enforcement

The Pact grants some rights universally to sentient beings, and additional rights to citizens of the Pact Worlds, but other matters of law are left to its members to manage. The Pact's members ultimately retain their sovereignty.[3]

Trade

The Pact regulates trade between worlds.[3]

Defense

The Pact mandates mutual defense of the Pact Worlds against extrasolar threats.[3]

Law enforcement

Interplanetary Pact Worlds policies are enforced by the Stewards, who also serve as diplomats between the member governments. Local laws are enforced by governments on member planets.[2]

Extrasolar protectorates

The government claims no authority over worlds outside of the Pact Worlds system unless they request it and are granted protectorate status by the members.[3]

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