As it renews its Peace Festivals edict to celebrate 75 years of non-violence, the Tokaa Commonwealth faces a different problem among its leaders – boredom.
With a few exceptions, the isolated xenophobic republic’s constitution forbids engaging in diplomacy with alien empires, cutting it off form the labyrinthine negotiations and cutthroat politics of the galactic stage. In addition, getting approval for an offensive war is virtually impossible because it requires a major change in Tokaa policy that would upset the nation’s various factions and risk lowering pop approval below 100%.
As a result, the government’s main role is to deal with internal matters, such as maintaining the economy and infrastructure. However, that requires relatively little effort, leaving leaders with nothing to do most of the time.
First Speaker Fang Sha told Xenonion News:
“The most exciting thing I got to do this term was sign off on a round of infrastructure upgrades after waiting several months to get enough minerals. Everyone in the Commonwealth is living in utopian abundance, but I just feel empty inside. Sometimes I wish I was out there, crusading against fanatic purifiers or forming federations.”
To cope with these feelings, Fang says she turned to Zro, a common pursuit among bored Tokaa government officials.
All types of Tokaa leaders say they feel the same. Due to the extended period of peace, the Commonwealth’s admirals and generals have not seen any action within their lifetimes. They are stuck at level one, parking their fleets and armies in orbit around their home star. In a way, they are cursed by their own success – their navy is powerful enough to deter any potential invaders.
In addition, other empires have closed their borders to the Tokaa in retaliation to their closed borders policy, and as a result Tokaa scientists are unable to explore the galaxy outside their borders.
Chang Suli, a Tokaa scientist with the Carefree trait told Xenonion News:
“Every day I dream about investigating the Insidious Sniran, but it’s locked away in some other empire. Even my great grandparents dreamed of seeing them, but none of us have ever had a chance. We just wanted to be left alone in peace, but we didn’t realize it would be so boring.”
Chang, unlike most of his colleagues, did not become a substance abuser. Instead, he investigates the mysterious L-gate in the Maw of Ebony system in his spare time, and he says he’s pretty close to figuring it out.