Chapter XXXIV: European Union

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European Union:

Establishment Date: November 1, 1993

Bond: Alliance, Union

Governing System: Federal Republic/Confederation

The European Union, a former European organization, established itself as an actual confederation when the Unknowns invaded Earth in 2012. The EU consists of sovereign states, which have the ability to govern and elect within their own state/nation. However, these countries have to abide by standardized laws set down by the EU. The states of the European Union also have their own government, court, and budgets, but the departments that serve the European Union stands above those governments. Major departments of the European Union consists of the Court of Justice, European Parliament, European Council, and the European Central Bank. The EU president is elected from European Parliament, which consists of 800 seats with unlimited 4-year terms. The EU president can be elected for only three times but in six-year terms. There is also a European Council, which is a gathering of the heads-of-state of the European countries. The EU president holds the same amount of power as the European Council and the European Parliament, meaning that all three of them are represented by one vote in any major bill votings. Major acts and bills that the EU want to pass require at least the concession of two parts out of the three major branches. For a concession in the Parliament and Council, they need to have at least a two-thirds majority. The president can veto any major acts and bills if they are passed, but if the Parliament and Council can each muster up a four-fifths majority, then the bill will pass successfully without any opposition from the president. However, the Court of Justice, which rules the judicial area of the European Union, can also veto any bills that are passed if they find that the bills are unconstitutional,  a powerful tool for anyone allied with it if used properly.

Encompassed Countries: All of Europe except for ones in the Russian Federation and Turkey

Capital: Brussels

Major Players: Germany, UK, France, Austria, Belgium

Standard Currency: Euro

Key Feature: Best Intelligence Network

Military Characteristic: High-Quality Weaponry

The European Union Unified Navy consists of the world's most high-quality weaponry. Although their military technology isn't the most advanced, they only lack behind the United Nation and USNA. The EUUN's capital ships use the philosophy of quality over quantity. However, they do have a wide variety of different ships specializing in different combat situations, making them one of the most well-rounded navies in the world. Furthermore, their high-quality standards mean that their weaponry is more reliable and competitive against other factions. The European Union's military size is comparably smaller than factions like the USNA and Russian Federation, but the Union has higher criteria in standard weaponry and training. Similar to the Russians, the EU's soldiers can fight off large amounts of enemy soldiers with a smaller force. However, the soldiers are more reliant on advanced gear, thus can be easily defeated if their gear malfunctioned or are against physically stronger opponents in CQB combat. The catch is, their gears are one of the world's most reliable, meaning that malfunctions are hard to come by.  

Space Travel: Yes

Special Army Forces: SAS (Special Air Service), PDR (Parachute Dragoon Regiment), KSK (Kommando Spezialkrafte)

The EU's special forces are mostly used in covert operations and HALO insertions far behind enemy lines.

Intelligence Network: ESIS (European Secret Intelligence Service)

The EU prides itself in its intelligence sharing, with the ESIS being the world's best intelligent network. It was rumored that a report sent by an ESIS operator can be in the hands of every representative in the EU in less than eight hours. 

History: The EU was one of the most unaffected factions by the Invasion of the Unknowns, as it had Asia and the Americas as buffers against the Unknowns attacks. The European Union, which started since 1993, was turned into a confederation of sovereign nations to counterbalance the power of the USNA and the new Russian monarchy. At first, there was chaos in the European Union and the list of nations that wanted to join. The goal agreed upon the nations was to turn into a confederation in order to counterbalance and protect Europe from the changing Russian Federation. However, political strife between some nations, especially in the Balkans, forced the EU to focus on maintaining peace within its organizations. This, however, gave its opponent, the Russian Federation, an edge. The Russians were one step ahead of the European Union in terms of strategical strikes, as a surprise attack while the EU was trying to reorganize themselves cost the European Bloc several important nations such as Ukraine and Belarus. Thanks to the UNSC, the EU and Russian Federation were able to successfully negotiate a peace treaty that stopped the Russians from advancing. However, there was no guarantee that an attack wouldn't happen again. Thus, main contributors of the Union, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, decided that the Union states should combine most of their military together in order to have better control over the strategic deployment of troops in order to prevent another attack from foreign factions on European soil. The plan was for all nations to pitch in ninety to ninety-five percent of their military budget into the Union Military. The European Union, already the leading force in technological-advancement-research before the Unknown Invasion, continued their research, whether it was in the field of medicine or weaponry. In order to gain some sort of advantage against other leading factions, the EU decided to focus on researching and manufacturing more technological and advanced weaponry, using the concept of "quality over quantity." Their ships, such as the Leviathan-class Supercarrier, can be comparable to the UNN Victorious, the UN's main flagship. It was the EU who first proposed the Union Fleet to the USNA and the UN, whom both agreed to join and were soon followed by the Russian and Chinese Federations. The EU mostly maintain logistics and repairs for the Union Fleet, as it still doesn't trust Russia enough to lower its border forces.

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