The PAGAN congregation is a religious organisation devoted to the development, increased reliance and optimisation of technology to enhance life and safeguard our own and allied assets. Founded in the late twenty first century PAGAN has evolved over the centuries from an ambitious and naive environmental movement, into a fully developed and recognised religious organisation within the UEE.
The PAGAN congregation is encouraged to undertake any such activity which may in it’s course, encourage the use of, or reliance on technology. As the history of many species has proven, only technology can free us from constraints placed upon us by our bodies and allow us to pursue our dreams.
We expect that all members will be respectful of fellow members roleplay even if they themselves are not actively participating, this applies to all communications networks, both internal and external.
PAGAN considers itself neutral to all factions, with the exception of those who seek to undermine it’s fundamental goal by disrupting the distribution and development of technology, the sale of advanced goods and the murder of it’s congregation.
The Inner Circle prefers legal activity to be undertaken by the congregation, however, it will not condemn illegal actions as immoral if those actions further the advancement of the organisations goals or help to safe guard the organisations assets.
The congregation are asked to aid one another whenever possible. The following behaviour will not be tolerated between PAGAN members unless approved in advance by the Inner Circle.
- Treacherous behaviour
- Blood feuds
Details surrounding the formation of PAGAN have been lost over the centuries, attributable mostly to the secretive nature of the organisation during its formative years and the illegality of membership for a large portion of it’s existence. The two most commonly held theories are that the enlightenment and the dark winter contributed hugely and details on these theories are available later in this document.
What little the two theories largely agree on, is that at some point before the year 2000 as society became increasingly reliant on technology, a group of individuals devoted themselves to accelerating this reliance in the hope that by demonstrating the benefits, that the negative events that had blighted the world for centuries such as war and famine could be reduced. Society was not yet enlightened enough at this point, the venture failed and the group fractured into several competing factions.
It is commonly speculated that there was a brief blood-letting between the organisations with resulted inSANCTA being formed however this cannot be confirmed.
PAGAN would later emerge from SANCTA but does not hold the lofty ambitions as it’s predecessor, at least publicly.
Pre 2000 A source group forms and after a few tumultuous years splits into several competing factions, one of which – SANCTA, would ultimately be the only survivor. It is not known if SANCTA is an acronym for something else.
2125 Four SANCTA scientists based on Mars perish in the Great Mars Tragedy.
2436 Seventy one SANCTA members are discovered within the military and executed for treason by The United Nations of Earth (UNE). This loss of membership triggered a paradigm shift within the organisation and is often referred to by PAGAN Guides as The Red-Breath. The origin of the name is unknown, but is assumed by many to indicate a change in the leadership of the organisation and hint at it being a dramatic and bloody event.
SANCTA is declared a terrorist organisation and outlawed by the international community much to the delight of established mainstream religions.
2439 SANCTA re-brands itself and PAGAN is born, the newly branded organisation announces that it is a religion based upon the use of technology for the common good and publicly apologises for the actions of it’s members within the military. Mainstream religions lambaste the organisation for it’s apparent lack of moral compass and refuse to acknowledge it as a religion. PAGAN responds by stating that it is a new religion free from the old repressive forms of worship. This would be the last public statement from the organisation for several years. Media reports from the era state that the change in name has not affected it’s official terrorist status and membership of PAGAN, as with SANCTA is illegal regardless of UNE religious freedom laws.
2440 Dr. Michael F. Soro, a prominent aero-robotics specialist is exposed as a PAGAN Agent and sentenced to life in prison, commuted from the death sentence for confessing to charges of espionage. He dies shortly after sentencing, apparently hanging himself in his cell.
Following Soro’s death PAGAN halts all public meetings, recruitment and closes all public buildings. The organisation essentially publicly shuts down.
2538 PAGAN resurfaces in the media with rumours of trading information with the Xi’An Empire. The organisation has never publicly responded to the accusation.
2543 Eleven women and six men imprisoned following closed door trials, allegedly all fifteen are members ofPAGAN. Officially the charges are espionage and terrorism, however it is never confirmed whom the alleged PAGAN members were spying for or what terrorist activities they have participated in.
2544 The media reports that three of the members imprisoned have died during an escape attempt from the Jupiter Orbital Supermax (JOS) where they were being held. United Planets of Earth (UPE) officials later divulge that Martin Long, Li Yuen Ren and Cai Xitao died along with 17 other inmates when the life support in their cells failed.
No official investigation is held into the incident.
2549 The remaining twelve prisoners alleged to be members of PAGAN are released from prison, no reason for the pardons is given. The media reports that a deal has been brokered between the United Empire of Earth (UEE) and PAGAN leadership, this is never publicly acknowledged by either side.
2601 Membership of PAGAN is decriminalised and the organisation removed from the list of terrorist organisations. Media speculation around a possible United Empire of Earth (UEE) / PAGAN deal is frenzied but both sides deny any involvement or deal with the military simply stating that is sees the organisation as non-threatening to life or property of UEE citizens.
2602 PAGAN donates vast sums to targeted non-governmental organisations, excluding any with ties to the mainstream religions. The first public announcement from the PAGAN leadership in decades states that it wishes the money to go to enhancing the lives of ordinary citizens and driving forward advancement in food and medicinal technology.
2609 PAGAN becomes the first human-origin religious order to be publicly acknowledged, if not approved of, by the Banu.
2611 United Empire of Earth (UEE) adds PAGAN to it’s the register of faith based organisations (RoTBO) with no registered complaint from the established mainstream religions, however the UEE continues it’s tradition of not formally recognising the new religion. It has been 172 years after PAGAN declared itself to be a religious organisation and around 636 years since the organisation was founded.
Despite increased media attention, the PAGAN leadership refuse to step into the limelight and continue to supply statements through partner organisations and it’s own PAGAN Ambassadors. The leadership also refuse to divulge any information regarding the membership or activities undertaken during the years the organisation was outlawed stating that those days are past and we must look forward.
General media of the era declare that PAGAN has blackmailed and bribed it’s way to legitimacy but the leadership flatly refuses to respond to the accusations.
2639 PAGAN is publicly linked to terraforming research, the organisation denies any wrongdoing, stating that it is only looking for ways to turn dead worlds, into thriving ones.
Dr. Morvin Suun, one of the UEE’s top scientists alleges that PAGAN have attempted to terraform a world which was already inhabitable. In response PAGAN release footage of the terraforming attempt along with all research documentation declaring that the organisation would rather give the research away, than be accused of illegality. Dr Suun later joins the PAGAN Terraforming Research Project.
2640 PAGAN submits a request to UUE to terraform one of the near abandoned Tevarin planets. The scientific community brand this as short sighted and immoral, pointing out that sentient beings already inhabit the planet. PAGAN responds by stating that the planet could be enhanced and stabilised geologically by use of advanced terraforming techniques.
UPE rejects the idea, stating that the Tevarin are an unpredictable race who are likely to be offended by the plan which would destroy several sites of special interest to the Tevarin.
2645 PAGAN Ambassador Isabella King makes a public announcement that Dr. Morvin Suun has died in an accident on Europa, after an apparently airlock failure on his shuttle. Three other personnel are reported to have died, but their names are not publicly disclosed.
2648 Ambassador King is called as a witness in a fraud trial, whilst under oath she divulges that non-humans are welcome within PAGAN and than she is a senior member of the organisation with real decision making power.
2684 Over twenty PAGAN members are rumoured by the media to have been captured by The Vanduul during a trade mission by the organisation, allegedly for peaceful research purposes. The Vanduul release all but one of them within a month, keeping Ambassador King as a guest.
2687 After nearly three years as guest of the Vanduul, Isabella King returns unharmed to her home on Mars, she apparently retires from her duties within PAGAN by the end of the year.