Stars Without Number
The Flower Union was originally cemented by a firm belief in the Way of Teotl; the idea that the ancient Aztec religion was correct in its essentials and that its practice was vital for the development of a strong and vibrant Far Aztlan culture. Centuries of theological development and cultural drift had rendered the creed unrecognizable to the ancients, perhaps, but it had a living warmth to the people of Far Aztlan. Blood sacrifice had been abandoned from the start, replaced by the sacrifice and submission of their metaphorical hearts, their will to do good and act nobly toward the universe. The numerous Aztec gods were each viewed as “paths” to the greatness of the divine mystery and their rites and ceremonies were counted as ancient ways to purify the soul and focus the believer’s resolve on their spiritual improvement.
Following the Scream, the Union has been locked in civil war with the more violent and traditional Burning Mirror Compact. The Union controls the worlds of Coatlan, Octlan, and Tlapan, but the buffer planet of Tecalco has been contested hotly for centuries. Some believed that the Union was too soft, and its power too decentralized, to ultimately prevail in this conflict. But however relaxed and republican the civilians of the Union may be, their soldiers follow strict discipline. With the increase in production of tech 4 goods, over the past half century, the Union has refurbished the ancient Mixcoac shipyards. Many hope that the shipyards, run by a pre-tech AI, will provide the means to finally end this long war and restore gentility and decency to the worlds now claimed by the barbaric Burning Mirror Compact.