MedHammer 40,000 Ultramar
|Royum of Ultramar|
High Ultramari, High Gothic, Espandori, Konor Technical Dialect
Small-Medium sized segmentum
|Head of State||
The Regency Council, The Dauphin of Ultramar
|Head of Government||
Migrant Armada (During The Great Treachery)
Founded in Exile, and refounded during the Ultramari Crusade of M33, the Realm of Ultramar has far exceeded the "500 Realms" of Gulliman's founding and at its height covers much of the South West of the Ultima Segmentum. The region is internally fractious and is covered with squabbling noble princes, Mark II clad spiritual warriors, Religiously blessed pilgrims, and Imperial "Advisory Corps."
- 1 Differences from Vanilla
- 2 Government
- 3 Imperial Presence
- 3.1 Imperial "Consulates"
- 3.2 Regency Representatives
- 3.3 High Lords Representatives
- 3.4 Segmentarch Representatives
- 3.5 Other Imperial Presences
- 4 Militaries
Differences from Vanilla
In Vanilla Warhammer 40,000, The 500 worlds of Ultramar are depicted as the most well goverened region of the imperium. Free from the brutal authoritarian control of The High Lords, and protected by the overly glorious and plot armor protected ultramarines. In midhammer, Ultramar is territorially much larger, and is a much less idyllic place. Conditions in the Imperium varry by the primarch governing them, but here ultramar is an autonomous basket case. Midhammer Ultramar is a cross between the Bretonnians of Warhammer fantasy and The Vanilla Imperium. Much of the work Roboute Gulliman put into administration and governance was lost during the Desolation of Lorgar and subsequent Reign of Darkness. Following Ultramar's Reconquest, the beauty and majesty of this realm was forever desecrated by the cultists and demonic forces of The Ruinous powers. Ultramar is an impoverished schizophrenic state where every single leader, noble, bishop, has its own army only loosely bound by the rules of religion and chivalry. The actual government is headed by a corrupt aristocracy while the actual affairs of the state are managed by the Aurelian Cult (MidHammer's Ecclesiarchy), spymasters (Vigil Ordinatii), and Noble militaries. The Divine Aurelian and The Queen Mother regularly interact within the Realm with pilgrims seeking the favor of the queen mother's favor, in the hopes of becoming Living Saints or Charismateurs (Grail Knights/Demonic Champions). The upside to all of these squabbling governments and petty armies is that The Realm is stable in its instability. While often incapable of mounting an offense, the number of small armies and warrior culture has proven to be a formidable opponent to the T'au Imperium, who have learned the hard way that conquering an Ultramari world is only the beginning of the battle, and often the prelude to a reconquest. When the Ultramari forces are able to mount an offense (usually at the behest of a Great Religious figure, or the Primarchs) the results have been spectacular, as a civilization that has no concept of peace, only varrying stages of war, gets the chance to display the courage and honor worthy of its great father.
The Governing body of The realm of Ultramar, though to say that they don't so much govern as much as they do "strongly advise." The Council is composed of the major political forces of the Realm, and primarily govern the "Grand Army of Ultramar", collect tributes of the Vassals, as well as control the Vigil Opertii.
- The Steward
- Leader of the Ultramari Realm. Position is inherited.
- Aurelian Cult Nuncios
- 11 of the 13 Spiritual Lieges (ie all but Holy Terra and SUEU) have representatives on the council.
- The Macragge Estates
- Descendants of the Maccragge Migrant Fleet, the founders of the New Ultramar, the head noble houses or "Captains" all have positions on the Council.
- Oeuil D'Ultramar and Adobers
- The public head of the Vigil Opertii, he along with each publicly known branch of the Realm has a "Adober" seat on the council. The Vigil operti has a disproportionate sway in the council and often encourage them to focus on the particular interests in the vigil at the time.
The Estates are the many noble houses of Macragge. The Estates represent the basic political unit of Ultramari Politics.
The Planetary Nobles, Titanicus orders, and other Great houses. These are the most illustrious families of Ultramar who run entire continents as though they were personal property.
Though not landed, the Maccragge estates are considered to be houses of the most noble birth in Ultramar. Their most blessed ancestors were from the Macragge of the Primarch himself. From the refugee fleet that was sent out during the Desolation of Lorgar, these individuals were the first to fight against the neverborne, bore witness to the Ascension of The Queen Mother, and rebuilt The Ultramari realm during their many great crusades. The Nobility of The Macragge Estates take on the name of their ancestor's vessel. Each of the Vessels' descendents (who can prove no less than 1/8 descent from the house are considered part of the "Manifest" (a sort of noble clan). The Manifests each have their own method of appointing Captains who then manage The House affairs.
Though being part of the Macragge estates does not garuntee an individual wealth and privilege, it certainly helps, and it offers numerous advantages including the sponsorship and protection of the Captaincy of the manifest. Members of a manifest are considered to be part of a separate government in Ultramar, and often the nobility and planetary governors have little control over members.
The Estate folk speak an archaic, and carefully maintained culture, often working to ensure that Maccragge's way of Life before the desolation is maintained.
There have, on occasion, been certain individuals blessed by the Aurelian to lead Ultramar in their time of need. These men and women are "The Dauphin" blessed with the Lord and Mother's own gifts for administration and holy power. When these leaders come Ultramar roars to life and suddenly the anarchic destitute realm rises above its squalor and begins its walk to greatness. When such leaders come to power their authority within Ultramar is all but absolute. There has not been such a being in Ultramar for thousands of years however.
Though the Realm of Ultramar is an "independent ally" of the Imperium by terms of treaty, it is in many ways more closely linked to the Imperium than its rival subject state, the also nominally independent Adeptus Mechanicus. While the Mechanicus is a begrudging servant of the imperium tied by economic and military dependence, the Royum Ultramar is for the most part militarily independent. The Ultramar Realm more closely bound on a cultural, institutional, and religious level than the Mechanicus. The imperium's presence is felt through its joint institutions with Ultramar, particularly the Codex Astartes chapters, who have a outsized presence in the region. Most major systems of Ultramar have some sort of Imperial presence.
Magna Terra and most of major planets of the Imperium of Man keep Embassies and consulates in Royum Ultramar. These Embassies and Consulates are massive complexes, and are cultural and commercial hubs in their own right. Many of the Major Governors, System Administrators, Rogue Traders, and other organizations will charge the Imperium handsomely for privileged space in these embassies and consulates. Thus Space in these embassies serves as an additional source of revenue for the High Lords. These sums, while unfathomably large to most Ultramari, are little more than drop in the bucket of Imperial Largesse. It's not a source of revenue for the High Lords obviously, but its still important because these resources can fund regional activities in Ultramar. They are also funds that are set and collected by the local officials, so these fees are personally lucrative for the Embassy officials.
The residents of the Embassy can then use the extravagant and decadent embassy as a tool for the bribing and consorting with major Ultramari Officials. The Embassy of Espandor and the Saramanth Consulate are practically large citties where Wealthy Ultramari go to attend extravagant banquets and balls, as well as to shop the exotic wares of The Imperium. Outside the Walls of the Embassy are those impassioned and zealous Sisters and Fratres of the Aurelian Cult decrying the extravagance and avarice of these entering, perhpas unaware that their Spiritual Liege is likely inside.
- The Mechanicus
- Mars maintains its own Embassy on Saramanth. Their main points are acquiring ancient archeotech and crusade era tech from Gulliman's reign, as well as
squabbling with the Royum Ultramar and the Imperial Embassy over the growth and prominence of the Heretical Aurelian Mechanicus.
- Holy Terra
- Maintains a Legate on Laphis, there to remain involved in ecclesiastical affairs, as well as serve as The Aurelian Cult's backdoor channel into the High Lords.
- Grand Macharia
- Keeps an Embassy on Sotha, affairs mostly involve the Hostvanstauffen Mercentile Empire, but also recently have been supplying Troops and supplies as the T'au war intensifies.
A portion of the Embassy is devoted to the Regency Cathedral, this magnificent complex is dedicated as a Seat for the Emperor of Mankind. Given that the Emperor is otherwise occupied, this portion is used by the Regency Council. The involvement the Primarch Council has with Ultramar fluctuates with the Interests of the Primarchs themselves. Occassionally when they see fit to grace their presence to the region they will involve themselves with the region. Prior to the rise of the T'au, the region of Ultramar was considered little more than a provincial backwater, and the Primarch's primary interest was in ensuring the Tithes from Ultramar are acquired for their campaigns.
Primarch Council interest in the Region
- Magnus the Red
- Has never actually stepped foot in Ultramar, but has selected representatives both to work will Bellasarius Cawl and to investigate the efforts to remove the taint of chaos from the region. Artifacts from the Dark Reign are of particular interest to Magnus, and will fetch a high price for opportunistic scavengers.
- Despite Fulgrim's noted contempt of Gulliman during his lifetime, Fulgrim has taken a suprising interest in Gulliman's former kingdom. Does he feel guilty about Gulliman's fate? Does he enjoy watching a chaotic, proud, and impassioned culture grow out the cracks and ruins of Gulliman's clean stoic utopia? Does he find Gulliman a more enjoyable person as a dead god, then a living brother? Does Ultramar represent a safe test subject for his experiments in terraforming? Or does Ultramar represent the "Gateway to The East," the departure point before he and his brother explore the uncharted stars of the Galactic East?
- Whatever the Reason Fulgrim and Ferrus Manus are regular visitors to Ultramar, and have aided in the terraforming and repair of several destroyed planets. Most notably was his terraforming of Calth, providing the death world with a functional atmosphere.
- Konrad Curze
- The arrival of the Emperor's Condemnation is seldom welcomed, but on occasion the Lord of Night has come to Ultramar to track down some great bringer of injustice. The people of Ultramar are only too eager to help him, as the sooner he finds what he is looking for, the sooner he leaves.
- Unbenowest to many, he often comes to Ultramar in secret to speak with the Vigilites, or with Oracles to consult his fallen brother regarding the Raven.
- As legiarch, Lupercal has his representatives there to represent his interests in procuring tithed troops and ensuring the quality of the tithes. Horus actually has his own "Consulate" on Quintem. Quintem forms a training ground and organizing ground where the Imperial Trilleurs are staged, organized and inspected before Joining the Imperium's campaigns.
- Like much of the Empire, Lupercal's interest in the region has expanded as the T'au and Tyrranic wars became more intense.
- Sanguinius has at times made tours of Ultramar, to the fawning adoration of its many denizens. However his interest in the region is minuscule.
- Jaghatai Khan
- An unoffical ambassador of the Imperium, Jaghatai Khan frequents Ultramar the most of any primarchs. He often aids the Realm in pirates, chaotic incursions, and ork incursions. Additionally as Official Keeper of the Codex, he is often meeting with the Sons of Gulliman to resolve issues or disputes arising among the chapters.
Despite being Ultramari in origin, and usually hailing from Ultramari Armies, the Trillileurs represents the Imperium's greatest presence in the Realm of Ultramar. Officially headquartered on the Desert World of Tarentus, the Ultramari Tillileurs are on occasion used by the Imperium to represent their authority in the region. Recruitment into the Trilileurs is handled by the Maquis who answers to a representative of The Legiarch, Horus Lupercal. The Maquis, despite being an Ultramari Official acts with the approval of the Imperium, and as such is authorized to act in the interest of providing quality troops to the Imperium's front lines.
Macragge Memorial Fleet
High Lords Representatives
The High Lords of Terra maintain a permanent presence within the Espandor Embassy, the High Lords have several interests to maintain in Ultramar, which include but are not limited to.
- Cultural Soft Power
- The High Lords want it to be clear to The Nobles, Priests, and People of Ultramar that Terra, and indeed, all of the segmentum solar is culturally superior to Ultramar. Ambassadors to the High Lords host lavish events, ceremonies, jousts, dances, and balls to ensure that the High Lord Ambassador is always on good standing with the leaders of Ultramar, and that their leadership pays homage to the superiority of Terra.
- Segmentum Solar
- The regions between Segmentum Solar and Ultramar are a nebulous and ever-shifting border land. Secure trade lanes free from ork infestations and piracy is crucial for the lifeline of troops and tithes comming from ultramar. Additionally many regions of the Solar Segmentum survive on the trade routes coming from ultramar.
- Codex Chapters
By treaty of The Council of Terra, the Codex Astartes Chapters are Jointly managed by both The High Lords of Terra and The Leadership of Ultramar. Consequently control of deployment, creation, and regulation of these Codex Chapters is an important point of business.
- Religious Affairs
- Whether the High Lords of Terra like it or not, the Ultramar-rooted Aurelian Cult has a strong following in the Segmentum Solar, and as such religious disputes ultimately come back to Ultramar.
At the Embassy, there is an ambassador to The Lord Gulliman who oversees The Codex Chapters who are present in Ultramar.
Though technically they are governed by the High Lords of Terra, the Segmentarchs have significant autonomy, and those that border the Realm of Ultramar, often have their own Business to attend to.
Vulkan of The Ultima Segmentum
Despite many of the other institutions having a presence on Ultramar, Vulkan and his Ultima Segmentum is often a more relevant and real face of the Imperium. The High Lords of Terra are some distant fasion icons that all the upper-crust like to dine in the name of, the Emperor is important, but is distant and almost mythical. And most of the Primarchs are legendary figures of history and idols to be praised in official ceremony. It is Vulkan who is considered to be a true leader of the Imperium, and his interests represent imperial interests. As Segmentarch of the Ultima Segmentum, Vulkan and Ultramar share a large border, and several mutual enemies.
Dorn of Segmentum Tempestus
Despite Sharing a border with The Tempestus Segmentum, very little is known about it. Stories of traders come back with haunting tales of large terrifying structures, tyrannids, necrons, and war without valor. The Dorn keeps no permanent embassy space. When he needs something from the Realm (supplies, resources, talent, troops) he will work with one of his Chapters. Particularly the Soul Drinkers Chapter whose Fortress Monastery is in Ultramar.
Other Imperial Presences
By the 41st Mellenium it was becomming clear to the Imperium that T'au War and Tyrranids were far greater threats than chaos was. As such, Ultramar, being on the forefront of both, has been recieving troops and support from the farthest reaches of the imperium. The Tallarn and Macharian Fleets as well as the Kroot nations have begun to appear with more frequency within ultramar.
Ultramar is a heavily decentralized realm, and there are as many militaries as their are planets, nobles, and churches. Though most are negligable, the diversity of Ultramar has led to the rise of some truly exceptional, if not small, forces. These forces are regularlly called by Ultramar to defend against external threats as well as contributions to the Imperial tithes through the Trillieurs.