Two distinct groups control the Terran Government:
The Parliamentary Government, called The Terran
Alliance, and The Four Houses.
The Terran Alliance
Although the Terran Alliance is responsible for
the main political duties such as laws, military
presence, infrastructure development, negotiations
and treaty signings, it is often considered to be
more of a ceremonial presence than a ruling power.
Large galas, military parades and grandiose speeches
are all the responsibility of the Terran Alliance.
The Terran Alliance operates as a Parliamentary
system replete with a Prime Minister and governmental
officials serving as members of Parliament. Parliament
incorporates several Ministries within the organization
including a Defense Ministry and Ministry of Colonial
Affairs. The majority of Parliament members belong
to either the conservative Centrist Party or the
liberal Expansionist Party, though a few members
may belong to one of the lesser renowned (and financed)
The Four Houses
While members of Parliament are kissing babies and shaking
hands, the real governmental power resides within The
The Four Houses are comprised from the four largest corporate
entities in the Terran Society. It may be trite to say
'Money is Power' but it happens to be true in the case
of the Four Houses. Every Terran, including members of
Parliament, is aligned with one of these Four Houses and
this allegiance is expressed with logos and purchases.
What you buy, where you live and even whom you associate
with are all representative of which House you have chosen
to be aligned with. The two largest, ergo wealthiest,
Houses are InfinitiCorp - House MacGregor and The Good
Earth Trading Company (GETCo)-House Naverre. Rounding
out the remaining major houses are Tadakastu-Obata (Tada-O)
- House Tadakatsu-Obata and The Triad Intergroup Consortium
- House Orsini. There are also many Minor Houses but most
of these are at least marginally affiliated with the Major
It is not hard to imagine that tension is great and relationships
are strained between each of the Houses and Parliament.
The political system is rife with potential for corruption
and espionage within the Terran governmental structure.
However the Terran Government remains in unison towards
any perceived threat against the populace and the Terrans'
way of life. When it comes to Nationalism, this government
stands as one.