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[[File:Codex ME - Systems Alliance.png|210px|right|The Systems Alliance seal]]The [[Systems Alliance]] is the representative body of [[Earth]] and all [[human]] colonies in [[Citadel]] space. Backed by Earth's most powerful nations, the Alliance has become humanity's military, exploratory, and economic spearhead. While the Alliance is relatively new to the galactic community, it has already made a name for itself, gaining humans an [[embassy]] on the [[Presidium]]. The Alliance is governed by a parliament based at [[Arcturus Station]], which also serves as the Alliance's capital.
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[[File:Systems Alliance Codex Image.jpg|210px|right|The Systems Alliance seal]]
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The [[Systems Alliance]] is the representative body of [[Earth]] and all [[human]] colonies in [[Citadel]] space. Backed by Earth's most powerful nations, the Alliance has become humanity's military, exploratory, and economic spearhead. While the Alliance is relatively new to the galactic community, it has already made a name for itself, gaining humans an [[Embassies|embassy]] on the [[Presidium]]. The Alliance is governed by a parliament based at [[Arcturus Station]], which also serves as the Alliance's capital.
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
 
=== Establishment ===
 
=== Establishment ===
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[[File:Earth Standard.jpg|right|290px|The surface of Earth]]
 
In 2148, a mining team on [[Mars]] made perhaps humanity's greatest discovery. After investigating the "Bermuda Triangle-like" reputation of the southern pole, the team unearthed the subterranean ruins of an ancient [[Prothean|alien]] research station, revealing incontrovertible proof of the existence of alien life. Humanity was no longer alone in the universe.
 
In 2148, a mining team on [[Mars]] made perhaps humanity's greatest discovery. After investigating the "Bermuda Triangle-like" reputation of the southern pole, the team unearthed the subterranean ruins of an ancient [[Prothean|alien]] research station, revealing incontrovertible proof of the existence of alien life. Humanity was no longer alone in the universe.
   
[[File:Earth gmap.png|right|290px|The surface of Earth in 2183]]The impact was profound in all areas of human culture, but nowhere more so than religion. New beliefs sprang up overnight such as the Interventionary Evolutionists, who zealously proclaimed the discovery as proof that all human history had been directed and controlled by [[wikipedia:Ancient astronauts|alien forces]]. Even established religions struggled to explain extraterrestrial life. Some tried to incorporate this new-found knowledge into their dogma, some remained silent, while a few tried to stubbornly deny the evidence found on Mars.
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The impact was profound in all areas of human culture, but nowhere more so than religion. New beliefs sprang up overnight such as the Interventionary Evolutionists, who zealously proclaimed the discovery as proof that all human history had been directed and controlled by [[wikipedia:Ancient astronauts|alien forces]]. Even established religions struggled to explain extraterrestrial life. Some tried to incorporate this new-found knowledge into their dogma, some remained silent, while a few tried to stubbornly deny the evidence found on Mars.
   
 
The news of the discovery dominated the media and raised questions not only about the existence and purpose of humanity, but questions about the aliens themselves. Foremost, were they still out there? While these questions had served to fracture most religions they had a unifying effect in politics. Rather than nations fighting each other over their differences, it was now "us vs. them" and the foundations of a united human front were laid.
 
The news of the discovery dominated the media and raised questions not only about the existence and purpose of humanity, but questions about the aliens themselves. Foremost, were they still out there? While these questions had served to fracture most religions they had a unifying effect in politics. Rather than nations fighting each other over their differences, it was now "us vs. them" and the foundations of a united human front were laid.
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=== First Contact War ===
 
=== First Contact War ===
[[File:Humansme.jpg|left|290px|Humans during the First Contact War]]The Alliance began a rapid campaign of expansion, establishing numerous colonies and constructing a large fleet, even though it had yet to encounter another species. Maintaining this expansion policy, the Alliance activated all the mass relays it could find to seek out new resources and possible colonies. But despite this success, the Systems Alliance was not considered a serious political body, as it was considered to lack the authority of individual nations.
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[[File:Humansme.jpg|left|290px|Humans during the First Contact War]]
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The Alliance began a rapid campaign of expansion, establishing numerous colonies and constructing a large fleet, even though it had yet to encounter another species. Maintaining this expansion policy, the Alliance activated all the mass relays it could find to seek out new resources and possible colonies. But despite this success, the Systems Alliance was not considered a serious political body, as it was considered to lack the authority of individual nations.
   
Eight years later, humanity made first contact with another alien species and everything changed. A scout fleet consisting of three [[frigate]]s and two cargo vessels, trying to activate a mass relay, encountered a [[turian]] patrol fleet. Activating a dormant mass relay without knowing where it led had been declared illegal by the Council, though the humans did not know this. Only one of the human ships made it back to [[Shanxi]] colony, which was subsequently discovered by the turians and invaded. While individual governments remained unsure on what action should be taken, the Alliance took control and attacked the turians.
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Eight years later, humanity made first contact with another alien species and everything changed. A scout fleet consisting of three [[frigate]]s and two cargo vessels, trying to activate a mass relay, encountered a [[turian]] patrol fleet. Activating a dormant mass relay without knowing where it led had been declared illegal by the Council, though the humans did not know this. Only one of the human ships made it back to [[Shanxi]] colony, which was subsequently discovered by the turians and invaded. While individual governments remained unsure on what action should be taken, the Alliance took control and attacked the turians.
   
 
The resulting [[First Contact War]] was relatively short and bloodless, lasting only months and costing 623 human lives (with a slightly higher number of turian casualties). The [[Citadel Council]] intervened and negotiated a peace. With the discovery of the Citadel and the greater community, humanity leapt onto the galactic stage. The Alliance received a surge of popularity, which gave it the necessary political credibility to establish its own Parliament and speak for humanity as a whole.
 
The resulting [[First Contact War]] was relatively short and bloodless, lasting only months and costing 623 human lives (with a slightly higher number of turian casualties). The [[Citadel Council]] intervened and negotiated a peace. With the discovery of the Citadel and the greater community, humanity leapt onto the galactic stage. The Alliance received a surge of popularity, which gave it the necessary political credibility to establish its own Parliament and speak for humanity as a whole.
   
 
=== Expansion ===
 
=== Expansion ===
[[File:Council Chambers Udina Anderson.png|right|290px|Ambassador Udina and Captain Anderson]]Since then, the Alliance has continued its expansion, with the resource wealth of a dozen settled colonies and hundreds of industrial outposts flowing back to Earth. This expansion brought the Alliance into conflict with the [[batarians]] as both species rushed to settle the [[Skyllian Verge]], while maintaining a careful truce with the turians. The Alliance has also been granted an embassy on the Citadel. It has been speculated, given humanity's remarkably fast rise in terms of military, political, and economic power, that the Systems Alliance may soon be invited to join the Citadel Council. This has been a source of some concern to several other species.
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[[File:Council Chambers Udina Anderson.png|right|290px|Ambassador Udina and Captain Anderson]]
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Since then, the Alliance has continued its expansion, with the resource wealth of a dozen settled colonies and hundreds of industrial outposts flowing back to Earth. This expansion brought the Alliance into conflict with the [[batarians]] as both species rushed to settle the [[Skyllian Verge]], while maintaining a careful truce with the turians. The Alliance has also been granted an embassy on the [[Citadel]]. It has been speculated, given humanity's remarkably fast rise in terms of military, political, and economic power, that the Systems Alliance may soon be invited to join the Citadel Council. This has been a source of some concern to several other species.
   
Humans have expanded rapidly from Earth in a very short period of time, becoming swiftly integrated into Citadel society and the [[#Economy|galactic economy]]. They have become less ethnically diverse in the twenty-second century, due to a more multicultural society and greater unity between nations. Improved medical advances and [[gene therapy]] have led to longer, healthier lifespans; the average citizen can now expect to live to around 150. Most humans retain their native tongue, but learn alien languages or trade pidgin for the sake of convenience or as a gesture of unity.
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Humans have expanded rapidly from Earth in a very short period of time, becoming swiftly integrated into Citadel society and the [[#Economy|galactic economy]]. They have become less ethnically diverse in the twenty-second century, due to a more multicultural society and greater unity between nations. Improved medical advances and [[gene therapy]] have led to longer, healthier lifespans; the average citizen can now expect to live to around 130. Most humans retain their native tongue, but learn alien languages or trade pidgin for the sake of convenience or as a gesture of unity.
   
 
One of the lasting consequences of the First Contact War was the interruption of a period of relative peace in the galaxy. Fairly or unfairly, humans are often thought of as aggressors, and are sometimes portrayed as a disruptive influence by non-human media. At the same time, other races recognise humans as an adaptable, intelligent and militarily capable race.
 
One of the lasting consequences of the First Contact War was the interruption of a period of relative peace in the galaxy. Fairly or unfairly, humans are often thought of as aggressors, and are sometimes portrayed as a disruptive influence by non-human media. At the same time, other races recognise humans as an adaptable, intelligent and militarily capable race.
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=== Mass Effect ===
 
=== Mass Effect ===
The Alliance cooperated with the turians to create a new stealth frigate, the [[SSV Normandy]]. The Normandy was commissioned in 2183 with Anderson as her captain. A Spectre, [[Nihlus Kryik]], was assigned to the Normandy's shakedown run, supposedly to observe Spectre candidate Lieutenant [[Commander Shepard]] in action, though his true purpose was to recover a [[Prothean Beacon]] from [[Eden Prime]]. When Nihlus is killed by fellow Spectre Saren Arterius, Shepard investigates and exposes Saren as a rogue agent working with the [[geth]]. Since the Council cannot formally pursue Saren into the [[Terminus Systems]] without provoking a war, Shepard is made humanity's first Spectre, and the Alliance assigns the Commander control over the Normandy.
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The Alliance cooperated with the turians to create a new stealth frigate, the [[SSV Normandy]]. The Normandy was commissioned in 2183 with Anderson as her captain. A Spectre, [[Nihlus Kryik]], was assigned to the Normandy's shakedown run, supposedly to observe Spectre candidate [[Commander Shepard]] in action, though his true purpose was to recover a [[Prothean Beacon]] from [[Eden Prime]]. When Nihlus is killed by fellow Spectre Saren Arterius, Shepard investigates and exposes Saren as a rogue agent working with the [[geth]]. Since the Council cannot formally pursue Saren into the [[Terminus Systems]] without provoking a war, Shepard is made humanity's first Spectre, and the Alliance assigns the Commander control over the Normandy.
   
 
Later, Saren's true plan comes to light when he brazenly attacks the Citadel. While the [[Reaper]] [[Sovereign]] besieges the station with the aid of a geth fleet, the Citadel Council attempts to evacuate aboard the [[Destiny Ascension]]. During the battle, Commander Shepard chooses whether to divert the Alliance's [[Fifth Fleet]] to protect the Destiny Ascension and save the Council, or focus on Sovereign, resulting in the loss of the Council. Once Sovereign is destroyed, humanity is judged to have shown itself worthy and receives a Council seat. If the Council did not survive, then the destruction of most of the [[Citadel Fleet]] during the battle places the Systems Alliance in a position of unexpected military superiority, giving them leverage over the other Citadel species. Regardless, the galaxy looks to humanity to lead them against the Reaper threat.
 
Later, Saren's true plan comes to light when he brazenly attacks the Citadel. While the [[Reaper]] [[Sovereign]] besieges the station with the aid of a geth fleet, the Citadel Council attempts to evacuate aboard the [[Destiny Ascension]]. During the battle, Commander Shepard chooses whether to divert the Alliance's [[Fifth Fleet]] to protect the Destiny Ascension and save the Council, or focus on Sovereign, resulting in the loss of the Council. Once Sovereign is destroyed, humanity is judged to have shown itself worthy and receives a Council seat. If the Council did not survive, then the destruction of most of the [[Citadel Fleet]] during the battle places the Systems Alliance in a position of unexpected military superiority, giving them leverage over the other Citadel species. Regardless, the galaxy looks to humanity to lead them against the Reaper threat.
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Partly as a result of humanity's prominent new role in the politics of Citadel space, the Alliance headed a coalition force to systematically hunt down pockets of geth resistance. Political experts from all species have been debating what humanity's ascendancy means for Citadel space. The two candidates for human Council chairman, [[Donnel Udina]] and David Anderson, are still being selected.
 
Partly as a result of humanity's prominent new role in the politics of Citadel space, the Alliance headed a coalition force to systematically hunt down pockets of geth resistance. Political experts from all species have been debating what humanity's ascendancy means for Citadel space. The two candidates for human Council chairman, [[Donnel Udina]] and David Anderson, are still being selected.
   
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=== Mass Effect: Paragon Lost ===
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The Systems Alliance dispatches a team of soldiers to [[Fehl Prime]] in 2183 in response to [[Blood Pack]] [[mercenaries]] laying siege to the colony. Most of the troops are killed, but thanks to the leadership qualities of Lieutenant [[James Vega]] the survivors manage to turn the tide and proceed to wipe out the mercs. [[Anderson]] and [[Admiral Hackett]] commend the Lieutenant for his actions, ordering [[Delta Squad|his squad]] to stay put in the colony for its continued safety because of its importance.
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[[File:Fehl prime - charging defense cannon.png|right|290px|A colony defense cannon sponsored by the Systems Alliance]]Two years later, Alliance Command provides military-grade [[kinetic barriers]] and a defense cannon for the colony's protection. This is due to a spate of human colony disappearances in the [[Terminus Systems]], where Fehl Prime is located. The official word they give to their subordinates when asked, however, is "no comment". Most people on Fehl Prime are happy with the Alliance help, with [[Treeya|a few exceptions]] because their work is repeatedly being interfered with.
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Soon enough, a massive [[Collector Cruiser|Collector vessel]] arrives on the colony and begins harvesting the human population. The kinetic barriers prove useless against the deployed [[Seeker Swarm]]s and the defense cannon ultimately gets destroyed, having been fired at the alien ship at half power out of concern for civilian casualties.
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Nevertheless, the surviving Alliance soldiers manage to obtain some good from the fiasco, salvaging intel about the invaders, dubbed [[Collector]]s, but at the cost of the colony itself. Anderson and Admiral Hackett promote Vega for this and bestow him an [[N7]] commendation.
   
 
{{Spoilers (Mass Effect 2)}}
 
{{Spoilers (Mass Effect 2)}}
   
 
=== Mass Effect 2 ===
 
=== Mass Effect 2 ===
Sometime after the [[Battle of the Citadel]], the Normandy is destroyed by a [[Collector Cruiser|Collector cruiser]] and Shepard was declared dead. Because of this, the Alliance came hammering down on the Commander's talk about the [[Reaper]]s and tried covering it up.
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Sometime after the Battle of the Citadel, the Normandy is destroyed by a [[Collector]] [[Collector Cruiser|cruiser]] and Shepard was declared dead. Because of this, the Alliance came hammering down on the Commander's talk about the [[Reaper]]s and tried covering it up.
   
 
By 2185, the Alliance was still having trouble adjusting to its higher standing in interstellar policy, and was completely unaware of the Collectors abducting entire human colonies in remote locations. When the first vanishings were reported, the Alliance initially suspected that [[Cerberus]] was behind the abductions and began taking actions to prevent another attack, such as by installing anti-air turrets on colonies like [[Horizon]], officially to "improve" relations with independent colonies.
 
By 2185, the Alliance was still having trouble adjusting to its higher standing in interstellar policy, and was completely unaware of the Collectors abducting entire human colonies in remote locations. When the first vanishings were reported, the Alliance initially suspected that [[Cerberus]] was behind the abductions and began taking actions to prevent another attack, such as by installing anti-air turrets on colonies like [[Horizon]], officially to "improve" relations with independent colonies.
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If the Council is sacrificed in the battle, the rest of the galaxy deeply resents the Alliance's political clout with the new Council and desires to return to the former status quo. As tensions with the Alliance escalate, the Turian Hierarchy renounces the [[Treaty of Farixen]] and expresses its intent to increase dreadnought construction. In addition, the Alliance plans to provide the majority of ships for a proposed Allied Citadel Defense Unit, which would replace the decimated Citadel Fleet; the Asari Republics cede their share of responsibility for the Citadel's defense to the Hierarchy.
 
If the Council is sacrificed in the battle, the rest of the galaxy deeply resents the Alliance's political clout with the new Council and desires to return to the former status quo. As tensions with the Alliance escalate, the Turian Hierarchy renounces the [[Treaty of Farixen]] and expresses its intent to increase dreadnought construction. In addition, the Alliance plans to provide the majority of ships for a proposed Allied Citadel Defense Unit, which would replace the decimated Citadel Fleet; the Asari Republics cede their share of responsibility for the Citadel's defense to the Hierarchy.
 
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=== Mass Effect: Paragon Lost ===
 
The Systems Alliance dispatches a team of soldiers to [[Fehl Prime]] in 2183 in response to [[Blood Pack]] [[mercenaries]] laying siege to the colony. Most of the troops are killed, but thanks to the leadership qualities of Lieutenant [[James Vega]] the survivors manage to turn the tide and proceed to wipe out the mercs. [[Anderson]] and [[Admiral Hackett]] commend the Lieutenant for his actions, ordering [[Delta Squad|his squad]] to stay put in the colony for its continued safety because of its importance.
 
 
[[File:Fehl prime - charging defense cannon.png|right|290px|A colony defense cannon sponsored by the Systems Alliance]]Two years later, Alliance Command provides military-grade [[kinetic barriers]] and a defense cannon for the colony's protection. This is due to a spate of human colony disappearances in the [[Terminus Systems]], where Fehl Prime is located. The official word they give to their subordinates when asked, however, is "no comment". Most people on Fehl Prime are happy with the Alliance help, with [[Treeya|a few exceptions]] because their work is repeatedly being interfered with.
 
 
Soon enough, a massive [[Collector Cruiser|Collector vessel]] arrives on the colony and begins harvesting the human population. The kinetic barriers prove useless against the deployed [[Seeker Swarm]]s and the defense cannon ultimately gets destroyed, having been fired at the alien ship at half power out of concern for civilian casualties.
 
 
Nevertheless, the surviving Alliance soldiers manage to obtain some good from the fiasco, salvaging intel about the invaders, dubbed [[Collector]]s, but at the cost of the colony itself. Anderson and Admiral Hackett promote Vega for this and bestow him an [[N7]] commendation.
 
   
 
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{{Spoilers (Mass Effect 3)}}
 
=== Mass Effect 3 ===
 
=== Mass Effect 3 ===
In 2186 CE, the Alliance became aware that the Reapers were making an incursion into their space. While [[Admiral Hackett]] began mobilizing the fleets, an emergency defense committee attempted to evaluate the threat and consulted [[Commander Shepard]], who had firsthand experience with the Reapers. Despite these preparations, they were too little, too late.
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In 2186 CE, the Alliance became aware that the Reapers were making an incursion into their space. While [[Admiral Hackett]] began mobilizing the fleets, an emergency defense committee attempted to evaluate the threat and consulted [[Commander Shepard]], who had firsthand experience with the Reapers. Despite these preparations, they were too little, too late.
   
 
[[File:Major coats - destroy.png|right|290px|Major Coats, Kenneth Donnelly and Gabriella Daniels overseeing reconstruction efforts in London]]The Reapers plowed through the Alliance's defenses, eliminating the Alliance's leadership by destroying Arcturus Station and conquering Earth in a matter of hours. The Alliance was forced to abandon Earth, but later returned with a fleet made up of a coalition of the galaxy's races in an all-or-nothing bid to defeat the Reapers using the [[Crucible]]. During the interim, strike teams composed of Alliance and alien allies were [[Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer|mobilized and deployed across the galaxy]] in an effort to counter the Reapers wherever they appear.
 
[[File:Major coats - destroy.png|right|290px|Major Coats, Kenneth Donnelly and Gabriella Daniels overseeing reconstruction efforts in London]]The Reapers plowed through the Alliance's defenses, eliminating the Alliance's leadership by destroying Arcturus Station and conquering Earth in a matter of hours. The Alliance was forced to abandon Earth, but later returned with a fleet made up of a coalition of the galaxy's races in an all-or-nothing bid to defeat the Reapers using the [[Crucible]]. During the interim, strike teams composed of Alliance and alien allies were [[Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer|mobilized and deployed across the galaxy]] in an effort to counter the Reapers wherever they appear.
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=== Military Doctrine ===
 
=== Military Doctrine ===
 
{{See|Alliance Navy|Codex/Humanity and the Systems Alliance#Systems Alliance: Military Ranks{{!}}Codex: Alliance Military Ranks}}
 
{{See|Alliance Navy|Codex/Humanity and the Systems Alliance#Systems Alliance: Military Ranks{{!}}Codex: Alliance Military Ranks}}
[[File:MassEffect 2008-08-13 12-37-22-09.png|right|300px|The Alliance Fifth Fleet]]The Alliance military is respected by the Citadel races for its novel tactics and technology. Their strength lies in fire support, flexibility, and speed. The Council regards the Alliance as a "sleeping giant" as only 3% of humans volunteer for military service. They make up for low numbers with sophisticated technical support in the form of [[VI]]s, [[drones]], artillery, and electronic warfare, and emphasis on mobility and individual initiative. Their military doctrine is not based on absorbing and dishing out heavy shocks like the turians and [[krogan]]. Rather, they bypass enemy strong points and launch deep into their rear, cutting supply lines and logistics, destroying headquarters and support units, leaving enemies to "wither on the vine".
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[[File:MassEffect 2008-08-13 12-37-22-09.png|right|300px|The Alliance Fifth Fleet]]
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The Alliance military is respected by the Citadel races for its novel tactics and technology. Their strength lies in fire support, flexibility, and speed. The Council regards the Alliance as a "sleeping giant" as only 3% of humans volunteer for military service. They make up for low numbers with sophisticated technical support in the form of [[VI]]s, [[drones]], artillery, and electronic warfare, and emphasis on mobility and individual initiative. Their military doctrine is not based on absorbing and dishing out heavy shocks like the turians and [[krogan]]. Rather, they bypass enemy strong points and launch deep into their rear, cutting supply lines and logistics, destroying headquarters and support units, leaving enemies to "wither on the vine".
   
On defense, the Alliance military lives by Sun Tzu's maxim, "He who tries to defend everything defends nothing." Only token garrisons are placed on their colonies. These are intended for scouting rather than combat, avoiding engagement to observe and report on invaders using drones. However, the Alliance stations powerful fleets at mass relay nexuses so that in the event of an attack they respond with overwhelming force.
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On defense, the Alliance military lives by Sun Tzu's maxim, "He who tries to defend everything defends nothing." Only token garrisons are placed on their colonies. These are intended for scouting rather than combat, avoiding engagement to observe and report on invaders using drones. However, the Alliance stations powerful fleets at mass relay nexuses so that in the event of an attack they respond with overwhelming force.
   
 
The [[Hahne-Kedar]] company and [[Aldrin Labs]] are key suppliers of the military. All soldiers receive [[gene therapy]] for improved strength and stamina. The Alliance also recruits [[biotics]], who are trained using techniques developed at [[BAaT]]. The new L3 biotic implants are considered a significant step forward in [[Bio-amps|biotic amplification]].
 
The [[Hahne-Kedar]] company and [[Aldrin Labs]] are key suppliers of the military. All soldiers receive [[gene therapy]] for improved strength and stamina. The Alliance also recruits [[biotics]], who are trained using techniques developed at [[BAaT]]. The new L3 biotic implants are considered a significant step forward in [[Bio-amps|biotic amplification]].
   
At the time of the First Contact War in 2157 CE, the Alliance possessed a [[Alliance Navy|navy]] consisting of over 200 vessels ranging from small hundred-meter frigates to imposing kilometer-long dreadnoughts and carriers. By 2183 CE, it is recognized as one of the greater military forces in Citadel space. As a signatory of the [[Treaty of Farixen]], the Alliance is restricted to building and maintaining a smaller number of [[dreadnought]]s compared to the turians. The Alliance Navy has made up for this with the innovative design and deployment of carriers, which are as large as dreadnoughts, but are not constrained by the treaty because their primary armament consists of fighters instead of ship-length mass accelerator cannons. The Alliance Navy is headquartered at [[Arcturus Station]] in the strategically invaluable system of [[Arcturus]], which contains several primary mass relays that link to major human colonies, and the secondary mass relay that leads to [[Sol]] and the human homeworld of [[Earth]].
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At the time of the First Contact War in 2157 CE, the Alliance possessed a [[Alliance Navy|navy]] consisting of over 200 vessels ranging from small hundred-meter frigates to imposing kilometer-long dreadnoughts and carriers. By 2183 CE, it is recognized as one of the greater military forces in Citadel space and a serious rival to the Turian Hierarchy. As a signatory of the [[Treaty of Farixen]], the Alliance is restricted to building and maintaining a smaller number of [[dreadnought]]s compared to the turians. The Alliance Navy has made up for this with the innovative design and deployment of carriers, which are as large as dreadnoughts, but are not constrained by the treaty because their primary armament consists of fighters instead of ship-length mass accelerator cannons. The Alliance Navy is headquartered at [[Arcturus Station]] in the strategically invaluable system of [[Arcturus]], which contains several primary mass relays that link to major human colonies, and the secondary mass relay that leads to [[Sol]] and the human homeworld of [[Earth]].
   
 
=== Economy ===
 
=== Economy ===
The Alliance has quickly become a key player in the galactic economy, with several large human [[corporations]] taking their market share. The Alliance economy, though growing, does not yet come close to that of the [[asari]] or [[turians]] and is only approaching that of the [[elcor]]. The Alliance and the [[Turian Hierarchy]] have become large trade partners despite lingering animosity over the First Contact War. Although humans have claimed many systems in the [[Attican Traverse]] and the [[Skyllian Verge]], many of them contain rich resources which have not been fully surveyed, so the Alliance Geological Service (AGeS) offers [[UNC: Valuable Minerals|bounties]] to those willing to explore these frontiers. The Alliance's various national treasuries are linked to the Citadel's [[credit]] network.
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The Alliance has quickly become a key player in the galactic economy, with several large human [[corporations]] taking their market share. The Alliance economy, though growing, does not yet come close to that of the [[asari]] or [[turians]] and is only approaching that of the [[elcor]]. The Alliance and the Turian Hierarchy have become large trade partners despite lingering animosity over the First Contact War. Although humans have claimed many systems in the [[Attican Traverse]] and the [[Skyllian Verge]], many of them contain rich resources which have not been fully surveyed, so the Alliance Geological Service (AGeS) offers [[UNC: Valuable Minerals|bounties]] to those willing to explore these frontiers. The Alliance's various national treasuries are linked to the Citadel's [[credit]] network.
 
According to the VI [[Glyph]], the Alliance offers a number of benefits and a generous retirement package for its soldiers. After seven years of service, a sabbatical to a planet of choice can be arranged.
 
   
 
== Diplomatic Relations ==
 
== Diplomatic Relations ==
[[File:Council Hologram-Ambassador Meeting 5.png|320px|right|Ambassador Udina before the Citadel Council]]Overall, the Systems Alliance enjoys good relations with the [[Asari Republics]] and the [[Salarian Union]], and it maintains a cold, yet relatively friendly, relationship with the [[Turian Hierarchy]], though animosity over the [[First Contact War]] and the occupation of Shanxi remains. The fractured [[krogan]] rarely associate with the Alliance, and there is little, if any, dialogue with the [[quarians]] and their [[Flotilla]], though they are not on bad terms. Because of Earth's colonization of the Traverse and the Skyllian Verge, humans remain the natural rivals of the [[batarians]]. Practically, the Alliance has no other allies.
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[[File:Council Hologram-Ambassador Meeting 5.png|320px|right|Ambassador Udina before the Citadel Council]]Overall, the Systems Alliance enjoys good relations with the [[Asari|Asari Republics]] and the [[Salarian Union]], and it maintains a cold, yet relatively friendly, relationship with the [[Turian Hierarchy]], though animosity over the [[First Contact War]] and the occupation of Shanxi remains. The fractured [[krogan]] rarely associate with the Alliance, and there is little, if any, dialogue with the [[quarians]] and their [[Flotilla]], though they are not on bad terms. Because of Earth's colonization of the Traverse and the Skyllian Verge, humans remain the natural rivals of the [[batarians]]. Practically, the Alliance has no other allies.
   
In 2165 the Alliance was granted an embassy on the Citadel, electing [[Anita Goyle]] as the first human ambassador. The Alliance desires a bigger role in galactic politics, preferably even a Council seat. If they get a seat, they can use the Council's resources and political pull to protect their colonies and interests, as well as being acknowledged as one of the senior races in Citadel space. The galaxy knows it is only a matter of time before the Alliance gets a say but the ambassadors believe it should happen sooner rather than later. In 2183, the Alliance got its first human [[Spectre]], [[Commander Shepard]], bringing the Alliance one step closer to the Council.
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In 2165 the Alliance was granted an embassy on the Citadel, electing [[Anita Goyle]] as the first human ambassador. The Alliance desires a bigger role in galactic politics, preferably even a Council seat. If they get a seat, they can use the Council's resources and political pull to protect their colonies and interests, as well as being acknowledged as one of the senior races in Citadel space. The galaxy knows it is only a matter of time before the Alliance gets a say but the ambassadors believe it should happen sooner rather than later. In 2183, the Alliance got its first human [[Spectres|Spectre]], [[Commander Shepard]], bringing the Alliance one step closer to the Council.
   
Despite Earth's relatively unblemished diplomatic record, however, the Alliance is still feared by many aliens because they hold the opinion that the Alliance is expanding too fast. The Alliance draws some distrust from humans as well. It was not taken seriously until the First Contact War proved how much humanity needed the Alliance; as [[Doctor Chakwas]] points out, the Alliance is now essential to human colonization and expansion in the [[Attican Traverse]].
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Despite Earth's relatively unblemished diplomatic record, however, the Alliance is still feared by many aliens because they hold the opinion that the Alliance is expanding too fast. The Alliance draws some distrust from humans as well. It was not taken seriously until the [[First Contact War]] proved how much humanity needed the Alliance; as [[Doctor Chakwas]] points out, the Alliance is now essential to human colonization and expansion in the [[Attican Traverse]].
   
 
[[File:Citadel docks alliance rep.png|left|320px|The Systems Alliance is important enough to have Citadel docking stations staffed by their own]]Currently, the Alliance's most notable human dissenters are supporters of [[Terra Firma]], a political party who opposes humanity's growing integration into the galactic community. Terra Firma believes humanity needs to stand alone if they are to remain strong. The party has been getting much negative attention from both humans and aliens. The [[Illusive Man]], on the other hand, believes that humanity should be ascendant over all other races. He sees the Alliance as nothing more than weak conformists who kneel before the Council. The Alliance is also sometimes criticized by colonists for its defensive tactics (see above). The fact colonial garrisons are meant for scouting rather than defense means that, in the event of trouble, the cavalry often only arrive once the damage has been done.
 
[[File:Citadel docks alliance rep.png|left|320px|The Systems Alliance is important enough to have Citadel docking stations staffed by their own]]Currently, the Alliance's most notable human dissenters are supporters of [[Terra Firma]], a political party who opposes humanity's growing integration into the galactic community. Terra Firma believes humanity needs to stand alone if they are to remain strong. The party has been getting much negative attention from both humans and aliens. The [[Illusive Man]], on the other hand, believes that humanity should be ascendant over all other races. He sees the Alliance as nothing more than weak conformists who kneel before the Council. The Alliance is also sometimes criticized by colonists for its defensive tactics (see above). The fact colonial garrisons are meant for scouting rather than defense means that, in the event of trouble, the cavalry often only arrive once the damage has been done.
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