What is the Gstaddt?
WARNING: Spoilers ahead
In the sci-fi book series Lore of Energy and Light®, planets and star systems conquered by the Valkers are collectively known as the Gstaddt. By the end of events in Book 1: Quorum Treaty, the Gstaddt covers more than half of D’Olex. These territories are run by Administrations drawn from local citizens who are loyal to the Valkers.
It took hundreds of years of conquest for the Gstaddt to grow to its current vast expanse. Now all of Astoroz lies in Valker hands. Parts of the galaxy of Vylonia are also Valker controlled. The Alliance of Planets fought many battles to stem the advance, but eventually even prized planets like Chase 9 fell.
Succumbing to Valker rule does come with social benefits. Planets and cities under the Gstaddt can access free medical pods (medical treatment machines), and for a vast number of poor citizens who cannot afford such treatment this goes a long way to winning their hearts and minds. Valkers have also been known to hand out hot food to beggars in major cities. Such gestures have broad appeal and keep civil unrest at a manageable level. But not everyone is convinced, with some citizens saying that they see through these thin distractions.
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Open trade across a growing number of planets is an attractive proposition to traders and citizens alike. It means more cities and colonies to exchange goods with, and cheaper prices for some commodities and food. Universally, one currency is accepted in both the Gstaddt and the Alliance of Planets. But planets loyal to the Alliance are forbidden from trading with the Gstaddt territories, although the reverse is allowed. Gstaddt traders can sell their goods anywhere in D’Olex, which is another reason why Valker rule is often accepted by citizens. The backbone of the Gstaddt has always been its open market policy, and how seamlessly cities are integrated into its territories. From this sprang a wealthy middle class who prospered, traded and enjoyed low taxes.
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No change = little resistance
If trade is unaffected or improved, healthcare is free and access to food increases, it is easy to see why the Valkers face little resistance from those it aims to rule. Furthermore, citizens can continue to pray to the gods of their choice.
“We will upgrade your medical pods and give you access to the newest of medicines. Plus another complex will be built to the west for prayer to your gods. There you have the freedom to practice the religion of your choice. Throughout the Gstaddt many gods are tolerated.”