Duckk wrote:The UN and NATO aren't sovereign governments. The League, for all its warts, is.
IMO the SL is a lot like the EU.
Vince wrote:I tend to think of the Solarian League as a cross between the European Union and the United States of America under its first constitution, the "ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION AND PERPETUAL UNION between the states of New Hampshire,
Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, and Providence plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia".
That's a bit closer, but as I remember one of the problems with the Articles of Confederation was that it wasn't a commerce union. The Solarian League was created partly as an aftermath to the Final War and partly as a commerce union; the Solarian League Navy most likely got its start as an anti-piracy force.
I'm not entirely sure why Manticore didn't just apply to join the Solarian League. In terms of travel time, they're a lot closer to Sol than much of the core, let alone the shell.
Minor historical nit: The first agreement between the states (then the colonies) was the Articles of Association. That document was agreed by the First Continental Congress and was the authority by which the Second Continental Congress operated from May 5, 1775 until they were replaced by the U.S. Congress in 1792.