The Spartans have a simple and stark philosophy. They believe that the universe is a hostile place which takes no notice of human idealism. In the long run, only the strong survive and rule, while the weak can expect only servitude or death. Better to be strong, always ready to fight for one's life or personal ambitions. Anyone who teaches otherwise is an enemy, trying to corrupt the courage and discipline which are humanity's greatest strengths.
Naturally, the Spartans have a strong military ethic, drawing inspiration from great military cultures of Earth's past: the original Greek Spartans, Roman legions, Mujahadeen, Gurkhas, Zulu, Masai, Normans, Rajput and the Japanese samurai. The ideal Spartan is strong, well-trained, utterly disciplined, and ready to die when the fortunes of war turn against him or her.
As might be expected, the Spartan way of life is a harsh and austere one. The Spartans practice eugenics, using genetic engineering, nanotechnology and cognitechnology to reshape any child or infant that is physically imperfect or shows mental weakness. This is an improvement – historically they practiced euthanasia or involuntary sterilization for those same types of children. Children spend most of their time in communal creches, where they receive intensive combat training along with their other education. Adults are assigned to military or paramilitary units, living in barracks. Even pair-bonded couples receive no private quarters until one of them reaches officer status. Until then, they must get permission (or sneak away) if they want to spend time together or with their children.
Spartan communities are built and organized as military bases. They are usually kept clean but hard-edged, full of bare metal and stone, with no works of art other than memorials to soften their austerity. They have few public spaces, other than meeting rooms, dining halls, game fields, drill fields and athletic arenas. Spartan citizens receive uniforms and equipment from the state, and can often carry all their personal possessions in a small pouch or backpack. At times they also engage in elaborate military ceremonies, designed to instill pride and loyalty to the state.
Spartans do enjoy entertainments, which usually involve intense athletic competition. Of note, their entertainments are either easy for everyone to follow (soccer, combat rugby), or technical (martial arts, shooting, blade work) and only really fun to the participants and other Spartans. Currently, Spartans have taken championships in classic, modern and military pentathlons and decathlons for the last 12 years.
Even 'non-military' Spartans receive basic military training and are expected to act and live in support of the Spartans and their military. This class split in their society is there, but anyone that meets the physical and mental criteria, and is willing to live under their rules for 15 years in the Legion can become a Spartan. The Legion is for those immigrating into their civilization and the upwardly mobile.
Spartans are are by far the most well-trained and motivated soldiers available. They take pride in being able to defeat the enemy even when working at a numeric or technological disadvantage. Their strong discipline also holds during times of peace (and has for centuries), reducing social unrest and making their military police units more effective. While they are no better at scientific research than any other civilization, they do have an uncanny ability to turn any new technology to military use. New weapons systems are thoroughly tested, and, if they pass, they push them into mass production, distribute them to their soldiers, and combined with tactical doctrines developed during testing, all much faster than others can manage.
Because of their views of things not connected to the military, the Spartans make extensive use of automation of repetitive tasks in their civilian sector. They also make extensive use of neural meshes throughout their society, particularly with competence lenses and similar things to make up for skills they lack and to make the boring more tolerable.
In theory, the Spartan state is a military dictatorship. Every citizen has rank and a fixed place in the chain of command, and disobedience can be met with harsh punishment. In practice, every command-grade officer has a personal staff of advisers, by which ideas and complaints can (and do) filter up through the hierarchy. Complicating it further is their tradition of resolving disputes through unarmed or knife dueling while off duty. This means that even a low level enlisted could challenge the Supreme Marshall over a matter, while off-duty. This provides a safety valve, other than mutinies or desertion, for dissent, as the winner is obviously more fit.
While the Spartans have their dissidents, most of them are committed to their way of life. Although their life is harsh, those who survive to adulthood know that they are among the strongest and most capable people in the universe. Spartans are a brutal and violent people, but they are also fiercely proud and loyal.
Since they re-emerged into the galaxy, the Spartans have discovered a host of foes and targets. In fact their conquest of several Cargo Cult worlds was what brought them to the attention of the other Civilizations. The comment of the Transcendentals on the Spartans was, “Ah, right on time.” After a form of peace was negotiated, the Spartans realized that any future wars would have to be more careful and measured. In the meantime they have earned a reputation as mercenaries of the first water. Spartan units are known as the best soldiers in the galaxies and worth the money. The fact it allows them to gather intelligence on possible foes and blood their troops 'safely' is helpful.
With their attitudes, the Spartans are not a well liked minor civilization. In fact, some of their clashes with the Independents and Mechanicans have nearly led to war. They have no allies, only enemies and employers – and would not have it any other way.
Darwinians, Heterolinguists, Hyperevolutionists and Organized Crime can all be found within Spartan territories, though some more openly than others.
Survivalists, Cognitechnicians, Social Engineers and the Mushashi Flex can be found from the unofficial societies on Spartan controlled territories.
Common Name: Spartans
Benefit: All Spartans receive Soldier at level 4.
Inspector Status: Advisory role only – equivalent to Interpol.
Core Values: Strong Over the Weak and Discipline
Strong Over the Weak means that the strong are those that survive and command in the universe. Because of that the Spartans will do their best to be the strong, though they are learning that there is more than just weapons and physical strength to measure strength.
Discipline allows Spartans to resist attempts to take them away from the Union or to make them disobey their superiors. Discipline helps mold the Spartan Federation into a cohesive whole by making resistance to legitimate authority an anathema to them. It can also be used to help them obey orders an individual Spartan doesn't care for.