The Vanu Sovereignty (commonly abbreviated VS) is one of three empires waging war for control over the planet Auraxis. They are characterized by advanced directed-energy weapons and highly mobile hover vehicles. Their faction colors are purple and cyan.
The Vanu Sovereignty derives its name from a long extinct alien race known as the Vanu, whose strange artifacts were discovered on the planet of Auraxis shortly after the first expeditionary forces from the Terran Republic arrived and on an asteroid before venturing through the wormhole. When research of these artifacts led to the discovery of "rebirthing" technology, and subsequently the offer of immortality, Terran Republic scientists were made to keep the research on this new technology secret. The Republic did not want news of this technology to reach the civilian population and their massive private corporations. It was under these circumstances which they considered "oppressive" that the Vanu Sovereignty was formed and managed to persuade some "free-thinking" scientists to join its cause. As news of the wormhole collapse began to spread throughout the Republic, its leadership began to grow anxious. The Sovereignty broke away, taking many bright minds and scientists from the Republic and several rebirthing facilities with it. The Vanu Sovereignty now seeks to destroy the Republic for the freedom to experiment on this alien technology, alter and integrate human beings, and further develop and research without restriction. This they feel is the key to the future.
Through the use of the mysterious Vanu technology "procured" during their split from the Republic, the group developed exotic energy weapons to aid them in their cause. In addition, they began experimenting with ways to improve the human body through modification. It was this alteration of the human species that generated great suspicion of and ultimately a declaration of war upon the Sovereignty by the New Conglomerate, another faction which had splintered away from the oppressive Terran Republic and which saw the Sovereignty's modification programs as an affront to humankind's natural progression.
Now, surrounded by enemies that they perceive as awash in ignorance, the Vanu Sovereignty fights to claim Auraxis in honor of their namesake and prove once and for all that technology is might.
 Unique Traits
The Sovereignty's weapons rely on quickly energizing a splash of plasma-like ammunition that destroys the very bonding attributes of the elements that make up the armor and flesh of enemy forces. These weapons do not have the raw impact of New Conglomerate weapon systems nor rate of fire of Terran Republic weaponry. Additionally, these plasma discharges are not subject to "bullet-drop" like traditional bullets are; instead, they lose potency over distance, causing less damage the further they travel before impact. In recent times, Vanu scientists have been able to prevent the degradation of the plasma bolt through the usage of mobile electromagnetic fields, virtually eliminating the loss of potency.
The Sovereignty's vehicles have been developed with special "mag-lev" technology that uses Auraxis' own magnetic field to counteract the effects of gravity. This allows them to completely forego the need for wheels in their designs, resulting in highly mobile vehicles capable of strafing left and right and driving over bodies of water. This comes at the expense of dense armor plating, however, as too much weight will render even their strongest mag-lev propulsion systems ineffective.