The Great War left earth battered, and its people deeply divided. By the time the war ended, most nations had been reduced to waring states and territories, with no clear government. Even the world's former super powers were now broken down into loosely organized states and territories.
The GCN arose from the shambles of what once was, and quickly gained power by providing the war-torn earth with supplies and a sense of stability, uniting the world under one banner, with one purpose. With the slogan "One World. One Unity.", the GCN aims to keep the world on an upward path to greatness, through a united government, united economy, united people, and united vision. So far, it has kept to this purpose (for over 600 years), but its grip on the ever growing spread of humanity is beginning to slip. As humanity spreads to conquer worlds outside of the known stellar neighbourhood, the future of the GCN is often called into question. However, the GCN assures that it will never fall to the forces that took down the world after 2142.
The GCN has a rather extensive legal system, with region dependent variations, as well as exceptions for some countries, territories and colonies. The independent dominion of Europa is exempt from many GCN laws.
National Identity Retention Clauses (NIRC)Edit
The GCN allows individual member states to retain their national identities, inclusive of cultural differences, differences in laws, and state organizations (military, economic, social development, etc). This provides member states with a degree of autonomy, while they remain member states of the wider GCN. However, there are some serious limits to these clauses. For example, the GCN does not allow member states to declare or engage in war with other member states, to establish their own currencies, or to lay claim to extra-solar properties.