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Short Name: TER, USC (formerly), ATF (formerly)
The Terran Protectorate is the successor to the United Space Command (USC) and the AGI Task Force (ATF), and is tasked by the Terran High Command with safeguarding Sol and eliminating the Xenon menace. The restructuring of these responsibilities came about following the USC's failure to prevent the destruction of the Torus Aeternal by foreign saboteurs; an incident which scarred the Terran population and threw the government's ability to protect Sol into question.
During the Jump Gate shutdown, the Terran government seized the opportunity to reassure their citizens. Separated from the network, their economy thrived and the Terran Protectorate fortified their presence in Sol. Critics of the Terran government have claimed that establishing the Protectorate was merely an attempt to re-brand the USC, and that the underlying structural problems remained. However, there is no disputing that the Terran Protectorate does now operate differently from its predecessors. Not only is the Protectorate extremely zealous in its defence of the inner core of Sol, to the point where not even all Terran citizens are allowed to approach Earth, but they are also heavily involved in Sol's external relations. Frustrated with how the Commonwealth has, in their eyes, mishandled the Xenon, they have taken a much more proactive approach to engaging the Xenon across the network. Fleets are regularly sent out to ensure that Xenon pockets are eradicated, without regard for the sovereignty of the space in question. Nor do they shy away from actively trying to meddle in other governments' affairs in order to influence their stance on AGI technology. Their preoccupation with destroying the Xenon at all costs frequently puts them at odds with the Community of Planets.
A list of all sectors the Terran Protectorate start with when a new game is created.
The Terran Protectorate since the Jumpgate shutdown has attempted to unify the vastly different design philosophies of its preceding USC and ATF organisations. The result is an array of slow, heavily shielded and heavy hitting ship classes. The Terran Protectorate is the only non-xenon faction currently capable of fielding a battleship and maintains a fleet of former ATF Asgard class battleships from the later days of the Terran Conflict.