The Taltakien Realm
The Taltakien Realm is a conglomerate of feudal states composed of several hundred star systems and a few dozen subject species dominated by the taltakien species. It is located spinward of the Alliance center.
The Realm is ostencibly lead by an overlord or High King/Queen, though how much influence or authority this overlord has over the various feudal houses and warlords is entirely up to the strength and guile of the particular overlord in question.
The taltakien are warriors by nature and take their position of dominance by right of conquest through arms or by their notions of “honorable treachery”. A difficult concept for non-taltakien to grasp, but it serves them well enough.
Perhaps surprising to some outsiders is the fact that there are a few occasions of non-taltakien species rising to nobility within the realm. This is rare, but in a feudal society it can’t realy be outlawed so it can happen provided the upstart is strong and clever enough not only to rise to a noble position, but to hold it against any chalengers.
At this time the most succesful non-taltakien house in the Realm is the barony of Laotarootha held by a family of weapon smiths held in esteem both within and outside of the Realm.
The Taltakien Realm has been a thorn in the side of the Alliance for centuries. By combined arms the Alliance was able to halt their anti-spinward expansion, but bringing the loose knit Realm to task on “unsanctioned” raiding and piracy has been problematic at best.