A body of 49 (formerly 50) members from the Inner Colonies. Formally it has a measure of control over the policy of the USEC. In reality, it serves to rubber-stamp decisions for the USEC, and is bogged down in ceramony and opulence.
In 3802 CE, the governments under the USEC were clamouring for reform, as they felt repressed by the increaingly bureaucratic nature of the USEC. Under the terms of the Aurora-Badenbad Treaty, changes to the USEC Founding Document would require more than a 75% vote from all the governments in the Milky Way. With the thousands of planets colonized at 3801 CE, acquiring a 75% vote of majority was all but impossible. Yet despite these difficulties, many planets did try, resulting in a rash of often contradictory descions and admendments. In 3801 one of the issues at the Annual USEC Head Meeting was to deal with these descions. While, according to the Aurora-Badenbad Treaty the USEC could not change its own Founding Document, a team of lawyers and judges under Henry Lekman eventually ruled that the USEC could legally recieve descions, commands and advice from a another body, provided that it was completely seperate from the USEC as a whole. Thus, in 3802 CE the Charter of the Senate was formed, creating a body of 50 delagates choosen from planets across the USEC.
The Haligard Scandal broke out in April 4th, 3842 CE. Johan Haligard was caught bribing several officials in the Senate to accept delagates from the Inner Colonies as Senators. Haligard was tried on his home planet of New Dwarin, where he was found not guilty. The verdict was met with uproar from the Outer Colonies, which only intensified when Haligard was chosen to become a senator in 3849 CE. He served without distinction for four years before reliquishing his seat to his son. Besides further widening the divide between the Inner and Outer Colonies, the scandal had no effect on running of the Senate, and by 3857 CE, it was completely dominated by the Inner Colonies.
Relationship with the USECEdit
The Senate's existance outside the USEC means that the USEC is not required to follow any decsions passed down by the Senate. As early as 3827 CE the USEC and the Senate began to fight over the policies of the USEC, including how it handles its dealings with governments and its rights to colonizing new worlds. The USEC usually won these legal spats bouts, leading famous lawyer Hastlbe L. Hannibari to lament, "Their case is as airtight as their spaceships." Yet the public's perception of the USEC only deteriorated, as they thought that the USEC was returning on their promises towards the Senate and humanity. As early as 3841 CE 61.58% of legal governments under the USEC wanted to incorperate the Charter of the Senate with the USEC Founding Document. Including illegal or unrecgonized governments, that number would have increased to 73.41%. Yet after the Haligard Scandal that number dropped down to 0.0001%, as it rapidly became apparent that the Inner Colonies effectively controlled the Senate. After Dous Novella, the Semate lost any resistance it had towards the USEC, and soon began to rubber-stamp any documents the USEC put forward to it.