The Icarus Front is the oldest human political organization in existence. Founded amid political turmoil in the late 21st century, the Icarus Front stands in opposition to efforts to technologically change the human condition, the so-called transformative technologies. Once the alpha and omega of human politics, Icarus has fallen from its lofty position, but is still the largest political party and intensely powerful. Icarus' opposition labels it regressive and sometimes even fascist, but its supporters know it for its focus on public welfare and emphasis on domestic security.
Icarus is as old as all but the oldest of human colonies, but its modern incarnation is the youngest of the three major parties. Icarus was originally founded in reaction to a number of high-profile technological disasters in the late 21st century, beating out the technophilic Shoulders of Giants to become the most powerful pan-national political organization in the world, spearheading the formation of SolGov and setting the foundation for modern life. The party disintegrated shortly after its supremacy was confirmed, as sub-factions feuded over issues not part of Icarus's single issue (notably, corporate malfeasance, expansionism and colonization, and representation in the Colonial Assembly for large states).
Icarus was reborn after The Shadow Coalition and The Sol Economic Organization began taking large numbers of Assembly seats and state governments. It currently exists as a centralized coalition opposing changes to the technological status-quo, especially resurrective cloning and advanced drone intelligence. Other issues of importance are social welfare and foreign relations, with regional Icarus governments spending a good deal on education, public health, and welfare, and promoting an isolationist foreign policy.
Who Supports Them?
- People from humanity's core worlds-- Sol, Tau Ceti, and the like
- People whose lives have been hurt by corporate malfeasance and technological experimentation
- Police and government workers
- The poor
- People on the Human-Tajaran border
Icarus is a coalition like the The Shadow Coalition, but maintains a much tighter top-down platforming than the loose allegiance of the Shadow Coalition. Since its rebirth, its founding parties have decayed in importance compared to the central bureaucracy, allowing Icarus to have more solid stances on many minor issues and winning over voters from the indecisive Shadow Coalition.
The Icarus Front runs on donations, largely from wealthy individuals and charitable institutions. A considerable amount of these donations go to the salary of their infamous memeticists, experts in the manipulation of public opinion recruited from the most prestigious universities in SolGov. These memeticists maintained Icarus' hold on the public opinion for five hundred years, and continue to be a massively influential public face and propaganda organ for the organization.