A Trans-System Government, or Trans-Gov, is an independent governmental authority in the Subnautica universe. Trans-Govs are entities that own territory but do not fall under the qualifications of a country or nation.
According to the Charter, a Trans-Gov is "an independent authority in de facto control of at least one solar system and phasegate". Note that in this definition a phasegate is defined as "any permanent installation which enables warping of spacefaring vessels between solar systems". Most, but not all, Trans-Govs can trace their origins back to Earth.
Known Trans-Govs operate under a board of directors or a number of clan-corps. Their population is made up of citizens. Trans-Govs are forced to follow the terms of the Charter by an enforcing military police called the Trans-System Federation (TSF), which is independent of but funded by all Trans-Govs. Trans-Govs are a large state containing many smaller enterprises under them.
All Trans-Govs are subject to a number of rights. To summarize the rights defined in the Charter:
- All Trans-Govs are subject to the same, equal rights.
- The right to own phasegates and planetary infrastructure.
- The right to self govern, with exception.
Trans-Govs are also subject to a number of obligations and restrictions, also outlined in the Charter:
- Share phasegate access with other Trans-Govs on fair terms at no cost to themselves.
- Financially maintain and comply with the TSF.
- May not develop weapons and technologies outlawed by "Appendix 91".
- May not engage in population abuse.
Alterra Corporation is one of the largest Trans-Govs in the known universe. They are one of the main suppliers of starship technologies and consumer electronics, and one of the official suppliers of the TSF. They originated as a defense manufacturer in the early 22nd century, and their motto is "Get what you deserve".
Mongolian Independent States
The Mongolian Independent States are one of the smaller, but fastest-expanding Trans-Govs. They originated from independent states that split off from the China Territories shortly after the Expansion. Their authority branches from many clan-corps, each of which maintain a certain amount of power in the Trans-Gov. Religious beliefs are commonly held in the Mongolian culture, something which Alterran citizens seem to look down on them for. A stigma towards synthetic food is also said to be commonplace amongst this culture.
Avery Quinn's Trans-Gov
This trans-gov is never mentioned by name, but according to Avery Quinn, who is a member of this trans-gov, it is relatively small and based on the far side of the Andromeda Galaxy. It is unknown if this trans-gov manufactures starships of their own as the Sunbeam that Avery Quinn was piloting is of Alterra design.
Also said by Avery to be a common saying in this trans-gov is "There's no bad without the good, no good without the bad".
Not much is known about the Sol Trans-gov, however it is stated by the PDA that the starship Mercury II was apart of this trans-gov.
There are at least 8 other unknown Trans-Govs in the Subnautica universe.