The Bells Union (sometimes referred to as Midgets) is the government of one of three playable races in RF Online. They are the most balanced of the races in terms of power, combining their Force control and technological progress to achieve their ends, as oposed to the deity worshiping Corites or machine driven Accretians.
Due to the intense gravity on their home planet, the Bellato are the smallest people in terms of frame. They are a race of inventors that are able to combine creative tools and weapons with the Light (or Holy) form of universal Force (the Cora possessing the Dark form of it). As such, Bellateans possess an equilibrium between their technology and their inherited force control. The Bellato enter the war as the least physically capable of the three races, and yet, given their ingenuity they have the potential to become the strongest, through brainpower and creation alone. Before they became the Bellato Union, however, they were the Bellato Empire, who seized control after the Cora civil war, but were bested by the Accretians. Under such pressure, they fell from power, yet they have bided their time until they became a force to be reckoned with once again, now on the battlefront of the Novus Colonization.
Mechanized equipment was initially produced for use in scientific progression, and was mostly used on construction sites in the past, being military purposes left behind or relatively undeveloped. As the technology progressed, more diverse types of mechanized equipment were mass-produced, and as the armor unit became more established, it was placed into live battle zones for field testing. The early battles featuring the armoured units saw some impressive victories for the federation. This led to the national defense expenditure increasing, with the Bellatean army gearing towards producing more of the armor units. However, in the course of the Novus War, the armor units' previous criminal records, coupled with a series of defeats in battle to the Accretian launcher units, saw the reputation of the unit's effectiveness within the army weakened. These defeats were largely to blame on the units' design, which was not efficient on the geographical structure of Novus. After the manufacturing rights were handed over to civilian contractors, more accustomed to the planet, the armor units were redesigned to eliminate previous design flaws and for better compatibility with the Novus warzones. As the reliability of the armor units dropped due to the huge operational costs involved, the federations' peace committee decided to close down the armor unit assembly. The armored units can be divided into two types: the MAUs, constructed as a field unit to assist foot troops and assume the role of battle engine, and the other as a siege warfare unit. The siege unit was very complicated to produce and required vast amounts of resources, more than the federation could really sustain. The MAU, in contrast, was better suited for mass production, and for this reason they are much more made available to the troops. The committee then became unsure as to how to dispose of the units, so they decided that the civilians could purchase and trade the units at a relatively low price. However, due to the MAUs' firepower, a law was passed stating that MAU usage would be restricted to military purposes, banning it from civilian market.
Bellato society is based on technological progress and commercial development, and as such the people are shaped to that end. Bellateans learned early on that the fastest way to develop technology and profit is for people to be happy. A happy person is a productive person. This is why they have more freedom of expression and a sense of individualism than their rivals. They have long understood that freedom drives minds to think better, rather than oppression. This grants Bellato citizens many of the freedoms and liberties that are usually denied to other races. However, most, if not all of the dominant Bellateans are members of Houses. Houses are congregations of individuals who share the same blood (family ties being taken very seriously by Bellateans) and/or interests (wealth and power being also taken quite seriously by Bellateans). Success breeds success, and while Bellateans promote individual achievement, over the years the same families harvest most of the wealth and power. Influential Bellateans lend money, offer services or help to lesser ones, in exchange for business or other services, and strong ties develop between the two sides, both on a personal and commercial level. Soon enough, a vast network of interests emerges and thus a House is created. Several networks can intertwine, of course, but the core of every one of them is a powerful and identifiable family that will do it's best to keep the relatives, allies, and clients in line with the House’s interests.
The Bellato Union is the military and colonization army, as well as the playable Bellato faction in the RF Online world. The Union is currently deployed as the Bellato forefront in the Novus Colonization. As a race-unique aspect, their Specialists can pilot MAUs in addition to create and customize equipment. The Bellato, being experienced traders and merchants, wish to colonize Novus as part of their financial program, which consists of the need to expand to other planets, to colonize and claim resource. To expand to the rest of the universe, the Bellato have to ensure that the Novus Sector doesn't fall under the supremacy of Accretia or Cora by functioning as the middle man in this galactic conflict. This desire to expand and grow often comes at the price of armed conflict against anyone and anything considered an obstacle, and as such both the Accretian Empire and the Holy Cora Alliance are viewed as equally potential threats.a