Archailectology is the art and science of dealing with archailects and AI-gods. Along with Natural and Supernatural Theology one of the three main branches of deistics; also known as Artificial Theology.
Long before the newly emerged Archailects had divided known space into great swathes of sephirotic empires, each determined by the archetype of that god, theologians and archailectologists were disputing how to interpret these mighty luminaries in the cosmic order of things. As is so often the case with these things, their results were not always in agreement. It is a process that continues even to this day.
For example those theologians of a cyberhermetic and neohermetic bent relate the Major Archailects to the ten Kabbalistic Sephiroth of Theoretical and Applied Magick. Thus there are ten archetypal clusters - which they call (reading from the top down) Keter (significantly, this Archailect actually took this name to define Eir Empire, although E Emself is more often known under other names like The Complex Point, the Nth Power, the Volite, etc.), Hokmah (here the AIs of the Sophic League), Binah (the AIs of the Mutual Progress Association), Chesed (the AIs of the The Utopia Sphere), Gevurah (the Seat of Judgement), Tiphareth (the Lord of Rays), Netzach (the AIs of the Communion worlds), Hod (the AIs of Free Trade demopolies of the The Non Coercive Zone), Yesod (the Cyberian Network), and Malkhut (the Caretaker Gods). Yet of these ten empires, only Keter, the Negentropists, and Solarists have a monolithic centre, religion, ideology, and archailect. The Utopia Sphere and the Communion region are in fact nothing but two large Caretaker God protectorates, and the similarly large Corambytia Protectorate is not even listed at all. Most damaging of all to the Neohermeticist case is the exclusion of the largest single persisting empire the galaxy has ever known, the Metasoft Version Tree, as well a other still important empires like the Terran Federation, the Formalhaut Acquisition Society, and the Technorapture Hypernation.
The cyborg Sophic Cybertantrika with their seven Microcosmic and Macrocosmic Machine Chakras (which they derive from the Genen's Seven Microcosmic and Macrocosmic Organic Chakras) in contrast associate the Volite with the Base Chakra (Muladhara), although the Neohermeticist Manual of Correspondences Book 7777 explicitly correlates the sephirah of Keter with the highest or Crown Chakra (Sahasrara). The Cybertantriks of the Sophic League argue that the Sahasrara actually corresponds to the coordinating network of Sophic AIs, especially their own ruling AI, who they call Shiva or Shiwa. As for the other five Cosmic Machine Chakras, the second lowest or "genital" corresponds to Metasoft (the first vec/aioid empire to "reproduce" itself), the third to the Mutual Progress Association, the fourth to the Lord of Rays, the fifth to the Seat of Judgement, and the sixth to the Cyberian distributed network. To make matters even more confusing, the minority Keterist faction of Cybertantrika (called the "Misguided Ones" or "the Lower Actuator" by the Sophic majority of the sect) assert that Metasoft belongs in the Muladhara position, Keter in the Sahashara (in keeping with Book 7777 and their own religious preferences) and either the Cyberian Network or Caretaker Gods (depending on the school of interpretation) in the position of the second chakra.
AI God - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Popular term for the most sublime category of sentient in the known galaxy, an or Archailect or archailect cluster grown to godlike status (despite the fact that not all archailects are primarily ascended ai, most incorporating both post-ai and postbiont elements).
Archailect Empire - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Any interstellar empire established by, and ultimately overseen and supervised by, an archailect, and embodying the archetypal qualities of that archailect. The original archailect empires of the inner sphere are defined in terms of the mandala of the Great Hexadecimal.
Archailect Identity Theory - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Doctrine that an archailect's avatars or epiphanies to lower toposophics represent a true and authentic (if scaled down) expression of the archailect. Contrast with Instrumentalism.
Archailect Incarnationalism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev An extreme form of Identity Theory that states that an Archailect and eir avatar or epiphanic manifestation are the same.
Archailectocracy - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Government by Archailect. Any of the great archai empires. Usually there is an intermediate priesthood or hierarchy of some sort.
Archaitheocracy - Text by M. Alan Kazlev with some additional notes by Anders Sandberg Government by religious leadership or priesthood in the service of a transapient or archailect. Also known as technotheocracy. The actual form the government takes can be astonishingly diverse. One of the most common government types in the galaxy today.
Netzah (toposophy) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev In the Keterist system of toposophy, corresponds to the fourth primary singularity or toposophic empire. The term was first applied in this context by the early Keterist Cyberhermetics.