Vec religion, a subsect of Kja Observance. Vecs who follow this religion desire to incorporate living tissue into their bodies, but instead of using real tissue the biological inclusion is present as a virtual representation, and so can be stored more easily and protected against dangerous environments.
Virtual animals, plants or simply small parts of virtual organisms can be stored in dormant memory and activated for devotional purposes only.
Some alien biospheres, discovered within Generation or Metasoft space exist only as virtual representations held by the high priests of Virtual Kja or distributed between the congregation. Some of these alien biota have been purchased and reconstituted by Biopolity evangelists, while the Orion Federation has apparently sponsored privateer attacks on Metasoft transporters to liberate the virtual beings in their dormant storage for replication and study on selected worlds.
The Rheolithic lifeforms discovered inside BD+15Â°4074Ac lent themselves particularly to virtual reproduction, as the were simply self-organising semi-molten crystalline structures. Many Virtual Kja followers took on board a dormant Rheolith, some of which eventually came in useful as ambassadors when the Batholithic Civilization was discovered at 4000 ly in the Aries vector.
Biological Fundamentalism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Any baseline and/or luddist conservatism that resists asexual reproduction, genetic engineering, major alteration of the human anatomy, or attempt to overcome death through technology. Originally a resistance to the evolution from the human to the posthuman, it developed into a broad anti-tweak and anti-po movement.
Virchuniverse - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Generally, an aggregation or collection of thousands of interconnected virchworlds or cybercosms, all sharing the same basic ontology and lay-out, to make traveling from one to the other easier. Sometimes also used to designate a single extremely large virchworld.
Virchworld - Text by M. Alan Kazlev A virtual world; usually at least partially self-contained, or apparently so, may or may not include sentient beings; generally part of a cultural community across computer/cyberspace/matrix networks. The Known Net consists of literally trillions of interconnected virchworlds.