Philosophy developed by Academician Athol Kamani on the Dominion world of Mithras during the late Empires period.
Claimed that archailect cultures tend to be perpetual and effectively immortal (lasting as long as the archailect eirself). Perpetualism became a popular historical interpretation during the SecFed era, especially in Dominion and, to a lesser extent, Negentropist worlds. Its reputation was seriously damaged by events of the Version War, which disproved several of its theses (one being that a major interstellar war was not possible in a archailect mediated civilisation). However, following the reconstruction period and with the rise of the ComEmp a number of newer versions of Perpetualism developed. Most of these were forms of "weak Perpetualism" (the most popular being Ngian Perpetualism - which was developed by the Ngist School of Perpetualists on Latimer Habitat), as opposed to the "strong Perpetualism" of Kamani. During the Period of Fragmentation there was a sort of ideological conflict (a few times heating up to a memetic war on some worlds) between Ngian Perpetualism and Sabinian Kalyptism, the former indicating a more or less stable civilization, the latter predicting a coolapse of the established order.
Different schools of Perpetualism are very interested in xenopaleological research, trying to find out whether extinct aliens had archailects.
- 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 Architecture
- 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.
- Archailectology, Schools of
- Immortalist - Text by M. Alan Kazlev; amended by Stephen Inniss
A sophont who aspires to attain physical immortality through indefinite perpetuation of a biological, technological or cyborg body, or software equivalent. This involves various preservation and renewal measures, including intelligence modification such as life-memory archiving. Most immortalists end up losing their personal identity after a few thousand years at most.
- Immortality - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
While literal physical immortality remains a contentious point in a universe that, although vast, is still finite, the wonders of modern medical nano mean that all citizens of the Civilized Galaxy, to say nothing of the higher toposophic ai, are potentially immortal; at least on angelnetted worlds. See also life-extension, afterlife.
- Survival Imperative, The