Shadow Federation, The
Shadow Federation
Image from Anders Sandberg
The symbol of the Shadow Federation; this informal federation is the closest that the Hiders have to a superpolity. Although many individual Hider clades welcome the Greensong Accord, the Shadow Federation itself has never formally ratified the agreement,
nor in fact has the Shadow Federation ever formally interacted with any other body except the Deeper Covenant.

Shadow Federation - Data Panel

DefinitionHider Association - Superpolity
Symbolnone standard, although two white circles on black, the larger circle enclosing the smaller (above), is sometimes used
Originmostly Terragen, but some Xenosophonts are believed to be involved
Foundednot known, but was already established by the First Federation period
Populationnot known
Psyche, Art, CultureMetapsychology: Isolationist, paranoid, secretive

Metaethics: Varies by individual member polity and clade

Culture and Art: Varies by individual member polity and clade

Languages: Varies by individual member polity and clade
Government and AdministrationIndividual Polities: A large number of unrelated polities, clades, and other small factions that share nothing beyond mutual distrust and dislike for the rest of Terragen civilization.

Government Type: Varies by individual member polity and clade

Constitution: Varies by individual member polity and clade

Legal System: Varies by individual memberpolity and clade

Sentient Rights: Varies by individual member polity and clade , but generally very poor towards outsiders
Economics, Local InfrastructureEconomy: Varies

Megastructures: usually not known, although possibly among some brown dwarfs

Stargate Nexus: none

Beamrider Network: none

Known Net: limited, heavily encrypted

Military expenditure: not known, possibly fairly high

Trading Partners: some with the Deeper Covenant

Longrunning Interstellar Disputes: repeated but mostly minor raids and incursions on all other metaempires
Sophont TravelHazard Rating: 5.0 to 9.9

Freedom of Movement for outsiders: highly restricted

Environmental Requirements: varies according to clade

Very little is known about the Shadow Federation. Even the name is a tag applied to them by others. It is basically a loose alliance - less a federation than a confederation, if that - of any number of outside cultures, such as the Space People, the Haloists, the Backgrounders, certain radical and highly modified neochimp and other provolve elements (those who did not join the actual Federation), deep space adapted vecs, and other clades. At the time of the Shadow Federation's origin they were united by fear and hatred and paranoia of the inner solar system, the ruling AIs of Solsys, baseline normals, or other aspects of the developing First Federation. They chose instead to live in the blacknesses of the outer Oort Clouds, using stealth technology to avoid detection. Time moves slowly for these groups; they might spend decades carefully negotiating brief trades, and occasionally launching guerrilla attacks, striking at some threateningly obvious base, then cloaking and disappearing before the authorities arrive. Little is known of the subsequent development and spread of this association.

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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 25 July 2000.