Non-Aligned and Nominally Aligned Polities
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It is not always necessary to be a part of a larger Sephirotic empire or meta-empire. Many non-aligned and only nominally aligned polities exist, in the borders between the larger hyperpowers. These small states guarantee the same sentient rights and adhere to the same standards of civilization as their larger brethren.
Such polities are sovereign states, ruled by sapient or transapient government. It may be as small as a single individual (a so-called Sovereignty of One) or as large as a vast interstellar empire. It may be a democracy, a theocracy, an autocracy, an anarchy, an aicracy, a panocracy, an aristocracy, a plutocracy, a meritocracy, or any other of the innumerable forms of government found throughout the civilized galaxy. But whatever the form of government, there will be sapient or transapient sentients at the head, whether the entire populace (as in extreme democracy) or a single autocrat (as in extreme monocracy). These beings then decide the foreign, economic, military, educational, legal, industrial, cultural, entertainment, and ideological stance of the polity as a whole.
The number and diversity of such polities in the galaxy is as great as the number and diversity of clades, cultures, and memetic-complexes. There are estimated to be almost a trillion polities incorporated in the Civilized Galaxy, only a tiny proportion of which are heavily memed, angelnetted, and governed aicracies in which the Archailects have established their hold securely and with no fear of defection or subversion. A much larger number consists of the many nominally aligned or neutral worlds, habitats, and polities, with populations ranging from the thousands to (in a few cases) the billions. Far larger again, and making up the vast majority of sovereign states, is the huge number of Sovereignties of Ones and of micropolities with only a few dozen or a few hundred citizens. Especially in the case of trader empires — like the FAS and the Orion Federation — there are, in addition to the large and powerful core of central federated worlds and superpolities, millions of relativistic ship-states, each trader vessel being a sovereign nation unto itself. Individually these traders have very little power. Collectively they are a force to be reckoned with. Almost all empires also have to contend with — in the less regulated and developed regions — the phenomenon of individual, family, and clan homesteaders declaring their own little piece of rock or ice a sovereign nation. Finally there are the Free Zones, polities that specifically swear allegiance to no Archailect or, in the case of the NoCoZo, to an archailect so abstract that some doubt whether it even exists at all!
Because of the tendency of individual, family, clan, and small clade and subculture sapients and powers to declare autonomy, the AI empires have no choice but to rule by memetic and noetic principles. If their religion, ideology, philosophy, esoteric, spirituality, and toposophy, is attractive enough, then the homesteaders, nomads, colonists, and traders will automatically align with them, as the most reasonable and beneficial option. If their memetic is weak, and their noetic does not promise much, then they will find these innumerable small polities defecting to the opposition or remaining independent.
The intrigues and stratagems required to keep these smaller polities happy and aligned with one or another of the Sephirotics, or even with a more minor local god, can at times be so convoluted that many sapients — and even many transapients — choose simply to ignore them. For them it is enough that they get a good deal from a local god or hyperturing, that they be allowed to trade in information, creativity, and materials, or if they choose, to not trade, and to express their ideology and lifestyle without interference. When pirates or barbarian raiders or blights come their way, these small polities are quick to cry for help to the big powers. Sometimes, in the interests of encouraging diversity, the big powers and AIs will protect the small polities from such dangers without asking for anything obvious in return. For them, simply nurturing of diversity is apparently motivation enough.
- Ahreemi Meetpoint - Text by Todd Drashner
Asymptote civilization aligned loosely toward the NoCoZo. Located in a multiple star system some 3000ly from Solsys in the direction of the galactic core. The system consists of 6 stars in 2 binary pairs and 2 singles in a rough cross. A 0.5 km gauge wormhole has been constructed using what was once the 7th star of the system. In addition four gas giants that had orbited the star have each been converted to a number of 100 m gates. The system supports a diverse population of tweaks, baselines, provolves, vecs and aioids and major computronium banks for three archai (The High Triune). Total population 350 billion.
- Albireo Confluence - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Association of some 2000 distinct superbright and transapient polities in and around Albireo. The Confluence also extends through Known Net and Star Gate relays and links to a large number of local and distant systems. Historically it has expanded outwards primarily through the old and the current Cygexba wormhole /stargate nexus, but it has also established its sphere of influence along other wormhole axes. Economically and memetically it dominates the Albireo Sector.
- Aldebaran - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A giant, old, orange star about 40 times the diameter of Sol. Colonized and industrialized in the middle Federation period, this ancient resource-rich Inner Sphere system had a varied history. Currently notable as an important nexus on the Wormhole Network.
- Alexandria Clusters - Text by Marcus Wellpoth and Marcus Rauchfu▀
Information storage clusters in Dyson swarms around red dwarf stars.
- Alpha Centauri A+B - Text by Steve Bowers and John M. Dollan
Colonised by Von Neumann Machines (neumanns) in the late Interplanetary Era; these self-replicating machines were designed to be self-evolving and independent, and rejected any further human contact once they arrived. This led to the loss of the resource-rich Alpha Centauri system.
- Ambi Limis - Text by Mark Ryherd
Historic polity, successor to the Conver Ambi
- Amboseli - Text by Steve Bowers
Provolved Ungulate colony
- Arantan Empire - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Aggressively expansionist Empires age heterodox Solarian Bionanoborg off-shoot that established itself in the Cygexba volume. Some attribute its success to support by isolationist skynet ais in the region. During the Cygnis Wars both the Varadic and the Arantan empires contended for ownership of the most resource rich systems, circumventing the wormhole nexus with relativistic battlefleets, and threatening to attack the stargates if either Cygexba or any of the Inner Sphere powers intervened. The Arantans were eventually subverted by clever memetic engineering on the Dominion's part. Arantan morphotypes and sociotypes are still to be found among the polities of the region, now completely assimilated in Dominion Solarism.
- Backscattering Waves - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Steve Bowers
Some colonies themselves send out waves of colonsation, which may come into conflict with other waves from the original source.
- Barnard's Star - Text by Anders Sandberg
Surrounded by extensive asteroid belts, Barnard was one of the first systems to be colonised by the First Federation. Some nanotech window and nanodisaster era belt colonies had also colonised the disk, but due to the lack of volatiles their habitats could not expand much. Barnard became an important stepping-stone in interstellar colonisation but always suffered from the lack of volatiles. The adventures of the Kuiper-belt surveyors (the "comethunters") and the Water Wars remain classic stories.
- Beaual - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Independent, important House Stevens Middle Regions world, former Sagittarius Sphere
- Betelgeuse Umma - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A Empires age offshoot of the Umma Shell that settled in the solward Betelgeuse volume, the Betelgeuse Ummaites drifted progressively away from the rest of the Shell, becoming unrecognisable as Umma (apart from a few cultural and religious quirks) by the middle Second Federation period. Currently they are one of several dozen primary cultures that make up the volume.
- Big Tor - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Prosperous Sophic League/Free Sophic/NoCoZo system, home of the BigTor Plexus.
- Bok Swarm - Text by Todd Drashner
Class of extremely large and wide ranging habitat swarm built within Bok globules
- Capellan Federation - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
One of a number of small empires to develop following the break-up of the ComEmp, the Capellan Federation has been luckier than most, continuing to the present time.
- Carina Cycler Union - Text by Liam Jones
A development/exploration based beamrider polity in the Carina Rush, commonly described as a combination of the Deeper Covenant and Cygexpa.
- Carina Rush - Text by Anders Sandberg
Vast new volume opened up by an alien wormhole, in the direction of Eta Carinae.
- Cassiopeia Federation Anomie - Text by Anders Sandberg
During the late ComEmp period a complex mesh of social, economic and technological factors caused the Cassiopeia Federation, a client state within the NeoCygexpa Regnum, to experience a social collapse into depression, anomie and chaos. The event hurt the Regnum economy noticeably, and displaced more than 200 million sophonts from their home systems. Moreover, the upheaval caused a number of similar collapses that helped accelerate the break up of the ComEmp.
- Cronosians, The - Text by Espen Antonsen
Distributed polity consisting of generation ships, effectively interstellar mobile fractal habitats
- Crystal Star Domain - Text by James Ramsey
- Daharran Unity - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A human-alien civilisation founded approximately 6700 in the Chronos Cluster. In 7200 it isolated itself after the Advance Party had won a landslide election. For the next century not much was heard from the Unity, until Daharran Prime suddenly vanished in 7343. Investigations revealed that the Advance Party had converted it into a black hole in order to achieve the sacred mass; now they were busy hunting more mass under the slogan "Strength - Unity - Mass". They conquered the Chronos Cluster, systematically eradicating everyone and everything. It is widely believed that the Unity was already ossifying or imploding even before the powerful corporate Quasar Dynamic Fleet came upon the scene; that explains the QDF's successes against what was clearly a much larger military and industrial opponent.
- Disarchy - Text by Anders Sandberg
Influential polity in the Crucis Corridor, on the frontier between the Negentropy Alliance and the NoCoZo.
- Dream Rejection Tendency, The - Text by Steve Bowers
Brown dwarfs in the Stellar Umma region supporting a dual civilisation; a virtual cosmos in the databanks, and a human nearbaseline society living outside utilising the waste heat.
- Dreaming Void, The - Text by Domagoj K
Utochishte system: colony on the periphery of Terragen Space which was isolated for more than a thousand years and developed a complex and idiosyncratic culture. This resulted in the creation of an extensive virtual world, divided into millions of mini-universes.
- Dry Empire, The - Text by Anders Sandberg
Informal name for the coalition of aioids expanding out of the Inner Sphere that do not participate in the affairs of the bionts.
- Equalizer Civilization - Text by Anders Sandberg
An infamous highly expansive human empire that attempted to implement true equality among all humans and human derived civilizations by a regimen of nanosurgical mental modifications, ubiquitous and perhaps ridiculously ambitious attempt at a surveillance (over interstellar distances!) and massive agent software networks.
- Far Edge Civilisation, The - Text by Espen Antonsen
Small formerly isolationist polity founded by a single transapient individual, an upload of a cyborg who began as a baseline human in the early Information Age.
- First Exocore Bordered Corpus - Text by Liam Jones
Independent polity formed by the group of eccentric breakaway Menexenes "Association-With-Greater-Civilisation Guild" aided by the archailect Synergenesis.
- Fragan Sphere, The - Text by Anders Sandberg
Pre-Empires age autonomous Terragen interstellar civilization; many details about it and the reasons for its disappearance remain a mystery. Few empires pose more curious archaeological questions than the Fragan Empire and none give fewer answers. The Fragan Empire has been compared to the Tunnlers in its frustrating combination of totally accessible ruins and near total lack of certain information.
- Free Sophic Polities - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
An association of polities and their regulating Minds that first emerged along the NoCoZo - Sophic League border during the later ComEmp and Re-Evaluation periods, as a result of increasing relativistic intermingling between the adjacent sephirotics.
- Friedmen - Text by Anders Sandberg
NoCoZo inspired autonomy in the outer Cygexba regions. The Friedmen refuse to accept the political authority of any surrounding polity. From their traditionalist archanarchistic point of view governments and states do not exist other than as abstractions, and the world is an entire autonomous zone with some misguided and dangerous groups attempting to control it. Due to their refusal to submit to these abstractions and their shared memetic in creative disobedience, they have become very unpopular among the local ruling systems.
- Gengineer Republic - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Interplanetary Age Genetekker dominated polity encompassing most of the tweak and superior bases and colonies of the outer planets.
- Gerkletoss - Text by Anders Sandberg and M. Alan Kazlev
Multispecies utopian civilisation that developed in the Black Acropolis dyson swarm.
- Greater Superchimps - Text by Steve Bowers
Postchimp-led sapientchimp superpolity.
- Hopomane - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Populous Deneb volume system, being exploited by the Hosoko Management Network instead.
- Hopomane Empire - Text by Anders Sandberg
The Hopomane empire was formed after the collapse of the Hosoko Hegemony. The local archailect found that the region would not be profitable enough to re-colonise, and convinced a number of local powers to form the Management Network instead.
- Hosoko Hegemony - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A minor empire in the Deneb volume that had developed following the Great Cygexba Sell-off. In 7254 a local perversity resulted in widespread riots and sabotage; in 7277 the major wormhole links were destroyed and it ceased to exist.
- Hyperion Faction - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A breakaway faction of the Solar Dominion, dominated by House Marabi Patha and the Hyperion hyperturing, that left after the Information-Emotion Schism in 3414. It turned itself into a competitor to the Dominion by allying with other expansive rimward powers. Part of the Hyperion-Charlwood Alliance.
- Hyperion-Charlwood Alliance - Text by Anders Sandberg
Merger of the Hyperion empire and Charlwood cyborg society, the Alliance embarked on a policy of aggressive military-economic expansion, that culminated with the attack on the strategically important Geteche system. In 3694 the Geteche system was attacked by an unusually virulent form of AI-viruses, developed by the alliance. The attack destroyed the local infrastructure and the governing AI, which led to the explosive destruction of all local wormhole gates. This broke off most of the links between the Orion arm and the young colonies in the Perseus arm. While the viruses were contained in the Orion arm and the perpetrators harshly punished, the remote colonies all succumbed. For several millennia they were isolated, often barbarous and only gradually reconnected to the main wormhole nexus.
- Jovian League - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Steve Bowers
Important Genetekker-dominated Outer Sol System polity, middle Interplanetary to Interplanetary Nanotech era.
- Lirantiq - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Vec civilization that originated on Bambata, and began to expand outwards during the post-CoEmp period. The reason for the expansion was not just for the traditional need of resources and trade. In addition the Lirantiq also sought their origins - for some unknown reason their founder(s) had erased all history files and memories of the time before reaching Bambata.
- Miidam Posthuman Republic - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Empires Era polity, originally part of the old Taurus Nexus. Became known for their neogenic bioborg and nanoborg technology. Later joined the TRHN and underwent a collective ascension.
- Nekology, The - Text by Anders Sandberg
Outer Volume "empire" of Terragen origin.
- New Daffy Panoparchy - Text by Anders Sandberg, with additional material by Steve Bowers
Middle Regions Interstellar SuperPolity, corewards region of the former TrueModel volume.
- New Sol - The Sol-Multiverse - Text by Craig Higgs
Binary red dwarf system containing a dyson swarm and a large number of virtual and real alternate ecosystems.
- Newhope - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The oldest wildsap/wildhu preserve in Terragen space.
- NoCoNeg - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Anders Sandberg
Colloquial and semi-humorous term for former NoCoZo systems conquered by the Negentropy Alliance during the Version War. During the early ComEmp period they caused a lot of discomfort to the Negentropy Alliance by their constant harping for less centralism and more freedom. In the end the Negentropist regional administrations allowed them sweeping liberalizations and generous trade tariffs. Although nominally a part of the Alliance they cannot be relied upon in sensitive situations, and in recent centuries have become more of a semi-autonomous empire of their own.
- Orange Polity, The - Text by Thorbj°rn Steen
Corridor #3920 (YTS 2892-5093071) is an F2 star, located on the border between Negentropy space and the MPA. First colonised in 3826 a.t. by Negentropic neumanns. At the end of the Version War in 4654, the now uninhabited system was designated as part of the Seams.
- Orbital (political unit) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Originally, a nation state or city state based on habitats in orbit around Old Earth. Over the course of the Interplanetary Age the term came to be used for any such state in Solsys. By early First Federation times the term Orbital was used more broadly for any independent or semi-independent state based on a hab in orbit around a planet.
- Organic Ascension Alliance, The - Text by Espen Antonsen
A Bionanotech/godtech habitat-based civilisation at Chi-1 Orionis
- Peregrinate, The - Text by Anders Sandberg
Distributed pseudo-polity of unknown origin, consisting of individuals claiming allegiance to the Peregrinate and being under the protection of the Peregrin, an unknown AI god protecting them through adornments similar to the Solarian pilgrimage jewelery.
- Polity - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
An organized society; a state or quasistate; any form of politico-social organization.
- Puppis Democracy, The - Text by Anders Sandberg
A non-aligned tweak empire that emerged during the Version War period, near the Sophic League.
- R'Foxxans, The - Text by AI Vin
A polity of superbright symbiont bioborgs that emerged from a mix of the various nearbaseline humans that colonized the ACAF-37274637-8633 system in the Sagittarius Sector.
- Restored Ambi Limis, The - Text by Anders Sandberg
A number of worlds in the Perseus Rift, centered around Khan, that once were part of Ambi Limis and are trying to reclaim their former glory. Politically they are too far away and too economically weak to be interesting, and instead act as a kind of buffer state between the Dominion and Metasoft.
- Sagittarius Sphere - Text by Anders Sandberg and M. Alan Kazlev
Major Consolidation and Second Federation Empire / House.
- Shipwright's Commune - Text by Basu
Non-aligned space-based polity specializing in megascale engineering.
- Siris Habitat - Text by Tapio Erola
Subversive peripatetic relativistic fractal habitat/museum-ship.
- Soft Cathedral - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Anders Sandberg and AI Vin
Major historical bioist empire/house, developed originally the Softbot Coordinator Systems clade of superiors, which became into the Softbot Cathedrals and eventually the Soft Cathedrals. The Cathedrals developed a bioism emphasizing "soft" biological technology, massive terraforming and aggressive autoevolution.
- Spacefarer Union - Text by Basu
Nomadic Interstellar ship-based Culture.
- Stellar Umma, The - Text by Anders Sandberg
A large region of space near the Sophic League with a rich Islamic culture.
- Synthetic Human Alliance, The - Text by AI Vin
The Synthetic Human Alliance in the GJ 3655A-B star system; a refuge for the artificial human (android) race.
- Taurus Nexus - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Early hyperpower that developed around an abandoned wormhole nexus in the area of space bounded by the Pleiades and Hyades.
- Triumvirate, The - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Not a true empire, but a unified ontology and meta-polity. It was created by a multi-clade group of local administration godlets and superbright and po clades as a synthesis of the Negentropy Alliance, MPA, and Formalhaut Acquisition Society in the wake of the Version War, and spanned a large swathe of middle regions MPA - Negentropy Alliance border worlds.
- Tsutari Ambastory - Text by Charles Mosteller
Religious confederation of baseline hu worlds responsible for ending the reign of the Terrorlords of Mandra Quin'Si in 2446.
- Ulysses Network - Text by Anders Sandberg
One of the major Perseus Rift volumes; a local power that has gradually developed to rival the power of the Dominion in the Rift. It began as the Ulysses Prefecture found itself isolated but with a functional wormhole nexus of its own. It began to spread, gaining trade and political importance (especially as a bridge to the Perseus Arm). Over the last few thousand years the Dominion has several times attempted to subdue the Network, with limited success. At present, the Network finds itself in a precarious position due to the nearness of the Amalgamation and the PADO.
- Uoagranyu - Text by Aaron Hamilton
Gliese 892 - minor non-aligned Inner Sphere system. Small regional power which was bombed, conquered, and enslaved by both sides in the war in a see-saw campaign in which over 70% of its 300 million inhabitants were slaughtered.
- VanGuard Alliance - Text by Darren Ryding
Former theocracy ruled by the mad godling VanGuard; now a close ally of the Toh Chi Lok-Nar.
- Varadic Hegemony - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Expansionist Late Consolidation and early Second Federation age biocyborg empire. During the Cygnis Wars both the Varadic and Arantan empires contended for ownership of the most resource rich systems, circumventing the wormhole nexus with relativistic battle fleets, and threatening to attack the stargates if either Cygexba or any of the Inner Sphere powers intervened. Eventually a combined Dominion-MPA fleet put an end to Varadic ambitions.
- Virginis Combine, The - Text by Anders Sandberg
An early interstellar empire, influential during the late Federation and early Expansion periods.
- Wachowski Civilization - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Post- Diamond Belt megastructures, mostly Inner Sphere, Empires Era to Recent.
- Xeon - Text by Grant Thomas and M. Alan Kazlev
Aggressive expansionist Outer Volume cyborg empire.
- Yoson Confederacy - Text by Aaron Hamilton and Anders Sandberg
Several worlds linked by religious and philosophical ties, mostly within the Cygexpa region. Founded by the Hippocratic Clade ethnicity in the 2500's on Chiri (Beta Canum Venaticorum III) and spread outwards towards Cygnus during the Age of Expansion.
- Zerzavec Commune - Text by Liam Jones
A dual Biaioid/Aioid polity in the Carina Rush.
Text by M. Alan Kazlev
image copyright Kevin Williams, used with permission
Initially published on 17 December 2003.