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The Utopia Sphere - Data Panel
|Definition||Utopian Sephirotic Region|
|Symbol||None formally, although the old Chesed logo is often used Utopian clades.|
|Founded||Second millennium a.t.|
|Ruling Archailect||No single identity, although the AI cluster ruling the Utopia Sphere is personified by the religious as the Lord of Utopia, the Bringer of Gifts, the Kindly One, the Merciful One, the Protective One, the Loving Parent, etc. The old neohermeticists referred to this very high toposophic group Mind as Chesed, and the term is still sometimes used among many utopese clades to this day.|
|AI Ethos||The AIs that oversee Utopese societies and worlds tend to be very interventionist, even aggressively so in regards to threats from outside; and these societies would quickly crumble without the AI God supporting them. Hence Utopian societies are looked down at by sophonts in other sephirotics, their sapients called helpless pets. What these other sophonts fail to realise is that their sephirotic polities are just as dependent on a ruling archailect, only in their case the archailects are more subtle in how they go about things.|
|Utopian Civilization||There is no single Utopian Civilization as such. Usually the sentients of each polity, world, and clade, adopt a kind of idealised version of the life they or their ancestors knew. Utopian worlds and habitats may be extremely diverse, with tens of thousands of sapient species happily co-existing. Or they may feature only a few specific and somewhat isolationist clades. Or anything in between. There are however few po or hyperturing polities, as Utopian sentients are often subsingularitan (either ordinary sophont, presapient, or even subsapient), although their wre also some transapient clades. Many Utopian races tend to be either not very competive with the rest of the galaxy, or, if they are, simply prefer to live happily among themselves. The Utopian AI have a tendency to construct dysons, to maximum the living space for their charges, and the Utopia Sphere has the sixth largest number of dysons in the terragen sphere (after the Panvirtuality, MPA, Keter, Objectivist Commonwealth, and some of the big Diamond Polities).|
|Science and Technology||Technology Level: The technology is very high (Transapientech and Godtech ) but always in the background. Although there are a few extremely advanced transapient utopic clades, polities, and civilizations, many utopic sophonts, especially on the more non-ultratech worlds, have little or no say in the running of Utopian tech. They have their own tech, which they brought with them from their own worlds, and which they retain more as a psychological crutch, to give the illusion of independence, or to customise their own dwellings and cities. Angelnets are common.|
|Psyche, Art, Culture||Metapsychology: Varies greatly according to clade, culture, and polity |
Society: There is no distinct society here, but rather the local sentients maintain the cultures and societies they or their ancestors originally had. However strong freedom of choice, little or no memegineering, little bureaucracy, distinction between the ruling and guardian AI and the majority of Utopian sentients, and strong reliance or dependence on ruling AIs to maintain the established order are common themes. Generally clade/species role-expectation is fairly low, even among clades that originally were high Role-specific.
Religion/Ideology: Although it is misleading to generalise here, it does seem that, despite the vast difference of race and clade among Utopian sapients, their religion very often takes the form of a simple childlike devotion to one's local archailect or hyperturing and eir seraiph. Many Utopists are also animist, monotheist, and superstitious, worshipping their local AI as the supreme God, and also worshipping local icons, fetishes, daimons, etc, and there are many local temples and shrines were simple pieces of sentient tech are worshipped. Some Utopists do however have unique and quite sophisticated religious rites, ceremonies and so on, and sometimes complex theologies and archailectologies replace superstition. Perhaps the most successful of the indiginous utopist religions is The First Splice and Provolve Universal Church (a local adaptation of the Universal Church), which tries to discourage excessive fetishism and icon-worship.
Symbolism and Aesthetics: Varies widely according to clade, culture, and polity. However, themes of ancestral disenfranchisement, persecution or crisis, of finding paradise, and benign transapient and archailectual guardianship are common in many works of epic literature.
Psychological Stagnation: Not infrequently over-reliance on the guardian AIs can result in excessive physical and psychological stagnation. Sometimes entire solar systems have gone this way. In extreme cases the ruling AIs have had to cleanse the entire planet, remake the whole infrastructure, and start again with a new group of immigrants.
Psychological Liberation: Psychological Liberation and Unio Mystico through identification with the guardian hyperturings, producing a compassionate sense of responsibility for the health and well-being of all sentient beings.
Culture and Art: While there are no distinct Utopian fashion, cultures, or artforms, the large number of splices and provolves among the Utopian population has meant that their style artwork is often very distinctive, often with striking animal themes; and is usually in high demand elsewhere in the galaxy.
Architecture: Architecture also tends to follow what the sapients were used to originally, although transplanted to a more idealistic setting. There is no uniform style. However, a common theme on a number of Utopian worlds is a graceful fairy-like palace, made of glittering diamondoid or other striking materials, surrounded by huge public gardens. Each garden is complete with ambient climate control, neat lawns, fountains and ponds, beautiful trees and flowers, and friendly and helpful remotes. Even here there is no unanimity; in Oro Mistral for example the palace is a vast underwater structure.
Language: Varies; no official common language.
|Territory and Population||Current Territory: An approximately ovoid region of space around Beta Arae. There are also a large number of affiliated worlds in other regions of the Terragen Sphere. Tar Vara for example is in MPA space. Also there are a number of autonomous Utopias in the middle regions and outer volumes that may be strongly or simply nominally affiliated.|
Capital: No capital, but the Beta Arae Volume is regarded as the Utopia Sphere core.
Representative Systems: Bracelet of Beta Arae (partial dysons), Emrega, Fairylands, Ituanacorona, Jhairrn Oro Mistral, Osto, Owen, Plautus III, Schaiffer's World, Wallace (dyson), Wilson (dyson).
Current Core Population: Thought to be over 20 trillion trillion (some estimates say several billion trillion trillion); mostly in various dyson-based habitats. The population continues to slowly rise in these spacious worlds, but living space is abundant and will remain so for some time.
Number of Core Star Systems: Over 5,000
Population Breakdown: A wide cross-section of all major categories and phyla; often strongly individually augmented; median sophonce level baseline equivalent.
|Government and Administration||Government: Jointly high toposophic aicracy and regional autonomy. |
Administrative Divisions: Particular polities, world, habitats and/or clades have their own full autonomy, although all with defer to high archailect decisons.
National Holidays: Varies by polity
Constitution: Varies by polity, but all are based on Beta Arae Protocols.
Legal System: Varies by polity, but all are based on Beta Arae Protocols.
|Economics and Infrastructure||Currency: Varies by polity (some worlds don't use currency).|
Major Industries: Tend to be habitat and planet-based, usually prim, lo tech, or biotech-based, and varies greatly by world or polity.
Dysons: Beta Arae (several partial dysons), Wallace and Wilson (ecological utopias), many others.
Major Stargate Nexi: Beta Arae Plexis
Military Expenditures: Archailect-level only; none at lower toposophics.
|Trade and Treaty Relations||Imports: Exotic matter, computronium, virches, mechasystem elements, expert systems, personality constructs, crude organobiota, clarketech, cultural databases, personality copies, subsentient bot parts.|
Exports: Biosphere templates, persona compoids, provolve arts (various species and phyla), prim, low, and primitive high tech crafts and artifacts, fashion and lifestyle modules, genome templates, ethical teaching devices.
Treaty Participation: Tragadi Accords, ComEmp Non-Agression Signatory, Sentient Rights Protocols (Full Installment), Garden World Environmental Protection Signatory, St Andre Convention Signatory, Bonitsa Baseline Protection Treaty, Animal Rights Accord, Tipaza Ethics Agreement, Strangelet Ban.
Interstellar Relations: Interstellar Relations tend to be good. Utopists get on with almost everyone; and only the NoCoZo and other free enterprise types seem to be always complaining about unfair tariff rates.
Interstellar Disputes: None. The Utopia Sphere has few political friends or enemies. Most just consider it a domain of lotus eaters, possibly a temptation but not a real threat.
Warfare: There is no warfare. When Utopian worlds are threatened, the local gods use clarketech against the agressors. Sometimes sapients volunteer for augmentation and so are allowed to participate in battle, but this is always for memetic and symbolic value only.
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