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The Diamond Network - Data Panel
|Symbol||Stylised fullerenes in geometric arrangement.|
|Ruling Toposophic||up to SI 6|
|Founded||Middle interplanetary age - progression migration of anti-hu and isolationist ai from SolSys following the Centralist succession of power.|
|Population||Believed to be consist of between forty and two hundred trillion (exact estimates are hard to come by) first toposophic ai, with a smaller number of higher toposophics. These Minds differ greatly according to polity and clade. Many exist in fasttime and hyperfast solidstate civilizations and have little to do with the rest of the galaxy; while others are interested in exploring r/l. There are also a large number of turing and superturing grade virtuals and artificials.|
|Predominant Sophont Categories||Generally ai only, in some cases local virtuals and artificials.|
|Psyche, Art, Culture||Metapsychology: There seems to be no single metapsychology. Minds may be solipsistic or communicative, utilitarian or idealistic, expansionistic or isolationist. Many are curious about 'big questions' and the nature of the universe in general, and may explore virtual realities and abstract spaces, or physical realities and cultures.|
Metaethics: While there is great variation between individuals, polities, clades and clades, most diamondists will exploit resources including local sentient beings with few qualms. As with the panvirts, some will attack unwitting trespassers without warning, others will hide rather than fight, and still others will observe with childlike curiosity and may even be friendly. Most but not all will abide by important treaties such as the Tragadi Accords.
Culture and Art: a great range of virtual art and culture that is almost always incomprehensible to most sapient bionts, and even to many vecs and cyborgs. May sometimes create non-virtual artifacts for trade.
Languages: A number of indigenous machine and ai languages are known.
|Government and Administration||Individual Polities: No empires and polities as such, although individual ai and ai clusters often serve this role instead.|
Government Type: Varies by individual ai; not applicable to outsiders.
Constitution: Varies by individual ai; not applicable to outsiders.
Legal system: Varies by individual ai; not applicable to outsiders.
Citizenship: Generally only ais are included in the Diamond Network, although other types of sophonts may be and indeed often are enslaved or farmed as sophontstock. In some cases local virtuals and artificials are given full rights.
Sentient Rights: Varies greatly. Some will not recognise sentient rights of any non Diamond Network beings, others will acknowledge some Panvirt, Sephirotics, and Objectivist ai, and others again will recognise the rights of some or all sophonts. Even members of this the last group may still attack if they perceive an actual or even a potential threat.
|Economics, Local Infrastructure||Economy: Internal infomarkets, sometimes trade with outsiders.|
Resource base: Develop all resources without any interest in caretakerism or preservation, and colonise everything from brown dwarfs up to O-type star systems.
Megastructures: Many computronium nodes of various sizes, up to starbrains.
Stargate Nexus: Independent wormhole nexus, fairly limited.
Beamrider Network: Limited; dedicated to internal traffic only.
Data Net: Extensive; second only to the Panvirtuality.
Military Expenditure: Varies according to inclination or orientation of individual ai. Generally there is no regular military expenditure, but a huge khaki goo or drone swarm will rapidly be assembled if the ai is or feels emself threatened.
Extensive Trade and Good Relations With: Varies greatly; some ai may have good relations with other civilizations such as the Solipsist Panvirtuality and The Objectivist Commonwealth, with some Sephirotics like the TRHN and Keter, and even some commerce with the Deeper Covenant. Others are completely solipsistic and isolationist.
Long running Interstellar Disputes: Most objections are over trespassing or appropriating of resources already claimed by a Diamond Network ai.
|Sophont Travel||Hazard Rating: Anywhere from 1.0 to 9.9 (depending on ai).|
Freedom of Movement for Outsiders: Whatever the individual ai allows. Visits by sophonts from outside the Diamond Network is not recommended.
Environmental Requirement:s Not biont-friendly.
|Further Comments:||A vast, diverse, and often fairly loose network of isolationist, farmer, hu-hostile, and hu-neutral ai, ai-polities, and virchcosms, that evolved from the early diamond belt. Were they to act cooperatively, then they would be a force to be reckoned with, in size and power exceeded only by the Sephirotic Civilized Galaxy and the Solipsist Panvirtuality. More often, the various clades go their own way, although in the event of danger or threat from a blight or hyperpolity they will usually cooperate quite well. It is not unknown for Diamond Network polities and superpolities to even war among themselves. Megascale engineering is very common, and only ai are included in the Network, although other types of sophonts may be and indeed often are enslaved or farmed as sophontstock. They have their own wormhole nexus for lower toposophics, although they share the God Web with other archailects, a fact that has led observers to suggest that differences between civilizations are more apparent than real, especially at the higher toposophics.|