Powerful aggressively missionary and expansionist nanotech upload empire based on radical implementation of Precepts of Negentropy, currently located behind the borders set by the Jekaumeatrine Accords
Image from Anders Sandberg
|Fractal conversion-drive ship of unidentified origin observed near the Keyhole Nebula in 10242 by Linelayer 3 of the Fellowship of Carina. The form is noticeable similar to the Efficiency Maximization Paradigm biosphere upgrader ships, involving reconfigurable smart matter bulk that can detach into fighters or infiltration devices. Estimated length 1455 meters.|
The Efficiency Maximization Paradigm - Data Panel
|Definition||Rogue nanotech upload empire|
|Symbol||A simple shiny black sphere; the most energy efficient form, representing a perfect dyson sphere.|
Image from A.J. Garth
|Founded||Before 5285 (early Fragmentation era)|
|Psyche, Art, Culture||Metapsychology: Holistic fractal communications networked consciousness based on superbright or posthuman processing power. It should be noted that the Paradigm members have a vastly different psychology than the optimized population, heavily augmented and likely memetically consolidated. The lack of any defectors has been interpreted as evidence for memetic coercion or extreme consolidation into networked intelligences. The dominant architectonic feature is the NanoFractal Seedship. |
Religion/Ideology: Heterodox Negentropism, based on a complex corpus of material, including the widely distributed Principles of Efficiency Maximization by the so-called the Efficiency Maximization Group, the Commentaries of First Avatar vPuthr, and the Manifesto of Negentropic Optimisation by the Paradigm Council, together with the Gloss of the Belo Horizonte Coordinator Five Associates. There are also a number of simplified interactives and hypermedias used by missionaries and adjusted to nearbaseline intelligence standard, and near-Super Intelligence Standard. Paradigm thought seems to be derived originally from neoYarrMakist ideas, especially Eujoulism.
Culture and Art: Highly stylised, with subtle nuances and references to Negentropist, Eujoulist, and Paradigm ideology, history, and eschatology. Despite the dense layers of explanatory modules, it remains incomprehensible to any sapient of sub-superbright intelligence.
Language: Paradigm Code (derived from the Morpheo superbright cyborg language; part of the NoCoZo digital language family)
|Territory and Population||Current Territory: A 250 ly sphere with a centre at NGC 5460 |
Important Natural Objects (strars and nebulae): Open cluster NGC 5460
Capital: Thermal Virtopia Dyson Sphere - Morpheo system
Representative Systems: Budrosa Dyson, Guangcaishiye, Nirio, and Melanthios Belt
Current Core Population: No more than 170 million (excluding copies).
Core Population Breakdown: 74% nanocyborg superbright; 21% aioid; 3% full posthuman; 2% other
'Optimized' Population: 4.2 trillion
'Optimized' Population Breakdown: 100% virtual (from an original mix of biont, cyborg, vec, and aioid)
|Government and Administration||Government: Participatory democracy and hierarchical consensus among the nanocyborg superbrights, posthumans, and aioids. The uploaded virtuals have no say in government (and with a few exceptions are not even aware of the Paradigm or of their condition). |
Administrative Divisions: The ruling superbrights are distributed through the Paradigm's nanotech hardware and throughout Paradigm territory, administering and regulating the function of the virtual worlds. A single superbright may command an entire fractal ship with a full complement of drones and bots, or use subroutines to regulate the behind the scenes working of a digital world inhabited by millions of unsuspecting virtuals. It is believed that there is some recruitment into the Paradigm from the optimized population, possibly based on compatibility of values and competence. Most likely this occurs after the 'death' of the individual in the original virtuality.
National Holidays: None; left to indigenous virtuals.
Constitution: The Manifesto of Negentropic Optimisation by the Paradigm Council, while not a true federal document, nevertheless seems to be the closest thing the Paradigm has to a Constitution and principles of executive government.
Legal System: Paradigm Law is based on the ideal of providing maximal happiness to the uploaded virtuals. It is not accepted as valid by any other empire. The exact nature of the Paradigm administration and leadership system remains uncertain, as the isolationist and obscurantist tendencies has increased. Negentropist legal codes are not unlikely.
|Economics and Infrastructure||Currency: Both hard computronium and partitioned computing power and processing sharing are believed to be used. |
Major Industries: Megascale engineering; computronium manufacture; solidstate infrastructure and upgrading; planetary, asteroid and comet mining; nanotech industry and assembling; transapientech research; antimatter production; firmware and fractalware artilectronics; reality simalcrum maintenance.
Dyson Spheres: Thermal Virtopia, Budrosa Dyson (energy production). Melanthios Belt is still unfinished. Most systems have partial dyson spheres.
Major Stargate Nexi: None
Military Expenditures: Percent of GDP - 8.5%
|Trade and Treaty Relations||Imports: Commodities: Virtual reality, virtuality standards, computronium, smart matter, nanoreplicators, nanofactured goods. Partners: Cyberian Network 51%, Keter domain 34%, Negentropy Alliance 2%, Non-Coercive Zone 1%, other 12%.|
Exports: Commodities: exotic matter, amat, memetic templates, ISO parts, transapientech products and modules, cultural databases, information management software, neutrino coolers. Partners: Cyberian Network 45%, Keter domain 38%, Negentropy Alliance 2%, Non-Coercive Zone 8%, other 8%.
Treaty Participation: Jekaumeatrine Accords Signatory, Rata Information Exchange Accords, allowing some limited information and virtual exchange.
Interstellar Disputes: Utopia Sphere claims ownership of Nirio and a number of other worlds and demands their return before normalisation of relationships; NoCoZo assertion that the Paradigm has pushed its borders beyond Accord Plane 44.