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Colloquial term for the entire system of non-sophont machines, databases, programs, etc. that supports and controls the infrastructure throughout most of the civilized galaxy.
This includes basic robots, router programs, low-level maintenance and construction systems etc. etc. In most mid to highly developed systems and in virtually all Inner Sphere systems the mechosystem can equal or surpass the complexity of a naturally evolved ecology. The various levels of sapient ais manage and move through the mechosystem in much the same way organic intelligence manages and moves through the biological world.
Sometimes feral ecosystems can emerge, leading to whole worlds or systems which evolve independent mechospheres outside of any sophont control. These are generally known as botworlds. Examples of botworlds include those in the Surreal Rash, as well as Sonthaya, Bothyga M'vau, Stanislaw and Perihelion.
- Blue Goo Ecologies
- Bothyga M'Vau
- Hylonanecology - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A nanecology built solely on inorganic nanobots. The most extreme form is Machinonanecology. In practice however most hylonanecologies and bionanecologies tend to merge, with each using components found in the other; the difference between them being one of degree rather than of kind.
- Mechmoss and Nanoalgae
- Nano-ecology, Nanecology - Text by Anders Sandberg
A distributed system of nanodevices and the structures constructed by them that self-organizes in a bottom-up manner without any central control; analogous to an ecology. Sometimes used to denote the entire nanosphere of a world, even when parts of it are under top-down control.
- Remnant, The