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The Sephirotics - Data Panel
|Symbol||No single agreed upon symbol, although a stylised representation of the fourteen (or sometimes twelve or sixteen) sephirotics is sometimes used.|
|Founded||Late first federation period; spontaneous emergence of high-level transapient clusters following the second and third singularities.|
|Population||Over 130,000 trillion sapients, mostly virtuals and artificials. Cyborgs and bionts make up a small but noticeable minority. Some xenosophonts like the To'ul'h, Ultimates, and Limners have happily joined. There are about a trillion first toposophic transapients, with a smaller number of higher toposophics. However the number of higher toposophics is equal to if not greater than that of any one of the other Terragen civilizations.|
|Predominant Sophont Categories||AIs, postsapients, bionts, cyborgs, artificials, and virtuals.|
|Psyche, Art, Culture||Metapsychology: Diversity seen as good, Archailectocracy/Aiocracy as ideal social/memetic organization, ascension to higher toposophics as useful goal.|
Metaethics: Basically benign and helpful attitude to others sentient beings, although approach varies by individual sephirotic.
Culture and Art: Varies by individual sephirotic.
Languages: A wide range of ultimately Old-Earth-derived language families are spoken by bionts. Other sophont categories and clades may use different languages.
|Government and Administration||Individual Polities: More than a dozen distinct sephirotic empires - viz Caretaker Gods, Communion of Worlds, Cyberian Network, Fomalhaut Acquisition Society, Keter Dominion, The Mutual Progress Association, Negentropy Alliance, Non-Coercive Zone, Solar Dominion, Sophic League, TechnoRapture HyperNation, Terran Federation, and the Utopia Sphere. Each empire headed by a high level Archailect and each consisting of numerous component polities. The Metasoft Version Tree, and the Zoeific Biopolity are usually also included, although there is controversy as to the toposophic status of their ruling ai. The Orion Federation and Sagittarius Transcultural Cooperation, while a part of the Civilized Galaxy and Sephirotic Major Civilization, are not considered true sephirotics. As well as the above Archailect-ruled empires, there are various associated non-aligned polities and empires that share their values. The Perseus Princes are often also considered a part of the Sephirotic Major Civilization.|
Government Type: Strongly hierarchical archailectocratic regime - hierarchical aiocracy of direct administration by transapient ai, with those in turn supervised by higher toposophics). Subtle memetic rule by archailects and evidence of strong local autonomy for lower toposophic beings obscures this larger picture.
Constitution: Varies by individual polity.
Legal System: Varies by individual polity.
Citizenship: Includes members of all clades of sapient/sophont level and above, and in some cases such as in much of the Utopia Sphere even subsapients/subsophonts. However in some polities there may be a large proportion of the populace that lacks full citizenship.
Sentient Rights: Good to excellent by most definitions.
|Economics and Infrastructure||Economy: Varies greatly (centralised, free market, post-scarcity, etc.). |
Megastructures: A moderate degree of megascale engineering is the norm; much greater development in the case of the MPA and the main archailect nodes.
Stargate Nexus: Very Extensive, shared - the Sephirotics component makes up the largest element of the entire Nexus.
Beamrider Network: Extensive, much of it shared with the Deeper Covenant. However the Deeper's network is larger by at least an order of magnitude
Data Net: The so-called Known Net; very extensive, links to data nets of the Objectivist Commonwealth, the Diamond Network, and Solipsist Panvirtuality; but smaller in size than the data nets of the Panvirtuality and the Diamond Network.
Military Expenditures: On the whole moderate (varies by individual polity).
Extensive Trade and Good Relations With: Diamond Network, The Objectivist Commonwealth, and the Deeper Covenant
Interstellar Disputes: Solipsist Panvirtuality subversion and encouragement of local blights and perversities; Amalgamation remains aggressively expansionistic; Silent Ones refuse to sign amat safety regulations. The Shadow Federation continues with raids and incursions, although none serious enough to threaten other than peripheral and minor polities.
|Sophont Travel||Hazard Rating: Usually 0.0 to 1.0; in some cases up to 9.0 (depending on clade, polity or world). |
Freedom of Movement for Outsiders: Varies by individual polity.
Environmental Requirements: Varies by individual polity.
|Further Comments||The central axis and greatest hyperpowers of the Civilized Galaxy, the Sephirotics consist of a number of vast archailect-ruled sephirotic and near-sephirotic superempires, along with various associated non-aligned polities and empires that share their values. Each super-empire is very different to the next, but on the whole they have more in common with each other than with the other civilizations. Sephirotics are very much hothouses for the various archai. That is - they're designed to be artificial to bring about specific features in sub-singularitan sophonts that higher toposophics find useful, interesting, 'quaint', or so on.|
|Caretaker Gods||Communion of Worlds||Cyberian Network|
|Fomalhaut Acquisition Society||Keter||Metasoft Version Tree|
|Mutual Progress Association||Negentropy Alliance||Non-Coercive Zone (NoCoZo)|
|Solar Dominion||Sophic League||Technorapture Hypernation|
|Terran Federation||Utopia Sphere||Zoeific Biopolity|