Family and Community

Image from Bernd Helfert

As widespread and diverse as Terragen culture has become, a common although by no means universal element has been the relationship of individuals to their families and the wider community.

Family and community structures, mores, customs, and habits are hugely diverse across Terragens culture. Often they share a common thread only through their mutual allegiance to a particular memetic or noetic such as their parent Sephirotic empire or ruling AI.

  • Birth Control  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Regulating the population of reproductively capable biont sentients, or of neumann-capable vecs and ais. Because such sophonts have the tendency, if unregulated, to spread throughout the universe in the form of "pink goo" (for bionts) or analogous kinds of "goo", various birth control techniques are used by different cultures in the civilized galaxy.
  • Clan - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A clade or phyle, or more often, a sub-clade or sub-phyle. In some polities clan-links form the basis for much social interaction, political allegiance, government machinations, etc.
  • Dividual Interaction Protocols  - Text by Daniel Eliot Boese
    A set of rules concerning the rights and responsibilities of dividuals (copies of an individual with identical personalities)
  • Ferm - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Daniel Eliot Boese
    One of six standard hu Sexes, the others being male, herm, merm, female, and neut. A Ferm has male secondary sexual characteristics and female sexual organs.
  • Festival - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Originally (in pre-technological) strongly tied to harvests and the year, festivals came to be related to different social, spiritual and emotional functions. Some of these continued to persist long after the religion or philosophy that invented them disappeared. Today, festivals tied to nature and the year are most often local, and associated with prim or low tech planetary societies. Religious festivals follow their own calendars, but with a few exceptions religions doesn't dominate entire empires. But these basic socio-emotional festivals are celebrated very broadly.
  • Genemod Human Dating and Matching Services  - Text by Mike Parisi
    "Dating and matching" services aimed specifically at genetically modified Humans arose around the turn of the 1st and 2nd centuries AT.
  • Merm - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Daniel Eliot Boese
    One of six standard hu sexes, the others being male, herm, ferm, female, and neut. A merm is a male individual with the secondary sexual characteristics of a female.
  • Neut - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Daniel Eliot Boese, Steve Bowers
    One of six standard hu sexes and genders, the others being female, ferm, herm, merm, and male. Neuts have reduced their genitalia and secondary sexual characteristics to an undeveloped state, or removed them altogether.
  • Social Interaction Technologies  - Text by Todd Drashner
    A variety of technologies that allow social interactions between beings who have differing environmental requirements.
  • Virtual Sex - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Sex in virtual reality incorporating a visual, auditory, and tactile environment. The sex partner can be a real or simm person.
Development Notes
Text by Todd Drashner

Initially published on 31 December 2007.

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