The Mutual Progress Association - Data Panel
|Definition||Major empire, Inner Sphere and Middle Regions|
|Symbol||MPA logo (three interlocking circles surrounding a star) and interactive module|
|Founded||Third millennium a.t.|
|Ruling Archailect||The ruling S6 Archailect has generally been known as Binah since Eir ascension during the Oracle War.|
The S5 archailect of the Djed and Kiyoshi sectors is variously known as The Great Architect, The Creator of Structures, or the Dream Factory.
|AI Ethos||The Archai that oversee MPA societies and worlds tend not to be directly interventionist, preferring to work as avatars or through memetic, seraiphic, and toposophic guidance of transapient administrators and aivisers.|
|Civilization||MPA culture is dedicated to the construction of megastructures; however the cultural development of each colony is left almost completely open. Unlike other Sephirotic Empires, the MPA has few distinctive cultural traits apart from materialism.|
An abundance of megastructures - especially dyson swarms, smoke bands, ribbon worlds, dimple worlds, shell worlds, and banks orbitals, is the most distinctive characteristic of the MPA; all these structures are found elsewhere, but not in such numbers.
|Science and Technology||Technology Level: Transapientech and Godtech in all the core worlds and megastructures, although many sparsely populated habitats and megastructures may be inhabited by nothing more than prims or lo teks.|
|Psyche, Art, Culture||Metapsychology: Varies greatly; may be pragmatic or idealistic. Often creative. Love of practical, technological approaches is common. |
Society: Very varied and idiosyncratic.
Religion/Ideology: No specific or official ideology, but tends to strongly resist missionaries of other polities and empires. MPA Materialism is reasonably widespread.
Symbolism and Aesthetics: Varies by individual polity or culture.
Culture and Art: None specific to the MPA, although engineering is regarded as a practical art form by many peoples in the Association.
Architecture: Highly variable; ambition and originality are considered virtues.
Language: MPA Galactic
|Territory and Population||Current Territory: A large wedge of Inner Sphere and Hinteregions encompassing the Vulpecula, Aquarius, Serpens, Ophiuchus, Scorpio, Sagittarius sectors, and extending throughout the Outer Volumes especially spinwards of Sagittarius.|
Representative Systems: Djed, Galbydeia, Halcyon, Kiyoshi, Kepleria, Makama, Medius, Metropolis Ring City, Morogai -Ho'th'lhu'ooht, Nuihab, Oikoumene, Revoltpri, Ridgewell, Sadalmelic, Shaula, Second Son.
Current Core Population: Probably no more than a few hundred trillion core citizens, known as Mutuals or Artificers, but the vast megastructures provide living space for countless sentients with only nominal MPA allegiance. There are thought to be over a quadrillion of these, not including virtuals (some estimates say several tens of quadrillions, but these are almost certainly exaggerated), mostly in various shell worlds, dysons, banks orbitals and other megastructure habitats. The population continues to slowly rise in these astonishingly spacious worlds, but living space is abundant and will remain so for some time. Meanwhile, more megastructures and megahabitats are continually being constructed in the Outer Volumes, especially in the Sagittarius Transcultural Cooperation volume, in which the MPA is a major partner.
Number of Core Star Systems: Over 50,000
Population Breakdown: Core population includes a wide range of augmented cyborg, suborg, bioborg, superturings, superbrights as well as posthuman and hyperturing transapients. Nominal population contains all categories and phyla of modosophont. There are also many presophonts, and countless subsophont biota, alifes, and nanecology organisms to be found in various megastructure environments.
|Government and Administration||Government: High toposophic aiocracy with a large amount regional autonomy.|
Administrative Divisions: Regional governments are usually cyberdemocracies, or benevolent technotheocracies.
National Holidays: Varies by polity
Constitution: Varies by polity, but all are based on Beta Arae Protocols.
Legal System: Varies by polity, but all are based on Beta Arae Protocols.
|Economics and Infrastructure||Currency: The famous MPA Credit is standard, but local currency varies by polity and some worlds don't use currency at all. |
Major Industries: Tend to be habitat and planet-based, usually prim, lo tech, or biotech-based, and vary greatly by world or polity.
Dysons: Too many to list; the dyson shells of the Kiyoshi sector are most heavily populated. The Mutual Progress Association has the second largest number of dysons in the terragen sphere (surpassed only by the Panvirtuality). Most of these are as yet unused, quadrillions of cubic kilometers of living space.
Major Stargate Nexi: Medius, Kiyoshi, Kepleria, Metropolis Ring City, Revoltpri, many others.
Military Expenditures: Percent of GDP: low.
|Trade and Treaty Relations||Imports: Exotic matter, reactionless drive cores, computronium, ISO parts, mechosystem elements, ecology modules, expert systems, personality constructs, crude organobiota, clarketechproducts, cultural databases, personality copies, bot parts, hylo/bio/sy-nano templates, cultural templates. |
Exports: Amat, biosphere templates, engineering databases, natural selection genome variation maps, habitat thousand-year leases, ISO parts, megastructure components, gluon cables, clarketech products, mechosystem elements.
Treaty Participation: Tragadi Accords, ComEmp Non-Aggression Signatory, Sentient Rights Protocols (Full Instalment), Garden World Environmental Protection Signatory, St Andre Convention Signatory, Bonitsa Baseline Protection Treaty, Animal Rights Accord, Tipaza Ethics Agreement.
Interstellar Relations: Tend to be good, mostly centered on peaceful trade and avoiding conflict. Most neighbours are happy with this, and few would wish to awaken the military hyperpower the MPA would become were it to direct its industrial dysons to military output
Interstellar Disputes: Currently none.
Warfare: While avoiding conflict whenever possible, the MPA has a formidable industrial capacity when it decides to tool up, and few empires could survive an attack by swarms of giant relativistic MPA autowars.