An organized society; a state or quasistate; any form of politico-social organization.

Polities are sovereign states, the building blocks of the political landscape whether locally or interstellar. Polities range greatly in size, nature, government, and economic, military, or memetic influence. The biggest polities are merged into or subsumed under the Sephirotics, and these are ruled by high toposophic Archailects; either by archetype-expressing nodes of single post-transapient ascended god, or directly by a slightly lower toposophic mind, or by a cluster of such gods. Other polities however are autonomous, and even when they are in the proximity of a god, or orientated around the worship of that god, they still retain their principles of independence. There are also locally independent but heavily archailect-supervised regions such as Caretaker worlds, where rule is by direct archaicracy and there is no sapient or postsapient supervision.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 02 September 2001.