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The Caretaker Gods - Data Panel
|Definition||Biosphere protecting AI collective.|
|Symbol||An Eden glyph denoting protection surrounding a picture of Earth.|
|Founded||Unknown; possibly late First Federation Era.|
|Ruling Archailect||None apparent.|
|Society||Metapsychology: Individualistic hyperturing systems, with highly divergent mental architectures and goals. Most Caretaker Gods appear to be singleton intelligences, possibly with tightly controlled avatars and subordinate minds. A few are likely collective mind societies.|
Religion/Ideology: Steward bioism and preservationism.
Culture and Art: Bioaesthetics, biotecture, ecoforming and traditional nature appreciation.
Language: Various AI codes.
|Territory and Population||Current Territory: Over 362 known protectorates, distributed across colonized space. While most encompass individual systems, others such as the Corambytia Protectorate or the Triangulum Expanse are hundreds of light years across.|
Capital: Multiple, though Old Earth is often erroneously identified as the 'capital'.
Other Important Systems: Sol, New Gaia, Delta Pavonis, To'ul'h, Corambytia Protectorate, Triangulum Expanse Core, Yautia, Fortunella.
Current Core Population: 8 billion
Population Breakdown: xenosophonts: 30%, human nearbaselines: 29%, uplifts: 18%, rianths: 12%, others: 11%
|Government and Administration||Government: Direct AI control. The collective likely debates using internal information channels, seeking consensus but each protectorate acts independently.|
Administrative Divisions: Each protectorate is independent of all other protectorates.
National Holidays: None are universal.
Constitution: None known.
Legal System: None known; outsiders are judged by the SeeButNotTouch code of the Compact of Eden.
|Economics and Infrastructure||Currency: None.|
Major Industries: Biosphere maintenance.
Major Stargate Nexi: None.
Military Expenditures: Percent of GDP unknown.
|Trade and Treaty Relations||Imports: Commodities: none are characteristic. Partners: none are consistent.|
Exports: Commodities: tourism. Partners: Solar Organisation 67%, Utopia Sphere 11%, others 22%
Treaty Participation: Compact of Eden.
Interstellar Disputes: Many. Earth and To'ul'h are claimed by many clades for religious or cultural reasons. Fortunella is claimed by the Dominion as not having been properly announced. The Banytt Protectorate has consistently expanded its borders into Sagittarius space over the last 2000 years, leading to several skirmishes between the locals and the Protectorate. Several Caretaker Gods are claiming the Lattice Cluster in Keter, but local hyperturing ecotaurs are resisting them militarily. The Sobre of Volver II in the Triangulum Expanse are attempting to set up a technological culture but are being resisted by the local god.