Colonists - midsized
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A colonist is a sophont being who leaves eir homeworld to colonize a new solar system. Even in the current era, finding and colonizing a new and uninhabited world or solar system is not an easy matter. Almost always, someone will have gotten there first (usually isolationist ai, autonomous neumanns, etc.). Most colonization projects are sponsored by developmental corporations, large polities, or empires, which have already created the infrastructure on the new world. There is usually a limited quota on inhabitants, and until a wormhole or beamrider relay is set up, transport can be difficult. Most colonists conform to the preferred memotype of the polity that is developing the new solar system.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 24 September 2001.