Pnas Greenen

Pnas Greenen
Image from Steve Bowers

Colonised: 9001 AT
Star: YTS 34356155-887-1
Type: K4V
Luminosity: 0.671 x Sol
Distance from Sol: 4890 ly

A minor colony world in Monoceros Outer Volume region, original home of the infamous Equaliser Civilisation , now trying to forget its unhappy past.

This world was colonised by the Li T'ieh-kuai, a transapient colony ship from the Orion Federation which was determined to allow each colony to develop in its own way without posthuman influence.

The Equaliser movement emerged on Pas Greenen in 9233 AT, mostly in an attempt to regulate intelligence augmentation technology (IA). The ruling planetary directorate decided to ensure that all members of their society would have access to an equal level of augmentation technology, but found that augmentation levels began to rapidly increase, destabilising the culture in a way that was deemed unacceptable.

To prevent their society evolving into something they perceived as a state of chaos, the directorate legislated against excessive augmentation, ensuring that every citizen attained an intelligence level equal to the most able person in the civilisation. To ensure that no-one attempted to augment themselves beyond this level they instigated a world-wide monitoring system, ensuring that only augmentations approved by the consensus were allowed. In theory the entire civilisation would slowly advanced in a controlled fashion until the entire society transcended at the same time.

Unfortunately the directorate became conservative and risk-averse, consistently delaying any significant improvement in augmentation while ensuring that the entire civilisation became uniform and unimaginative.

The Equaliser Civilisation that emerged used a novel form of modosophont level angelnet or guardweb system, which allowed every citizen to observe every other citizen and report any deviation from normative behavior. By this time the citizens of Pnas Greenen had become cyborgised humans of remarkably uniform type, each of which had software exoself systems designed to maintain a single dominant personality type and suppress deviancy.

The Equalizer Civilisation spread from their YTS 34356155-887-1 home system to several dozen nearby stars, but failed due to the impossible task of maintaining the necessary modo-level guardweb over interstellar distances.

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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 19 December 2001.