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|The symbol of the Shadow Federation; this informal federation is the closest that the Hiders have to a superpolity. Although many individual Hider clades welcome the Greensong Accord, the Shadow Federation itself has never formally ratified the agreement, nor in fact has the Shadow Federation ever formally interacted with any other body except the Deeper Covenant.|
Shadow Federation - Data Panel
|Definition||Hider Association - Superpolity|
|Symbol||none standard, although two white circles on black, the larger circle enclosing the smaller (above), is sometimes used|
|Origin||mostly Terragen, but some Xenosophonts are believed to be involved|
|Founded||not known, but was already established by the end of the First Federation period|
|Population||estimated to be at least 10% as numerous as the population of the Sephirotic Empires, possibly more|
|Psyche, Art, Culture||Metapsychology: Isolationist, paranoid, secretive |
Metaethics: The various polities, factions and tribes in the Shadow Federation are extremely diverse and rarely agree on any topic, especially questions of ethics - apart from one thing; that secrecy is paramount. Any contact with the outside universe or other indiscretion is taboo. Few Hider systems include transapient entities of any kind, and no archailects exist in these isolated worlds.
Culture and Art: Varies by individual member polity and clade; generally insular and exclusive, often deliberately incomprehensible to outsiders.
Languages: Numerous languages and dialects, some descended directly from Pre-Expulsion Earth tongues and machine codes
|Government and Administration||Individual Polities: A large number of unrelated polities, clades, and other small factions that share nothing beyond mutual distrust and dislike for the rest of Terragen civilization. |
Government Type: Ranges from anarchy and libertarian to authoritarianism of many kinds. Many group mind societies exist, governed by mental consensus. One form of government that is completely absent is Archailectocracy, since there are no archailects in the Shadow Federation.
Constitutions and Legal Systems: Varies by individual member polity and clade; often incompatible from one polity to another.
Sentient Rights: Varies by individual member polity and clade, but generally very poor towards outsiders
|Economics, Local Infrastructure||Economy: Most Hider systems have limited resources, as they are often based on small, isolated deep space objects and trade between these locations is difficult. A few Stevensonian worlds in deep space have comparatively abundant resources, but the polities based around these locations are generally protectionist and isolated.|
Megastructures: a few large structures exist, especially in Bok Swarms.
Stargate Nexus: none
Beamrider Network: none
Known Net: limited, heavily encrypted
Military expenditure: not known, possibly fairly high
Trading Partners: some trade occurs with the Deeper Covenant, and indirectly, with a few other metaempires.
Longrunning Interstellar Disputes: repeated but mostly minor conflicts such as raids and incursions on other metaempires
|Sophont Travel||Hazard Rating: 5.0 to 9.9 |
Freedom of Movement for outsiders: highly restricted
Environmental Requirements: varies according to clade