Image from Avengium
|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
|Hider Association - Superpolity
|none standard, although two white circles on black, the larger circle enclosing the smaller (above), is sometimes used
|mostly Terragen, but some Xenosophonts are believed to be involved
|not known, but was already established by the end of the First Federation period
|Psyche, Art, Culture
|Metapsychology: Isolationist, secretive, wary of higher toposophic beings
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 a desire for isolation from higher topsophic entities.
Government Type: Varies. Only 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 by design, 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
Lightway Network: limited, heavily encrypted
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: sporadic conflict with colonist efforts that accidentally approach their territory
|Hazard Rating: 5.0 to 9.9
Freedom of Movement for outsiders: highly restricted
Environmental Requirements: varies according to clade