Minor polity with a population consisting only of high transapients
Image from Robert A. Mickelsen, used with permission
Mensan Way - Data Panel
|Distance:||2838 - 2946 light years from Sol|
|Territory:||168 systems spread across a 96 light year volume|
|Demographics:||3.36 million - S2: 100%|
IntroductionJust as modosophonts may choose to build polities without the oversight of higher beings, some transapients also prefer to live their lives in regions beyond the control of the Archai. The Mensan Way is once such polity, founded by TrueModel omegists who believed that all of society should strive for ascension together. This mentality later led many Mensan transapients to be driven from the polity themselves, since their values were interpreted very differently by their Second Singularity successors.
HistoryThe Mensan Way was founded by former TrueModel hyperturings and postbionts who objected to the TrueModel's alliance with the Negentropists, perceiving the Alliance as an obstacle to their own toposophic development. As a result, they withdrew to the Brown dwarfs and Stenvensonian worlds scattered around the Disarchy volume, where they built their own Matrioshka Micronodes and Lightway networks. Internally developed augmentation techniques and discoveries were shared without restrictions across the polity.
Society and CultureUnusually for a transapient culture, the early Mensans did not choose to inhabit an abstract mathematical space, but instead chose to build virtual three dimensional universes with laws of physics that superficially resembled those of reality. Within these realms, often depicted as endless blue skies or oceans, they represented themselves as planets, megastructures or other large scale systems, with an immensely complicated chain of dependencies shared between them that are mostly beyond description in modosophont terms. Vast networks of sensors connected these beings across their shared worlds, allowing for the gratification of simulated communications delays and to facilitate cooperation.
The Mensan Way in the Current Era
Rather than residing in virchworlds as their predecessors did, the current Mensan Way transapients are entire virchworlds in and of themselves. The laws of physics in these worlds are inconsistent in ways that reflect the psyche of the transapient that each embodies, resulting in landscapes that are reportedly difficult to comprehend even for other S2 minds. The Mensan's environments share a virtual quantum mechanics that allows changes in one world to affect events in other worlds operating in the same physical node. This is used as a form of conversation, though what they talk about is unclear. Their culture claims to still be devoted to achieving certain goals dating back to the polity's founding, but what those might be is no longer clear to outsiders. One goal that is clearly known is worshiping one another in an endless variety of ways.
Some Mensans apparently do not wish to participate in whatever it is the others are doing, and so have relocated to the moons and debris rings that remained after the Matrioshka Micronodes were finished. Their preference appears to be for observing the movements of the stars and using them as inputs for randomised processes, which they presumably derive some satisfaction from. From orbit, they appear as complex industrial facilities surrounding blocks of computronium the size of buildings. Very little is known about the kinds of worlds these beings inhabit.
From the outside, little appears to have changed for the Mensan Way in the last three thousand years. According to Second Singularity observers that have visited it, they have become stagnant and introverted, with no interest in the affairs of the rest of the Terragen Sphere. Calls for a military alliance against the Arion Ascendancy by the Valerian Confederation have gone unanswered, leaving the future of the region uncertain. If they should fall to the Arions, it is doubtful whether the Mensan Way will survive.