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The Sephirotic Empires - Data Panel
|Symbol||No single agreed upon symbol, although a stylised representation of the sixteen Sephirotics of the Great Hexadecimal is sometimes used.|
|Ruling Toposophic||S6 in most cases, though a few are ruled by one or several S5.|
|Founded||Each Sephirotic empire has its own unique history, arising in different ways and from different origins many thousands of years ago. Most trace their origins to S2 and later S3 transapient-led polities that arose during and after the Federation of Sophonts (in the 2nd-3rd millennium AT).|
|Population||Modosophont population is estimated to be about 260 quadrillion embodied, and from 200 to 2,000 quintillion virtual and AI beings. There are also about 7.3 trillion S1 transapients, as well as about 9.5 billion S2, 5.7 million S3, 3,200 S4 beings, and about 170 S5 archai that live under the rule of the Sephirotics, with a few of the S5 in charge of their respective empires. There are also 12 S6 archai, each controlling a single Sephirotic empire.|
|Psyche, Art, Culture||Metapsychology: Very high valuation of diversity in all its forms, especially toposophic and qualitative. Strong belief in archailectocracy, though the exact form this takes varies greatly by polity. Cultivates and supportive of ascension of lower toposophics.|
Metaethics: Supportive of sophont rights for all toposophic levels, though exact approach varies by polity.
Culture and Art: Extremely diverse, with thematic and memetic trends that vary in particular ways within individual empires and sub-polities, while also spreading and being recombined between them.
Languages: A wide range of communication protocols are used, usually varying based on clade. A few nearbaseline languages are derived from Old Earth language families. In total, hundreds of millions of languages are used.
|Government and Administration||Individual Polities: There are generally considered to be 16 distinct Sephirotic Empires, grouped into the Great Hexadecimal, though historically there were considered to be 10 members corresponding to the neohermeticist Sephirot. Each empire consists of numerous component sub-polities. The individual Sephirotic empires, and at times the group as a whole, are sometimes called 'meta-empires', meaning 'empire of empires', because of autonomy and cultural divergence in the sub-polities, sometimes resulting from lightspeed lag and lack of a local wormhole connection in many systems. There are also many additional empires and smaller polities that are not members of the Sephirotics proper, but are aligned, at least generally, with them. These all together are at times referred to as the Sephirotic Alliance in contrast to ahuman and nonaligned empires and polities.|
Government Type: Though their methods of carrying it out vary widely, and may seem very subtle or libertarian in practice, the Sephirotics are strongly controlled by the ruling archai. Nothing that occurs within them should be considered to be outside of the knowledge and agreement of the archai. They often make use of lower toposophics in carrying out their will.
Constitution: Varies by individual polity.
Legal System: Varies by individual polity.
Citizenship: Includes members of all clades of modosophont level and above, and in some cases may include subsophonts.
Sophont Rights: Excellent; indeed the Sephirotics are generally taken to define sophont rights for the rest of Terragen civilization.
|Economics and Infrastructure||Economy: Generally post-scarcity autotopias, though may contain elements of other systems (such as The Flow in the Zoeific Biopolity, free-market trade in the Non-Coercive Zone, and direct provision by transapients in the Utopia Sphere). |
Megastructures: Capable of almost any kind of megascale engineering and contains a wide variety of megastructures, although more modest habitats are the norm in most systems. The Mutual Progress Association makes especially heavy use of megastructures. Computronium dyson and matrioshka structures are common for archailect brain nodes and for some cybercosms populated only by modosophonts and lower transapients.
Known Net: Extensive communication network making use of artificial wormholes and flatspace data links, shared between the empires and other aligned polities. The portion used exclusively by the archai is known as the God Web, while the Known Net encompasses both the God Web and the network used by lower transapients and modosophonts. The Known Net also contains links to the data nets of the Objectivist Commonwealth, Diamond Network, and Solipsist Panvirtuality, the latter two of whom have data nets bigger than those of the Sephirotics.
Wormhole Nexus: A subset of the Known Net used to transfer physical objects, such as ships and godtech products.
Beamrider Network: Extensive; mostly shared with the Deeper Covenant which makes much more use of it.
Lightways: Extensive, shared with aligned empires and polities.
Military Expenditures: Varies by polity, but largely moderate. Usually makes use of transapient or archai support. At the empire-wide and pan-Sephirotic levels, often handled directly by the archai, though they may occasionally make use of lower beings for various reasons.
Disputes: The Solipsist Panvirtuality continues to engage in subversion and encouragement of local blights and perversities. The Amalgamation remains aggressively expansionistic. The Diamond Network and Objectivist Commonwealth are occasional antagonists.
|Sophont Travel||Hazard Rating: Usually 0.0; in some cases higher, even up to 9.0 (depending on clade, polity, and world). |
Freedom of Movement for Outsiders: Usually high, but some variation by individual polity.
Environmental Requirements: Varies by individual polity.
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|Caretaker Gods||Communion of Worlds||Cyberian Network|
|Fomalhaut Acquisition Society||Keter||Metasoft Version Tree|
|Mutual Progress Association||Negentropy Alliance||Non-Coercive Zone (NoCoZo)|
|Red Star 'M'pire||Solar Dominion||Sophic League|
|Technorapture Hypernation||Terragen Federation||Utopia Sphere|