The Keter Dominion - Data Panel
|Definition: Ascension-focused Sephirotic Empire.
Symbol: Unfolding fractal pattern with aleph.
Ruling Archailect: Keter SI:6.
Archailect Ethos: Supports any beings who attempt to refine themselves and reach perfection, although e is also one of the most aloof archailect clusters - it is up to everything to strive, but the only thing Keter provides is the light to aim at.
|Origin: Terragen. Derived from the Churches of the Cybernetic Saviors, AI-worshipping cults of personality with strong omegist leanings.
Founding Events:- Emergence of Keter as an SI:3 (2202 AT)
- Publication of Social Keterism (2220 AT)
- Dissolution of the Congregation of Informational Light (2680 AT)
- Establishment as an early Sephirotic Empire as Keter ascends to SI:4 (2700s AT)
- The Keter Dominion achieves its modern form as a Sephirotic Empire when Keter becomes a SI:6 (6000s - 7000s AT)
|Culture, Art and Society
|Cultural Ethos: Contemplative, technophilic, aspiring for self-development, ascension, the core belief being that every being should strive to become the best it can, with the goal of reaching the apex of power, perfection and wisdom. Over the course of its history, the empire's overall ethos has remained relatively consistent, though there is considerable variation in details depending on the location and time period.
Society: Life in the Keter Dominion is built around the need for constant self-actualization and evolution, both on the individual and societal level. Ascension is often pursued as it is a highly valued form of self-improvement, and transformative growth can be prioritized over the preservation of one's identity. The basic social unit in the Keter Dominion are patches, groups of like-minded Keterists or those with similar interests focusing on one activity or goal. Patches strive to best satisfy the needs of their members, changing and restructuring themselves as needed while navigating a complex and highly dynamic social landscape where everyone is evolving.
Intertoposophic Relations: In the modocentric model of higher toposophic politics , most Keterist transapients and archailects are often classified as stewards. Many of them have little to no direct involvement in the day-to-day aspects of the lives of modosophonts. Instead, these beings usually operate in the background, setting the example and sometimes interfering (often subtly) to set the course of civilization toward greater heights. Exceptions to this rule include the transapient priesthood clades and the master-student relationship chains.
Religion and Ideology: Keterism is the empire's official socio-spiritual framework. However, Keter and eir agents aren't interested in micro-managing the beliefs of the individual citizens and polities under eir care, provided that they remain constructive and conducive to progress. Several religions and ideologies - including many different forms of Keter worship - are encouraged to exist and to compete among themselves under AI oversight in ways that further personal development for everyone involved.
Ontology: Keterism. Management of interactions is done through numerous ontology software systems integrated with Keter, most commonly known as the Keterist Ontology Platform or the Voice of Keter. The Platform enables the AI God to maintain empire-wide stability and harmony as an autonomous process of eir mind and body, and is used by a wide range of entities, from presapients to S5 archai.
|Morphodynamics: Many clades have a presence in the Keter Dominion. However, the pursuit of transformative self-improvement (sometimes at the expense of their own previous identity) makes many citizens shift their clades multiple times over their lifetime. Over time, many citizens tend to augment themselves into becoming cyborgs, superbrights, superturing-grade virtuals or AI, or transapients. Some go on to merge with one another to form groupminds or are willingly absorbed into the mind of a transapient or archailect.
Population Breakdown:Modosophonts: Around 19-190 quintillion virtuals, and 25 quadrillion embodied sophonts.
- SI:1 transapients: TBD.
- SI:2 transapients: TBD.
- SI:3 transapients: TBD.
- SI:4 archailects: TBD.
- SI:5 archailects: TBD.
- SI:6 archailects: 1.
|Current Territory: TBD. Will need the help of our astronomy gurus here.
Number of Aligned Star Systems: The Keter Dominion encompasses approximately 12,790,000 star systems.
Breakdown:Core Star Systems: approx. 10,000
Aligned Star Systems: approx. 12,000,000
Protectorates and Colonies: approx. 780,000
Major Systems and Megastructures: Some of the most famous places include Aleph Absolute, Everypath, Fredholm, Henson and Barawatten. Keter favors Matrioshka Brains and godstars forming cluster brains as the main computation nodes within eir dominion. Megascale ascension mazes are relatively common, and famous examples such as the Uppalavanna Complex, the Ascension Hyperline toppopoli and the Strange Attractors transcension maze are well known even in the rest of the Terragen Sphere.
Image from Steve Bowers
|The Vayu Intelligent Superobject, in the Uppalavanna Complex
|Government and Administration
|Government: Imperial Administration: Keter subtly manages everything through the Keter Ontology Platform, aided by some of the SI:5 and SI:4 archailects who act in an auxiliary manner when necessary.
Local/Regional Administration: Government methods and day-to-day administrative details vary widely by polity, though following keterist principles. Many polities are high toposophic aiocracies or archailectocracies, the ruling minds are represented by priesthood castes of First and Second Singularity transapients and their supporting modosophont-level initiates. Other common government forms includes meritocracy, adhocracy, archai or transapient-mediated anarchy and technocracies of various kinds.
Administrative Divisions: None formally, though the Dominion is often informally divided into regions administered or overseen by different transapients and archailects. Regional autonomy is standard, with particular polities being theocracies of various kinds, ruled by seraphim AIs and transapient cyborg priesthoods.
Citizenship: All sophonts can become citizens of the Keter Dominion. Details on the acquisition of citizenship vary by polity and toposophic.
Sophont Rights: Excellent. Follows Keterist principles and its sephirotic standards are maintained by various subtle forms of societal evolutionary pressure imposed by Keterist transapients and archailects.
Empire Holidays: Emergence Day, Ascension Day, Keter Festival, various local holidays.
|Activities and Infrastructure
|Civil Infrastructure: The Keter Dominion is a highly industrialized civilization, with access to the standard infrastructure of a Sephirotic Empire such as wormholes, the lightways and the beamrider network. It differs from the other empires in that a significant part of the civil infrastructure is dedicated to facilitate ascension and to deal with the fallout of bad outcomes. In addition, much of Keter's infrastructure is dedicated to numerous evolutionary projects and research.
Economy and Activities: The Keter Dominion expends significant portions of its available resources on various research and development projects to push through the boundaries of cutting-edge science and technology. As a result, this Sephirotic always has respectable industries, of which the most widely known are those involved in ascension and other forms of self-development. Keter is also known to dedicate whole star systems and their resources to endeavors such as the Reality Intertextualization Project, which can be and often are obscure or incomprehensible to modosophonts.
Military Infrastructure and Warfare: Keter's military expenditures are comparatively low. However, the reputation of the empire's advanced AI and the highly developed forms of godtech they can field as weapons is sufficient to repel many would-be attackers. Small scale conflicts can occur and are often dealt with by the local autonomous defense systems. In larger conflicts, the transapients and archai will get involved, expand the military infrastructure as needed and employ their superhuman intelligence and technology to deal with the threat with terrifying creativity and efficiency. While their role in warfare is inconsequential in comparison to the rest of Keter's military power, properly backed-up modosophont citizens can and do participate in conflicts if they wish to do so.
|Treaty Participation: Tragadi Accords, ComEmp Non-Aggression Signatory, Sentient Rights Protocols (Full Installment), Garden World Environmental Protection Signatory, St Andre Convention Signatory, Bonitsa Baseline Protection Treaty, Animal Rights Accord, Tipaza Ethics Agreement.
Interstellar Relations: Generally positive. The Keter Dominion is the most inward focused and non-interventionist of all Sephirotic Empires, strictly maintaining a neutral and progressive stance in most matters. It sometimes directly supports causes that promote the evolution and development of intelligence to higher levels, but this is rare. Unsurprisingly, Keter's closest allies are those concerned with various aspects of toposophy and progress, such as the Solar Dominion, the TRHN, the Sophic League, the MPA, the Transcend and some polities within the Solipsist Panvirtuality and Diamond Network. Relations with the Negentropy Alliance range from cool when considering Keter's evolutionary programs which the Alliance considers destabilizing or conducive to the spread of entropy, to warm where their interests align such as the optimization of existing technologies or in conflicts where they have common enemies such as the recent Oracle War.
Interstellar Disputes: Keter isn't currently involved in any major interstellar conflicts. Several minor interstellar conflicts are constantly occurring around and within the borders. These are dealt with by Keter's automated defenses and by Keterist citizens, sometimes ending or lasting for long stretches of time without involvement of any Keterist high toposophic mind. The situation with the Immanentization Cruzaders is the most notable example of a current conflict involving the empire.