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The Kindred Collectives of Syojatar

Postby Syojatar » Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:03 am

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Summary

Population: ~78,750,000,000
Core Systems:4
Fringe Systems:9

Current Nědustajat:Sohji Nieminen

Official Languages:Syosanat
GalStandard

Species:Karzht
Ihnjatar
Aave

Demonym:Syojat
The Kindred Collectives of Syojatar
The Kindred Collectives of Syojatar (Sukukonnatrijar Syojatarä) is a collection of many distinct communes spread across four core systems. Internally the Communes consist of a variety of cultures, politics, and social structures spread across four 'core' systems and nine 'fringe' systems. The majority of the population inhabits deep space habitats and their own ships, eschewing planetbound lifestyles in favour of the freedom afforded by living aboard their habitats. This is especially true in the core systems, with the fringes having been occupied solely for the extraction of resources with very few dedicated population centres present. Despite that, all the systems of the Collectives are heavily developed, with massive anchorages supporting a heavy flow of military and civilian traffic alongside stellar harvesters and 'element cultivation' structures. This level of development contrasts heavily with the lack of galactic presence of the Collectives - due primarily to the lack of any kind of centralised authority. Social norms, paranoia, and internal conflict prevented the Collectives from reaching beyond their own civilisation until the 'Cardinal Collective' (Päkonnatrizh) was finally granted unanimous permission from its members to represent them abroad.

Although the Collective population were once an all human (or something very similar to humans) civilisation, there are now three distinct species among the Collectives. The still largely humanoid Ihnjatar are by far the most numerous, constituting some seventy percent of the population. Ihnjatar are thoroughly augmented, and regularly undergo bioadaptation and additional augmentation throughout their lives. While their physical appearance belies their human origins, their biology and physiology has so thoroughly changed as to barely qualify as human anymore. The Aave constitute the next most populous species in the Collectives, constituting almost thirty percent of the population, and would most readily be described as 'artificial intelligences' by the galaxy-at-large. Such a term is considered grossly offensive, implying the Aave are 'constructed'. In truth, Aave originally arose spontaneously from the complex networks present in syosiit technology. Within the Collectives, this spontaneous evolution is seen as no different to the biological emergence of organic species from the complex chemistry of planetoids. The Karzht are the rarest and most enigmatic of the species. Karzht seem to have some status as 'elders' within the Collectives, spoken of in hushed tones and with a degree of almost religious reverence. There are no known images of the Karzht, and the Syojatar seem uncomfortable speaking about them to outsiders.

Politically the Collectives are as varied as the nations of the galaxy, ranging from outright authoritarian states through to socialist republics. The most common form of 'governance' among the Collectives - by a significant margin - is similar in styling to the social and collectivist anarchism of old Earth. Free association, mutual aid, and a lack of centralised authority are prevalent in the majority of Collectives. Private property beyond one's own personal property is almost a foreign concept within Collective space - most forms of property, means of production, and resources are available to the community at large. Communal living in publicly accessible buildings is a common sight among the Collectives, though this does not necessarily forego any kind of privacy and whether or not an abode qualifies as personal property or not varies from community to community. Vessels are one of the few objects universally considered 'personal property' within Collective space, but even that is only due to vessels and their crews being considered distinct Collectives - the vessel is considered to belong to the whole crew, not the captain. There are, as previously mentioned, exceptions to this practice depending on the social and political norms of any particular community, but this lack of true authority or private ownership is the most common practice. Any hierarchical structure is entirely voluntary, and usually temporary. Collectives which try to force such structures on their communities without the consent of all those involved almost always face 'vaehistamiin' (lit: subjugation, but more accurately translated to mean 'infliction of shame/embarrassment') from the other Collectives, often resulting in the complete dissolution of that Collective and its population starting fresh under a new name. Particularly heinous Collectives which earn the ire of the majority of Collectives can sometimes face expulsion from the Kindred Collectives - typically resulting in their complete cessation of existence.

The closest thing to an 'authority' within Collective space is the 'Päkonnatrizh Syojatarä' (Cardinal Collective of Syojatar), a voluntary organisation consisting of representatives from all across Collective space. Members of Päkonnatrizh are considered members of it and it alone, and are expected to place the goals and practices of the Cardinal Collective above their native practices. The Cardinal Collective's primary purpose is that of defence. The manifold Collectives realised that their disparate fleets could not effectively defend their way of life from external threats, voluntarily forming the Cardinal Collective to address this issue. The Cardinal Collective is distinct from every other Collective, with its own population, fleet, and even colonies but is nevertheless beholden to the Syojatar population at large. Its fleet is self-constructed but the designs of their ships are borrowed from across Collective space, donated by the Collectives which are members of the Cardinal Collective. Likewise while it does have its own population and communal culture, these individuals are free to leave at any time. Many consider themselves 'volunteers' rather than actual members of the Cardinal Collective, donating their time and some degree of their autonomy and freedoms to protect the Kindred Collectives as a whole. Such commitments are bound by a minimum length of service, to ensure a sense of continuity which is essential to the smooth functioning of the Cardinal Collective's purpose but the length of this service is agreed upon by each individual member prior to their joining. As more and more members remain long enough to start families while in service to the Cardinal Collective there is a growing number of Syojatar who consider it their native Collective, remaining behind to commit themselves to its mission long after their parents have returned home to their original Collective at the end of their service.

Internally, the Cardinal Collective has come to be seen as a neutral arbitrator for disputes between Collectives, and does enforce the practice of Syväittizh (lit: sacred exhortation, though an accurate translation is not possible) as a method of settling disputes between Collectives. Syväittizh is a series of ritualistic practices designed to reach either amicable agreement, or peaceful cessation of hostilities between communes. Most visibly, this results in ritualistic warfare between Collectives - though in actuality this is the least common from of Syväittizh. Long before open conflict is met, Syojatar practice debate, diplomacy, and dialectics to achieve agreement. In the event that conflict is inevitable the rules of engagement alongside specific terms and consequences of victory or defeat are agreed by all relevant parties. Breaking these terms, or refusing to act accordingly following one's victory or defeat invokes the wrath of the Päkonnatrizh - and given its considerable military prowess this is not something most Collectives will risk. Collectives are free to (and indeed, are encouraged to) leave the agreements forged with the Päkonnatrizh if they feel its oversight and arbitration oversteps its bounds - withdrawing their donated personnel, ships, and resources when they do so. However, to be afforded the right of Syväittizh and protection from external threats one must uphold their commitments to both. It is considered a grave insult and an act of great cowardice to seek only the advantages in any agreement within Syosiit society and not accept your own commitments when doing so.
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