- The appropriately named Capital (world) is the capital of the largest and likely the most powerful Supra-polity within Charted Space, the Third Imperium.
- Capitals are not only of interest to merchants and travellers, but they are also used to calculate the IISS metric, the Importance Extension, which is a gross measure of a world's overall interstellar importance in generalized terms.
|Trade Classification Codes|
|Subsector Capital||(Cp)||Political||The capital of the local region, usually a subsector in size.|
|Sector Capital||(Cs)||Political||The capital of a group of hundreds of star systems, typically a sector in size.|
|Imperial Capital||(Cx)||Political||The overall capital of an interstellar government, an interstellar polity.|
Capitals exist at nearly all levels of societal development. A soon as societies become large enough to separate into distinctive sub-polities, dominance among competing factions on a regional or locational level become important and the most dominant becomes designated the capital.
Charted Space has grown to be an interstellar system with an interlinking systems of competing polities whose economies affect one another. Any capital at the subsector level, Pocket Empire level, or above acquires a Capital Trade Classification. The smaller capitals at the World-State, balkanized Nation-State, or lower levels simply lacks the authority under the majority of conditions to effectively compete on the interstellar market. Such worlds may matter individually, but they will lack the authority of bigger fish to influence the economic system significantly.
Standard Polity Growth Sequence
- Proto-Society → Band Society → Tribal Society or Chiefdom → City-State → Nation-State → World-State → Pocket Empire → Interstellar State → Intergalactic State → Final State → Singularity