Native Intelligent Life
This is a species of highly intelligent native life capable of sentient (feeling), sapient (wise cognizance), and technologically sophisticated behavior. In other words, NILs are at least as sophisticated as proto-sophonts and have begun using tools to construct other tools.
History & Background (Dossier)
While the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service has standardized terminology within Imperial service, non-Imperials use a vast variety of terms for native intelligent species without an interstellar presence including the following: