- Sentience is characterized by many different combinations of talents, but chief among these is the use of technology for problem-solving.
Please see the following articles for related information:
- Major Race
- Minor race
- Variant Race
Most Imperial scientists consider "technology", in its most base form to be "environmental manipulation, in whatever manner is physically possible for that specific race." Technology is more than starships and fancy gadgets, it also includes the vast number of philosophies, method of social organization, government types, and the many other cornerstones of technological civilization.
Minor & Major Races
- Critics point out the division is arbitrary as many of the minor races were contacted before they had the opportunity to invent the drive. Sophontologists agree the proper criteria is based upon the expansion drive of the race. All the Major Races except the Droyne dominate regions that cover multiple sectors, but the definition nevertheless stands and makes the Droyne count as a major race.
- Please also see:
Humaniti & Variants
The Minor Human Races are offshoots of Humaniti, believed to be scattered to the stars by the Ancients about 300,000 years ago. Imperial scientists and researchers have found archaeological evidence of more than one hundred of these human races left throughout charted space, although fewer than fifty have managed to survive to the modern day.
And there a few alien species types that rely on cultural or genetic differences that cannot be well categorized elsewhere: