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Gentlesophont is a gender-neutral, species-neutral term used across Charted Space in official and polite address.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The one point of commonality across sophont species is sophonce. They all share technological civilizations wanting to survive, prosper, and push out the boundaries of technology in ways appropriate to their society. At first the Aslan heavily objected to the prefix "gentle," but eventually they came around to accepting the term.

  • And thus the two terms "gentle" plus "sophont" became combined into the most widely used and acceptable term of address.

Intended Linguistic Connotation[edit]

The term avoids or obviates:

  • Culture
  • Gender
  • Judgment
  • Mindset
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexuality

Notes: Many Aslan and Vargr still object to the idea of being "gentle," but they value the wealth creation of interstellar trade and peace so they tolerate it.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Interstellar etiquette is an enormously complicated endeavor. How does one find social protocols acceptable to hundreds of sophont species with literally hundreds of thousands of individual cultural mores, social practices, philosophies, dining preferences, and a host of other details? Well, the most pragmatic answer is that such a point of golden harmony is nigh impossible.

Interstellar Societal Common Culture[edit]

The current interstellar order is centered around major race cultural standards. And they clash quite often. Nevertheless certain largely acceptable practices are largely integrated into an overarching interstellar society:

Typical Noble Hierarchy & Sequence[edit]

Typical Noble Elevation Sequence: The elevation and promotion of a noble and his or her family typically takes the following sequence and may take generations:

Noble Institutions[edit]

Noble Institutions
Institution Rank (SOC) Remarks
World-State (Local) Nobility N: 7 - 10(A) World-State and/or local nobility possess a bewildering variety of titles and power bases. These nobles often predate Imperial contact and they do not possess Imperial sanction, title, or recognition even if the Imperium negotiates with them. According to Imperial law, they have no official standings or, more to the point, they possess the official recognition of a foreign power and not an indigenous, friendly ally. Some are later elevated to greater recognition and status.
Imperial Clans N: 7 - 12(c) Imperial Clans hold an intermediate position between houses and local world-state nobles. Many of these clans aspire to Imperial recognition and earn it through service or other means, thus acquiring Imperial title, but not always direct Imperial Sanction. Sometimes, organized multi-systemic interstellar powers have been known to acquire Imperial title and be recognized as Imperial clans, but not proper Imperial houses.
Landed Nobility N: 12(C) - 16(G) Landed nobles are recognized by the Emperor and the Third Imperium. They hold Imperial title and sanction. Being a landed noble (peerage) is practically a prerequisite to joining a Noble House although exceptions have been made.
Imperial Houses N: 12(C) - 16(G) Many noble families eventually seek to consolidate and increase their power and prestige through concerted efforts of intermarriage or other social institutions of obligation. These families eventually form Noble Houses, which pool the assets of many families into greater accumulations of power, ability, and resources.
  • Some have compared the machinations of the Noble Houses and Clans to the dance of Imperial corporations and megacorporations. Perhaps more accurately, the two are massively intertwined to the point where the political aspirations of nobles and the economic aspirations of corporations and megacorporations are practically one.
High Nobility N: 15(f) - 16(G) The Third Imperium has been called a government of, by, and for Dukes. Even the lowest Ducal title is an enormous sign of Distinction. The elevation and promotion of a Duke typically follows the below sequence and often takes many, many generations:

Ducal Elevation Sequence:

Emperor N: 17(H) At the peak of the range of noble ranks is the Emperor and the Imperial Family. The noble family may include princes, princesses, dowagers, and other noble titles. The spouse of an Emperor or Empress is technically the "Empress Consort" or "Emperor Consort" or "Prince Consort", but in common everyday usage the females are simply refereed to as "Empress" but the males have an issue should their title be shortened as to claim to be "Emperor" is treason!
  • The Emperor is the ultimate object of thousands upon thousands of oaths of loyalty and fealty from the nobility. All of the Emperor's subjects number in the quadrillions...

Imperial Nobility:

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Cultural Mores[edit]

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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