- It does not mean completely void of matter since trace amounts of baryonic matter often exist within interstellar space. In practical terms, space amounts to an interstellar vacuum.
Space in the most generic sense is what occupies the vast majority of the interstellar medium; it is void, emptiness, and a lack of baryonic matter. Some think of it as vacuum, others as nothingness, and even others as the home of dark matter. Whatever it is, it is a major constituent of interstellar space, that vast area between the planets, stars, and other astrographic features.
Space is vacuum: the absence of substantial concentrations of ordinary matter (the baryonic matter and leptons that compose most of the observable mass of the universe). Nearly all of the volume of the universe is space, and remains unexplored by sophonts from Charted Space.
Outer Space and Deep Space
Outer Space is a loose term indicating space beyond the outer atmosphere of a planet, if it has an atmosphere.
- Deep Space is a loose term for space beyond a stellar system.
- The Far System is considered Deep Space.
Dark Matter is a mysterious constituent of the universe. It is difficult to detect with conventional sensor instrumentation, and yet may compose the majority of the matter in the universe. It is different than baryonic matter, the stuff that makes up most planets, stars, and lifeforms.
The Spacetime Continuum is a term for the regular, baseline universe with measurable physical, temporal, and scientific laws governing it. When one leaves the Spacetime Continuum such as in jumpspace or a pocket universe, a different set of physical laws may be encounterd.
Theory of Space
The very theory of space is a profound abstract concept. Much in the way that the numeral zero had the capacity to revolutionize the mathematics of a sophont society, space often has the capacity to revolutionize the physical sciences. Some of the fields revolutionized by space theory include:
What separates less advanced minor races and more advanced minor races or major races is the exploitation of gradually increasing spheres of influence. Many very viable sophont races never amount to much on the interstellar scene because they never leave the bounds of their own gravity well.
Practically speaking, advanced species enter, manipulate, and eventually control the space surrounding their homeworld, whether interplanetary space, interstellar space, or, when the technology allows it, intergalactic space. Dozens of ways exist for demarcating astrographic areas of control. Many of these demarcations are sociographic in nature, rather than astrophysical, and considerable overlap often occurs. Please see some of the below systems for organizing space:
Space Types by Major Race Species
- Aslan Space
- Droyne Space
- Hiver Space
- Human Space
- K'kree Space
- Vargr Space
Space Types by Minor Race Species
- Bwap Space
- Darmine Space
- Darrian Space
- Drakaran Space
- Dynchia Space
- Florian Space
- Graytch Space
- Ithkluri Space
- Kursae Space
- Llyrnian Space
- Luriani Space
- Mal'Gnar Space
- Maskai Space
- S'mrii Space
- Suerrat Space
- Sylean Space
- Thaggeshi Space
- Yslai Space
Space Types by Political Typology
- Balkanized Space (World-States) (Non-Aligned)
- Independent Space (Pocket Empires) (Non-Aligned)
- Client State Space (Aligned)
- Major Power Space (Major Races) (Aligned)
Space Types by Major Race Polity
The Big Ten:
- Consulate Space (Zhodani)
- Oytrip Yatroy Space (Droyne)
- Hierate Space (Aslan)
- Federation Space (Hiver)
- Imperial Space (Third Imperium: Cosmopolitan Multispecies Space dominated by Humans)
- Julian Space (Julian Protectorate: Humans & Vargr in a Merged Society)
- Solomani Space = Solomani Sphere (Solomani Confederation: Humans of Solomani derivation)
- Two Thousand Worlds Space (K'kree)
- Vargr Extents (Vargr space)
- Vilani Space (former Ziru Sirka: Multispecies Space dominated by Vilani Humans)
Space Types by Minor Race Polity
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