The Tetusu-Dene Scale is a sociological tool designed to measure the societal interaction between two sophont species.
- 1 Description (Specifications)
- 2 History & Background (Dossier)
- 3 References & Contributors (Sources)
TETUSU-DENE SCALE: The Tetusu-Dene Scale was developed in the Imperial Spinward Marches Sector as an aid to recognizing Vargr integration into Human societies on the Imperial Core-Spinward frontier. It has been adopted (in slightly modified form) by the Julian Protectorate to recognize the level of integration of societies within the Protectorate.
The original Tetusu-Dene Scale assumed that, in an unequal relationship between the species, Humans were dominant. As this may not be the case in the Julian Protectorate, Tetusu-Dene evaluations of 7 or less are suffixed with V for Vargr-dominated cultures or H for Human-dominated cultures.
The Modified Tetusu-Dene Scale is interpreted as follows:
0. Insufficient Contact
The world has not had sufficient contact with the other species for any attitude on interaction to have developed.
1. Total Xenophobia
Members of the dominant species are bent on the extermination of the other. Attempts to extend extermination policies to other worlds will be made.
2. Passive Xenophobia
Murder of the other species when found on the planet is routine, and generally government policy. If political repercussions are involved, deportation may occur. Under no circumstances will an ambassador of the other species be accepted, and relations with states with less xenophobic attitudes are never warm.
Members of the other species are regarded as fit only to serve the dominant species as slaves. Importation and breeding is carefully controlled.
Members of the other species are generally confined to reservations, except where it suits the convenience of the dominant species to permit otherwise. Crimes against the other species by the dominant species are generally not prosecuted; crimes by the other species against the dominant species generally are punished by long terms of imprisonment or forced labor, by extremes of corporal punishment, or by death.
5. Strong Apartheid
Members of the other species are granted limited rights. Some prosecutions of serious crimes against the other species may occur. “Free” movement may be permitted, possibly under a system of travel passes. Participation in government by the other species is barred, and franchise or equivalent is unavailable.
6. Weak Apartheid
Members of the other species are permitted to participate in government, though they may be barred from many higher offices. Franchise or equivalent may be extended, but limited in scope. Many occupations are closed to members of the other species, and restrictions on social activities are common. Facilities provided by the government for use of the other species are inferior to those provided for the use of the dominant species. Segregation is mandatory on the part of the other species, voluntary on the part of the dominant species.
7. Legislative Equality
Members of the other species are not treated differently at law. Segregation of most activities occurs, and may or may not be mandatory.
8. Formal Integration
Legal segregation is nonexistent, and forced segregation of most activities may be illegal. Segregation is either nonexistent or very informal and very limited, and viewed with distaste. Intimate relationships between members of different species are unusual, and meet social resistance.
9. Total Integration
Both species participate in society on a fully equal basis. Deliberate segregation on any level is considered unacceptable, and possibly provocative. Intimate relationships between members of different species are not considered unusual.