- Urb is short for urban area, a densely settled area of sophont shops, domiciles, and societal institutions.
Urbs are called by a vast variety of names with an extremely wide spectrum of connotated and denotated definitions. 
Variant Terms for Urbs
Terms for urban areas include:
- 0% Dieback World (Ruins... was once populated)
- 01-10% Colony World
- 11-20% Lo Population World
- 21-50% Average Population World
- 51-80% Pre-high Population World
- 81-90% Hi Population World
- 91-100% Ecumenopolis (City World)
The story of urbs or cities is the story of sophontic civilization. Cities bring about and focus the striving of a sophont specie's efforts to master their environment, overcome their creature competitors, and climb the ladder of technology levels. But, along with population density comes not only opportunity and increased exchange of ideas and trade, but... increased crime, population pressure, and increasing social hierarchies. Not only can progress be found in the urb, but also the possibility of societal doom. 
Still, to the captain of a star wandering free trader, the urb is the most likely place to go to find fame and fortune. Or at the very least, unload the cargo hold of trade goods... and hopefully get something of value in return. 
Urban vs. Rural
Almost every technological society experiences divides between urban and rural communities. It is natural to many sophont species for agrarian areas to remain rural and for denser urban areas to develop greater opportunities for learning, research, and industrialization. The conflict and competition between urban and rural communities becomes a marked theme on many inhabited worlds throughout Charted Space.
Overview of Urban Development and Technological Epochs
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