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Status Minor Human Race

(Homo sapiens geonensis)

Classification Omnivore/hunter-gatherer
Size 1.5 m
Weight 65 kg
Homeworld Shiwonee (Massilia 1430)
Multi-world Yes
Canon Yes
Extinct Extant
Reference Classic Traveller Research Station Gamma

The Geonee are a minor Human race, famed for their claim to be the Ancients.

While this claim is generally not accepted, they do have one of the oldest human interstellar cultures in charted space, behind only the Suerrat and Vilani, and some of the highest technology.

Physiology & Environment

The Geonee are a short, stocky, and very muscular race. Their average height is about 1.5 m and their average weight is about 65 kg.

Their homeworld is Shiwonee (Massilia 1430).

History & Background

The Geonee were originally thought to be a Major Race, since they had jump drive when first encountered by the Vilani some 10,000 years ago (in fact, they had built their first jump drive several years before the Vilani completed theirs). However, it was later determined that their development of jump drive was based on a recovered Ancient starship, rather than independent research. This revelation has colored interstellar opinion of Geonee achievement ever since, and they are generally not regarded as being of major status.

The Geonee, a Major Race?

Despite the archeological evidence, the Geonee dispute their current classification and hold the (unshared) view that they are of Major Race standing. In fact, they believe themselves to be the Ancients, and therefore were using their own vessel to regain spaceflight. There are three reasons for this.

The Geonee First Argument for Major Race Status

First, the Geonee had one of the highest tech levels of all the races discovered by the Vilani.

The Geonee Second Argument for Major Race Status

Second, Geonee legends and "racial memories" tell of a time when they travelled among the stars, until a great war confined them to their homeworld.

The Geonee Third Argument for Major Race Status

Third, the Geonee Cultural Region contains some of the most extensive sets of Ancients ruins known, including facilities that were obviously set up for humans. The word "Geonee" means "old ones," and is itself a very old term for the inhabitants of the Region.

Psychology & Philosophy


Culture & Society

The Geonee possess one of the oldest known cultures in known space and their area of control in the Massilia Sector, is made up of eight worlds, known as the Geonee Cultural Region.

The Geonee Cultural Region is rich in Ancient artifacts. The Imperium has verified that artifacts have been recovered from Lagna (Massilia 1029) and Shiwonee (Massilia 1430); the Geonee themselves claim that all eight of their worlds were originally inhabited by the "Geonee"; that is, the Ancients.

Some of the richest Ancient sites have been discovered near the Geonee homeworld, and there is a very old rumor that the Imperial Navy once recovered an entire Ancient starship, the Bradeeva. Acceptance of this legend among the Geonee is so extensive that they have even attempted to sue the Imperium for the vessel's recovery; but no physical evidence of the Bradeeva's existence was ever brought to light, and the case was dismissed.

One interesting point is that all eight systems contain extensive asteroid belts. The Geonee claim that these are the remnants of worlds destroyed in the Final War, but most Imperial scientists dispute this, while admitting that the frequency of belts is, statistically speaking, unusually high.

See Geonee Cultural Region for more information.

Geonee Social Organization

Very little is known about the Geonee social organization.

This article has a secret.

Government & Politics

The Geonee government is known as the Geonee Confederation.

Language & Letters

Very little is known about the Geonee language.

Calendar & Timekeeping

It is unknown if the Geonee posses a native calendar as the Geonee have long used the calendars of the Vilani Ziru Sirka and currently use the calendar of the Third Imperium.

Technology & Trade

The Geonee are part of the Third Imperium and maintain a technological level of expertise between TL 10 and TL 14. Some Geonee lead researchers have even begun to make breakthroughs classified as TL 15.

Geonee merchants and traders are well known throughout the Third Imperium and beyond.

Military & Intelligence

Geonee maintain local constabularies and are garrisoned by the Imperial military.

The Geonee also maintain a private military known as the Geonee Self Defense Forces.

Please see Geonee Self Defense Forces for more information.

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