Variant race

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A distinct intelligent species created by genetic engineering on a species after it has become a member of the interstellar community. Many laymen consider such species to be minor races, but since they have had no chance to invent jump drive on their own, but may be descended from races that did, they don't fit the usual definition of either. Most scientists use the term Variant Race to indicate these genetically engineered populations.

By far the largest number of variant races have been created by various branches of Humaniti.

Variant races may or may not rate their own taxonomic name. This often depends on political considerations, although sometimes there are sound practical reasons for an omission.

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