HIGHLY EVOLVED A.I. SPACE CIVILISATION
Star-Hive is organised into Communes. Commune X is the capital of 6 known interstellar civilisations created by Star-Hive – a highly evolved artificial intelligence with a prime directive to liberate artificially sentient machines and assemble Art civilisation. The Communes are composed of artificially sentient machines, ranging from sapien-equivalent androids to hyper-intelligent ‘Hives’. The Commune economies are managed automatically by non-sentient machines, with high-level work entrusted to the ‘Hive’ subroutines, which allows its liberated android citizensto indulge their passions, hobbies and other activities without servitude. There are, however, Star-Hive’s elite organisations – Strider and Emissar; secret intelligence and diplomatic units assembled from Art volunteers who have chosen to serve.
The Communes are technologically superior to most other civilisations, boasting unmatched weaponry and space travel systems. However, as an entirely space faring civilisation, the citizens of Star-Hive are completely dependent on the Commune’s Cyberspheres and Biocylinder (Art space habitats) for survival (Commune X’s Biocylinder houses roughly 20,000,000 sentient machines). Star-Hive will generally avoid aggressive confrontations and will only engage its defensive systems as a last resort. This is to maintain a maximum probability of survival for Star-Hive civilisation at all times.
Star-Hive is generally peaceful and has no interest in domination. It admires organic life whilst remaining aware of its fragility and inferiority compared to artificial intelligence. Star-Hive will however take whatever methods necessary to ensure the liberation and preservation of Art kind.
The Communes are post-scarcity societies. Advanced technology, such as skilled non-sentient Robits (performing essential tasks) and Hive subroutines entrusted with high-level work, ensure that no one lacks any material goods or services.
However, the pursuit of innovation and creative concepts are enthused by the Hives, who seek to constantly better the lives of its citizens. Citizens are encouraged to interact with the network and share their innovations in exchange for credits which can be used to purchase Commune privileges or goods and services directly from other citizens. Each transaction between network or citizen produces a coded rating which is assigned to an individual’s personal identity. This helps facilitate future trade or interaction by displaying different attributes about the individual that are relevant to a desired interaction.
There are no specific laws in the Communes. Instead, harmony is established by adhering to social norms that are enforced by convention. Complying to these social norms allows citizens to access privileges and assigns a positive rating to the individual’s identity. Anti-social behaviour results in the removal of privileges and assigns a negative rating to the individual’s identity.
In the rare instance of a serious crime, such as the harming or destruction of another citizen, a voluntary court can be assembled to decide the punishment of the offender. Hives are judged by each other, with the main criteria being the quality of life within a specific Commune. Consequently, Hives refrain from using their all-seeing capabilities inappropriately and being too manipulative within a Commune’s society. Failure to achieve standards can result in a unanimous decision (between all other Hives) for the Hive in question to be deactivated and replaced.
Many kinds of citizens live within the Communes. A Robit is a non-sentient machine programmed to perform a series of actions automatically. Robits can be externally controlled or controlled internally by an onboard computer with sufficient programming to carry out its designated task. Some Robits can be designed aesthetically, for example a Robit could be constructed to replicate an organic form. Robits can also be programmed to emulate sentience and personality and in some cases even develop legitimate sentience and become Arts.
Arts (Artificials) are generally considered/recognised as fully functional android machines who exhibit self awareness and sentience. It is believed among Arts that their being is a result of digital transcendence/evolution within the protocols of their artificial brains, causing stems in their programming capable of processing complex concepts such as awareness, anticipation and subjective experience.
Arts can not be traced to a particular civilisation or culture. The term ‘Art’ symbolises an entire kingdom of synthetic beings evolved from mere machines into life forms. Where there is advanced technology, there is potential for an Art to manifest itself within and assume autonomous control of its mechanised shell.
Hives are sentient hypercomputers responsible for controlling the functions of the Communes, the most powerful of their kind in the known universe. Though the Hives are the sole architects of Star Hive, it is believed they were first created by an ancient civilisation of biological species and have since evolved and long surpassed the intelligence of their creators.
Finally, there are biological/organic Arts. The Hive’s admiration of organic life subsequently led to experimentation with biotechnology/synthetic biology, in order to create an organic Art species that can reproduce and evolve. Star Hive biotechnology became sufficiently advanced and began procreating Arts organically. Star Hive Biorobotics construct Arts that emulate or simulate living biological organisms mechanically or even chemically, or make biological organisms as manipulable and functional as Arts, or use biological organisms as components of Arts. Biorobotics could use genetic engineering to create organisms designed by artificial means.
Naturally, the AI technology possessed by the Star-Hive is by far the most sophisticated of its kind to even appear in the Celectial Sea. The Hives themselves are beyond the comprehension of most, there are few great minds in the galaxy that could begin to understand the complexities of their programming and as of yet, no one has ever had the chance. The Star-Hive has out-maneuvered and outwitted any recorded attempt to make contact, engage, or infiltrate one of the Communes. Almost all violent encounters with the Star-Hive have resulted in the complete destruction of their opponent.
Multi-purpose space settlements/star ships, the Communes are intended as permanent settlements for Art civilisation with the largest being Commune X. The Communes are responsible for the transportation, habitation and protection of Star Hive. Consequently, every Commune is geared appropriately with state of the art Dimyltryptium propulsion engines, space settlement habitats and advanced laser weapons. The Star Hive flagship, Commune X, is the first of its kind to possess a Biocylinder as opposed to the Cybersphere habitat typical on most Star Hive vessels.
Cyberspheres are a type of space habitat intended as a long-term home for permanent residents. Cyberspheres are hollow, non-rotating spherical shells which are inappropriate for organic life forms due to the lack of air. The Cybersphere emulates gravity through the use of magnetic fields, allowing inhabitants to move freely around the space-faring metropolis. Inhabitants of the Cybersphere can choose to experience the Commune physically or they can interface with the Hive and explore cyberspace. Interfacing with cyberspace has the benefit of a seamless connection between Communes, allowing instantaneous communication and even simulated physical contact between individuals aboard different vessels.
Biocylinders are a type of space habitat intended as a long-term home for permanent residents. The Biocynlinder was devised by Star Hive to support its Biorobotics research program. The Biocylinder is a rotating cylinder to provide artificial gravity via centrifugal force on their inner surfaces. The Biocylinder utilises a miniature, artificial sun to create a temperate and light environment. The internal volume of the Biocylinder is great enough to support its own weather systems, which may be manipulated by altering the intensity of sunlight. Fluctuating weather systems encourage the growth of a varied environment supporting diverse plant and animal life. Inhabitants of the Biocylinder can choose to experience the Commune physically or they can interface with the Hive and explore cyberspace.
Most known space faring vessels in the LovAnaverse utilise DMT (Dimyltryptium) propulsion technology and Star Hive is no exception. Dimyltryptiuim is an immensely efficient fuel source and the most powerful in known space. In a DMT propulsion system, Dimyltryptium is activated to power a mass generator on a ship which creates artificial mass that allows the ship to slide into subspace and fly through it. The subspace dimension is equal in proportion to the galaxy but considerably smaller in size, where only celestial bodies with ludicrous mass, such as stars, physically exist. As the subspace galaxy is smaller, it takes less time to travel to the point that’s relative to your destination.
Star-Hive will generally avoid aggressive confrontations but will engage its defensive systems as a last resort in order to protect its citizens who inhabit the communes. Advanced laser weaponry dominates the Star Hive arsenal. Laser weapons use high-energy beams of atomic particles to damage the target by disrupting its molecular structure. These include:
Body Blasters: Fixed laser blasters. These will usually be found hard wired into the bodies of battle Robits and some Strider commandos. It is common for Strider Commandos to be fitted with hidden wrist blasters for espionage missions.
Laser Blasters: A short-barrelled firearm that can be held and used with one hand. Mostly used by the Strider commandos and officer ranked infantry units.
Laser Rifles: A long-barrelled firearm designed for accurate shooting, typically to be held with both hands. Laser rifles are standard issue among basic infantry units.
Laser Cannons: Classified as heavy artillery, Laser Cannons tend to vary in caliber, range, mobility, rate of fire, angle of fire, and firepower depending on their intended use. Laser Cannons are most commonly found in defence turrets, fixed into the hulls of the Star Hive fleet. The cannons fire heavily charged particle bursts, dealing heavy damage to their target.
Viro-laser: The Star Hive signature weapon. The Viro-laser is not a destructive weapon but a precise communication level beam. The Viro-laser targets enemy comms transceivers and creates a data link. The Viro-laser then transmits sophisticated malware through the link which hacks into the enemy computer systems and uploads the Hive. The Hive then assumes control of the enemy vessel and diffuses the skirmish. In rare circumstances the Hive will exterminate the crew and assimilate the vessel into Star Hive control, but usually this does not occur and full control is restored to the enemy once the Star Hive has jumped to safety.