"Keer-Ak akaal uk in, orek el im e Aalwa oot sene utor lak-aar, nu terainaa kal a'muun" (Breed by the mother, raised by the clan and strenghten by the race, we shall live through the stars) - Itel Ka'Kelmaak, leader of the Assembly of Clans
The Arati are an Alien species, native to the Planet Aran, in the Irata System, located in the Nucleus Aratis as it is known to humans, in the Lewis Galaxy. They have thus expanded to nearby Galaxies. The Species is similar to large mamalians with fur covering all over their bodies. They are alongside the Koors, the only intelligent lifeform native to the Lewis Galaxy. They classify themselves on a Clan based system that has endured to this day. The Clan system is very large with a thousand different Clans, all originating in their home planet.
There are two subcultures of the Arati, one that bases its clan system on a patrilineal lineage while the other one bases its clan system on a matrilineal lineage. Honor and Allegiance are for the Clan. The Arati though are a peace driven species that tends to avoid conflict rather than provoke it. Still, when they do are at war, they can be ruthless and very strong and hard to defeat, since their tenacity and loyalty to the clan is immense and thus can give their lives in sacrifices for the benefit of the community.
They government is a Clan Assembly in which any member of the Clan can speak publicly and expose their issues or concern to the rest. Each clan sends their most respectable members to the Assembly Clan. Due to the harsh condition of Aran, the Clans have always been forced to cooperate with each other for survival and success. Since then, they were forced to live side by side and specialize for the community. This communal live was key for their success as society and later unification of the Planet through a transnational government, the Clan Assembly, that slowly diluted the other smaller nation-states that existed previously. This allowed for scientific research and soon, space technology was developed and the Arati where capable to reach space and colonize other planets.
That's why there is only one Arati Nation, since the beginning, the species has avoid secession and consider itself one big family.
Biology and Reproduction
This species is similar to large primates and are viviparous. Although they are quite similar to bears of earth, in the sense that they are large and strong and can have large fat volumes that helps them to retain heat in cold environments.
Their body is covered fully in fur, except for the face. The male Arati have horns that previously, in primitive states, served to fight for Arati females. The Males have darker complexities, but can also figure some light ones, while females are rather of lighter complexion but this can change from clan to clan. There is a large morphological difference between male and females. Females don't have horns and have larger heads.
Their organs are similar to those found on humans, with larger quantities of blood, and a faster metabolism able to warm up faster. That's why they can't really prosper in very hot areas. They possess four extremities with large arms and legs that allows them to run fast distances in a short period of time. They are very resilient and can endure hardship pretty well.
They are viviparous, with just one offspring each time, specially during early pregnancies. Triplets or Twins are also common, especially after the first pregnancies. The Females possess sacks that can hold up to three babies inside until they are able to walk. Babies have the ability to see and hear, as well as grab things since they are born. They are also born with full fur.
History and Society
They live in a society were belonging to the group is very important. However, individualism is also important. Their society is based on several clans, that arose somewhere in Tereni, in the continent of their homeworld, Aran. From there, they spread all over the continent and later, some crossed to the continent of Noran in several waves, populating that continent. Later, trade and contact was initiated between both land masses.
At first, society was mostly based around tribe-clans, where one tribe and one clan were the same thing. In Tereni and Noran, some clans allied themselves to conquer other clans, and established the first nation states. The Clan structures surprisely were maintained. So several Kingdoms, Merchant States, City States and Federations arose. However, due to the Clan importance, this clans didn't disappear after a nationality consciousness. After some time, the states went to war ones against the others, ending finally most of them. This disgragated the Statehood and reinforced even more the Clans. Finally several Clan Alliances and Confederations formed and with time, led to several Wars once more, which were known as The Clan Wars.
As a result of this Wars, the entire Planet was unified under a Democratic Government, in the shame of an Assembly of Clans. This finally brought the peace they all were seeking and progress and science could finally be achieved. Some clans were given certain tasks and so the repartition of work was assigned. This led to working and laborious people, who had one goal in mind: Colonize space.
They finally did in 69 355 CE. However the early stages of the expansion in the Galaxy were slow. The system wasnt completely colonized until the 71 498 CE, and faster travel methods were research. By 72 890 they had started colonization of the nearby systems. By 74 239 CE, the First world was colonized, and by 78 620 CE they had already expand over several worlds and systems. However, further expansion came to a halt due to some internal revolutions and warfare, who led to the status quo, and by 80 247 CE expansion was again on the move. By 83 845 CE they had achieved control over 3% of the entire Galaxy. By 85 677 CE they had 6% control over the Galaxy. By 89 455 CE they had achieved control over 8%. Then they contacted humanity by 92 344 CE and relations were cold at first. Expansion was discourage towards the core, and expansion shifted towards the outer area of the galaxy. By 95 802 CE they achieved 10% control of the Galaxy. In 98 067 CE the Arati start to colonize the Jord Nebula and the worlds that would be founders of the United Alliance. By 102 005 CE they had control over 15% of the Galaxy.
Soon after, the War of Separatism began, when colonies of the Arati wanted to split from Arati Clan Nation, this led to a civil war. The War was a disaster for the Arati Nation, who saw a third of their territory (33%) join the United Alliance. This led to an economic recession and trouble within the Arati Nation, stopping expansion for over millennia. By 106 120 CE, expansion space was largely limited for the Arati, as the Intergalactic Federation and the United Alliance had already colonize nearby territory, marginalizing the Arati to their corner of the Galaxy. By 106 743 CE they started friendly relations with their neighbors, most notably with the United Alliance. Their only survival chance was either going to war with massive nations (which they could not defeat) or iniciate friendly and comercial relations.