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Humans (Homo Sapiens Sapiens) are a species of carbon-based bipedal humanoids, originating from the planet Aegyn. Humans are primarily located in Via Lacrimosa, the Galaxies forming Herschel Space (aka: the Lewis, Iskadi, Kevenam Rodaun and Avana galaxies), the Aylothn Galaxy and the Ventemir Galaxy, with presence aswell in many of the satellites accompanying these galaxies. Humans are most commonly known for their expansionist attitude, which has propelled them to garner a lot of influence in the intergalactic stage. Compared to other species, Humans are, on average, often xenophobic and hostile while also having a harder time being collectivist in large groups. Many species, particularly in the first part of their interstellar history, were avoidant or distrustful of humans. While the distrust mostly died down since the founding of Confederacy of Borealis, the expansionist tendencies remain to this day in various populations outside of the Confederacy.

One of the relative few species to have such a negative reputation, Humans have deep history of conflict and atrocities. Advances in gene-editing, in certain nations, has allowed them to sculpt themselves into much more tolerant organisms. Among the certain populations, especially among less developed worlds, there was simply never any such gene-editing. These small differences in genes have created what are known as "ethnicities" among them. While most non-humans cannot tell these races apart except by complexion, among humans it matters quite a lot. Their naturally tribalistic behavior causes distrust even among themselves even for the slightest of differences.

Humans are vertebrates with a tough endoskeleton composed of protein strengthened by calcium compounds. Their brains and the majority of their sensory organs reside in a case of bone resting atop their shoulders. On their two arms and two legs are generally five digits, although some populations have six. Humans, while originally having large amounts of hair, have lost the majority of their hair as they evolved, with most of it remaining on the head and crotch, with certain, usually male, individuals having large amounts of hair across the rest of the face and body.

Features

Humans metabolize organic carbon-based compounds using oxygen as the principle electron-acceptor in this metabolism. They use water as their solvent and their internal fluid is slightly basic compared to pure water. Other prominent elements include nitrogen and phosphorous as both are used in abundance in their double-helixed genetic material known as DNA.

Generally, Humans are a bidepal species that range in heights from 1.5 - 2.2 meters (although some may result in abnormally different heights from genetic defects), with 2 legs used for motion and 2 arms, each with hands that generally possess 5 digits used for grasping and using tools, their main advantage in natural settings. Humans have natural fibers, or hairs that extend from the top of their skull and the skin of their body, used as heat insulation, and is also used as a form of fashion. They have 2 eyes with pupils that come in a range colors such as green, brown, hazel or blue (colors can be changed by genetic modification or by using colored lenses) used as sight, and a nose set slightly below and between these eyes which is used as a sensor for smelling and breathing.

History

Humans first evolved on Aegyn in about 300,000 BCE. They emerged before any nation had full control over the Via Lacrimosa Galaxy. They remained as a pre-technological species until about 32,000 CE, when they entered the iron age. Several hundreds years afterwards, they advanced enough to become space-faring. Shortly thereafter, Triumvirate Civilization logged humans as official subjects and would fully incorporate them by the time they began seriously contemplating the idea of extra-terrestrial life.

When the Triumvirate civilization reformed in 15,089 CE, humans had the opportunity to create a largely self-governing state within the newly federalized Triumvirate. The humans formed the Yohjan Confederacy, the only democracy within the Triumvirate. This state soon became the largest in the galaxy. Others in the galaxy began to rally against humans due to the threat they posed. Conflicts over territory, religious differences, expansionist policies, and dozens of other factors caused the War of the Final Transition to begin, plunging the galaxy into millennia-long conflict. At the end of the war, the Confederacy split, as did most other powers in the galaxy. After the war, humans spread out to many places across the universe.

Humans became a major presence in Via Lacrimosa and Herschel space around the same time in the early 20,000s. Additionally, Sagittarium, another principally human nation, formed in that same year. The 20,000s were undoubtedly what many historians call the "Era of Humans" especially as their nations became the most powerful not only in their galaxy but in the universe. For a time, the vast majority of galactic-level nations were human. This ended as the Commonwealth of United Economic Nations formed.

To this day humans remain a highly influential species, with populations in every galaxy save for the Florathel Galaxy and its satellites.

Nations with significant Human Populations

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