"If one were to gather all the humans into one civilization, they would truly be a force to be reckoned with. Such a civilization would rank as Kardashev III, have several octillion inhabitants, would most certainly qualify as a superpower, and, overall be one of the most important civilizations in the universe. Divided as they are however, it is, quite frankly, a miracle the species has managed to remain extant." Kryrono-Lomir, remarking on Humans.
Humans (Also called Homo Sapiens Sapiens) are a species of carbon-based bipedal humanoids, originating from the planet Aegyn. Humans are primarily located in and around the Via Sagittaria, Occult, and Lewis Galaxies, with presence 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.
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.
Humans first evolved on Aegyn in about 300,000 BCE. They emerged when Sedrua had full control over the Via Sagittaria Galaxy, technically making humans Sedruan (despite there being no official recognition of such). When Sedrua finally lost control over the galaxy in about 50,000 CE, the 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.
As they advanced, they began looking towards the stars for beings like themselves. Using vast arrays of radio telescopes, orbiting telescopes, and advanced algorithms, not a single civilization was found. By the time they were a space-faring civilization, humans generally believed the universe to be theirs for the taking, no other civilizations existed as far as they knew (which was a fair assumption, the nearest civilization to them was obscured by dust, only Kardashev II, and over five thousand light years away). Operating under this idea, they began expanding at a rapid pace. Within one hundred years of becoming space-faring, they had permanent settlements on every terrestrial body in their system and a handful of scientists visiting the nearest stars. At this point, the Triumvirate civilization stepped in and drafted a treaty with the humans. The deal was that they were to remain in their home system and never leave. In turn, the Triumvirate would supply them with advanced technology the likes of which has never been accessible to humans before. Humans willingly signed the treaty in 17,809 BCE. The Triumvirate gained new subjects while also preventing another competitor from forming and humans gained fantastic technology; no treaty could have been more of a win-win.
Nations with significant Humans or Humanoid Populations
- Confederacy of Borealis (42% of Humanity)
- The Lewis Nations (32% of Humanity)
- Neo-Terran Intergalactic Hegemony (19% of Humanity)
- Verpletter Nations: (4% of Humanity)
- Kreigsleute (0.5%)
- Commune Federation (0.75%)
- Terran Nationale (0.5%)
- The Deciarchy Of The Overlord (0.5%)
- The Vanguard Republic (0,15%)
- Liberty Empire (0,2%)
- Empire of the Royal Kingdom (0,3%)
- Xavier Co-Operative Protectorate (0,2%)
- Nakazawa Imperium (0,15%)
- The Sonoran Union (0,25%)
- Cosmic Commonwealth of the Magocracy (0,25%)
- Commonwealth of United Economic Nations (Minority; 2% of Humanity)
- Other nations (1%)