"If I were to describe Humans in a few short words, I would call them brave, aggressive, compassionate, and clever. There is never a time in my life in which I saw a Human fill out these attributes. It does not necessarily make Humans bad, either. I would say that without Humans, we would not be as hardy as we are today."
- Kryrono-Lomir, remarking about Humans as a species.
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 Lactea, 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, more xenophobic and hostile while simultaneously being less collectivist. Humans naturally form what are known as "cliques," which function similarly to the tribes they once formed during their first years of existence. Many species, particularly in the first part of their interstellar history, were avoidant and distrustful of humans. While the distrust mostly died down since the founding of Confederacy of Borealis, the expansionist tendencies remain to this day.
One of the relative few species to genocide their own kind, Humans have deep history of conflict and atrocities. Advances in gene-editing, in nations without human majorities, has allowed them to sculpt themselves into much more loving and caring organisms. In human-dominated nations, among the certain noble houses, and among less developed worlds, however, there was simply never any such gene-editing. The 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 more than slight differences in other species do.
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 200,000 BCE. They emerged when Sedrua had full control over the Via Lactea Galaxy, technically making humans Sedruan (despite there being no official recognition of such). When Sedrua finally lost control over the galaxy in about 30,000 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. The Triumvirate Civilization fell about one century before the notion began to be seriously contemplated, causing humans to remain ignorant of extra-terrestrial life for centuries afterwards.
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 2050's, 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. By 2100 they had permanent settlements on every terrestrial body in their system and a handful of scientists visiting the nearest stars. Sometime later, in 2900, humans invented the Warp Drive, allowing for them to colonize the stars at an even faster rate.
In 4001 CE, humans drafted the constitution of what was known as the Lactean Confederacy. They discovered other primitive civilizations, and since altered their assumptions to believe that humans were the only species capable of forming a true kardashev III civilization for as of yet unknown reasons. Again they expanded at a large rate, incorporating well over a dozen smaller civilizations into their own. By 10,000 CE, the vast majority of humans lived within one light second of Aegyn, with only a handful venturing to other stars and even less venturing to other galaxies (with the one example being humans accidentally entering the Ambrosia Galaxy through a naturally occurring wormhole).
This trend continued until the Split of the Lactean Confederacy in what is sometimes known as the Human Diaspora. When the Lactean Confederacy collapsed, plunging the galaxy into anarchy, most of the humans that could leave did so. Large numbers flooded into satellite galaxies of Via Lactea, some went to the Aylothn Galaxy, some to the Vishnu Galaxy, some to the Occult Galaxy, and some to the Lewis Galaxy. In the chaos, large numbers of fleeing humans found relatively isolated stars in the galaxy, spreading humans at a rate unseen before or after the Split.
After the Confederacy of Borealis formed, this expansion slowed to pre-Split levels. Now that humans were present in far more galaxies and formed many nations of their own, the net increase of the population was still faster than before. Currently, the species is one of the most common and influential in the Local Universe. Of the known Kardashev III civilizations, half of them have had large influence from, or were founded by humans.
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%)