The Korkas are a native species of the Elcano Galaxy. They are an early space race, who has colonized a dozen worlds in a specific region of their native Galaxy. They are native to the Planet Tekorka. From there, they expanded to nearby worlds. They are a pacifistic race, with a very slow breeding process, although they have large lifespans.
They were soon discovered by the United Alliance when they started colonizing the Elcano Galaxy. The UA was the first Alien Intelligent life to be found by the Korkas. Good relations were built by the two, with technology, active trade and knowledge being shared. As the Korkas became more and more aware of the threats and nations of the Universe, they joined the United Alliance. The nation of the Korkas still retains autonomy but within a larger entity, the UA. Many Korkas since, emigrated to many worlds, mostly inside the Elcano Galaxy but also abroad, like Kreon, the Capital. The Korkas have since being full members of the Nation and completely loyal to the UA.
Characteristics and Reproduction
The Korkas are a large species, of bright colors. They have two large appendices in their chin to sense changes in temperature, atmosphere or recollect pheromones from predators or possible partners.
The sexual fertility of the Korkas only takes place once every century for a short period of time, in which they enter on a receptive reproductive stage. They reproduce on a ritual, that takes months to be complete. If they don't find a partner they just wait until the next century and try again in the next cycle. Once the rituals of partnership are completed, one of the partners decises to be a female while the other decises to be a male, and a new issue is formed. A large egg is then laid and the partners have to take care of the egg for up to a five years. The egg changes and grows with time. It isn't made of a hard material but of a soft-hard orange material of a yelly nature. This period is known as "Seclusion", since they isolate themselves partly from the group and dedicate themselves fully to the protection of the egg. During this time, the Korkas become more aggressive and develop claws and produce ejectable venom. This is a phase that passes once the Child gets into adulthood.
Once the issue is born, the Couple spend a year with the newborn and when he is a bit more strong, they take it into the Group and then the Seclusion period is finished for the couple. The claws fall out then, but the venom remains until the Child is fully into adulthood. Socialisation is then performed and the new Korka, who becomes integrated in the society and starts interacting with others of their kind. After fifty years, the Child enters adulthood and the venom appendices of its parents fall out, and the couple loses their assigned gender to become again Hermaphrodites. From now on, the Couple is no longer together and after fifty more years the new reproductive cycle stars and they are free to join a new partner or the same one.
The new adult Korka doesn't get its first cycle until 300 years after being born.
The Korkas are a sentient species, of a pacifistic nature. They are highly philosophical and ruled by two assemblies, one is a Moral Council and the other one is a Rational Council. The Moral Council is made of people formed in arts, philosophy, law and social sciences. They are in charged of the community and its issues. They address things like equality for all, discrimination, social bonding, access to basic needs etc... The Rational Council is in charge of the economy, the technical development, the science and medicine advancement and research.
Even if the population grows slowly it has grown steadily and has a considerable amount in total numbers, taking into account that this species has been alive for a similar time as the Humans have. Their development and growth has been slower than those of humans but still several Trillions of Korkas live all over the United Alliance territory and even beyond. Around 20 Trillion of them live inside the Elcano Galaxy, while around the same amount live abroad in other planets of the United Alliance on other Galaxies. Up to 10 Trillion live just in Kreon, where they have been slightly improved to enhance their reproduction pace.