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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
Humaniti
Species (Various)

Former spelling Humanity.

Any of a group of intelligent races descended from omnivore/gatherers originating from genetic stock on Terra (Sol / Solomani Rim 1827).

Humans appear to have developed intelligence due to shifting climatological factors. The "average" human stands approximately 1.8m in height and weigh about 100kg, but many variations exist even among the same race. Some human races can be distinguished by their physical appearance. However, races such as the Vilani, Solomani, Zhodani, and perhaps 40 others have the same physical appearance. Blood typing (85% accurate) and DNA genotyping (100% accurate) are the only ways to tell these races apart.

The most unusual aspect of humaniti is the fact that humans are present on many different worlds and stand at various levels of development on those worlds. The Solomani Hypothesis was the first plausible theory to postulate a reason for this phenomenon. It was verified in 588 via fossil records, and is now accepted as the reason for the scattering of humaniti. The theory states that for reasons unknown, the Ancients transplanted humans throughout this spiral arm of the galaxy. From that point, parallel development resulted in the predominance of many essentially identical human races in the worlds of this arm. Eventually, two of these "subraces" of humans achieved interstellar travel using Jump Drive, but did not call Terra their home.

The original Terran humans also became starfaring, making a total of three human subraces who have independently invented interstellar travel. These three thus achieved Major Race status: the Vilani, homeworld Vland (Vland 1717); the Zhodani, homeworld Zhdant (Zhdant 2719); and the Solomani, homeworld Terra (Solomani Rim 1827).

More than 100 minor human races are known to currently exist; several more of them failed to adapt to their new worlds and are now extinct.

Modern Imperial culture is a conglomeration of both Solomani and Vilani elements, and as such is neither truly Solomani nor Vilani.

The Zhodani, on the other hand, with their psionic-based culture, are dreaded enemies of the Imperium. The average Imperial citizen hates and fears psionics.

Refs: ADV-2, 1106; ADV-3, 1106; ADV-12, 1107; MT-ALIENS2, 1120 DIGEST-17, 1120