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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
Major Race
Classification

An arbitrary distinction based on the achievement of a specific intelligent race. A race which achieves interstellar travel (jump drive) through its own efforts is classed major; one which does not is classed minor.

To date, generally accepted major races include Humaniti (Zhodani, Solomani, and Vilani, but not other examples), the Hive, Centaurs, Vargr, Ancients, Aslan and Droyne.

The Suerrat (a human race) have been held to be minor, because their achievement of interstellar travel utilized Generation Ships.

Similarly, the Geonee were originally thought to be a major race, but their development of Jump Drive was based on recovered Ancient Artifacts rather than true racial efforts. The Geonee dispute this prevailing opinion and hold the (generally unshared) view that they are of major standing.

Recent research indicates that the Aslan achieved Jump capabilities through the use of recovered Solomani technology; though their pervasive presence though Charted Space has meant that current opinion leaves them caterorised as a major race.

The Droyne have been demonstrated to be major, having developed Jump Drive as far back as -7000. At present, however, they do not build or use jump drives, and remain voluntarily sequestered in their scattered systems to spinward.

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