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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
An intelligent race which has not achieved jump drive through its own efforts. For most races, this classification is appropriate. Many are contacted before they have reached a technological level capable of even considering jump drive, thus permanently prejudicing their potential.
Indeed, the shock of such classification, and the realization that this classification pervades interstellar society, is sufficient to relegate a race to a permanent role as shopkeepers and accountants. Some slump, while others violently resist the classification.
The fact that the typing is informal and arbitrary, and tends to elevate those already in power, has made resistance difficult, if not impossible.