The Collective Network
The Collective Network, also known as the Hemmoian Collective or simply The Collective, is a vast subspace communications network that spans the entirety of the Milky Way Galaxy and links most, if not every citizen of the Hemmoian Federation through their cranial implants. The Collective is the most advanced computer network in the entire Galaxy.
In addition to being a pure communications network, the Collective is also a central administrative mechanism in the Federation. Authorities such as local planetary administrations and the Executive Committees are organized around and through the Collective Network.
The Collective is composed of a large number of smaller sub-networks linked into four core Data Loops. These are the Primary Data Loop, Secondary Data Loop, Tertiary Data Loop and the Priority Data Loop. Each Data Loop exchanges information with other Data Loops, ceaselessly updating information on data nodes all around the Galaxy.
The Data Loops are divided into several sub-networks, the most important of which are probably such networks as PRIMENET (civilian use), AdminNET (Collective administrative use), MilNET (military use), and GovNET (government use). Stellar governments that are members of the Hemmoian Federation, such as the United Orcish Empire and the Öksy Confederation, also have their own subspace communications networks directly linked into the Collective as OrcNET and ÖksyNET.
Other networks in the Collective include regional civilian Quadrant networks such as AlphaNET (Alpha Quadrant), BetaNET (Beta Quadrant) and GammaNET (Gamma Quadrant), and limited-access foreign government networks such as GANET (Gigerdi Alliance) and BENET (Bacterian Empire).
The principles of collectivism were first outlined as early as the First Age on Orceron, when Ommek Hu of the Hemmoian Unity sought to unite the Hemmoian nations into one functional Collective (See "Grand Unification"). The idea was contemplated but dismissed in Hu's political theories as impossible to implement due to limitations of technology, and a much less grandiose scheme was employed by the Hemmoian Unity regime.
As subspace relays became commonplace and neural computer interfaces had advanced to the point where thoughts and eventually entire minds could be transmitted reliably by artificial means faster than light, Jazek Reevlod of the United Orcs theorized entire species could finally be linked into Collectives using the Infinite Pyramid fractal model.
Development into an organ of the state
The Independent Hypersentiences were founded for this purpose, to test and implement an artificial computer-assisted Collective Network where every being merges into a larger whole. The grand social experiment was a success, and the Collective started growing.
Over time, the Independent Hypersentience Collective grew and the United Orcs, an old and disfunctional union, started losing its influence on its colonies that now extended throughout the Delta Quadrant. Finally, the Union was disbanded at the time of the Peace Station Era and the member states each went their separate ways.
Foundation of the Hemmoian Federation
The Independent Hypersentience regime was restructured into the Hemmoian Federation, taking over many UO functions and becoming the de facto governing body of the Delta Quadrant. Former UO member states eventually joined the Federation as autonomous members outside the Pyramid model, which has been criticized by some. It has been argued by some political theoreticians that the Infinite Pyramid cannot function if members of the system are left outside the Collective, and that this led the Hemmoian Collective toward a path of corrupted ideals.
Each individual citizen of the Federation is in theory linked to the Collective, but only a few fully share their consciousness with others in the way originally imagined. As such, the Pyramid has been relegated to an administrative method, and in this capacity it does function to some degree. Citizens form sub-committees, councils, and collectives, which are then linked into larger collectives organized by System Councils, Sector Councils and finally Quadrant Councils. All councils are then organized by the supreme Great Council.
- Glossary of terms used in the Collective.
- Master list of Collective related articles.
- Grand Unification
- Public Collective link, text-only.