Galaxy: Draco-Tao (NGC-1300)
With the majority of the population on Solum originating from Pangaea it’s not surprising that many continued the values and traditions of their former society. Lumus culture emphasizes the importance of the interconnectedness of community as well as intellectual advancement.
Given the number of people, rate of growth, varying beliefs, and vast range, the Lumus political and social system is incredibly diverse and complex. However in the broadest sense, Lumus society is comprised of three groups.
The Lumus Imperium evolved from the temporary government formed on Solum after the exodus from Earth. The new governing body, known as the Imperium, was extremely effective and popular. It was not merely a government, but a subculture unto itself. Over time the people of Solum came to identify themselves collectively as the Lumus, and the Imperium was recognized as the established authority.
The Lumus Scientia are almost solely responsible for the technological advancement of Lumus civilization. They are also responsible for the scientific and intellectual development of society as a whole. The Scientia as a society are larger, and in some aspects more powerful than the Imperium, however they lack political drive. For the Sciencia it’s all about the science.
The Civis are a class, not below the others, but without a specific charge. They include anyone that is not part of the Scientia or Imperium societies. The Civis make up the bulk of Lumus society and as such the bulk of Lumus agriculture and industry.
Each segment of Lumus culture plays its role in achieving the single overriding principle of Lumus philosophy; that it is the destiny of mankind to spread throughout the universe.
After the exodus from Earth in 2181 humanity settled on its new home-world of Solum. After a period of adjustment and restructuring known as the Second Renaissance, the Lumus aggressively pushed further into the stars.
By 2230 they were establishing colonies, outposts, and trade routes throughout Draco-Tao. They grew so fast that they quickly exceeded the Brotherhood of Sol’s resources to protect them. This led to conflicts between the Brotherhood and Imperium leaders that became a factor in events leading to the War with the Pirate Clans from the Milky Way .
Lumus expansion continued at a steady rate until about 2247 when Pirate Clans used the Nomad rebellions to get a foothold in Draco-Tao. The Clans slowed Lumus colonization but not by much. By 2275 the population had reached 20 billion and the Imperium had their eyes set on a whole new galaxy.
In 2278 the Imperium began their expansion into the Karora sector and the Vigilem galaxy where they finally made contact with an intelligent alien race.
Most Lumus colonies maintain their own local governments to handle day to day issues and there is very little interaction by the Imperium. At the local level colony governments range from democratic to dynastic. There are no rules pertaining to government structure as long as the general mandates of Imperium law are followed.
The Imperium itself is comprised of political groups called Families. Each Imperium Family is made up of representatives from various Civis planets and sectors, with members all vying for power and influence over the Imperium High Council. Anyone can choose to join a Family and work their way up the ranks in hopes of reaching the Imperium High Council. Representatives remain in power for as long as their Family continues to support them.
The Scientia bypass the Family structure and have their own elected group that represent them as a whole in the Imperium directly.