Full name: Shango Federation
Size: an estimated 1 million Darkworlds and 10 million planets significantly populated. Some 80% of the galaxy and 10% of the Intersection Zone has or has had some kind of Shango presence as of PW 20,000.
Darkworlds are artificially constructed planets within the Shango Federation. Whilst many of the Shango live on organic planets, the creation of Darkworlds allows a greater flexibility in terms of land usage and location. Some Darkworlds do not even necessarily orbit stars, instead relying either on either on-world exterior lighting or the use of Darkstars, small orbiting Darkmoons (see below) that generate or gather energy for the use of creating light for the Darkworld.
Darkworlds themselves are so named for their construction. Rather than a solid sphere, they are in fact a series of concentric spheres packed inside one another, each sphere typically being around 100km small in radius than the previous one, which the centre sphere, radius 100km, is a solid sphere used for the purposes of government, logistics and systems operations. This, combined with the greater usable land on each sphere, allows for a far greater surface area than a normal planet – indeed, the largest residential Darkworlds can hold up to a trillion or more inhabitants. Due to very strong artificial gravity technology, the spheres are capable of holding populations of people on both the concave and convex sides, something that had occasionally led to the distinction of “cavers” and “vexers” amongst the populations.
Darkworlds are not solely used by the Federation for residential purposes, and can fulfill a number of other purposes instead, including military, cultural and religious functions. Frequently, a Darkmoon – a smaller Darkworld-like construction that orbits a Darkworld – is used for these other purposes, which allow them to serve the main Darkworld directly.
Many more of the Shango live on actual planets, rather than the artificial Darkworlds or Darkmoons. These naturally are not as highly populated, but they are also quite often not as technologically advanced or as cosmopolitan, represented a sort of galactic rural area compared to the urbanised Darkworld areas.
Shango languages and dialects operate on a fundamentally different approach to both human and Qareen speech, which originates from the facts that the Shango have evolved both to a) process more complex messages and b) speak said complex messages, which would typically manifest in what, to human ears, would sound like a series of hisses, clicks and beeps.
Take, for instance, the following occurrence. One Shango individual says to another, “I love you”. In any human language, such a message is often enscapsulated adequately, or even ideally, in an equivalent phrase of roughly those three words. In the Shango language, this is possible, but would seem somewhat bare and over-simplified, and would only ever be done for effect. Instead, the message would be spoken (and indeed written) on multiple levels or voices, like the following example:
Voice 1: “I love you”
Voice 2: “…in part because of the expressiveness of your eyes and your smile.”
Voice 3: “…in part because you have a vivaciousness that I am inextricably drawn to.”
Voice 4: “…I feel like this is something that has accumulated, gathered momentum over time.”
Voice 5: “…do you recall that time on Darkworld Franklin, when we spent the whole day boating down that river on Vex 17? That’ll always be an important moment, because it shows what we mean together.”
Voice 6: “I recall how I was sceptical about you at first, I had certain negative impressions, but then I grew to love you.”
Using this manner of speech, it naturally becomes possible to convey huge amounts of context and detail in the time it takes humans to convey basic facts or opinions.
Above is an example of written Shango language; consisting of angular letters combined into continuous streams of jagged text, it also utilises up to six lines, one for each “voice”, to provide sufficient detail. In the above example, we can see that, below the first two voices, only a small amount of extra context is provided; the message is hence either somewhat basic, or otherwise written by someone with impaired linguistic skills, i.e. a child or a non-native speaker.
Individual letters, furthermore, are determined not entirely by the height or width of the symbols (although these can add articulacy within the context of the writing), but primarily by the angle, making accuracy a necessity. Because of this, an alphabet in any Shango language is capable of having a hundred letters or more, forming tens of millions of words.
The Shango Federation is mostly a post-scarcity economy, and as such, this has eliminated the need for many government functions common to modern, developed Earth nations. Nonetheless, this has not eliminated all, and the government does act as a useful medium through which large-scale projects and necessities can coalesce.
The President of the Shango Federation is typically elected once every twenty Shango years (Federal Calendar), i.e. around once every 6.3 Earth years. His primarily role is as a co-ordinator between departments.
One of the Federation’s most important and integrated departments, the military consists of Land Forces, a combined army/naval operation usually committed to dealing with militia and terrorist factions; the Suborbital Forces, an air force usually acting as an intermediary between the Land Forces and the third component, the Space Fleet, who engage in the vast majority of actual warfare.
Warships in the Shango Federation are named depending on the discretion of the military force on each Darkworld, but they generally follow certain patterns. Firstly, they are overwhelmingly named in a militaristic manner, albeit one that does not imply anything specific (e.g. Total Wipeout). Where there are multiple ships in operation with the same name, a number is added (e.g. Suppression Fire 3, the third operating ship at the time with the name across the Federation). Such practice of non-unique naming, however, is relatively rare.
The Shango Federation maintains open diplomatic channels to the Qareen Confederacy and the Cosmic Charter Republic of Stoppan. It maintains occasional diplomatic contact with the Supranational Dharan Republic, although it has never engaged in any kind of diplomacy with the Republic of the Bhoot People. Although the only full and recognised wars it has engaged in since its formation were the Intersection Wars with the Qareen, there have on occasion been notable military incidents with the Stoppan.
Health and Education
The Health and Education departments are the smallest in the Shango government; indeed, their roles are purely regulatory, as there is no need to directly employ any staff in either the education or medical fields. Nonetheless, managing employment surpluses or shortfalls, along with the banning of, for example, patently unscientific or medical practises, are at the core of what these departments do.