A species of soft-skinned humanoids notable for their ability to adapt to a range of environments, Humans are one of the more populous species in the galaxy. Though originally hailing from the Sol System, much of humanity now originates from colony worlds and artificial deep space facilities.
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In an effort to encourage inter-species cooperation and workplace efficiency, Nanotrasen has compiled a series of helpful guides on the various species that you may be working with!
(NOTE: If you are a member of the species this guide pertains to, please give it to the nearest crewmember of another species)
This particular guide refers to the species known as the Humans (singular: Human).
Human Naming Schemes
The Human naming scheme is currently the basis for the most common system in the galaxy. It consists of a first name, sometimes inherited from a recent ancestor, as well as a last name, denoting long-term family association.
It is generally considered rude to use a Human’s first name in professional situations, but it’s perfectly acceptable in less formal settings, even without previously making acquaintance.
Humans are of average height, both males and females standing at around 175 cm to 185 cm in height. Human skin can take on a variety of colors and hues from very dark shades of brown to almost white beige. Skin color is hereditary.
Humans have plantigrade legs with round construction and small nails. Most clothing onboard NT vessels is modelled specifically for Humans, and as such they will have the most comfort while wearing it.
Human bodies are covered in small hairs, generally used to combat excessive sweating and provide sensory input.
The Sol Common Language
Sol Common is a synthesized language, created by combining Old Earth Chinese with Old Earth English. The language came into existence in the early 2100s and has been used very widely in the Sol system over the following centuries. In the 26th century, however, large amount of immigrants physically incapable of speaking it forced Sol to switch to the more friendly Galactic Common, starting to slowly phase the language out.
Sol Common is no longer used outside of very informal settings and is not a mandatory subject at Sol schools. Every Sol-born Human should be proficient in the use of Galactic Common.
The Human Homeworld
The homeworld of the Human species is Earth.
Following centuries of heavy industrial exploitation, Earth had turned into an industrial wasteland. With toxic bodies of water and nigh-unbreathable atmosphere, living outside of specifically terraformed parts of the planet was impossible. That all changed, however, as during the 26th century Sol Government put large amounts of resources towards an eco-revitalization project, meant to bring Earth back to its former state.
Eventually, the project proved successful, bringing much of the long-lost life back onto the planet.
Currently, most of Earth is protected by incredibly strict anti-pollution laws, making it one of the most beautiful places in Sol. The breathable atmosphere and lush plant life make it a very popular tourist destination for most of the galaxy.
Earth is considered one of the most expensive places to live in the galaxy, with most of the population employed in the financial sector of the ever-growing economy of the planet.
The planet is currently in control of the Trans-Solar Federation and is generally very open to immigration from outside of the system. Currently Earth is has the second-highest GDP in the galaxy ranking behind Mars.
Human history is not unlike that of many other species. For centuries, Mankind fought many internal wars, leading to rather sparse technological progress. In the year 1945, as a result of the aftermath of one of the largest worldwide conflicts of the time, the United Nations of Earth came into existence. While not perfectly effective at stopping internal conflict, they were partially able to tone down the scale of conflict earlier present on the planet. Soon after followed the first space programs ran by different nations of the planet, leading to a swift colonization of the planet’s moon, and eventually, that of Mars.
Generally, the progress of Humanity after those events is unanimous with the progress of the Trans-Solar Federation.
For further reading, please see: Trans-Solar Federation.
Traditionally, the Human species values individuality, freedom and equality. A common belief among Humans is that one is the master of their own fate and there are no obstacles impossible to overcome in life. Humans are encouraged from their earliest years to think big and aim high.
Humans put much pressure on family values and education early in life. In Sol education up until the age of 16 is mandatory, but many continue on to finish higher education and obtain scientific degrees.
Humans are very open to learning and cooperating with foreign species. They are well known for being one of the most welcoming species in terms of immigration, accepting millions on new arrivals onto their colonies every year. Capable of seeing the potential in such a diverse approach - an ideology which Nanotrasen proudly upholds - they have achieved unmatched superiority as one of the most influential government agencies in the galaxy.
With the advent of modern technology, most Human religions have been completely phased out. Currently, there are many different purely philosophical views on the meaning and inner workings of life, with the debate being fueled by constant new scientific discoveries regarding the nature of one’s soul, as well as those related to Bluespace.
Human culture has permeated many societies and cultures in the known galaxy. One can find a can of Space Cola in nearly every civilized settlement from Moghes to Aurum. With numerous Human organizations happily accepting other species into their ranks, Humanity has become a cultural trendsetter for most of the galaxy.
Humans can easily be encountered in almost all of the civilized galaxy. The omnipresent species is easily the most numerous one, and is still growing in numbers.
Humans are no longer considered a player in the galactic arena by themselves, as nearly every organization initially started by them has been diversified by accepting more and more foreign individuals into their ranks. Generally, a non-Human won’t encounter any problems related to their species if they choose to move to a SolGov-controlled system, as species-related discrimination is generally considered immoral, as well as illegal.
Remember, knowledge, respect and cooperation are the key tenets of success and productivity!