As the name of this document indicates, this is a brief history of the Unified Trinal Colonies (UTC). It is written with impartiality to all species and races in accordance with the Amicable Understanding of Overriding Equalness Treaty (AUOE) that was signed after the Hundred Equitable Year War between the Ikenes (‘eye-keens’) and the Klogworps, which abolished forced Klogworpian personal assistantships, among other inequalities. More will be said about the war later, although it should be noted that the Majoons maintained impartiality throughout the war but were included in the treaty and the resulting colonial unification. (A special note for the aid of readers: the measurement of Equitable Time was created after the war for fair and orderly trade across all colonies. Whenever time is referenced in this document, it should be understood to mean Equitable Time, as in E-year, E-hour, E-second, and so on.)
Introduction of Species
Three spacefaring species contribute to the UTC’s modest footprint within the GDECC galaxy. (Pronunciation: ‘gee-deck’) They are the Majoons, the Klogworps, and the Ikenes, in no order of importance or unimportance. These species will henceforth be referred to as “people” or “people group”. (A special note: according to the agreed upon terms of the AUOE treaty, the Ikene common language, Dhuf, remains the UTC’s official language, thus the use of Dhufian terms and language within this document shall be considered in accordance with the treaty. Also, please note, in this section, Intelligent Primitive Indigenous People Groups will not be mentioned, but rather will be addressed in the appendix.)
Before offering a brief and dangerously narrow description of each people group (we must take the risk here for the sake of coherence and comprehension), it is helpful to explain what science has shown: that intelligent beings share a set of common characteristics which seem to facilitate their evolution to intelligentsia. Such beings always seem to, 1) walk upright, 2) possess at least two arms, 3) have at least one opposable thumb or an additional appendage which serves the same purpose, 4) rely on an endoskeleton for support and form (as of yet, no intelligent beings with exoskeletons have been found, but this could be disproven), 5) possess the internal organs necessary for breathing, eating, defecating, and copulating. This is not an exhaustive list but suffices to make the point: we are more similar than we are different.
Physical Appearance: All Majoons are very light skinned due to the low levels of sunlight provided by the red dwarf central to their origin solar system. They have large ears in relation to their facial features, and as expected, have excellent hearing. Their ears are set high and are forward-facing with the ability to turn to the side so that they can hone in on sounds in front and around them. Their large, deep set eyes have no visible distinction between the iris and the pupil. Majoon females have pouches. They lay one egg a year. If fertilized, they must keep the egg warm in their pouch for five months.
General Disposition: Majoons are dreamers with an affinity for the religious and supernatural.
Physical Appearance: Klogworps possess conical, wide-spaced eyes which move independently, allowing the them to see forward and backward at the same time. Their nose is similar to a snout (with no disrespect intended, many Klogworps and Ikenes have interwed) with slits for nostrils that can be closed via internal flaps of skin. They are usually small in stature and muscular. Females Klogworps produce milk from their palms and have two small, extra arms for holding babies. (The arms are considered private and are always hidden under clothing.)
General Disposition: Klogworps are factual, to-the-point, hardworking, literalists.
Physical Appearance: Ikenes are tall, slender-necked, and long-waisted. They have two vertical boney bridges on their foreheads, with additional bridges along their cheekbones and above their eyebrows. Their eyes are slanted and point to a small upturned nose. Compared to Klogworps and Majoons, they have full lips. Females have three fingers. Males have five.
General Disposition: Ikenes are industrious, adventurous, and scientifically-minded.
Each people group within the UTC possesses its own name for the galaxy in which all three reside. They are as follows:
Majoons – Golden Dust Galaxy
Klogworps – Everything Central Galaxy
Ikenes – Cukatail Galaxy
In keeping with the treaty, a new name for the galaxy was created using the initials of each name in its Dhufian form. (There was argument about this, but the Klogworpian term for “Everything Central”, proved too long for the already agreed upon naming methodology. This is ironic, given that Klogworps are usually to-the-point.) Thus, the name for the UTC’s spiral galaxy became GDECC.
GDECC is 10,000 light years across (actual light years in this case, not E-years), and the UTC spans 750 of those. Streams to neighboring solar systems are continually under construction so this number will increase, albeit slowly. Because it takes fifty E-years to excite a one hundred and twenty light year stream of vions, progress will remain slow unless a new technology or particle is discovered.
Nevertheless, it can be fairly stated that Ikene methods of interstellar travel are superior to Klogworp or Majoon methods. This is a fact which all people agree upon. Klogworps, Majoons, and Ikenes alike benefit from the Ikenes extensive network of arteries running to and from the region’s most notable and profitable habitable zones (habitable due to natural occurrence or because of people’s ingenuity in the face of inhospitable conditions).
Speaking of habitable zones, the universe, being as it is–flat–(based on our best observations), imagine, now, a two dimensional square and place it over the center of the GDECC galaxy. Now, move it to the left, and again to the left, and then down, and back to the right. Oh, never mind.
Imagine instead the two main spirals of the GDECC galaxy, and imagine that the UTC is toward the end of one of those spirals, with an area of roughly 750 by 750 light years. Within that square, the spiral splits into four sub branches, each with its own name.
Starting from the top right is the Dius branch, which is oriented at a diagonal from the main spiral, and is named after a Majoon god of death. As one may safely assume, the Majoon’s origin solar system lies on this branch. Primitive Majoons saw the glow of GDECC in their night sky and determined that Dius transported them to it when they died. An understandable deduction given their lack of telescopes.
Moving downward, also at a diagonal, is Asom’s Plume. This branch is home to the Ikene’s origin solar system, and is named after one of their gods of war, specifically the feather in his battle helmet. Ikene’s, too, saw the glow of GDECC in their night sky and determined is was, obviously, a feather.
Next, we come to the main spiral which roughly bisects the UTC in half. The main spiral is, somewhat appropriately called Everything, and this is because the Klogworps call it their home. Unlike other people groups, primitive Klogworps, either by luck or intuition–we will call it innate intelligence–observed GDECC in their night sky and called it was it was.
Finally, below Everything, are two additional branches, Everything Left, and Extraneous. Intelligent Primitive Indigenous People Groups inhabit these branches. If they wish to change the names of their branches after in-space first-contact, they will need to sign a petition.
Jessica E. Thomas graduated summa cum laude with Academic Honors in Writing from Ball State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in English and a Minor in Creative Writing. She began her professional career in marketing at a large Indianapolis law firm. Since transitioning to Information Technology in 2001, she has worked in the pharmaceutical, student loan, and finance industries as a computer programmer, systems analyst, Web developer, and technical writer. She has authored two novels, three novellas, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a children’s book.