Partial App - will fill out more later, but the concept is based on this submission for a doa game. Empire Name: The Zatryon Collective Starting Scenario: Advanced Race or Newly-FTL Capable, with "Tributaries" aka trade partners with aggressively favorable relationships Homeworld: The Zatryon exist in a Nomadic Fleet, partially stolen colony ships, partially assembled from lower tech components from trade. They would have dominant/tributary style trading relationships with several lesser races. They seek a new homeworld, but have very particular requirements. Location Preference: Relatively quiet due to being able to dominate the local area. Either close in or far out would be great, but no real preference. Physical description: Fungoid - Zatryon are cellular beings that form larger and more differentiated slimes. They can form collectives/organs and manipulators as necessary, but prefer to be blobs, and most don't have bones/frames. Suggested traits: From Sterllaris: Extremely Adaptive, Communal, Venerable, Natural Sociologists, Nomadic, Rapid Breeders, Decadent, Deviants, Repugnant, Weak. Other: Cellular Sentience/Memory, Assimilators, Distaste for Electronics Their most notable traits is how they can combine their bodies to think faster and even achieve near-psionic effects, and that they can infest and take over the brains of other creatures. Alien contacts: Please see the bottom of the link for some ideas. I'll summarize how I'd like to see them represented below. Xolaxif - Mechanoid Spheres that delight in programming and in exploring/breaking sentient minds. Puertovok - Multi-limbed animals with a world locked in an artificial cold war, exploited for slaves and advanced manufacturing surpluses. Brief History: Another race attempted to colonize their homeworld aggressively. They retaliated by enslaving the settlers and stealing their colony ships, then using said colony ships to escape the destruction of their homeworld. Government system: Each major ship/station/colony has a Zatry, a Gravemind-esque processor, thinker and coordinator. The best analogy to how the various Zatrys make collective decisions would be a Council of Elders. They send "envoys" (that are like thought USBs) to each other to form collective decisions. There's no single leader or formal democratic process. Stance towards aliens: Xenophobic, but less aggressive and more paranoid, preferring to hide and introduce themselves on their own terms. Once expectations are set, they wish to be in a position of strength in any negotiations or relationships for fear of being taken advantaged of. However, on the day to day level they're willing to work with alien individuals as long as there's an understanding. They don't attack unprovoked.