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The Kardashev Scale is a method of measuring a civilization's level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to utilize. Developed in 1964 by Russian astrophysicist Nikolai Kardashev and expanded upon by Martian astrophysicist Yvenn Strom, this system has been used to describe all the alien civilizations in the galaxy.

Pre-Sapient Civilization

A pre-sapient civilization is a group or band of beings that show rudimentary intelligence. They have mastered basic tool use, and travel in packs. They are beginning to understand how to manipulate their environment.

Embryonic Civilization

An embryonic civilization or "E-Civ" is one that has just discovered how to manipulate energy. Humans became an embryonic civilization when they discovered how to make fire, but other alien races may use some other form of energy.  The Plu'ani of Mykhatsi used a special stone that gave off a bright blue light, enabling them to see dangers in the wilderness.

Early

Also known as the greatest leap a species can take, said species becomes an Early "E-civ" member by discovering something that helps their race immeasurably, such as humans discovering fire. Also called a species' Genesis Moment. an example of this would be the now extinct civilization on 5ersaos

Mid

A Mid "E-civ" civilization can be represented by a species just beginning to form what could be called villages.  There is no population size data for this, but a group of 500 individuals living together is a good sign of a mid E-Civ level.

Late

A Late E-civ level is denoted by a species forming small cities, and learning how to use other resources, such as metal and plant fibers.  Metalsmithing becomes increasingly common as a species approaches the Type-0 level.

Type 0 Civilization

A Type 0 Civilization is one that can harness nearly all the potential energy of its home planet. An example of this is the Eeruu civilization. A Type 0 has not yet been able to harness all potential energy from their planet.

Humanity was a Type 0 until 2127 CE.

Early

An Early Type 0 Civilization can be represented by worlds whose inhabitants have not yet mastered electrical power, such as Earth in the 15th century or before.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Ztebam.

Mid

A Mid Type 0 Civilization can be represented by worlds whose inhabitants have mastered early technology, like 19th century Earth to mid 20th century Earth. These civilizations have yet to consider using cleaner energy such as wind and endothermic and such, or even if they had wouldn't have the knowledge necessary to complete technology like that. They have likely begun to send out exploratory missions to their neighboring worlds, possibly manned to the nearest inhabitable worlds.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Kolatio.

Late

A Late Type 0 Civilization can be represented by worlds whose inhabitants have begun or have nearly implemented cleaner and renewable forms of energy into their society. They have also more than likely begun to send colonies to other worlds in their system and have begun to try and develop interstellar travel.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Ikusos.

Type 1 Civilization

A Type 1 Civilization is capable of harnessing the full energy potential of their home planet and parent star. The civilizations of this class are most likely capable of controlling their home planet entirely, being able to control the weather, volcanic activity, plate tectonics, and many other natural phenomenon.

Humanity was a Type 1 Civilization from 2127 to around 2650.

Early

An Early Type 1 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have finally implemented clean renewable energy into their technological base and have begun to settle their nearby worlds in their own star system and have even possibly begun to explore worlds withing their nearby stellar neighborhood, possibly within five to ten light years of their planetary system. Their energy consumption is still growing but limited to mining nearby worlds and asteroids and such. They are beginning also to be able to control the natural order of their homeworld.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Tkowes.

Mid

A Mid Type 1 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have finally begun deeper interstellar travel, exploration, and colonization. They have possibly begun to settle the system's they've explored within five to ten light years. They are also distinguished by the ever increasing energy consumption of the population, sending out ships to mine asteroids, gas giants, and even building large solar energy collectors.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Remidia.

Late

A Late Type 1 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have conquered their own star system in terms of using it's natural resources to the max. Nearly all their system is under their control, they will have mined every asteroid and have learned to harness the energy from their star. Some might even be capable of building something like a Dyson Sphere. They will also have either started to settle other worlds or continue to do so.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Chu-Raa.

Type 2 Civilization

A Type 2 Civilization is an interstellar civilization capable of harnessing the entire output of a star and its surrounding worlds.

A Type 2 Civilization is capable of building massive structures with efficiency in mind and being capable of living on them. The most noted example of this is a Dyson Sphere. One Dyson Sphere of alien origin was discovered by humans in 3042, the only remaining one of the First Civilization.

Currently, there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Humanity was a type 2 Civilization from 2650 to 3005 CE

Early

An Early Type 2 Civilization can be represented by civilizations that have completely mastered their own star system and have begun to explore other nearby systems up to 25 to thirty light years away. They have also begun to move planets within their own system with greater ease.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the former civilization on Akir.

Mid

A Mid Type 2 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have spread out deeper into their nearby neighborhood, exploring and settling worlds as far out as 150 light years. The inner worlds would be more fully established, some even being independent of their homeworld. Some may be able to build structures like a ringworld or artificial planets.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the former Ingla civilization on prehistoric Algwethmai.

Late

A Late Type 2 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have the capacity to build structures like a Dyson Sphere, using the orbiting bodies of the system to build the Sphere. In terms of traveling distance, they would have been able to travel up to 10,000 light years or so from their parent star and have also been able to settle many of the worlds within that reach or even terraform them.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization governed by the Cooperative Imperium of Spheres.

Type 3 Civilization

A Type 3 Civilization is a galactic civilization, capable of tapping into the energy of the entire galaxy. It would be able to harness the energy of every star in the galaxy and could move planets and stars from system to system at will, create and destroy stars, make new planets out of old ones, etc. Their galaxy is their sandbox.

The only known examples of this type of civilization are the First Civilization and Humanity.

Humanity was a Type 3 Civilization from 3005 to 100950 CE

Early

An Early Type 3 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have developed more effective FTL and have begun to explore many more thousands of light years into their galaxy, nearly exploring a 25% of their own galaxy and having developed more effective means of collecting energy from stars and beginning to develop means of collecting energy from black holes. From the experience of settling other worlds, they spread out farther and farther, creating entire civilizations. They can begin moving planets from system to system as well, able to create new systems.

Currently, there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Mid

A Mid Type 3 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have spread even farther than an Early Type 3. They have settled and explored over 50% of their own galaxy and have built Dyson Spheres nearly everywhere. They can now move stars as well and have begun to explore the concept of making artificial stars or even destroying natural ones as a means of generating vast quantities of power.

Currently, there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Late

A Late Type 3 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have explored their entire galaxy and are able to traverse it in short amounts of time. The energy consumption of such a civilization would be enormous and their needs would be met by harnessing the potential energy of their entire galaxy and possibly have begun to explore nearby galactic neighbors.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the former First Civilization

Type 4 Civilization

A Type 4 Civilization is capable of harnessing the energy of an entire galactic supercluster. Humanity is currently in this stage.

Early

An Early Type 4 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who, having conquered their own galaxy, have begun to explore and settle to nearby galaxies. Traveling to galaxies still takes decades to do. Wormholes are also much more unstable and less reliable than ones belonging to the Commonwealth for example.

A prime example would be the Eratis.

Mid

A Mid Type 4 Civilization can be represented by civilizations that have conquered from 25 to 30,000 galaxies.

The Nisrine Collective Minds is a prime example of a Mid-VI civilization.

Late

A Late Type 4 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have settled and drawn power from their own intergalactic supercluster. This can range from anywhere between 30,000 - 100,000 galaxies.

The Supreme, DELYATU, the Confederacy, the Commonwealth, as well as the Alliance are examples of late-type four entities.

Type 5 Civilization

A Type 5 Civilization can tap into the energy from 200,000 galaxies, up to an entire universe. This type of civilization is capable of traveling anywhere in their universe and harvesting the energy of entire galaxies.

Early

An Early Type 5 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have drawn energy from a few nearby superclusters. Warp Generation Ships are becoming outdated as a result of the large amount of Cluster Portals being present. Standard warp technology is also efficient enough to traverse intergalactic voids in only a few weeks.

Currently, there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Mid

A Mid Type 5 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have nearly mastered the art of creating whole galaxies. They would have Settled on and drawn energy from nearly half their universe.

Currently, there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Late

A Late Type 5 Civilization can be represented by civilizations who can create and destroy galaxies with great ease now and who have managed to explore, settle and draw power from their entire universe. They can also travel anywhere within their universe in a very short time.

Currently, there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Type S Civilization

A Type S civilization is capable of simulating entire universes with enough precision to simulate consciousness within simulated individuals. While a type S civ isn't on its own a class, a type S civ possesses unimaginable power to those simulated by one. It is comparable to a civilisation capable of manipulating the underlying foundations of a universe itself. Type S civilizations don't have specific mid, early and late classes, since simulation technology and methods can vary between civilizations.

Because a T-S civilization is capable of godly powers they simply can't use in the reality they live in, and they are capable of uploading themselves onto a sim where they are of a higher type and capable of using such powers themselves, a TS civilization is considered on the same grounds as a T-6, T-7 and above civilization.

Example of S type civilizations are The Supreme, DELYATU, POLIKY, and the Collective.

It is unknown if our universe was fabricated by a type S civilization. Any S civilisations might be impossible to detect due to their tendency to remain outside our universe. Signs of a civ of this scale could be detected by looking for flaws or glitch-like apparitions within our own universe, such as breaks in causality and phenomena that don't follow our laws of physics, assuming they created the one we inhabit.

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