A map of the whole of the Ecumene, plus its neighbors.
Many of the borders of the Ecumene have been roughly stable for hundreds of years, with some even lasting millenia. Whether by way of treaty (whether with a single nation or in sequence), by informal agreement, or merely by the whims of time; these borders (though always extremely loose with regards to entry) together define a characteristic half-jagged half-rounded shape for the Ecumene. Despite their seeming stability, however, even the longest-lasting (two to three millenia) vary wildly on the small scale- in the span of months, systems may go from being part of the Ecumene to being part of another star-state to being part of the Ecumene once more. The Ecumene also expands at extremely varied rates- this is difficult to predict, and often only works in hindsight, but in recent times the rate varies between -6 and 9 light-years per decade at the extremes.
These moves are often scheduled and small, with spontaneous secessions or gains of dozens of stars being so rare as to only happen a few times per decade, but this still means that no map of the Ecumene can possibly be completely up-to-date. The longest journey at the fastest speed possible within the Ecumene still takes over a year, and ansible speeds lag behind that by a factor of three- so even a mapping outfit with nigh-infinite resources would need to develop a faster form of FTL to get accurate information for every last system. As such, most resign themselves to either being more out of date the further the mapmaker is from the rest of the Ecumene or to having smaller regional maps (even the largest contiguous sectors take only a couple months to traverse). This map takes the former path, but the current situation is much better than in the past- though the Ecumene was thousands of light-years smaller, travel times were much longer.
- In Teal: The Ecumene, a remarkably large loose alliance whose membership is largely defined by who claims to be part of it.
- In Royal Blue: The Researcher, an ancient entity catalogued on the Wane Civilizations page.
- In Blue-gray: The Unification, a large alliance almost as old as the Ecumene. Characterized by small divisions, with only a few stars under one sectorial banner. Cultural values include pretending to be part of a hivemind.
- In Turquoise: The League of All Stars, a confederation made largely out of sports leagues rather than governments.
- In Dark Magenta: The Adyun Empire, an alliance as loose as the Ecumene that mandates that all member states must have a governmental position called an Emperor.
- In Avocado: The Gelyenod Alliance, one of several large groups devoted to war pre-enactment against the Ecumene.
- In Caramel: The Triple Fractal States, one of the larger wane civilizations still around. Characterized by each division having the same arrangement of subdivisions.
- In Heliotrope: The Republic, a fairly static starstate whose stated purpose is to 'advance the weirdness frontier via corrupting normalcy'.
- In Straw: The Grand Outpost, a comparatively rigid alliance that claims to be part of a great empire and lays claim to many distant megastructures.
- In Lime Green: The Foederate, one of several large alliances following in the footsteps of the Ecumene. Characterized by each division having a single capital system or world.
- In Jade Green: The Zharelyn Marches, a collection of small polities all obstensibly part of a noble hierarchy.
- In Vermilion: The Iko.teni.vot Councils, a young but fast-growing collection of systems that value space habitation above planetary habitation.
- In Dark Red: The Great Escape, a loose organization whose goal is to stage an escape from the Ecumene's "ravenous conquest". It expands dozens of times faster than the Ecumene.
- Between the Republic and the Ecumene: The Pot, one of many groups of star-states nestled into the cracks between other powers.
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