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The Zhodani give the name Driantia Zhdantia to their interstellar community. The name is commonly translated in Galanglic as Zhodani Consulate. The consulate consists of about 6,500 systems spread through more than 175 subsectors.
The Zhodani do not have an Xboat system. Naval bases are directly linked by relay stations using fast couriers that also carry government mail. Naval bases and depots exist on important or threatened worlds. The equivalent of scout bases are simply naval bases that are oriented toward supporting survey or exploration operations.
Most Zhodani worlds are TL7-11 averaging TL9-10. Forbidden Worlds (similar to Imperial Red Zones) have access prohibited by the Consulate: Military training grounds, planetary bombardment test ranges, Ancient sites, sources or rare or valuable resources, and secret Consular research stations. Unabsorbed worlds (equivalent to Amber Zones) are claimed and governed by the Consulate but not absorbed into the mainstream Zhodani culture. Reservation worlds belong to friendly non-Human races that have signed binding treaties with the Consulate. Essentially they are permanently unabsorbed worlds.
Each community (generally defined as around 50,000 people) elects a council of ten. The local council selects two of its members to serve on the next highest council, generally the world council. The World council elects two members to the Subsector council, who in turn elects two members to the Province council. The Province councils then each select two of their members to serve on the Supreme council.
The ultimate ruling authority of the Zhodani Consulate is the Qlomblabr; the Supreme Council. Unlike other councils, where newly elected members replace incumbents, the Supreme Council consists of two groups – the standing council (composed of conventionally elected counculs), and senior members (composed of all former members of the standing council).
Senior members of the council are an advisory body; they provide experience and advise the standing council. Senior members are often offered specific projects to oversee to completion.
The nobles elected to the Supreme Council and lower councils are grouped into various factions:
Anti-Imperialists-opposed to the Third Imperium as being inherently inimical to the existance of the Consulate, meaning Imperial power should be contained if the Imperium itself cannot be driven out of the Spinward Marches.
Expansionists-believe the Consulate should continue to expand its borders so Humaniti and other races can receive the benefits of psionics.
Colonialists-believe like the Expansionists the Consulate should expand its borders, although the Colonialists want to expand the Zhodani borders into uninhabited solar systems and onto new planets. Unlike the Expansionists, the Colonialists do not necessarily desire or want to give foreign populations outside the Consulate the benefits of psionics.
Destinarians-emphasize the importance of the Core Expeditions.
Conservatives-believe the Consulate has already reached its natural size and generally oppose expansion of its borders.
Progressives-believe that more proles should receive psionic training and promotion to the intendant class.