The Hatel (no plural form) are a species of post-humans closely related to the [Lyrisclensia|Lyrisclensiae]. They are easily distinguished from other major human species by their skin colour (which ranges from turquoise to olive, and is most usually green), although there are several other defining qualities as well.
Most Hatel have citizenship in the Hatelese Commonwealth
, an immense interstellar nation-state heavily dependent on the leadership and guidance of vast artificial intelligences, commonly called Minds, Psyches, Souls, Spirits, or simply Cores. The Commonwealth strongly believes in the right to self-determination for all of its citizens, including these artificial intelligences, which has led to a society that is, at its best, utopian, and at its worst, completely dysfunctional. This has left a powerful mark on the culture of the Hatelese, and even those who have lived entirely outside of the Commonwealth generally have noteworthy willpower and ambition.
The biology of the Hatel is not altogether unlike that of a stock human. Like their cousins, the Lyrisclensiae, they generally have lifespans measured in a few centuries, although the Hatel do not have vertical transmission of memories and thus live completely unique lives. However, they do share the distinctive pointed ears of the Lyrisclensiae, which are generally described as slightly elven in appearance.
As the Hatel have a strong cultural respect for engineering and a fascination with mechanisms, they have also innovated in the genomic domain. Healing capacity is greatly enhanced in both efficiency and extent, allowing the regrowth of a finger over the course of several months, the mending of broken bones in days or hours, and the closure of deep lacerations in as little as thirty minutes. Blood loss is the most common cause of premature death.
It is not known how, when, or why the Hatel developed green skin, as the early years of their history have been lost, although the prevalent theory is that it was changed to match their improved circulatory system, which uses cyanoglobins and gives them distinctive green-blue blood.
Most individuals have black hair; when fairer hair manifests naturally through the expression of recessive alleles, it tends to have the same hue as the skin, a phenomenon known as synchromia
. Eyes are also generally synchromic, although they display much more natural variety.
Sex and gender
The Hatel are born in the familiar binary sexes, although up to a quarter of their population will later voluntarily adopt mixed genitals or undergo a complete sex change. Heritability of intersexed anatomy is a frequent topic of ideological schism among the Hatel, with conservatives and progressives both arguing that their preferred model offers individuals the most freedom to choose.
For the most part, the Psyches have sided with the conservative view, as their models suggest introducing such variability would lead to a homogeneous population of hermaphrodites disinclined to give up any of their primary or secondary sexual characteristics. Comparisons to the gender monoculture of the Lyrisians are also frequently made. Serving as something of a 'tie-breaker,' this has kept intersexed configurations out of the germ line for many thousands of years.
Regardless of sex, gender among the Hatel is best described as the product of two variables: violability (femaleness vs. maleness) and assertiveness (submission vs. dominance). Attraction (sexual and gender orientation) is sometimes put forth as an aspect of gender, as well, as it may dictate different gender behaviours in different contexts. Violability is an abstract notion of how much the individual allows the environment to influence personality, body, and self-image; for quintessentially feminine women, who are always recipients of penetration, give birth, dress attractively, and highly value the opinions of others, violability is high; conversely, extremely masculine individuals tend to eschew these qualities and reject violations of their autonomy. Assertiveness is frequently (negatively) correlated with violability, but can also be understood to describe how the individual behaves in structured social situations among peers. That said, no individual is as simple as a point on a line, nor even a large but finite set of lines; there are always exceptions, spontaneous deviations, and other nuances that defy generalisation or categorisation.
The behaviour of this gender system as a superset of Western values at the end of the Terran Holocene is no coincidence; see 'Current society,' below.
For all of their history, the Hatel have had a close relationship with the Lyrisclensiae
, fulfilling the role of engineers in complementation to the Lyrisclensian theorists. Indeed, the Hatel were originally a splinter faction of the Lyrisclensiae who opposed new developments in the specie's course. Today they have a distinct culture, worldview, and civilisation which is generally regarded as among the most sophisticated and enlightened of all the spacefaring peoples.
The Trestunarion Conference
Not long after humanity left Earth, scholars found their work greatly hampered by the difficulty in maintaining academic discourse communities between ships and planets that were often so remote from one another that news of a discovery could take more than a lifetime to propagate. This was addressed by the creation of enclave universities, enormous settlements of researchers who abandoned the mandate of Emmet to explore the universe in favour of more introspective cartography. As the effectiveness of these institutions is dependent on the scale of their community, agglomeration inevitably followed, leading to an ultimate, singular university of universities.
Founding of the Hatelese Republic
The Cassiopeian Treaty Organization
The Autonomy Dispute
The Hatelese Commonwealth