The Bjaki are tall, thin, pale, and delicate. Their faces tend to be
sharp-featured and small-eyed, their hair dark and their ears
disproportionately small. They move with elegance and precision.
Bjaki DNA is very similar to that of the Humans and the
The Bjaki are all about art and learning and the creation and
maintenance of complex systems and technologies. They are governmental and not above artful
scheming. While not traditionally militaristic or effective fighters in
their own right, they are great planners and strategists and excel at
combining and exploiting the strengths, weaknesses, and characteristics
of other races. They are fantastic designers and city
builders, so long as someone else is doing the actual building.
While not lazy, the Bjaki are not physical. They prefer
planning over implementing, designing over constructing, and art over
A True democracy in which societal decisions are voted on in
constant, ongoing Referendums that are a matter of course in daily life
in the Bjaki
Federation. Ongoing polls are open
on the publicly accessible IntelligNet. Each member of society has one
vote toward making each decision. Citizens may change their vote any
time and as many times as they want before the predetermined date of
decision, when all votes become final. Most polls are instigated by
members of the Administration, though any Citizen can instigate a poll
at any time. Polls have a finite amount of time to elicit interest. If
Citizens vote in them, they remain alive. If Citizens seem uninterested,
the poll dies. If a poll reaches its conclusion date when all votes
become final, the Administration is bound to implement the result.
Yearly Leadership Referendums choose an Administrator that
oversees the government, organizes the Administration, and facilitates
the carrying out of
Acclamations. If an Administrator falls below 40% in an ongoing
Leadership Acclamation Poll, he's ousted and there's a immediate Leadership
Referendum. The ousting of a leader is rare since he's not the one
actually making decisions, just implementing those of the Citizenry.
The Bjaki Administration consists of a great variety of Councils and Assemblies
that are appointed by polls or the Administration. The Councils and
Assemblies work together in concert to promote, discover, develop, explore,
negotiate, carry out Acclamations, protect and administrate the
Federation, run the armed Forces, and so forth.
The Bjaki Federation is aggressively expansionistic through exploration and negotiation, not
conquest. They generally welcome new members and citizens and celebrate other cultures.
In their distant past, the Bjaki developed an extensive
and complex pantheon of
gods. Worshipped in the infancy of the race, the pantheon is now
significant in the race's art, literature, and modern references.
The majority of Bjaki live and participate in the
though many chose to live independent lives within the
Commonwealth or other areas.
The High Bjaki tend to develop very complex structures for their
forces, with very specific purposes to their equipment which reinforces
and overlaps other equipment. Strategies and tactics are complicated and
well thought out. The Bjaki
Federation tends to employ Humans and Iliene in
the starfleet roles, which provides an extraordinary combination of Human
audacity and spontaneity and Iliene semi-psionic awareness and
co-ordination. Their starships are very well designed and focused in
purpose. Humans and Balithrim both make excellent ground troops,
particularly when organized with semi-psionic Iliene.
Traditionally, the Bjaki were a court-based society and
were encumbered by nepotism and the handing out of important government
positions based on social position. This occurred, to some degree, even
into Archaic times before the Bjaki finally built their True Democracy.
In part, this was responsible for Cyarkos
Rhulson leading the migration that would form the Kharkosanth