Founded by the infamous Sheng-Ji Yang, the Human Hive is dedicated to the construction of a secure and perfectly-controlled society. The Great Chairman believed that human beings have value only so far as they contribute to the continued existence and growth of the human species. Those few who have attained a superior understanding of the universe thus have a duty to lead the rest of humanity, without regard for individual rights or dignity. The Great Chairman called such an understanding "enlightenment," and thought of himself as a teacher rather than a dictator.
The Great Chairman's "enlightenment" is a profoundly nihilistic view. He did not believe that the universe has any meaning or purpose other than that which the enlightened mind can impose upon it through force of will. Indeed, the exercise of will was central to Yang's motivation. To him, the ideal human being was one who can perfectly control the people and the physical world around him.
The beliefs of the Hive's other citizens are irrelevant. Those who have attained some level of enlightenment (by Yang's standards) form the ruling class. Those who have not do as they are told. Or else.
Hive cities are strictly utilitarian, with little in the way of art or luxury to soften the harshness of life. Most citizens face an endless round of work, with little time to relax or pursue personal interests. Their common recreations include tranquilizers, euphoric drugs, group exercise, and sex.
In the Hive, it is impossible to get away from the mass of humanity. Hive citizens spend their day surrounded by crowds, unable to find solitude for more than a few moments at a time. Few citizens even have private quarters — they sleep in vast bunk rooms, eat in communal feeding bays, and spend the rest of their time at work. Only the ruling elite have personal quarters in which they can shut out the rest of the world.
The Hive is an absolute totalitarian state with overtones of a caste system. The current Chairman and his immediate circle of advisers in command. From the earliest days of the settlement, it applied police-state methods to keep the population in line. Everyone is under surveillance, however, subject to punishment if they display anything but complete loyalty to the state.
Because of this perfect police state, the Hive has stagnated for centuries on its own world. As it ascended the Chairmen decided things were not needed, or dangerous. Knowledge was lost to disasters and censorship. Scientific inquiry slowly died out. By the time they were recontacted, they had devolved into a cargo cult centered around their power plants (Deng), factories (Chang) and surveillance system (Yán Mì).
Common Name: The Hive