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The Kardashev Scale is a method of measuring a civilization's level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to utilize. Developed in 1964 by Russian astrophysicist Nikolai Kardashev and expanded upon by Martian astrophysicist Yvenn Strom, this system has been used to describe all the alien civilizations in the galaxy.

Type 0 Civilization Edit

A Type 0 Civilization is one that can harness nearly all the potential energy of its home planet. An example of this is the Eeruu civilization. A Type 0 has not yet been able to harness all potential energy from their planet.

Humanity was a Type 0 until 2127 CE.

Early Edit

An Early Type 0 Civilization can be represented by worlds whose inhabitants have not yet mastered electrical power, such as Earth in the 15th century or before.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Ztebam.

Mid Edit

A Mid Type 0 Civilization can be represented by worlds whose inhabitants have mastered early technology, like 19th century Earth to mid 20th century Earth. These civilizations have yet to consider using cleaner energy such as wind and endothermic and such, or even if they had wouldn't have the knowledge necessary to complete technology like that. They have likely begun to send out exploratory missions to their neighboring worlds, possibly manned to the nearest inhabitable worlds.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Kolatio.

Late Edit

A Late Type 0 Civilization can be represented by worlds whose inhabitants have begun or have nearly implemented cleaner and renewable forms of energy into their society. They have also more than likely begun to send colonies to other worlds in their system and have begun to try and develop interstellar travel.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Ikusos.

Type I Civilization Edit

A Type I Civilization is capable of harnessing the full energy potential of their home planet and parent star. The civilizations of this class are most likely capable of controlling their home planet entirely, being able to control weather, volcanic activity, plate tectonics and many other natural phenomenon.

Humanity was a Type I Civilization from 2127 to around 2650.

Early Edit

An Early Type I Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have finally implemented clean renewable energy into their technological base and have begun to settle their nearby worlds in their own star system and have even possibly begun to explore worlds withing their nearby stellar neighborhood, possibly within five to ten light years of their planetary system. Their energy consumption is still growing but limited to mining nearby worlds and asteroids and such. They are beginning also to be able to control the natural order of their homeworld.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Tkowes.

Mid Edit

A Mid Type I Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have finally begun deeper interstellar travel, exploration and colonization. They have possibly begun to settle the system's they've explored within five to ten light years. They are also distinguished by the ever increasing energy consumption of the population, sending out ships to mine asteroids, gas giants, and even building large solar energy collectors.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Remidia.

Late Edit

A Late Type I Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have basically conquered their own star system in terms of using it's natural resources to the max. Nearly all their system is under their control, they will have mined every asteroid and have learned to harness the energy from their star. Some might even be capable of building something like a Dyson Sphere. They will also have either started to settle other worlds or continue to do so.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization on Chu-Raa.

Type II Civilization Edit

A Type II Civilization is an interstellar civilization capable of harnessing the entire output of a star and its surrounding worlds.

A Type II Civilization is capable of building massive structures with efficiency in mind and being capable of living on them. The most noted example of this is a Dyson Sphere. One Dyson Sphere of alien origin was discovered by humans in 3042, the only remaining one of the First Civilization.

Humanity was a type II Civilization from 2650 to 3005 CE

Early Edit

An Early Type II Civilization can be represented by civilizations that have completely mastered their own star system and have begun to explore other nearby systems up to 25 to thirty light years away. They have also begun to move planets within their own system with greater ease.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the former civilization on Akir.

Mid Edit

A Mid Type II Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have spread out deeper into their nearby neighborhood, exploring and settling worlds as far out as 150 light years. The inner worlds would be more fully established, some even being independent of their homeworld. Some may be able to build structures like a ringworld or artificial planets.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the former Ingla civilization on prehistoric Algwethmai.

Late Edit

A Late Type II Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have the capacity to build structures like a Dyson Sphere, using the orbiting bodies of the system to build the Sphere. In terms of traveling distance they would have been able to travel up to 10,000 light years or so from their parent star and have also been able to settle many of the worlds within that reach, or even terraform them.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the civilization governed by the Cooperative Imperium of Spheres.

Type III Civilization Edit

A Type III Civilization is a galactic civilization, capable of tapping into the energy of the entire galaxy. It would be able to harness the energy of every star in the galaxy and could move planets and stars from system to system at will, create and destroy stars, make new planets out of old ones etc. Basically their galaxy is their sandbox.

The only known examples of this type of civilization are the First Civilization and Humanity.

Humanity was a Type III Civilization from 3005 to 9950 CE

Early Edit

An Early Type III Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have developed more effective FTL and have begun to explore many more thousands of light years into their galaxy, nearly exploring a 25% of their own galaxy and having developed more effective means of collecting energy from stars and beginning to develop means of collecting energy from black holes. From the experience of settling other worlds they spread out father and farther, creating entire civilizations. They can begin moving planets from system to system as well, able to create new systems.

Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Mid Edit

A Mid Type III Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have spread even farther than an Early Type III. They have settled and explored over 50% of their own galaxy and have built Dyson Spheres nearly everywhere. They can now move stars as well and have begun to explore the concept of making artificial stars or even destroying natural ones as a means of generating vast quantities of power.

Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Late Edit

A Late Type III Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have explored their entire galaxy and are able to traverse it in short amounts of time. The energy consumption of such a civilization would be enormous and their needs would be met by harnessing the potential energy of their entire galaxy and possibly have begun to explore nearby galactic neighbors.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the former First Civilization

Type IV Civilization Edit

A Type IV Civilization is capable of harnessing the energy of an entire galactic supercluster.

Early Edit

An Early Type IV Civilization can be represented by civilizations who, having conquered their own galaxy, have begun to explore and settle other galaxies, most likely nearby ones or, in the case of humanity, those in reach of the Wormhole Drive. They will have settled worlds within 1000 light years or so of wherever they arrived from.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the human civilization currently.

Mid Edit

A Mid Type IV Civilization can be represented by civilizations that have conquered the nearer galaxies to their own (assuming they aren't already inhabited by Mid to Late Type III Civilizations).

Late Edit

A Late Type IV Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have settled and drawn power from their local supercluster. Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Type V Civilization Edit

A Type V Civilization can tap into the energy of an entire universes. This type of civilization is capable of traveling anywhere in their universe and harvesting the energy of entire galaxies.

Early Edit

An Early Type V Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have drawn energy from a few nearby superclusters and are now experimenting in the art of creating entire galaxies. Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Mid Edit

An Early Type V Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have nearly mastered the art of creating whole galaxies. They would have Settled on and drawn energy from nearly half their universe. Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Late Edit

An Early Type V Civilization can be represented by civilizations who can create and destroy galaxies with great ease now and who have managed to explore, settle and draw power from their entire universe. They can also travel anywhere within their universe in a very short time. Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Type VI Civilization Edit

A Type VI Civilization can tap into the energy of multiple universes. This civilization could traverse the barriers between universes and live in many parallel universes with ease. There are no known examples of such a civilization.

Early Edit

An Early Type VI Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have just discovered how to traverse the nearby multiverse and have set out to explore, settle and conquer the nearby universes. Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Mid Edit

An Early Type VI Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have traveled deeper into the multiverse, having already done to the nearby "core universes" what they've done to their home universe. Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

A prime example of such a civilization would be the Xcathli.

Late Edit

An Early Type VI Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have nearly settled and drawn power from every universe known to exist and have begun toying with the possibility of higher dimensional planes to explore. Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Type VII Civilization Edit

A Type VII Civilization lives outside of space and time, being capable of creating and destroying universes at will. This is the most godlike civilization, There are no known civilizations like that, although there are many who believe that the God of the Bible was a member of such a civilization and created our own universe.

Early Edit

An Early Type VII Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have discovered how to exit the normal universe.

A prime example of such a civilisation would be the Bolga, one of the first discovered by Humanity.

Mid Edit

A Mid Type VII Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have explored the deeper dimensions outside normal time and space and have begun tinkering with the creation of entire universes to meed their exorbitant energy demand.

Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Late Edit

A Late Type VII Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have reached the peak of civilization. They can create and destroy universes at will. Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Type Omega Civilization Edit

A Type Omega Civilization also lives outside of space and time, but they are capable of creating and destroying entire multiverses at will.  It is predicted there are no civilization types past this one, and this level is only theorized according to what is known via science.  Obviously, a Type Omega Civilization if it indeed exists, is responsible for the creation of all other types.

Early Edit

An Early Type Omega Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have just begun to experiment with manipulating multiverses, implementing laws for every single universe within. Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Mid Edit

A Mid Type Omega Civilization can be represented by civilizations who have knowlege on how to create multiverses, but not destroy them.  Usually the "Master of All" cleans up the mess this makes in the multiversal plane.  See below for more.  Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

Late Edit

It is extremely highly speculated that only one being could have an entire Kardashev level to themselves.  Earth scientists call this being the "Master of All", a being so immensely powerful it can create and destroy entire multiverses at will.  It has even been speculated that this being even created itself out of pure nothingness, and all "gods" are nothing compared to it's immense power.

Currently there have been no discovered civilizations that fit this description.

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