Star system qroup would define it better, I agree.Flocke wrote: ↑Tue May 26, 2020 6:22 pm Beside of this, with star group I think you rather mean 'star system group' or 'stellar system group' that includes the planets.
Planets is kind of an abstraction as well. I'm still sad they officially declassified Pluto to a dwarf planet, where there are more of it in our solar system.
Celestial body would be more comprehensive, also taking the many large moons into account. But well, even some empty space region might be of interest to occupy. Therefore I'd rather opt to something like 'Stellar Presence'.
Going that route, you also miss the 'glactic quadrant' of Star Trek.
Then the continental states, they are without meaning when they encompass the space. And also the focus on continents might be a bit short looking when you have a water world. Possibly better go with a more generalized 'surface region' or 'regional state' or 'regional presence' or something.
Then the city states. I really don't get this one. What is the meaning of a federation of a few cities below regional state? If looking for an address instead you'd rather go for a 'regional location' but as far I understand you talk of the growth level of the imperial federation. That case you might be looking for a 'federal state' like we have here in germany. My home city in fact makes up such a federal state, although that is an exception.
The continental state just came to mind first, but they can be smaller, there are islands and island groups sometimes.
The city states are almost like Hamburg or Washington DC, the ground level of the imperial federation, it does not go any further, city areas are not governed, I don't know if they even have names if they have no position in the IF.
The amount of these states is defined by how many different symbols there can be at one level, so far I've come to the conclusion that they increase by approximately 100 times at each level (the actual number might be higher when going on with them to the lowest levels), so a regional state could have 100s of city states in it's area (even the smaller ones are accepted in the city state status).
Ancient Greece had city states, and it worked fine at that time.
Planet states include the moons, starbases and such.
There are different kinds of planets in the IF, ranging from desert planets to jungle, mediterranean vegetation, central european vegetation etc, they all have just one vegetation zone thanks to the upright positioning of their planetary axis, ocean planets exist too.
But if an ocean planet has less states, then there are planets that have more of them, just a matter of arrangement.
I used to be a endless universe enthusiast myself in the highschool years, maybe a few years after that too, but I've more or less gone through those ideas with that point of view, I've kinda grown out of those, that's part of why I take them with a grain of salt.
And about the hologram, there is limited view that can be seen at one time, that limits the size and amount of how many things there can be. A view of the earth from space is not actually much different than one that can be seen from a very large movie screen, it can even give the same feel of depth too. So, there's the limit of how much your holographic viewscreen can show you, everything must happen within these guidelines, so an endless universe becomes just an idea, an idea that cannot be really fully comprehended.
I think there is at least one endless thing, and that is the life itself, you can die a thousand times in a hologram, be born again etc, they are all just sensations after all.
And the imperial federation, it is not meant to be in this current universe, but in an orderly, smaller one, one that can be comprehended fully.
In that universe there are no stellar phenomenon like black holes or neutron stars etc, but stability, in their science fiction these things might be found though.