- Latin Species Name:
- Homo Sapiens
- Technology level:
- Tier 3
- Avg. Height Range:
- 5ft - 6ft (152.4–182.9cm)
- Avg. Weight Range:
- 135–200lbs (61.2–90.7kg)
- Avg. Lifespan:
- 80-90 Earth years
The earliest known humans, referred to as 'ancient humans,' were a powerful, space-faring species that colonized numerous worlds. They leveraged ancient Precursor artifacts to their benefit, particularly on their primary colony of Charum Hakkor. These ancient humans were physically larger, stronger, and significantly more intelligent on average than contemporary humanity. After their defeat during the Human-Forerunner War, Lifeworkers under the direction of the Librarian subjected humanity to aggressive genetic manipulation and broke them into a variety of subspecies for redistribution on Earth.
After the innovation of slipspace travel, humanity quickly pushed out to more distant star systems, building over eight hundred colonies throughout the Orion Arm of the Milky Way by the 26th century. Though internecine conflict threatened to unravel these colonization efforts, the creation of the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) allowed Earth to continue its campaign of rapid colonization and terraforming and suppress insurrectionist efforts. This expansion eventually suffered an enormous and unexpected setback with the arrival of the Covenant. The hostile alien alliance laid waste to nearly all that humanity had attained, before the nearly-30 year war ended in an abrupt and unexpected Covenant defeat.
Most remaining human colonies operate under Unified Earth Government (UEG) administrative control, with the UNSC as the military entity which enforces directives established by the UEG. Though it remains a representative democracy, the UEG is riven by doctrinal and philosophical factions, and struggles with the aftermath of the Human-Covenant War and resurgent independence movements both on Earth and the colonies. For its part, the UNSC has found it difficult to shed governmental tasks it acquired as part of emergency directives during the desperate days of the War. This resulted in what amounts to a shadow government within the human sphere directed largely by the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and its various bureaus.
Earth and Her Colonies
Miraculously, Earth survived the Human-Covenant War and remains humanity’s primary home and cultural heart. Many colonies in the Sol system also survived the Covenant’s final assault relatively intact, including Luna, Mars, and numerous Jovian habitats. Notable extrasolar colonies that survived the Covenant War include New Carthage, Talitsa, Cascade, Terceira, Concord, and Venezia. Some of these worlds remain shaken in the war's aftermath, giving way to civil unrest and, in a few cases, outright rebellion. The UEG and UNSC maintain a tense relationship with these colonies and remains alert to the threat of radical independence movements taking advantage of the power vacuum.
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