The Xi’An and Humanity have had a tumultuous relationship over the years. While the Xi’An have generally regarded Humanity as short-sighted and impetuous, they have acknowledged our capacity to destroy and treated us accordingly. While their technology might seem superior to ours (it certainly looks nicer), most of that is simply due to its alien origin. Our two civilizations are on relatively equal technological footing. This ability for mutual annihilation is probably what kept either side from attempting an all-out attack.
A line of systems that acted as a no-man’s-land between the UEE and the Xi’An. These systems (Tohil, Oya, Gurzil, Horus, Pallas, Hadur, Indra and Virtus) became known as the Perry Line. After the Peace Treaty of 2789, the Perry Line was divided between the UEE and the Xi’An with Tohil, Oya, Gurzil and Horus going to the UEE and Pallas, Hadur, Indra and Virtus going to the Xi’An.
Relations with the Xi’An have warmed over the centuries, but it would be difficult to call them friendly without a slight hint of sarcasm. ‘Guarded’ is probably a more accurate term. We hope that the Xi’An aren’t planning to destroy us, but we’ll be ready just in case.
Consult the following Dispatch which gives a little more insight into the Xi’An culture: Meet the XiAn
Has not been declassified yet.
Hereditary Absolute Monarchy. The title of Emperor passes down through the family line. The emperor has a High Council of Advisers, each representing a facet of the government. On each planet under Xi’An control there is a Council that runs that world. Those Council Members report directly to their respective counterpart on the Emperor’s Council.
EMPEROR Kray – Ruler for the past three hundred years. He was the one who negotiated the peace treaty with Terra in 2789, and has not forgotten how Humans acted back then.
Humans: Formerly hostile/tense but currently friendly. There are still corners of the Xi’An Empire that haven’t forgotten how antagonistic the UEE was back in the day. Banu: Friendly. Vanduul: Indifferent but not welcome. Kr’Thak: The Xi’An and the Kr’Thak have been fighting each other for a long time. The longest and most devastating conflict was known as the Spirit Wars. The UEE just recently learned of the Kr’Thaks’ existence, but have not met or opened relations with them.
No official religion. There are scattered belief systems but they tend to offer moral guidelines or promote universal spirituality rather than worshiping specific gods.
Slink (generally offensive (even to some Humans) way to refer to a Xi’An)
There is less crime per capita in the Xi’An Empire than in the UEE, but it still exists. The Xi’An pride themselves on having ‘dignified’ criminals, since acting from emotion is seen as a sign of weakness and immaturity. So criminals within the Xi’An Empire are similar to the syndicates within the UEE, sprawling disciplined organizations whose business happens to be crime.
There are Xi’An pirates and smugglers but they tend to be younger, still in their rambunctious phase of life. These pirates will usually hunt in UEE territory, but they will rob their own kind if the cargo’s right.
Masters of diplomacy. The Xi’An are patient and refined, but can and will throw down if the situation calls for it. They live for centuries; for this reason, propagation of the species is carefully monitored and directed by the government to prevent overcrowding. While their placid demeanor can often be interpreted as aloofness or apathy, their long lifespan means that they act with decades in mind, not years.
To Humans, Xi’An culture can seem rigid and lifeless. A majority of that is artifice. The Xi’An present themselves as polite but neutral, particularly to those they have never met before. This is an age-old social testing mechanism. They approach a person as a blank-slate and let the other person set the tone (or tip his or her hand) as to how the interaction will progress. When a Xi’An feels comfortable with a contact, they will begin to lose the artifice and relate on a more personal level. With Humans, it takes a little longer (as we said before, a lot of them remember the Messer Era).
There is a definite “us versus them” mentality within the Xi’An society. They will not hesitate to take another Xi’An’s side over an outsider unless definitive evidence is presented to support the outsider’s claim or accusation.
It is not unusual to see Xi’An within UEE space, usually falling into three categories: visiting Xi’An businessmen or dignitaries (as described above), younger Xi’An who haven’t quite settled into the Xi’An culture, and expatriates.
There are those within the Xi’An Empire who felt that their way of life was too stifling, welcomed Humanity’s ‘childish’ emotions as a breath of fresh air and expatriated into the UEE. Some went through the arduous process of becoming Citizens while others enjoy the relaxed civic responsibility of Civilian life.
Primary Source: Writers Guide, Part Six