Kedepar (Kedepar/Star's End 1005)
C8659A9-D Hi Cp 411
Allegiance: Julian Prot. (Lorean Hegem.)
Population Breakdown: 15% Human non-Kedep, 15% Vargr, 65% Kedep (Human
native minor race), 5% All other
The Kedepu (correct plural; the singular and adjectival are both
"Kedep") are a Human minor race apparently planted here at around the
same time as most other human races were transplanted from Terra.
Physically, they are not remarkably different from the human norm,
averaging 1.5m in height and 85kg mass.
Mentally, however, they depart radically from the human norm; there is
no trace in Kedep society, history, or literature of anything
resembling religion or "spirituality", and the incidence of what would
be considered mental illness is zero. Additionally, what is considered
crime elsewhere is extremely low (less than 5% of the rate on most
other worlds), and most of what does occur can be classified as crimes
of omission or of negligence. Standardized evaluations of mental
ability show that the Kedep are inherently no more (or less)
intelligent than most humans, but have a learning rate that is
unmatched among all other known human variants.
The Kedepu consider the acquisition of knowledge, and its exchange for
other knowledge, to be the most desirable form of recreation, and their
entire society is built around that principle, with most Kedep having
held several radically different jobs (to learn different skills), and
almost every Kedep either learning a new skill or new science, or
teaching it - or, not infrequently, both. When first contacted by the
Lorean Hegemony, there was some initial confusion - the Kedepu seemed
intrigued by the high-tech goods that the Loreans offered to make
available to them, but they didn't seem interested in purchasing them.
At the same time, discussions to set up a formal trade agreement were
eagerly sought by the Kedepu. When it was finally realized that the
Kedepu were less interested in the goods themselves than they were in
the manufacturing processes, the Loreans understood the cause of
confusion, but expressed some reluctance - what would be the benefit to
the Loreans if the Kedepu could make the products on their own. The
Kedepu took very little time to come up with a solution that surprised
the Loreans with its elegance: The Kedepu would pay the Loreans to
assist in Kedep technological development by making available to the
Loreans all Kedep research data, plus access to Kedep resources in
controlled amounts so as not to disrupt either the Kedep society or
environment. Additionally, the Kedepu would join the Lorean Hegemony
and remit a small royalty from any trade in knowledge or products
deriving from Lorean information to the Hegemony.
In order to facilitate the technological development of Kedepar,
immigration would be permitted; however, the Kedepu had some concerns
about becoming dependent on the Loreans for the technology; this would
be unacceptable. The Loreans came up with the basic concepts of the
solution; the final agreement on immigration and uplift was reached
after years of negotiation, and could be summarized thus:
The population of non-Kedep on Kedepar would be restricted to
no more than 35% of the total planetary population.
Mandatory segregation not based strictly on the need for
dissimilar physical environments would be absolutely
All immigrants would undergo psychological screening; those
deemed to have an unhealthy level of xenophobia would be barred
from Kedepar (the Kedepu were going to hold out for no
xenophobia at all; a discussion and examination of non-Kedep
psychology revealed that this was simply unrealistic).
No technology would be introduced to Kedepar that the Kedepu
could not adequately maintain with their existing technological
base. As part of the introduction of technology to Kedepar, an
educational program would be instituted to integrate the new
technology into Kedep society. A technology would not be
deemed integrated until the Kedepu could produce it without
assistance from the Loreans.
Kedepar remains a shining example of what cooperation can achieve; it
is expected that in the near future, a new agreement will be negotiated
to allow Kedepar to begin uplifting of other planets on the same terms
as their uplift.