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Kalderans are robust bipeds with an average height slightly
taller than a human, but significantly lighter due to hollow
bones and a more gracile build. Though descended from flightless,
featherless avians, Kalderans have a more reptilian appearance,
with elongated heads and fragile, photosensitive eyes that
are often shielded using glasses or goggles.
Kalderans have two genders, with the female typically laying
one to two eggs per cycle. And much like Earth's emperor
penguins, the male typically stays with the egg until hatching,
a process which takes between 150 and 175 days. As befits
their collectivist culture, many Kalderans participate in
the rearing of young, who still maintain relationships with
both parents well into adulthood.
The Kalderan homeworld is Kalderash, a pleasant world in
the lesser Magellanic Cloud that's nonetheless experienced
great hardship throughout its history. (see Timeline) The
majority of Kalderans prefer to live on Kalderash, though
significant colonies, outposts and garrisons can be found
throughout both Magellanic Clouds, mainly on worlds controlled
by the Kalderan Commune.
Socially, the Kalderans are a very contradictory species.
Among themselves, Kalderans are radically democratic, almost
to the point of chaos. Kalderan society is organized from
the bottom up along roughly anarcho-syndicalist lines, with
small numbers organizing themselves into so-called affinity
groups, a dozen or more affinity groups making up local
councils or soviets, and so on up to the governing Commune
itself (see: Kalderan Commune). Nearly every decision is
arrived at through consensus among -a process which would
be paralyzing to most other species, but seems to work well
for the Kalderans.
this Kalderan love for democracy no longer extends to other
species. Since the fall of the Commonwealth, the Kalderans
have undertaken a vigorous campaign of conquest over their
region of space, ruling firmly over their territories and
ruthlessly crushing rival political entities. Some scholars
theorize that this double standard relates to the ancient
trauma suffered by the Kalderans after they were conquered
and nearly exterminated by the Vedrans ten centuries ago,
but this is cold comfort to others who find themselves chafing
under Kalderan rule.