|“||In our galaxy, there are 3 kinds of species: the Warriors, the Innovators and the Peacemakers. Normally the Warriors always kill themselves prior to space flight, or if they achieve interstellar travel, kill other species, albeit rarely. The Innovators always seek to achieve rapid progress and ensure that rapid advancements occur within the timespan of a species. The Peacemakers are normally very successful species that solve their problems through diplomacy and dialogue. Unfortunately, the Peacemakers are the first targets of Warriors when they first achieve interstellar travel. We, the people of Turata are Peacemakers and we need to keep it that way...||”|
—A Sociology on Interstellar Civilizations, Is'k Tur, 1294 AD
The Milky Way is populated with over seventy interstellar races, with a small amount of species that have either failed to achieve space flight, or choose not to. Several races are active members of the interstellar community, while some others are ruthless, evil, and villainous barbarians. Almost all but a few races are hominids, standing on two feet: bipedal, in combination with similar reproduction systems to humans. As already stated, there are several exceptions to this general rule.
Before first contact, almost all species have mused on why there are no other intelligent life they have observed. Some races speculated that their planet was rare among billions of planets in the Milky Way, some hypothesized that they were the first intelligent life in the galaxy. On Earth, this was called the Fermi Paradox. The were several correct solutions, the most correct one being the zoo hypothesis. With a race being able to interact with the interstellar community after ascension to interstellar travel.
Races seem to apply the term race to members of the same subspecies who are slightly genetically different. Upon reaching the Space Age, race shifts to describe interstellar aliens rather than previous definitions.