Rule of Harinoth
The Rule of Harinoth is the unofficial name of an ancient Lemurian law (SR 87414, On the Colonization of Exoplanets; Sen. Gehl Harinoth, sponsor) governing the colonization of other planets. The Rule of Harinoth establishes several categories for planets:
- Category One: No life. Planet can be terraformed and colonized at will. No restrictions on mining or resource gathering.
- Category Two: No appreciable higher life. Planet can be terraformed and colonized, though a thorough catalog and preservation of native lifeforms is recommended. Terraforming should be monitored to ensure no unforeseen interactions from native life and terraforming efforts. No restrictions on mining or resource gathering.
- Category Three: No sentient life. Terraforming should be limited, with an eye towards preserving native life. Colonization, mining, and resource gathering is fully permitted, though efforts should be taken to reduce impact to native life.
- Category Four: Primitive sentient life. Terraforming strongly discouraged without compelling reason; approval from Lemurian Science Directorate and Lemurian Grand Senate necessary. Colonization should be limited to a single outpost. Uplift possible with approval from Lemurian Science Directorate and Lemurian Grand Senate. Minor mining and resource gathering is permitted, but impact should be minimized.
- Category Five: Advanced sentient life. Terraforming disallowed except in extreme circumstances. Mining and resource gathering exceptionally limited. Colonization limited to a single outpost at most; enclaves may be recommended instead. Minor uplift possible with approval from Lemurian Science Directorate.
- Category Six: Interstellar sentient life. Category Six planets should be dealt with by diplomacy, and colonies are disallowed. Enclaves are permitted.
Recent events have resulted in a push for loosening uplift restrictions in Category 4 and 5 planets by streamlining approval from the Lemurian Science Directorate and Lemurian Grand Senate.