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Civilization Categories are a classification method.


Civilization Categories, also referred to as "civilization tags" or just "tags," are a method of classifying civilizations by their size and focus. They are divided into several sub-categories, specifically size, type, and government.



Size tags classify a civilization by its population.

  • Hub - (see below)
  • Standard - 6-19 players (or more if Hub requirements not met)
  • Rural - 2-5 players
  • Solo - 1 player
  • Secret - player numbers not disclosed, will be considered as 1 player for official purposes
  • Abandoned - 0 players (Abandoned civs may still have old bases, discovery info, etc, making them worth recording at least temporarily.)

This is the official method used in the Wiki for determining the size of a civilization.


Size categories are further specified as:

  • Estimated (E) - the tag is essentially a guess based on varying amounts of evidence
  • Registered (R) - the tag is based on an actual census available in the wiki. For a player to count towards the R number, their row on the census must provide at least two types of ID.
  • ID types: game tag as used in No Man's Sky, plus a wiki user tag, reddit, facebook etc. (Discord IDs may be included on a census, but do not qualify as one of the two types.)

This page can be used as a template when creating a stand-alone census page: Template:Census

Example: a final size tag might look like Standard (R), meaning this civilization has a list confirming at least six people reside in (or have recently resided in) their space. Standard (E) would mean that, based on some evidence, whoever created that edit believed that the civilization had at least six members, but didn't have concrete proof.

It is not necessary to specify Solo / Abandoned tags as Registered or Estimated, but it may be done regardless, for format consistency.

This category is applicable to civilizations, but not alliances, as the individual members of an alliance will have their own size indicators (and possibly a census).

HUB Civilizations[]

The HUB classification is one of special recognition, and has been achieved by only a small fraction of registered civs. There are two methods available to receive recognition as a HUB, and a civ may meet either or both sets of requirements. The main difference between the two is that the Membership method requires 20 documented stars, while the Bases method requires 20 documented bases.

Those that meet both sets of requirements will be listed as HUB (R) status, more commonly known as "double-HUB".

Hub - Membership[]

HUB starburst small.png

This method is based on census membership and documented star systems.

  • an official census page is available for use in the wiki
  • a total of at least 20 members are on the census, each with two types of ID as indicated above
  • 20 star systems pages documented in the wiki in good form
  • an official request to be recognized as a HUB has been made on the Civilized Space talk page

When this level is reached, a gold HUB starburst HUB starburst small.png will be placed on their embassy page as well as with their entry on the Civilized Space page. This type of HUB will be listed as HUB (M).

HUB - Bases[]

HUB starburst small bases.png

This method is based on the number of constructed bases. Originally designed by the UFT, it has been adopted as an additional and equal method of HUB definition.

The size of a civilization is defined by the number of bases documented in its claimed space. Multiple bases from one individual will only be counted once.

  • Nexus - 120 documented bases
  • Hub - 20 documented bases
  • Standard - 10 documented bases
  • Rural - 5 documented bases
  • Solo - 1 documented base

Nomadic or semi-nomadic civilizations may count a documented base anywhere in the galaxy towards their total count by including the name of, or other recognizable reference to, their civilization in the base name.

Documented bases must be listed on the civilization's census page, must have their own Wiki page, and must include coordinates and/or glyphs.

When this level is reached, a silver HUB starburst HUB starburst small bases.png will be placed on their embassy page as well as with their entry on the Civilized Space page. This type of HUB will be listed as HUB (B).


Type tags, or focus tags, classify a civilization by how the civilization directs its players' efforts.

  • Casual - A gathering of players without any particularly specific goals or guidelines, generally oriented just towards having fun.
  • Construction - A civilization of any size with a specific focus on player base-related gameplay elements.
  • Fanfiction - A civilization with a particular focus on creative writing elements. Such civilizations will generally also include some degree of in-game content.
  • Gameplay/Documentation - A civilization with a particular focus on the default in-game elements like starships, multitools, fauna, freighters, etc. Such civilizations will usually document their discoveries out-of-game.
  • Militant - A civilization with militant tendencies. Practices often include classified locations, "propaganda" creation, and limited PVP tactics.
  • Non-localized - A group of players which coordinates their efforts strictly out-of-game, such as on Reddit, Facebook, or another app/website. A non-localized civilization doesn't gather all its players in a single area (or handful of areas) of space, as most civilizations do. Non-localized civilizations are sometimes united through completing certain accomplishments.
  • Profit - A civilization focused on economically profitable practices, which generally means creating multiple high-end crafting product farms, but may also include other practices.
  • Modded - A civilization that uses mods and/or creates them.

Many civilizations are hybrids and would probably be best listed under a few of these "tags". Try to apply as few tags as possible to each civilization, to keep them specific.


Government type tags classify a civilized space zone by how the civilization is governed. There are also other types and subtypes of each type listed below. See Forms of government for more information.

  • Anarchy - government by none; a society without a publicly enforced government or political authority.
    • Some subtypes include, but not limited to; Free Association, Stateless Society.
  • Anocracy - mixed government; a system of government by a small number of people with limited power and control over a civilization, as well as some democratic voting participation by eligible members of a civilization.
    • Some subtypes include, but not limited to; Democratic Socialism.
  • Autocracy - government by one individual; a system of government by one person with absolute power and control over a civilization.
    • Some subtypes include, but not limited to; Monarchy, Dictatorship, Theocracy, Military Dictatorship.
  • Democracy - government by the people; a system of governing by the whole population or all the eligible members of a civilization, usually through direct votes from citizens.
    • Some subtypes include, but not limited to; Direct Democracy, Sortition, Representative Democracy.
  • Meritocracy - rule by the meritorious; a system of governance where groups are selected on the basis of people's ability, knowledge in a given area, and contributions to society.
  • Oligarchy - government by a few; a system of government by a small number of people with absolute power and control over a civilization or their respective districts/zones.
    • Some subtypes include, but not limited to; Socialism, Stratocracy, Geniocracy.
  • Republic - government by the elected; a system of governing by the elected representatives of a civilization.
    • Some subtypes include, but not limited to; Presidential Republic, Parliamentary Republic.


The United Federation of Travelers developed and continues to improve Civilization Categories. The requirements and justification for both the Members Hub rules and the Bases Hub rules were determined by discussions and subsequent voting by its members.

The Government section originates from various members of the Metropolis civilizations.

Release history[]

  • Atlas Rises - Categories developed by the United Federation of Travelers in cooperation with the wiki.
  • ExoMech - HUB requirements changed, formerly required nothing more than 15 members.
  • Companions - UFT is changing its standard for determining the size of a civilization.
  • Frontiers - UFT has revised the standard for Bases-Hub. Federation Constitution Amendment

Additional information[]

Classification method for companies: Company Categories