Culture

Religion

The Burnout didn't purge humanity of faith, and the Colonization Era provided incubators for a dozen new ones, original creations and forks of extant religions alike. Not all of them survived two interstellar wars, but more than a few have grown to become cultural forces throughout the human sphere of influence.

Christianity

Already a fragmented series of faiths before the Burnout, the umbrella that is Christianity encompasses thousands of faiths that are only nominally interrelated. Catholicism still retains the most from its roots (including its ritual, altered only slightly by the Third Vatican Council undertaken in the 2100s, which sought mainly to update the Church's structure to account for interstellar time lag (less of an issue in the modern era thanks to the stardrive, but still important).

Mormonism

The Mormons attempted to set up an independent stellar polity early in the colonization era, but it lasted barely more than a century before it was destroyed in the Second Interstellar War, and the Mormon diaspora began; now Mormon settlements can be found throughout transhuman space, commonly working as skyjacks in small groups of a few extended families. Having escaped the oversight of authorities opposed to polygamy, they've returned to the practice, though Mormon theology has become much more gender-equitable and almost all Mormon habs use genetic screening to ensure that a healthy ratio of girls to boys is maintained… healthy for polygamist societies, anyway. Many habs even require families to have at least three daughters before their first son.

Islam

Impoverished and having suffered resource-wars and the end of petroleum as a fuel source, Islam dragged itself kicking and screaming into a renaissance in the 2100s, as the rest of the world was dealing with the consequences of the Burnout which had left the Middle East and the developing world relatively unscathed. Though more conservative elements still exist, they have become increasingly isolated over time, particularly after the Second Revelation movement occurred. Most modern Muslims accept the Second Revelation doctrine, which holds that God has in store additional revelations for those who dwell on other worlds.

Scientology

After the Scientologist Reformation in the mid 2060s, Scientology as a whole divorced itself from the Church of Scientology, opting instead for a Quaker-like cell structure and free access to theological materials. For the most part, this branch of the faith is accepted, if considered slightly more kooky than average. The Church itself, unfortunately, still exists, and has claimed habitats and even entire systems in the fringe for itself. Though it doesn't even begin to compete with true interstellar polities, it does maintain a drive-capable navy with enough punch to devastate a non-aligned polity or habitat without much trouble, and regularly harasses or outright threatens systems that 'infringe on Church copyright' (this includes permitting non-Church Scientologist cells to operate openly).

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