A society built on cooperation between the Kontrin, which are humans enhanced by the contact with the hive-species Majat. Ruled by the Kontrin, who live for thousands of years, together with the queens of the Majat.
Betas make up for most of the Human work-force. Contact with the outside only permitted on planet Istra. All other planets are forbidden for outside visitors. Quarantined by the Merchanter's Alliance, Earth and the Union.
Sources: Serpent's Reach,