A full glossary of various terms and definitions used throughout the Galaxies End databook.
ACF / ASF / ACV / ASV
Arshan designations for ships, vessels, stations, etc follow a 3 character abbreviation. The first character is always 'A', for 'Arshan'. This is followed by 'C' (Central/Command) for the leading or central facility/vessel or 'S' for supporting/non-leading vessels that make up the fleet. The final character designates the physical type of vessel - 'V' for mobile vessels such as ships, or 'F' for stationary facilities and stations.
The arming of all available personnel, making them combat-ready and foregoing any other duties these personnel may have had under standard operation.
A common Sionian slang term that has found its way into Arshan and Latus Common. 'Internals' generally refers to oxygen tanks and masks, normally used for atmospheric decompression or space walks.
Non-Tangible Biological Threat
Life which is harmful to humans, but small enough to be an internal bodily threat. Includes parasites and non-viral organisms.
Single Transferable Vote
The below excerpt is from the Wikipedia article on Single transferable vote
The single transferable vote (STV) is a voting system designed to achieve proportional representation through ranked voting in multi-seat organizations or constituencies (voting districts). Under STV, an elector (voter) has a single vote that is initially allocated to their most preferred candidate. Votes are totalled and a quota (the number of votes required to win a seat) derived. If their candidate achieves quota, he/she is elected and in some STV systems any surplus vote is transferred to other candidates in proportion to the voters' stated preferences. If more candidates than seats remain, the bottom candidate is eliminated with his/her votes being transferred to other candidates as determined by the voters' stated preferences. These elections and eliminations, and vote transfers if applicable, continue until there are only as many candidates as there are unfilled seats.
Sionian citizens that serve in the Arshan military. Generally, only citizens of the Sion and Katar tribes can become 'conscripts', and must undergo a thorough evaluation and background check before being approved.
In Arshan terminology, a Sub-Commander is the second in command after the Commander, filling in the role of what modern day militaries call an Executive Officer of First Officer aboard ships, or Second-In-Command in other fields.
The below excerpt is from the Wikipedia article on Unicameralism
In government, unicameralism (Latin uni, one + camera, chamber) is the practice of having one legislative or parliamentary chamber. Thus, a unicameral parliament or unicameral legislature is a legislature which consists of one chamber or house.