At bottom, “society” only denotes the projected shadow of the successive modes of government. It was the whole set of subjects of the absolutist state in the age of the Leviathan, then that of economic actors in the liberal state. From the viewpoint of the welfare state, it was man himself, with his rights, needs, and labour power, who constituted the base element of society. What is perverse about the idea of “society” is that it has always helped government to naturalise the product of its activity, its operations, its techniques. It was constructed as what essentially preexisted it. It was only after the Second World War, really, that one dared speak explicitly about “social engineering”. Since then, society has officially become what one constructs, sort of like doing nation-building by attacking Iraq.
Here is the full set of the homeworlds series, now including Rannoch, Dekuuna and poor tiny little Suen. Kind of amusing/sad that the rachni homeworld could easily be a moon to Dekuuna!
(The criterion for inclusion on these sets was “species that are not technically extinct in 2183-6”. I’ve left aside the Leviathans as, given the age of their civilisation, it’s quite possible that their original homeworld no longer exists.)
EDIT: there is an updated, fully-combined version of this graphic here:
Fun fact I forgot to mention yesterday after I drew Avoudra: I’ve been wanting to play with leviathan lore for ages and it’s fun to actually do it and drawing Avoudra was an annoying yet fun exercise. But I’m absolutely terrifying of the deep ocean. Literally any water where its deep enough to float in without touching bottom and you can’t see the bottom gives me the creeps, because I can just imagine some thing, like Avoudra, swimming below me and I hate it.