An intelligent race which has not achieved jump drive through its own efforts.
For most races, this is the appropriate classification, but many feel
that they are deliberately held down by the major
races through this arbitrary but all-pervasive classification system.
Many are contacted before they have reached a technological level capable
of even considering jump drive, thus permanently prejudicing their potential.
Indeed, the shock of such classification, and the realization that this classification
pervades interstellar society, is sufficient to relegate a race to a permanent
role as shopkeepers and accountants. Some slump, while others violently
resist the classification. The fact that the categorization is informal
and arbitrary, and tends to elevate those already in power has made resistance
difficult, if not impossible.