|“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the masses. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
– The Art of Never Again, Chapter 008: Now We Are Free
Therefore the Type Three caste makes up 50% of the Free State
While vigilant workers, Type Twos are hampered by the fact they have a limited spectrum of thought. Their gullibility and loyalty could easily be abused by potential political manipulators who could exploit them for any number of purposes. Eventually their entire nation could degenerate into a society consisting only of pleasantly stupefied workers ruled over by an oligarchy of greedy power brokers.
In order to keep control firmly in the hands of the people itself rather than leaders, it was decided the majority of the population would need to be unprejudiced and open-minded thinkers. Something the indoctrinated Type Twos were not. Forsaking maximum productivity in favor of a politically stable society, the Type Three caste was born.
Since they are the only caste without a selection process or indoctrination, they are by far the most diverse. Like the populace of many other nations they can become anything from religious zealots to radical idealists to die hard cynics. However, also like the populace of many other nations, they tend to be somewhat swayed by society itself. Overall the Type Three populace leans towards anarchist, communist, pacifist, and environmentalist ideologies.
For more detailed information on society in general, see Freespacer Culture
Type Threes are physiologically very similar to Type Twos, with similar capacity for intelligence. However, their psychological differences makes them worlds apart from their kin. The lack of indoctrination means they aren't as utterly loyal and productive as Type Twos, but their encouragement to develop their own perceptions makes them much better creative thinkers. This creativity makes them much more suited to roles as thinkers rather than labor, so Type Threes most often become specialists; Engineers, doctors, scientists, and so on.
Type Threes live very ascetic lives, with little property beyond basic needs. They may occasionally produce jewelery and small decorative trinkets using metals unsuitable for starship components. This is often done through handcrafting, or more commonly, precision machinery used for electronics production.
Type Threes commonly wear clothing composed of synthetic fibers. These are high quality and designed to last several years of daily use, but very few different styles are available. For this reason they will often tailor their clothing to make it more unique, and even dye them different colors than the standard white.
Overall their tendency towards self-producing clothing and jewelery tends to give them a very patchwork, brightly colored, and eclectic style of dress. Many of their clothes and trinkets show hints of Celtic and Romani culture in them.