The first race we shall highlight here are the Humaniti, or as they are sometimes referred to, the Ratians (RA-shuns). They are the descendants of the first humans from the Sol System to arrive and colonize planets in the Andromeda Galaxy. They were freedom loving folk, inspired by nature, art and inward reflection. They were what the ancient folk on Earth would call pagans for they saw the divine in most everything natural. The first colonists landed on a small Class M planet which they named Ra in honor of an ancient Earth deity. Later as more colonists arrived, the Ratians expanded and founded many settlements on Ra. Later they formed what was once known as the Ra Confederation. Banding together for protection from persecution by the Malvernis Church and it's inquisition. However, within 10 years the Confederation was falling apart, people were starving and dying. That's when the Tau came, they made peaceful contact and saved the colonists. Trade was established and indeed flourished, ideas were exchanged and today the two species stand side by side. The home planet has since been renamed Tau-Ra as the 2 races have joined together into one.
Now let's examine the indigenous Tau. The Tau are an xenos humanoid species. To most humans they appear almost lizardlike. While they have a myriad of skin tones most are either red, blue or green. They are larger than most humans. They are a unified caste society but one that is set up for the greater good of all Tau. Their warrior caste is relentless and have an almost chivalric code that they strictly adhere too. They have been known to ride great beasts into battle against tanks and machines. Like the Ratians they are nature worshipers but have learned to integrate technology into a balanced existence. The Tau are great workers of art and woodcraft. A favorite Tau pastime is the writing and recital of poetry. The average Tau lives to an age of 200 years but it is not unheard of to find Tau 300+ years old.
The Tau homeworld is heavily forested with great trees that are larger than some mountains on Earth. Every Tau-Ra spacecraft contains an atrium, some large, some very small, which house botanic life from the Tau-Ra Homeworld. Today, the Tau-Ra Collective stands as a strong economic power in the two galaxies and have settled several other planets. The Collective holds stock in several of the largest interstellar corporations like the Pan Galactic Company. Militarily, however, they are not as strong as the some of the other factions. Military spending only comprises 4% of the Collective budget. This has led to a few occasions of checkbook diplomacy and the hiring of mercenaries to do dirty work outside Collective territory.