The Sheliak race falls under the type R3 classification. Being extremely arrogant and reclusive they have little re-spect for other cultures, and have long held territorial disputes with their neighbours. They have an immense ar-chive of active treaties, which strictly defines their borders, rights and terms. They constantly refer to these in their diplomatic dealings, which ultimately result in delays and further legal disputes, before being finally settled by some convoluted treaty condition or parameter, or by third party arbitration. It is often remarked that the Sheliak prefer to hide behind the rhetoric of jargon and litigation than engage in battle. But they are advanced, and dan-gerous nonetheless.
The Sheliak are acknowledged as experts in environment modification. This expertise is the result of decades, perhaps even centuries, of experimentation and thought. The Sheliak Bioengineering Centre allows the Sheliak to continue their search for new and better methods.