A settlement is a general term used in archaeology, geography and history for a permanent or temporary community in which people live, without being specific as to size, population or importance. A settlement can therefore range in size from a small number of dwellings grouped together to the largest of cities with surrounding urbanized areas. The term may include hamlets, villages, towns and cities.

A settlement conventionally includes its constructed facilities such as roads, enclosures, field systems, boundary banks and ditches, ponds, parks and woods, wind and water mills, religious buildings and communal buildings (Village/Town/City Halls, usually called in Terran Space).

Settlements can be ordered by size or other factors to define a Social Hierarchy


The Definition of a Hamlet differs from nation to nation, however it is generally a small settlement in a rural area, or a component of a larger settlement or municipality. Hamlets are typically unincorporated in that they reside in a region of land that is not subject to a municipal government.

Hamlets by Country

Confederation Of Outlying Systems

In the Confederacy hamlets are defined as a municipality and are therefore able for self-government, most COS settlements with Hamlet status have a population of less than 1,000 people.