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Cylon Command Hierarchy and Social Structure

Inspite of the Machine like nature of the Cylons their civlization is indeed built on a principle of inequality. Much as one human is not always equal to another, one machine is not always equal to another. The Cylon society is composed primarily of combat Centurians, Gold Commander Centurians, IL Series Droids, and the Imperious Leader.

The Cylon Centurian is the backbone of the Cylon war machine. It can carry out ground campaigns, man equipment, pilot planes, and even make repairs and basic tactical assesments. The Centurian basically follows a program protocol and lacks any creativity or initiative. The Cylon Centurain is used in waves and as part of a bulk attack force to make up for this fact.

The Gold Command Centurian acts much like a Sergeant out in the field. Its voice is deeper, and its armor is gold so that vocally or visually other Cylons can quickly tell the Command Centurian that is in charge. Gold Centurains command crews of two onboard Cylon Raider attack craft and often lead Centurians in quests to subjugate and control world's of Cylon dominion.

The IL Series Droid is in essence a city planner and tactician that directs Cylon forces onboard basestars, and conquered planets. Gold Centurians follow orders and plans set forth by IL Series Droids, and the droids themselves seem to exhibit basic human traits such as modesty, ambition, and fear.

The Imperious Leader is a specially chosen IL Series droid that is encassed in an organic shell. This is done as an everlasting statement of the supremacy of Cylon life to that of their former organic creators and all other life in the universe. The Imperious leader rules and directs all Cylon affairs throughout the empire. Like a king, the Imperious leader can be replaced or overthrown if it exhibits weakness.

Interestingly enough in the Battlestar saga one sees walking robotic machines everywhere but does not see massive Cylon computer structures. Spacecraft are piloted by robots and not computers and laser cannons on the ground are as well. This seems ironic considering the automated nature of the Cylons. From this perspective the Cylons are as averse to technological change as humans were long ago. They have yet to experience their own industrial revolution where displaced Cylon workers will have to compete with single task oriented specialized machines.

THE CYLON CENTURION SERVES
AS THE BACKBONE OF THE CYLON
WAR MARCHINE

IL-SERIES CYLONS SUCH AS LUCIFER
SERVE AS ADVISORS AND BASICALLY
ARE CHARGED WITH SEEING THAT
CYLON HIGH COMMAND DECISONS
ARE CARRIED OUT

The CYLON SUPREME COMMANDER SITS PERCHED
HIGH ABOVE HIS UNDERLINGS AND GIVES ORDERS FOR TERRITORIES THROUGHOUT THE EMPIRE

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