The name derives from Greek xenos (ξένος) which means 'stranger, alien', and Tech which is a shortened form of Technology.

Depending on the context, it can take on one of several meanings in the Union.

  • Any off world technology, even if developed within the Union.
  • Any technology developed by another society within the Union prior to them joining.
  • Any technology developed outside the Union, without distinguishing between that which is in common use or from a completely unknown society.
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