A technostist technate (also known as a technostist soviet) is an automated co-operative network community, council, or industrial center consisting of technotarians maintaining the networking class, similar to an arcology. It may be publicly or privately owned.
The term technate was originated by Technocracy Incorporated in the early 1930s to describe the region over which a technocratic society would operate using thermodynamic energy accounting instead of a price system (money) method. All resources and industry of this land region would be used to provide an abundance of goods and services, within a sustainable ecological context, to its citizens under the program Energy Accounting.
According to technocrats, a technate cannot simply be set up anywhere like a modern-day country; it has several requirements that must be met in order for it to operate:
- There must be sufficient natural resources.
- There must be an existing industrial and scientific base from which to operate the Technate.
- There must be a sufficient amount of trained personnel for its operation.
According to Technocracy Inc., presently the North American continent is known to be able to fully meet the basic requirements needed to operate a Technate, although other land areas could attempt it, with varying results, depending on the required conditions of energy conversion. The design is intended to transform North American society, and replace the current Price system.
In technostist terms, a technate is an open arcology capable of utilizing
- housing, especially of one's choice
- automated waste management
- electricity production
A technate is fully automated, and technotarians work for the benefit of the networking class. However, no one technate is fully self-sufficient, which necessitates it rely on the larger network— physical and virtual— for transport of non-local goods. Through this network, there exists an evolved and extremely decentralized market, the metamarket, where trade continues. Metamarkets are only possible with fabrication technology and a sufficiently advanced from the Internet of things.
From this basic structure arises a metastate— a decentralized system indistinguishable from the metamarket that plays the role of a traditional state.