A type | society is defined, according to the 2565ce Waterbien dictionary, as 'a society that is able to harness energy from a large portion of more that one planet'. The Waterbe Empire was officially declared a type | society in 2556 ce, after antigravity craft were invented and Waterbe were able to colonise other planets. The major contributors to this status were Unistarch and Shraak III.

A type | civilisation always utilises at least one advanced power source such as antimatter or nuclear fusion, as forms of energy similar to these are required to create enough energy to reach the requirements needed for a type | society.