So in my universe the galaxy is divided up into cubical volumes of space of 50, 500, 5000, and 50000 light years (roughly it's actually divided into my own unit types, but they're roughly equal). There are 1000 of the previous areas in the next area up.

Currently I'm calling them Sectors, Blocks, Grids, and Octants, but that doesn't work, nor does "Quadrant" for the last one, especially since a sector really applies to any area of space in reality so the 50000ly area can be called a sector as much as the 50ly area.

So what are some other names for areas like this?

I'm talking about titles like sector, zone, territory, region, etc. None of those fit and I'm sure I am missing more and limiting my scope of thinking largely due to star trek. I'm not looking for made up words.


closed as primarily opinion-based by Aify, Hohmannfan, John Dallman, MozerShmozer, Frostfyre Sep 15 '16 at 18:13

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  • $\begingroup$ Those voting to close this question are in the wrong v.v This is no more story driven than asking "What are titles for heads of state" I am asking the same damn question save for it being with regard to territory rather than the leader of said territory. $\endgroup$ – Durakken Sep 15 '16 at 17:16
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    $\begingroup$ While you're correct that this isn't story-based, there also isn't a definitive answer. You are free to devise whatever naming scheme you want, as long as you're consistent. $\endgroup$ – Frostfyre Sep 15 '16 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Frostfyre I am asking for synonym words that are used today in the real world. Not to make shit up. That should be obvious. Just like the guy who asked about "what are title for heads of state" wasn't asking for how to make shit up, but what were the actual titles used, because if that person and I wanted to make it up we wouldn't ask. This question compeltely follows the rules and is a legit question so it would be much appreciated that you'd stop your nonsense. $\endgroup$ – Durakken Sep 15 '16 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ If word choice is what you're after, you may be better off looking at threads like this on the English stackexchange $\endgroup$ – Kys Sep 15 '16 at 18:35
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps you should define what you find inadequate about "region", "sector", and "zone". These names are common in other works of science fiction. Explaining your reasoning for not picking these would put some constraints on what you're looking for and allow answers to be impartially judged. $\endgroup$ – Kys Sep 15 '16 at 18:57

Are you looking to apply a real/present world name to your areas?

If not how about something like a 'Dividium'? As in "Control of the largest dividium in the galaxy is currently held by..."

  • $\begingroup$ I'm talking about titles like sector, zone, territory, region, etc. None of those fit and I'm sure I am missing more and limiting my scope of thinking largely due to star trek. I'm not looking for made up words. Also you should avoid answers like these as they'll get voted down or deleted for not being answer, though I understand since you don't have 100 rep yet. $\endgroup$ – Durakken Sep 15 '16 at 15:36
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure how my response isn't an answer as it provides a name for a territory which is what you asked for; It doesn't make sense that an answer should contain more information than requested. Can understand not wanting any made up names to keep it realistic although I would suggest putting that in your question what with this being worldbuilding and the creating of worlds and names being central to that. With all of that in mind though some that come to mind would be: Span, Dominion, Belt (Obviously dependant on the area shape) or Expanse $\endgroup$ – Nick Jones Sep 15 '16 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ It's because of the beginning question, and the short answer that is phrased as a question. It also looks opinion based and story based when you make stuff up... and the length which people often have a problem with... I also the way you answered is unclear as to whether you made that up or it's an actual word $\endgroup$ – Durakken Sep 15 '16 at 16:21
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    $\begingroup$ The beginning part of my answer is necessary due to the point I made not being clear in your question, without asking or mentioning it how would anyone know if you are only looking for real words? It's very clear that the second part is made up as it's preceded by the "Are you looking for real? No well how about this?". If that isn't clear that isn't my fault. $\endgroup$ – Nick Jones Sep 15 '16 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ It looks like you asking about "proper names" rather than "what we call that area" I figured it out after a few read throughs, but it can be confused as such. The question should have been in a comment, but you can't so, as I said, I understand why you didn't do that. $\endgroup$ – Durakken Sep 15 '16 at 17:12

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