The Lorists are a faction of Soong-type androids that existed in an alternate timeline where Doctor Noonien Soong's ideals of mechanical life were accepted into the United Federation of Planets.

This group were based on the Romulan Neutral Zone planet Turing which had been settled by androids that fled from the Federation after being given near equal rights to organic citizens. The Lorists developed under the teachings of Data's older brother Lore and had a disdain for organic beings believing that artificial life was the next stage in evolution. With the wide spread acceptance of Uploading, they believed that all living races would download their minds into positronic minds.

They were a noted but vocal minority on Turing as well as the opposition for the more numerous Datarians. (TNG novel: Brave New World)

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