Originally posted by NoEXcUseS
reply to post by DINSTAAR
Aha thank you DINSTAAR!! You beat me to it...I play a Tau army in WH40k. Great fun game. But yes, I would say they are a perfect example of what you are looking for. Aside from a few missile weapons, that is. The game is set 40,000 years in the future, and the Tau race is ~6,000 years old in the game, but has some of the most advanced technology.
They are based on a caste system with the elements as their names. Water is the diplomats, Air is pilots and navigators, Fire is warriors, Earth is scholars... etc. They also live by the mantra "For the greater good", basically every Tau individual highest aspiration is to do work for the society as a whole. They are a quite advanced species, much more so than the pathetic humans.
Now that I think about it, that game has some very good social commentary hidden in it. The humans have a science sect know as the Adeptus Mechanicus, the mechanics and engineers, and they don't even understand what they are building, they just follow ancient blueprints and hope for the best haha. They also have these quite fickle "machine spirits" that they capture in the larger machinery, and they have little to no idea how to control them.