Rabotevs are a sentient species native to Rabotev 2. The Rabotevs are biologically similar to the Race. They also share the Race's predisposition to slow cultural development, and their culture was primitive when a Conquest Fleet commanded by Pssufalu the Conqueror arrived on their world millennia ago. They were easily conquered by the Race, and the similarities between the two species led to the Rabotevs being fully integrated into the Race's Empire.
The first alien species encountered by the Race, the similarities between the two led the Race to assume their biological and cultural traits were universal. This assumption was further strengthened when the Hallessi also fit the mold, but was invalidated by the Tosevites.Rabotevs are described by Turtledove as such, "'It was a little taller, a little skinnier, a little straighter than a Lizard. Its scales were bigger and looked thicker than a Lizard's. They were a gray close to black, not a greenish-brown... Its hands were strange. They had four digits each; the outer two were both set at an angle from the middle two, and could both work as thumbs. two digits on its feet pointed forward, two to the rear. The Rabotev's head was a little more erect on its neck than a Lizard's, less so like a man's. It had eyes mounted atop short, muscular stalks, not in eye turrets. They moved all the time; sometimes; it seemed, independantly of each other.... The Rabotev's snout was shorter than a Lizard's. When the alien opened its- that seemed the safest pronoun, in the absence of visible evidence one way or another- mouth, it displayed a lot of sharp, yellow-orange teeth."