Ijad don't have a lot of experience with riding around on sapient hosts. So they've been scrambling to develop some kind of ethical framework for how you ride a human being without, um, brain-raping them. Right now they sort of agree that there are a bunch of things they can biologically do (like flooding your brain with hormones and other neurochemicals to alter your mood) that are super gross and ethically wrong to do to a sapient brain without consent. They've got a shocking level of inter-tribal consensus about it - even extremist groups like the Armored-of-God are kind of squicked by the idea of turning someone into a meat-puppet. Not that religious and political leaders on Earth haven't tried to play up the possibility, but it hasn't gotten much traction outside of cranks.
When Ijad ride a body, they rely on your own reflexes and sense-of-body to move stuff around. They can store learned skills, like surgery, and exercise them with a host's consent, but they can't make your body move against your will. Cheap holovid thrillers to the contrary.
Individual Ijad are, well, individuals, with dreams and ambitions et cetera. No hive mind. There are some bonded Ijad-humans in Free Colonial and even UMFL service, by ethical conviction. The converse, actually, is where most of the bigotry is - Ijad-humans who identify culturally and politically as 'Ijad' are suspicious and sort of prejudiced against un-bonded humans. That's one of the reasons some Ijad leave or align with other factions.
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