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Each human and Nazzadi is a distinct individual, a personality never seen before and never to be seen again. We often fall into predictable lines, but so do snowflakes and they are unique as well. We are shaped by our experiences, both internal and external, into who we are uniquely.
Mi-Go are not. They are born with one of the 318 personalities, and that is it. They have different internal and external experiences, of course, but these experiences do not shape them. A Mi-go is the same creature at a year of age as it is a hundred years of age. Not only that, but the personalities of the Mi-Go are in a sense "simpler" than those of humans or Nazzadi, more linear and less prone to sudden shifts in emotion.
This has a number of notable consequences for Mi-Go society. The first is that the Mi-Go all know how all the other is going to react, all the time. This is the cause of the Mi-Go's amazing military coordination, because they can predict each other so well they need much less discipline and chains of command than the NEG does. Similarly, the Mi-Go government and economy run with staggering efficiency -- every Mi-Go is directed into a profession which suits their strain best, a profession it can perform competently and happily, and every Mi-Go is again able to predict how its actions will affect other Mi-Go so they don't make mistakes as much. This predictive power is not perfect, since each Mi-Go may not know the other Mi-Go's exact circumstances, but it is extremely accurate.
Were it not for their coordination, the Mi-Go would be much less of a threat. They could never have organized themselves behind the construction of the Nazzadi fleet in such a short time. They could not have produced the Hive Ship at all, much less a second Hive Ship.
The question will naturally be asked why the NEG can't use the Mi-Go's predictive natures to anticipate the actions of their foes. There are two reasons. One is that the NEG doesn't know about it. Manipulative and Sensory para-psychics, at great risk to (and loss of) sanity, have probed the minds of Mi-Go either during battle or those of injured Mi-Go captured by the NEG, and have gathered enough information to know that the Mi-Go only fall into a few hundred personality types. But nobody in NEG does not appreciate how deep the Mi-Go predictability runs, given time NEG researchers will figure it out but they likely don't have it.
A deeper reason is that Mi-Go predictability is not simple. The Mi-go understand the nature of their strains genetically, and even they require a great deal of education to predict each other (they all receive this education at an incredibly young age, of course). The NEG does not have the intellectual resources required to develop the predictive capability in the time it has, it would take countless man-hours spread over decades of work for humanity to gain the ability to predict the Mi-Go enough to make a difference.
The Mi-Go strains are also the reason for the Mi-Go's cultural stasis. Since they have nobody who can break the rules, they don't advance unless some outside event (such as humanity's development of arcanotechnology) requires development in order to cope with it. They are capable of responding to such events very well, and once the threat is passed the Mi-Go incorporate the new advances into their society, but they do not progress otherwise. If the Mi-Go win the Aeon War, they will produce a total stasis of humanity as well. In fact this the largest part of the reason for their attacks on Earth -- they view us not just as a physical threat for our tampering with forbidden powers (though this is an element of it), but as a threat in the sense that Earth disturbs the stasis of their society.
Finally, the Mi-Go have no empathy. Human soldiers are trained to think of themselves as expendable for the greater good, but Mi-Go know from birth that they are not merely expendable but interchangable. This is why Mi-Go mecha have no escape pods -- it is not just that the life of the pilot is unimportant, but that the survival of the pilot is irrelevant. It simply never occurred to the Mi-Go designers to include it in their calculations. This also gives the Mi-Go commanders an advantage in that they can be more ruthless than NEG commanders -- they can order their troops to push themselves harder, and to take greater casualties, because they have no empathy for their troops. NEG generals must harden their hearts to such things, and thus they hesitate slightly, but Mi-Go generals do not.
Because the Mi-Go have no empathy, they have no morality. Most of the atrocities of human history -- from the African slave trade to the Holocaust to the Viking raids to Abu Gharib -- have occurred when the perpetrators convinced themselves that the victims were less than human. Not every human develops morality, in fact many never do (I've worked for some, in fact). But no Mi-Go ever develops morality, and thus they can institutionalize medical procedures and genocides upon humanity and Nazzadity (is that a word) which we couldn't do, not on the scale the Mi-Go are.
There are two exceptions to the rules above. One is those Mi-Go who worship the Great Old Ones, the corruption worship of their patrons brings to any race is enough to break worshipers out of their mold (pun not intended) -- and put them into a different mold, perhaps an even worse one. The other is that it is rare, but not unknown, for a Mi-Go to develop new personality traits. Such Mi-Go are quickly detected by their brethren because they become less predictable, and are gently chided to end their deviant ways. If the deviant continues, he is destroyed to preserve the stasis the Mi-Go so desire.
Cthulhu is coming! Look busy!