(GUNTAI) Misato Katsuragi
said that, viewed from the Instrumentality
is "a colony of flawed and separate entities"
. Colony means a group of individual organisms
linked to each other, with new individual organisms
produced by splitting
. Each individual organism within the colony has the capability to live independently
Source: The End of Evangelion : Glossary contained within The End of Evangelion - Theatrical Program.