There is a functorial reformulation of the theory of higher group characters.
For $k \in \mathbb{N}$, $k \geq 1$, let $\Pi_1^k(S^1)$ be the groupoid with $k$ objects which is weakly equivalent with respect to the folk model structure to the fundamental groupoid of the circle $S^1$.
In particular $\Pi_1^1(S^1) = \mathbf{B}\mathbb{Z}$.
Then
Proposition. The $k$-conjugacy classes of $G$ are precisely the isomorphism classes of the groupoid
In particular the projection map
is precisely the corresponding weak Cayley table.
For $k=1$ we have that
is the “loop groupoid” of $G$ as discussed in
Simon Willerton , …,
i.e. the action groupoid of $G$ acting on itself by conjugation.
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