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The Age of Gifted

Liberty Information

a part of “The Age of Gifted”, a fictional universe by Miss Echo.

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Liberty Information

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Overview



Liberty: A state born of necessity based on a model of efficiency. The name of this great nation dates back to the faction’s early conception during the human war, when Gifted were seeking freedom from the cruel and unjust rule of humanity. It has evolved, however, to be more related to the freedom found by giving oneself up to the whole, for the sake of a better future.



Libertian society values selflessness, improvement, and efficiency, all with the goal of creating a consistently brighter future for her people. To these ends, Liberty has become known for its impeccably structured social programs, public education, genetic improvement efforts, and strict but fair code of law. 
This code of law in enforced by near constant monitoring of all government-owned spaces, both by traditional audiovisual means as well as gift-based sweeps.


Political System




Liberty is one part sectored democracy, and one part dictatorship.

The highest ranking official in the nation is Leader Soren Pelacour, the original founder of the state. He presides over the Liberty Council, and is responsible for giving final approval to Council appointments as well as Council decisions. 

Should a Council decision be vetoed by the Leader, they may overrule him only by unanimous vote.

The Liberty Council makes up the sectored democracy portion of the government, and consists of eleven individual Councillors, representing the sectors of Espionage, Loyalty Affirmation, Interrogation, Economics, Defense, Genetics, Healing, Training, Education, Infrastructure, and Agriculture, respectively.

Each Councillor is elected via a majority vote held amongst all of the members of their department. For example, everyone in the genetics department, from the lab techs to the Directors of Operations, get to cast a vote in who will represent them in the Council. Generally, the Speakers (the highest ranking members of each department below the Councillors) are assumed as the standard candidates due to their experience and name recognition, but anyone may run.



In addition to representing the needs of their sector in the Council, Councillors are responsive for overseeing the operations of their sector and managing it on a “big picture” level. They are also responsible for managing their sector in regards to its relation to the Council. For example, the Espionage Councillor may be required to collect information on the backgrounds of other Councillors, and the Economics Councillor is responsible for budget distribution. 



Council Elections are held every year on a rotating, cyclical basis so that only two positions are up for reelection at once, and the same two positions are almost never up for reelection at the same time. This ensures both that the citizens have ample opportunity to voice their opinions, and that the Council has some degree of stability amongst members. There are no term limits.



The Council may cast a majority vote to impeach another member, but the impeachment must be affirmed by a majority vote from the Councillor in question’s sector. 



There has neither been an impeachment, nor a motion to impeach brought up in the nation’s history.

Economic System


The standard unit of Libertian money is known as a Liberty Credit (LC). Rather than being backed by gold or precious metal, each LC is seen as being a share of the whole value of the nation’s resources.



Liberty is the first large-scale example of Communism functioning in practice exactly as it should in theory. All basic needs, including housing, nutrition, water, power, healthcare, defense, and education are socialized and operated by the Libertian Government. There are no taxes, but also no real “paychecks.” Workers are aware, (and taught from a very young age,) that their contributions to Liberty through work are not for personal gain, but rather for the wealth and prosperity of society as a whole. There are legal repercussions for refusing to work, but the social pressures placed upon those who do not pull their own weight are usually enforcement enough.



All able-bodied, of-age citizens are employed in some capacity or another, with the exception of one stay-at-home parent per household with a child under the age of three. Once the child is old enough to enter the Libertian education system, the stay-at-home parent is expected to work during school hours. 



Employment assignments are based off of a combination of aptitude and interest, as assessed throughout schooling. This is to ensure both optimal efficiency as well as optimal job satisfaction. Workers may request position transfers at any time, but must be aware that only thoroughly reviewed and justified requests will be granted.

Enrichment Goods Allowance


While no paychecks are given, every Libertian receives an Enrichment Goods Allowance, or EGA. This is a flat rate number of credits deposited into each citizen’s account, which they may spend (or not spend) on Enrichment Goods of their choosing. Although Liberty does reject the notion of accumulating “stuff,” or attempting to out-do one’s neighbor in terms of wealth, it is thought of as acceptable to take part in small, “enriching” enjoyments. 


Items classified as Enrichment Goods include coffee, alcohol*, certain foods, children’s toys, nonessential clothing (such as skirts, or variations on the standard Liberty uniform,) small home decorations, approved fiction novels, and art supplies.



Citizens may spend their EGA every month, or save up to acquire something of higher value. The same amount will be deposited regardless, assuming the citizen is not under a legal penalty causing a reduction to their EGA.

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Daily Life & Culture (Part I)


While Liberty rejects the superficiality and self-indulgence of Erubescan society, it would be amiss to say that the nation does not have a unique culture of its own. Libertians emphasize the importance of putting the greater good before one’s own desires, and everything about their culture, from food to recreation, centers on this. They believe that a society will grow best when its citizens are healthy, happy, and care for one another, and strive to make this a reality.

Liberty surveillance is an assumed part of day-to-day life, and all government-owned spaces may be observed. The people generally trust the government to pass by them so long as they are not engaged in illegal activities, and feel safer knowing that there is almost always someone looking out for their best interest. 



Housing




There are two varieties of housing in Liberty, though both are managed by the Infrastructure Sector: Civilian and On-Base Housing. Both are socialized, meaning that they are free to citizens. One may submit a request for their housing assignment preference up to six months before graduation from school, but may be placed elsewhere if their preferred assignment is incompatible with their job.

On-Base housing is available to those who, as the name states, have a need to live on base. Departments eligible for on-base housing include defense, espionage, interrogation, training, infrastructure, and loyalty affirmation, as well as trainees of these departments. Examples of personnel who would be able to live on base include janitors, trainers, security personal, or others who work odd or extreme hours, or are simply more efficient to keep in on-base housing.



On-Base Housing is available to single individuals and couples only. Trainees sleep in barracks-style housing, with ten to twelve trainees per space. There are shared restrooms and showers. 



Agents tend to have single pod-style rooms mainly occupied by a desk and chair, a small shelf, an in-wall data port, and a device charging pad. The desk and chair collapse into a twin bed, which can be pulled from the wall to occupy most of the space. They do not easily accommodate more than one person, but two may fit.

Double, or “couples” rooms feature a wider bed, and an additional data port.

Single and double rooms are arranged into Base Housing Units (BHU) of 20-30 people. Each BHU has a shared bathroom and shower area, food preparation area, and lounge available. All are stocked with community utensils and supplies. BHUs tend to be tight-knit communities, due to the amount of time spent together.

“Civilian Housing” refers to any off-base housing assignment, and is available to all citizens of Liberty. All Civilian Housing is arranged into tall, apartment-type units, though the units are usually spread to different areas of the city for both ease of access, and to disperse potential damages in the event of attack. Most buildings are organized into floors for “singles,” couples, and families. Like base housing, most of these are stocked with the necessary supplies and furniture for day-to-day living.

Singles usually live toward the top floors, and are organized in a manner very similar to BHUs: Each room is a pod, and each hallway on the floor has shared spaces for common purposes. The genetics department usually has a contributing say in placements within Singles housing, as many citizens end up marrying those that they meet in these tight-knit communities.

Couples with no children live toward the middle floors, and these rooms are slightly more spacious than those on the Singles floor. Beds here are wider than their counterparts on base, and have their own small shower room. While all other sleeping quarters are designed purely for functionality, these rooms feature a few additional comforts so that couples may have privacy in preparation for their future roles as parents.

Family housing units are on the lowest floors and are, as the name states, for families. Families are placed into rooms based upon the number of children deemed preferable for them to have, but may be moved into larger accommodations if they exceed this number. Family units feature a joint kitchen and living area space, containing a table, couch, basic cooking supplies, and several data-ports. There is one large couples-style room for the parents, and one additional child room for every child. Child rooms are similar to the singles pods, but they feature convertible bed/cribs. There is one restroom and shower space allotted per six family members.

The elderly typically move in with one of their children, once their child has a vacant space in their family home. Those with no children may opt to live in a family space with others in their age group.

All housing areas are also equipped with in-vent microbe filtration, and all citizens are required to be fully vaccinated against contagious disease at all times.

While Liberty housing may seem sparse, it is important to note that it is viewed as a space primarily intended for sleeping and cleaning oneself. Libertians believe that societies are built not on individuals, but on the bonds between them, and that these bonds flourish best when nurtured in public spaces and activities.

Council members and others in exceptionally high authority live in specialized secure housing in other parts of the city, or on base. Not much is known about this housing, save that it is often hidden in “secret” floors (Such as the basements of buildings that ought not have them.) This is strictly for the security and safety of high government officials, in the interest of a stable society.

Families



Liberty promotes a two-parent home to ensure that every child has access to adequate attention and social nourishment. The sexual orientation of the couple is irrelevant to this factor, and gay marriages do occur. Single parents will not be given children to adopt, and unwanted children rarely happen. Girls are fitted with hormone regulation implants upon starting menses, both to prevent menstrual symptoms and to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

If an unplanned pregnancy does occur, and the couple is deemed a genetically favorable pairing, they are encouraged* to marry one another, or find alternative partners for provide a stable environment for the child. If they are not genetically compatible, they are encouraged* (strongly) to abort.

Couples who wish to form a family must first submit a request to be married. This includes a genetic test to compare gifts as well as scan for potential genetic deficiencies in future offspring. If they are deemed compatible, the marriage is permitted and they are given a score of 2-5 for genetic favorability. Couples rated with a two are suggested to have two children, and so on.

If a couple is deemed genetically unfavorable or non-applicable (homosexual or infertile,) their marriage is granted under specific conditions. These conditions are (1) that both partners agree to contribute their breeding capabilities to the Genetics Department if requested, (2) both agree to potentially carry and/or raise the children resulting from such contributions, and (3), (in the case of fertile, heterosexual couples,) they also agree to continue using hormonal implants to prevent genetically unfavorable offspring.

This system, however, has been refined over the past fifty years or so. Various past stages included compulsory mate assignments and outright marriage refusals for incompatible couples. As this was deemed overall detrimental to public wellbeing, the system was changed over time to become the efficient model that it is today.

Those not wishing to seek a traditional marriage may use the old partner assignment protocol. This is done by submitting approval to the genetics department. Within a week, the individual will be matched with a compatible partner via a computerized algorithm.

Any adult who is still single and childless over the age of 25 will be entered into this system by default, with exceptions for those on accelerated leadership tracks and active duty military.

Pairings are handled by the Genetics Department, with several joint advisors from Infrastructure.

*Encouragements usually impact housing and/or the EGA of the couple

-Child Protective Services and Domestic Violence

Liberty has a strict policy against domestic violence and child abuse, and it is strictly enforced. Any citizen who notices bruises, unusual shyness, yelling, or other signs of abuse may file an anonymous report. Children may also report abuse in school, or to any other adult. Additionally, signs of abuse caught by monitoring equipment or during random sweeps are also flagged.

Suspicious activities are addressed by Family Protection Agents (members of the Infrastructure department, usually with gifts of empathy, telepathy, or psychometry) within the same day, and either deemed abuse or a mis-flag. Mis-flags are permitted to return to their daily activities, and instances ruled as abuse are handled swiftly.

The abuser is promptly sent for re-education, and the family is adjusted into a new homing situation. If one parent was at fault, the remaining parent and children may remain in the family space. If both were, the space is forfeited and the child is re-homed within a three day period.

Because of this, instances of physical abuse are rare. Emotional manipulation and abuse are more difficult to qualify or diagnose, but an approximate 67% of cases are able to be detected via random empath sweeps.

-Genetics Department Projects



One of Liberty Genetics’ projects is known as the Secondary Gift Modification Program, or SGM for short. In these trials, the genes of a test subject’s gifts are tweaked to both offer insight into how the Gifted Gene works and hopefully, to create new and unique gifts that are in short supply. The eventual goal of the program is to be able to completely synthesize any gift imaginable using the subject’s gene sequence. These tests, however, have a high fatality rate and an even higher margin for the end result being useless. As a result, these experiments are run solely on clones, for ethical reasons. Any Libertian can volunteer their DNA for a series of clones to be created.

This Program promises that the gene donor will not be expected to ever interact with any clones, not even the successful experiments.

In select and specific cases, individuals who display favorable genomes as children may have cell samples taken for Population Preservation Insurance (PPI). This is a cloning/DNA storage project conducted by the Genetics Sector to ensure that exceptional individuals live on in the faction. Causes for turning a sample into a clone would include the unexpected death of the original host. Children resulting from the PPI project are usually given to homosexual or infertile couples to raise, and often not told of their clone status.

Food


Agriculture in Liberty is centered around making the most food, on the least land, with the fewest resources, and with the highest nutritional value. To this end, Liberty agriculture includes no production of meat, dairy, or other animal products. Livestock takes up more land than any type of vegetable crop, and needs to be fed plant crops that could otherwise be used to feed the human populace. To this end, it was deemed an inefficient production method and done away with at the nation’s first city founding.

In place of traditional agriculture, Liberty implements vertical and hyrdroponic growing methods. Crops are cultivated in massive, multi-story buildings that collect rainwater and distribute it down the length of the building through various hydraulic systems. Plants are arranged to optimally distribute nutrients and water for the maximum crop yield, and any one Libertian City is fully food self-sufficient based upon this system.

In case of emergency, specific foodstuffs with long shelf lives are stored in an alternate location to the food production plant, and other plants in neighboring cities are capable of increasing yield to supplement other parts of nation in case of a disaster.

In the interest of efficiently meeting the nutritional needs of all citizens, the basis of the Libertian diet is a powdered drink known simply as Nutritional Supplement Formula One, or NSF-1. NSF-1 is a complete meal* replacement, consisting of 400 calories, as well as 20% of the daily required intake of vitamins and minerals per adult serving. It is a combination of various dehydrated plants and minerals, though the main ingredients are a genetically enhanced variety of algae, and soy. It is consumed by mixing into a bottle or glass with water and then drinking. The taste is bland but smooth, similar to a thick, vaguely sweet milk or protein shake. There are some varieties of the NSF, ranging from numbers 1-5, catering to soldiers, the elderly, children, and those with other dietary needs.

It is important to note that not all food in Liberty comes in a small shake pouch, but rather most of it. Other foods, ranked as Enrichment Goods,** are also available for purchase. Foods that rank as Enrichment Goods include fresh fruits and vegetables, coffee, bread, sweets, and other foods not essential to meet nutritional needs. There are a few restaurants and coffee shops around the cities, but all offer relatively similar faire, as it is produced by the state.

*Liberty recommends the consumption of five meals a day, for optimal metabolic health

**See Economic System-> Enrichment Goods Allowance

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Daily Life (Part II)


Education and Training



All children in Liberty receive a formal education, with schooling starting at the age of three and must be completed until the age of eighteen in most cases. Libertian schools operate year-round with a two month on/one week off schedule, allowing students time to recuperate and rest while avoiding long breaks during which pupils could forget important lessons. During “time off” periods, additional extracurricular activities for students are provided to avoid childcare conflicts for parents.

Most of the school day is structured around a curriculum set by the Education Department, but specific training breaks throughout are advised by a joint commission from the Training Department. 


Children in younger school grades play games and learn the basics of reading, mathematics, and teamwork. A pledge of allegiance to the State and her people is said every morning, and followed by a group activity where children share something that they love about the State, or another person living in the State. The remainder of the day includes various lessons designed to keep them engaged and interested, with regular breaks for games designed to improve coordination or promote team play. Common activities include balance beam games, weapons assembly puzzles with plastic replicas, and trust falls.

Children over the age of ten begin more formal training, where lessons are taught with fewer games and more serious intent about the reality of the world. Classes include normal subjects such as mathematics and science, but also feature an education in faction history, as week as a morning and afternoon physical education courses. Children are grouped into new teams of varying gifts every few weeks, and must work together to complete exercises that challenge the mind, body, and gifts of the students. Because they are sorted into intentionally gift-diverse groups, the students learn to appreciate one another as equal contributors to the common good.

By fourteen, the students begin taking classes geared toward their interests and aptitudes. Those hoping to pursue research related occupations take a more science heavy load, those looking to go into active combat take an additional course in physical training, and so on. Around this age, a few exceptional students are also selected for specialized after or before school training sessions managed by the Training Sector. These students tend to be those displaying extreme aptitudes for a particular field, or those with an undeniable amount of ambition or loyalty.



Sixteen is the official Libertian draft age, and students not involved in a specialty, non-combat track are available to be drafted into the war effort as of their sixteenth birthday. This is uncommon, but not wholly unheard of in states of emergency or when an extra push is necessary to secure a victory.

Assuming the student is not drafted, the last two years of basic school training are spent wholly focused on the student’s intended area of study. Though classes are still held during school hours, this portion of schooling is managed almost entirely by the Training Division, with a joint task force of Education advisors. Students during this phase are broken down into combat, research, public relations, manufacturing, and construction groups, and take classes geared toward the necessary skills they will need to complete these tasks. 



At 18, they will either directly proceed to manufacturing or Defense Jobs, or move into the Trainee barracks in a base. For the next one to four years, depending upon their intended occupations, they will move into increasingly more specified training courses before they are finally assessed for placement into their designated departments.




Special cases



There are certain special cases that can occur in children and prevent them from taking part in this track. One instance of this is the early onset of exceptionally powerful or dangerous gifts. In these cases, children are moved to a boarding facility and provided with rigorous training for their own safety. These facilities are managed almost exclusively by the Training Division, and the children in them receive one-on-one instruction to quickly manage unruly and destructive gifts.

Family visitation is permitted during designated hours, and social stimulation is provided through instructors, but the children are largely isolated during this period.



In most cases, the gift can be managed in less than a year, and the children are then returned to their homes and caught up to their peers in school. 

In a few rare cases, the gift may take longer to get under control. In these situations, the students are usually over ten years old by the time their abilities are managed, and it is nearly impossible to provide them with a “normal” school experience.

These exceptional individuals are started in accelerated tracks, and will train at the level of fully-fledged trainees as soon as they are deemed able. While these students occasionally lack “usual” social skills, they are often prized as the most powerful, loyal, an effective Agents in their fields.



Other specific cases which could result in being placed in such an accelerated track include (but are not limited to) those who are not challenged by the standard schooling track, those who come to Liberty as prisoners or children or prisoners, and refugees fleeing Erubesco and the Ash. 


This track is by no means common, and it is always considered preferable to keep students in the standard track if at all possible.

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System of Corrections (judicial and penal system) 




Liberty is built upon unity and efficiency, two qualities which can only be maintained by absolute trust and order. As such, the state’s laws (as proposed and voted upon by appointed task forces under the Council, and then signed into law by at least a two-thirds vote by the Council,) can appear rigid at times.



Law Enforcement




Law Enforcement is carried out by the Homeland Enforcement and Regulation Office (HERO), a joint task force of the Defense and Interrogation sectors, with advisory from Education and Espionage. HERO monitors all citizens through the State-wide surveillance network, and are on regularly schedules patrol rounds twenty-four hours a day.

Homeland Enforcement and Regulation Officials (HEROs) typically possess fast-hitting offensive and neutralizing gifts, and are trained to apprehend criminals with as little public damage as possible. 
 Their equipment includes body armor, arm-deployed force shields, a loaded sedative injector, palm-held stun weapons, and a standard ballistic pistol. The last is used only against targets deemed expendable, typically only fugitives and known enemies of the state.



HEROs are free to enter and search any premises, property, or person within the borders of the state, given reasonable cause to believe that there has been a legal violation. Reasonable cause includes (but is not limited to,) telepathic scans, activity or audio caught on surveillance, or what HEROs perceive to be a “guilty look,” as outlined in their training.



Subjects will then be apprehended and detained via a harmlessly sedating electrical pulse administered through the palm-strap weapons, followed by an injection with GI-A (Gift inhibitor formula alpha)*. This is standard protocol for all adult violations, for the safety and security of all involved. Juvenile arrests are typically made with simple handcuffs, though a sedation pulse may be used if necessary. 



Once a suspect has been apprehended, the suspect is given an immediate trial by a Lower Supervisor within HERO. The trial consists of playing footage as proof. If footage is questionable, the accused is granted a full inspection sweep by telepath. 

If the telepath inspection is declined or resisted, the accused is found guilty by omission and sentenced accordingly.



Sentences are specifically outlined for each violation, and crimes are carefully outlined in the code of law. Sentences are not up for reduction or mitigation, making legal proceedings quick and painless. Some example sentences include a temporary reduction to EGA** (public drunkenness, failure to wear a uniform, failure to speak in Libertian Standard Dialect in official proceedings,) mandatory reeducation facility attendance*** (petty theft, aggravated battery, illicit substance use,) and euthanasia (rape, murder, conspiring against the state, kidnapping, defecting, etc). 

Other sentences are possible, and destructive, violent, or repeat offenders are subject to sterilization or euthanasia.



*See Technology -> Medical -> Gift Dampeners

**See Economic Systems -> Enrichment Goods Allowance

***Commonly known as “prison.”

Reeducation Facilities




Liberty maintains an astonishingly low crime rate, and an even lower one for violent crimes. While part of this is due to an excellent society, free of the greed and need that can spur criminal undergrounds, it is also largely due to a low recidivism rate. Libertian prisons (more correctly referred to as reeducation facilities) are state-run operations managed by a joint task force of Defense and Education, with advisory from Loyalty Affirmation.

Cells



Liberty containment cells are plain: Prisoners have access to a bed and a toilet. The majority of cells are built from reinforced steel and bulletproof polymers, with a few specialized exceptions for particularly strong gifts. Specialized cells range from full concrete cages to electromagnetic containment, and any base with equipped for containment will have a few of these gift-specific accommodations.

Food and sanitation


Prisoners are supplied with adequate allowances of food and NSF-1.*

A “shower” corner of the cell (designated by a white box painted onto the floor) will activate once every other day at a designated time for two minutes and deploy a liquid sanitization solution from the ceiling. The floor will absorb this solution and recycle it to be sterilized and used the following day. Prisoners may opt to sanitize themselves or not.

Enrichment and Education

All low-level offenders are required to attend group-reeducation sessions lead by specialized Reeducation Specialists. Reeducation Specialists typically have gifts falling under the telepathtic, sound manipulation, or persuasive classes, and are trained to use these gifts to augment their lessons. Lessons typically include reinforcements of Liberty ideals, and suggestions of more productive outlets and occupations. Low-level offenders are also granted brief video-visitations with designated friends or relatives once per week, assuming good behavior.

Mid and High-level offenders will watch projected reeducation films within their cells, accompanied by supplementary electrical, acoustic, or sensory stimuli applied channeled through the cell flooring, vents, or walls.

Certain offenders may also be granted access to person reeducation sessions with a Reeducation Specialist.

Security

The first line of Libertian security comes in the form of GI-A (Gift inhibitor formula alpha)**. This drug is administered to anyone held prisoner for any length of time, twenty-four hours a day. The typical form of administration is through the supplied water. In the case of water manipulators, or prisoners refusing water to avoid the chemical, a gas canister programmed to go off at regular intervals is tossed into the cell. Due to both the actual gift dampening, as well as side effects, this is enough to render most prisoners as a non-threat. 



The second line of security comes in the form of total cellblock shut-downs. In the event that a prisoner should damage any security equipment or exit their cell without permission, all cellblock exits will lock automatically, a disabling acoustic pulse will be deployed, and a sedative gas will pump into the entire cellblock. Due to this protocol, all prison guards are equipped with filtration masks and earpieces that will cancel the acoustic wave. Should these provisions fail, guards need not panic as all prisoner containment measures are completely non-lethal.

The final line of security within the prison system comes in the form of genetic tracer turrets. Should a prisoner’s genetic material exit the assigned cell, an automatic turret will deploy from the ceiling or a wall and fire a hollow-point round into the prisoner from the least likely angle to result in unintended casualties.

Should these three provisions fail, a HERO Unit as well as a specialized force of Defense Agents will respond with immediate lethal force.


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**See Technology -> Medical -> Gift Dampeners


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Technology & Research

Like all things Libertian, their technology is designed with efficiency in mind. Developments are typically designed to make some aspect of existence cheaper, faster, safer, or better. Comfort and luxury developments are secondary, and if they do occur, it is only as a byproduct of another improvement.

Many scientific developments in Liberty occur months to years behind their Erubescan counterparts, and many are based off of stolen Erubescan information. Libertian scientists take this information as a rough baseline, and in turn produce a more bare-bones version for a fraction of the Erubescan cost. These “knock-off” developments usually lack the frills of their counterparts, but typically get the job done just as well.

Scientific Research

Though Liberty does not encourage research for the pure sake of knowledge, the state still funds a decent number of research initiatives in the interest of improved efficiency. Several sectors have a research division, each devoted to the task of improving the efficiency of their work.

Genetics

By far the largest research firm in Liberty, Genetics is the sector most research students hope to find themselves in. The Genetics division is headed by Councilor Faye, and employs some of the State’s brightest minds. The sector has control over several laboratories and experimental bases, and is also the only sector involved in growing live gifted subjects*.

The core mission of the Genetics department is to ensure a bright future for the people of Liberty through the consistent improvement of future generations.

This mission is achieved through multiple carefully managed initiatives.

The largest and longest-running of these is the Positive Eugenics Project (PEP). PEP is a population-wide initiative that dictates Liberty’s marriage and offspring production laws, as well as directing the usage and combination of mandatory genetic donations. PEP’s goal is to to pair genetically compatible individuals to produce stronger gifts, as well as improved health, intelligence, and physical capability.

Some offshoot projects falling under PEP include the Elemental Generation (a project specifically geared toward producing a higher rate of children with Elemental gifts,) and the Repeat Offender Sterilization Initiative (ROSI).

Other genetics projects include more specialized initiatives such as Project Beast, an experiment intended to produce more war-hardy soldiers by altering the embryos of animal shifters.

* This research is conducted exclusively on non-sentient** clones, for ethical reasons.

**Non-Sentient: Incapable of recognized higher-thought function***

*** Higher-thought function: Error; result not found

Defense

Defense has the second-largest research allocation in the State. This research firm is dedicated to improving border security, civil safety, and troop protections, as well as developing offensive technologies that offer more bang for the buck. Defense research typically employs advisors from Espionage as well, and frequently develops technology that is useful to both sectors.

Of all the sectors, Defense research is the most heavily guarded. Those hired to work here are subject to frequent and intensive scrutiny.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure research is home to physicists, mathematicians, and engineers. They work to develop better buildings, transit systems, food delivery mechanisms, communication technologies, and more. If it needs to be built, Infrastructure research will find a way to make it cheaper, faster, and better.

Agriculture


Agricultural research is devoted to making more food, with fewer resources, and a higher nutritional value per calorie. Some of this is achieved through innovations in hydroponic growing systems, fertilizers, and lighting. Other improvements are made via collaboration with the Genetics division to produce hybrid or modified crops.

Healing

This research is dedicated to improving medical technologies and the overall health of the people. This department also frequently collaborates with genetics to find more efficient, consistent methods of tackling both contagious and hereditary disease.

Education & Loyalty Affirmation


A small, but dedicated joint team of social scientists who work to improve the way that Libertian knowledge is presented and distributed. They have relatively few laboratories and closed experiments, instead relying on schools, reeducation centers, and the populace as a whole to serve as constant case studies.


Technology
(This section is under constant renovation. If something that you think should be covered here isn’t, or you have an idea you would like to see added, message GM ScoundrelBoots.)

Medical Technology

Gift Dampeners
Libertian gift-dampener serum, also known as gift inhibitor formula alpha (GI-A), does just about what it says. It can be administered orally, via injection, or through a gas, and typically takes anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour to reach full effect.

This serum was reverse engineered from a stolen Erubescan sample, and is exponentially cheaper and faster to make than its counterpart. As a result, it has a considerably higher number of side-effects.

A single dose will usually cause drowsiness and a mild headache or dizziness, but has no more ill-effect than a hangover. It will typically pass through the system within two hours. The drug has a tendency to compound in the system, however, resulting in a reverse-tolerance effect: The more frequently the drug is taken, especially in consecutive doses, the longer the effects last. Multiple consecutive doses result in an exponential increase of symptoms, including but not limited to severe muscle fatigue, aches, joint pain, headaches, disorientation, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Typical uses for this drug include temporary gift suppression for dangerous gifts during medical procedures, and consistent incapacitation of prisoners.

Vaccination
Due to the cramped living quarters of Libertian housing, vaccination of all children is mandatory. In addition to this, all nutritional supplement formulas are enriched with antibodies and minute dosages of inactive bacterium to promote constant immune improvement.

Transit Technology

Liberty boasts the most practical and efficient public transit system in recorded history. The vast majority of transportation on large bases takes place via elevated shuttles that run on magnetic railways. The schedules of these shuttles are impeccable, and they are capable of running in almost any weather conditions, and are not susceptible to earthquakes or most ballistic damage due to Infrastructure-based improvements.

Shuttles closer to the edge of base, as well as those that run between smaller civilian centers and large bases are housed underground, protected by several layers of stone, metal, and electromagnetic shielding to protect against attacks by multiple gift types.

Libertian roadways are pristinely kept, and most every road has an accompanying sidewalk and cycle path. Surface roadways are for emergency vehicles, sensitive intrabase deliveries, and other specific purposes. HEROs are the only citizens who posses anything close to a personal vehicle, but are also the only citizens with a formal need for them.

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