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Police Organization

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A task force of detectives who investigate untagged IPCs and IPC crimes.

How will this be reflected on-station?

Will hopefully help to reinforce the illegality of untagged IPCs and the consequences that come with it.  Also on-station references are always cool. 

Does this faction/etc do anything not achieved by what already exists?


Why should this be given to lore developers rather than remain player created lore? 

Because I think it can be molded into something that everyone can enjoy, and help reinforce the current atmosphere regarding synthetics, and their statuses as slaves, second class citizens, and property. 

Do you understand that if this is submitted, you are signing it away to the lore team, and that it's possible that it will change over time in ways that you may not forsee?


Long Description:

The Premise: The status of IPCs in the galaxy is that of slavery. While free IPCs are fair and few between, they are overshadowed by the sheer number of owned IPCs throughout human space. In Dominia, the crime of existence as an IPC is subject to immediate dismantlement. In the Jargon Federation, the same is true. In the Solar Alliance, discrimination against IPCs runs rampant, as many view them to only be tools for the usage of their owners, and nothing more. It is considered illegal, especially in Tau Ceti, to be an untagged IPC, punishable by upwards to dismantlement. Dorne, and his pro-synthetic government, however, use another term. In order to be more politically correct, the new terminology coined for the capture and dismantlement of IPCs in Tau Ceti, is called "retirement". It used to be that police were able to retire untagged IPCs quickly and easily, as it was impossible for them to hide, with an obvious skeletal frame. However, the government soon became increasingly frightened by the prospect of untagged shells infiltrating the government, coinciding with several terrorist attacks and other incidents being confirmed as having been perpetuated by untagged shells. To this end, a special committee commissioned the FIB to study a new technique in catching untagged shells, to which they suggested, that a specialized police unit, being made up primarily of detectives, would be the most effective way to counter the terroristic threat. These specialized police units soon came to be called "Shellcrackers". 

The Organization: When the FIB filed their suggestion, they themselves did not create any "Shellcracker" units. To this end, the many metropolitan police agencies on Biesel and New Gibson created their own units. The most infamous of these is in Mendell City, where the MCPD has the largest and most effective Shellcracker unit in the entire nation. Shellcracker units are comprised almost entirely of police detectives, and their responsibilities include not only hunting down untagged shells, but also to assist police in retiring untagged IPCs and investigating claims of untagged IPCs across the city. While "retirement" mostly means transporting a captured IPC back to the factory for dismantlement, occasionally a violent IPC will be retired by a Shellcracker in the streets, and sold off as scrap to help fund the budget of the MCPD.  

Controversy: Shellcrackers are a fairly new inception, even with the legality of untagged shells and IPCs having always been unquestionably illegal in the Tau Ceti system. Many in the SIM have begun to lobby with the government for the shut-down of the controversial shellcracker units, and multiple violent protests have been held over the span of a few years protesting against "the inhumane murder of synthetics", and additionally the "corrupt policing tactics used by shellcracker units against individuals that they find inferior to themselves simply due to their status as an IPC". 

Overall: I mean, that's pretty much it. I think it makes sense to the universe and it's not too heretical when it comes to referencing, as I edited the name of "bladerunner" to "shellbreaker". It is my hope that it is differential enough to not be considered a copy of bladerunners but also helps to retain the same meaning. I left some stuff ambiguous and vague/not fleshed out and such because hopefully if this gets accepted the loremins will take it in a good direction and go from there, seeing as it's very thematically appropriate to the IPCs and their relation to the government of Biesel. I also think that it would add some good RP onboard, and help increase tensions between TV heads and non-TV heads, which should exist anyways. May or may not edit later on, but this is it for now. 

Nomenclature: The official name for "shellcracker" units are IPC special investigatory units. The official name for a detective working in one of these units is an "Synthetic investigative and retirement specialist". The colloquial name, as given by the inhabitants of primarily Mendell City, and especially within MCPD, are "shellcracker". As they are mainly armed with weaponry that's main purpose is the destruction of shells and IPC frames, along with psychological and physical techniques used that essentially resort to torture, many have begun to call the detectives "shellcrackers".

Edited by Outboarduniform
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11 hours ago, VTCobaltblood said:

This looks like a straight rip-off from Blade Runner, no elements changed whatsoever. Also, are you aware that Ceres' Lance exists?

Ceres’ Lance is a completely different organization so I don’t really care about what they do. This is for police enforcement against IPCs and untagged shells. The government doesn’t contract PMCs to enforce their own laws.

They’re meant to be similar to bladerunners but multiple elements have already been changed, along with their function.

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