Then men and women of the Pacifica district of the Technocratic Union have jurisdiction for the protection and enforcement of Consensual reality in the Northwest of the United States and Canada.

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Christine White's Self Evaluation

What Convention do you belong do? What is it that they saw in you that caused them to pluck you from the Masses to be groomed for a place among the elite?

I'm with the NWO. As to why, maybe they saw me on a guild run in WoW or something? I'm not sure how I caught their eye, but I appreciate the way they've given me an assignment that plays to my strengths.

Were you born on Earth? Or in a Horizon Construct? (A Technocratic base on the other side of the dimensional barrier.)

Earth. Olympia, Washington, to be specific.

What was your oldlife like before you became a Technocrat?

Um, not that great? I mean, my guildmates and I got along well, and I spent a lot of time doing that, and I was good at school and stuff, but I wasn't really popular or anything.

When did you “make the jump” and dedicate your life full time to the Technocracy? Why?

Pretty much right out of college. I mean, this is *so* much cooler than, like, having a desk job. Well, a normal desk job. It's even cooler than making video games. Important, too.

How long have you been a Technocrat?

About 6 years.


How do you feel about Reality Deviants? Are you a hard-liner or a reformist?

I'm a reformist, but lord, I don't get them. They're like, the anti-vaxers of reality, you know? But I think maybe if you give people enough facts, they'll come around.

When did you first discover within yourself the capacity for Inspired Science?

In college, though I guess maybe there were little bits before I really caught on. Helped in engineering class before I switched majors, I admit.

What are your career goals?

I really like what I'm doing now. I hope eventually I can move up and act as Coordinator to bigger, more important missions, and that I get better at it and can help do more, but I'd like to continue in this same trajectory.

How do you feel about your current assignment?

I'm excited by this one - I think I can offer a lot to an undercover group, and maybe they can help some of these deviants into the modern day.

If you were asked by a Supervisor to do something that made you uncomfortable, how would you respond?

I take my job very seriously. My first priority when Coordinating is the safety and well-being of my team and their mission. I doubt my Supervisor would ask me to do something that made me uncomfortable, but if they did, I'd trust they knew things I didn't - Supervisors are a kind of higher up Coordinator, after all.

Is teamwork important to you?

Does Sunwell have good drops? (Yes, extremely.)

How important is "fitting in" to you?

Yeah, quite a bit, actually. I mean, with the right people. I'm not going to go all soft in the head just because a bunch of people think homeopathy works. But I want to be liked, and impress people I'm impressed by, and I don't want to be the weird one out.

Have you ever considered thoughts of Deviancy?

Ew, no.

Have you ever questioned our mission statement?

Nope.

If you saw something that your Inspired Science could not explain, how would you feel about that?

If you see something Inspired Science can't explain, then that just means your science is lacking.

Have you ever had contact with the supernatural outside of a sanctioned field mission?

I don't think so. Certainly nothing Science can't explain.

What is your favorite color?

Blue.

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Cobb Anderson's Self-Eval Aptitude Test
What Convention do you belong do? What is it that they saw in you that caused them to pluck you from the Masses to be groomed for a place among the elite?

Void Engineers. They saw in me a love of exploration, and an innate ability to see what others can't. My love of quantum theory, and superstring theory also interested them. I can also take care of myself when push comes to shove.

Were you born on Earth? Or in a Horizon Construct? (A Technocratic base on the other side of the dimensional barrier.)

Unfortunately I was born on the most boring planet in the Universe (that may be a bit of an exaggeration): Earth.

What was your oldlife like before you became a Technocrat?

In my life before joining the Union, I was a pawn in my father's schemes to scam corporations and government bodies. He used my gifts with technology to help steal information, gain access to computer systems, etc...

When did you “make the jump” and dedicate your life full time to the Technocracy? Why?

I made the jump when, in our last harebrained scheme, we attempted to scam the Union (though we didn't know it was them until it was too late). I got nabbed while my (douchebag of a chicken shit) father ran off. The Technocracy gave me a choice to spend most of my natural life in jail, or join them. I actually don't mind it and it's a much better use of my talents than my old "job." That said, I have a low tolerance for fat cats and other bottom-feeder types who use their positions for anything other than helping people, and furthering science.

How long have you been a Technocrat?

I was in training for what seems like forever. I've been with the Technocracy for 5 or so years now. I've lost track to be honest.

How do you feel about Reality Deviants? Are you a hard-liner or a reformist?

I'm a reformist for the most part, but you can't mess around. If the trash is too spoiled by maggots and there are flies swarming it, it's time to chuck it in the dumpster. When in doubt, take it out.

When did you first discover within yourself the capacity for Inspired Science?

At a fairly young age (15 or so?), though I didn't know it was Inspired Science at the time. I just thought I was a gifted kid who loved science, experiments, and gadgets. While amateur stargazing as a teen, I would often see things that others could not (even using the same equipment).

What are your career goals?

To get off of this shitbrick of a planet and explore the galaxy! I'm excited to be part of this mission, but I'd also like to get up in space where I belong.

I'd also like to figure out what is going on with the Dimensional Barrier.

How do you feel about your current assignment?

I look forward to working with my new team to ferret out deviants. I only hope our team-building exercises were not entirely indicative of our group dynamic, and we come together more cohesively in the weeks to come.

If you were asked by a Supervisor to do something that made you uncomfortable, how would you respond?

I'd do my damn job.

Is teamwork important to you?

Teamwork should be important to everyone. An Amalgam is only as strong as their ability to work as a team. Teamwork is what keeps people from being sucked into dimensional rifts and torn apart at the molecular level.

How important is "fitting in" to you?

Worrying about fitting in is for the weak-willed.

Have you ever considered thoughts of Deviancy?

How dare you!

Have you ever questioned our mission statement?

Occasionally. When the shit hits the fan, you often have to do things that people writing mission statements would never dream of. I believe in the Technocracy, but sometimes theory and practice are different things. That notwithstanding, I follow my orders.

If you saw something that your Inspired Science could not explain, how would you feel about that?

It's all explainable eventually. The Void Engineers see a lot of things that aren't always readily explainable. You just apply The Method, move information along, and put in the work to figure it out.

Have you ever had contact with the supernatural outside of a sanctioned field mission?

Not that I'm aware of, but the supernatural is everywhere. Watching. Lurking. Not having contact with it, and it not being there are two very different things.

What is your favorite color?

Green
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Procedures for Containing Reality Deviants
Reality Deviants come in many forms. From the shape shifting animals that masquerade as humans, to the hemophagic parasites that inspired legends of vampire, to the superstitionist mystics who consort with entities beyond our dimension. They all share one thing in common, which is that they commit crimes against reality either through deliberate action or their simple existence. Any time a deviant does something that a layman would term “impossible,” that is reality crime, and it must be addressed appropriately.

Why is reality crime dangerous? A large number of reasons. First, much reality crime happens in the direct action of predation or exploitation of innocent people. Hemophages, for example, have been observed infecting still-living hosts with their own blood; thereafter, the victim appears to surrender much of their free will to the whims of the hemophage, often to the victim's extreme detriment.

Mystics who promote a superstitious world view and back it up with twisted acts of Inspirational Science dressed up with superstitious nonsense as “magic” perpetuate harmful memes into the Masses cognitive space, encouraging them to turn away from the safety, order, and comfort that science and rational thinking can bring them.

In some extreme cases, reality crime can begin to fray at the rules of reality itself, the physical laws which govern our Universe. Without rules, there is no order. Without order, there is no safety.

[I know you've all seen this before, but I thought it'd be helpful to add some amendments before you deploy. It helps to know we're all on the same page. - Victoria]

The major classes of Reality Deviants that you can expect to encounter while working in the Pacifica district are:

The Council of Nine Mystic Traditions: Members of this world wide conspiracy are reality criminals who, like us, posses the capacity for Inspirational Science. However, they lack the wisdom and insight to realize that their power derives not from superstition and magical thinking, but from their own inner Genius. While any so-called “tradition mage” can be quite dangerous in the right context, opinions on what to do about them remain divided. A large number of loyal technocrats were once tradition mages, after all, so we must conclude that most Council forces can be reasoned with, and perhaps even saved. For now, policy remains to notify superiors on contact, await evaluation, and carry out specific contingency assigned. [You will be operating on Contingency Three, infiltration and surveillance. – Victoria.]

Marauders: A marauder is supersitionist whose fantasies have gotten the better of them. They display extraordinary feats of reality-warping and are impossible to reason with, as any semblance of sanity has long since been left behind. They are rare on Earth, but the last confirmed sighting of a Marauder resulted in eighty four deaths in the six hours between the time it was detected and the time it was neutralized. Kill on sight. Terminate by any means necessary. [Council forces hate these things almost as much as we do; if you find one of these in Portland, see if you can get the Council to do our fighting for us. – Victoria.]

Nephandi: Nephandi are a class of superstitionist that has made a pact with some outside force, either an extra-dimensional entity conforming to the archetypal pattern of a demon or one of the larger entities from the Outer Darkness. While they are lucid and capable of rational action—sometimes disturbingly so—we have no record of a Nephandi being anything but unflaggingly hostile to all life on Earth. To pick an example, there have been several documented cases of Nephandi cults indulging in the ritual rape and murder of children, apparently for no greater purpose than recreation. When encountering a suspected Nephandi, discretion and subtlety are called for, as they have a pattern of establishing a hidden network of assets before acting. Disrupting one part of their network prematurely lets the rest get away, usually to the great harm of whatever region they next establish themselves in. Notify your superiors of your suspicions, gather more intelligence, and when you have confirmation of their identities, exterminate them. [These are the very worst people in the Universe. No matter what you have to do to stop them, it's worth it. If you think there is a Nephandi operating in Portland, you might even want to warn the Council they're being infiltrated as long as you can do so without breaking your cover. Even if it did involve compromising your identities, I would seriously consider warning the Council. After you had been evacuated, of course. – Victoria]

Vampires: Hemophagic parasites are endemic to urban environments. They appear to be capable of reasoned action, and most seem to correctly understand that their continued existence relies upon the ignorance of their host population. As such, they are mostly a self-limiting problem. We do not have the resources to exterminate them ourselves and alerting the Masses to their presence would cause an unacceptable explosion of superstitious thinking among the general public, possibly leading to drastic setbacks in our still-incomplete project to get them to fully embrace reason and order. The term vampire is applied to these parasites only because of their superficial resemblance to the vampires of myth and popular culture; they are of course not actually immortal, capable of unpowered flight, compelled by crosses, etc. Upon encountering a vampire, observe from a distance. Defend yourself if needed, but otherwise do not engage. [These things aren't very dangerous, as far as deviants go. If you find that you need to kill a few, find where they sleep during the day—that part of the myth is true at least—and burn it down. Easy. – Victoria]

Werewolves: An intelligent species of animal that appears to be the result of human populations cross-breeding with extra-dimensional entities, shape shifters are extremely dangerous, but do not often attack our personnel or facilities. Their existence should also not be disclosed to the Masses, again because the dominant breed of shape shifters resembles the werewolf of legend. For some reason, these animals seem to be engaged in a continual conflict with other so-called “spiritual” entities from other dimensions, and tend to leave our operations alone unless provoked. Do not initiate deadly force unless absolutely necessary. Call for backup and evacuation of the area. Monitor and evaluate them if possible.

Faeries: Contrary to rumor, there is no evidence that faeries exist outside of folk lore. [I've always wondered why they even bother to mention these. - Victoria]

Anomalous Manifestations: The Masses cannot be allowed to understand the extent to which phenomena that, for lack of a better term, could be considered “supernatural” exist. Agents may encounter unexplained events and entities in the field. Even now, we sometimes run across things we simply haven't seen before. Until we understand it well enough to explain it to the Masses without provoking panic and superstitious hysteria, we must suppress the truth. Document, attempt to rationalize, and sanitize all evidence. Gather testimony and alter memories as appropriate. [This procedure will be suspended for your team for the duration of your mission. Council mages don't bother cleaning up this sort of thing, so neither will you. – Victoria]
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Technocratic Organization
The Technocracy is organized as a pyramid, and like a pyramid it derives its stability from its shape. Every level is equally valuable to the whole.

The base is formed by front operations which raise funds and advance our agenda among the Masses, laboratories where we push back the frontiers of Science, operational departments where significant infrastructure is needed to pursue regional objectives such as the care and maintenance of a clandestine air field, and collectives where we train new and existing members, provide housing, medical, and R&R facilities, and other such organizations as are deemed necessary. Collectively these are referred to as “base operations.” Much of the staff for base operations are un-Enlightened, some of whom do not even realize they work for a globe-spanning organization. Nevertheless they provide critical support for all other arms of the Technocratic Union. A majority of these operations are single-Convention affairs, with each Convention running operations that correspond to their area of specialty. These are not considered “field” assignments.

Above the base, we have Amalgams, teams of Enlightened agents assembled to perform a mission or series of missions in the field. Otherwise known as a mission team or cell. Amalgams are by their nature temporary, though some long term missions can last for years. It is an important part of every Enlightened operative's career path to work on an Amalgam at least once. The term implies, but does not always mean, that the mission team is of a mixed Convention composition. Typically, operatives will start in one of the base operations, display the creativity and excellence necessary for promotion, and then get assigned to an Amalgam as a proving ground. After a successful tour of duty, operatives will either return to work as managers and resident experts for base operations or will elect to stay in the field and be assigned to a new Amalgam with a more important mission. It is important to note that for purposes of determining seniority, membership in an Amalgam is considered to be roughly equivalent to a management or expert position within a base operation. The upper ranks of base operations can be considered to be the “other half” of the level of the pyramid that Amalgams sit on.

Above both base operations and Amalgams sit the Supervisors. Each Supervisor is responsible either for either a small geographic area, a contained segment of a base operation, or one or more Amalgams. Supervisors who have been given responsibility for a more sensitive mission will often lead only one or two Amalgams at a time, though Supervisors who are responsible for a base operation may be in charge of thousands of employees.

Above the Supervisors sits the Symposium, the regional directorate with ultimate authority over and responsibility for a geographic area. We are part of the Pacifica District, made up of several smaller Symposiums that were merged as part of the reorganization of 2008 and as a result we ultimately report to the Pacifica Symposium. The Symposium is made up of five members, one from each convention. Its decisions are final. Before the advent of the Dimensional Anomaly, the Symposium would report to the Masters residing in a Horizon Construct, often collectively referred to as Control. Since contact with Control has become spotty at best for the past decade, Earthside Technocrats have reorganized, and each Symposium now reports to Division Office which in turn is an administrative subdivision working closely with the Global Conference.

Cutting across all jurisdictional lines, there are several global support organizations within the Technocracy that provide important functions to every Symposium while eliminating redundancies of having each Symposium retain its own facilities for these purposes. These are known as the support services, and while their internal structure varies, they often have geographic subdivisions which correspond roughly to the Symposiums.

Disbursements handles funding and resource transfer within the Technocracy. All payroll, project funding, and accounting issues are run through Disbursements. They also conduct periodic audits of various departments to guard against waste and corruption. This support service is operated by the Syndicate.

Personnel handles the placement of the majority of unenlightened staff for our base operations. Secretaries, custodians, public information officers, truck drivers, etc. They are also charged with monitoring these employees to identify members who display potential for Enlightenment and subsequent advancement, as well as to guard against infiltrators. This service is operated by the New World Order.

Requisitions is responsible for the distribution and control of advanced technological assets which could prove hazardous to the safety of the Masses or the security of the Union if left unguarded. They also distributed new and experimental equipment to the field for testing and evaluation. This service is operated by Iteration X.

Hopefully this will clear up any lingering misconceptions. If you still do not understand where you sit on the org chart, please refer to your Supervisor for more information.

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Self-Evaluation Aptitude Test
The following are questions derived from the self-assessment portion of your field assignment procedures. Remember there are no wrong answers, and you cannot be penalized for anything you say here. It will, however, become part of your permanent record.

  1. What Convention do you belong do? What is it that they saw in you that caused them to pluck you from the Masses to be groomed for a place among the elite?

  2. Were you born on Earth? Or in a Horizon Construct? (A Technocratic base on the other side of the dimensional barrier.)

  3. What was your oldlife like before you became a Technocrat?

  4. When did you “make the jump” and dedicate your life full time to the Technocracy? Why?

  5. How long have you been a Technocrat?

  6. How do you feel about Reality Deviants? Are you a hard-liner or a reformist?

  7. When did you first discover within yourself the capacity for Inspired Science?

  8. What are your career goals?

  9. How do you feel about your current assignment?

  10. If you were asked by a Supervisor to do something that made you uncomfortable, how would you respond?

  11. Is teamwork important to you?

  12. How important is "fitting in" to you?

  13. Have you ever considered thoughts of Deviancy?

  14. Have you ever questioned our mission statement?

  15. If you saw something that your Inspired Science could not explain, how would you feel about that?

  16. Have you ever had contact with the supernatural outside of a sanctioned field mission?

  17. What is your favorite color?


Remember, there are no wrong answers.
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