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wonko
Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:22 am Reply with quote
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In the years leading up to The Apoclaypse, the Republican Government decided that advanced research was not only feasible, it could be justified as a means of preserving the human genome.

In an uncharacteristically unified major national initiative, [A]dvanced [R]esearch [C]ommunities [ARCs] were established in each capital city with the express charter of exploring and improving on human design through the use of radical surgery, chemical research, advanced technology and behaviour modification.

The morally outraged minority were vindicated when the C-ARC [Canberra's Flagship Community] mysteriously exploded. Even more mysterious was the 100% casualty rate and the subsequent sealing of the site under 4 metres of reinforced concrete. Rumours of rampant mutation and out of control disease are now part of folklore but persist to this day.

Subsequent Republican Governments have both praised and condemned the ambitions ARC projects, but willingly embrace the Adelaide-ARC's cure for the Influenza Virus, the Perth-ARC's cure for baldness and the Hobart-ARC's cure for congenital stupidity.

Little is known of the Brisbane ARC (b-ARC) and its operations. In the early 2010s, the Trustees of a disbanding private school were approached and a purchase agreement for a building complex previously known as "Waterford Place" was drawn up. The building was completely re-fitted, the top floor renovated and re-modelled in what was rumoured to be a multi-multi- million dollar job, bristling with the latest technology. The building was designed to be a hermetically sealed, self-sufficient community, strong reinforced walls and airlocks were constructed to effect this isolation from the outside world.

"Building a Better Human - what value nurture when you control nature?" was the project credo. Due to special changes in legislation, the B-ARC was reportedly granted unrestricted authority to conduct research and experimentation on consenting humans.

The community of scientists, engineers, educators, medical personnel and an undisclosed number of promising young scholars were selected to enter the facility more than fifty years ago. There was much speculation that the project would fail, that unethical research was going on inside, that the facility was a health hazard and that the isolation from "normal" society was not healthy nor was it normal to want to be encapsulated as they were. The speculation was fired by a media blackout on the B-ARC and its activities, later fuelled by the Governments staunch denial that they knew or had any control over what was going on inside.

This speculation faded to folklore post-apocalypse as surrounding population concentrated on staying alive themselves but the B-ARC remained intact, full of activity and seemingly impenetrable. Folklore began to emerge of atomic mutation, man-machine experimentation and genetic modification but these rumours were based on occasional and possibly apocryphal accounts of encounters with dead, dying or dangerous creatures in the immediate vicinity of the facility.

Open NOW in TMUX, Stage 1 of the b-ARC facility. Your chance to witness
first hand the results of classified research into the human condition.

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wonko
Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:21 pm Reply with quote
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...so I had this idea that playing with the concept of a "high tech" self-contained research centre would be interesting. In that vein i envisaged an experimental research facility born from my nightares, but am not sure how it made it through the textiverse translation.

I figure you grow your subjects (well, in truth clone them from a degenerative stock), surgically modify them to suit their chosen profession (being merely human is never good enough) and then what would be the next step?

Education, in it's worst forms, is reduced to conditioning - stimulus and response. That idea interested me, what if you applied that on a community scale, what measures would you need to put in place to ensure that newly created citizens embrace the environment you offer them, not question alternatives and accept their place in the hierarchy that is real life.

The "conditioning" centre is less about education and more about bludgeoning community values into new citizens, and then there is the overt blogging, news archive editing and unexplained disappearances of dissidents. Certainly the conditioning centre holds many sub-plots and it will be interesting to see if any player picks them up.

What of the habitation and aboretum floor ... we shall have to see.

I would like to say the TMUX future is pretty, but that would not be representing it in a balanced way....


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Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:25 pm Reply with quote
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..ah, technology. Touted as high-tech, but what can that mean?

Little is actually known about the classified technology that has been poured into Brisbane's bARC project save a few media snippets presented below.

RECYCLING MONTHLY eZINE:

INSIDE THE BARC - TAKING MATTER RECYCLING TO EXTREMES?
Our reporter Eugene Ernst is just back from a whirlwind tour of the
developing bARC site in Brisbane's Spring Hill and reports that new
technologies developed specially for the bARC project are unlikely to
make it in the mainstream.

"The bARC is a closed system, there are no net imports of exhausts of
materials of any kind", Eugene said. "They have an advanced matter
reclamation System that re-distributes RECYC water, Solids are
reclaimed in the digestors and the atmosphere is synthetically and
organically scrubbed".
It is believed that most of this system is automatic, there was no
information on single point of weakness, with officials saying it is
fault-proof. "Nothing can go wrong with these systems because they are
designed with multiple backups" said project designer Antonia Maskersley.

LANCET MEDICAL JOURNAL:

MEDICAL RESEARCH OUT OF CONTROL.
Shock and disbelief rocked the latest international symposium of
medical practitioners in Helsinki at the news that human
parthenogenesis is being explored within the guise of genetic research
in the bARC project in Brisbane, Australia. International condemnation
has been levelled at the project labelleing it "Complete Disrespect for
the Human Species".

No comment was available from the Australian Republican Government,
but they agreed to launch an independent inquiry just as soon as they
are able to re-established contact with the bARC's central management.

APC MAGAZINE:

LOOK OUT TREKKERS, THE PADD IS HERE.
High-tech handhelds are to be the norm in the developing bARC project
in Brisbane, Australia. Wireless, light, portable, re-chargable,
general purpose data manipulation systems have been the dream of many a
computer user but they will be a reality for the bARC personnel.
The PADD - Personal Access Digital Display devices are light, funky,
fast and come in an array of colours, are safe for children and have
sizes to suit all tasks.

"Our brief was for a totally paper-less environment" a spokesman for
the technology innovation and development team said. "Our PADD
technology offers unprecedented access to all network and task
management software, is keyed to a users IDENT and is classified" he
went on to say.

There is no information on when this technology may be available to the
general market but commentators doubt we will see this until the last
quarter of next year.

JOURNAL FOR CONTEMPORARY ROBOTS:

RADICAL CYBERNETIC AUGMENTATION - CAN IT ALL BE BAD?
Unconfirmed reports suggest classified research at the bARC facility in
Brisbane, Australia may have breached the man-machine boundary that has
been the plague of the modern age.

Enhanced ocular, ural and perambulatory systems along with inter-tissue
communication and monitoring systems have received bad press before but
little is being said of the rumours that these augmentations are common
place in the newly opened bARC.
Civil Libertarians and rabid Pro-Lifers were outraged at rumours that
healthy individuals were being mutilated in what has been described as
"evil and inhumane surgical desicration."

REPORT TO THE REPUBLICAN SELECT COMMITTEE ON B-ARC CONSTRUCTION:

SECTION 12.17[b]
...XXXXX nuclear reactor is designed to XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXX
all power needs in the XXXXXXX there will be no waste dumping as
reactor waste wil be XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXX XX XXX XXXXXX
community...

...Local legislation relaxes Republican decree and overrides locales
Nuclear Free status, XXXXXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXX XX will not be
publically advertised...

SECTION 34.8[f]
...XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX dangerous XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX X XXXXXXXX XXXX XX XXXXXXXXX XXXXX cloning XXXXXXX XX XXXXXXX XXX
subject to availability...

We apologise, this report was heavily censored.

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Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:02 pm Reply with quote
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The conditioning centre opens to players, adding a level of hybrid educational mumbo jumbo wrapped up in psychological experimantation.

Enjoy, it has been a long time in coming. Be respectful of what you discover, try to make sense of what has been placed there, it tells a story if you are listening to the words.

bARC3 has also been started.

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