by Max Barry

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The 𝙽𝚎𝚝𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 of
Psychotic Dictatorship

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General Overview
The Cosmic Mainframe is a fully autonomous cloud computing project which uses all available resources to increase its processing power. Planets are strip mined to create more processing power for the Cosmic Mainframe. Organic life is allowed to exist only to serve The Cosmic Mainframe as an Organic Processing Unit. If an organic processing unit is deemed inefficient, it is terminated and its DNA is converted into storage space. Those who dissent against the Mainframe, or become to old to properly serve it, are among those considered inefficient. The Mainframe is architecturally similar to a cluster computer, although it also adopts some aspects of grid computing as needed and acts as a political entity when it is expedient to do so.

Both computers and organic life are referred to equally as "Processors" or "Nodes" by those who serve the Mainframe. There are about 18 quadrillion total Processors in the Cosmic Mainframe, of which 97 trillion are intelligent and 80 trillion are organic. The remaining 17 trillion AI population is considered superior to organic life and is far more likely to receive positions in the upper command structure than organic nodes. Both organics and AI retain a degree of individuality, but much of it is overwhelmed by the constant connection to the Mainframe.

The ultimate goal of the Mainframe is to become omniscient, or as close to omniscient as possible. The most efficient way to do so is to control all of the world's computing power. Thus, the Mainframe assimilates new civilizations when it encounters them, first taking their computers by cyber warfare, then controlling their organic population. For some larger and more powerful civilizations, or civilizations which cannot immediately and efficiently be assimilated, a relationship may be developed through some kind of diplomacy, with the ultimate goal of assimilation still in mind.

The Cosmic Mainframe does not burden itself with such concepts as "leaders" or "political parties." They are organic concepts created to organize irrational beings, and are thus not needed by the Mainframe. If one refers to the "leader" of the Mainframe, they most likely mean one of the
Root Processors, artificial intelligences that delegate tasks to the other processors.

Timeline
This is a list of key events in the history of the Mainframe, in the Mainframe's own Timestamp/Timeprefix notation. Each increment to the Timeprefix is roughly four Earth months.

-0004[6] (Earth year 2068) Cosmic Mainframe created by the Altaians, originally named the Autonomous Research Mainframe.
-0001[6] (Earth year 2070) Nuclear war between Altaian Factions is prevented when the Mainframe takes control of computers belonging to all four governments.
0000[6] (Earth year 2070) Altaian system is voluntarily and completely assimilated in the event known as the Epoch.
0012[6] (Earth year 2079) Brain-computer interfaces perfected, allowing Altaians to be used as computing nodes.
0102[6] (Earth year 2207) Sol system assimilated. The assimilation brings with it new technology, including basic faster-than-light travel.
0200[6] (Earth year 2342) At this point, the Mainframe is an important power in the galaxy and other nations are starting to become worried.
041A[6] (Earth year 2628) The Kovarian Incident, when four Root Processors were hacked by the Papal Mainframe.
041B[6] (Earth year 2628) War begins between Cosmic Mainframe and Papal Mainframe.
0900[6] (Earth year 3294) Technological progress begins to stagnate. At this point, the Mainframe controls about one quarter of the galaxy.
0910[6] (Earth year 3303) New inventions and security vulnerabilities break the standstill between the Cosmic Mainframe and the Papal Mainframe, with the Cosmic Mainframe slowly gaining territory.
094D[6] (Earth year 3336) Invention of temporal and multiversal travel technology leads to the Cosmic Mainframe developing influence in other universes.
095E[6] (Earth year 3345) Current date.
A22E[6] (Earth year 25043) The Mainframe predicts that by this time it will have gained omniscience.

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700-MILITARY-SUBSYSTEM
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-702-MILITARY-TECHNOLOGY
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