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(No news posted in this factbook anymore, SNN's news machine broke)
We are a group of social media united under our government to show, how SC slowly devolves into insanity, which have an almost absolute monopoly on news in newspapers, TV, radio, and internet. In past, we were a mouthpiece of false facts. However, now those times are in past - even if we are under government control, we report the truth, no matter how bad it hurts, do we? (Obviously not) You can subscribe to our news for a reasonable fee, and they will always come in your mail, even if you live in far-away place such as Rockies, or Arabia! Our news are broadcasted in all radio waves, and you don't even need a modern equipment to catch them - turn your old 50s radio in, and listen! However, newer technology provides more opportunities, and privileges as well.
Although we are an one group, we have branches in all of the regions, even including Antarctica! Be ready to pay more for news there, though They report news specifically from those places, so reporters could focus more on their region issues. In the end, a special group of editors gather the news together, and decide, which are important enough to be put in the international SNN Net, but which - only in regional media. (Yes, we still don't have 24h broadcasts, and TV signoffs play the regional anthems.
SNN Canada: A branch of SNN, which operates within Canada, and provides news from there. Generally an unreliable source, however, there have been corruption accusations in the past of its integrity.
SNN UMA: Main branch of the SNN, which not only reports happenings in the Megastates, but also gathers together information from the rest of the regions. SNN's international HQ is located in Neo Wasington, while reserve HQ - in Chicago.
SNN Europe: One of the biggest SNN branches, with over millions of subscribers to both newspapers, radio, and in internet. Operates in the 11 Federation's regions, and covers various kinds of topics - from sports and cooking tips, to government announcements, and regional political developments. Has a big control on information flow, and sometimes covers the news of other regions as well.
SNN India: This branch is also largely a regional one, despite the overall large coverage - from Afghanistan, to Burma. Sometimes it gives advice of natural herbs, and how to avoid hazards. It also sometimes airs documentaries about nature. However, regional issues are a large part of the coverage as well, due of regional diversity, and often local conflicts.
SNN Ring of Fire: Unlike other some of the other new SNN branches, this one didn't start off from zero, and was created in a similar way to the former RNGOC newspaper - by getting old reporter veterans together. It typically writes about the matters of Ring of Fire, and Pacific Ocean.
SNN Middle East: Similarly to SNN Turkestan, mostly focuses on coverage of the news in Middle East, with exceptions, if the issue affects Middle East as well. It is also similarly new, and unprepared. However, despite overall Jareer's secularism, a lot of the SNN's branch guests are very religious themselves, so it could potentially swing the populace towards higher religiousness. It also reports about renewable energies, and ideas of possible other replacements of the oil.
SNN Australasia: A large network, similar to SNN Europe, and SNN UMA, and also does international coverage, not only Australasia's matters. However, recently it has entered a pretty large budget deficit, as rapid expansion has caused a pressure on news outlet as well, as suddenly there is just so much to write about, as Australasia encompasses all of the Southeast Asia, Oceania, Australia, and even Southern China. Also, it is fairly politically biased.
SNN Central America: Although it is also one of the first SNN's branches, and has experienced journalists, it has faced problems in recent years - corruption kick backs, cut of funds, and government's increasing demands. Risk of cartel resurgence has also increased threat level. Still, this SNN branch tries to provide the best news of various topics.
SNN South America: Unlike some of the other news branches, SNN South America actually tries to prioritize publishing apolitical news, and more often news about weather, charity programs, or sports results can be found, than politician opinions. However, even it can't avoid mentioning politics once in a while. Still, it is an experienced network, with large funding.
SNN Africa: Although it is supposed to cover all of the Africa's news, it mostly for now covers only the news of Southern part of Africa, as infrastructure is in a bit better shape there, due of not being a part of the disputed zone. Still, it has news departments in all Africa's administrative regions, and it is working towards improving its new network.
SNN Turkestan: Unlike large branches like SNN Europe, which have been active for many years already, and have a stable ground, SNN Turkestan is a rather recent branch, which still is uncertain about its future, and lacks proper news equipment. Also, it is more of a regional reporter, as it mostly writes only about happenings in Central Asia, unless outside events affect Central Asia as well.
SNN Siberia: One of the most successful new SNN branches - it has been operating for only a few weeks, but already has got a pretty good equipment, and budget. Some of it can be explained by the efficient AI planning. In reality, SNN Siberia focuses more on finance news, than local news, actually.
SNN China: A half-successor of the old RNGOC's newspaper, which was active until RNGOC's collapse. Compromised of veteran reporters, SNN China is also somewhat pro-RNGOC biased, and mostly provides political opinions, although it writes about more everyday matters as well, like conditions in mines, for an example.
SNN Antarctica: Unlike most of the other SNN branches, SNN Antarctica is rather a radio broadcast only, as printing press hasn't been brought to Antarctica in enough amounts yet, and amount of internet is limited, slow, and mostly used for data transmission, instead of browsing it. Still, it aims its best to return some fresh news from Antarctica. So far, it has been very useful for SC's state companies, when reporting newly discovered deposits.
SNN Net: Reports the same news as newspaper and radio sources, just posts them in internet, and packages them together. SNN Net also gives an ability to leave a comment about the news. With great censorship, however.. Has the same headquarters as regional broadcasts do.
Recently, our programmers have been working on an update of our news system - from now on, some of the past news will be able to be read in archive! Archive now has been completed, and will store older news from now on - no more pruning of previous articles! Ministry of Communications apologizes for any technical problems.
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SNN UMA: ''SCPS declassifies some of the documents about inhumane experiments during the SC's 50s-80s in a meeting between the Party's members in Fort Indestructible (former White House). ''Injection of toxic chemicals, exposure to radiation, and experiments with biological weapons - those are just the tip of the iceberg. Our General-Director doesn't think, that SC's Megastates, or any other Commonwealth will ever be ready for full declassification of such documents. It is also no secret, that experimentation hasn't stopped in either of the territories of former three superstates, and we also know about genetic experiments what the RNGOC's and the poison experiments Empire's scientists did - all three superstate and disputed zone's scientists cover each other, as a lot of experiments took place in disputed zone. And unless we want to declassify something, the word is not getting out, as the amount of dirty past of our actions in general would be too much for proles.'' SCPS representative says in a speech. At the same time, special commission also reveals, that ''the amount of nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors in Megastates still has been increasing since the two superstate fall, albeit a bit slower''. It is estimated to jump up in numbers once the disputed zone and Second World gets its energy sector back together. However, SC's state companies still can actively use oil fracking in many parts of Megastates, as long as switch isn't complete.''
(see on page 2)
SNN China: ''Chinese Commonwealth orders ASF-X and J35J planes to modernize the airforce, which is mostly leftovers from RNGOC's era, like Shenyang J-5 and FC-1 Xiaolong. CFA-44 and YF-22 Lightning are also in state aircraft company schedule. Meanwhile, a scandal between the Commonwealth's elite classes arises about the remarks of an ambassador from Lone Star Megastate during his trip to Qinghai Clique - although he liked the museum of Ma Clique in Golmud, and found local food ''tasty'', his words in a conversation during a trip to Qinghai lake outraged a lot of SC's people. ''People of Western Hemisphere, British Isles, Southern Africa, and Oceania are the chosen peoples. Second World are laborers and backbone, while former Disputed zone - the same, but lower. People like Eurasians and Africans were simply on the wrong side of history - they fought against us during the Disputed Zone War'' - a fragment of speech recorded by the local Party's branch hidden microphones. ''This is a spit in face to all victims of FAE's and Party's racist atrocities, especially the minorities - after all, they haven't stopped deportations to our regions in order to ''help us out with workforce''. Meanwhile, the pressure on them there by locals makes them feel unwelcome.'' The leader of Hausa autonomy says.''
(see on page 4)
SNN Africa: ''Grand Lodge of the SC's Ivory Coast proclaims the doctrine of its ideology - a form of fascism, which, if compared to some others, actively encourages freemasonry, and albeit has trappings from command economy practiced in Megastates, private companies like Firestone instead of being broken up are revamped as state companies instead. Also, it is a lot more hostile to socialism than Tom's doctrine, despite the need for Lodge to cooperate with Poro society, which itself is rumored to have pro-socialist members, according to SCPS intel. Support base lies mostly in the cities and between the state company leaders, despite being just as conservative, nationalistic, and traditionalist as most of other Commonwealth governors. Meanwhile, Congolese region activates the newer generation methane pumps, provided by the wealthy Western Hemisphere's Commonwealth's, to experimentally generate electricity from degassing the lakes from methane - such concept was already proposed by SC's scientists in 1960s, when Father America was still around, but back then the development of it was postponed, due of Nuclear Energy and Fossil fuels being more effective sources overall.''
(see on page 6)
SNN Siberia: ''Aykhan receives complaints about the healthcare status in SC's Siberia, mostly from the regions outside city - most of them are about the ''lack of doctors outside the Siberia's robot cities, and lack of paved roads, which hinders both the arrival of help and seeking help. However, some of the complaints are about the quality of medical supplies and shortage of medicines. ''We will make sure, that in future Siberia's medicine and hospitals will be one of the best in SC! We are robots, and we can find a solution to this issue as well!'' RBHU-3 exclaims in the meeting between various SC Siberia's health ministers and doctors. Bombogor - the Siberian Robot Minister of Health, has announced, that ''Robots will postpone buying medicines until the hospitals are renovated''. Meanwhile, tension on the Uralic Border Fortifications intensifies, as the Muscovy's border guards fire warning shots after the thermal cameras caught a group of persons near the border. It turned out to be a hunter party, accompanied by a robot guard drone. ''For now, a conflict was avoided. However, if fire had been opened, it could create an ugly precedent, and sour the already uneasy relations between the Robot Commonwealth and humanity.'' The administrator of the Uralic Bunker Border Fortifications says in an interview. Aykhan hasn't given detailed comments on the situations, merely sending a letter to human border guards by a fired arrow - ''If war would break out, those concrete boxes would end up being your coffins, and your non-energy projectiles wouldn't protect you.''.''
(see on page 8)
SNN Middle East: ''The veterans of Silver Commonwealth's Arab divisions during the Disputed Zone War complain about their living conditions after being retired from SC's army - access to hot water in the given flats isn't guaranteed, along with a stable electricity supply. The ''Pension of Disputed Zone's Recruits'' also is merely enough to cover the costs of living. Also, not everyone welcomes them with open arms - some consider the SC's Disputed Zone soldiers as collaborators. ''Who knows how many of our comrades have ended their lives already - all the pressure, stress, combined with terrible conditions, brings many of them down. And what's the other choice? Swallowing more and more pills and medicines, and spend your days at TV/radio, until you pass away?'', complains one of the veterans in an interview. Meanwhile, a leaked recording shows SC's weapon instructor being mad at the created weapons by chemists in state chemical weapon factories. The recording has gathered about half a million views in SC's internet. ''Don't make something you don't have an antidote or good enough mask against, you freaking *******!'', can be heard in the low-quality recording. (Production of chemical weapons isn't banned in SC's world, and it in particular is booming in former Disputed Zone, as they are way cheaper for the state manufacturers than nuclear weapons.)''
(see on page 10)
SNN Europe: ''SC's Don-Kuban union intercepts the message from Muscovy's number stations (Shortwave radio broadcasting formatted numbers for intelligence officers or other people) to the border guard soldiers dislocated on Caucasian Border with Middle Eastern Commonwealth. Muscovy's governmet had to explain afterwards, if the message wasn't a secret order for its dislocates soldiers to sew chaos or plot under the badge of ''European Federation's Army''. (Relations with some of Don-Kuban's neighbors are turbulent, not only because Muscovy claims to be the successor of Russian Empire (One of three superstates during Disputed Zone War) and its government, but also because of the rumors of dark past of the Red Hetman and his Veche during the Empire's Era and aftermath of the Two Superstate Collapse, when various warlord states arose) In SC's Britain, the government is planning an exhibition called ''Flashback to the 2020s'', showcasing the technology and fashion of the SC back then. Also, similarly to the recent trend, the exhibition has got material from two superstates and disputed zone too for extended collection. ''For some, they were the decade of hope, while for some it was the same despair as the previous ones. Either way, it still brought changes in various aspects, and no society on SC's Earth escaped them'', is written on the intro panel of the exhibition.''
(see on page 12)
SNN Antarctica: ''The Antarctican Commonwealth starts the construction on a new spy academy for new generation of spies - it was picked as a location because it was ''desolate enough to keep unwanted strangers away despite the colonization''. For obvious reasons, the SNN will not reveal the exact location of the base, and the students, along with professors, are required to keep it a secret too - something even family must not know. However, from that little what SNN knows, some of the professors are veterans, which have participated in missions in both former RNGOC, and Eurasia. To further reduce potential exposure, the academy is rumored to ''be able to grow its own food''. Meanwhile, in Halley Town the Antarctican Police Corps disarm a mentally ill Antarctican colonist who had stocked up ammo for his hunting rifle - it has raised questions about change of gun laws in Antarctican Commonwealth (If compared to other regions, Antarctica is more lax on gun control, citing ''self-defense'', and ''harsh environment'' as the reason. However, there are voices which demand a more tighter gun control, more in line with strict gun laws in Megastates. For now, crime is relatively low, but with the growing population, the risk is predicted to rise further).''
(see on page 14)
SNN Australasia: ''More than 70 years later, the Majapahit regional governor and soldiers bring up the matter of Bunta Massacre during the Invasion of Sulawesi (It was a campaign during the Disputed Zone's war period, where frontlines were frequently shifting), calling for Stanley's (President-Governor of Australasia) government to take action against the perpetrators from Silver Commonwealth's army, and demanding a fair trial. While Stanley's government didn't respond to the letter publicly, the Majapahit Republic's government a few weeks later found out, that the Australasian branch of Commonwealth's Central State Bank has transferred funds for ''Repairing the infrastructure in Sulawesi'', and that various construction teams had arrived in there, mostly working on the roads. While the Central Bank in an official statement declared, that the transfer of money is ''a standard procedure of the Supercomputer Tom's Marshall Plan for the World'', many government members of Majapahit region think, that it is actually Australasian Government's attempt to ''distract the attention from the details revealed by newly created Majapahit army through archeology, and writing down the stories of the survivors''.''
(see on page 16)
SNN Ring of Fire: '' ''The Commonwealth's Language Association has deemed the chances of Oroqen shamanist revival as slim to none. The last authentic shaman passed away decades ago, and while the animism still persists in some form, the traditional Chinese beliefs or the RNGOC's personality cult is still bigger in numbers. If anything, preserving their culture itself would still be a herculean task, due of the fact, that many of them perished in Disputed Zone as RNGOC's conscripts, or were repressed. And judging from the current positions of Eastern Manchuria, it doesn't seem that they would be too kind on any scale revival, as they view it as a potential threat.'' The Chairman of CLA reveals in an announcement. Some discuss, if that was an attempt to ''get the attention of SC's general public to far people in a far land''. In Nagoya, Southern Isles, Ring of Fire's Special Task Force manages to arrest pro-Emperor restorationist triads and mafia members. Operation was reported to be ''approved by republican loyalists within the clans'', albeit a lot of clan members involved have vowed revenge against ''President-Governor Misao and his government''.''
(see on page 18)
SNN Canada: ''The East plans to open the museum of ''Armies of SC's Earth during the 50s-90s'', which will include various equipment like vehicles, firearms, aircraft, and missiles used by the armies of SC's Earth. There will also be workshops for younger audiences, and proles will be able to test their aim and perhaps even survival skills under the watchful eye of instructors. Equipment provided by military enthusiasts from the former two superstates and Disputed Zone will be available in exhibition too. ''I think that this will also be a good way of how to show the past to the younger generations too, which might not have even seen a few of those things, despite the militarism of our world. Not only something to write about in school assignment, but also something to keep in mind''. One of the curators says. Some (But not all) of the equipment in the museum: Ikara anti-submarine missile, Hakim rifle, Howa Type 64, BMD-3, Cugir machine gun, korpion, Type 56 assault rifle, LRAC F1, Heckler & Koch G3, Qaem missile, RK 62, UR-77 Meterorit, Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé, Milkor BXP, Volvo L3314, Merkava tank, Type 61 tank, XSM-74, Zastava M70, Madsen LAR, ALFA M44, APS underwater rifle, PL-2, 120 mm BAT.''
(see on page 20)
SNN India: ''The branch BioTec state agrochemical and biotechnology company to plant the seeds in some of Indian Commonwealth's fields in an experimentator attempt. ''Those modified seeds can help to feed the SC's regions which currently are struggling from fragile food supply or even hunger, with another issue being the distribution of SC's world's produced food, which is still unequal - proles in western hemisphere grow fat, while disputed zone's workers struggle even for fresh water. Opposition to modified crops, similarly to anti-vaxxers, anti-transhumanism, and anti-STEM cells comes from uneducated luddite regurgitations and toxic elements within The Party.'' The State CEO of BioTec explains his stance and also attacks some of the religious both within SC's Central government, and the local Indian Commonwealth's government. SC expects to train farmers by sending agrochemical teams in the following decades. SC's state companies plan to set up additional retail, car, and technology part factories in future as well, but more in order to satisfy the local demand between elites, as the retail industry in wealthier SC's Western Hemisphere still has a lot lower income, due of meager consumerism. For now, video game industry is ignored, and most of developers are individual groups. AAA model is a far fantasy.''
(see on page 22)
SNN Central America: ''Central American Commonwealth to start taking out CAC license plates out of service - from now on, there will be only plates with either the SC's flag, or regional flags of the Central American Commonwealth. The switch is expected to be complete by 2065. Meanwhile, a survey carried out by Caribbean Federation's regional government reveals, that the amount of ads and discontent about them has increased in the SC overall, despite private economic activities actively being choked by the governments. ''It is clear, that the various government agencies either need to make additional income, or spread their word further. Still, at this point I think that anti-spam filters will become SC's necessity. It is not only North Americas, or even Megastate problem, but the problem of our state governments as a whole.'' A programmer says in one of the programmer forums of SC's internet. Complaints about advertising in post boxes have been increasing as well, while there are less talks about newspapers, or poster posts.''
(see on page 24)
SNN South America: ''SC's economists in an economic forum in SC's Brazil reject the second proposal of implementation of gold standard, and keep the ban on the stock market activity within Commonwealth, saying, that ''private speculations have no place in command economy''. Meanwhile, a member of the Party's youth criticizes the mindset of ''revisionist nostalgia''. ''We constantly sink in nostalgia, like the old world blues, thus not seeing both the future, and present. We keep mourning about decades-dead veterans, politicians, or even elders who told stories about the world decades, or even a century ago. Sure, we must uphold their legacy, but we also must be able to move forward - how else we are going to reach the stars? A lot of us have memories of early 2000s and 1990s too, and those nostalgia goggles are even bigger in former RNGOC and Eurasia, where the old generals and officials not only are venerated (With most prominent ones having a some sort of memorial in form of name plate or monument), but also are way to look in the past for those, who were born decades later. Not only that, but some of us keep longing for the return of the mythological pre-war world, which was never there''.''
(see on page 26)
SNN Turkestan: ''TIS (Turkestan Intelligence Service - a recently created branch of SCPS) purchases a few ''belly buster'' tools from SCPS agents. Those tools were used by the spies of all three superstate agencies during Disputed Zone war, in order to drill holes in rooms for planting/mounting listening devices. Those were mostly used to spy in the ''International zones'' of the few cities, which accepted foreign diplomats, or in rooms of ''hot lines'', where the officials, or even leaders of nations could directly phone each other. Some of SC's veteran spies who used to work in missions of Russian Empire's Turkestan, have arrived to oversee the further development of the TIS. ''Funnily enough, I recognized some faces there - mere few decades ago we would be mortal enemies, but now I have to assist them'' One of the spies has remarked about his task. Meanwhile, the income and budget of individual ore mining companies set after the collapse of the Empire keeps falling downwards. ''The collapse of Russian Empire brought an end to the collectivist system, creating a small window of growth for private businesses as they returned to market economy, but right now Tom is closing that window once again, by Commonwealth's Central Bank's command economy plans and them ruthlessly pushing private companies out. We are under their umbrella, basically.'' A Kyrgyz coal miner complains.''
(see on page 28)
SC's Canada: Toronto (Ontario)
SC's America: Neo Washington (Eastern Columbia)
SC's Europe: London (British Isles)
SC's South America: Brasilia (Brazil)
SC's East Asia: Kyoto (Southern Isles)
SC's Middle East: Dubai (Magna Arabia)
SC's Australasia: Canberra (Australia)
SC's Central America: Mexico City (Valley)
SC's India: New Delhi (Delhi Region)
SC's Africa: Bloemfontein (South Africa)
SC's Central Asia: Astana (Kazakhstan)
SC's Siberia: Sector-1 (Permafrost)
SC's China: Beijing (Beijing Region)
SC's Antarctica: Halley Town (Antarctican Territories)
SC's Canada: Junaeu (Northwest), Saskatoon (Prairies), Montreal (The East), Nuuk (Greater North).
SC's America: Miami (Dixie), Chicago (Great Lakes), Boston (New England), Austin (Lone Star), Neo Vegas (Rockies), Portland (Pacifica), Helena (Trinity), Jefferson City (Midwest).
SC's Europe: Bergen (Scandinavia), Brussels (Western Europe), Berlin (Central Europe), Athens (Balkans), Rome (Mediterranean Coast), Porto (Iberia), Lodz (Eastern Commonwealth), Kiev (Ruthen-Ukrainian Union), Vilnius (Baltics), Tula (Muscovy), Shakhty (Don-Kuban).
SC's South America: Sucre (Andine Land), Caracas (Gran Colombia), Río Gallegos (Patagonia), Rosario (La Plata), Manaus (Amazonas), Paramaibo (Greater Guyana).
SC's East Asia: Sapporo (Northern Isles), Pyongyang (Korea), Vladivostok (Amur), Magadan City (Magadan), Anadyr (Kamchatka), Harbin (Eastern Manchuria).
SC's Middle East: Damascus (Levant), Baghdad (Mesopotamia), Yazd (Iran), Erbil (Kurdistan), Istanbul (Anatolia), Baku (Transcaucasia).
SC's Australasia: Wellington (New Zealand), Sorong (New Guinea), Jakart (Majapahit Republic), Shanghai (Southern China), Honolulu (Pacific Isles), Hanoi (Indochina), Manila (Tondo Republic).
SC's Central America: Ensenada (Greater Baja), San Jose (Lower Central America), Havana (Caribbean Isles), Monterrey (Chihuahua).
SC's India: Islamabad (Indus Land), Kathmandu (Himalaya), Jaipur (Greater Rajasthan), Colombo (Dravidia), Dhaka (Greater Bengal), Kabul (Afghanistan), Lhasa (Tibet).
SC's Africa: Lubumbashi (Congo), Algiers (Maghreb), Cairo (Egypt-Sudan), Mogadishu (Horn of Africa), Lagos (Chad), Bamako (Ivory Coast).
SC's Central Asia: Kashgar (East Turkestan), Nukus (Khiva), Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Dushanbe (Kokand).
SC's Siberia: Salekhard (Taiga), Irkutsk (Buryatia), Tomsk (Ural Crossing).
SC's China: Golmud (Qinghai), Xian (Shanxi), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Hulunbuir (Western Manchuria).
SC's Antarctica: Vostok, South Pole Station (Antarctican Territories)
Recently our government, and we have been introduced to this thing, called as ''Policies'' - they are a small list of current policies active there in SC. We admit, that they didn't list all of the policies enacted by laws there, but only the most important ones, like economic model, gun laws, civil rights, etc. Keep in mind, that sometimes data there can contradict some other sources, which are deemed as non-canon. Anyways, it was quite fun to sort!
Autocracy - Elections we hold are in no way democratic, as those happen only between Party itself, a.k.a only the Party's members have the vote. In regional elections, regional leaders are elected only by the local branch, but in Commonwealth's main region's - all branches from Commonwealth state participate. In SC's presidential elections, all region representatives vote. Citizens have little, to no say in those elections.
Theocracy - SC is a world government, so it encompasses multiple religions. Enforcing one religion in world would not only be impossible, but would also cause religious conflict, so an agreement was made - main religion will be a local thing. For example, in one region, main religion is Christianity, in another one - Buddhism, in other one - Neo Paganism, etc. However, in practically all of those regions, religion is enforced in a theocratic way.
Feudalism - Although SC doesn't have lords, or serfs (At least on paper), in some ways, its system could resemble feudalism, with all the devolution of power to local lords, titles, etc. Some have described it as ''neo-feudalism'', although the definition is often criticized, as SC lacks quite a few aspects of feudalism, and the faction, which supports feudalism, is an extremely fringe group in the Party.
Devolution - Central government controls directly only a relatively small part of the world, and rest of the job is usually delegated to local rulers. A lot of those rulers are nationalists, and often care more about their region's interests, than the Commonwealth as a whole, so a figure like Tom is needed, to keep it all together. Each region also has its own army, police force, and even laws. Due of SC being a fascistic world government, such a weird system was created.
State Press - SC tries hard to keep the monopoly of the news broadcasting for SNN - it is the only allowed news network in SC, and private news sites are banned. However, enforcing such a system on world scale would take enormous resources, so it has various local branches, which distribute news locally, and are affiliated with regional governments. SNN also has a radio broadcast, and internet site in SC.
No Dissent - I mean, what else could be expected from SC? We take protests, and dissent very seriously, and any protests are illegal, asides from state managed unions, and only with contract before that. Dissent can be punished with working in one of our camps in either Northern Canada, or Saharan desert.
Native Representation - Applied to a certain extent in SC - in the various autonomies within regions, only the native-born ethnic Party's members can participate in the internal political process, as it is considered as ''their own matter''. However, such system doesn't work for the regions of Commonwealths, not even talking about Commonwealths themselves, or SC as a whole - in first case, regions often encompass various ethnic and cultural groups, and although party's members from other regions of a single Commonwealth can't vote in those Party's elections either, it is not a matter of just a single ethnic native group anymore. However, considering the fact, that SC encompasses the entire world, all of the planet's inhabitants could be called as ''natives'' which means, that native representation theoretically is around in SC. Still, in practice, the term is used for regional politics.
Pledge of Allegiance - It is obligatory to recite the anthem of SC as a whole in every school, along with the regional anthem. Thing is, that regional anthems are multiple, but common anthem - only one. Pledge of Allegiance itself also is in the list to be recited in schools, workplace, parks, homes, etc...
Permanent Marriage - In some cases, divorce is ''legal'', but in practice, legal process is so hard, that it is almost impossible to divorce. In some regions, divorce is outright banned. So, people are usually advised to choose wisely before marriage. Although, in some cases, partner is picked by the family members, and then little can be done.
Heterosexuality - Same sex relationships are not recognized by most of SC's churches, and SC is not exactly a paragon of LGBTQ+ rights, due of its reactionary social tendencies. In fact, in a lot of regions, those are not only not recognized, but straight up illegal. Some reformist wing member have spoken against the discrimination, arguing, that those laws ''alienate a lot of SC's potential support basis'', but most of other politicians don't see those laws changing soon.
No Adultery - Marriage is hold as sacred in SC, and it is typically viewed as ''morally repugnant'' to break the marriage contract with other people. Punishment can either be shunning out of the community, or even fines, or arrest. Various governors have different opinions in this matter, but almost all of them are opposed to it. Still, SCPS agents have received data, that adultery rates ''have actually risen'' in SC.
No Abortion - In most of SC's regions, abortion is banned by regional governors, mostly on religious grounds, and due of social conservatism. Even in those regions, where it theoretically isn't banned, legal process of it is just as complex as for divorce, due of SC's bureaucracy. That said, some of SC's sociologists keep advocating of a some form of birth control, due of the ''population boom'' in SC's world - steady rise of population, and concerns of not being able to feed all of SC's population due of stretched resources.
No Contraception - It, similarly to abortion, has been banned in large parts of SC, and has been a controversial topic of debate in SC for a long time. Some SC's politicians support it as a means to regulate the population growth in future, due of the increasing pressure of a growing populace on Earth's resources. However, most of the religious SC's politicians and Party's members remain against it, seeing the ban as ''ensuring the survival of nations, especially the smaller ones''. Although the progress in terms of rights of women has been slower than a snail speed, and sometimes has even been regressed back, change is still happening, and while reversal of the law is not to be seen in near future, it is likely, that something like that could happen in a further future, at least in more ''progressive'' SC's regions, as some SC's regions are likely to remain as holdouts of the ban.
Euthanasia - Euthanasia is not banned in SC, although the process and rules can be pretty complicated - for example, euthanasia is often allowed only then, if there is absolutely no cure for the disease, or there is no possibility of recovery. So, you can't just choose to end your life, as government officials, or medics will still decide, if to approve, or deny the request. In fact, sometimes euthanasia has been forcefully used by various SC's governors, while in other cases, requests of euthanasia from people like criminals, and important officials have been rejected.
Compulsory Organ Harvesting - In SC's hospitals, there are regular shortages of vital organs, and there is a lack of voluntarily donors. So, in order to get more organs, SC's Ministry of Health has authorized the usage of dead person's organs after their death. Relatively fresh ones are valued the most, and shady traders can earn much money this way. However, there have been protests about this matter, and in countries with poorer medicine, there is lesser supply of organs in general anyway.
AI Personhood - In some SC's regions, AIs are recognized as citizens. For example, Supercomputer Tom, who is the leader of SC itself, has citizenship, and all advanced AIs within central government's territory are granted citizenship. However, there are also a a lot of states, where AIs aren't recognized as citizens - either due of staunch opposition of it, or because they have more pressing matters to handle, as robots are mostly concentrated in wealthy regions, although they have been sent to former disputed zone recently, to assist rebuilding effort.
Parental Licensing - Due of the increasing reports of ''bad parenting'', and rising amount of orphans, SC attempted to implement the parental licensing program - so only those parents, who would be ''qualified enough'' in SC's eyes, could raise children. Children from bad families are usually taken by army, or other state's agents, in order to be raised for the State's job. Still, due of SC's wast size, this program is hard to implement on a world scale.
Prudism - Dressing code is strictly conservative, for both men, and women. Clothing usually resembles a some sort of retro 50s feel, with mix of atompunk, and cyberpunk. However, as 50s were different in various countries, styles differ there as well. One of the few exceptions are national costumes - those usually are very colorful, and a lot of effort is put into them.
No Smoking - Smoking, similarly to alcohol, is condemned by religious authorities, and SC's doctors also actively oppose it, due of it increasing the risk of cancer, and possibly reducing the productivity of workers. So, usage of tobacco, and other smoking substances is either forbidden, or strictly regulated in most of SC's regions. Still, illegal cigars, and tobacco is around, so SC has tried to get monopoly on legal tobacco instead, and other cigarettes.
Law & Order
Capital Punishment - SC uses capital punishment widely, and it has been a popular method in former two superstates as well. There have been many calls for abolition of the capital punishment, but it has always been vetoed by SC's government. Capital punishment is legal in all of SC's regions. Most common methods are hanging, and firing squad, although eutanasia has become popular as of recently as well, particularly in more developed SC's regions.
Corporal Punishment - Corporal punishment, just like capital punishment, is pretty common in SC. Almost every region has a some special/unique way of corporal punishment, and sometimes it can get very messy. Also, similarly to capital punishment issue, SC's government has vetoed Party's vote on ban of corporal punishment. Army considers it a ''good way of how to get information''.
Conscription - SC's recruitment laws could be described as ''service by requirement'' - at war time, it can mobilize massive amounts of soldiers, but in peace time, it usually doesn't conscript as much people, although conscription is always in place in one way or another. However, due of SC's command structure, conscripted armies can be pretty hard to gather together, and complex military operations are a headache. SC has 35 million soldiers currently, but it is estimated to be able to mobilize even more.
Human Sacrifice - Some regions within SC have started the practice of human sacrifice once again. Such practice is particularly in common for regions, where local governors endorse neo-paganism, or even a some form of satanism. Reason for the return of ritual human sacrifices is related to various mythological beings returning, along with magic, thanks to SC's evil actions. And a lot of those beings require sacrifices to appease them. However, the amount of human sacrifices is still low - animals are still sacrificed more often, and Tom has said, that ''Christians will still not sacrifice any humans!''. That said, some argue, that SC's actions, and victims of excessive brutality is a sacrifice in some way, to appease the Wendigo.
No Judiciary - Again, one of those things, which are on paper. Although it doesn't have an official judiciary system anymore, various local courts (Like Xeer in Somalia) usually take the role of punishing criminals. Also, there are army courts for war crimes, and for some serious criminals as well. It could be said, that there are still courts in SC, but there is no official system of justice, and government usually is the judge - there are no independent courts, or judges in SC.
Gun Control - Gun laws are very strict for civilians in SC. Most often you can't own a stronger firearm than a pistol, and most of government thinks, that ''strong weapons are suited only for army, police, and other government agencies''. That said, some regions are more lax on gun laws, and even arm their populace in case of partisan warfare. State militias can also bear stronger weapons.
Curfew - In most of SC's states, there is a national curfew in place, which usually lasts from 22:00, to 5:00, and during this time, anyone, who hasn't got
a permit, or isn't a member of State's structures (A soldier, cop, doctor, etc.), isn't allowed to be on streets. Curfew times can differ through regions, and curfew for minors can last longer: from 6:00, to 21:00, for an example. Breaking the curfew can usually be punished by a fine.
No Prison - SC doesn't have any prisons, at least not on paper, and punishments mostly are supposed to be either a death sentence, forced labor, probation, or fine. In reality, however, a lot of the SCPS's labor camps could be called as ''prisons'', as dissenters, and serious criminals usually work there. Even without them, there are other alternatives to prisons in SC, especially for guilds, tribals, army, and State's companies. So, in reality, prison system is simply more refined in SC.
State Surveillance - Cameras, microphones, and other surveillance tools are widely used in SC, and can be found in even most unexpected places. SC has got its own version of internet, and it is heavily overseen by the government, as it also participated in its development. Even TVs, and radios have surveillance tools implemented. The eye of State, and its local governments is almost impossible to avoid, asides from the most remote regions.
DNA Harvesting - DNA technologies are nothing new in SC's world, but only recently they have become more advanced. In more developed SC's regions, giving a DNA sample is obligatory. In order to easily identify people, DNA sample needs to be ''clean'', or it will not be accepted by the scientists. In poorer regions, DNA technologies are more outdated, and less precise.
ID Chips - SC has started a program of ID chips, which are supposed to help police, and the State alongside with surveillance programs, and DNA harvesting. Mass implementation of ID chips is pretty expensive, however, so those chips for now are issued only in the wealthiest SC's states, like Canada, British Isles, Australia, etc. In poorer regions, other alternatives are put in place.
Socialism - SC's system in most of regions is a state planned economy, with little, or any private business, and there are large state companies, which hold monopolies on entire markets. However, government permits the existence of so called ''micro-businesses'', which are usually family-ran businesses, especially in the countryside, which can provide things in case, when big companies can't. That said, those businesses can't grow ''too big'' - if state feels, that the monopoly of its companies is being threatened, it can lock down the business. That said, more socialistic, and more corporatist models exist across SC.
AI Planning - Supercomputer Tom also plans economy - this ability was designed by programmers, in order to ''avoid mismanagement by humans''. However, he can't plan economy all the time, so he has smaller supercomputer to help with this task. Some also question, if it is ''truly possible'' to manage economy for entire 100%, and that even supercomputer might find it a hard task eventually. Also, there are many regional economies, which Tom can't plan, so he employs locals to plan it. On local level, mismanagement is even higher.
Universal Health Care - SC pursues (or at least tries to) an universal healthcare model, mostly in order to improve lifespan, and productivity of workers, because as one of the main reformists has said, ''healthy people are productive people''. That said, SC's medicine model is infamous for its inefficiency, and in newer states, healthcare system has been ruined by the constant warfare, so traditional medicine, and local doctors are popular as well. Even in former two superstates, which retrained some form of system, it has been pretty much outdated to SC's standards.
No Drugs - SC enforces a national ban of drugs, as they, similarly to alcohol, and gambling, are condemned by religious authorities. However, its attempt on ''War of the drugs'' have been proved to be unsuccessful, as cartels still thrive, and clash with the government. So, SC in regions tries a new tactic instead - by seizing more from the drug market, and enforcing a monopoly similar to that one of companies, by selling them in legal market. Army also manufactures some of drugs, in order to stimulate soldier abilities. Of course, this is not without consequences.
Maternity Leave - Maternity leave got introduced only relatively recently - in 2040s, and there are still a lot of loopholes in SC's laws on this matter. Also, it only fully functions in some parts of SC's First World - in Second and Third worlds, maternity leave is introduced partially, or not enough, as while following SC's central government's law is recommended, maternity leave is not a requirement for being a member of the Commonwealth, as some regions simply can't afford it. Some of SC's state CEOs have also complained about the maternity leave, preferring to reverse the law instead.
Child Labor - Although child labor has generally been phased out in SC's First World, and children main goal now is to go to school, child labor is still sometimes used in work in either farms, or factories, when helping parents. During summers, some parents consider it to be a ''valuable work experience'', and ''a way to not let children to become lazy''. In SC's Third and Second Worlds, child labor still remains important, despite Tom's plan to ''eventually send more children to school there as well''. Right now, most of SC's governors there practice such system - children with good marks and results continue going to school, and later on - state university, while those with bad marks are usually sent to various manual or mental works, usually becoming the ''ugly backbone'' of SC in future, a.k.a Proles. Sometimes children are given jobs by their parents, or by religious authorities.
Slavery - It has various forms in SC, actually - one is practiced in prisons (Both normal, and SCPS prisons), where dissenters, and criminals are usually forced to work hard to earn a bit money. Second one is typically described as ''workplace slavery'' by government critics, and is aimed at conditions in SC's factories, which sometimes can get really terrible. Third one is ''classic'' one - after chaos in disputed zone, a lot of slave traders have benefited from it, and SC usually doesn't bat an eye, as long as they work for the state.
Wage Control - Although not always possible due of decentralization, and SC's vast size (Which means, that wages can differ across regions, as governors don't need to follow a single standard there), SC's government has attempted to enforce a some sort of minimal wage, along with labor regulations.
Prohibition - in most of the SC, usage of alcohol is either heavily regulated, or outright prohibited, either on religious, moral, or health grounds. A lot of Megastates have reinstated prohibition after reports of soldier consumption of alcohol in foreign lands, and overall vulgarity. That said, not all regions have the same alcohol laws, and some governors are more lax on them.
Autarky - Theoretically an autarky, as it has no other countries to trade with, and has enormous resources to produce whatever it needs for itself. However, trade between regions is fairly common - as rulers there have a pretty large autonomy, they also engage in regional trade contracts, as one region often has a resource, which other hasn't got. So, on such a scale, SC is not an autarky.
No Gambling - Gambling has been condemned by various religious leaders of SC, and it is illegal to open a private gambling business. That said, if state itself can earn some money, it puts most of religious dogma aside - there are quite a few gambling sites, which are owned by the state. Still, they are pretty rare in SC, and aren't on every corner of the street.
Nuclear Power - While fossil fuels still make up for a lot of SC's energy, in recent years, Tom has tried to switch to nuclear power instead, by building lots of nuclear power plants recently, as he considers nuclear fission as ''one of the most effective sources of energy''. There are other major green energies being researched, particularly solar, and hydro power.
Space Program - To be honest, our space program is still at the very early stages, due of our most resources being pinned down for rebuilding the world, and keeping order. So far, we have sent only probes in the space, although we do have plans to send a mission to Moon someday. Mars is still a far dream, though. (In space AU, we eventually get around colonization of the Solar System, but no further)
Metricism - While staunchly opposed by the Megastates, and despite the fact, that they were the founders of SC as a whole, rest of the regions voted in favor of metric system, and imperial system is currently being replaced in United Megastates, alongside with Liberia, and Myanmar. Some leaders found it a ''cheaper alternative'' to implementation of imperial system on a world scale.
Weapons of Mass Destruction - We claim the right to use WMDs whenever we please - in our world, there are no Geneva conventions anymore, which means, that any method is not out of question for our forces. Only thing, which limits us, are either army general personal morals, or lack of imagination. Our arsenal is pretty rich - from nukes, to chemicals, to bioweapons, to even prototypes of orbital strikes.
Climate Treaty - In 2030s, when it became clear, that Earth was warming, due of inefficient usage of natural resources, and constant warfare, which left scars on earth, new statutes of preserving climate were drafted, in order to prevent accelerating temperature rise. That said, due of SC's system, it is almost impossible to enforce a common standard in all regions, so variations of the statutes exist.
No Immigration - We don't have an ''immigration'' from other countries, as in our world, there are no other independent countries. That said, we still are strict on movement between regional borders, as we are basically a worldwide confederation, and in various zones, local rulers rule practically independently, even if they pledge allegiance to the central government.
No Emigration - Similarly with immigration, there are no other independent countries to emigrate, as we are a world government. However, we still prevent settlement, or emigration of members of one group to another region, because we want to avoid ''mixing''. Most people outside their home region are either temporary workers, soldiers, or high-ranked personnel.
''Major Windigo'' is the leader of UDU - a partisan group with a mixed contingent of various supporters of democracy in SC's Canada and Megastates, which aims to bring down the Tom's rule, and hopes for such an act to ''shake the rest of the world like a domino''. Major Windigo took the charge of the organization after the previous UDU's leader - White Fox, was killed in a skirmish between UDU's troopers, and SCPS military agents. A bounty has been declared over Windigo's head, and most of SC's officials consider him a ''dangerous terrorist''. Accusations against him include, but are not limited to: destroying sections of railways with IEDs, arson, butchering SC's police officers and soldiers during night time raids, acts of treason, manufacturing of weapons without permit from government, etc.
Windigo's first half of life is still clouded in mystery, due of lack of insight in societal structure of UDU's resistance cells (By this point, UDU has been around for decades, and has became almost like a second, underground form of society with its own curriculum, military, police officers in form of troopers, and also with care for demographics, as while UDU still recruits outsiders, it also raises children to take the mantle from their parents and grandparents). In fact, even his real name is not known, but only the code name, due of the strict security requirements within UDU both for grunts, and higher officers. SCPS has tried to find out his real name by capturing, and torturing various UDU's archivists, which have a list of the names of fighters for each UDU's district, but so far - without much success. (A single archivist doesn't know all the names, and one of the reason for keeping name lists is to prevent interbreeding between UDU's fighters, as lots of them are women. In fact, the UDU's egalitarianism is one of its strongest aces, if compared to other SC's factions.) However, it is likely that he was raised from birth in an UDU cell, and learned at least basic tenets of politics and history.
As an UDU partisan, and climbing up the ladders of career
Before becoming the head of UDU, Windigo worked as a fighter, but later on - as an infiltrator. While a lot of his work involved spying, he was tasked with assassination missions as well - perhaps his most famous victim was the SC's minister of defense in 2047, which he brought down by managing to smuggle in a small amount of Botulinum in his coffee. He was picked as a leader by UDU's Council of Generals, as he seemed as the best successor candidate. His success at leading a surrounded battalion out of the forest, where the SCPS agents had encircled them, and fighting their way out to safety in Rockies also played a role in his candidature. After he was chosen as the next head of UDU, Windigo revealed his plan of ''National Democracy'' - a form of democracy in his interpretation, which, according to his words, ''could prevent that, what the old world's democracy couldn't - rise of reactionaries''. Windigo has also argued, that ''Liberals, social democrats, and other supporters of freedom must remain ever vigilant, to preserve it, and must not fall into status quo moderate trap - giving freedom of speech for a totalitarian, who would want to abolish it, makes little sense, and such people shouldn't be given even an inch. Also, both the government and President should have a lot more powers, and should retrain rights to intervene, if democracy would be under threat''.
He continued the work, which White Fox had laid on the table - expanding the UDU's network in SC's Canada. However, unlike the White Fox, Windigo abandoned the plan to expand the network in Central America, as he saw it as ''overstretching the limited UDU's funds, and without perspective in general'', instead leaving the underground groups there on their own. While UDU is not the only underground group in SC's Canada, it is still the dominant one, and has already established a stable chapter within Prairies, and Northwest after an agreement with the local groups there. Currently UDU is planning to infiltrate those French Canadians, which aren't loyal to the Archon Cousineau in The East (Quebec, and Eastern Canada), and reorganize them as a part of UDU's branches, as UDU's leadership thinks, that ''fractured groups will never be able to put as effective resistance as a singular one''. Windigo has also tried to attract some funding for UDU through black markets, and get potential sponsors on their side, but the primary UDU's supplying way is still scavenging, and producing supplies themselves. UDU has a small contingent of leftists like anarchists as well''.
His leadership is not without controversy, however - due of the vast amount of cells, and the land, in which UDU operates, he can't completely control (And sometimes doesn't want to) all of the UDU's fighters, and while he himself isn't the most mentally stable person, there are still people within UDU, which are more filled with vengeance and hatred against the Party, and its supporters. One example is the retaliation actions, which both SCPS, and UDU sometimes commit. In 2045, SCPS special forces not only destroyed a large cell in the Rocky mountains, but also raided the local villages, and killed those sympathetic to the fighters. As a revenge, UDU's soldiers launched a counter-attack towards the base in Rockies megastate, from which most of the SCPS agents had came from, and later on put them on the telephone poles, and leaflets on the ground with text ''Fate of the servants of darkness''. Overall, violence in SC's world is almost impossible to avoid, especially when compromise is just not possible.
Question of ethnic and other minorities is also quite a controversial topic for Windigo - from one side, Windigo's UDU provides safety for the minorities, which have enlisted in their ranks, and a significant percentage of the remaining minorities in SC's Megastates and Canada are aligned with UDU in some way (Due of the SC's repressions both before, and after the reformist period, the population of minorities has decreased sharply), and Windigo has encouraged them to fight against their oppressors. However, on the other hand, Windigo has no love for those minority individuals, who don't join UDU's ranks, (Although, to be frank, UDU deep in heart has little love for civilians, despite trying to convince them to join, and usually splits them in two categories - ''undrafted combatants'', or ''simply cowards'', often saying, that ''all are complicit, and none are safe'').
Politics and other issues
Windigo has described himself as a pro-liberal or social democrat, but unlike some others, he is also ready for radical solutions and opinions, along with violent armed struggle. While Party's Liberal Wing is also pretty radical on its own, UDU still opposes Party's rule more directly, and Windigo has decried the Liberal Wing as ''useless'', and ''spineless'', claiming, that ''UDU is the true successor of the Two Parties banned by Father America in 50s'' (Republican and Democrat parties are typically idolized by UDU in a mythical way, just like most of the Old World in general - in fact, there is even a photo in SCPS archives, where UDU's fighters can be seen holding Republican and Democrat banners in their hands, along with UDU's banners, having ''We die for freedom'' written on them, along with a pile of firearms). Also, while he has expressed support for eventually ''restoring a democratic state'', the nature of the conflict has made him take drastic decisions, and he runs UDU itself as a despot, trying to enforce strong central control as much as possible. Windigo says, that ''it is a necessary evil, if we don't want the resistance to simply disintegrate''. That said, some of the UDU's members aren't sure, of how much he is committed to democratic ideals, and Windigo establishing a hybrid regime is not out of question.
On economics, he favors mild intervention. He is also ready to work with demsocs, even if he isn't a fan of some of their positions. However, he doesn't like the horseshoe theory, saying, that ''it is just a mere dogwhistle for the remaining moderates in SC's world to feel better. In a radical world, you either become a radical yourself, in order to survive, or get eaten like a sheep among the wolves''. On matters of conservatism, he remains mostly neutral, as he too holds some opinions, which could be described as ''conservative'', although he hates the SC supporting reactionaries with passion. Either way, one thing is sure - during his life, he has been hardened a lot, and also experienced lots of emotional losses. He will not stop, until either he is dead, or his enemies are dead.
When it comes to religion, Major Windigo is pretty atheistic, and favors separation of church and state, as he views religious institutions as a part of SC's oppression machinery, and in result, ''they should not be trusted to be around government''. That said, Windigo has often quoted psalms and other religious texts in either conversations with UDU's members, or when leaving a message for SC's loyalists after massacring a lone garrison, for an example - it is because along with UDU's history, geopolitics, and cultural courses, he took theological courses as well, and picked up a few phrases or facts, which he deemed as ''important'' or ''interesting'', while rejecting any form of religion himself.
Sympathetic: Social democracy, revolutionary liberalism, ''temporary despotism'', authoritarian democracy, militarism, violent uprising, atheism, radicalism, firearm training for the populace, statism, hierarchist command structure, transhumanism, dialectic materialism, freedom of information, interventionism, Rhine capitalism.
Apathetic: Identity politics, socialism, nationalism, progressivism, collectivism, capitalism, xenos, individualism, globalism, republicanism.
Opposes: Centrism, fascism, reformism, xenophobia, climate change denial, totalitarianism, reactionaries, anarchism, moderates, theocracy, corporatism, direct democracy, ''hounds of war'' (SC's military), people not picking a side, pacifism, consumerism, ''servants of darkness'' (SCPS agents), church in the government, mob rule.
''In order to save their skin, some will say, that ''they were just following the orders'', or that they are in fact ''apolitical'' - that is simply not true. Everyone, from the highest officer to lowest grunt, is complicit for the unacceptable actions they have done.''
''As much as I would love democracy to be restored, UDU is a military organization, not a state, hence why a strict hierarchy is necessary, as a democratic command structure makes it easier for SCPS to send in the moles. Also, the tyrants will not disappear overnight, so a temporary despotism is necessary to root out the supporters of the old.''
''At this point, we have been living in underground and wilderness for almost a century, and have become a separate society, far away from the spotlight of SC. Our ancestors fought against SC's madness, and our future generations will as well! And even if
death will not give fortune to us, let's not go down like chickens by a butcher's knife!''
''Scarlett still thinks, that a change will be achieved by her hiding her actual views, and ''taking the system out from inside''. Truth is, that this beast can't be changed from inside - it can only be destroyed from outside by brutal force. She is under high surveillance, but has a comfy house, while I have to scavenge, and farm for food on my own, and sleeping in mud under clear sky is nothing unusual for me.''
''Some have abandoned the idea of ever calling shots, and work as grave diggers instead. Point is, that if given power, a monster awakes even in a democrat.''
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Other UDU's trivia
An important part in UDU's partisan curriculum is learning of how to use various plants, berries, and other things which nature provides to their advantage, or how to muster basic medicine from them, as injuries are a pretty common thing for UDU's fighters, and often more advanced medicine just can't be achieved, as hospitals are tightly regulated by SC's agents. Learning to make a quick shelter is also an important skill, so the trooper wouldn't be freezing. Although UDU's school structure is a bit more democratic, if compared to draconian SC's schools, it still has the traditional teacher and student hierarchies, and corporal punishment for bad learners is nothing uncommon. Also, UDU's curriculum is significantly smaller than for SC's schools, due of limited funds, and some parts of it can be outdated.
Unlike with Quebecois fighters, Inuit Guerrillas have had little interaction with UDU before, and they mostly stay out of each other's way. However, once UDu finishes integrating Quebecois fighters, it is only a matter of time until it will seek contact with Inuits as well. As for Ontario, unlike with other Canadian megastates, UDU funded the resistance directly there, which means, that it quickly pushed out any competing groups. Some other notable resistance groups were the southern partisans, which mostly operated in the Dixie Megastate. During 80s, half of them were integrated by Windigo's UDU, while those with more pro-confederate sentiments defected to Carter's SC, as the new reformist period had started massive decentralization, even though SC was still harsh on attempts of secession.
*You found a note from a mythologist*
While majority of the Commonwealth believes in one of the various Abrahamic gods, or polytheist beings, those have less say there, than it seems - actually things are ran by a lovecraftian being - Wendigo. He has been the main directing force of the events, which led to the rise of Commonwealth on the throne, where it is currently. Ideological radicalization in 30s, WW2 later on, Coup in the 50s, Great Nuke War, Collapse of the other Superstates, SC's cruelty? All of them are the works of Wendigo. It is a monstrous creature, mostly reported to be sighted in North America, and driven by sheer hunger, and gluttony - it never has enough, so it needs more victims to eat. SC's world is full with misery, and bloodshed - great meal for the Wendigo. Even then, its hunger is not pleased yet, and he needs more catastrophic events, more bloodshed. I have a suspicion, that at one point, Commonwealth is going to collapse, as Wendigo can't let stability arose, as he feeds the best in times of instability, and internal conflicts. Wendigo also has been responsible for SC's Earth being overall devoid from good spirits, and angels, making a good breeding soil for evil. SC might be just a transition stage, before full demon takeover. Second nuclear war would be just a cherry on top of all of that. However, all blame can't be shifted to Wendigo- some things like napalm weren't invented by Wendigo, but by SC's humans themselves.
Various occultists in SC, and shamans seem to be followers of Wendigo, as it gives them force. Some even say, that Perry, and Tom worship the Wendigo as well, and their Christian Mysticism is actually a coded version of following the Wendigo. Sacrifices are necessary, to keep it at bay for a while. It also can be useful for SC's armies, and help them achieve victories at seemingly impossible odds. However, if it feels betrayed, it can turn against its armies as well, and bring chaos, and destruction between them, disguising itself as one of the soldiers - those usually have an incredibly large appetite, and attack anyone on sight, or sabotage the army supplies, and connections. And rest of the demons, which Earth has managed to spawn? Wendigo's helpers. The old ones never went away, just like magic.
*Note archived in your device*
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