H.R. Flufnstuf posts with be about MFZ lore, both the official background and my personal fiction.
So while I was brainstorming about the Dust Devils; the UMFL company I’m working on; I thought up of a background story for the Commander: Tersa Juang. Captain Tersa is a graduate of “The Orphanage” academy of Mars.
All orphanages on Mars are overseen by the government, and all orphans (and certain other categories of juvenile wards of the state) are given a battery of aptitude tests upon their entry into the system, and again on each even numbered birthday until they reach the age of 14. Those who earn high scores in certain perimeters are immediately transferred to “The Orphanage”
The official name of the facility is the Breeson Academy for Gifted Youth, however it is generally referred to as “the Orphanage”. On paperwork is just a school to give naturally gifted orphans better educational opportunities. In reality it is a military school for shaping cadets into potential UMFL Officers.
The curriculum is intense, and only 40% of those enrolled graduate. Those who wash out are generally transferred back to regular orphanages after having their memories blocked, while a select few who did not make the final cut, but still scored highly are sent to a separate facility to be trained to fill minor support positions in the UMFL bureaucracy on Mars.
92% of graduates are deployed to Colonies, with 85% of them successfully serving a minimum of 5 years. While graduates of “the Orphanage” only fill a small percentage of the UMFL’s constant need for new officers, but they considered to be among it’s best
Graduates have the same rights as any other Martian citizen, and are not legally obligated to join the UMFL after graduating. However due the indoctrination they receive throughout their training, it is extremely rare for a graduate to not join the UMFL.
“The Orphanage” isn’t entire secret, but it’s true natural is well know outside of the faculty, and the upper administrations of the Martian government and the UMFL. The facility is in a remote location to avoid unwanted attention.
I know that secret government programs to trains children to become soldier isn’t exactly a fresh idea. But as cliche as it is, I personally like.
Comments and criticism are welcome.