Shogunal Immigration Policy

Three Tier System:

Immigration into the Ōkami Shogunate, sought after by many, is tightly controlled and rigorously enforced.
In order to maintain the unique culture and population demographic that the Shogunate has worked long and hard to achieve immigration has three primary foci; Control, Identification, and Assimilation.

Control:

In simplest terms this refers to the Shogunate’s borders. Authorized access into her territory is allowed only via one of three points of entry and any person, or ship not entering via those points of entry are met by either the OSSG (Ōkami Space and Sector Guard) or the Military Police (depending if the trespasser is encountered in space, or ‘on foot’). First time or accidental trespassers will be politely escorted out of Ōkami territory and told where they must go if they wish to enter. Non-violent non-compliance (refusal to move, running, or ignoring commands etc.) will result in the trespasser being detained, questioned, then forcibly removed from the Shogunate’s territory. Violent or repeat trespass will result in the application of lethal force.

Identification:

Part of the application process for immigration into the Shogunate consists of multiple interviews and a background check akin to that required for a security clearance. It is this process that takes the most time, especially if the applicant is from an area or polity that does not practice good record keeping, or, in the case of a refugee, political or otherwise, that has no record to be found, or a record clouded by the very bias the refugee is attempting to flee. It is at this stage that those who are clearly a ‘bad fit’ are vetted out. It should be noted that in the case of families that a single ‘bad fit’ will disqualify the family as a whole. The result of the interviews and background check determines the length of assimilation one will require before ultimately being granted citizenship.

Assimilation:

This is a time period within which the applicant has been granted ‘Resident’ status and may dwell within Acculturation Centers as they learn how to be Ōkami-jin. Acculturation Centers are self-sufficient space-borne colonies capable of housing over 150,000 souls comfortably (although most are nowhere near capacity). It is during this period that further evaluation of the applicant is made in less overt manners. Can the applicant hold down a job? Does the applicant show a willingness to adjust to life in the Shogunate? How does the applicant deal with other races? This stage serves to vet out those not willing, or incapable, of learning Ōkami-go, Shinto and Bushido as well as those that cannot or will not overcome racial and cultural prejudice.


Acculturation Centers:

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Applicants are recommended to secure employment at a Center prior to application, but in some cases this is not possible to do. In cases such as this an applicant can opt to join the CDC (see below) or may find employment in an analog of a colonial hostel program, doing odd jobs (handyman, cleaning, delivery and other such things) until a steadier source of employment can be found. Children and young adults are expected to be enrolled in school and are matriculated into the grade that best suits their current education level and academic skill. Unlike schools in the more western-style cultures that many applicants hail from, the schools (military and civil) in the Shogunate (and by extension Centers) do not maintain a janitorial staff; instead the students themselves see to the cleanliness of the facility. Naturally handyman and repair work are done by professionals only if the students themselves are unable (to young, repair work to complex) to handle it.

All Centers, either as part of the Center itself, or nearby, have military training and defense facilities. Applicants may choose to waive the mandatory six years of military service required of ALL Ōkami-jin until they have been granted citizenship, but as acculturation can take upwards of a six years, the opportunity to meet the Shogunate’s service obligations is available. This is but one manner in which the applicant can attain employment. Applicants, just like citizens, go through the academy and after their initial two years are, rather than sent to a far flung area of operation, attached to the Centers Defense Corp (CDC).

There are currently three Acculturation Centers in operation:

Settlers Gate:

By far the largest, this Center handles the applicants from both the Khel and Fantoma Sectors and as such has the highest population diversity. Like all centers, a minimum of a 2:1 ratio of Ōkami-jin to applicant exists in order to create a buffer and accurate representation of the culture they are integrating into. Living with a Citizen’s Quarter are native Ōkami-jin consist of Center staff, military members from nearby bases, business and service industry workers who tend to both the centers needs or maintain corporate offices attending to business interests in the Fantoma Sector, and their families.

Sol Sector:

Of moderate size this Center handles applicants from Earth and the Sol Sector Colonies. Security is tight at this Center because of the proximity to Earth and her GMP Agents who seek to infiltrate and spy upon the Shogunate. Luckily the legitimate applicants, most of which are fleeing Earth’s fascist policies, are more than willing to point out a suspected spy in their midst. The downside being; the few spies that successfully manage to traverse the system are very adept in disguising their intent and identity. Due to the ever-present threat of undercover activities by the GMP the Oniwaben maintain a training facility focused on counter-espionage tradecraft within the Center using the Center itself as a massive classroom. Because of this threat, active members of the Shogunate military do not reside within the Center’s citizen quarter. Due to the difficulty in passing an agent thru this Center the GMP has shifted tacks, and has begun accepting the long transit time (18 months) required to attempt insertion of an agent into the Shogunate via the Settlers Gate Center.

Shuukaido:

The smallest of the three Centers and currently the exception to the space based facility rule. Located on the outskirts of Daihonjin on Shuukaido, this facility handles applicants from the ‘Worlds Beyond the Vail’ with the city of Daihonjin acting as this Centers Citizen Quarter. Almost all (99.99%) of the residents of this facility are freed slaves liberated from Doakraxathi ships and worlds. This center doubles as a refugee camp as well as Acculturation Center as the Shogunate intends to repatriate most if not all of the occupants once their home worlds are located and a dialogue between them and the Shogunate can be established. That said, due to the physical and mental trauma many of these freed slaves suffer from, this Center is supported by robust Linguistics and Psychology facilities within Daihonjin. In addition, the construction of a state of the art Hospital, Bio Sciences and Molecular Epidemiology facility, complete with BSL-5 labs, was undertaken to deal with the variety of illnesses found among the new species already, and anticipated to be, found as further exploration of the Archers Cluster continues. This facility (only 85% complete at the time) proved invaluable in isolating an outbreak of a particularly virulent alien STD in 2157.

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