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May 27th, 2009

The iFob

Developed in 2115 by Apple Galactic, the iFob was the winning design bid for the League of Human Nations NuGen Document Identity Development Initiative. The iFob's popularity arose because of it's compatibility with Apple Galactic's iLife line of products which began in the late 20th century with the release of their iPod series of portable digital media players. The iFob, with it's sleek design of programmable liminar bioglow optical display casing and nano-assembled diamondoid polymerase mollyblock processing core coupled with it's gegloo variable adhesion surface coating is not only attractive and sleek, but wonderfully unobtrusive. The proprietary assembly process ensures that the iFob remains virtually uncrackable by modern forgers, requiring almost more infrastructure than is worth the investment to defeat the countermeasures inherent in the design. The modern iFob is a rectangular wedge that is flexible enough to bend without breaking, yet sturdy enough to withstand daily abuse by active users.

The iFob utilizes a special proprietary software developed by the Ministry of Oversight in conjunction with the programmers at Apple Galactic.

The iFob contains all of a user's personal data, including banking records, medical history, permits, authorization codes, passport, biometric data, criminal record, credit rating, social networking profile and every other piece of information attached to the individual's official record. This information is updated wirelessly anywhere within the confines of the League of Human Nations. Children are issued an iFob shortly after birth, in the form of a bracelet which expands as the child grows and is replaced with a permanent iFob when the child turns sixteen. The iFob is the sole means by which citizen's of the League of Human Nations confirm their identity with authorities and is a requirement for employment, access to healthcare services, social services and other government sponsored services.

Failure to present a valid iFob to authorities is a crime and punishable by both fees and time in the custody of authorities. Falsification or tampering with an iFob can lead to neural resocialization and public service. Non-citizen's, such as Bolters or citizens from foreign polities that do not conform to League identification protocols must present passport documentation or other compatible digital identification such as a Grand Althing of the Stars Runestone. Resident aliens are typically issued a Work Chit that serves the same purpose as an iFob but with limits on the resources and accesses it grants the holder.

Recent initiatives proposed by the Ministry of Information and Technology would combine the functions of an iFob with a citizen's Chop; requiring the user to present their iFob as their official signature on all documents, voting machines and purchases; this comes on the heels of the Ministry of Finance's proposal to replace all existing banking cards and profiles with a Universal Banking Profile that would make the iFob the only means a League of Human Nations' citizen could access their financial resources.

Military issued iDogTags are given to serving Fleet and Corps perssonel which temporarily replace a serving citizen's iFob for the duration of their tour of duty. The iFob is held by the Commandant of the Administrative Base the soldier registers for service at and is transferred by secure courier to the soldier's current duty station when the soldier is discharged from service.

Starship Safety Features

A standard safety feature on all starship interior compartment hatchways is a big button which indicates the safety of the adjoining area.

If the button is green, everything is nominal on the other side. If it is red and blinking that means there is a hazard on the other side. The number of blinks and the frequency indicate the nature and severity of the hazard on the opposite side of the hatchway.  A steady light indicates an atmospheric hazard such as contaminants, smoke or toxins. One blink indicates an atmospheric pressure hazard, including a hull breach. Two blinking lights signal a radiation hazard. Three blinking lights are indicative of a fire, coolant leak or other hazardous situation. Four blinking lights are the signal that the compartment beyond the hatch has been exposed to jumpspace. A hatch can be manually sealed by a crewmember pulling the emergency ring set in the hatch around the button and punching the button twice.