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Information taken from the UEE net

EDUCATION

The integration of technology into society has giben almost everyone access to basic education should they want it. As the following paragraphs demonstrate, the sliding scale of education in the UEE dictates how much personalized instruction the student receives.

Equivalency

The baseline of schooling is done through the Glas or computer systems. A variety of companies, through imperial subsidies, have created learning programs capable of educating children to achieve Equivalency (high school education). These programs tend to be used on frontier planets and other rural environments that lack ready access an actual school. The problem is that there is little customized learning for the student. It’s basically multiple-choice quizzes, so there’s very little opportunity to develop interpretative thought. It’s essentially just teaching the facts. There’s also very little repercussion if the student fails a sequence or stops altogether, which is often the case.

The next step is a public school which offers teachers but in which, depending on the population, the class sizes can easily spiral out of control. Some public schools in the megacities, for example, can have upwards of five hundred students in an elementary classroom. In this kind of environment, most of the teaching is done through Glas, but there is a teacher who will handle the occasional question and grade essays.

The third step is a private academy which, while expensive, offers the finest educational services from qualified teaching professionals. These academies will offer scholarships to exceptional students, but many argue that this is simply to access increased budgetary support from the UEE.

Post-Equivalency

After achieving Equivalency, a student has several options: enter the workforce, join the military or pursue higher education. While the first option generally doesn’t require a certificate of Equivalency, the military and universities do. The military offers Equivalency courses to committed applicants and can waive its Equivalency requirement if the recruit possesses ‘desirable skills.’

Since higher education alone does not qualify someone for Citizenship, a large number of college graduates will still join the military.



THE MILITARY

While there is a blanket of security throughout many of the UEE systems, particularly the more populated ones, the persistent dangers of space have helped create a culture of military service.

Some view the military service as a matter of duty, others as simply a faster (albeit potentially dangerous) way to attain Citizenship, and still others see the military as enforcers of an authoritarian government that tries to hide behind a friendly, progressive facade but will still authorize bombings on Cathcart and covert strikes into Xi’An space. In other words, the public’s reaction to the military is varied.

Again, due to the prevalence of military service, a lot of the population has either served in the military or known someone who has.



RELIGION

Although there is no official religion recognized by the UEE, and the cosmic landscape is dominated by science, there is still a need for the divine in Humanity.

Without getting into specifics, it’s safe to say that the predominant religions of modernity exist in the future in some form. So there are patches of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. existing throughout the Universe. Many of the religions have adapted with the times (incorporating alien species into doctrine, for example) and those that haven’t are slowly withering. The millennia-long grudges and intolerance between the religions has cooled, partially due to distance between worlds (if you don’t like someone you can move millions of miles away from them) but also because exposure to the Xi’An, Banu, Tevarin and Vanduul has strengthened the commonality between Humans and created a Humans-first, theology-second mentality.

A handful of new religions have sprung up as well. Some are crossovers from alien species (there are Human traders who keep trinkets of Cassa, the Banu patron of luck) and some are new.

The newest belief systems tend to be humanist in nature rather than overtly religious. One of the more popular new beliefs is:

Church of the Journey: Celebrates the experiences gained over the destination. Life is what happens along the way. Missionaries are called Journeymen and often spend their time wandering throughout the systems in the pursuit of knowledge through experience.

Traveller’s Day (Holiday): Sundown on the first day of a new orbit (New Year’s basically). Due the variety of orbital periods, it’s different for every planet and not a single standardized day. It’s a metaphorical celebration of the beginning of a new journey. The devout usually meet at a church or gathering place and go on a symbolic pilgrimage through the night to a new destination.

There was a previous Dispatch describing this religion if you’d like an in-universe explanation.



ALIENS/NON-HUMAN CIVILIZATIONS

Even though Humanity may not interact with alien life as part of their everyday existence, aliens are a part of life. Are there still people who support a strictly (and even violent) pro-Human agenda? Sure. Are there cases of discrimination based on species? Yes. But first contact was over five hundred years ago, so the majority of Humanity has gotten used to aliens.

Therefore, while it’s considered socially unacceptable to launch into a vicious rant in public, there are still people (even groups) that view aliens as either inferior or mortal enemies.