Factions and Friction:
Council of Logic: Logos is, officially, ruled by a cabal of 6 Philosopher Kings. Entrance into the Council of Logic is given to reward great work, rather like a nobel prize in our own; with one seat given to each field. The roster for membership shifts every four years as new prizes are awarded. Members of the council may not have direct affiliation with a party and must leave a party once joining the council but can have open sympathies. The Council does not write legislation but can veto it. The Council also holds emergency control powers that allow them to over ride Legislation with a large enough majority, as well as declare war and initiate international relationships, although typically, this done on recommendation of the Epistemic Council by whoever happens to be present as the others are off doing more important sciency things.
The Ethics Committee: The legal branch of the Logosian government. Spend more their time prosecuting those who break the laws of physics than of Logos. PCs who work as Police would likely find themselves working here.
The Epistemic Cabinet: Democratically Elected Leaders, do most of law writing, regulation and actual leading of Logos. Parties below:
Scientific Liberal Party: “SLP”. In favour of reducing rulings on ethics, funding Labs. Holds sway over most of the Council of Logic. 45%
Social Science Party: “SSP”. In favour of social programs and implementing further scientific ethics. 36%
The Secessionist Coalition: “Balkanists” Want to secede from Logos, with members from every part of Logos. The only thing they hate more than the Logosian government is each-other. 6%.
The League of Illegalists: Made up largely of Mad Scientists. Support the removal of all ethics, including scientific. Their campaign headquarters is located inside a volcano. “Anarchy! Run by Us!”. 5% .
Scientific Socialist Party: “Proles” Prolarian Supporters, Marxists and the like, with the Prolarian district's succession, they lost most of their support especially with the on going information war against them. Not to be confused with the SSP. 7% of the votes, 3% popular support. Most of the votes come from SSP voters accidently checking the wrong box.
Ethosian Ethics Party: “Morons” Made up by those seek to restore moral fibre into Logos and keep it the God fearing nation that it is not. Voters are limited to Ethosian Spies. <1%.
S-enZ labs: Focus on Consciousness and the manipulation there of, S-enZ Labs focuses on Virtual Reality, Memory Deletion and Manipulation, Sensory stimulation, etc.
Reap Co.: Reap Co. Genetics focuses on organ transplants and bioengineering. Known for ruthless expansion, high prices and good quality work. They are rivals with other companies where ever their fields over lap and are not above espionage or even sabotage if it will get the job done.
Omnitech Mechanics: Focuses on designing and developing hardware, machines and robotics.
eWare: Focuses on Software development.
Ultra Corp: Sells everything. Runs a rather brutal monopoly over the actual buying and selling of most products, most information passes their hands. Has their own experimental team but they are underfunded and prepared compared to the specialists. As a result they usually buy patients from labs or else attempt to steal them.
Black Market: There is a sizable Black Market built up against Ultra Corp, mostly used by Anarchists, Street Punks and criminals, it is still seen by some as a only slightly less risky alternative to relying on some of the Ultra Corp. A decent penny can be made in smuggling, stealing and reselling patented info at a low price.
Universitas Rationalis: Focus is on the theoretical, as such most of their funding can be done with chalk and a blackboard and rarely requires students or professors to leave the school. Which is fortunate as few do. However as thought experiments go deeper and deeper into the abstract, some manage to unhinge themselves completely while others merely hide from the thought experiments they created, class rooms being relatively safe. The Dean, Nash Johnson, will give a diploma to anyone who asks for one, however by the time most make it to him, they’ve been in the university far longer than four years.
Empire U: Rivals to UR, Empire U is focused on the observable, they are the anti-political and launch off research teams as they please.
Logos State: Has the closest any university in the city does to a humanities program, but it is focused largely on sociology and politics. Have a science department that rivals EU, often quite literally, with both sending off expeditionary teams at first opportunity.
Summary of Factions and interaction:
The council is apathetic while the cabinet is powerless. The SSP is trying to gain support for more programs to improve the wellfare, self-esteem and knowledge of the poor, while the current government the SLP is strictly laissez faire. The Black Market is thriving, players working for them will try to steal info and sell it back cheap or just hold on to the info they were given as they dodge mindwipes. Meanwhile, other PCs playing the Ethics Committee Officers will try to track them down. Or perhaps, play agents of one of the corporations, dealing with the Blackmarket with one hand, the Ethics Committee with the other. Secessionists are present but unless they hold a PC in their ranks they serve more as comic relief, bickering with each other, splintering from themselves and generally being useless. Prolaria is weak but constantly trying to gain the upper-hand on Logos, while not necessarily in the party proper, they have spies everywhere. Finally the League of Illegalists are basically comic book villains and proud of it, mostly assorted Mad Scientists building up clone armies and the like that tend to fall apart of their own volition as well as a few existentialists and punks in it to mess with the status quo.
UR is more of a dungeon than a faction, while the other universities are good for hiring out philosophers to adventure elsewhere on a research team, while the other hires a rival team.