Clones Are Not People
Democracy and Dogma Is Now Available for Android: Netrunner
"There’s no conflict of interest here. These are complex issues with highly technical minutiae. It’s only natural that the experts should lay down the guidelines."
Political rhetoric and seedy deals are the order of the day as the Indian Union looks forward to election day. Will clones receive full citizenship? Are they even people? Certainly, that's not what Jinteki believes, and you'll find the issue resonating clearly through the sixty new cards of Democracy and Dogma (a complete playset of nineteen different cards).
While it provides Runners access to new programs, run events, consumer-grade hardware, a new Criminal identity, and a wealth of political connections, Democracy and Dogma also offers Corp players a chance to tap deep into the tensions between Jinteki and Haas-Bioroid.
New Fuel for an Old Rivalry
The issue of clone rights has obvious implications for Jinteki. If clones are citizens and not property, Jinteki will have a harder time developing, promoting, and selling them into the labor force. Given the centrality of clone technology within its business model, Jinteki has mobilized every available resource to reshape the conversation.
- Science is on Jinteki's side, or so it would have you believe as its experts—and those with shared interests—educate the community. The current "Clones Are Not People" (Democracy and Dogma, 52) and the Indian Union's Bio-Ethics Association (Democracy and Dogma, 50) reflect the corporation's efforts to appeal both to emotions and scientific reasoning.
- Science, however, might not be enough, and the execs at Jinteki are smart enough to understand this. Accordingly, they have also moved some credits toward favorable Political Dealings (Democracy and Dogma, 51). And if history holds, the credits that Jinteki invests toward Political Dealings should yield tremendous dividends as they seek to advance their agendas.
On the other hand, the Clone Suffrage Movement (Democracy and Dogma, 49) presents rival Haas-Bioroid with a rare opportunity to turn one of their bioroids' historical weaknesses into a revolutionary strength. As they see it, depending upon the results of the Indian Union's national elections, the two types of androids that enjoy widespread use in the labor market may narrow down to just one—the bioroid.
But if you're one of the world's four largest megacorps, you don't necessarily leave something so important as a nation's election results entirely to chance—nor even the fickle whims of the voters. And Haas-Bioroid has responded with its Voting Machine Initiative (Democracy and Dogma, 48) to ensure the best possible data integrity… by its own interpretation.
Use the new cards from Democracy and Dogma to promote the Clone Suffrage Movement or to advance Jinteki's cause. Support Akshara Sareen (Democracy and Dogma, 46) and her ideologies, or support her brother and his Political Dealings. Or simply focus on the more profitable aspects of keeping tabs on everyone with the new Criminal identity, Nero Severn (Democracy and Dogma, 40).
No matter how you choose to get involved, you'll find that democracy and dogma in the Indian Union are deeply sophisticated, fully mutable, and never dull. Pick up your copy of Democracy and Dogma today, hit the Network, and start shaping the debates!