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Encounter Group: Twin Port University

The Twin Port University controls an area of approximately 800 square kilometres around the ‘Twin Ports’ of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior Wisconsin  ( Duluth-Superior Harbor holds the largest port on the Great Lakes).

The ‘University’ was created by survivors from the University of Wisconsin, Superior (after the area north of Duluth was hit by warheads from an SS-17 missile)

The University has a strong desire to preserve its independence – and not be dominated by the feudalists of Maxwell’s Militia.

Political Structure: Technocracy (rule by scientists and technologists).    Soon after “The Collapse’,  the University Senate decided that a scientific socialism would be the most appropriate form of government for the area around the Twin Ports. The new government is legally required – by its Constitution – to” mobilize the local people for public works activities, to improve security, promote agricultural cooperatives, increase cultivation on the farms, guide the commercial sector, and introduce the virtues of self-help”.

University Professors are appointed to the University Senate by an ‘electorate of their peers’ (only graduate Engineers can vote for the ‘Head of Engineering’ for instance). The Senate selects one of its members to be Dean.

Note: There are still a few ‘Liberal Arts’ courses taught and studied at the University; for example, the History of Science is currently fashionable,  but these are primarily ‘hobby’ electives, they are not compulsory. The university’s primary focus is on science and technology. For example, there is not a pure Philosophy course, but the ‘Ethics and Philosophy of Science’ series of lectures has the interest and support of most Professors and many give ‘guest lectures’ which are thinly-disguised political speeches.

Technology: Twin Port University has a moderate industrial capability and can manufacture at a 1930’s to 1940’s level.  The theory behind transistors is clearly understood, but the University cannot mass-produce them – any equipment that uses transistors is either handmade, salvaged from pre-collapse ruins or purchased via the Shipmen (Twin Port’s main trading   partners).    The Shipmen have a base at Superior and control the old Fraser Shipyards

Population: the “University’ includes everyone who lives in the area (about 300, 000 people). The faculty itself is about 6,000 people. There are approximately 40,000 support workers (mostly farm and fishery workers).

Social Structure: The University tries not to discriminate on the basis of race, gender or anything else. However, women tend to predominate in the medical and biological departments – and men in most of the other.

Military structure: The origins of the University’s “Security Force” dates back to immediately after the War – and an amalgamation of University ROTC units with elements of the Minnesota Air National Guard (specifically the 148th Fighter Wing) Students are required to serve at least one year in the TPU Campus Police. This can be split into 4-month terms and there is usually a force ‘in the field’ of approximately 500 troops. A small cadre of officers and NCOs represent the permanent military establishment.

Student Selection: Courtesy of the Shipmen, the university recruits from a wide geographical area (even a few from Maxwell’s Militia) but gives priority to the offspring of graduates and support workers

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