Ex-SPPD who crossed the street to join the Praetorians as Operations Commander. In fact - in an open secret known by just about everyone - it's Danko who's really calling the shots there, with Linklater standing in as a figurehead to reassure the citizenry that the Praetorians are a professional police force and not a private army. Not that Linklater's complaining about the details of his status, not while he's pulling down more a salary almost four times higher than what he was earning as an SPPD Tac Commander. Not while he daily gets to carry the kind of ops that he could usually only dream off back in his SPPD days.
The Praetorians: less paperwork, less red tape; more money and resources, and a whole lot more ass-kicking. Sounds like a good deal to Linklater.
He isn't alone in thinking that. Linklater's defection has been the cause of a steady drain on SPPD personnel, as more and more experienced officers have followed him across the street to the Praetorians. Justin Teng promised Mayor Derren that the Praetorians would be mainly recruited from the citizenry - a modern-day militia, giving everyone a chance to help defend their city - but it's well-known that Linklater's been putting out feelers to old colleagues within the Department, offering deals and cherry-picking the best of them to come over to the Praetorians.
Linklater's name is mud within the higher echelons of the SPPD. He's a Judas who's stabbed the Department in the back, draining it of some of its best officers just when the Department and the city need them most. Inehower, in Midtown, is especially bitter; Linklater was one of his protégés, a natural-born ass-kicker that he was grooming for greater things. If Linklater's needing any more lessons in ass-kicking, Inehower'll be only to pleased to hand 'em out, if their paths should ever cross again.
Others, mostly outside the Department (although August Carter, in his bleaker moments, may also think likewise) take a more sanguine view. If the SPPD really is going to be eventually replaced by the Praetorians, they tell themselves, then they would rather have the city streets left under the protection of as many ex-cops as possible, rather than military jarheads like Danko and his crew.
Sorry for not being in touch before. Were a big organization and getting bigger all the time and I dont get as much time to get to know all our people as Id like.
Ive read the briefing reports on you from some of the personnel youve already been in touch with. Some impressive stuff there, Ive got to say.
Hoping to see a lot more of the same, now that youre also reporting directly to me.
Stay safe - watch yourself out there.
Director of Operations Command
My ethos make sure you stick to it.
One advantage we have over the cops aside from the pay and access to our corporate sponsors latest armaments products is the lack of regulations and bureaucracy.
Trust me, after more than twenty years as a cop, you really appreciate the freedom given to us by the new City Security Act provisions.
That doesnt mean weve got a license to act any way we want. Were professional law enforcers, not some gang of sociopathic Crim-hunters from one of the warzone neighborhoods out in the Yard.
Hearts and minds, thats what its about. Lets not give our critics any more ammo to use against us.
Director of Operations Command
Save our energy for fighting Crims.
That was some truly nice work you did out there. Clean and professional: something I always look for and reward in all the people working under me. Congratulations, trooper.
Im hoping that the new wave of Praetorian recruitment that youre part of will help resolve some of the problems weve experienced since day one in this agency. Theres just too much damn in-fighting between our ex-cop and ex-military personnel.
I try to discourage it among my own people, but I know it still goes on. Were all Praetorians. We need to work together more and watch each others backs out there.
Director of Operations Command
Re: Save our energy for fighting Crims.
Yes, thats right. More in-fighting, this time between Choi and Danko. When is this crap going to stop? I try to mediate between them, but neither of them welcome my input.
And Teng just stands back and watches. Sometimes I wonder exactly what his angle is.
Hell with it. Im just going to get on with my job. Suggest you do the same. Increase the peace, deliver results, earn those paychecks and show Teng just where the real strengths in his organization lie.
Hes a smart guy. He wont allow this crap to go on forever.
At least, I hope not.
I swear, this city just gets worse.
You heard about that incident in Montebank? Part of me is glad none of our people were involved, and part of me wishes we had been there no way would the situation have got so far out of control if Praetorians had been there to contain it.
This just proves to me what Ive been thinking all along; we need to start expanding faster out of Havalynd and running more operations throughout the rest of the city. The Praetorians exist to protect everyone, not just Justin Tengs rich CEO buddies.
Anyway, I hear youre moving on and up, so good luck. Maybe catch you for a drink in Kims one night?
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Subject Biography: Geography (Part 1)
"A parcel of many different-coloured and different-tongued rogues and thieves" is how one far-flung 18th century traveller from more civilised climes once described the city that still stands at the point where the Nantego and Makoda rivers meet and flow into the sea.
San Paro's early history is muddled - especially when it's dependant on who is writing the history books - but it's generally agreed that the (delete-as-applicable) trading post/pirate base that the city would grow from was founded by (ditto) intrepid merchant traders/opportunistic sea marauders who had travelled across the Pacific to find the safe anchorage of Nantego Bay and the attendant rich pickings of the various trade routes that intersected there.
Many nationalities helped build the city. The Chinese, Koreans, English, Dutch and Spanish all established trading posts in the bay. In the centuries that followed, various wars and trading alliances between these peoples saw these trading posts begin to merge together, forming the beginnings of the city. Some were swallowed up entirely, as one trading group disposed of a weaker rival.
It was the Europeans who emerged the final victors - their superior firepower and all-conquering spirit of manifest destiny enough to establish them as the city's dominant power players for the next several hundred years. The Koreans hung on where others fell away, and have always managed to deftly negotiate a continuing seat for themselves at the top table, as the city changed hands various times between various new colonial masters.
Colonial overlords came and went, each leaving behind something of itself in the San Paro gene pool, but the Spanish lasted long enough to at least leave behind the name of San Paro, and the British (and later, after them, the Americans) were around long enough to ensure that English remains the official linga franca of this most polyglot of cities. Korean and Spanish are also widely spoken throughout the city, although a traditionally Anglo-dominated city bureaucracy has always blocked any serious attempt to put ether of them on the same equal official footing as English.
The Koreans, happy to go along with any superficial accommodations as long as they continue to control a significant portion of the city's wealth, don't press the point. The Latinos, now mostly forming part of the city's burgeoning underclass, aren't in a position to do much of anything about it.
As a free port and major Pacific trade hub, San Paro is used to the flotsam and jetsam of shifts in the global financial and employment markets washing up on its shores. Some have prospered. Others have not. Welcome to the unofficial San Paro City Lottery. Race has never been a major issue in San Paro, where so many cultures have always come together to trade. Here, it's wealth and celebrity that define your status, not the colour of your skin or the language your grandparents spoke.
Havalynd is all about business and serious money, and serious money, in San Paro, means Anglos and Asians. They've stamped their skyscrapers down on top of the remnants of the early trading port that used to exist there, redrawing the maps in the same way that they've tried to rewrite the history books to prove they've always been there. Gresty, a public housing enclave carved out by well-intentioned but doomed-to-failure zoning policies of the Social Progressive Party in the 1970s and 80s, hangs on by its fingernails, its mixed community of poor Africans, Anglos, Asians and Latinos banding together to give the collective finger to their social superiors.
Midtown is a 100% melting pot, the hotspot where all sections of San Paro meet and mix, with everyone grabbing a piece of whatever they can get. Everyone's got a foothold; no-one has full purchase. The Asians - Chinese, Japanese and lower-class Korean - have a stranglehold on the Denkiba area and its electronics retail trade. The Projects around Green Street, a dumping ground for the problems social services couldn't deal with or shift out to the city's outer fringes, are predominantly African and Latino, and are an ever-dependable recruitment pool for gangs like Red Rain. The middle class San Parians who can't afford the jump to safer parts of the city cluster together in the areas around John Holland University and the SPPD's Keep headquarters, seeking reassuring shelter in the shadow of these crumbling civic edifices.
The Waterfront was the original point of entry to San Paro for much of its immigrant population. A lot of them prospered and moved on. Some didn't, and still form the pockets of impoverished resentment in Netherport and around the Yard Stretch. Now the descendants of other more prosperous immigrants are returning to the area, re-colonising it to gaze down from their luxury converted warehouse apartments at the wharfs and jetties where their great grandparents first stepped ashore. The wealthy and quietly conservative enclave of Prentiss continues to glower suspiciously down at this unwelcome social mobility. Fame and money open most doors in San Paro, but the membership rolls of Prentiss's country clubs and golf ranges remain barred to many outsiders.
Biography: Macchina Calabria Ltd
Macchina Calabria Ltd (MCL)
Macchina Calabria Ltd (or MCL) is an Italian automobile manufacturer, formerly marketed under the "Spirito Italia" brand name. MCL's main offices are located in the Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) in Rome, and the company is the third largest car Manufacturer in Europe. While their well made and affordable cars have made significant inroads into the world automobile markets, the company has suffered a series of minor scandals in recent years. While accusations of price fixing and labour racketeering appear largely unfounded, in 2003, the Italian government arrested Raffaele Guardo Laconti, the head of MCL, and charged him with embezzling 150 million Euros (200 million USD). However, succeeded by his chairman, Bernardo Vizzini, the brand popularity of MCL appears largely untainted. In the U.S. MCL Marine is a joint venture with Aquator Corp that produces motors for boats and other maritime equipment.
Level Name 10 Handbrake Heartbreak (10 Joker Tickets)
On a battlefield the most important six inches is between your ears. Think about things, stay on your toes and improvise when needed. Before the end of the day, I want you to <col: Yellow>run down 2 Criminals</col> in your vehicle.
Run over <col: Yellow>2</col> enemies with your vehicle.