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Item #: RPC-244

Object Class: Beta

Containment Protocols: With the ongoing success of Project Mauna in minimizing the negative effects of RPC-244-1, containment of RPC-244 is now focused primarily on the observation and analysis of the RPC-244-2 phenomenon. As RPC-244-2 is fundamentally integrated into the commercial shipping system of India, it has been determined that physical containment of its effects would have a significant detrimental effect to the economic stability of the region. As such, containment of RPC-244-2 will focus on minimizing the spread of data related to the phenomenon. MSF Papa-4 "Big Rig Vedas" is currently embedded within the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, as well as various independent statistics-monitoring groups, for the express purpose of altering traffic data to remove the characteristic alterations caused by RPC-244-2.

Description: RPC-244 is the blanket term for a series of phenomena which cause unusually regular disruptions in the flow of commercial road traffic throughout continental India.1

RPC-244-1 manifests as an altered emotional state capable of occurring in any conscious human being operating a commercial freight automobile within the bounds of RPC-244. While experiencing RPC-244-1, subjects report undergoing strong feelings of detachment, relaxation and apathy. Minor feelings of religious awe have also been reported in subjects who are devout Hindus. RPC-244-1 generally reduces the ability of subjects to properly control their vehicles. RPC-244-1 experiences have been observed to range in duration from several seconds to approximately 3 hours, with an average time of 11 minutes. When debriefed after the effect has ceased, RPC-244-1 subjects generally have difficulty recalling anything but their emotional state during the event.

In light of the negative effects to public safety and the common occurrence of RPC-244-1, the Authority launched Project Mauna on ██/██/1944 in an effort to reduce the impacts of RPC-244-1. Following two years of development, the project produced the Type-1 Mauna Interference Generator, a subsonic emitter capable of temporarily reducing the average duration of RPC-244-1 to approximately 0.5 seconds. In order to ensure maximum dispersal of the Mauna frequency, generators were installed in all Authority vehicles in India, as well as all vehicles imported to or constructed in that country since 1946. Mauna generators are built into the horn or klaxon systems of the vehicle, and triggered during the emission of sound. A series of successful cultural manipulation campaigns to inculcate the regular use of vehicle horns as signalling aids in areas affected by RPC-244 has led to a significant reduction in road accidents and delays as a result of prolonged RPC-244-1 manifestations.

RPC-244-2 is the general term for minor disruptions to road traffic that occur concurrently to manifestations of RPC-244-1. It is unclear whether RPC-244-1 triggers RPC-244-2, or vice-versa. Such disruptions have included inexplicable structural failures in bridges, non-fatal but large-scale traffic collisions, minor landslides, unexpected breakdowns of ferry and rail equipment in bottleneck areas, and police road closures due to a wide variety of minor accidents and crimes. No RPC-244-triggered event has been known to cause loss of human life or the total cessation of commercial traffic through the area. In regions with road networks dedicated solely to commercial traffic, RPC-244 events have never been observed to occur in non-commercial areas. The success of Project Mauna has in no way affected the incidence of RPC-244-2, and no cause for RPC-244-2 has yet been discovered or adequately explained. Research is ongoing.

Addendum ██/██/1977: During the digitization of records from Indian Authority branches, Authority Anomalous Numerology Detection Software (ANDSoft2) programs highlighted a series of statistical anomalies surrounding the occurrences of RPC-244-2. Further analysis determined that RPC-244 disruptions are a cyclical phenomenon, with their rate of incidence increasing at various specific times of the year. These increases tend to align with the celebration of a variety of Hindu religious festivals:

Time of Year3 Extent Associated Festival
Vernal Equinox Nation-wide Holi4
Mid-April Nation-wide Hanuman Jayanti5
Late August-early September Nation-wide Ganesh Chathuri6
Late September-early October Nation-wide Narvratri7
Variable, occurring every 3 years Alternates: Occurrences centered in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik Kumbh Mela8

RPC-244 disruptions occur in groups of 5, 10, 18, 108 or 1008 incidents occurring simultaneously nationwide, or, if RPC-244 is currently localized, within a specific area.

Document: Extract from a memo by █.█. Joshi, Lead Researcher for RPC-244, 1977:

When I see the patterns present in 2544-2, it becomes increasingly clear that it should be our primary area of study. The simple fact of the matter is that RPC-244's disruptions align perfectly in structure with the repetitive Japa mantras practiced by certain Hindu holy men. Repetitions of incidents in groups of 108, on predictable, consistent cycles- such are the hallmarks of the Japa pursuit of ascetic moksha.

This leads me to conclusions which I am not wholly certain I am comfortable with. Something in this nation woke up some time around the introduction of the automobile to India- I can only speculate as to what it might be praying for.




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Item #: RPC-XXX

Object Class: Alpha

Containment Protocols: Authority personnel are implanted within the archival staff of the the Russian and Japanese Ministries of Defense, and are to conduct regular investigations of any and all physical files relating to the Russo-Japanese war that might become duplicated by RPC-XXX. Digitized copies of all RPC-XXX instances are archived on Authority servers at Site-BLANK. In the unlikely event that an instance of RPC-XXX is reproduced in a publically-accessible format online or via physical media, Cover 291-A (Fictional Alternate-Historical Art Project) is to be utilized.

Description: RPC-XXX refers to the anomalous alteration of Japanese and Russian historical records of the Russo-Japanese war to reflect an historical scenario in which the Russians won that conflict through anomalous and apparently divine means. RPC-XXX occurs in the presence of any number of documents currently controlled by active members of the archival staff of the armed forces of Russia and Japan, but not in civilian-held records in those countries, or military records belonging to any countries other than Russia and Japan.

RPC-XXX manifests itself by spatially displacing preexisting Russo-Japanese war documents to other locations in adjacent archival spaces, while simultaneously filling the space occupied by the original document with a duplicate that it physically, materially and chemically identical in all ways save the modification of its informational content. The creation of these duplicates is instantaneous and produces no external change in the document, preserving the same exterior labels or storage media a document might be contained in. RPC-XXX only affects physical paper documents, including photographs, dating from the 8th of February 1904 to the 5th of September 1905. Original film negatives, audio recordings and digital files from within this time period are unaffected, as are documents relating to the Russo-Japanese War written before or after this period.

Document RPC-XXX-312: The following document displaced a telegram sent by General Aleksey Kuropatkin following his retreat from Liaoyiang on the 7th of September. The original telegram describes Russian forces making a 'victorious retreat' from the city following its partial encirclement by the Japanese.

JAPANESE IN ROUT RETREATING PAST AUPING9, SEVERE LOSSES

VICTORY BY GRACE OF SAINT ALEXANDER AND SAINT DEMETRIUS.

IN THE NAME OF GOD, VICTORY

Document RPC-XXX-788: The original document, dated 30 January 1905, is from a Russian corporal present at the Battle of Sandepu to his mother. It describes the soldier's misery at the failed Russian attack on Japanese lines, and laments the death of one Sergeant K.S. Chotkin, a close friend of his. The original document bears several heavily censored sections, not present in the RPC-XXX instance.

[…] I have written before to you of Sergeant Chotkin, who has often had occasion to share his tobacco with me. I believe him to be no great soldier, but a kind and Godly man who treats his subordinates with the respect and dignity that is so often lacking in this army.

When the call to charge came he was praying quietly beside me, and even in the depths of my fear I sensed a tension from him that I had never noticed before- Chotkin is a smiling and cheerful sort, even in the midst of the mud and blood, but today he was grim.

The whistle blew down the line and we ran forwards together but as we did I saw a sight I can barely countenance, Mother- for the Sergeant's bayonet glowed with a golden flame, and about him I saw a radiance, as if the very air was alight. I know how unlikely it sounds, Mother, but I swear to you that as he ran through the storm of shellfire and bullets the shots of the enemy melted before they could touch him. A man tried to bayonet him and simply burst into flames as if he had been doused in oil! Through it all I felt myself drawn along, like the little ducks who swim the waterfall in the hill above the old mill.

[…] I still have no clear recollection of the battle itself, but Mother I swear to you when all was done and the Orientals were running, the clouds opened and the sun warmed us, and we realized that of the whole platoon- no, maybe even the whole regiment, not one of us had been injured! They say the Japanese might even be pulling out of Manchuria entirely, can you imagine?!


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