Mission «Xenomorph» was a result of a secret project of the System named «Xenomorph project». Derived from "Terramorfa" (also known as the Zoo-Battalion) «Xenomorph project» was initially based not on the existing animals, but on the theory of breeding new biological species by using the cell mutation and exposure on Mars and other extraterrestrial colonies. The project rapidly grew to the network of focus areas not connected to each other. At its best times, the project involved several thousand laboratories and personnel of tens of thousands scientists. Later on, things went into recession, and although some of the research results were still promising, most came out to be not just unsuccessful, but frighteningly dangerous. They started to wrap up the project. As a result, part of the labs and centers shut down and destroyed the samples, the other part found new owners represented by powerful corporations. Some labs fell into oblivion due to sample leaks and internal incidents, and some were attacked by «bio terrorists», and nobody knows what happened to the samples developed there.
All the evidence that the project existed was carefully hidden by the System. The Liquidators had been seeing to it for quite a long time. As a result, no one could adequately assess the danger of the growing threat. Occasionally, odd incidents happened in the Low Town sewers and in underground communication tunnels of the High Town. Underwater colonies ceased to exist; space transport self-destructed. Despite the growing number of such incidents, each of them has been rationalized by an official explanation.
However, during an ordinary operation to infiltrate a gang of the Low Town, undercover agents detected a clandestine genetics laboratory, and that discovery helped to bust open a whole network of conspirators (which included members of the government and combat bio-terroristic groups funded by Corporations). All the connections were not fully identified; and even the main ideology of the society remained a mystery, for representatives of different levels had their own motivation and acted in order to achieve their goals. However, the whole conspiracy undoubtedly had an organized guidance, albeit barely visible behind the seemingly chaotic displays and attacks.
Mission «Xenomorph» has been launched since the discovery of the conspiracy: it is a number of large-scale operational and combat activities to detect and eliminate all symptoms and effects of the project "Xenomorph". The System through the SSS (System Security Service) tried to limit the activities of the HTPD, but the scale of society destruction caused by «Xenomorph» and a high level of threat eventually resulted in police department cleaning up biological consequences of the project, detecting and destroying bio-terrorist groups, cutting off financial flows and identifying participation in corporate conspiracy.
The operation officially ended over twenty times, but then resumed again and again. After the last relaunch it was never officially completed until the Decline of the System.
"Progress is not only meant to provide comfort and better life, it also brings new and unknown threats ... Now we can deal with them", was said during the presentation of the new staff schedule at the Chiefs of Bureau meeting at the Central Department.
Development of the Reality (and primarily the Dual Reality system) resulted in the appearance of entirely new forms of crime, such as changing of the Reality that later on grew into the Architect Wars. Architects are those who had the sufficient intelligence to change the Reality "on the ball".
Having faced this kind of crime for the first time ever, Police Department reacted wrong by continually denying the possibility of substituting the Reality. Only after a devastating attack on one of the offices, Central Department reluctantly admitted the problem. The investigation revealed that during the entire two-hour disastrous battle NO ONE entered the building, and all this time the police were fighting with themselves, because for some of the units the Reality was completely modified, and they perceived their colleagues as the attackers.
The problem was solved in a straightforward yet effective manner. The legislation, prohibiting permanent connection to the Reality substituting the world, was passed. Complete transition to the Reality was made possible only through the landline stationary link. It didn’t get rid of the problem completely, because most of the time even a slower connection via a mobile link was enough for a malicious user to inject the fake world into a victim's mind, however it did get rid of 90% of attacks. The remaining 10% were put under control of the department of SSS (System Security Service).
Moreover, the legislation on the introduction of technical Operatives (that can fight as equals with the most skilful Architects) in the staff management framework (including «Reality Correctors») was rushed in the Senate. In cases when the power of target link was not enough, Corrector could always hit a target with a dart that would instantly increase susceptibility of the Reality, which means it was actually a connection to the Reality via a stationary link. On one hand, it had a negative affect, because the aim could take full advantage of the Reality, respond faster to the environment, shoot more accurately, etc. On the other hand, it would get hyper-sensitive to any attacks in the cyberspace.
All in all, ever since then every Chief of Bureau had control over a special "total shutdown" button that completely de-energized all links and transmitters of the Reality. So if somebody starts shooting you in the administration offices, and after switching off the Reality they continue to shoot, it's a good sign than the attack is real, and not just an imitation...
Robot Revolts is a common name for all cases of disobedience or abnormal activities of robots and autonomous systems.
This term was whipped up by journalists that, with great enthusiasm, were spreading the news about a scavenger robot turning dumpsters on the streets and presenting it as an attempt to overthrow the human race. Journalists would ignore the official public statements and explanations that the robot just lost one of the controllers, and that’s why at the attempt of emptying the dumpster into the garbage truck he didn't make it and scattered the trash all over the place. Even minor hacker attacks and hooliganism of techno-freaks did not in the slightest resemble a real rise of the machines, until a big and powerful force appeared. The Delici corporation was named after its founder, the genius roboteer Mr. Delici. At some point, his genius began moving in the wrong direction, and instead of being complacent, Mr. Delici got involved in techno occultism. He looked for soul in the lines of a code and movements of pneumatic mechanisms. And when he failed to find it, he decided to create it. Blending some occult sciences with the technological advances, Delici created an army of killer robots. He believed that only through murders and "sacrificial offerings" robots could regain their "freedom". Promoting the "freedom of conscience" for his robots, Delici, perhaps unwittingly, lifted any limit (such as harming a human) for his juggernaut machines. As a result, improving self-learning functionality the heavy trucks and loaders immediately came to the conclusion that by squashing a human being they would reduce the drive time for a few seconds, and it is quite profitable. The fighter robots conducted training shooting using people as moving targets and improving their algorithmic reactions.
The Police Department immediately responded and isolated the problem with a series of raids. They found out what the reason for the machines malfunctioning was, and who was responsible. During the final attack on Delici Hanging Gardens (that's what his manor in the Heaven city was called) Delici himself, apparently, was killed, and his Corporation was completely nationalized and placed under the control of the SSS with a further partial sale of his assets.
However, ever since then the fragments of "the Delici Code" tend to manifest in vacuum cleaning robots and autonomous orbital lighters, causing a lot of trouble. Delici’s body was never found, except a few fragments (officially, as a result of the 4-km high fall), and that added up to the mysteriousness of the story.
All in all, the robots of any kinds were the objects of special attention from the police, and up until the Decline of the System the Act on the Limitation of the Robot’s Use wasfloating around somewhere on the sidelines of the government. It was modified, but hasn't been passed, for having tin helpers in everyday life was a bit too comfortable.
The Mars War has become a difficult challenge for the Police. Military expeditions to Mars partially consisted of the colonial police. Officially, they were formed from the manpower of all HTPD departments. Due to the lack of volunteers, forced recruitment was introduced by the military.
Departure to the Red Planet as part of the army expeditionary force was often a one-way ticket. That the reason why the HTPD got involved into criminal activities by catching and sending homeless people and drug addicts with false documents as a part of the colonial police, instead of the real policemen. Certainly, such actions seriously undermined already low efficiency of the police in the Martian environment. After the System lost the war on the control over the Red Planet, colonial police forces were disbanded. However, these fake «police» forces have played the significant role in the civil war on Mars. Local junkie named Tim has been sent to Mars disguised as a policemen, and yet he became one of the most prominent figures of the Dark Times, the famous hero and the Defender of the Farms. He played a key role in the seige of the Northern Capital.
"But how? How on Earth?! Coward, idiot, junkie, complete loser... How did he do it? How did he manage? Are you sure that he is not a police agent in disguise?! Those cops... I hated them even on Earth!!!" – Scavengers Commander of the Marauders' Union