'Quick' various other tidbits involving the game. These do not have to involve everyone's characters; they are merely fill-ins on how 'most' of 'society' in this game is ran as a nigh whole.
Freeport is a city on Atlantis that has been established through a Technological Alliance between countries(U.S, Russia, Germany, Japan, U.K, South Korea, Finland, France, Canada, China.) It is also considered to be one of the first cities that was pioneered after the discovery of the foreign planet and is also the only independent(for the most part) city on Atlantis. To begin with, Freeport has no true governing body, taxation and what valuable resources are often divided between the Tech Alliance of those formally mentioned countries. Most of its control is manged by a mayor who is often elected as a figurehead and representative after a vote of candidates is decided upon from the Tech Alliance; although he or she has little, direct power over the city.
Freeport has no military, but this is not to say it is a defenseless city. Many different tech from the conjoined alliance finds its way into Freeport; various new weapons, defensive advancements, and even androids of military grade end up in the police unit of the city. Still the majority of these are often prototypes and it isn't unheard of for the city to be 'gifted' with older models of whatever protective technology many years later. Sometimes prototypes are even allowed to be kept within the city after their trail runs are complete, to see how long of an operating lifespan it may possess.
Beyond the countries that aided in colonizing it, Freeport is an open city that allows mostly any individual from any country to make a living within it. With the Tech Alliance it is rare to unheard of for the city to be targeted for attacks since such would be met in retaliation by a conjoined force of powers. With the trial hardware or older hardware it receives, it is still capable of defending itself with its police force; unless it is up against a full high tech military invasion. Still, since its founding Freeport has never face any dangerous assaults from other countries. What dangers may surface would be that of minor rioters from the lesser class that has often been quelled in extreme circumstances.
The segregation factors on Earth and Atlantis play into two major roles; the class system and the taboos of being or becoming a meta.
Hierarchy systems have always existed in human history; though with where technology now stands as it is today, the lines of importance are seen far more clearly. One is either born into wealth or struggles to ascend to a first class citizen; those that fall into as second classes can count their blessings. The lives of third class civilians are in a completely different league. There is no telling which day when a Meta or Human may find themselves replaced with a better working force either from that of androids or other humans or metas that will fill in their place. Unemployment is common ground and it is no surprise that third class citizens may find themselves bouncing from one job to the next in desperate hopes to avoid potential enslavement. This is the cruel reality of the world that many are faced with. It shouldn't be any surprise where higher class citizens may use or abuse their superior status in weeding out the unfit or completely replacing them. In many years such diversity has resulted to rebellions and strikes from third classes that were just as quickly and easily oppressed. In time many have accepted their fates or gave up into selling themselves, fell victim to debt, or just got in the bad with the law.
The division between the metas and humans is from the basis that a human is no longer considered human once applying mechanical hardware to their bodies. Several centuries ago it was not deeply looked upon as of today. In truth, with the technological advancements of mechanical limbs, it helped paved the way of future robotics and the later birth of the androids. Though over the continuous span of years a clear rift between humans and metas was visible and the fear and dangers of them begun to over weigh most rationality of equality. In time, most metas were reduced to third class citizens and it is rare these days for any to be anything higher than that. The same majority are employed to general labor, Metas that may be of military use may of already had such training as humans and possibly lost their limbs as a result. Still, these metas and their hardware are in service strictly to military and should they retire, their limbs will be replaced by less dangerous models. Over all, most metas are faced with scorn and disdain given the fact that even in the class system they can easily replace humans in the working force. It isn't unheard of for businesses to often employ metas over humans, since one the pay is no different, two it is cheaper than buying an android, and three a meta can often do more than human depending on their specs; plus with how business is ran these days, they can just as easily be replaced or dismissed for better models.
For the other two races.
Androids are solely built to serve out their owner's wishes. For the most part, they are not treated as humans, they are mainly seen as possessions and tools by most of the world. As a result, they are not trialed for any actions nor are they considered to have any rights. As machines they are generally handled as such and are usually sent back if they start exhibiting defective qualities. Their treatment is entirely up to their owner(s.) Although there has been small groups of human activists in the past trying to get better treatment for androids; these attempts have blown up in smoke.
Sub-humans are mostly looked upon as exotic, humanoid, animal pets. They too aren't trialed for any actions and have no rights of their own. As a new, living species there are groups also trying to push for better rights involving sub humans; but again, this too is having hardly any impact and will likely not come to pass any time soon.
Slavery is a common and acceptable theme in the World, not just on Atlantis; but also on Earth. With the advancements of technological the worth of human life has dwindle due to the class system. Most working force individuals can easily be replaced by that of machines, even that of working low tech is easily affordable to business owners that wish to cut corners. There are also the metas who may have exceptional skills to make them just as valuable as machines and just as less respected. The only difference between being a citizen and being a slave is that slaves have nearly no rights. Slaves do not get paid(unless their owners are generous,) slaves are at the complete mercy of those that purchased them. A citizen can still press charges of anything that may be unlawful to them, but a slave is incapable of relying on the law for any protection. Of course most slaves are still considered 'property' in society, so outside forces damaging them can be held accountable by said slave's owner. Lets take a gander at each race and its role on both slavery and citizenship.
Humans: The only prime ones that benefit or suffer greatly from the class system, for a human they either hit it off wonderfully in society, just got by, or find themselves in a possible living hell. In the world of humans it is simple to be outranked in terms of physique or other capabilities beyond their realm due to the advancements of technological with races that are given such attributes. It shouldn't come to any surprise that many humans sell their lives to become slaves; maybe as a means to benefit a family member or friend or perhaps they fell into that status from debt collectors or crime. Regardless, humans are often considered the cheapest and most affordable of slaves due to other races easily outclassing them. Humans are the core race that can be found to be in possession of over 90% of slaves.
Metas: Metas are just like humans, the only difference is the machine parts installed within or attached to their bodies. The other difference is the parts of segregation that force most metas into third class citizens. Only few metas make second class and those are usually in service of military or police forces due to the higher grade of hardware installed on/within them; although this hardware is replaced with something lesser should they retire from the force. Just like humans, metas often either sell themselves to benefit a family member or they are forced into such roles due to debt or crime. Metas are slightly more valuable then humans given whatever mechanical traits they may possess. Metas in very rare cases can own slaves, but these cases are base on the Meta's status in society; in an affordability sense.
Androids: Androids are the only race that cannot be truly considered slaves. They are merely products of mankind, but they are not technically 'free,' either. They are just another commodity to own. In the world, there are many different sorts of androids, the civilian grade ones that are often used as general housekeeping, entertainment, or even pleasure. Their prices are usually cheap and more affordable, even for some second class citizens. Then there are the military grade ones, ones that are often used as personal bodyguards to first class citizens. These are the types that can be expected patrolling large businesses and corporations. These are the types that will be safeguarding banks and private residences. Between military and civilian class, the price difference is clearly that of night and day. Regardless, most androids are primary built to serve whatever task given to them and those that disobey orders are treated as defective. Androids cannot own slaves.
Subs: The Sub-humans are unique creatures and given their rather exotic and humanoid animal appeals, they make prized targets for slavery. Sub-humans have no freedom, many are often chipped to allow better communication with; but beyond that they are kept on a tight leash. Sub-humans are not given a currency chip, such is considered highly unnecessary for them. Their roles often serve as unique pets, guard creatures, or maybe even more perversions depending on their owner. All subs are considered slaves in society, a sub can never earn citizenship. Subs also cannot have slaves of their own.
The worldly currency on Earth and Atlantis is that of credits. Humans, Metas, and in some rare cases even Androids are all chipped with a digital wallet in their bodies. This makes thievery much harder(but not impossible) due to signature imprints that nearly prevent ones income within themselves being stolen by someone else. Also another function of the currency is that nearly all purchases are automatically taxed during transactions. There have been illegal loopholes where one can easily 'gift' another a set amount of credits without being taxed; but this in itself is a major crime.
Credit currency serves as a two decimal figure at base with numbers making up the bulk of any wealth. Credits are also similar to distant past USDs to their value.
Common credit network on slaves is as follows
Humans 1,000.00 - 10,000.00
Metas 1,500.00 - 45,000.00
Anthros 5,000.00 - 75,000.00
Androids are not considered slaves, but products. Their general prices can vary greatly, at cheapest.
Older Models 1,000.00 - 25,000.00
Newer Models 25,000.00 - 275,000.00
Older Models 15,000.00 - 50,000.00
Newer Models 100,000.00 - 1,000,000.00+