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Compound 13
Official Division: UPRD
Location: Southwest Egypt
Purpose: Research operations within the region of Sector 13, not including the southern portion of Italy.
Area of Interest: The northern segment of Africa, including Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, the majority of Algeria, and parts of Sudan, Chad, and Niger.


Introductory
Compound 13 is a research installation operated by the Universal Union's UPRD Division. It's exact location is unspecified due to its position in the middle of the Saharan Desert. With no nearby towns or villages from before the Union, is is generally considered to be in the "Southeastern Fields of Egypt". The primary objective of Compound 13 is to study flora and fauna that exists within Earth's inhospitable environments, as well as document emerging anomalous activity within Sector 13.

Compound 13 is considered very large in size, but also very standard in terms of operation. With a presence from all but one division of the UPRD, it is capable of a wide array of research. Furthermore, extension installations also exist from Compound 13 in order to cover the large landmass that is the Sahara Desert. Compound 13 also handles aquatic research along the shores of Northern Africa to include the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Atlantic Shores of North West Africa.

Compound 13 Layout
Compound 13 holds multiple research facilities under different UPRD division. While some of these divisions are larger than others among Compound 13, they are necessary for at least a few specific aspects of research directives within Sector 13. UPRD Divisions present within Compound 13 include:
  • Terrestrial Flora Division (TFoD)
  • Terrestrial Fauna Division (TFaD)
  • Terrestrial Microscopics Division (TMD)
  • Homosapien Physiological, Psychological, and Sociological Division (HPPSD)
  • Union Technological Adaptation Planning (UTAP)
  • Anomalic Investigations and Containment Division (AICD)
Each facility within Compound 13 is under command of a specific UPRD Division, though some facilities such as the HPPSD and TFoD are noticeably smaller in size within Compound 13. This is because of the arid and considerably barren nature of Sector 13.

Compound 13 facilities are under constant monitoring to ensure functioning HVAC and water systems. While failure of the HVAC system will result in considerably decreased personnel morale (possibly halting operations), the failure or lack of a water system is grounds for critical conditions in which water must be immediately air-dropped into the Compound until systems return to functional. Failure to carry out this protocol will result in the likely termination of all Compound 13 personmel within the spawn of two months. Because outlying and expansion installations rely on Compound 13 for water supply, and hold a much lower backup of water, ERF and RO personnel within Sector 13 have a life expectancy of around two weeks if water supply is cut.

Furthermore, Compound 13 and all auxilliary installations require avid supply of mapping and tracking devices along with proper training in said equipment. This is due to the high probability of becoming lost when carrying out expeditions into the unoccupied regions of Sector 13.

The following priority structures are located within Compound 13:

TFoD Facility
Despite Sector 13's inherent lack of flora, such specimens do exist, and are sought after for their resilient properties. While not the largest facility within Compound 13, it is still vital to UPRD operations within Sector 13. TFoD utilizes heavy use of expedition teams and places great emphasis on its auxilliary installations in order to compensate for the sparse and often uncommon occurance of desert flora. Xen flora is not abundant within Sector 13, and is considered rather rare. Because of the low population of Xen floral specimen within Sector 13, AICD has authorized the TFoD facility to contain it in a highly secure segment of the facility that AICD has access too.

Popular specimens include plants native to the Saharan Desert such as the Laperrine's Olive Tree, Saharan Cypress, Desert Thyme, Desert Gourds, and Euphorbia plants.
  • ERF 13-5, Lake Nasser, Egypt. Nile River region flora research.
  • ERF 13-6, Djelfa, Algeria. Western Sahara Desert and Northern Africa flora research.
  • RO 13-10, Miliana, Algeria. Northern Algeria flora observation.
  • RO 13-11, Sabha, Libya. Central Saharan desert flora observation.
  • RO 13-12, Minya, Egypt. Northern Nile River flora observation.

TFaD Facility
Similar to TFoD, TFaD's objective within Compound 13 is the study of arid desert life within Sector 13, with specific focus on animal resiliency within such an inhospitable climate. Auxilliary installations are numerous for the TFaD Facility as they are evenly distributed across the Saharan Desert. While normally unnecessary, the number of expansion installations has been placed because of the wide expanse of the Saharan Desert and the sparse occurance of life. With more research expeditions, frequency of discovery increases. Unlike the TFoD however, Xen wildlife is far more abundant, at least in comparison to Xen flora. Because of this, TFaD holds control over a containment wing within the AICD facility.

Popular fauna within the Sahara Desert include the Saharan Cheetah, Dromedary Camels, Cobras, and a multitude of different spiders, scorpions, and other animal life.
  • ERF 13-1, Tazirbu, Libya. Central Saharan fauna research.
  • ERF 13-2, Adrar, Algeria. Western Saharran fauna research.
  • ERF 13-3, Sirte, Libya. Northern Mediterranean shores aquatic fauna research.
  • ERF 13-4, Safi, Morocco. Atlantic shores aquatic fauna research.
  • RO 13-1, Karima, Sudan. South-Eastern Saharra observation.
  • RO 13-2, Marsa Matruh, Egypt. Eastern Mediterranean aquatic observation.
  • RO 13-3, Bahariya Oasis, Egypt. North-Eastern Sahara observation.
  • RO 13-4, Halayeb, Egypt. Red Sea aquatic observation.
  • RO 13-5, Omchi, Chad. South Central Saharan Desert observation.
  • RO 13-6, Waddan, Libya. North Central Saharan Desert observation.
  • RO 13-7, El Menia, Algeria. North-Western Saharan Desert Observation.
  • RO 13-8, Oran, Algeria. Western Mediterranean aquatic observation.
  • RO 13-9, Ahaggar, Algeria. South-Western Saharan Desert observation.

TMD Facility
The TMD located in Compound 13 are relatively minor, but have a unique role of studying microscopic organisms and contagions within arid environments. This gives the Union an insight on Earth's microorganisms that have adapted to become resistant to the heat. Their main area of operation is out of RO 13-14, but they also aid in research of mosquito-born diseases such as malaria.
  • RO 13-13, Ash Shalal, Sudan. Observes mosquito-born diseases.
  • RO 13-14, Outer City 40, City Contagion observation.

HPPSD Facility
The smallest facility within Compound 13, the HPPSD within Sector 13 studies the effects of climate exposure and isolation in relation to open, arid environments. Experiments are often carried out with City 40 fugitives, carrying them out into the middle of the Sahara and letting them loose. At this point, they are monitored by on-hand observation equipment. This equipment is often latched to the person and cannot be reliably removed or destroyed without triggering kill switches or causing considerable pain to the subject during the removal process. Subjects are often monitored as they attempt to maneuver the Sahara Desert, noting instances of delirium, despair, and the effects of dehydration until the individual eventually dies and is retrieved. Past this, they also monitor and run mandated test within City 40.
  • RO 13-15, Baris, Egypt. Runs climate exposure tests and observation.
  • RO 13-16, Outer City 40, City Sociology Research.

UTAP Facility
The UTAP are another minor facility within Compound 13, and are tasked with the development of environmental utilities, especially along the line of cooling/ventilation. The Sahara proves an ample testing ground for this. Technologies such as suit cooling attachments, area cooling, and more are developed by the UTAP. The only research outpost ran by UTAP is RO 13-17, Southeast Libya. Testing and trial runs of deployed cooling technologies is ran here.

AICD Facility
The Saharan Desert is a very large expanse of land, and even more so, an expanse of land with much buried beneath its shifting sands. With the inherently chaotic nature of the portal storms that ravaged Earth long ago, and the Xen energies that seeped into Earth itself, even the depths of the Sahara may hold anomalies that need to be found and contained. As of now, current anomalies include [DATA SURPRESSED].
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Second entry in the UPRD Installation series. Thought I'd tackle Northern Africa this time. Next up will likely either be southern asia (India, China, Japan) or South America. If you'd like to pick one you'd like to see go ahead and PM me, but no guarantees either way. Let me know what you think about this, along with any questions you may have.

Also, I think some mysterious/interesting lore bits could be suggested involving the Pyramids and buried civilizations. LOTS of potential there for spooky shit. Wink wink.
 
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