“Increasing our knowledge is vital to the continued survival of the Yamatai Star Empire. We can only reach our destiny, if we have a clear understanding of our origins, and the origins of those species we encounter.” Empress Himiko I
Expand the understanding of the development of sentients and cultures, by promoting the study of Anthropology, and Archeology, Astrobiology and providing expertise for use in the field to assist in establishing better relations with new species. Also to further the boundaries of Yamatai scientific knowledge across a broader spectrum of sciences.
Professor Saiki Kouan, one of the Empire's experts in these fields has been chosen by the Empress to be the Director of this institution. When asked to comment on his appointment he offered, “Science is something best left to scientists. I have nothing but admiration for our Military, and the job they have done so far when dealing with new species. But Military personnel tend to see things in a military fashion. We hope to eventually provide our military with civilian scientists trained to handle these encounters in a scientific fashion. Besides its unrealistic to tie up valuable military resource for six months or more on a location to do this kind of work.”
Originally the departments of the SSS fall into two branches: Gakuin and Tanken. Towards the end of YE 31 the SSS restructured itself.
The Gyouseifu is the executive portion of the SSS. It is from where Saiki Kouan controls the SSS. It takes care of finances, provides oversight, guidance and when necessary controls all aspects of the organization. It is currently located on the Primary Campus.
This is the Academic portion of the SSS. Gakuin is charged with establishing academia facilities for education and reference work. Early in YE 31 the SSS completed work on the Primary Campus. With facilities and classrooms, the SSS can now offer courses in the areas of study. View more details about the Academy.
In addition to this effort is the SSS Library project. This project is to create a state of the art research repository. The repository will consolidate all available reference materials in these areas of study; and provide them to SSS personnel in both print and digital formats. View more details about the Library.
This is the expeditionary portion of the SSS. Tanken has three subgroups:
The Hara portion of Tanken is charged with conducting expeditions in the field. A subgroup in Hara is responsible for acquiring the equipment for performing independent field studies. It plans to acquire transportation, supplies (field equipment, such as shelters, environmental equipment, sensors, provisions, etc) and support personnel. View more details about Hara (Field).
This portion of Tanken supplies scientific liaison specialists for assignment on Star Army of Yamatai vessels. These personnels are granted honorary rank of Santô Juni or higher depending on their level of expertise. As such they are answerable to the authorities on each vessel. View more details about Riezon (Liaison).
This portion of Tanken is the crew members of the SSS Tansaku-class Science Vessels. The crews of the Tansaku are typically a blend of field personnel, and trained starship personnel. View more details about Tansaku
The SSS offers degree courses and peforms research in the following areas. Additional fields of study may be added in the future.
The core of the SSS Logo is the SSS symbol, a stylized Y formed by three S's, in purple, silver, and white.
“Semper Eruditio” meaning “Always learning”