The Star Army Research Administration is the Star Army of Yamatai's centralized scientific research, technology development, and space exploration agency. It coordinates and engages scientists across the Star Army of Yamatai as well as civilian contractors. It identifies gaps and potential future developments, as well as encourages the creation of new ideas. It also liaises closely with the Scientific Studies Service (SSS). SARA's motto is “Solving Tomorrow's Problems Today”.
SARA was formed in YE 22.
In YE 31, Shinja Fujita became the commander of SARA. After 10 years of being at the forefront of Star Army technology, things slowed down in the YE 30s to the point SARA gained a reputation for being a bunch of lazy geeks who collect paychecks without really delivering anything of real value. This was due to a lack of new major projects.
In YE 42, Taisho Ketsurui Yui was so frustrated with the lack of activity in SARA that she fired its commander, Chujo Shinja Fujita3). During the same year, Chujo Iemochi Feyani, who reformed the Star Army Military Police, decided to petition Hanako for the opportunity to try her hand at invigorating and renewing SARA. She was subsequently appointed as the new Director, formed the Divisions and brought in the Innovation Awards Scheme.
It is composed of four Divisions, which consist of Star Army Science Officers and Star Army Engineers with experience in specific areas, though transfers are fluid. These consist of Acquisitions, Research, Development and Testing Divisions. They are each headed by a Taisa. Star Army Science Officers or Star Army Engineers can wear the patch of their Division, which are then displayed on their uniform, in the same place Star Army Rangers position theirs. All such patches have a colouration of science-green and black. These patches are only allowed to be worn if the individual is formally on a given assignment from the Star Army Research Administration, or if they have received an Innovation Award while wearing a patch, in which case they may wear that patch in perpetuity.
The Acquisitions Division works closely with Star Army Logistics and civilian companies to acquire new technologies for the Star Army of Yamatai. They have liaison Star Army Science Officers that constantly monitor and visit civilian companies, to keep a strong working relationship with the civilian sectors. Anything useful that is being produced by the civilian sector that may be of help to the Star Army of Yamatai is given due consideration and guidance for specifications that the Star Army Research Administration would find most beneficial. Depending on whether these specifications are taken onboard, will determine whether Star Army Research Administration gives its recommendation to Star Army Logistics for them to begin monetary and contractual talks.
In this light, they detail specifications for gaps in the Star Army's scientific capabilities and work with Star Army Logistics to give bounties for inventive solutions. These bounties can be filled either from an external product, or one coming from within the Star Army's ranks. They also monitor new inventions that are reported to have been made using Star Army of Yamatai equipment and facilities, or made with its money, or while in its service, as it contractually has claims to such inventions. They also work with Star Army Personnel Command to identify civilian scientists who have potential and would be accepted as Santô Juni.
The Acquisitions patch resembles a brain being lowered into two awaiting hands, which are upturned to receive it.
The Research Division is the centralised command for Star Army Science Officers. Every Star Army Science Officer gives reports on their research and exploration results and efforts, if they don't have any current projects, SARA will assign one. They provide assistance in developing ideas, have committees and boards of specialists who can conference over Virtual Collective Experience.
The Research Division's patch resembles a mixing flask with a test tube crossing over it.
The Development Division is the manufacturing wing of SARA. It has dedicated facilities for prototyping, test runs and limited runs. As opposed to the mass manufacturing sections of the Star Army of Yamatai, these are directed by SARA as a large amount of alterations and revisions, as well as close supervision, is required. They also liaise with businesses who are in the process of developing products that the Star Army of Yamatai may want to utilise.
The Development Division also houses the centralised R&D command for Star Army Technicians and Star Army Engineers. It provides resources, templates and plans for Engineers to prototype with, as well as assists them with developing their own products. Oftentimes, a Star Army Science Officer may be networked with a Star Army Engineer elsewhere, so they may work on a project together.
The Development Division's patch resembles an assembly table, with a robotic arm leaning over as if to grab something.
The Testing Division is the experimental wing of SARA. People who work for this Division are considered to be a little bit unstable. Their work includes testing experimental weapons, starfighters, vehicles and other such things. As they go through an extraordinary amount of STs, members are nicknamed “Busters”.
The Testing Division's patch resembles the classic testing dummy circle with four quadrants.
As part of the Innovations Awards scheme, companies outside the Star Army of Yamatai who provide a new technology that is later adopted by the Star Army of Yamatai may apply to receive a platinum plaque from the Acquisitions Division. It is shaped as a hinomaru. On the back is inscribed, “For providing the future.” Acquisitions administers this award.
As part of the Innovations Awards scheme, individuals who come up with a new technology that is later adopted by the Star Army of Yamatai may apply to receive a platinum belt buckle from the Research Division. It is shaped as a Star Army Type 35 Belt buckle and can be used in the same capacities. On the back is inscribed, “For dreaming the future.”
As part of the Innovations Awards scheme, individuals who make the final prototype for a new technology that is later adopted by the Star Army of Yamatai may apply to receive a solid gold caliper with a stand from the Research Division. It is entirely functional and is incribed with the text, “For building the future”.
As part of the Innovations Awards scheme, individuals who take part in a successful field test of a technology that is later adopted by the Star Army of Yamatai may apply to receive a lapel pin from the Testing Division. This is shaped in the design of the Division's insignia and cast in gold. This insignia is the classic testing dummy circle with four quadrants, two of which are filled in. It can be worn on the formal Star Army Duty Uniform, Type 42, traditionally above the ribbons. On the back is inscribed, “For bringing the future.”
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