The Species Restriction Order was a move to standardize the personnel of the Star Army of Yamatai to bodies with digital minds and flight capabilities. It became controversial and was repealed a year later, after many officers and soldiers left the military rather than change bodies. OOCly, the order was a successful part of Wes's strategy to send players to the newly-formed Nepleslian faction.
From: Taisho Yui
To: All Star Army Personnel
In YE 30 the Species Restriction Order was repealed.
In October 2019, Wes explained “People give the Species Restriction Order a lot of flak for good reasons but it was well-intentioned and written by Yui, a neko, so it was reasonable for her to be like “everyone transfer into supersoldier nekos bodies or no promotions.” On the other hand it was culturally inept, but Ketsurui Yui was literally raised by a war robot so it makes sense she's a good warrior but not the greatest at human politics. At the same time, on the OOC side the SRO did exactly what it was supposed to do: It jump-started the fledgling Nepleslia when we were trying to make the first non-Yamatai faction by diverting players who wanted to play humans and stuff towards Nepleslia for a while. Nepleslia's success paved the way for other factions. If the SRO didn't happen Star Army could still be a site where only the Star Army of Yamatai is played.”
Fred added “Wes also gets a lot of flak for the Species Restriction Order; when I was the co-admin that actually pushed for it. I expressed annoyance that Yamatai was getting plenty of Nepleslian characters whom where then being liabilities in neko plots; there were more Nepleslian PCs in Yamatai plots than they were in Nepleslia itself and they brought with them disgusting smoking, gum and tobacco chewing and somehow could rarely adhere to the rules to not consume those while on a tour of duty because - of course - rebellious edgy character flaws. And I was like “Why don't they go on thier own ships?!”
Wes saw the silver-lining on that, and was moved to implement the Species Restriction Order in order to kill two birds with one stone: standardize the Star Army crews to Nekovalkyrja even on the player average; while having an active funnel of players that wanted to play Nepleslian characters be funneled towards the Nepleslian plots. Nepleslia's FM and GM at the time, Tom, was an amazing roleplayer, referee and animator for the Street War plot he had going… but unfortunately relatively unknown and unsung. This gave him that chance to step up and create one of the more wonderful plots SARP has known - the NSS Alliance - which was the Ark that birthed the whole Nepleslian renaissance and directed the DIoN towards what it is today.
Unfortunately, the participants carried a lot of OoC vitriol along, somehow remaining very adversarial with Wes (and me) at the time. Watching for hidden barbs or veiled threats when the truth was that we both wanted Nepleslia to be successful (Wes was happy to have a more engaging setting, while I was happy one of my own roleplayers - Tom - was enjoying a mindblowing degree of success).”