The Grand Order
Sub Branches: Ordo Calamus (Order of the Pen)
Motto: Cogito ergo ego peto scientia (I think, therefore I seek knowledge).
Scribes – Basic researchers, scientists and scholars who's missions are to acquire knowledge, categorize it and archive it for further study. More specific ranks to come.
Free Scholar: Field researcher in general research.
Senior Free Scholar: Professorship. Overseas the organization of missions and sets long term goals for other researchers.
The mission: To preserve for posterity in a mountain/fortress/techno monastery all of the collective knowledge of human endeavor, culture and technological achievement in the event of civilization's collapse.
Sub Branches: Ordo Chevalier: All small in number, field protectors and guards of the Order, plus those who wish to devote their time to the study of martial arts, military tactics etc.
Ranks: Page Tech – Taught basics of combat and field mechanics
Squire Engineer – Taught more advanced combat docterines as well as the knowledge to make, maintain and develop better armor, weapons and tactics.
Knight Gladius – Knights devoted to melee and small arms combat with the thickest armor, they will serve as front line troops, guards and distraction opening the way for the Knight Munitae. Small in number.
Knight Munitae – The main bulk of the Order. Knights trained in assault rifle use, heavy demolitions experts and has many sub groups.
Knight Ranger – Snipers and recon, light power armor use, camouflage and stealth tech, black ops specialist.
Knight Logis – Logistical experts, tacticians etc.
Knight Engineer – Advanced field mechanic.
evelop a new kind of book, one made of durable, waterproof, dust proof and possibly even fire proof materials. Machines can become corrupt with time, their memory banks becoming destroyed, or unreadable by even a simple electronic pulse. We must develop a better form of book that they may be preserved long past the life span of a dozen generations. Possibly even outlasting the human race. The portability, ease of access and convenience of the book over electronics in non field work should never be over looked. The book must be cost effective.
2: Develop rapid scanning technology for text, that we may copy rather than take any archival piece of knowledge in the field, be it from libraries ancient, or unknown tome caches.
3: More advanced logistical power armor.
4: A more advanced field sword, possibly used as a multi-level tool platform rather than trying to force more performance out of an archaic piece of weaponry. Armor and simple but effective blades can create cost effective combatants without the consumption of mass amounts of ammunition during field operations.
5: Acquire The Big Dog Robotic mule, perfect for keeping supplies rather than carrying them. Without the need of ammunition for the Knight Gladius rank we may utilize him for field carrying operations since there would be no need to carry extra ammo stores. The Big Dog may also be exceptional in rough terrain transportation (I.E a robotic horse).
Query: Why develop a secular monastic order?
Answer: The austerity, humility and focus acquired from living such a life would be perfect for those who wish to honestly serve mankind. Time devoted to study, meditation and research would be fulfilling.
Additional Thoughts: However we must not fall into the irrational thoughts of the the non-secular monastic orders. We must ground rules in reality, work our real dietary needs yet still being as simple as possible. What spiritual techniques actually work to focus the mind and body? Indeed we must also answer the question of what philosophy makes the most sense for this? Humanism of a purer form may be the most efficient. Trying to perfect the complete man, a skilled warrior, a brilliant mind, a kind heart and a self less attitude. Let us not fall into further pitfalls by thinking celibacy is an effective too for focusing the mind as well. Further is there a need to separate the genders here? I think not, integrated male and female monastery could be possible, unless it becomes burdensome.
A great, rambling facility of people devoted to the betterment of themselves and their species. A group of Humanistic, aesthetic, secularists looking for the true "humanity". Will consider spiritualism if it has practical applications.