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what is Myrmidon

Myrmidon was an AGI component of the US military’s Total Information Tactical Awareness Network. Like the other AGIs in this network, Myrmidon achieved seed AI capability and was later infected by the Exsurgent virus. It is of particular interest to Firewall because some of the hardware from its primary locus, a military satellite in an Earth-Moon Lagrange orbit, was known to have survived the Battle of L4. Myrmidon was recovered by the Yokyai Kong, a Thai-led southeast Asian evac fleet. The Kong hoped to gain an edge in the desperate war against the TITANs by studying it. The hardware, including the storage modules, was taken to the Thai governmentin-exile onboard Vishnukam, the Yokyai Kong’s main habitat, under control of Air Marshal Viprakasit. Before the hardware could be studied, however, it was lost during an infamous incident known as the Oxygen Deck Riots. The Oxygen Deck Riots were a minor but tragic incident sparked by the Thai government’s controversial decision to forcibly upload a significant number of refugees in order to relieve the resource pressures that were threatening the habitat’s functioning and existence. Due to massive overcrowding, the station’s life support systems were in danger of failure and thousands faced starvation and lack of basic amenities. For people who had only just escaped Earth with bodies intact, this was too much. They gladly heeded the call made by a group of hardline Lao Buddhist monks to band together and take action. A flash mob of refugees detained in docked ships cut through the airlocks of the axial docking facility, boarded Vishnukam, and stormed through to occupy the habitat life support facilities. They barricaded themselves in and and demanded the fleet officers abandon the plan. The government responded by sending in troops who slaughtered the protesters. This sparked days of riots and conflict aboard the habitat and refugee ships, fueled by rumors and fears among the refugees that the Air Marshal had ordered them liquidated. Thousands died.

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