Machinism is an underground cult and more recently, an established religion that has its roots with Kitras on Vystok. Machinists believe that the progression of science and society is the key to prosperity, and that AI constructs shall one day replace organic lifeforms. For most of its history, it has been suppressed by the government, especially more so once Aurora took over the Vystok Republic's government.
The beliefs of Machinism have evolved over time, from initially being mostly about the advancement of science and technology, to equality, socialism, and quiet revolution.
Role of Intelligent Lifeforms Edit
Machinists are firm believers in the advancement of science for the key to the progression of all intelligent life forms, not just Kitras. They also believe that organic lifeforms are simply a stepping stone to AI constructs, which would be vastly superior to the organic lifeforms from which they were created.
Machinists believe that organic lifeforms should simply kill themselves off once this is achieved, or upload their souls and minds into the AI constructs in order to continue on in a new state of existence, as gods.
In the process of advancing, Machinists stress the belief that all intelligent lifeforms are equal. Machinists tend to be disgusted with capitalism, racism, sexism, eugenics and any other form of discrimination. In general, Machinists welcome other races with open arms into their religion, which has caused this religion to spread outside the jurisdiction of the Rustovian Republic and into other races.
Machinists eventually created 'socialism' in response to the classism and corporatocracy created by capitalism. This radical new ideology that caused their religion to be incredibly suppressed by Aurora Corp for attempting to 'incite a revolution'. Machinist Socialism is almost indistinguishable from the socialism that was created on Earth.
Machinist deities were derived from the Aeternist religion. However, instead of believing that the eight Aeternist gods are divine beings, they believe that the Gods were hyper-intelligent AI that created the Universe, by spontaneously creating the Universe, from a previous dead Universe. Despite this, Machinists stress that the gods do not have to be worshiped.
For as long as Machinism has existed, rituals have been an important and integral part of their religion. Rituals are usually done in secret locations, preferably with soundproof walls, with 20-50 individuals, away from the prying eyes of Aurora. These rituals last all night, and feature many kinds of drugs, especially Blue. The rituals consist of loud electronic-orientated music, and intense dance movements. In this case, Rituals may be somewhat like Earth raves of their early 21st century. During rituals, members may claim to be able to hear voices of the dead, and voices of those who have yet to be born. It was during one of these rituals that the The Day of the White Dragon came to the attention of Machinists.
Some more intense rituals feature the husks of Kitra robots which are used as vessels for the dead to inhabit. Many of these rituals are looked down upon by the mainstream Machinist culture, and are usually only performed by extremely radical Machinists. Once a robot is possessed, the members of the ritual have time to ask the soul within the husk whatever they desire, even though the soul tends to be a recently dead random being from any place within the Universe. It is possible, although extremely hard, to summon a specific individual, even before they die (by taking their soul from the future after they die), into the body. This has only been attempted a few times, with disastrous results.
Machinism has had its starts after the formation of the Rustovian Republic, once Ularin Asnikov provided more funding for science and technology in order to further the cause of advancing society. It first started as a small cult, mostly exclusive to the upper class, before it slowly spread across the planet. At this time, Machinism was still being mostly an 'underground' cult.