Mount Olivia Research & Development Centre

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The Mount Olivia Research & Development Centre - Centro Ricerca e Sviluppo Monte Olivia - is the central R&D site of the Imperial Curia, operated under the auspices of ARSS and the War Research Service. Located in southern Auresia at the base of the Atenian Mountains, it is a sprawling, high-security site that houses numerous facilities dedicated to a vast array of research disciplines. It is the single largest complex in the ARSS network. The installation is also known informally by its official listing in the Imperial Facilities Registry - Facility NÂș 3826.

The MORDC is located at the southern end of Fort Olivia, a major base of the Imperial Armed Forces that serves as protector of the vast installation. Access to MORDC is achieved via a secure route through Fort Olivia itself. From the air, the MORDC appears as a several large buildings around a central dome, connected via small scale, localized transport rail which connects to a central spur which runs outside of the complex.with the fencing and walls of the military base encompassing it, as well, but clearly delineating its separation.

MORDC is separated into four sectors - north, east, west, and south - each of which is home to a complex of facilities which house the laboratories of each of the Four Departments of ARSS. Only dedicated personnel working at Olivia know the layout and the identification system of the buildings. Were one to move about the complex, the laboratories in each sector have only the letter-number identifier on the plate mounted at the entryway. These simple safeguards are intentional and tend to be quite effective. Some foreign scientists and engineers are permitted within Mount Olivia, though this is limited to those of allied states, and those so permitted are required to undergo a thorough security check.

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Sectors

Central - Dome

Situated at the center MORDC, the Olivia Dome is the central administration and coordination facility for the entire installation. Here one finds Administration, Logistics and the Planning & Review Section. Key to the Dome is the conference chambers and offices of the men and women of the Select Committee, who all serve as the collective leadership of both ARSS and Olivia itself.

North - Exis

The Exis Complex - Engineering Dept

Total floor space - 106,000 sq m.

  • W-4 Communications Research - where Olivia maintains testing and development of communications systems and technology.
  • W-8 Optical Research - home to extensive research into optics and light manipulation. It was site of the development work on the optics used by the Heliolux Fleet.
  • W-12 Audiological Research - dedicated to studies on sound and soundwave dynamics. These works are intended for a wide array of potential uses. Some theories in W-12 are focused on medical work.
  • W-13 Testing - a generalized facility with individually contained testing areas for a wide range of experimentation. It is used for small-scale mechanical and non-chemical projects.
  • W-42 Magnetodynamics Research - home to R&D centered on magnetics, hydraulics and the various potentials of those aspects.
  • W-66 Architectural Research - focuses its energies on developing and testing new methods for construction and materials handling in the construction fields. Two popular themes currently are "hexacrete" construction and underwater construction testing. At one end of the building is the "hexacrete archipelago" of structures built as part of testing and proving the hexacrete style.
  • W-90 Mechanical Research - mechanical engineering, testing, research and development.

East - Hesperidium

The Hesperidium Complex - Medical Sciences Dept

Total floor space - 72,000 sq m.

  • Y-9 Rehabilitation Research - Focuses on the evaluation and assessment of physical rehabilitation methods for treating patients recovering from serious surgery or injury.
  • Y-17 Surgical Research - This complex evaluates and experiments with surgical methods and techniques. It is under heavy security and has extensive safeguards and containment systems meant to limit exposure of anything within to the outside world. Y-17 is sometimes host to experimental surgeries and procedure evaluation.
  • Y-29 Bacteriological Research - studies bacteria, with a primary focus on containment, treatment, and handling. There has been the occasional accusation of the Empire working on bacteriological weaponry. ARSS never discusses these accusations.
  • Y-38 Virological Research - studies viruses, with a primary focus on containment, treatment, and handling. There has been the occasional accusation of the Empire working on viral weaponry. ARSS never discusses these accusations.
  • Y-41 Immunological Research - studies immunity and means of improving health through improved immunity to illness. Also studies and tests vaccines.
  • Y-53 Pharmacological Research - Analyzes, evaluates, and studies the medicinal properties of compounds and their potential uses in medical treatment.

West - Telesphon

The Telesphon Complex - Biological Sciences Dept

Total floor space - 69,500 sq m.

  • X-2 Aquatarium - home to pioneering marine biological research, testing and development. This includes studies on possibilities of natural hormones and chemicals of sea-based life in a variety of fields. There are several underwater study areas within this laboratory.
  • X-14 Inheritance Science Research - a laboratory dedicated to inheritance and selective breeding sciences. Numerous foci around these topics are of increasingly expanding interest and are proving increasingly fruitful and of interest to Auresian research.
  • X-22 Botanical Research - studies plants and develops uses for them with primary focus on medical and commercial applications. Likewise, it works to expand knowledge on the sum of the botanical sciences.
  • X-55 Innovative Toxins Research - home to research and development of anti-toxins and anti-venoms for dangerous poisons and toxic substances, as well as general study and research of a wide array of toxins and poisons. Efforts also focus on the isolation and neutralization of said substances. This facility is primarily used by the Chemical Warfare Service.
  • X-73 Chemical Research - focused on full scale chemical research and analysis. Isolated, dedicated testing rooms are available for on-site testing.
  • X-90 Agricultural Research - engaged in the study of seeds, plants, planting, and harvesting methods. The lab also seeks new methods and means to improve and increase viable food production.

South - Lazarus

The Lazarus Complex - Advanced Systems Dept

Total floor space - 93,000 sq m.

  • Z-3 Applied Development Research - is a heavily secured section that is not open to staff without prior clearance. Only a small number of scientists and technicians are permitted access, and the purpose of Z-3 is not known outside of its staff and MORDC administration. Access is typically limited to those with Red clearance or above.
  • Z-8 Incinergenics Research - home to a variety of works centered on the development and testing of a wide variety of technologies centered on explosives, thermodynamic studies and other related topics. This facility also works on fuels research and development.
  • Z-22 Materials Research - home to research focused on the study and further development of potential commercial, industrial and military applications of the various ores and other materials that occur naturally.
  • Z-37 Incomp Laboratory - home to the furtherance and development of the mathematical sciences and their applications in every imaginable field of research. Expanded methods of calculation science are also a focus. The laboratory also studies computational systems.
  • Z-48 Thaumaturgics Research - home to the study of the theoretical sciences and testing the development of new methods and systems. The name of the facility reflects an old name used in Auresia for philosophical study and development.
  • Z-71 Fuels Research - engaged in the development and testing of potential alternative fuel and energy sources.

Ancillary Facilities

Weather Station

Also known as the X-17 Meteorological Station, it is located just east of the Telesphon Complex. It studies and tracks the weather and is home to the government's observatory and weather monitoring unit.

Testing Range

Located in the northwest, between the Telesphon Complex and the Exis Complex. It is home to extensive weapons and ordnance testing.

  • X-7a Artillery Station - home to eight artillery cannons of four different calibres - 88mm, 127mm, 254mm, and 381mm - used to test-fire specially prepared ordnance used for testing new explosive compounds, chemicals, and other materials intended for military use. Its test firings are always done into X-7b, at the northern end of the Testing Range, known as "Boom Town".
  • X-7b Target Site - nicknamed Boom Town, where a variety of explosives are tested within simulated setups that mimic the layout of city streets or small town neighborhoods. This area is also used for targeting when heavier ordnance is tested at the X-7a Artillery Station. This area is also frequently used by the Siege Engineering Service.

Rail Yard

The rail line that delivers supplies and personnel to MORDC terminates at the yard located in the northeast of the entire sprawling complex, between the Telesphon Complex and the Hesperidium Complex. It is fenced off separate from the rest of the complex and is heavily secured.

Power Plant

Located in the southeast, between the Telesphon Complex and the Lazarus Complex, this building is home to MORDC's dedicated power production facility, allowing it to operate independent of the regional network.

This building is also known as "ProEn", which is short for produzione di energia, or "energy production" in Auresian.

Support Complex

Located in the southwest, between the Telesphon Complex and the Lazarus Complex. Because of some of its functions, the Support Complex is on a separate drainage and water supply, and what ash is left from the incinerators of U-34 is carefully removed and processed.

  • U-13 Handling & Storage - heavily reinforced and shielded, this facility holds stocks of dangerous materials for use MORDC's work and ensures their stability and secure storage. Within the vaults of this cool, quiet facility are many of the most dangerous materials known to man, ranging from powerful chemicals to the compounds used for the making of high explosives.
  • U-34 Waste Disposal - home to a very powerful system of incinerators and extreme pressure basins that are used to neutralize and dispose of waste materials produced during the course of research at any of the MORDC's many laboratories.
  • U-55 Storerooms - central supply and materials storage, handling, and distribution for Mount Olivia is based here. The storerooms have an overall storage space of 75,000 square meters.
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