Coalition Juicers

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The Coalition States have long been vocal opponents of the
Juicer process and all its implications. CS Propaganda has made
it a point to show how stupid and dangerous tampering with
one’s body through chemicals is, and how counterproductive it
is to condemn a healthy man or woman to an early grave by
cursing him with this chemical addiction. In most cases, these
beliefs are shared by the common people and most government
officials. The Coalition has long held an official policy of exclusion
of Juicers from their armies, forcing the member State of
Quebec to abandon its use of Juicers, and declaring the very
process to be illegal. For decades, the creation of Juicers was
punishable by death.
However, supporters of Juicers for military use have existed
in the CS military and government since the inception of the CS.
Government leaders have sat on pre-Rifts Juicer technology for
almost a hundred years! A few military analysts have argued the
virtues of such augmented warriors and have shown that the
combat performance of Juicers is more than double that of normal
human beings. Their need for less sleep, increased endurance,
low fatigue ratio, greater strength and agility, and other
factors give these enhanced warriors a much greater chance of
surviving actual combat than non-augmented soldiers. As the
Coalition begins to gear up its campaign for expansion and prepares
to fight nations that rely on magic, Juicers, and D-Bees
(many of whom have superhuman attributes and powers), some
strategists predict that some front-line CS combat units will suffer
in excess of 80% casualties in the first few weeks of fighting.
The same studies indicate that if such units were made up of
Juicers, the casualties might be reduced to an astonishing 30% or
even 20% in terms of personnel, and less than 20% in terms of
equipment, since Juicers have less need for heavy equipment
like tanks and robot vehicles. One often quoted study ran a cost
comparison between a human and Juicer shock battalion, and
found that the Juicer unit would actually cost 20% less money to
outfit, including Juicer conversion costs, which the Coalition
could do relatively cheaply, and would be 20-40% more combat
efficient.
Another study showed that the average suit of power armor
costs 1-5 million credits, while a fully outfitted Juicer, including
the cost of his military training, body armor, weapons, equipment,
and Juicer augmentation process would be no more than
250,000 credits, possibly less (remember, the CS produces
things at cost). Thus, four (4) fully equipped Juicers could be
created for the cost one basic suit of power armor, or twenty (20)
Juicers for the cost of one five million dollar power armor suit
like the Super SAMAS!
For years, these studies failed to sway the leading minds of
the Coalition States. To Emperor Prosek, Juicers are an abomination.
In the tradition of his father and grandfather, he had
vowed that he would not sacrifice precious “human” life foolishly.
Power armor, robots, and other alternatives (Psi-
Hounds/Dog Boys, Skelebots, etc.) were the ideal alternatives
despite their costs in credits and resources. His son (and heir apparent
to the throne) Joseph, is more pragmatic. He would have
problems condemning full citizens to the almost certain death
that is the fate of most Juicers, but has no qualms in doing so to
would-be citizens in the ‘Burbs and wastelands, whom he sees
as useless rabble anyway. An unsubstantiated rumor has it that
young Prosek has submitted a plan in which a human volunteer
can earn citizenship for himself and two members of his family,
by submitting to Juicer augmentation and faithfully serving in
the Coalition Military for no less than five years. Many of these
impoverished and downtrodden people are so desperate that they
would jump at the chance to get a couple of loved ones into the
safety of a Coalition city.
General Marshall Cabot (see Rifts® Sourcebook One) has
been quietly lobbying for the formation of a Juicer Division for
over a decade, and has turned a blind eye to the secret Juicer
projects conducted in Free Quebec by General LeNoir and in
Chi-Town itself, by Colonel Lyboc. General Cabot’s protege,
the decorated war hero Ross Underbill, has been vocally opposed
to the use of Juicers even if restricted exclusively to the
military. To him, Juicers are overrated and certainly not equal to
a well-trained human in power armor, or so he insists. He’d
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much rather see money and effort spent in the development of
advanced suits of power armor like the long heralded “Super
SAMAS” and others (to be revealed in the upcoming Coalition
War Machine world book).
The situation remained a stalemate for years. It took the proposal
of Operation Phoenix and several months of intrigue and
political machinations before the Coalition States passed a law
making the use of Juicers and Juicer technology legal under the
exclusive jurisdiction of the military. For more information
about Operation Phoenix and its consequences, see the Uprising
section.

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Coalition Juicers

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