The Ludgonian Industrial Union’s galaxy contains billions of stars and planets. Unfortunately, most residents of the LIU could only name a handful of these worlds. In order to improve astronomy grades across the LIU, TV2 has started a new program called LIU Atlas. Follow our host, Terrance McDoogal, as he takes you on a tour across the LIU and some of its more obscure worlds.
Note: This episode is presented in full screen. The corresponding dialogue is underneath each photo. This episode contains some graphic material. Viewer discretion is advised.
Doog: “Welcome to another episode of LIU Atlas. I’m your host, Terrance “Doog” McDoogal. Today, we’re visiting a prison space station known as Reatus Societati. This prison orbits a gas giant in the Pudor Star System. It appears by the station’s markings that it is under some sort of quarantine. If you recall, we visited a space station with similar marking in Season 3. We’ve been given very little information about this prison, and I find the fact that it is under quarantine a bit puzzling. I guess we’ll see what’s going on.”
Doog: “Alright, I’ve entered the station, and I’m now here with Dr. Mors. I was told that I would be getting a tour from the warden, but I guess I’ll settle for the prison’s doctor.”
Mors: “Actually, I am the warden.”
Doog: “Oh, I guess the outfit and your title threw me off a bit.”
Mors: “Well, you see…Reatus Societati isn’t your run of the mill prison. It’s a prison of last resort. The prisoners here are career criminals with no chance of rehabilitation. They have spent their lives taking and taking, and now they are repaying their debt to society.”
Doog: “What does that have to do with doctors?”
Mors: “The way these prisoners pay their debt to society is medical related. It will make more sense after you see it for yourself. Shall we get started?”
Doog: “What’s the deal with all the quarantine signs?”
Mors: “Some of the medical procedures we conduct here require a clean, contaminant free environment. Speaking of which, you’re not carrying any communicable diseases at this time?”
Doog: “Nope. Cleared up my last communicable disease last week after a strong regiment of anti-bacterial cream.”
Mors: “Good. Let me take this time to give a final warning to your viewers. This facility conducts some questionable procedures that some viewers may find offensive or inhumane. Viewer discretion is advised.”
Doog: “Try not to scare off my few viewers Doc. It can’t be that bad.”
Mors: “This is the prison’s receiving chamber. Newly arrived prisoners are kept under strict quarantine until they are cleared of disease.”
Doog: “These cells aren’t half bad. They’re a lot cleaner than my old cell on Muspell.”
Mors: “Yeah, I guess. Never been there myself. Like I was saying, we draw blood from the prisoners and send it to the lab over here. Follow me.”
Mors: “Medical Bots test each prisoner’s blood searching for any signs of disease. They also use this time to determine the prisoners’ blood types and genetic make-up.”
Doog: “Medical Bots? I’ve never seen one before.”
Mors: “Yes, the Medical Bots are very precise and knowledgeable, but they lack good bedside manner. They’re useful in an environment like this where we don’t really care about our subjects' well-being. They are not so great at treating ordinary citizens.”
Bot: “Contaminant detected. Prisoner #3234819 is infected with a class D virus.”
Mors: “Ooh, it looks like we have a hit on the detector. Care to take a look?”
Doog: “Uh, sure. Why not? Hmm, what is it?”
Mors: “It’s a microscopic view of a class D virus. Medical Bot, please elaborate.”
Bot: “Prisoner #3234819 is infected with the Ferventis Sanguinis Virus, common name Boiling Blood Disease. The virus, found on several tropical worlds, has a fatality rate of over 83%. The risk to this facility has been determined to be unsatisfactory. A 60% loss of crop can be expected if the virus is released into the facility. I recommend incineration.”
Mors: “I concur. Make it so. Doog, want to see an incineration?”
Doog: “I guess. What’s an incineration?”
Mors: “Proceed with incineration, prisoner #3234819.”
Doog: “Wait! I thought we were incinerating the virus! Not the prisoner!”
Mors: “Due to disease, Prisoner #3234819 was unable to pay his debt to society. He no longer had any use to us. Trust me, it’s quicker and cheaper than sending him off to another prison to die. The virus is fatal and his status as prisoner does not allow us to provide him with medical attention. He was going to die a much more painful death if we didn‘t act as we did.”
Doog: “But still…that was brutal. Remember when I said these cells were better than the ones on Muspell. I may have spoken too early.”
Mors: “Alright, shall we continue?”
Doog: “What…is this?”
Mors: “Here at Reatus Societati Prison, we specialize in medical farming. Prisoners are no longer seen has humans, but instead, as crops.”
Doog: “What could you possibly be farming?”
Mors: “In this section of the station, we are farming blood, plasma, and white blood cells. Highly sedated prisoners repay their debt to society by continuously donating blood for the remainder of their sentence. Most, I might add, have been sentenced to life.”
Mors: “These sedated prisoners are strapped into an extraction harness. Various intravenous tubes remove blood as it is created. Just enough blood is left inside the prisoners to keep them alive.”
Doog: “They look so pale!”
Mors: “Like I said, they have very little blood left in their bodies.”
Doog: “How long do these prisoners survive this process?”
Mors: “With proper vitamins and supplements, we can keep producing viable amounts of blood from a prisoner for well over twenty years. After that, the prisoners usually succumb to fatigue.”
Mors: “With these supplements, each prisoner can spare .5 liters of blood donation each day. Every column, organized by blood type, produces three liters of blood each day.”
Doog: “Why does the LIU need so much blood?”
Mors: “It’s not really all that much if you think about. This galaxy alone has trillions of residents. Even with this level of production, there are still shortages in the LIU’s hospitals.”
Doog: “So this blood and plasma goes to hospitals?”
Mors: “Yes, it is stored in various blood banks until it is needed to save lives. These prisoners, who had nothing valuable to add to society, now devote their lives to keeping society healthy and alive.”
Mors: “Not all prisoners are suited for this type of contribution. They repay their debt to society in other manners. Would you like to see?”
Doog: “I guess. It can’t be any more freaky than this…”
Doog: “…Ok, I was wrong!”
Mors: “This facility also has several research chambers like this. Here, reluctant prisoners repay their debt to society by serving as test subjects for medical experimentation.”
Doog: “What are they testing?”
Mors: “Oh, we test various things: the effect of disease on the human body and their cures, genetic manipulation, biological weapons, basically anything medical related.”
Mors: “It appears that today, in this chamber, they are testing a cure for Nigri Lienis Virus. This virus causes extreme abdominal pain. The prisoner was intentionally inflicted with the disease about four days ago. Today we’re testing the cure.”
Prisoner: “Ahhhh! Ahhh! The pain! Oh dear emperor, the PAIN!”
Doog: “I hope it works. Sounds like it hurts pretty bad.”
Mors: “Whether it’s successful or not, the prisoner will not be feeling any pain after today’s test, if you know what I mean.”
Doog: “No, actually, I don’t.”
Mors: “Remember the incinerator?”
Doog: “You know what, I don‘t want to know.”
Doog: “Anything else?”
Mors: “Yes. We still have our final and most controversial industry, the organ harvesting farm.”
Doog: “Organ farm!?!”
Mors: “Yes. These prisoners, who have been sentenced to death, pay their debt to society by donating their organs. They are going to die anyway, at least now they save lives in the process.”
Mors: “The prisoners are sent down the de-assembly line. They are washed and sterilized before being incapacitated.”
Mors: “The prisoners are killed quickly and painlessly using a bolt gun. The gun uses air pressure to slam a metal rod into the donor’s brain. The Medical Bots are precise and have a 100% kill ratio. The dead prisoners are quickly sent further down the de-assembly line to have their organs extracted.”
Mors: “There are three stations on the final stretch of the de-assembly line.”
Mors: “A Medical Bot uses its precision to quickly cut apart and separate the various organs. The donor is then sent down to the packing doctor.”
Mors: “The doctor removes the various organs and places them into specially designed stasis boxes. There, they are shipped out across the galaxy.”
Mors: “Finally, the empty carcasses are disposed of in the mass incinerator. The prisoners have successfully repaid their debt to society.”
Doog: “Very morose…with a hint of evil. I don’t really have words. Are we finished?
Mors: “Yeah, unless you want to see the mass incinerator.”
Doog: “No…I’m good.”
Doog: “Well folks, the Reatus Societati Prison Station is a very dark place. Sure, they save millions of lives across the galaxy with their medical products, but at what price? It makes one wonder how much debt they owe to society, and how many crimes they are away from ending up here. It’s a little chilling. See ya.
Note: To avoid cross contamination, this facility only handles human prisoners. Various other facilities exist for our alien friends…
especially like the microscope, the Ferventis Sanguinis Virus, incineration chamber effect, and that blood siphoning wall of orange jump-suited convicts. It's about time we see the place that someday the Lego version of Snake Pliskin will have to get into.
A very unsettling dystopian view of the future but I suppose that something like is just inevitable due to the way that the LIU views its inhabitants. Great building by the way, especially the extraction room and the organ production line, with its chilling ecohes of aurrent slaughter houses.
Another great episode! One of the darker ones, for sure. I always liked how you also use this series to make commentary on more serious subjects, and I like seeing this aspect getting more proeminent later, specially with this touch of dark humour. Also, nice work with the names.
Call me sick, but i missed the mass incinerator. It would have been the ugly showdown of this episode. Anyways, this is a great episode, pretty creepy though, but great! It shows once more that the LIU is not the galaxy I want to live in. :-P ~Cheers
lol, very ironical episode, it s fun to read the reactions of people when we storytell a situation where humans are treated such as we treat animals, you went far, lol, gutsy! love it! I have something in the works wich should approach this, meedass s style of course, lol, minos the beefman, lol, one of the best episode you did, loved the machines, and these green screen controls...wish I had some, looks so good, great episode!
I would not know where to start so why not end it with major applause and a standing ovation! I wish you could have made a video of this! Highly detailed and highly thought out. A great story and held me captive!
Great photography and you thought of adding a female to the cast!
100% A+ 5 heads out of 5!!!!!
I would love to see this one in person!
Ah, so the dark underbelly of the LIU is now on full display ... It's hard to laugh at something so terrifying (considering I forsee our society doing something just like this one day), but this is well done. Like the space station, and the organ harvesting line is great. The examination cells and blood room are both very interesting -- nice use of that jetpack thingy. I'm glad we didn't see the incinerator, especially since my class is reading Elie Wiesel's Night at the moment.
Wow! What always impresses me about LIU Atlas is how impress each build is and how many there are. Doog is an 'interesting' character and his reactions to things and the subsequent explanations tell the stories in a really interesting way.
A brilliant build. Almost countless nice parts usage and some awesome techniques. The story is quite chilling, although fairly rooted in truth if the stories from China and elsewhere are to be believed. A bit Clockwork Orange too. 5 stars as always : )