This is the fourteenth installment in a series of previews designed to introduce newcomers to Chronoplex. In this, the ninth in a series about the history of the Plex, we take a look at the creation of a major player in the recent history of the Plex.
On 18.104.22.168.5.17 the Confederate Congress passed the Temporal Preservation Act outlining a new governmental agency charged with preventing and, wherever possible, reversing changes made by tempors to linear time. The newly formed Temporal Preservation Authority (TPA) was granted unprecedented jurisdiction both inside and outside of the Plex. Not only did they outrank the legal structures of all of the Caesian aggregates, they were granted full immunity from all linear incursions so long as their actions were in the interest of preserving linear events. In essence, they could do anything at any time to anyone in the interest of temporal preservation.
Backlash from tempors toward the formation of the TPA was immediate and immense. Protests, many bordering on riots, were held throughout the Caesian aggregates against what was viewed as a major threat to individual freedoms. No one disputed the need for temporal regulation, that was a given. But the protesters argued that the reach of the TPA was too much. There was too great a potential for abuse of power. They demanded the immediate dissolution of the TPA.
The Confederate Congress likely would have given in to political pressure had the TPA not responded with an enormous propaganda campaign aimed at gaining support from the average tempor. Within weeks posters were hung on every street corner; fliers were placed on every counter; banners hung outside every governmental building; and a steady stream of slogan-filled news stories flowed from every accessible news organization. “The TPA is A-Okay!” “TPA: They Protect Aggregates!” “Support the TPA Today!” “TPA: Isn’t It Time That We Protect Time?“
Public opinion didn’t change overnight, but eventually support for the TPA began to swell. Undecided citizens were won over by the catchy slogans and everpresent signage. The more reasonable protesters were pacified by the frequent reassuring news articles. The most vehement objectors continued protesting, and louder than ever before. But even they soon fell silent after a number of key dissenters disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
With public opinion mostly on their side, the TPA could finally turn their attention toward their original goal of preventing Nudger incursions on linear time. However, their early battle for public support indelibly shaped the organization. They continued to operate as equal parts investigation agency and public relations department, which gave rise to the saying “Beware the smile of the TPA.”
Check back in two weeks as we wrap up our history series: History of the Plex, Part 10.