The United Canadian And American States
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Within the Denver metro area, the UCAS Sector border follows Highway 76 from the northeast, angles over southwest toward the city center, and then follows Route 6 as far as Highway 70. At that point, the line heads eastward again, then cuts nearly due south along Highway 225 and Route 83. As a result of some bureaucrat's drek-brainer, the UCAS Sector includes a non-contiguous area in Denver's downtown core, bounded in part by East Colfax Avenue, Pennsylvania Street, East 18th Avenue, and 17th Street.
Down south in Colorado Springs, the boundary follows Route 2A to Intercity 25, and then heads east along the old city border.
The UCAS (the U.S. at that point) was the first of the Treaty of Denver signatories to establish an autonomous sector and hide behind walls. Literally: a wall more then 75 klicks long marked the original border of the U.S. Sector. Several "adjustments" occurred between 2018 and 2055, and so the current borders no longer match the original line of the wall. The UCAS has managed to put to good use many lessons it learned in those bygone days.
The UCAS Sector still protects its border with more klicks of wall than any other sector, including those hyper-paranoids in Aztlan. Throughout the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas, a 6-meter-high wall topped with razorwire and monowire and bristling with imaging systems and sensors - lines the UCAS side of the border, keeping watch over no man's land. Only the rural stretches of the line use standard fences instead of plascrete slabs. The UCAS doesn't mine the no man's land, nor does it mount manned patrols of the area during the day. After dark, guard-dog patrols cover the UCAS side.
Along the stretches of fence away from the city, the UCAS heavily mines its portion of no man's land. Patrols on the UCAS side of the fence line putter around in GMC Banshee LAVs and YellowJacket rotocraft with non-standard armor. The LAV crews usually extend their surveillance range by hanging one or more drones in the air at all times.
Anyone intending mayhem or even a little intimidation in UCASec should think twice. All weapons-related offenses in the sector draw the same punishment as federal crimes, which carry higher penalties and are more stringently enforced. In the sector, all weapons-including such innocuous utensils as knives with blades longer than 12 centimeters-must be licensed.
Mindbenders, Legal and Otherwise
Any drug or other substance that is even mildly physically addictive, as opposed to mentally "habituating" (to use the appropriate psycho-jargon), is federally controlled. This means only a government-licensed doctor can prescribe any or legally obtain it. In fact, the UCAS Sector government buys clinically pure cram from time to time; it's prescribed for terminally ill patients to help ease their last nasty hours. Additionally, in recent years the Sector government has cracked down on BTLs after a number of deaths from Cal Hots and smuggled shipments of low-quality merchandise through the other sectors.
About the Badge
Knight Errant Security Services Denver, a wholly owned subsidiary of the very same Knight Errant most of us know and love, enforces the law in the sector, and a division also handles border security. Even though the local badge is officially independent of its parent corp (an arrangement that allows for a much closer liaison between Knight Errant management and the Sector Commissioner's office), any number of physical and personnel resources are transferred regularly between the Denver organization and any and every other Knight Errant operation in the world. Knight Errant Denver also has a sweetheart deal with the UCAS Armed Forces; Knight Errant offers employment to any military personnel who lose their army berths to organizational changes. (The deal essentially legitimizes personnel transfers between the UCAS military and Knight Errant). This also means that your average KE trooper may not be a donut-eating caricature as seen in the trids, but a hardened veteran of the Desert Wars or some other hot spot.
Crime and Punishment
The following table and accompanying notes show you, in a ni-i-i-ce convenient format, what gets you in drek and for how long (or how much). Scan close, boys and girls.
Intent and Use
The UCAS Sector is the only part of the Free Zone that makes the ludicrous distinction between "intent" and "use". I offer the following definitions for your enlightenment, copped from a public source. Use covers any use of a weapon against or in the general vicinity of a living target or public or private property. It is not necessary to prove intent to harm for this offense, only use. Neither must harm have resulted form use of the weapon. Intent covers any use of a weapon explicitly intended to cause physical injury or property damage, whether or not such injury actually occurred.
Lots of words, little meaning. I much prefer the view espoused by Tir Tairngire and most other civilized nations, which is that if you used a weapon, you intended to use it (except in the case of accidental discharge, which wouldn't be prosecuted under the UCAS definition of "use" anyway).
Legality of Cyberware
Like most government slags in Denver, UCAS government slags want to know exactly who's got what under their skin. Therefore, they require all Class A and Class B cyberware to be licensed either upon entry into the sector or upon installation. Pay attention, children; you may not jander around with any unlicensed cyberware, no matter how harmless.
Class C cyberware is right out of the brawl zone for anyone but Lone Star and megacorporate security personnel. It is a felony to install Class C or to have it installed. If caught, both the slag with the mods and the cutter who installed them get whacked with 15,000 nuyen fine for each and every Class C subsystem.
Legality of Cyberdecks
Just like everywhere else in the Zone, the UCAS government goons make you license all cyberdecks and Matrix software upon entering the sector (giving those curious individuals a chance to make sure your deck isn't stealth-rigged and leaves all the right audit trails). If you are caught in possession of an unlicensed deck or software chip, the laws let the sec-boys confiscate your deck and 'ware, as well as levy a fine of 2,500 nuyen for each item deemed in violation. (Lone Star counts each and every utility on your deck or in your possession as one item in violation. Depending on what you've got loaded, a single "icepick" deck might qualify as more than a dozen "items in violation" Big Cred, kids). And here's the real kicker, Because UCAS law distinguishes between possession and use, you get whacked with "items in violation" fines for both offenses. Using the icepick might cost you damn near a quarter million and put you in the can for six years or more.
Possession of controlled substances for personal use can be treated as a single crime regardless of the amount involved, or can be considered one "count" for each dose (depending on the type of substance). For example, the penalty for possessing a dozen California hots is usually 500 nuyen. Possession of 2XS chips, a deadly mind bender if ever there was one, might put the fine at 500 nuyen per chip.
Trafficking offenses work the same way. A small-time chip-legger handling Cal hots might only get slapped with a fine of 1,000 nuyen, no matter how many chips she actually has in her possession. A pusher handling 2XS, however, faces fines of at least 1,000 nuyen per hit.
Fines and Punishments
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