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Type: Neo-Paris Landmarks
Subject: Mnemopolis
Chapter: Episode 6: Rotten Core
Can be found: On a desk next to a window facing the holding area where Bad Request is initially encountered. The area with the desk (XP Unit A) is accessible via pick-socket.
Transcript: The building of Mnemopolis tower dates from the early 2060s. It was designed to house the Memorize central servers, but its transformation into arcology only dates from 2072. Permanently evolving and almost entirely self-sufficient, Mnemopolis tower represents the most ambitious, large-scale, social and memoriel experimentation project in the city.

Inspired by the "Radiant City" built by the architect Le Corbusier in the 20th century, Charles Cartier-Wells commissioned a gigantic arcological tower in the center of Neo-Paris based on the philosophy of a perfect city. According to its creator, this complex heralds "a future where human beings will experience peaceful and total social symbiosis through integral memory sharing."

Not only does its height and shape (a slender tripod) make it immediately recognizable, but the gigantic orange cube is suspended in the air supported by the three buildings forming the complex. Dubbed the "Conception Cube", this orange heart houses both the Memorize central servers and the laboratories and apartments owned by Charles Cartier-Wells.

The residents of Mnemopolis enjoy a special status in Neo-Paris and life in the tower offers an enviable lifestyle: comfort, luxury, security, tranquility and freedom. However, in exchange for these ideal conditions, the residents have agreed to share their memory and experiment with new social norms through an increased use of the Sensen. To a certain extent, they are primarily citizens of Memorize rather than citizens of Neo-Paris, apart from the purposes of administration.

The philosophical principles of Mnemopolis draw on anthropological theories of collective violence, whereby acts of hatred and brutality arise out of a fear of others. Charles Cartier-Wells's hypothesis is that pooling memories of all the individuals in a group will eradicate their mutual fear and therefore the mistrust, lack of empathy and aggression that normally accompanies it. The Mnemopolis slogans ("Don't be afraid", "Don't ask what you can do for Mnemopolis, but ask what Mnemopolis can do for you!") are perfect examples of this new social contract.

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