When you have around 500 soldiers with state-of-the-art equipment and superhuman reflexes, you might also want to invest in a reliable way of controlling them without hampering their ability to think for themselves.
Replicas possess a semblance of personality, to make negotiation and working with regular humans easier. Of course, personalities come with troublesome emotions and impulses.
I devised two ways to control these, each will have its own separate question.
The first is the central dogma, against which a replica cannot physically act. So, no willing friendly fire, leaking of confidential information or strangling your superior because he ordered you to shoot up a school.
The second is the [personality]-[central dogma] compatibility layer, which is a "controlled" form of ASPD. A compatibility layer is needed to minimalize the personality rebelling and causing the central dogma to not function as intended.
There's no consensus about what ASPD really is, but we're creating a new version, so look at the most common symptoms and see how severe they should be and discard the unneeded ones.
- The personality is there to attach to ordinary human colleagues, make negotiating easier, and allow the replica to act on his/her own.
- The central dogma is there to prevent replicas from disobeying orders.
- ASPD is there to "protect" their personality from collapsing, due to what the central dogma forces them to do.
- And of course, lying and manipulation are not allowed.
What should I keep from ASPD and what should I discard? What are the desirable symptoms for a soldier?
Note: ASPD, psychopathy, and sociopathy are often used interchangeably, and even I've was confused about which one was which, so here's the correct symptom list, I'M REALLY SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE AND THE ALL-CAPS.
Let me try to summarize:
APSD, antisocial personality disorder, is the reason why Shane Dawson can go to heck and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is a useless paperweight. Basically, there's no such thing as psychopathy or sociopathy, officially. They belong to ASPD, but some of their symptoms don't, from what I could gather. Then I remembered the psychopathy checklist. 20 items, each with a score from 0-2:
- glib and superficial charm
- grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
- need for stimulation
- pathological lying
- cunning and manipulativeness
- lack of remorse or guilt
- shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
- callousness and lack of empathy
- parasitic lifestyle
- poor behavioral controls
- sexual promiscuity
- early behavior problems
- lack of realistic long-term goals
- failure to accept responsibility for own actions
- many short-term marital relationships
- juvenile delinquency
- revocation of conditional release
- criminal versatility
Perhaps it's better to illustrate it with a hypothetical scenario about why I need personality "protection":
M-251 was a replica soldier, who over time developed a rather peculiar personality, an insightful kind and helpful one that not only was genuine but helped in cooperating with the human squad he was attached to.
One day, he was tasked with scouting ahead to plan the attack on a group of enemy that took some hostages and were using them as a living shield. When he got a better view of them, General Ripper saw, through M's headcam, that the idiot enemies were grouped tightly together, just enough for Ambassador Pineapple to wipe out all in a single blow.
The civilians would've died too, but despite M's protest, Ripper commanded M's central dogma to rekt the enemies, so M threw a grenade, that exploded just above the group, killing all but one enemy, who later went on to try and kill M, but that's a story for another day.
Ripper was court-martialed and executed later for being a sick f@ck. M was acting under the central dogma, so wasn't responsible for the dogma's (and so Ripper's) actions, and was actually sobbing when questioned (something that's supposed to be rare for replicas). This event pretty much shattered his soul and caused the personality-rebellions to become more frequent and take wholly new paths. I'm (the creator) now also the subject of a worldwide scandal, thanks Ripper, hope you rip in piss!