Processor is the name given to Eighty-Sixers who pilot the M1A4 Juggernaut. The term, which typically refers to a computer component, is used to hide the Republic's usage of Eighty-Sixers as pilots for the Juggernaut "drones" in order to maintain the government's assertions that there have been no casualties from the war with the Empire. Under the Republic's conscription system, Processors are required to serve five years in the military before they can earn citizenship for themselves and their families and return to the 85 Districts.
History[edit | edit source]
The inability of the Republic to create an AI on par with the Legion's combat AI forced the military to use Eighty-Sixers to control the Juggernaut. Through the conscription system, the Republic drafted millions of Eighty-Sixers for military service. Processors are deployed to a number of bases on the front line after rudimentary training on operation of the Juggernaut. Since most Processors were civilians and are not thoroughly trained, discipline is often lax. The Juggernaut is also significantly inferior to the Legion's drones in terms of firepower and armor. As a result, attrition rates for Processors are extremely high with, on average, only 1 out of every 1000 recruits surviving their first year of deployment. Any processor who survives their first year is deemed a veteran and many eventually earn personal codenames. Processors who survive 4 or 5 years of combat are the elites and are assigned to the most important — and most dangerous — battlefields on the front lines.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Processors use the Para-RAID device to communicate with the Republic Army's Handlers through acoustic Resonance. Their clothing is scrounged from the ruins scattered across the battlefields, sometimes resulting in a disorganized appearance among the squadrons. While personal defense weapons are banned for Processors under Republic regulations, many still recover and keep small arms found on the battlefield. The Juggernaut, their combat walker, can be equipped with either a pair of high frequency blades or a pair of 12.7 mm heavy machine guns as secondary weapons according to the Processor's preferences and supply availability. Some squadrons have Scavenger drones that can distribute ammunition during combat and collect useful salvage after battles.