[EVA] Tokyo-3

Carl Horn once at ix.netcom.com
Sat Dec 12 19:34:03 EST 2009

>> --C.
> Another important point here is the secretive nature of the  
> Geofront and Nerv in general. The massive construction projects  
> need to create the fortress would need some sort of cover story.  
> Rebuilding a high tech new capital would have served to allay  
> suspicion of why so many millions of tons of materials and hours of  
> manpower were being sunk into a tourist hotspot.

Well, sure, but although NERV had some secrets buried deeper than  
others, the basic fact they existed and had a massive facility of  
some sort located under Tokyo-3 doesn't itself seem to have been much  
of a secret; the UN knows it's there, as does the Japanese  
government. And it seems to me that building a huge metropolis as a  
cover story for a secret base is a bit of a double-edged tactic,  
since you're counting on them to live right on top of it for years  
without ever catching on (did no one ever notice the gigantic hatches  
on certain streets? ^_^). That's why I think it might be a better  
idea if the people there knew the city was built for security and had  
certain underground facilities--just not what the real purpose of the  
whole city was. In such a case, you hide the "secret" by putting it  
in plain sight and simply allowing everyone to misinterpret it.

Something interesting that strikes me about NERV is the lack of  
respect they receive--the guy who grouses to Gendo on the plane about  
their budget, the dude who makes fun of Ritsuko during the Jet Alone  
incident, the UN and Japanese government asserting military  
authority. They seem to be viewed as an expensive research program of  
dubious utility and safety, with no real friends or political support.

It's not just that "the final enemy is other people"--they're  
Japanese citizens who are massacred in their own country by their own  
army. It would be the equivalent in real life of the President  
suddenly ordering the 82nd Airborne to assault the Sandia National  
Laboratory or Lawrence Livermore, with orders to kill all the  
scientists and staff there. Even if for some sci-fi reason he felt he  
needed to do it, the political implications of even considering such  
an act would be immense. NERV, apparently, had so little respect that  
the prime minister was able to give such an order and have it be  
obeyed--not "go in and arrest them all," or "surround the place and  
order them to surrender," but simply, "massacre them without warning."

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