Despite almost 98% of all citizens within the Confederation having one, it is remarkable how few actually understand just what a PIC or Personal Identification Chip is and why it was implemented over 2,000 years ago. Simply put the PIC is a 1mm computer chip that is grafted to the radius on birth of all citizens, this chip then records a swam of vital information that will be used by the confederation to identify you for the rest of your life.
When first implanted the PIC contains the following information:
Genetic Base Scan – This is a compressed algorithm that allows your genetic structure to be compared with that on the chip, it is updated typically once every 5 years to take into account genetic drift that may occur after birth, it is also used for medical purposes.
Genetic Sex – This is based on Congressional Legislative Articles, it was decided in the mid 21st century that the recording of sex would be marked by a person’s genetic makeup, not their gender identity; this prevented any confusion caused by mismatched ID verse recovered remains and consists of 3 default labels, Male, Female and Both. The actual marking is created on birth/First implantation of the PIC (if your graining citizenship) and is based on your Genetic Base Scan XY chromosome’s will result in MALE being entered, XX will result in FEMALE being entered and any other reading eg XXY, XYY etc will result in BOTH being entered.
Date of Birth – Your date of birth based on universal standard time and date formats.
Place of Birth – The Hospital, City, Nation and Planet of your birth.
Parents – Your biological parents.
Guardian – Where different to Parent.
As you grow older your PIC expands in the data that it contains, medical visits will be recorded to the chip allowing future doctors and yourself immediate access to the notes and logs contained within it, should you be arrested your criminal record will also be recorded within the chip in-fact most information about who you are and what you have done throughout life is kept within it. Finally should a person find that their gender identity does not match their genetic identity than they may also add a tag for the purpose of identifying this fact, this tag allows those whom do such to be legally identified as the chosen sex, however confederate law states that such a change must be done in the presence of a peace keeper, doctor or simular authorised person and once changed may only be reverted by applying for such in court.
Finally the PIC is also your personal wallet, within most Confederate systems credits are stored within the PIC rather than on individual credsticks.
So what happens if you are from a planet that does not believe in using the PIC but is a member of the confederation? Or you come from one of the outside systems and become a confederate citizen?
That’s simple, at all main Space Ports any confederate citizen leaving a planet may apply for the installation of a PIC this is in many respects the same as in the pre-space days as applying for ones passport, so long as you can prove with identification from your homeworld that is approved you are whom you say you are and a valid confederate citizen then you will be issued a PIC within 30 minutes after having the base scans and data taken.
If you are an outside citizen wishing to become a Confederate Citizen than a ‘Temporary’ PIC will be injected into you based on the class of VISA that you hold, depending on the type this PIC will either break down over the course of 60 days or if you are granted a longer VISA the length of your VISA period. Upon gaining full citizenship a permanent PIC will be injected and self-graft to your Radius.