are the backbone of the Axiom's infantry force, which in turn is the backbone of its armed component. The degree to which they are biomechanically modified and the level of complexity of their equipment gives them a performance far above human soldiers. This has a downside: their minds are so specialized for combat that they are incapable of properly functioning in a society or interacting with other sentient beings. Worse yet, their tactics are so specialized and centered around their doctrine that (combined with their social inhibitions) they are bad at integrating with allied militaries.
This only posed a problem for the Ancerious Galaxy, leading to the development of Fundamentals
, an infantry force that complements and augments the ranks of the Integrals. Fundamentals lack any direct equivalent in any other military. Part regular infantry, part people's militia, civil defense and diplomatic mission, Fundamentals often act as communal ambassadors. Fundamentals are usually sent to either garrison shared planets or to guard rear-echelon positions. They live in companies of 150, usually in encampments geared towards an absolute maximum of environmental friendliness and minimization of footprints. This tends to make them tree- or cave-dwellers, living off the land and practicing a strong current of naturalism, often extending to vegetarianism, nudism and sexual liberation. This is meant to make them a tabula rasa
for integration into other cultures, no matter how backwards or primitive.
Equally distinguishing them from Integrals, Fundamentals have a fully capable and in a lot of cases reinforced digestive system. Their brains have been heavily modified, maintaining a human standard but gifted with unnatural ammounts of neuroplasticity to easily and immediately pick up skills that might come in handy. This also allows them to easily assimilate foreign languages and sets of customs. Unlike the all-female Integrals, Fundamentals are cloned in both genders and on a variety of ethnicities. This has given them a fame as 'space hippies'. Nevertheless they employ a wide variety of weaponry for survivalism and combat, and follow a military organization, albeit employing mostly non-lethal weaponry.
More unusual are Combat Fundamentals
, such as the one pictured. These usually form the standard force of combined units with other armies. While regular Fundamentals are capable of combat, Combat Fundamentals are more focused on it, and their gear reflects that. Over the armored uniform all Fundamentals wear, they are equipped with a biomechanical exo-skeleton integrated with their bodies, forming a sort of symbiosis. The exoskeleton consists of many individual chambers through which a non-newtonian fluid is pumped (in the manner of a hydroskeleton), granting them both heightened mobility and protection. An extra heart and intravenous oxygenation system is provided by the exoskeleton, which further increases the endurance of the Fundamental to superhuman levels.
They also tend to have better weapons than regular Fundamentals. As seen here, they can carry self-targetting grenades, a self-aiming flechette carbine and a sampling knife.
A 'jarhead', a type of demiorganic, is made by decapitating a Fundamental and replacing the brain stem with a computer. Jarheads are usually company leaders.