Applications are now open. While you shouldn't focus too heavily on your character's childhood, some general things worth remembering: The rough timeline: the Resonance Cascade around 1998, the Portal Storms starting in 2004, the move to military fortified urban centers in 2006, the 7 Hour War in 2010, and then our current setting in 2022. Take into consideration the likely drastic change in technological, governmental, and cultural development once the Resonance Cascade occurred. You cannot be an ex-military character without administrator authorization. All standard authorization requirements apply, with the minimum age being approximately 21. Civil Protection and Overwatch would not have been present during the 7 Hour War, with the Combine invasion probably having been synthetics exclusively. Establishment of all Civil Authority branches would not have been an immediate process. If your character was between the ages of 8 and 18 at the end of the war, they would have been inducted into the Graduate institutions and indoctrinated with propaganda and teachings to side with the Combine. They would graduate sometime between 18 and 25, depending on age of induction and other variables, such as obedience, merit, and devotion to the transhumanist ideal. Understand that applying for Civil Protection would put a spotlight on your character and their past record, with the vetting process serving to eliminate any potential applicants with a lengthy list of violations and crimes, ergo it would be wise to avoid applying on any sort of anti-citizen or malignant. If you've been missing ration distributions, work cycles, or been outside the city for extended periods, it would be noticed. We trust the applicant and give them the benefit of the doubt to only apply understanding their character's circumstances, reporting otherwise if their character's situation would raise flags. You don't need to write ten pages to get accepted, nor should you write just a few sentences. We need to see that you're a capable roleplayer and understand the setting. Your character doesn't need to be flawless nor should they be completely flawed, and you should avoid major tropes, cliches, and stereotypes. This list is just a general reminder on certain elements, and simply reading it off and throwing in these facts without actually considering its purpose and effects is a way to get denied. We want to see more than simply a statement of random facts, preferably that you've given thought to your character and who they are. For reference: CCA Standard Operating Procedures, and Making a barebones character. Applications will close tentatively at midnight EST on Friday, March 10th.