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Pandemonium Themes

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Censorship

One of the main themes in Pandemonium is censorship. Censorship is enforced in the most invasive way, the censorship of feelings, of love and companionship and intimacy, through a surgery that affects one's brain. The procedure is mandatory by age 18, but the DFA is trying to lower the mandatory age because they are finding that despite their brainwashing, children are getting "infected" with love before they are cured.

This society believes that if the emotions and feelings of love are removed that society is calm and complacent. For a dictatorship, this makes a society also easier to rule. Mates are chosen based on genetics and it is implied that babies are conceived via test tube rather than coitus. Everyone is supposed to follow the tenets in the Book of Shhh which is based on a monotheistic belief system. The tenet, "Cleanliness is Godliness," is followed strictly.

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