Stars Without Number
The government of Independence, in cooperation with a variety of organizations and corporations, maintains a total of 12 independent missions outside the city walls. Several are for agricultural purposes, some serve as way stations, and some pursue various forms of research.
One, Mission 11, is nicknamed the Institute, is dedicated to the training, study, and containment of individuals with MES.
There has been a rumor for years of a thirteenth mission, whose purpose and location are both unknown.