Department of Time
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The Department of Time is a department within the Bureau of Fiction that manipulates events in the past, present and future. It was founded and is currently owned by Mito in the hope to gather information about the past, present, and even future of Antarctica. The agency is also linked directly to the Universal Bureau of Fictitious Literature. Unlike the Time Agency, the DOT does not alter time, but instead just gathers information, a difficult task at times.
The Department of Time started when Mito, a science and history buff herself, was writing her Snoss Army resume when a history book fell on her head suddenly. Penquino, her brother, had gotten fed up with his history lesson and threw the book into their house's atrium (designed by her, of course) and onto her head. The title read "Lost Mysteries of Antarctica". She opened the book, and was intrigued at what she saw. She kept reading then soon realized that she should create a place to gather information about the past and present.
The agency was a success. With the help of some advanced studies and science, much evidence had been discovered as to what happened to Antarctica's greatest mysteries. The department was heavily funded by the USA, UTR, Snowzerland, and Shops Island to continue their time research. But they had hit a dead end: no more traces to any mysteries were found. Eventually, Ninjinian and Swiss Ninja got impatient with Mito and withdrew their loan, leaving the department in debt.
The DOT begged the USA and Shops Island to give them loans. It was passed through a conjunction of both the South Pole Council and the Shops Island Council that both nations would lend the DOT 5.5 million coins. The department was finally back in business with no solution to their woes.
Before Mito chose to spend any money on research, she had a controversial idea: beg the two nations for even more money to build a risky time machine, or keep treading water on finding evidence. After much discussion between the newly named "Triangle of Treachery", they came to an agreement, each giving another 10 Million coins to the nation. This gave them enough money to build a prototype time machine and enhanced glasses with video cameras built into the lenses. Since almost nobody in the department wore glasses, Mito sacrificed herself for the time travel experiment.
Mito got into the machine, where she was whipped into the past to a chosen time: Penquino's birth. She stood there in awe, amazed at how her older brother was born. She was later transported back into the present, footage included. When she came back, other scientists scanned her for any signs of illness. They unfortunately found one, and she was put into isolation for three weeks. During that time, the machine was tweaked to allow scientists to time travel without any side effects. It was tested successfully, and from this day forward the DOT has been scanning the space time continuum, past, present and future, to bring the penguins of Antarctica the best information of all events imaginable.
In short, the DOT is involved with complying the history of all of Antarctica. While at it, they quite a bit of funding from the USA and Shops Island, along with being supplied with lots of advanced technology. This allows them to travel throughout the space-time continuum to unlock the secrets of time for the BOF.
The DOT has many methods for discovering the events of time.
To study the past, the department uses their time-travelling devices to scan the past and look for information. They also search for remaining evidence in the present.
To record present events, the department has a dispersal of DOT reporters all over Antarctica to relay the latest news back to headquarters.
Same technique as studying the past, minus the fact that they can't find evidence, and base many of their future searches on request and plain curiosity.
- Surprisingly enough, even though the department is linked to the BOF, none of the Department of Time workers work there.