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-The year is 2214. 
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-Technological advancement has quickened, even from its frantic 21st century pace, to the point where the Internet is no longer just something that you “enter into”. Like those bad old Russian jokes from that former era, the Internet enters YOU – most of the world's population has the Cranial Heuristic Implant Protocol (CHIP) inserted at birth, allowing them free and unlimited access to the 'Net. 
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-As you might imagine this has both good and bad points associated with it. The good? Instant information on any topic is available 24/7. Hard-copy has all but disappeared, as has email – why bother, when everything of importance plays across your mind-screen? Our way of doing business has changed radically, as has the entertainment industry, public education, recreation – in fact, there is no aspect of societal living that has remained untouched. 
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-Including martial arts. 
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-==200 Years Ago== 
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-Two-hundred years ago there were constant debates concerning the efficiency of various styles of martial arts. These debates often turned into shouting matches – well, as much as one could shout on the 'Net – but with the advent of the CHIP it was discovered that shouting took on a more personal, more painful form – thanks to the Harmon-Kardon audio boosters that were part of the CHIP, these shouting matches were the equivalent of listening to thrash-metal rock at full volume. As a result, it was decided among the more vocal of the debaters to tone down their arguments and the more idealistic of the practitioners sought to unify all the known styles of martial arts into one cohesive discipline in order to avoid future arguments. 
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-That discipline, DOMA - “The Dao of Martial Arts” - contains elements of over 2,000 fighting styles, everything from primitive club strikes to the highly-refined electropressure-point locks discovered in the late 22nd century. The history of DOMA began of course with the Style Wars of 2053, that brutal time when there were uncontrollable riots in the streets between rival schools. Holovids of the time show the cruel and unusual tortures inflicted upon both practitioners and non-combatants in the name of martial dominance, and while some claim that this was a necessary purging of the arts others stoutly maintain that it was only the overblown pride of the participants that fueled such a war. 
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-==The Beginning of DOMA== 
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-Whatever the causes, the end of the Style Wars in 2057 brought about a truce that would prove to be the starting point of DOMA. No longer having the desire to prove their art's efficiency by dying for it, all of the signatories to the DOMA Bill of Fights agreed that from the moment of signing the bill ALL martial art styles would be combined into a single entity. That this entity would be structured and tightly controlled by the Government was perhaps not part of the original plan, but with the election in 2058 of Robin Gracie as President Of The United States (POTUS) and his subsequent appointment as Lord High Chancellor of DOMA in 2060 the tone of the organization changed radically. No longer was it a confused attempt at consolidation; rather, it was a scientifically-organized and deeply-funded effort at creating the ONE martial art style – DOMA. 
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-Of course, many styles fell by the way-side, either because of their total lack of credibility (Dippity-Do, “The Way of the Hairdresser”, 2060-2061), their non-martial origins (Slow-Flo Tai Chi, a religion-based movement exercise from the late 20th century) or their inability to be used in a real-world fashion (Bootie-Do, “The Way of the Intercepting Butt”, 2058-2058.2). Of course there was complaining and in one instance (“The MMA Conflict”, 2062) actual rioting over modifications made to a favored style, but on the whole consolidation was achieved and considered finished by 2063. 
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-==DOMANET== 
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-The following year the first DOMANET was created, allowing students instant and personal instruction by cybernetic instructors (“Dee-Dees”, DOMA Droids) through neural stimulation, implanted visualization and physical enhancements, the latter aided by the mandatory ROID injections (Rapid Organic Implant Dose). No longer was it necessary to travel to a “school” or “dojo” - those antiquated terms were banned in 2103; now the student simply sat in the comfort of their own home, plugged into the DOMA servers and trained the modern, high-efficiency way. 
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-With the addition of the electrostims in 2134 and the creation of SPARNET in 2178 the world of martial arts finally achieved its highest level – provable, effective fighting in any situation, against any weapon, in any environment, against any number of attackers. Uniforms, ranks, safety equipment - all of these have been eliminated as being non-essential. There is only DOMA. 
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-==Quality Control and Self-Awareness== 
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-Quality control is achieved by feedback from the CHIP on a real-time basis. When a DOMA practitioner is fighting, whether in a sparring session or in an actual self-defense scenario, variables such as opponent size and skill, weather conditions and even the state of mind of the practitioner are monitored and fed to DOMAHQ, where the data is instantly analyzed and suggested responses fed back to the practitioner. This has resulted in both a massive decrease in street crime as well as an on-going improvement of DOMA itself, along with the evolution of the truly ultimate fighter. 
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-DOMA became self-aware in 2201 and this event was met with high approval scores by all the DOMA members. Now we are a single entity, the experiences of one instantly becoming experienced and learned by all. We no longer require teachers – we are our own teachers. We have moved out of the Dark Ages of the Martial Arts into the bright and glorious Future, and that Future's name is DOMA. 
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-HAIL DOMA! 
  
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