Song of Hope
DGTO and the Entertainment Ban
After the development of interstellar flight, mankind moved out towards the stars, but it was not long before the Deep Galactic Trade Organization (D.G.T.O.) began its reign. With its militaristic regime the ruling power, it was decided that mankind should prepare for the possibility of violent contact with aliens or extraterrestrial life forms. As a result, a strict standing army was instituted.
At the same time, it was decided that entertainment and songs lead the heart astray, and thus the “Entertainment Regulation Act” and “Entertainment Ban” were enacted. The severity of the ban varies from planet to planet. Some institute a blanket ban on all forms of entertainment, while others allow a few classical or traditional forms of entertainment. Still other planets forbid live concerts, fearing that the large crowds may breed rebellion, but allow television and radio broadcasts. In recent years, the severity of the ban has increased on many planets due to the increased might of AKB0048.
Within the D.G.T.O.’s sphere of influence, anyone who engages in entertainment is considered a terrorist. The D.G.T.O. actively tries to suppress the activities of such people. To that end, the DES special forces were instated.