Psionic Suppressions (800 to 826)
Between 772 and 798, a series of financial, ethical, and moral scandals within
the Psionic Institutes of the Imperium shifted public opinion against
the Institutes. At the same time, it became clear that a good number
of the Institutes were under the control of the Zhodani Consulate. In 800, the
Imperium moved against the institutes by canceling their charters, jailing
their leaders, and passing laws restricting the teaching or practice of psionics. Many institute figures went underground
to espouse their cause in a type of guerrilla war.
The Psionic Suppressions had a profound influence on Imperial opinion. Over
the course of 26 years, the Suppressions equated psionics with the Zhodani and established in the average Imperial
citizen a distaste for both that continues to the present day. The
average citizen will admit to a general dislike of psionics, and if pressed,
will usually state that psionics violates a person's right of mental privacy.