Protocol is a law that forces everyone into a sort of pre-industrial revolution existence, complete with corsets and capes and carriages, forcing people to live without any sort of technology.
The Protocol is oppressive, and the only people who find it helpful are the people wealthy enough to use contraband technology, or hire a Sapient to teach them about the world. Everyone else, is for example, illiterate, and likely to die from lack of vaccines. Sapients are allowed a certain separation from this law, allowing them to build and create technology up to a certain point. They are allowed to read texts that usually only wealthy people possess.
- Protocol is based upon 1790s France.