PURGE stands for “Police Unit for Regulation of the Genetically Engineered”. It is a special department of the European Police force that deals with illegally genetically modified individuals (illegal GMI’s) and crime committed by or related to GMI’s.

All citizens in the European Union must be registered with an EU social-ID. Any individuals who are not have no statutory rights and no right to obtain housing or work. Some genetic enhancements, like the combination of animal and human DNA, are illegal. Such GMI’s cannot obtain the EU social-ID and PURGE decides their fate – usually they are either destroyed or used for experimenting. A very few are selected to be secretly employed as special agents if their skills are useful to PURGE.