Argushiigi Admegulasha Bilanidin

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The Argushiigi Admegulasha Bilanidin (also called the AAB) is perhaps the most respected scientific and research body in known space. A literal translation of the name is "Vilani Repository of All Knowledge". Located in the city of Ishimaga on Vland ( Vland / Vland 1717), the extensive AAB facilities include a vast museum, a library, and several research centres and publishing houses. The vast stockpile of information to be found here is far beyond that available anywhere else in the Imperium, and thus the AAB has become a sort of 'clearing house' for new inventions and patents.

Not only does the AAB collect samples, specimens and recorded materials from all over collected space, it also publishes an abridged 15-holocrystal encyclopedia set of its extensive data files. Known simply as "The Encyclopedia", the set contains the equivalent of 7500 fully illustrated volumes, yet it can easily fit into a large pocket.

Although the AAB sponsors very few outside research programs, it maintains a vast network of laboratories on Vland.

Due to the often conservative nature of the AAB, researchers who find employment here are likely to be investigating already existing phenomena, rather than breaking new scientific ground. Its giant database is freely available to scholars and researchers who come to Vland.

The personnel and resources of the AAB also form the backbone of the faculty and learning materials of Kasiiga University.

Source: DIGEST-5: p16, 1102; 
        CHALLENGE-29: p28, 1116)