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The Academy (アカデミー, Akademī?) is a scientific expedition group in Final Fantasy XIII-2 created by Rygdea and Bartholomew Estheim in the year 2 AF. Led by the latter's son, Hope Estheim, the organization replaces the former governing system of the Sanctum and focuses on building a society independent from the fal'Cie based on science and human technology.
- See also: Datalog/Society.
The Academy is the institute that governs the world's people, and has its headquarters in the city of Academia. It is a research-based organization founded with the aim of promoting human independence from the fal'Cie, and has rebuilt society based on the pursuit of that ideal.
The scientists of the Academy are currently moving forward with a plan to relocate the entire human race to a new, man-made Cocoon by the year 500 AF. For that purpose, the provisional government has granted the institute various administrative powers.
Important policies are decided by a joint staff committee. Each person involved in the decision making, however, must gain a vote of confidence from the general populace. This system has proven popular with the great majority of citizens, and has contributed to the smooth running of society.
The Academy's research mainly focuses on the histories of Gran Pulse and Cocoon to find an alternate power source for the people of Cocoon to replace its fal'Cie as part of their philosophy of a future without any reliance on them.
Some notable contributions the Academy has made to the world are the coining of the term "paradox", the construction of the Augusta Tower, and gathering and sharing information via the Academy Datanet system.
By the year 400 AF, thanks in part of Hope's attempt to change the fate of Cocoon's fall, the Academy becomes the new de facto government body of Gran Pulse with the city of Academia as their capital, while studying the Thirteenth Ark in their plan to save Cocoon.
In an alternate timeline starting in 13 AF when the Augusta Tower was completed, Hope and Alyssa were murdered as a result of the looped distortion that produced the Proto fal'Cie Adam, who took over the Academy and ruled Academia; akin to the Cocoon fal'Cie Barthandelus using its human disguise as Primarch Galenth Dysley and the fal'Cie Eden to rule through the Sanctum.
The Academy has an eponymous theme, titled "Academy's Theme", composed by Masashi Hamauzu.
- In the novel, Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fragments Before, it is revealed that the Academy was founded in 2 AF.
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