Political Unit Rufus, commonly referred to as Rufus or Ambassador Rufus, is a Norb frame appointed to represent the Norb Network in the Galactic Nations.
Born September 26, 3549, Rufus was selected in 3555 as the new Ambassador Unit. This decision was a result of intensive study and surveying, which determined that the Red Kangaroo was the best-perceived species that was capable of meeting a significant percentage of technical criteria. Some of the conditions which were required or deemed beneficial include:
Frame must be capable of surviving in atmosphere designed for carbon-based lifeforms, due to atmospheric conditions of Tranquillity.
Frame must be adapted for living conditions on land, rather than sea.
Frame must be able to use self-locomotion to navigate to a significant percentage of the station, with all critical Galactic Nations locations mandatory.
Frame must be capable of using standard seating equipment in Galactic Nations Chamber with minimal modification.
Frame should be herbivorous to minimize difficulty of using utensils during meals.
Frame should be female or capable of wearing clothing to avoid the negative connotations many species associate with external exposure of genitals.