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Although NERV is under the control of the United Nations, it is an independent organization in operations. The United Nations is the source of NERV's funding, income, and equipment for its operations. In the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, NERV is bound by the Vatican City Treaty, which restricts the number of operational Evangelions a single country can control at any one time.
Gendo Ikari is the commander of NERV, followed by Deputy Commander Kōzō Fuyutsuki. Misato Katsuragi is tactical field commander for the EVA pilots. Dr. Ritsuko Akagi is the chief scientist and is in charge of the technical aspects of NERV. Maya Ibuki, Makoto Hyuga, and Shigeru Aoba are the three main computer technicians of NERV HQ. The EVA pilots are First Child Rei Ayanami, Second Child Asuka Langley Sohryu, Third Child Shinji Ikari, Fourth Child Toji Suzuhara, and Fifth Child Kaworu Nagisa. Ryoji Kaji is the special inspector appointed by NERV later in the series.
Within NERV, there are a set of three supercomputers called the MAGI created by Gehirn scientist Dr. Naoko Akagi, the mother of Dr. Ritsuko Akagi. The MAGI within NERV HQ's Central Dogma are the original, while the other branches (China, Germany, and the United States) have copied MAGI systems.
NERV is composed of security personnel, technicians in various fields, maintenance crews for the Evangelions, and retrieval teams. All personnel are issued standard ID cards in order to allow entry into NERV HQ. All security within NERV HQ are instructed to shoot to kill intruders on sight in restricted areas of NERV; however, they are merely well-armed security guards with minimal weapons training. Security is split into two separate groups, one to defend the geofront and outlaying structures and road stops and the other to protect the HQ itself, Security personnel assigned to the geofront are armed with Steyr MP7 submachine guns and are distinguished from other Personnel by their signature red berets while HQ personnel are armed with both MP7 Steyr and M9 Berettas and utilizes Ballistic shields and large defensive covers and are distinguished from other personnel with bright magenta patches on both side of the uniforms arms while retrievale teams are armed with MP5 submachine guns, base crew personnel like Maintainance and Technicians are usually unarmed, only key personnel assigned to sensitive areas are armed. key staff members are apparently allowed to own their own firearms as seen numerous times (EOE). In Rebuild, the personnel is mostly the same with a notable major difference being the Geofront Security operating on surface level and are more heavily armed with MP7A1s modified with extensions and a ballistic vest with neck cover and their iconic red beret (E2.22)
There are many branches of NERV throughout the world. NERV HQ is located underneath Tokyo-3 within the GeoFront cavern. NERV-01 is NERV’s first branch located in Massachusetts, USA. NERV-02 is located within Nevada, USA. NERV-03 is located in Germany, where Second Child Asuka Langley Soryu was born.
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- NERV's slogan is a reference to the poem "Pippa Passes" by Robert Browning.
- NERV's logo features a fig leaf covering up part of the name. This is symbolic of the fig leaves which covered Adam's and Eve's genitalia.