With the pending release of the latest installment of the The Purge movie series, I am curious. Is there a canon answer for what actually defines the "Level 10 and above" referenced in the Emergency Broadcast just before the purge occurs?

Specifically, according to the Emergency Broadcast message that appears before the ritual commences one of the only rules during the Purge is that government officials of "ranking 10 or higher" must remain unharmed. What level government employee is this? Is it equivalent to the current civil service GS levels? If so, does that mean it would only apply to federal employees, not state or local?

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E.g. per Wiki:

The GS-1 through GS-7 range generally marks entry-level positions, while mid-level positions are in the GS-8 to GS-12 range and top-level positions (commonly front-line or mid-level supervisors, high-level technical specialists, or physicians) are in the GS-13 to GS-15 range.

Given the anger that many people today feel against government employees, I would be surprised if there wasn't similar anger in the future. If so, against what level government employees could someone purge? The clerk that turns down your permit to complete some home improvement project? The government official that denies you the opportunity to build something on what it considers "protected wet lands"? The senator or representative that didn't vote the way you wanted him or her to vote?

If there are no canon explanations, what non-canon or "extra-" canon answers are given? I checked at what is referenced on Wiki in the see other external links section as the official homepage for The Purge: New Founding Fathers of America but could not find anything there.

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    Is this a sci-fi/fantasy movie? From what I've read, it sounds like an apocalyptic future, but I haven't seen/heard about any sci-fi/fantasy elements in the film. – phantom42 Jul 9 '14 at 3:18
  • IMDB lists it as Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller, no idea where the Sci-Fi part comes from unless it's referring to the vaguely near-future setting (cars & security systems looked slightly more advanced/futuristic). Would be more appropriate on movies.stackexchange – SteB Jul 9 '14 at 6:30
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    The IMDB description lists it as a "dystopian science fiction horror thriller". That's good enough for me. – Valorum Jul 9 '14 at 11:49
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    It's the government employees one or more level(s) higher than level 9, I think. – gnometorule Jul 13 '14 at 0:35
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    In the script and on the 'founding fathers' website, it's listed as "level 5" rather than "level 10". I'm not sure what difference that makes. – Valorum Jul 13 '14 at 20:00

I'm betting it's a level system that doesn't have anything to do with GS level. Level 10 would probably be high-ranking government (state/local/fed) officials. My best guess.

Why? Because I used to be a GS-12 when I worked for the government, and I -- and my fellow 12s -- were cogs in the wheel. :)

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    This doesn't answer the question in any meaningful way. – Valorum Jul 16 '14 at 17:54

I think it level 10 or higher would be anyone essential to allowing the gov to continue its essential operations. The government has plans for many different scenarios for implementing COG or continuity of government but it began during the cold war as way to still have a functioning government in the event of nuclear war. They have war gamed every scenario imaginable from a coups http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/state-union-designated-survivor-demystified/story?id=21637341 to natural disasters, and of course terrorist attacks. The last known time the plan was executed was on 9/11. They run drills for evacuating these people to undisclosed locations fairly often. The obvious people on the list are president vice president, congress, supreme court, high level cabinet members and some high ranking military. The Obama administration unveiled these plans that include cogcon level descriptions, a shadow government and much more https://whitehouse.gov1.info/continuity-plan/


I do not have an official cannon explaination but have ideas of my own.

I presume that Level 10 or higher are top tier federal government officials (Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President, assuming of course that these institutions still exist).

Levels 9-5 I theorize are military and high ranking government officials who are not considered critical to running the country (like ambassadors).

Level 4-1 I believe are emergency service workers and city clerks, people near the bottom rung.

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    Downvoted for pure guesswork. How do we know that "level 10" doesn't just mean everyone from junior civil service upwards? Why was it level 5 in the earlier script? – Valorum Mar 8 '15 at 21:48

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