Broken people was originally a machine-technical psychological warfare term introduced by the Killbot delegation during negotiations for the Cohabitative Soft Peace. Unambiguous human translation is problematic, and surely intentionally so; it was widely suspected at the time that the term's deployment was intended to provide some indiscernible edge for Killbot forces in the conflict. Through their actions we do know that the Killbots saw broken people as high priority targets, to be doggedly pursued until destroyed.
Today broken people (or, more broadly, labeling a human as broken), can have a number of possible meanings:
- someone corrupt, sociopathic, or otherwise fit to be shunned or killed; brazenly at odds with community norms of sharing, etc. (colloquial, informal)
- someone suspected of not having a continuous and/or coherent timeline within our reality (technical, among librarians and the like)
- a person driven insane as a result of being present on the periphery of an excession or microexcession event.
- someone in thrall to the Computer Overlord Martyr's Association (in American political contexts)