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- "What's obvious is that my efforts to keep society united is the only chance we have against whatever's out here!"
- —First Minister Mina Jinn's belief of order being the only defense the humans have against the Swarm.
First Minister Mina Jinn was head of the reconstituted Coalition of Ordered Governments in the post-Locust War era. She continued the policy of her predecessors in protecting humanity's surviving population by utilizing the DeeBees to handle dangerous tasks like construction work and handle high-risk security details. Believing that the Outsiders were responsible for the disappearance of several COG colonies outside New Ephyra, Jinn deployed the DeeBees to investigate.
Early life and rise to powerEdit
Mina Jinn was a child when the Locust Horde emerged and began the Locust War. Jinn and her family were outside of the Jacinto Plateau in the first year of the war and lost many of her family members during the Hammer of Dawn Strikes.
Jinn came of age among the Stranded, and was barely a teenager when the Locust War came to an end. In spite of her upbringing, she embraced the new Coalition of Ordered Governments and its oppressive, if well-meaning, social vision. The COG's first decade allowed talented young people to take advantage of its fluid, meritocratic society, and Jinn impressed many with her intelligence, ambition, and devotion to the COG's ideals.
By her early twenties, she was a skilled bureaucrat, and while in her mid-twenties she was selected to head the Ministry of Procreation, one of the most powerful ministries within the new COG. Mina Jinn's methods made it possible for the once infertile First Minster Anya Stroud to conceive a child, James Dominic Fenix, with her husband, Sgt. Marcus Fenix. While First Minister Stroud continued to lead the COG, she appointed Mina as her protégé.
First Minister Stroud had died, however, during the Post-Locust Era. First Minister Dyer was appointed to replace her. Sometime after, Mina was eventually chosen by her fellow ministers to become First Minister, making her one of the youngest COG leaders in history. Like all previous First Ministers, Jinn viewed the Outsiders as a grave problem; unlike her predecessors, however, she was prepared to do something about it.
As First MinisterEdit
At some point, Jinn repurposed a number of DeeBees from simple construction and civil workers into a mechanized police force, a function that the creator of the DeeBees and CEO of DB Industries, Damon Baird, never intended. The decision was a point of contention between the two, as evidenced in a computer conversation where, upon Jinn saying that they needed to have a word, Baird said there was nothing more to discuss and that he was done, which Jinn considered a pity.
Jinn came to notice JD Fenix and Delmont Walker, new entries to the COG Officer Corps, and selected them to lead a unit of security DeeBees. However, a classified (and disastrous) incident shattered the young men's faith in the new COG and prompted them to go AWOL, after which Jinn branded them enemies of the state.
- "Today, we are humbled by the presence of two generations of men and women who braved every danger. Who fought the battles that made us what we are. Including the most pivotal encounter in the Pendulum Wars: Aspho Fields. When valiant COG forces captured the UIR’s plans for the Hammer of Dawn, we ensured our survival in the worst conflict our world had yet known. But only two years later, a new horror. A new enemy. A new war. By nightfall, hundreds of thousands were dead. “Emergence Day” had earned its name. Like many of you, I was only a child then. It was a dark, difficult time – and our victory was in no way assured. But against all odds, a brave group of soldiers, led by Marcus Fenix, finally ended our Locust nightmare. How dearly I wish Sergeant Fenix could be with us here today. Stop and think about the men and women whose sacrifices guaranteed our survival. Thanks to them, we fought through the long twilight. We built a new prosperity. The world the new COG has ensured knows no war, no suffering. It’s a world of safety. Of family. A world finally, at peace."
- —First Minister Jinn's speech commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Victory Day.
During the twenty-fifth anniversary of the end of the Locust War, Jinn gave a touching memorial service outside Government House in the COG capital of New Ephyra, praising the Gears that had fallen during the conflict and lamenting the absence of Sergeant Marcus Fenix, a major hero of the war.
At some point during this time, she became aware of large numbers of COG citizens being reported as missing, and subsequently blames the Outsiders, managing to nearly arrest Oscar Diaz, JD Fenix, Kait Diaz and Delmont Walker during their raid on Settlement 5, although she is foiled as the group is helped by an unknown benefactor. Immediately following the group's return to their village, Jinn arrives via a remote DeeBee proxy to personally accuse Outsider leader Reyna Diaz of abducting COG citizens and demands their return, to which Reyna denies as the Outsiders are not responsible for the disappearances. Following the breakdown in communications, Jinn orders a full assault on the Outsider village consisting of multiple waves of DeeBee units. While the invasion is repulsed, the village sustains heavy damage while Jinn pulls her forces back to regroup.
Later, Jinn, still suspecting the Outsiders of being responsible for the disappearances, tracks JD, Kait and Delmont to the Stroud family estate, and interrupts a tense meeting between JD and his father Marcus Fenix by ripping the front door of Marcus's house apart in her DeeBee proxy suit, wryly apologizing to the former sergeant before warning him not to help his son. Following the immediate destruction of her DeeBee unit by the group, Jinn orders another full assault on the estate, destroying most of it in the attempt to capture the fugitives during a running gunfight across the estate grounds.
At some point in the following hours, Jinn becomes aware of the Swarm and realizes that her initial suspicions may have been wrong. She tracks JD's group to the abandoned town of Speyer, where she attempts to peacefully meet with the group. She insists on having them return to New Ephyra to discuss the threat of the Swarm, but her proxy suit is attacked by a Pouncer before she can continue.
Following the destruction of Jinn's remaining DeeBee forces within Speyer, she apparently decides to withdraw from the conflict, allowing JD and his group to assault the major Swarm Hive beneath Tollen Dam.
Swarm War Edit
After the battle at Tollen Dam, Jinn reinstated JD and Del into the military at their previous rank of lieutenant, and inducted Kait Diaz as a corporal. Although Jinn opted for a defensive strategy that involved evacuating all humans to the safety of New Ephyra while using the DeeBees to eradicate the Swarm, Damon Baird feared that this would not be enough and began looking for ways to rebuild the Hammer of Dawn array despite Jinn warning him not to. It was also revealed that Jinn was several months pregnant, though the father of her child was not identified.
Mission to Azura Edit
Personality and TraitsEdit
Jinn is a very politically motivated woman. She appears to be very charismatic, giving a touching, emotional speech during the twenty-fifth anniversary of the end of the Locust War, yet immediately afterward showing a ruthless, stubborn streak as she accuses the Outsiders of being behind the kidnapping of COG citizens. Jinn also appears to have a ruthless streak using her position of power as First Minister to force CEO of DB Industries, Damon Baird, into given her command of the DeeBee units, which she uses as a police and military force. Jinn seems to have an obsessive streak, as she sends a Vulture after them, which Marcus addresses as "Jinn's overreaction".
However, Jinn does have some redeeming qualities, as she does appear to care for her constituency. She goes through great lengths in the attempt that she will retrieve her citizens, and shows that she is capable of admitting fault and showing reason when the Swarm threat is finally revealed.
These traits may be because that, unlike former leaders of the COG, Jinn was born and grew up during the destructive war with the Locust and knows full well the mistakes of the past. She has successfully instituted the rebuilding of civilization across Sera through the mass-produced Settlements and seems eager to replace Gears entirely with a mass-produced mech force (although this could also be contributed to her desire to control more than to protect).