The Binteji Renmei (translated in English as The Vintage Federation) is itself inspired by the remarkable Anime/Manga Haibane Renmei created by Yoshitoshi Abe. It is a non-profit organization dedicated primarily to assisting vintage and abandoned OS-tans, and providing a voice for them in a world that barely remembers them. It was originally conceived by Amiga-tan, having spent several years as a wanderer and witnessing the plight of countless vintage OS-tans (once the marvel of their day) whittling the remainder of their lives in obscurity. However, in a rare bout of compassion by Unix, she provided the funding to help Amiga-tan make the Binteji Renmei a reality, and to this date continues to offer the fledgling faction a token annual stipend.
The Binteji Renmei is not rich by any stretch of the imagination and many of its members are either too outdated to work a decent-paying job or require special assistance. Nevertheless they remain very talented and resourceful individuals, and by binding together as a community they're able to pool their resources far more effectively, as well as discover newfound strengths and motivations. Self-esteem, self-education and self-sufficiency are among the many values that they help each other learn and practice to a fault. Whereas once the organization subsisted entirely on charity, now it's grown and sustained itself to the point where it can offer charity of its own. If not in the form of money, certainly in the form of hope.
Hope for any OS-tan resigned to the belief that happiness and belonging are reserved only for the state-of-the-art.
- Amstrad CPC
- Apple II
- Apple Lisa
- Atari DOS
- Atari TOS
- Coleco Adam
- Commodore PET
- Commodore 64
- GEM OS
- MITS Altair 8800
- Pilot OS
- Windows 1.0
- Windows 2.0
- ZX Spectrum
- All permanent DOSSE members
The origins of the Binteeji Renmei date back to 1993-1994 when Apple II-tan, Lisa-tan and GS/OS-tan left the Apple Family. They left for Apple II-tan's farmhouse and plantation. Amiga-tan arrived at Apple II-tan's place where they would later establish the Binteeji Renmei. It was during the OS Wars when they first attempted for found the Binteeji Renmei but failed for a multitude of reasons: The Apple-tans gave out a lot of resources to help the Mac-tans who were struggling during the OS Wars and that Amiga-tan had to move around from company to company while trying to avoid fading into oblivion.
Shortly after the OS Wars, Amiga-tan and the three Apple-tans encounter Windows 1.0-tan and 2.0-tan both of which were in a very sorry state and barely escaped the crossfire of the OS Wars. They join their group, and with funding from Unix (who greatly admires Amiga-tan's compassion and her group's motives), the Binteeji Renmei is established.
From that point onwards, the Binteeji Renmei improves as they take in more refugees (and each one with their own talents to contribute), and rebuild their lives and restore dignity as best as they can for these OS-tans.
The Binteeji Renmei also helps out OS-tans from other factions. The Mac-tans are especially friendly with the OS-tans of the Binteeji Renmei (the Vintage-tans as they're called) and are known to visit quite often (especially the early Mac-tans who feel like they can better relate to them than their younger generation of relatives). Some of the older Linux-tans (such as Yggdrasil Linux-tan and Evil Entity-tan) have retired to a quiet life as honorary members of the Binteeji Renmei and watch over the Vintage-tans.
There have been been several success stories of Vintage-tans' lives improving vastly from their days as a wanderer, and former rivals becoming great friends but the Binteeji Renmei constantly faces money shortages, therefore not being able to upgrade their equipment and most of the Vintage-tans can't work a good paying job. They also have to fight against the tide of hopelessness and apathy that have overtaken many of their former friends and colleagues who live as wanderers, leaving some Vintage-tans to question their own self-worth. Still, the Vintage-tans are not the type to give up.