mr_sherman, I was not meaning to suggest that the entire police force was replaced by Rats. Just more Rats stationed down in Endtown because of the security breech. Probably as you say backing up the Police. Except when the call came in FOR the Police some one made sure only the Rats responded. Are sure there is only ONE devise around? Mallard knew what it was the moment he saw it, remember. So he either knew about them or had seen them before. Those devises may be only usable by their operators (Marx only) or Mallard when he had it would have zapped himself to some sunny beach with bimbos and booze.On the Topsiders using dittos. Remember Petey’s revulsion to them. He hated them calling them vermin. The Topsiders who met them with Flask had NO idea what they were except when the dittos went away one proclaimed how much they kicked its ass. The dittos seem to know folks. With Sparkplug they replayed his life over and over with him providing the dialogue and it was not about the good he did more about being the cause of all this. I don’t think the dittos would see Topsiders as “good”. Of course they respond to anything they do not know like they did with Al and Gustine BUT Al and Gustine were one could say were intruders to their “dottie” world.Why they worked for Marx is one of those unanswered questions. With Wally and Holly they led them to the Captain’s room where Flask had gone. Obviously she could read Lucherian (guess on spelling) following it to the command room where she became its captain and ordered it to crash into the Settlement or get close enough to get shot down and fall on it. Remember Marx handed Mallard a ball telling him he was smart enough to figure it out. Marx left with no further instructions. Mallard was not even surprised at Marx and his abilities. This says Mallard had seen it before or knew of its existence so no surprise when Marx produced the gum. It merely proved Mallard’s hypothesis about WHO Marx is and what he is capable of doing.