Planets in the Red Faction universe
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Earth is featured prominently in the Red Faction series. It is often pictured as an oasis of technology and freedom, safeguarded by the Earth Defense Force and a massive fleet of warships. Many Martian colonists are Earth-born immigrants.
At some point between the years 2008 and 2070, Earth began to run out of usable materials. This shortage accelerated the colonization of Mars. The Ultor Corporation in particular supplied Earth with much-needed resources obtained by Martian miners. The many human rights abuses committed in the past were hidden from the general Earth population. In 2075, a group known as the Red Faction rebelled against Ultor, allowing the Earth Defense Force to take control of Mars. During the next fifty years, news of Ultor's abuses appeared to have reached Earth; when Earth-born Alec Mason immigrated to Mars in 2125 and discussed the Red Faction with his brother, he commented, "Didn't enough people die the last time?"
In this time, prior to the events of the first Red Faction revolt, Victor Sopot became Chancellor of the Republic of the Commonwealth On earth. During this time, the Earth Defence Council was formed when 162 countries signed the Earth Unity Act. The Commonwealth was not one of these countries, and as such had a rather hostile and isolationist approach to the rest of the world. Eventually his dictatorship started to get worse, he tried to Annex his neighbouring country, the United Republic, and therefore began to seek better warriors.
After the Earth Defense Force began to restore order on Mars, they recovered part of Capek's Nanotechnology - the Nano-Cell, which became the subject of much thievery, and eventually wound up on Earth, being stolen and stolen again. One of these groups, was the Kn.A.N.O group. Sopot found out about this and ordered his soldiers to go and steal the Cell, so that Sopot could use it for himself. It is unclear if any other groups that stole the cell found ways to utilise it effectively, however, in 2078 after two of Sopots soliders - Alias and Shrike, manage to acquire the Cell, he got to work.
The Nano-Cell was found to enhance individuals combat prowess and, in most cases, increase their intellect whenever they became affected by it. Sopot would use this technology to create the Processed - over 2,000 normal soldiers transformed into nano-enhanced super soldiers. His best commander, Molov, personally insisted on certain individuals being approved - Repta, a heavy weapons madman & Alias, a demolitions expert. Alongside them Shrike, who loved more than anything being the driver to any vehicle, was also transformed, as well as Quill - a very good sniper, and Tangier, a covert stealth unit and certified hacker - who had been immigrated to Earth from Mars after she was orphaned during the first uprising.
By the year 2080 Sopot began to fear the creations, acknowledging that they were so strong, they could overthrow him. He ordered them all exiled and executed with no one to spare, which of course, means Molov and his squad were tracked and hunted, labelled abominations and mutants. During this time, a new Red Faction Group began to show up, rebelling against the general tyranny and dictatorship of Sopot. This faction bears no resemblance to the Martian counterpart save in name alone, but it too is fighting for freedom. Their leader Echo, formed an alliance with Molov and his squad of 6, and they began to eventually work their way together, to finally have an opportunity to kill Sopot.
Whilst Sopot was at his Public Information Building, the propaganda machine of the Commonwealth, in the centre of Sopot City, The Red Faction took their chance to ambush the building, and kill Sopot. Despite their best efforts, Alias was unable to make the kill, and ends up with Shrike chasing Sopot around the city battling in gunships through the evening. They crash and Alias fights his way through subway tunnels to get back to ground level. Quill, who is the first person to make contact with Alias, tells him to blow up the bridge they were on to prevent Sopot reinforcements as they wanted to isolate him as much as possible. After this, Alias re-joins Shrike, this time in a tank, and the duo clear a bloody path to Sopot's Citadel, where Alias finally puts an end to Sopot.
After this, everyone returns to RF HQ, whereupon Molov and his squad, whilst waiting for Alias and Tangier to arrive, massacre the base. Echo and the faction wanted peace and unity, which Molov assesses as his squad becoming redundant and useless. The armies of the commonwealth, declaring loyalty to Molov, return to fighting the Red Faction. Alias discovers he's labelled a faction sympathiser and is told the three of them will be executed just as Tangier arrives, using her stealth to get a gun to Molovs head allowing them to escape. What follows is a cat and mouse between Molov and his loyal few, and Alias & Tangier. Quill kills Echo shortly after their escape, then is defeated by Alias in a Cemetery, before Alias and Tangier can reunite, then together they hack into the nano-base, whereupon Tangier takes the Nano-Cell and leaps out of the bases peak, Sopot Statue. Alias also kills both Repta and Molov in the process. Shrike, who had initially sided with Molov, turned on him in the last moments and helped Alias escape the collapsing statue with his gunship.
The shortage in Earth-based resources appeared to have continued over the course of those fifty years; by 2125, the Earth Defense Force had become an occupying force, ruling over Mars with an iron fist. Propaganda about Earth seemed to have taken a negative turn; in Red Faction: Guerrilla, the EDF's public broadcasting system often aired stories about disasters on Earth, like plane crashes and rioting. This is in stark contrast to Mars-related news, in which all news disadvantageous to the EDF was either toned down or completely spun as good. One likely explanation for this discrepancy is that the EDF would have wanted to encourage immigration to Mars, to increase the work force there.
Around 2120, the Red Faction was revived; by 2125, it successfully liberated Mars from Earth's military. After the EDF's forced removal from Mars, Earth's fate remains unknown. If Earth was unable to establish peaceful relations with or a dominion over Mars, then it would have likely been unable to find other ways of gathering resources, possibly leading to an economic collapse or worse.
Culture and civilian life
Not much is known about Earth's culture, or about the day-to-day lives of its civilians. However, several things can be deduced from events in Red Faction: Guerrilla.
Alec Mason's surprise at the EDF's harsh behavior would seem to imply that Earth's government and police forces are considerably more lenient. News broadcasts seen on Martian news services often mention riots and other negative incidents on Earth; assuming that these reports are true (rather than simply being propaganda), it can be assumed that Earth is in a state of noticeable decline. This is at odds, however, with the EDF's ability to mass-produce expensive structures and vehicles; from this, one could reason that Earth's civilians are not receiving a full or even an equal share of the EDF's Martian revenue.
One news broadcast in particular mentions a plane crash in the "Amazon desert"; from this, one could guess that at some point in Earth's history, humanity was so desperate for resources that they began to disregard environmentally-friendly practices and renewable sources of energy, turning to more wasteful practices like deforestation and sparing nothing, not even rainforests.
- Luna (Moon)