Key: █ SkyNET Based: San Francisco, global presence Status: Active Spoiler: Information Self-aware neural network responsible for initiating Judgement Day. SkyNET has been engaged in a state of total war to systematically eradicate humanity for the past 20 years, after remaining dormant for 8 years following J-day. The first sightings of hunter-killer drones date back to as far as 2006, after Humanity ventured back above ground in hopes of colonizing the blasted surface. SkyNET's diversity of drone composition and as consequence, it's ability to project force have increased exponentially in the last 20 years due to a sustained effort to produce more and more effective hunter-killer drones. This initiative, which eventually lead to the adoption of humanoid drones as SkyNET's rank-and-file warfighter, has recently culminated in the T-800 series and it's variants. █ Northern Republic Based: Canada, remnant clusters Status: Fractured Related Threads: Aftermath Spoiler: Information Until recently, The Northern Republic’s sphere of influence stretched far beyond any one former state or country. They were well established in the Pacific Northwest and large swathes of the Canadian interior. To outsiders, they operated much like the Roman Republic of old, offering neighboring factions the option of annexation. Those who chose defiance to the Republic were often enslaved, exploited for resources, or killed in their protest. Over time, as the Northern Republic’s influence grew, so did their signature on SkyNET’s sensors. Opting to remain hidden and avoid open conflict with the machines, the Republic remained underground and seized land where the war was hardly existent, far to the north of SkyNET's main forces in California. This type of expansion allowed them to quickly build their numbers instead of wasting them away in a conflict with SkyNet. By late 2025, Tech Com began encroaching on Republic territory, and with them brought SkyNET incurions. Thus drawing the Republic into a triangular war for the proceeding months. Tech-Com became a target of the Republic legions after their first, albeit brief, encounter. Because of this flashpoint, the enigmatic Republic came to stand as the first human faction to offer real resistance against Tech-Com. Regardless of what Tech-Com's war is fought for, the Northern Republic stood for their own cause and not the entirety of humanity. What they held dear was the amassing of territory and resources that SkyNET previously and continuously overlooked, a chance to let civilization bloom again. Tech-com’s trump card in this conflict proved to be their utilization of SkyNET technology, which largely included reprogrammed drones. Many in the Northern Republic's legions were convinced by the Matriarch that if they did not stop Tech Com, history would repeat itself and end in a final Judgement Day. However, this dichotomy collapsed soon after Tech-com's siege of the Matriarch's Mantle. The Republic's nerve center high in the Alaskan mountains was breached, and it came to light that for years, the most loyal legions and patricians of the Republic had been nothing more than pawns of SkyNET's larger plan. It became clear that by overseeing and even controlling their actions remotely through the use of neurological implants, SkyNET's intent was to corral larger segments of the remaining human population under a false promise of civilization. After the Matriarch's fall, many of the Republic's strongholds were burned to the ground and their people scattered to the wind by SkyNET. Though pockets of loyalists remain throughout the continent, the Republic as a threat has been largely crippled, only small enclaves of remnants loyal to SkyNET are rumored to remain, entrenched in scattered territories far to the north of California. █ Tech-Com Based: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Colorado Status: Active Spoiler: Information Originally nothing more than a patchwork alliance of human resistance cells spread thin across California. By 2010 John Connor had united the disparate groups of armed fighters under a single chain of command and spearheaded an insurgent counter-offensive against the encroaching hunter-killer drones and newly fielded T-600 humanoid terminators. Though the scrappy offensive cost untold human lives, it culminated in a successful strike against SkyNET's central core in 2018 lead by John Connor, Miles Dyson Jr and Barnes. Following this pyrrhic victory, Tech-Com has spent the last 8 years on the back foot, in a state of constant guerrilla warfare against the machines to slow their approach into the (relatively) population-dense areas of Tehema, Fresno, Bakersfield and San Bernadino. About a year ago, a fifth branch was founded in the L.A. region and has since been embroiled in the war against the Machines. In spite of suffering many defeats at the hands of SkyNET, the L.A. branch has managed to hold Bakersfields' southern flank. In addition, Charlie squad of the L.A. arm has recently made invaluable strides forward in the form of Tech-Com's ability to now reprogram terminators, which according to resistance prophet John Connor, "is the key to winning this war". 6 months ago, Fresno was completely overran by SkyNET. The surviving soldiers scattered to the wind. Some even made it to LA to bolster forces there in time to witness machines completely overrun the area just as they had in Fresno. In SkyNET's renewed offensive, newly fielded T-800s lead the indomitable, slow advance. All the meanwhile keeping a steady stream of reinforcements pouring out into the wastes from industrial production zones deep within SkyNET's territory. Tech-Com was put on the back foot for a number of months, journeying all over the American West and Canada, taking place in many offensives that eventually culminated in the siege of Matriarch's Mantel high in the Alaskan mountains. The destructive end to the siege left the Northern Republic sundered. With Tech Com's far northern flank finally secure, attention was wholeheartedly refocused back on retaking territory lost and renewing a fight against SkyNET directly instead of it's puppet entities. Now with LA wrestled back from the machines, Tech-Com now stands at a crossroads. Even though the war rages on, things have fallen into a relative lull compared to the prior months. Though junior members of the resistance cheer this, those with history fighting the machines are deeply anxious and watch the horizon for what comes next. █ Frente Humano Based: Mexico Status: Active Related Threads: Frente Humano Spoiler: Information Rooted in Baja, Mexico with distinct ties to the former Tijuana Cartel. Before Judgement Day the Tijuana and Sinaloa Cartels were engaged in a war, with the former gradually losing - immediately after J-day, with the destruction of one of their main base of operations the Tijuana Cartel as it stood were obliterated, scattered into hiding or absorbed into the surviving Sinaloa Cartel. Those who went into hiding formed their own militia groups or spread into local communities, where they took control. They took advantage of the geography to isolate themselves and fought off foreign influence from north and east, yet at the same time were plagued by old rivalries and infighting until well after SkyNET emerged. Eventually, the Caudillo emerged, uniting the regional factions under the Frente Humano - translated as ‘Human Front’. Many members are veterans of gangs and cartel organisations, with ties to old-world guerrilla movements and crime organizations, but have none the less managed to scrape some bastions of society out of the scorched earth in southern California and Mexico. Currently in an ongoing alliance with Tech-Com and acting as a supplier of food and ammunition in the war against SkyNET. █ Navajo Nation Based: Four Corners Status: Active Related Threads: [The Long Rifles] Lore Primer Spoiler: Information During the immediate aftermath of the nuclear attacks, many reservations were placed in unique situations. The small reservations in California were often destroyed during the attacks on American cities, as were many of the reservations in the Great Lakes and the Eastern Seaboard: those communities were often downwind of direct strikes on cities, and became immediately susceptible to nuclear fallout. Poorer communities such as Couer D'Alene in Idaho were devastated, as most houses were of poor construction and most did not have basements or proper insulation, and residents perished from radiation sickness and fallout-related conditions. Thousands more died of starvation, disease, and violence perpetrated by hordes of refugees. Some found that the only solution was to return to traditional ways of life, taking their chances well away from even the small towns allotted to them by the government. Others, such as the Northern Cheyenne in Montana and the Lakota of Pine Ridge and Standing Rock, were completely spared from either nuclear strikes or fallout effects, and were in a better position to assert regional dominance. Elsewhere in North America, the stronger indigenous factions became important and early Resistance allies in the fight against SkyNET. The Navajo Nation of the Four Corners came under immediate attack by SkyNET following its emergence in the mid-2000's. By virtue of simply being in the way, the Navajo Nation were the first human faction to actively take the fight to primitive Hunter-Killer units, providing useful case studies for the challenges faced by SkyNET units in remote desert terrain, and in fighting indigenous peoples. Navajo guerrillas, or Long Rifles as they became popularly known, used the irregular and harsh terrain to their advantage, attacking from high elevations and settling in extremely harsh, unmapped desert terrain. Without readily available ethnographic data, infiltrators could not easily penetrate Navajo society, nor those of its allies, and the Navajo language, Dine bazaad, proved difficult for machines to parse. Strategic planning also failed to account for the high percentage of Navajo, Zuni, Ute, and Jicarilla Apache who had previously served in the military, which provided a strong and skilled initial fighting force which would later be augmented by other Resistance cells. As the war progressed, Anishinaabe band governments formed an important network with Canadian Resistance cells to navigate around the Coltan Line, the string of fortresses, refineries, and factories controlled by SkyNET that bisected much of the continent. This effort allowed scientists and specialists to travel through the dangerous Canadian interior, and allowed limited contact between Western and Eastern Resistance groups. As the West Coast became the center of all offensive activities by SkyNET and eventually the global Resistance, this pipeline proved vital to opening a northern front against SkyNET to distract from offensives moving against their home territory in the Southwest. Ideologically, the Navajo creation myth stresses balance, and maintaining a strong separation between the natural, living world, and the world of the dead, such that Navajo have strong taboos on even discussing the dead for fear of upsetting the Chindi, the spirits of the dead. SkyNET's presence has acted as such a strong catalyst that the Navajo fiercely and successfully held all of their historical territory until 2026, when victories at Gallup and Window Rock finally caused a general move westward into unoccupied Nevada and Eastern California. Currently, the Four Corners Alliance is aligned with the Resistance. While it generally prefers to remain neutral in the Resistance's conflicts with human factions, Navajo Long Rifles have engaged in combat with Northern Republican remnants. It remains ambivalent to El Zorro due to its economic power, but the Long Rifles' fiercely anti-SkyNET rhetoric regularly brushes up against El Zorro's tendency to keep a low profile. Generally, the Long Rifles build alliances, kick ass, and bide their time, planning the eventual reconquest of their homeland. █ El Zorro Based: Texas, El Dorado Status: Active Related Threads: The Coalition Spoiler: Information El Zorro is a smuggling warlord with a warped sense of reality. While he essentially runs a not so humane operation of gaining land, supplies, and support, he's also concerned about the future of not only mankind but the type of civilization TechCom hopes to form. El Zorro wants to make sure that whatever civilization is created it's at the hands of each individual community in place of a militaristic regime ruling over them, or so he says. While he hyperbolically claims his territory runs from the Pacific coast to Texas, there's really no way for him to manage all of it. This is where El Zorro reaches out to each territory, city, or region and empowers people with supplies and a vision. He wants to unite people to work for him and create a future for themselves, with one catch, they've got to hand over tributes to El Zorro periodically in the form of "indentured servants". His organization is fitted and armed consistently but in a very piece meal way. They have access to a few helicopters, weapons (mostly low grade), medical supplies, food and water. El Zorro and his small army aren't preoccupied with trying to start offensives against SkyNET, instead they focus on their immediate survival and consistently act only in their own self-interest, constantly focused on keeping Skynet forces to their west at bay with a mixed army comprising of some volunteers but mostly conscripts. El Zorro and his upper echelon enjoy a quality of life that few others do in the wasteland, but for those outside and crushed under the warlord's sphere of influence, El Zorro appears as nothing but a hedonistic, third-world slaver who's attempts at society have gone on far too long. █ Oregon Caravans Based: Oregon, Northern California Status: Active Spoiler: Information Before the Caravans ran routes from Eugene to Sierra County and everywhere in between, the seeds were planted in the old world. It all started as a band of nomads comprised of doomsday-preppers who emerged from a bunker with their families, retaining a wealth of old-world knowledge on how to engineer survival in a world laid to ruin. Soon after emerging, they crossed paths with a surviving remnant of the Canadian 39th brigade who had fled south to escape the harrowing nuclear winter of British-Colombia. The two groups amalgamated into a single nomadic band on the sole pretenses of survival, as they each had something to offer the other. In one hand, unforgotten knowledge that was hidden from the fires of judgement day, in the other the means and conviction to defend themselves against the depraved world the surface had become. The group continued to roam until they found a suitable home somewhere in the Umpqua forest in eastern Oregon. From there, the seeds planted now started to grow. With a home to call their own, they toiled night and day to carve out a corner of the world that would support life. The groups' numbers meant they had many mouths to feed, but the manpower allowed a consistent stream of prospectors to be sent out in search of the materials to make the hydroponic systems, water filters, ammunition and tools that would be necessary. There were many hardships. Frigid winters, starvation, sickness and even violent clashes with other survivors, but they persisted. Though they fought hard and worked harder, what won their survival was the knowledge they had preserved, and their affinity with the technology their prospectors were funneling back home from all over Oregon. Even though the nomads now had a home, human nature wasn't far behind. Not long after had they secured the town of Bootstrap from external threats and begun to produce a surplus of food did the community begin to splinter among familial lines into three distinct trading caravans. Though fighting never broke out openly, and all was quiet in the town of Bootstrap, this kicked off a long and ongoing arms race between the three Caravans in the form of trading their surplus of food and technology to an expanding network of fledgling communities. As a consequence of the Caravans' greed and voracious appetite to accrue material and political support, an expanding web of derivative communities was given access to the surplus of food and technology flowing from Bootstrap, though they worked tooth and nail for it in return in the form of prospectors and supplying protection to the caravans themselves, society was enabled by the mutual venture. Grass had begun to grow up through the cracks again. The Caravans of the north aren't so much a unified faction as they are a vast coalition of communities ranging from Oregon to northern California, at the heart of this coalition of independent wasteland towns and communities of denizens is the Caravan Triumvirate, the three families wheeling and dealing, in constant competition with each other to get a leg up and finally take all of Bootstrap for themselves, one way or another. █ Sons of Paradise Based: Channel Islands of California Status: Active Spoiler: Information Born from scattered navy and coast guard, the Sons of Paradise are a coastal, remnant military bandit group that utilizes their small fleet of old drug-smuggling submarines and gunboats to conquer the waters surrounding Southern California, and initiate coastal raids and bombardments on their targets. Their understanding of the new world is simple, and clear: Kill or be killed. And they follow through with their mantra by taking what they can pillage to better guarantee their own survival. It's assumed that the Sons of Paradise still maintain a functional, small-sized naval fleet off the shores of California, but this cannot be confirmed due to their use of submarines. During the Tech-Com campaign into Canada against the Northern Republic, the Sons capitalized on this focus to supplant themselves onto the mainland and disrupt the trade routes between Frente Humano and Tech-Com, picking on the cartel-born militia due to Tech-Com's inability to help defend their allies. █ The Silk Road Based: Interstate 5 Status: Reformed Related Threads: The Silk Road Spoiler: Information Originally, the Silk Road did not preside over any specific dominion, but rather found itself littered throughout Interstate 5, from Los Angeles all the way up California and beyond. A once loose railroad of traders, merchants and raiders, the Silk Road actively made do against the impoverished and vulnerable for their supplies and even the people themselves, engaging in a great deal of slave-trading with the Northern Republic of the time and waging war against El Zorro. Their equipment is comprised of whatever they can take or kill off of their victims or what they could trade for-- which was a great deal that included an array of plasma weaponry, .50 calibers and RPGs. There was not much of a hierarchy for this string of cells, as they generally operated out of their own volition and only cooperated when it suited both parties. In-fighting within the faction was especially common. Their Los Angeles cell, led by Warlord Tim suffered heavy casualties that saw their local leadership dismantled, including Tim himself being killed, causing the rest to scatter in the wind and assimilate into other cells in the Road. During this time, a great deal of internal conflict arose between the cells that caused the Silk Road to unify under one banner-- that of the former LA cell. This reformation led them to abandon their wasteland capitalism for raiding and theft, seeking to horde any and all SkyNET technology for themselves. They have then since become a far more formidable force.