THE YEAR IS 2025. THE SERVER IS SET IN LOS ANGELES █ Skynet: 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 T800 series and it's variants. █ TechCom: 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 T600 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, Techcom has spent the last 7 years on the back foot, in a state of constant guerilla warfare against the machines to slow their approach into the (relatively) population-dense areas of Tehema, Fresno, Bakersfield and San Bernadino. 6 months 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 Techcom's ability to now reprogram terminators, which according to resistance prophet John Connor, "is the key to winning this war". █ Frente Humano: 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 guerilla 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 Techcom and acting as a supplier of food and ammunition in the war against Skynet. █ Navajo Long Rifles: 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, and became one of the first to actively take up arms against the more primitive Hunter-Killer units, providing useful case studies for the challenges faced by SkyNET units in remote desert terrain; unlike the early Hunter-Killers, Navajo and other guerrillas were able to conceal themselves very well, often hiding in cliff-faces, perching themselves on large mesas, or living in villages so remote that even SkyNET dare not pay much attention. Like the Cheyenne and the Anishinaabe, the Navajo Nation eventually became a coalition of the Navajo, as well as remnants of the surrounding Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Ute, Zuni, Hopi, and Jicarilla Apache reservations, as well as some non-indigenous towns and military installations such as Fort Wingate. The large amount of Navajo and other indigenous military veterans provided a strong 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. █ El Zorro: 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: 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.