The Renegade uprising completely changed the sociopolitical configuration of the Barnard Sector. The region, once a haven for political dissidents and independent pioneers, became a battlefield.
Pilots looking to stay safe must stick to their faction’s home region. Those looking for a little more action should head to the contested zones – regions rich in paleoartifacts and the natural resources that fuel the ongoing war.
Fulfill tasks in contested regions and you gain rewards not just for yourself, but you help your side gain dominance in the region and extend benefits to all members of your faction.
The Consortium is the coalition of entrepreneurs responsible for advancing human civilization in space after the Restriction. Corporations formed by, aligned with, and supported by the population, they advocate the expansion and progress of mankind in an orderly manner. Their motto: “Civility, organization, and security.”
The Consortium sees the Uprising as an attack on freedom, and demonstrates the Renegades’ lack of respect for established human rights. They believe the Renegades are the “heirs of all the murderous ideologies responsible for the extinction of Earth” and that they “exult no values but that ‘might makes right’.” In the eyes of the Consortium, the Renegades want nothing less than a lawless future where chaos reigns, and there are no basic human rights.
The speech of captain Neil Pace, representative of the Consortium ideals, leaves no doubt about their determination to maintain control despite the Renegades’ best efforts to countermand the greater good: “We understand that if this act goes unpunished, the Core systems, our stations, our citizens, may be next. Leaving the flagrant disregard for order, laws, and basic human rights unanswered not only threatens freedom, but the stability of legitimate institutions…and we will not allow it. We will face these fanatical guerrillas with the certainty that our cause is just, and with the confidence of victories to come.”
Accustomed to facing attacks, the Consortium members know that the answer must be swift. They now go to great lengths to recruit new pilots, train them, and supply them with the best equipment to win this war – which, according to Pace, is just a matter of time.
The Renegades fight to uphold the values of the original Founders of Barnard: freedom, liberty, and independence. They believe that when the privileged elite left Earth behind, they also left behind a respect for basic human values, and now honor only unfettered economic and gains and questionable political interests.
The resistance is composed primarily of Barnardinos (inhabitants of the Barnard system) struggling to expel the Consortium from its regions in order to regain the sovereignty of 61 Cygni. The Renegade Uprising was, to them, a formal declaration of independence by the free communities of Barnard.
Consortium intervention in the Barnard Sector began immediately following the catastrophe under the pretext of “humanitarian aid.” The Renegades have since grown tired of the constant meddling; the forced requisition of stations and refineries, the exploitation of natural resources within their regions, and the sudden imposition of restrictive laws that run counter to the ideals of the Founders. An embargo that prevents the entry of products from other systems and the dissolution of the miners’ unions are still open wounds in these communities. The renegade leader Billy Bates summarizes the fury behind the Uprising: “We came to the Barnard Sector as an alternative to the Consortium and now, under the auspices of helping, the Consortium has come to bleed us dry. 61 Cygni is our home, and we do not need “help”; we need autonomy.”
The Renegades know that Consortium forces are organized, unified, and are skilled military and logistical operators. They know the road to victory will be difficult. But they believe their cause is just and that, in the end, will be the deciding factor. They rally to the cry “What was ours one day shall be ours forever!”
And in the voice of Billy Bates: “Long live the resistance!”
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