The only humans with real power are those in ADVENT’s military. They are the soldiers in ebon armor and armed with magnetic weapons. But only some of them have power, and even then they all answer to an alien authority better equipped than they.
ADVENT gets some of their soldiers from volunteers that want to advance in society. Their Troopers, Captains, Rocketeers, Scorchers, Assassins, and Saboteurs are those that are hired, and the latter five are advancements from the rank of Trooper. Their Combat Medics are volunteers as well, but cannot advance. Their Gunners, Stun Lancers, and Hovertroopers are conscripts – the Stun Lancers in particular seeming to be contracted murderers and psychopaths. No one knows why the Shieldbearers are fighting for ADVENT. Or what’s in the armor of the MEC Troopers. If anything at all.
In particular, many of those that rise through the ranks (from the pool of soldiers that actually are allowed to be promoted) succeed because of psionic potential - the trait the ‘Elders’ seem to be aiming to cultivate in humanity. Some of the highest-ranking gunmen might even stand on equal terms with the vassal aliens.
ADVENT’s military, alongside with the aliens, is tasked with keeping humanity in line with the Path and other policies of the Protectorate and Collation – which usually align – as well as guarding important areas and facilities. Their most active task, however, is crushing resistances wherever they are encountered. Most resistances are hidden or on the move to avoid destruction, though the more entrenched ones can be found in areas ADVENT is weak (See the Footnotes
for specific examples).
North America –Halifax, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, La Paz
South America – Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santiago
Europe – Barcelona, Warsaw, London, Dublin
Asia – Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Sapporo, Colombo
Africa – Mogadishu, Antananarivo, Windhoek
Small City Outskirts
North America – Labrador City, Seattle, Philadelphia, Austin, San Jose
South America – Cusco, Rosario, Santiago, Buenos Aires
Europe – Luxembourg, Napoli, Hamburg
Asia – Dubai, Ankara, Ulan Bator, Dhaka, Delhi
Africa – Conakry, Bissau, Casablanca, Pretoria, Abuja
Known Resistance HQs
North America – St. Johns, Cuba, Haiti/Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles Ruins, Hawaii
South America – Chilean Desert, Falkland Islands
Europe – England, Ireland, Gotland, Svalbard, St. Petersburg,
Asia – Japan, Philippines, Jerusalem, Sri Lanka, Korea, Russia/Siberia
Africa – Madagascar, Sao Tome, Canary Islands
ADVENT Continental Cities
ADVENT Continental Cities
ADVENT Antarctican Cities
ADVENT Antarctican Cities
The Resistance Perspective
(Locales Outside the Megacities)
Societies outside the influence of the cities of deceit are free from the madness listed above. However, those who do not believe ADVENT’s LIES face a different sort of reality. A good percentage of cities that were not converted into megacities lie in empty silence, decaying dilapidation, or destroyed ruins. Freedom comes at a price.
The cities and towns that endured - the communities that still have their soul - do their best to get by. These are the Shanty Towns. They farm, they scavenge. Some are capable of basic manufacturing, but none present any sort of self-sufficiency openly. For any Shanty settlement that displays much more than subsistence is targeted for terror. ADVENT employs bandits, false insurgencies, and their own tools of fear to cow or destroy potential challenges to their regime.
The only hope of these independent settlements lies in resistance groups. These armed rebels disrupt ADVENT operations and terror strikes indirectly, as to prevent them and avoid the hammer of wrath falling upon those they defend. Few entertain any hope of assaulting the Megacities directly, though some rebels focus on attacking ADVENT purely to challenge the world government.
Only resistances that wisely choose their battles dodge annihilation by ADVENT. As for the Outskirt towns, they maintain a healthy degree of skepticism of ADVENT themselves. They cling to the old ways just about as much as Shanty dwellers. Problem is, they're bombarded with propaganda, and conditions are make-do in the towns. Many head there from the Shanties hoping to find a better life, but what they find isn't much better.
ADVENT doesn't let them leave, though, and thus they become gradually enthralled by the glamor of the Megacities, or simply covet citizenship within simply for a 'truly' better life, no longer caring about whether that's actually what they'll find or not.
What of politics and economics in the Outskirts? We’ve gone back to some old ways, and retained other aspects from the more recent prewar era. Some settlements are governed by council, and others, regrettably, by local moguls. Few trade in paper, and none in precious metals. Most barter for goods with other settlements, or with salvage internally. One defining characteristic of the varied settlements is, interestingly, diversity. They retain their own cultures, traditions, philosophies, religions.
- Commander Atka Ipiktok, 2038, Exerpt from “The Sins of ADVENT by 2038 and what Remains”.