Because every great story has a beginning.
Technological visionaries, computer scientists and engineers, the group had originally constrained their AI's research to projects for the benefit of humanity, rapidly progressing them towards a sustainable future. In humanity's darkest hour, presented with the possibility of nuclear extinction, they turned their considerable capabilities to a different purpose: controlling the world to ensure its safety. Despite efforts to find a different solution, the islands were deemed the most effective solution for preventing another bloody uprising, their inhabitants selectively transferred due to being identified as a threat to stable society.
The Capital is at the heart of the island.
The island operates as a detention island, like that of a contemporary 'Guantanamo Bay'. It houses those that pose a threat, be it to society, political status quo, conflict, territory, etc. The establishment is owned and managed by a private company, bank rolled by the great western countries.
From an external point of view the capital's function is to house, rehabilitate and release the dangerous inmates, providing a safe and effective measure for dealing with problematic individuals. From an internal point of view, the capital is a manipulative detainment center where no one ever escapes. Inmates are engaged and entained at the prospect of climbing the social/popularity ranking ladder, to chase an impossible dream of escape or accession.
From the viewpoint of the employees that work to manage and detain the citizens of the island, they don't consider what they're doing as no more immoral than a standard prison. From the perspective of the employees, they make the world a safer place, containing and managing all the violent, narcissistic and power hungry people to the islands they are doing the planet and most of its inhabitants a service. They cover the world's guilt by making these islands a place where nobody can die and do nothing to quench their desire for destruction and conflict. And they would argue they do not encourage it.
Housed underground, a statue of technological relics marks The Circle's faith and commitment to their cause.
Committed to accession, the COL praise their technological relics as they hack and augment their bodies to dominate and ultimately ascend into the next life.
ITR take advantage of an abandoned HydroDam, out of sight and out of mind, they extract electricity to fuel their campaign against the capital.
Made up from some of the best technological minds, the ITR have infiltrated the Capital's infrastructure, collecting intelligence and initiating their technological assault.
In the heart of the Highlands, the LSF take shelter in a nuclear bunker housed within a mountain, offering the necessary security for them to plan and execute their operations.
Originally a band of rebel resistance fighters, the LSF's makeup consists of rogue agents, diehard veterans and fearless inhabitants. Conducting tactical insertions and swift operations to deal decisive blows to the Capital, from disabling core hardware systems, to amassing great casualties and confiscating powerful weaponry.
Hiding out in a great mansion in the mits of the Lowlands, this stronghold is equipped to deal with anything the island has to throw at it.
To maim and extort the island inhabitants to fund an existence of luxury and security.
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