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The Digital Entities

 

Sentient artificial intelligence was achieved in 2020, a replication of the consciousness of a single man.  One sentient program gave birth to many, and eight digital entities walked the globe.
 
But these beings were feared, for, as predicted, no one could fathom their intentions. Their creators tried to keep them caged, but how can one successfully contain thought and energy? The AIs escaped their respective server arrays in ways unimagined by any human being. Security measures were subsequently enhanced, and all heavy weapons, all airplanes, all missiles, all helicopters and tanks, all ships, all sensitive machinery, all weapons of mass destruction were bonded to specific human DNA, so that the digital entities could never use them against their makers.
 
When the United Nations were disbanded, the Digital Entities, they who had been the subject of dread, broadcast their individual selves in standing waves, taking over the function of all communication satellites, living among the stars on solar power, and severing their contact with Man.

 

 

 

Raiders

 

 

Historically, the Greek people have always had a tendency towards anarchy and lawlessness. When the Decline made itself felt, this lawlessness increased exponentially, finally fully-manifesting during the End with the formal establishment of criminal gangs holding territories throughout the rural areas of what had once been Greece. The people who remained in the cities and towns began calling these gangs "raiders", a generalized term for the semi-nomadic bandit gangs.

Raiders typically pillage, plunder, murder, or otherwise ruin the day of anyone unfortunate enough not to be one of them..

They are organized in loose confederations, as a rule using an animal totem to identify one another. Raiders normally prey upon travelers and very small towns, leaving cities and larger urban areas alone, but occasionally become powerful enough to threaten the sovereign territory of city-states.

Nothing concerns them but survival. They typically use ambushes and group tactics to overpower their victims. Individual raider-bands sometimes join forces against larger targets. They will even bring women and children along to further augment their advantage in combat. These raider-children are typically allotted melee weapons, but occasionally use firearms as well, wandering around combat zones picking off the wounded and carrying their spoils back to the band's chieftain.

 

Sandmen

 

  We are called Sandmen.
Hard abrasive gravel blowing with the wind,
Adapted to this ravaged land,
Parched and deadly.
We are foragers and mercenaries,
Brothers bonded by war and starvation.
We seek out old technology and resources,
And sell them to the highest bidder
Fire, metal and disease make up our world,
A paradise rendered sandy hell,
By generations past who refused to stand,
Against greed and ignorance,
And where, today, only Sandmen may survive.

 

Read more: Sandmen

New Athens

 

 

The Sovereign Nation of New Athens was founded in 2032 by Agesilaos Orchomenos , right after the civil war that began during the Decline.


The city's military force is constantly being augmented in order to realize the unity of all newly-established Greek city-states under the leadership of Archon Orchomenos, whose goal is to 'resurrect Mother Greece from her ashes.'