These are factions not defined by geographical boundaries. The anarchists and scum technically count as well, due to their widespread presence in the outer system.Argonauts:
The Argonauts are a public organization in favor of socially responsible use of technology. They are an apolitical organization, although they've been called upon to present educated advice in regards to laws and legal systems related to technology and science. They are open source advocates, arguing that equal access to technology and information will further prosperity for transhumanity, and maintain open databases and online archives. They've been implicated in the release of classified information, earning them many enemies; public sentiment and reputation as scholars par excellence keep them from being destroyed as a whole.Barsoomians:
The Barsoomians are a Martian political movement comprised of anti-hypercorp sentiment. They draw heavy support and influence from autonomist circles, although many deny the connection. Barsoomians are united by a desire for the formation of an independent Mars, local control over terraforming projects, an end to the practice of indentured servitude, and control of the Martian Pandora Gate. Most Barsoomians are or were indentured servants, and thus are disproportionately low-income and rural.Bioconservatives:
Bioconservatives are critical of transhumanity's direction. Their numbers were boosted as a result of the Fall, and they favor curtailing and limiting transhuman technological advancement (in particular resleeving, cloning, artificial intelligence, uplifts, and forking among other things). They're also wary of colonization beyond the Pandora Gates, and draw their numbers from religious conservatives, environmentalists, and Jovians. Although not all bioconservatives are militarists or fascists, the ideological has this negative stigma due to Jovian influence.Brinkers:
Brinker is a catch-all phrase for people who wish to form their own isolated society cut off from the rest of transhumanity. Their habitats run the gamut of the imagination, from cults, gender-based societies (or lack thereof), secret criminal/hypercorp operations, extended families, forked clones of the same person, and more.Exhumans:
Exhumans seek to take the capabilities of transhuman modification to become something other than human. The average one views the Fall as either a missed evolutionary opportunity or an example of typical transhuman unworthiness. Although exhumans have their own factions and ideologies, as a whole they seek to transcend into a more advanced state of being. To some, this means becoming a super-predator, or implanting excessive software modification into the ego to fundamentally alter the mind. A few seek out TITAN remnants and artifacts, hoping to be absorbed into the greater consciousness and go beyond normal physical limitations.
Exhumans are universally despised. Most exhuman experiments are highly dangerous, turning the subject into insane ravers and/or beastly monstrosities. Although they're sparsely spread throughout the solar system, there's a few tiny colonies in the Kuiper Belt (asteroid belt beyond Pluto). A few exhumans hate transhumanity so much that they declared open war on them and engage in attacks on isolated habitats.Mercurials:
Mercurial is a term adopted by the non-human parts of transhumanity. Namely, the AGIs (artificial general intelligence) and uplifts (sapient animals). It generally refers to advocates for AGI and uplift rights, and while a majority of members belong to these 2 groups, they have many human supporters as well (mostly among the political Left). Major issues include overcoming prejudice (both legal and societal) and increased civil rights and autonomy. Some mercurials advocate integration into transhuman society, others favor creating their own culture and habitats.Nano-ecologists:
Nano-ecologists are pro-technology environmentalists (as opposed to the bioconservative ones). They advocate transhuman advancement in a way which will impact minimal harm and intrusion on existing planetary environments. They view nanotechnology as a less invasive, highly accurate and efficient, and non-pollutive approach to all kinds of advancement.Preservationists:
The third environmental group, preservationists call for a no-impact, hands-off approach to the habitation of new worlds. They view even the most microbial of biospheres as deserving of protection from transhuman despoilment. They're against the colonization of worlds beyond the Pandora Gates.Reclaimers:
The Reclaimers main goal, above all, is to take back Earth and once again make it transhumanity's primary habitat. They want the quarantine on the planet to end, fund many research projects into ways to decontaminate and rebuild Earth's ecosystem, and are suspected of supporting high-risk extraction teams onto the planet. Reclaimers draw their numbers from all over the system, although they're over-represented by Lunars and what little remains of the religious communities. Many anarchists and autonomists view reclaiming Earth as a counter-productive affair, as it would likely be in Consortium hands return to an era of Old Earth nation-states.Socialites:
These are the new and old money of the inner system, the business and political leaders, the entertainment stars of XP flicks, the inheritors of old Earth dynasties and royal families. They indulge in excessive lifestyles, and can afford multiple, high-quality morphs.Ultimates:
The other 'fascist' group, Ultimates are a movement dedicated to social darwinism and transhuman perfection. They live an ascetic lifestyle dedicated to the improvement of their bodies and minds, eagerly adopting all forms of transhuman technology. They view existence itself as an evolutionary battle for suvival and is built around victory. Their movement is heavily militarized, and offer their services as mercenaries to inner system powers, autonomists, criminal factions, and anyone with the money or Reputation to spare.
They have exclusive cities in Uranus' orbit, with ever more restricted access to those of higher rank.
They differ from exhumans in that they view the disintegration of the mind or enslavement to the TITANs as a negative weakness. Ultimate ideology encourages willpower and independence.