The Nomads consist of three enormous ships whose inhabitants, discontented with a society controlled by huge macroeconomic blocks and by A.I., have separated themselves from it and roam through space, trading from system to system. Tunguska is dedicated to the traffic and storage of information. Corregidor offers skilled labour at a good price, while Bakunin trades in all that is exotic and illegal in whatever area, from fashion to nano-engineering.
The best hackers and crackers of the Human Sphere are found in Tunguska. The Interventors give crypto logical intelligence support, with combat intelligence data and counterintelligence information. Their main roll is doing electronic war and info-war operations. The Interventors are feared on the battlefield for their capacity to completely stop a whole army. With the communication lines cut off and the remote system collapsed, the soldier is alone. He hasn’t got aerial or artillery support or armoured support; he doesn’t know where his mates are or what’s happening in combat. He’s back in the Middle Ages. This is when all this technology, worm-eaten by an info virus goes against him. And the last thing his eyes will see is the electronic signature of the Interventor projected on to his tactical visor."
The Nomad nation has a long tradition in the use of remotes. In Corregidor they are frequently used for maintenance of the space craft and for working on EVA. For Bakunin, the remotes are an element in experimentation and development of interfaces and systems, which can later be applied to other applications, such as war or commerce. In Tunguska they are much appreciated as a support element for its hacker and cracker community."
The T.A.G.´s of Tunguska receive their name of Szalamandra because of their similarity to the mythical salamandra that could live in the midst of fire and who could also spit fire. The heavy armour that they wear allows them to stand the hardest punishment. They also posses a Hyper-rapid Magnetic Cannon that can neutralise any opposition. With such a visiting card there are few who would like to confront a Szalamandra.
The Spektrs do justice to their name; they are silent phantoms capable of the most breath-taking infiltration operations. They are the ones who undertake the most delicate missions, those that demand no errors and require surgical precision. Tunguska uses them frequently in espionage missions or industrial extraction, be it on their own account or for some client or associate. Equipped with the most sophisticated camouflage and mimetic systems that money can buy, they are invisible to almost all surveillance equipment. That is the reason why people say the real speciality of the Spektrs is not infiltration, but their capacity to vanish."
Daktari, Dak for short, means doctor in swahili. The denomination comes from Corregidor where there had once been an association of doctors of a somewhat dubious reputation, who, in order to avoid a hefty fine for contaminating their patients, offered to serve for a time in the Nomad Military Forces. The doctors were distributed amongst the various regiments. As they were unaccustomed to combat, they developed a knee-jerk reaction of proffering insults and colourful interjections in their native tongue, whilst trying to stabilize the Nomad soldiers in the middle of cross-fire. This miscellaneous string of insults and improprieties established itself as a kind of calming mantra for the wounded, who knew when they heard it, that they were saved. In this way, the Swahili tongue became a kind of battle language for the Daks, the Nomad Campaign Doctors."
Zoe Nemova has worked and gone through a lot to become one of the best of the Clockmakers Team. Daughter of an important Tusguskan banker, she has suffered from a very serious degenerative illness since she was eight years old, produced by the mutation of an ancient American military virus. To afford the onerous biomedical treatments in Praxis, Lev Nemov, Zoe’s father, became involved in a high risk business deviating funds from banks and trafficking economic information from the Khruleff family to the Geiger family. Zoe’s operations were a success, although at 16, wetware and biosynthetic organs had already substituted 60% of her body. When everything seemed to be all right, Lev’s business went awry and the Khruleff detected the data filtration. Nemov fell into disgrace, was kidnapped by the Khruleff family and an assassination ordered against Zoe and her mother. However, Nemov’s deal with the Geiger included five years’ protection for his family. Given a new identity, Zoe studied Engineering and Cybernetics, at the same time learning from her bodyguards how to shoot and live in the shadows. When the five years ended, Zoe and her mother became fugitives, with no more protection than their speed, skills and wit."
Lizard squadrons are equipped with old T.A.G. (Tactical Armoured Gear) models, military surplus from other armies. The units deployed on the battlefield have little to do with what was originally purchased. In the modest, but well equipped, factories in Bakunin, these surplus T.A.G.s are dismantled and optimized with new software installations and experimental wetware. In this way, Lizards are on the same level as their enemy equivalents, and just as lethal and resistant."
Zond was the old Russian name for Unidentified Flying Objects. A name which accords perfectly with the speedy Nomad Remotes. The Nomad nation has a long tradition in the use of remotes. In Corregidor they are frequently used for maintenance of the space craft and for working on EVA. For Bakunin, the remotes are an element in experimentation and development of interfaces and systems, which can later be applied to other applications, such as war or commerce. In Tunguska they are much appreciated as a support element for its hacker and cracker community."
If there is an African tribe which has been idealized, and that represents the African continent, it is the Maasai tribe. Noble, valiant and hardened, they are a society of warrior-hunters. However, none of this prevented them being crushed by the forces of history. Displaced to Corregidor, they have had to adapt and find new occupations and objectives for their tribal peculiarities.
In this way the Moran, Maasai warriors, became the hunters of the Nomad Military Force. Designated as Light Infantry, all of them are experienced skirmishers. Their function is to provide intelligence data, becoming the advanced eyes of an attacking force. They also perform “hidden operations”, in which their presence must pass unnoticed. In these kinds of missions they conduct irregular reconnaissance and surveillance patrols in forest, jungle and urban terrain. Moreover, they carry out assaults against enemy advanced forces and perform delaying actions. When a Moran Hunter team is assigned as protection for a specific area or region, their primary objective is to hunt down, and capture or terminate, enemy sabotage and reconnaissance units, sniper teams, etc. Their mission is to prevent enemy infiltration, sabotage, theft of sensitive materials, and any other activity that might threaten the objective they protect. When tasked with search operations, their main role is to hunt down and capture enemy pilots or aircrew shot down over allied or neutral territory, or track and neutralize spies, enemy intelligence agents or escaped prisoners of war. However, in spite of their training, their sophisticated weapons, and all the technology they use, a Moran is easily recognizable by his plaited long hair and cloak – leaving no doubt this is an African regiment. This also means tribal markings and hairstyles, superstitions, amulets and magical propitiations aimed at converting enemy bullets into water, but only if the proper rituals are followed exactly. It may seem exotic, even funny, but no-one laughs when they open your chest with their machetes to drink the blood which sputters from your dying heart"
The various Sputnik models possess different capabilities that determine their role in an attack force. The Tsyklon (Cyclone) model is capable of deploying incredible yet precise firepower while remaining highly mobile, allowing it to decimate adversaries directly, cover the advance of allied troops, or provide supplementary anti-tank capability.