OK, sooo... i didn't read all the posts since there are many, so I will just say this : the cause of the disaster should be something like this : for decades, humanity has been destroying nature one way or another, and things were getting ugly. During this time, there was an organization with multiple branches (including the renaissance army) that was researching a new kind of (radioactive or the likes) substance (which would later become known as the anomalies) that greatly enhanced any trait of any living creature. 2 of the main facilities that helped in the research where the Chemical Plant and the Vector Laboratory (maps). The disaster originated from Siberia if I remember correctly . During a massive transport of this substance in Siberia, there was a terrible accident due to the substance's instability , which somehow (massive explosion, corrosion of the containers,leaks, human error, freak accident, etc) led to a massive spill , which was absorbed by the forests / ground and started to gain conscience . In other words, nature gained conscience. Now remember that part where humanity was destroying it recklessly ? This manifestation of nature's potential and wrath didn't like it at all. Due to the substance's incredible properties , it was able to mutate and grow at mind blowing speed and spread all over the world, destroying much of humanity in the process. Years later, after the growth has slowed down (but not stopped), the areas where the Forest has overtaken start showing up these anomalies : a bi-product of nature that represents the substance. These anomalies are the substance in a raw, unfiltered form, produced by nature in excess . The anomalies vary depending on what area they are in (soil composition, radioactive influences,pollution, etc). Since nature is still alive, conscious AND pissed of on humanity, the anomalies are produced in large quantities as a defense system (hence why anomalies keep popping up during matches). Also, for the lore, the Chemical Plant and the Vector Laboratory where main targets of the Forest, since they where massively polluting everything with their research and it knew this is where the substance originated. Which is why these areas received a more severe pounding.
Now back to the present. As I said, the Renaissance Army was part of this elaborate research, because they wanted to use the substance to make their form of utopia come true (with them in charge, duh... -_- ). Today, they are investing in researching the anomalies and find a way to destroy the Forest once and for all, to make their (still persistent) plans of world domination come true. Meanwhile, we have the Fringe Settlers. Remember how these guys are nature loving and all? Well, the majority mean well, and want to coexist with nature, knowing that humanity was responsable for this disaster. But , the eldest of them (the highest in position) have something else in mind : they want to spread the Forest even further, through the use of the anomalies. They see the disaster as a form of divine punishment and the Forest as a salvation and some of them were also scientists who participated in the project, hence how the fringers are so good with anomalies. Also why the Forest avoided harming their camps, since it sees them as somewhat friendly (or not as aggressive as the rest) (movie material here, or a massive single and multi player campaign). Basically, it becomes a battle between military extremists with a fetish for world domination and the tree hugers that are unknowingly led by a group of religious fanatics. The scavengers and black market are just guys who try to make a living and are caught in this war between 2 extremist groups (the fringers debatable since most are just nice guys being tricked) and obviously against the Forest. The scavengers are the nicer guys between them and the black market. The scavengers should have an affinity with the Fringe Settlers since they are both overall peaceful, whilst the black market and the army go hand in hand since both have an interest in power and will do whatever it takes to reach their goals.To put them in order of good to bad : Settlers, Scavengers, Black Market and finally Army. Obviously, nature is getting ready for round 2 ... what do you think?
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