Wanted to make this thread separate from the X-Risks discussion thread, since someone else brought this up.
As that someone brought up, the absence of x-risks in the recent book coming from autonomist sources was rather conspicuous. Now you could argue that the reason why is because many of these x-risks comes from the more densely populated inner system, so of course Firewall would have more stuff on it, especially on Mars.
But I'd still like to see more stuff on potential x-risks vectors from autonomists, or at least people that masquerade as autonomists. Anarcho-collectivists, Scum, Titanians, Extropians, Barsoomians, whatever. We already have plenty of examples of x-risks from Jovians, hypercorps, religious groups, brinkers, aliens, etc. They can come from anywhere.
The most we ever get from the books is in Firewall. It talked about how autonomist habs' tendencies to have lower security protocols makes them especially vulnerable.
I have a few ideas, so I'll post them here. They're existing groups from the books.
CRAM: The largest insurrectionist network, the Cienfuegos Revolutionary Anarchist Movement once stuck primarily to non-violent means of undermining the inner system governments, primarily centered around Mars (and rarely, the Jovians). Labor strikes, hacktivist campaigns and memetic warfare have recently turned to indiscriminate bombings and assassinations. They've allied with several radical Barsoomian groups, and were directly responsible for the destruction of a Martian company town, the death of thousands in the town (including dozens of permanent deaths), and the maglev line that went through it. The response from Oversight and the Martian Rangers was ferocious, forcing general Barsoomian activity---including the far more non-violent, less revolutionary elements of it---to considerably lessen for a good chunk of the year.
This radical change in tactics has to do with the rise of several high-rep individuals within the network. While still eschewing organized hierarchies (in theory, anyway), these extremely charismatic individuals have great pull within CRAM, and currently are entrenched in their positions. While Firewall suspects that these individuals could be controlled by a third party they are, for all intents and purposes, charismatic insurrectionists with an axe to grind.
The Autonomist Alliance have collectively distanced themselves as much as possible from this group (as much as a largely informal, mutual aid/defense pact can collectively do such a thing). While many autonomist habs have tendencies to be insular, as a rule of thumb their people tend to want to be left to their own devices, not provoke the Consortium into another Battle of Locus.
This doesn't stop the PC from using CRAM as their poster boy for their propaganda machine, and regularly accuses the Titanian Commonwealth of supporting them. Ironic, given that the Commonwealth is currently trying to subvert CRAM activity in Saturn space with the assistance of several anarchist volunteer groups formerly aligned with CRAM.
Recently, Firewall has received intel that the unofficial "leaders" (i.e. the ones with the most rep) in CRAM have struck some kind of deal with several Factors, something that has begun to alienate other elements of the network. The details of this bargain is unknown, nor is it known if these Factors are "rogue" or not. Things could, to say the least, get much more complicated.
Jovian Anarchist Cells: This group is actually more vicious and hardliner than CRAM, almost unnaturally so. Like CRAM, the JAC once had more popular support, and aimed only to overthrow the Republic and replace it with something more answerable to the common people. Recently, the group collectively changed its attitude in a completely opposite, and disturbing, direction. The JAC makes no distinction between civilian, citizen, or military personnel in the Jovian Republic. They don't want to merely overthrow the Republic; they wish to see every single Jovian dead. In their eyes, the very existence of the Jovian people is collectively holding back transhumanity, clinging to ideas and cultures that have no relevance or place in the transhuman future.
A Firewall probe revealed something that explained the JAC's eerily genocidal goals: almost the entire network has been subverted by exhumans. The knowledge of this could make the already paranoid Republic far more determined to crush the JAC, by any means necessary.
How the JAC plan on literally wiping out the entire Jovian government and people is a mystery, but speculation has led to an idea that seems absurd: stellarize Jupiter. Absurdly impossible indeed---but then, TITAN tech tends to give that impression.
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