Backgrounds explain how your leader rose to power and what bonuses you receive due to your previous experiences. Due to the nature of the game, some backgrounds may seem to clash with the economies and governments listed above. For example, a general who governs through martial law shouldn’t be a democracy. But sometimes, it’s more fun not to think about all of the inconsistencies and just roll with it. Also, you don’t have to roleplay as your selected background, so you can be a sane inmate if you want or be a disco god who hates disco music, but you’re free to roleplay as them if you want to.
Disco God: You were an internationally renown disco dancer. As the governments of the world began to collapse, you were too busy burning up the dance floor to notice. In fact, your marvelous moves mesmerized many, and before long, people from all across the region had come to your residence in hopes of being in your presence. It was then that you realized: the people needed inspiration now more than ever and your sweet moves were the key to uniting the nation. You put on your sunglasses, waved at your adoring fans, and knew that life was good. Who said disco was dead? Disco Gods get fifty percent more happiness per year.
General: You were a lesser general in the army. As the governments of the world began to collapse and the chain of command broke, you ordered your men to stand their ground and you managed to prevent your assigned station from falling into anarchy. Given the circumstances and unable to contact your superiors, you declared martial law, and soon had the entire region under your command. However, on a particularly busy day as you were preparing to inspect the readiness of some volunteers, one of your officers barged in and demanded that you follow him – the leader of your nation was still alive and had contacted your brigade on a secure line. The two of you exchanged words and you were authorized to use whatever force necessary to restore the nation. You told your men what your new assignment was, but unexpectedly, a private blurted out that you should be the leader of the nation once it is restored. Nobody disagreed, but what should you do? Is it honor you seek? Or power? Generals can train their armies up to one-hundred percent combat readiness and their training is twice as effective.
Inmate: You were the Emperor of France. As the governments of the world began to collapse, you laughed at the British dogs who had kept you imprisoned for so many years. They had tried to break your spirit, to force you to swallow mind-control tablets and attend meetings where Elvis Pressley and an African American John F. Kennedy talked about a murderous mummy, but you remained strong. And now, as the so called orderlies ran around in a panicked stupor, you knew that your time had come again. You tore free from your restraints and recited the speech that you gave to your men just before Waterloo, and from that moment on, nobody doubted your story and the entire region soon fell under your command. Inmate’s “have the support of the French government”.
Mafioso: You were a made man in one of the families. As the governments of the world began to collapsed, the don looked you squarely in the eyes and then had his right-hand man punch you in the face. You never quite understood why he did this, but perhaps it was symbolic of what the nation was going through, as even after getting punched in the face, you have to get back up on your feet and go about doing your business. Or perhaps he just felt like punching you in the face. Either way, what the don says, goes, and he believes this is a perfect time for expansion. He sent you and the boys to a region where he has a lot of influence and he expects your operation to go smoothly. And you don’t want to disappoint the don. Mafiosi have automatic access to the black market and receive a thirty percent discount.
Meteorologist: You were one of the nation’s top meteorologists. As the governments of the world began to collapse, your five-day forecast included a ninety-seven percent chance of pain. You then threw the anchorperson out of the window for all of the years in which they mocked you, made sweet love to their spouse, and set out on a mission to take revenge on all of the people who wronged you over the years. It wasn’t long until you racked up a body count that would make most hardcore killers blush, and after putting a bullet in the last O’Doyle, who did not in fact rule, you decided that it was a good time for a break. Everybody in the region was either happy that the scum of the earth had been removed or afraid that they would be next, so you were made their leader. Meteorologists are immune from negative weather events.
Patriot: You were an extremely popular television host. As the governments of the world began to collapse, you continued to broadcast your evening television program. You had been telling your millions of viewers that the nation was going to fall for years, and fortunately, they all listened to you when you advised them to invest in gold, guns and emergency seed banks. Realizing that it must have been divine providence for you to have actually been right, you quoted your nation’s founding fathers, grabbed your automatic rifle – one locally produced, of course – and instructed your followers to gather at a nearby memorial. You would restore your nation’s honor or die trying. Patriots can claim new regions in their starting nation at half cost..
Politician: You were the mayor of a moderate sized town. As the governments of the world began to collapse, you asked what this crisis would do to your poll numbers. You then cried. However, realizing that you could use this crisis to emerge as a hero, you summoned your army of bureaucrats to bureaucratize like they’ve never bureaucratized before. You assumed direct control of all public offices and authorized the police department, the fire department, and the sanitation department to use lethal force. It wasn’t long until you were in charge of the region, but like any good politician, you’ve always had higher aspirations. Politicians get fifty percent more resources per year.
Priest: You were a priest of one of your nation’s many faiths. As the governments of the world began to collapse, many turned to God in hopes of finding salvation before the end and your congregation soon grew to encompass the entire region. As you stood at the pulpit, you could see the fear in the eyes of the devout and realized that this must be a test. When humanity is pushed to the breaking point, it is only then that one’s character can truly be defined, but when tempted by sin, can you yourself walk the highroad? Priests experience twice as large morality shifts and their morality is twice as effective.
Psychologist: You were one of the nation’s top psychologists. As the governments of the world began to collapse, you kept mostly to yourself and simply observed the people in your region. As time progressed, you began to understand, perhaps more than anybody in the world, the human condition. You were already capable of getting through to even the most hardened individuals, but with your newfound perspective, you could convince just about anybody to trust in what you have to say. Psychologists are naturally more persuasive and receive an automatic bonus when dealing with NPCs.
Reality Show Contestant: You were a contestant on a popular reality show. As the governments of the world began to collapse, you remained convinced that it was all an elaborate ruse that was designed to make the next challenge more interesting. Sure, the host had just flipped you off and jumped in a helicopter, leaving you and the other contestants to fend for yourself, but you won immunity in the last challenge and have nothing to worry about. As the days pass, the other contestants notice you dutifully going about your business, gathering supplies and building your camp, and while they still insist that the show ended, you know that they can’t touch you due to your immunity and you agree to form an alliance with them. Before long, the entire region is following your example. Reality Show Contestants have immunity that prevents their governance from being interfered with by other nations.
Secret Agent: You were a secret agent for a foreign nation. As the governments of the world began to collapse, you smiled. You did your job well. The director back home might have actually been happy for once. You got in your private jet and were ready to take off when you received an urgent call from one of your compatriots. The plan had been compromised at the last minute and the leader of the nation managed to slip into a secure location. Your compatriot attempted to tell you where he was hiding, but the last thing you heard before the conversation ended was gunfire. You sighed, pulled out a cigarette and lamented the situation. If you want a job done right, you have to do it yourself. Fortunately, you’ve done a lot of favors for people in the region and have a base of operations to begin your manhunt. Secret Agents can give false orders once every decade and force a foreign nation to perform an action against its will.
Survivalist: You were a fan of an extremely popular television host. As the governments of the world began to collapse, you were unable to join the massive rally to restore the nation’s honor. Fortunately, you were told that the nation would be coming to an end for years, so you have a lot of gold, guns and emergency seed banks at your disposal. You also went a step further and have built fortifications all throughout your property. Your neighbors always mocked you, but like any good citizen, you agreed to be their de facto leader and protect them. It wasn’t long until the entire region came to you in hopes of learning your survival techniques. Survivalists lose fifty percent less land during warfare, seventy-five percent less land when the enemy is within two-hundred pixels of their capital.
Theoretical Physicist: You were a graduate of MIT with a PhD in theoretical physics. As the governments of the world began to collapse, the government-owned research facility at which you were employed was shut down. The timing couldn’t have been any worse, as you and your colleagues were close to discovering a reliable and safe means of teleportation, and sample GG-3883 was the most promising yet. After some discussions with your fellows, you decided to return home to your starting region in order to start the experiments anew, and as word began to spread that you were close to succeeding, the entire region gave you their full support. You knew that you needed a hefty amount of resources to actually make any breakthroughs, and while you were always more of a silent type, you had to take a stand in order to prevent your research from falling into the wrong hands. Now if only you had a crowbar… Theoretical Physicists have exclusive access to advanced technologies.
Time Traveler: You were from the future. As the governments of the world began to collapse, a group of scientists set out to discover a reliable and safe means of teleportation. Their discoveries would lead to the creation of a device capable of manipulating the space-time continuum, but before they could perfect it, the world itself was all but destroyed. Realizing that their research facility wouldn’t last much longer, you volunteered to take a one-way trip back in time, to before it all began, in hopes of preventing it from happening in the first place. Unfortunately, while you managed to warn the leaders of the world in time for them to get to a secure location, you were unable to prevent the collapse from taking place. You may have changed history, but things still seem to be unfolding as they did the first time. Using this to your advantage, you managed to convince the region that their best chance at survival was following you, as with intricate knowledge of the future, you are better prepared to deal with what is to come than anybody else. Time Travelers will know of major events before they happen.