The twenty-sixth century was not kind to humanity.
Its dawn saw the beginning of the bloodiest conflict mankind had ever witnessed. Later generations would label it the System War, as it engulfed the entire solar system in a time when that handful of worlds was humanity's only home in the galaxy.
The System War saw a level of destruction far surpassing anything ever experienced. Nuclear weapons and worse were brought to bear and both sides felt their sting. Earth and Mars were ravaged almost entirely. Civilian losses are impossible to determine simply because the concept of "civilian" was quickly forgotten—all fought, for all were targets.
At the core of this conflict was one faction, the Red Genesis Organization, a pseudo-political group formed in 2488 that had evolved into a paramilitary group by the late 2490s and began amassing followers exponentially amongst the poorest parts of solar system almost immediately after that. By the war'