Life in the resistance movement

The resistance is divided into many larger and smaller groups, called Factions. The groups differ in both method and values.  Even though most groups can cooperate at least temporarily there are also plenty of conflicts between factions. Some aspects are unique to the different groups but there are also cultural features that apply to the entire resistance movement.

The basic hierarchical structure are the same in all factions: A faction can consist of anything from ten to hundreds of members, so-called Sisters. The members of a faction are divided into Fight Crews of 3-6 individuals who live together and perform actions. Although Fight Crews are basically a professional group, members often get a close relationship with each other over time. In addition, all Sisters belong to a so-called Sorority. A sorority is a group of Sisters who were rookies at the same time and underwent basic training before being recruited to the different factions in the resistance. The sisters in a sorority can have very different ties to each other, some constantly fight and some get support and tenderness in their sorority, but the emotional ties are always very intense and unbreakable.

Make upCommon to all factions is also respect for the Mothers. These are veterans in the fight who for various reasons retired from the front and instead engage in recruitment and training of new fighters, called Rookies. Mothers are the first instance to find them, train them, but also test them to see if they are strong enough and assess which faction they should end up in. But Mothers also become a safe harbour for all Sisters. An experienced but neutral warrior who can provide support and advice in difficult situations, but also comfort when the fight takes its toll.

An important cultural phenomenon in the resistance movement is the cult of Sister Death. Being a Sister means that you constantly have death as a companion. Friends fall in the war and the risk is great that a quick and ruthlessly violent death is what awaits any Sister. How to handle this is different for everyone, but everyone has to deal with it in some way in order to not break down. In the community of the resistance movement, death has been made present and important in every breath. They often talk about Sister Death as a friend in the fighting, someone who is always there by one’s side and fighting with the Sisters. Remembering those who have fallen is also important. Some bear memorials or tattoos after close friends who died, some groups have places to collect the names of all those who sacrificed their lives in battle. Everyone who dies in the war is hailed as a heroine and martyr. Often when someone dies you gather a party where you honor the dead by dancing together in almost ecstasy-like forms; the so-called Danse macabre or just The dance.