The year is 2040, and the American Empire is crumbling. The economy is in permanent crisis, poverty is rampant, and civil rights have been systematically destroyed from the ground up. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the right to vote, innocence until proven guilty, all have been destroyed in all but name. Meanwhile, the rich just keep getting richer. The powerful have no one to answer to. And the poor don't know how to fight back... until now.
Small networks of activists have taken up the fight, standing up to police brutality and corruption in the government. Some hack the Wired to hide from Big Brother and gain access forbidden to all but the most powerful. Some have even uncovered "powers" using the Wired, previously known only to military-trained elites, that give mental and even physical control of an opponent through implanted nanotechnology. A select few have begun to dress in outlandish costumes and take to the streets, clashing with the police and corporate mercenaries. The media has demonized these people as terrorists, and the vast majority of the population ridicules them, but still they fight from within the shadows.