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Earth is in the past. And the past is dead.
The Insurrectionists, nicknamed Innies by the UNSC Marines and also known as Insurgents or simply Rebels, were groups of individuals rebelling against the Unified Earth Government. They were at odds a variety of their agencies during the Insurrection, an undeclared civil war between the UNSC and numerous Insurrectionist factions.
Most insurrectionist movements stirred in the Outer Colonies in the late 25th century, where many colonists started to demand independence from the Earth government. The Secessionist Union and the People's Occupation would petition for a total of twelve worlds to leave the Colonial Administration Authority.
- Main article: Insurrection
Over the next several decades, petitions escalated into violence. Eventually the fighting spread to some of the Inner colonies, particularly the Epsilon Eridani System, the heart of the UNSC military. At the early years of the Insurrection, the rebels used a variety of tactics to combat the UNSC, ranging from terrorist attacks to ship-to-ship combat.
Starting in 2513, Operation: TREBUCHET was one of the largest and farthest reaching operations ever conducted in UNSC military history. It was devised in order to rid UNSC-controlled space of the Insurrectionists once and for all. It was promptly abandoned following the beginning of the Human-Covenant war in 2525 when the Covenant rapidly became the main antagonist of the UNSC following its debut. Still, some Insurrectionist movements including the United Rebel Front continued to live on, still causing problems to the UNSC and forcing them to fight a two-front war; one against the Covenant and one against the Insurrectionists.
Insurrectionists from the Outer Colony of Madrigal colonized and inhabited The Rubble, a sophisticated asteroid habitat orbiting the gas giant Hesiod. In the Rubble, an uneasy truce existed between the humans and the Kig-Yar who had originally helped the Insurrectionists build the habitat, only with their own agenda in mind. While the most of the Rubble's population were Insurrectionists, the Rubble also protected most of the surviving civilian populace of Madrigal.
During and after the Human-Covenant War the Insurrection had built a considerable network on Venezia and when it went dark in 2543, it was presumed that the colony had undergone a full shift in the government to the Insurrection.
It appeared, however, that by 2552, most of the remaining Insurrectionist factions had ceased active aggression against the UNSC in order to concentrate on surviving the seemingly unstoppable Covenant advance. Still, some rebel movements actively opposed the UNSC on worlds such as Harmony and Reach as late as 2552.
List of Known Factions
United Rebel Front
- Main article: United Rebel Front
The United Rebel Front was a major Insurrection organization, that operated in many systems. They were first led by Colonel Robert Watts. Later they were led by three former UNSC Generals, including General Howard Graves, who was killed in a raid by a group of SPARTAN-IIs.
In 2525, a group of SPARTAN-IIs infiltrated their base at Eridanus secundus and captured Colonel Watts. In 2552, another group of SPARTANs returned, joined with Cortana and Admiral Whitcomb. Whitcomb used his hybrid vessel Ascendant Justice-Gettysburg to destroy a Covenant cruiser nearby. The new leader of the rebels, Governor Jacob Jiles, issued repairs on the ship. But when more Covenant ships arrived, Whitcomb was forced to flee, leaving the rebels behind. It is most likely that Jiles and the rest of the Eridanus rebels were eliminated.
The URF had organized many other insurrection movements, such as the Eridanus Rebels.
- Main article: Secessionist Union
Unnamed Rebel Group
- Main article: Unnamed Rebel Group
An unnamed rebel group operated against the UNSC on the planets Harvest and Arcadia, with possible influence on other colonies. The seal of this organization is of a stylized fist on a red circle, and is found on nearly all of their units. They mainly used stolen technology from the UNSC.
Freedom and Liberation Party
- Main article: Freedom and Liberation Party
The Freedom and Liberation Party was a terrorist group on Mamore. The group claimed responsibility for the Haven arcology bombing in 2511, and later demanded that the CMA leave the Eridanus sector.
New Colonial Alliance
- Main article: New Colonial Alliance
The New Colonial Alliance was an Insurrectionist group active during the post-war. It was led by Admiral Mattius Drake. One of its members, former SPARTAN-IV Ilsa Zane led an attack on the UNSC Infinity but failed.
- Main article: Sundered Legion
- Main article: Venezian Militia
- Main article: People's Occupation
- Main article: Sapien Sunrise
Many different individuals were sympathetic to the causes of the various Insurrectionist groups or their various ideas. Some led their own, smaller unnamed forces. These include:
Different groups used different tactics.
- The Insurrectionists of Epsilon Eridani preferred to use terrorist tactics, striking targets with explosives to sow fear and chaos in the region and in some cases IEDs were used to disrupt UNSC supply routes and civilian traffic networks.
- A common tactic was to use performance-enhancing drugs known as Rumbledrugs that radically increased the subject's physical strength and pain tolerance, but would also cause irreversible physiological damage that would kill the user shortly after. Notably, they were used to combat the SPARTANs due to the temporary superhuman strength they granted.
- Another prominent group focused more on space combat, capturing UNSC warships (such as the corvette Callisto and the frigate Bellicose) and turning them against the UNSC navy in bloody ship-to-ship duels throughout the Outer Colonies.
- "Innies" is a rather ironic naming, as they desperately "wanted out" of the UEG.
- However this is most likely a nickname given by UNSC soldiers instead of saying "insurrectionists."
- In skirmish mode in Halo Wars, most empty bases and unoccupied Forerunner artifacts are occupied by Insurrectionists, and you must defeat them to claim the area.
- Jorge-052, though supportive of the concept of colonial self-rule, nevertheless condemned the Insurrectionists, likely disagreeing with their methods.
- The Insurrectionist emblem can be easily recreated in Reach by using the peacefist emblem and toggle the foreground and make it red with no background.
- Halo Wars
- Halo: Reach (Mentioned only)
- Halo: The Fall of Reach (First appearance)
- Halo: First Strike
- Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
- Halo: Contact Harvest
- Halo: The Cole Protocol
- Kilo-Five trilogy
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe
- Halo Legends
- Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
- Halo 4 (Simulation)
- Halo: Initiation
- Halo: Escalation
- Halo: New Blood
- Halo 5: Guardians (Simulation)
- Halo: Collateral Damage
- Halo: Silent Storm - A Master Chief Story
- ↑ Halo: Contact Harvest, Page 11
- ↑ Halo Mythos: A Guide to the Story of Halo, Page 55
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Halo: Reach Limited Edition - Bonus Item: Intersystem News: HAVEN TERROR BOMBING KILLS TWO MILLION
- ↑ Amazon - Halo: Silent Storm: A Master Chief Story
- ↑ Halo: Initiation - Issue #2 & Issue #3, Page ??
- ↑ Halo: New Blood, Page ??
- ↑ Halo: New Blood - Chapter 1, Page ??
- ↑ The Halo Graphic Novel, Page 122
- ↑ Halo Wars - Map: Chasms
- ↑ Halo Wars - Maps: Pirth Outskirts, Fort Deen, and Beasley's Plateau