The Tower Resistance
For a resistance movement to exist and thrive like the Tower, progress has to be made against their enemy, no matter how noticeable it is. A resistance movement must have victories to continue to exist and it’s message continue to have meaning. Recruitment would be all but impossible if the general public did not see the injustices the authority is active in. However, the more victories a movement has, the harder it is to find further reason to resist and sell it to the public.
Fortunately, the Reich was rife with injustices at the end of the war. The Tower’s effects were felt on many levels, especially on the upper echelons of the Reich. What many saw was simply the softening of policies in a post-war Reich was more a political cave-in because the Tower and its allies exposed the injustices one by one.
Resisting is more than just car bombs and assassinations against the powers that be. The Tower specifically has been very strategic and political in its efforts to expose the Reich for what it is. Of course, it battles the most effective political and propaganda machine in history. However, despite that, the Tower has effected the Reich in many ways that have forced it to adjust many of its policies.
One of the major areas the Tower has effected in the Reich were Death and Concentration Camps. The truth of these terrible atrocities were kept covert for nearly a decade after the war. They spread throughout southern Europe in an effort to depopulate and enslave it. As they grew, it became harder and harder to hide them. Many of the cells the Tower first tapped were cells seeking to expose these camps and shut them down. It was due to the coordination by the Tower that these cells were able to strike blow after blow at these camps, costing the Reich more and more to keep them open. It was the 1960 assassination of Himmler (of which the Tower had a hand in) that lead to change in policy that all but eliminated the camps. The few that remained were hidden away in northern Russia (Siberia and surrounding regions), and Eastern Turkey, primarily used for experimentation and re-education. Policies of total genocide of people groups were replaced with re-population, which lead to cultural genocide in many cases.
Another area that the Tower changed within Reich society is slavery. In 1944, after many years of secretly engaging in slavery, the Reich made it official policy. For a few decades afterwards, slavery remained a part of Reich society – many “inferior” people groups were enslaved, used as labor to build the empire. Most of the Germania plan was accomplished through slave labor. However, maintaining slavery on a global scale was much more costly than the Reich had planned. The Tower helped keep that cost rising as they continued a effective underground railroad to the Empire and recruiting within the slave populations. It was when the Reich realized that the resistance was thriving off the slave population that they realize they had to cut off that supply.
While the Reich never officially changed the policy, local policies promoting and allowing slavery have softened considerably. While there are still obvious delineations between the “superior” and the “inferior,” in most major populations zones, slavery is a thing of the past. Economics between the superior and inferior and vastly different, and many consider that de facto slavery. However, working with no compensation other than survival isn’t as prevalent as it used to be. It only truly exists in the lesser civilized areas like northern Russia, northern Africa and lower regions of South America.
Much of this was not accomplished through traditional resistance tactics. Much of this was done via public and political manipulation. The power dynamics between the Reich government and the mega-corporations, properly navigated, has proven to be a useful tool in effecting change within the Reich nations. Pitting those who see profit against those that seek to control while remaining in the shadows is typical tactics of the Tower.
Seeing the gains of the resistance, the Reich finally made a major push against it in the mid-1990s. Called the War On Insurgency, Reich Chancellor Luger unified portions of the SS, SD and various other enforcement and intelligence operations within the Reich in an focus to take out major resistance groups and their supply networks. The primary focus was the money flow and black market. Much to the Führer’s surprise, many elements within the mega-corporations were involved in this supply chain. This also added tension to the Cold War with the Empire, as links between them and the resistance were also found.
Dark pockets and shadowy sides to stellar bodies tend to make it easier to hide operations. After suffering considerable loss during the War on Insurgency, the resistance sought out new ways to recover and revive the fight against the authority. Expansion into the solar system opened up new doors to the resistance. Colonizing other worlds isolated people groups, created further diversification and thinned that culture indoctrination the Reich had drilled into the population for decades. This gave the fragments of Tower as well as other resistance groups opportunities to build new cells, new initiatives and new locations to operate.