The Brotherhood of Nod is a stateless, quasi-terrorist organization fighting against the Global Defense Initiative. Its military prowess does not seem to suffer from this status, however, as Nod has shown itself to be more than capable of giving GDI all that it can handle. Part of Nod's power comes from its undying embrace of the substance Tiberium and its unique properties. This allows Nod to unleash deadly Tiberium-based weapons.
Nod's military is predicated on strong attacks that develop quickly and end before the heavy GDI units show up. To this end, its advanced technologies reflect an emphasis on stealth units and surgical strikes: the Vertigo Stealth Bomber and Stealth Tank, both among the most advanced units in the Nod arsenal, are perfect examples of this emphasis.
Nod's philosophy is set by its enigmatic and charismatic leader Kane (profiled in Generals World's An Investigation of C&C Characters, by Blbpaws). Nod's optimistic and uplifting views towards Tiberium can be seducing to those living in the Yellow Zones, leading to a steady supply of new recruits. Nod also provides social services to many people in those same zones, further enhancing its appeal to the masses. But perhaps the clearest insight into Nod comes from an excerpt from a training manual for new recruits:
Welcome to the Brotherhood of Nod. You have joined a global order with millions of members all working together in harmony to unite the world in the name of peace and realize the true potential of mankind.
Our relationship with Tiberium has always been greatly misunderstood. Most people do not realize that the roots of our faith extend back several millennia, long before the emergence of the green crystal on Earth in 1995… an event prophesized by our great leader, Kane.
While the fascist political consortium of wealthy nations known as the Global Defense Initiative attempted to control the sacred green crystal, the Brotherhood worked tirelessly to acquire samples of the precious crystal… to study it, to unlock its potential as a new energy source, to explore its possibilities. Through our research and our faith, we have affirmed that Tiberium is the ultimate gift to mankind. It is the key to the future.
Our movement grew rapidly throughout the first decades of the twenty-first century. The mainstream media branded us as ‘terrorists,’ but we exposed GDI as the real criminals. They unilaterally redrew international border lines, relegating Nod followers into inhospitable Yellow Zones while they claimed the pristine and exclusive Blue Zones all for themselves.
Meanwhile, the Brotherhood champions the common people – the 80% of the world’s population that struggles to get by in Yellow Zones torn by war, wracked by poverty, and abandoned by GDI. Using Tiberium to fuel and fund our efforts, Nod works tirelessly to bring order from the chaos. We make the streets safe, distribute food to the hungry, provide emergency medical care, minister to those who feel a spiritual vacuum, and inspire hope in people who would otherwise have none.
GDI casts itself as the world’s guardian and savior, but they are neither. GDI is corrupt and unjust: 20% of the world’s population – the most wealthy people on the planet - live in the Blue Zones, consuming the majority of the world’s natural resources, wielding their vast military power to maintain the status quo by depriving the downtrodden of their god-given right to mine and exploit Tiberium.
The powerful oppress the weak in the hollow name of freedom and the only counter to GDI’s power is the Brotherhood. Nod meets strength with strength in the name of peace and progress. Nod is the only hope against GDI tyranny. Brotherhood… Unity… Peace.
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