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The Xenos were originally comprised of heavy manufacturing and mining workers within Colorado and Texas. Quite a number of their ancestors also worked at the Ames Research Station, which was a good employer for generations. But as Liberty industries faced stronger competition from Kusari, and natural resources in Liberty declined, most of the blue-collar workers became unemployed and were pushed to the economic fringe of Liberty society.
As the Liberty rich moved to Colorado to escape the paradise lost in California, many unemployed workers were displaced, sometimes forcefully by police forces. This led to several radical groups popping up, which eventually gave rise to the Xenos movement. Taking to the stars in whatever old mining ships they could lay their hands on, the Xenos settled in old mining bases like Ouray, vowing revenge on the foreigners that had taken their jobs and prosperity. Once settled in to their new home, the Xenos began launching sporadic raids focused against foreign shippers, in the hopes of driving them out of Liberty. Whenever they were captured they were sent to Huntsville prison in Texas, where cross-fertilization with other inmates only helped to swell their ranks.
Because of the Xeno preference for attacking foreign ships, Universal Shipping has actually benefited from the attacks and has lobbied the government to take it easy on them. It is rumoured that some of their attacks on foreign shipping were not Xenos, but actually mercenaries hired by Universal to harass the competition. The Xenos are currently one of the poorest of all the criminal factions, so they have little resources to buy better ships and weapons. To gain a more stable income stream, they hope to evict the Junkers from Texas, and ultimately New York, and thus control a crucial market for black market goods, mostly artifacts, "liberated" software, illegal gold and diamonds.
The Xenos' love of light arms often brings them into conflict with Ageira, especially around the Detroit Munitions plant. They also regularly attack the Junkers in the Jersey Debris Field of northern New York, in the hopes of displacing the scrap merchants as the premier smuggling outfit within Liberty.
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