The military supposedly has the Zone contained in order to prevent the looting of dangerous, radioactive materials and to prevent the unauthorized entering of any individuals. They allegedly enforce this rule with a “Shoot-on-sight” declaration. In an ironic twist, because of major corruption within their ranks, they themselves are the reason why Stalkers can continue to operate, and why radioactive materials from the Zone keep flowing to the outside world. Overtly, the Military are hostile to all Stalkers, to keep up appearances; but they also make shady dealings with them at the same time.
The Bandits are raiders and marauders of the Zone, ranging from petty thugs and gangsters to organized crime syndicates. Apart from Freedom, which treats them with marginal contempt, everyone hates the Bandits due to their nefarious acts of robbing and exploiting honest Stalkers. Most Bandits are unorganized and leaderless; there are only a few known Bandit leaders and camps, and even then their groups are still fairly disorganized, with underlings always trying to take control by overthrowing the previous leader. Their unit size is mediocre, and their equipment is cheap and shoddy; because of this they’ve adapted to a guerilla style of warfare, ambushing small groups with large numbers by camping in locations just off the normal paths.
Duty was founded by former military expedition survivors and Stalkers concerned about the looming horrors of the Zone. They are one of the largest Stalker clans in the Zone. They have a strict military code (maintaining one’s weapons, etc…) and operate in a military fashion, using ranks like Sergeant, Major, Captain, and General. Their goal is to contain and destroy the Zone, fearing that it will spread to the outside world. They view the Zone as an ulcer in the world and their efforts are a way to excise it. They do this with blunt force by killing mutants, eliminating all who oppose them or exploit the free, and burning down or drowning mutant dens. They are neutral toward other Zone factions, save for the Bandits and their long-time nemesis: the Freedom faction. It is said that Duty also has deep connections within the military, specifically Spetsnaz detachments within the Zone, although they treat regular grunts with utter contempt.
In the Zone, they are the one of main faction in the Zone, and have some of the best equipment. They aren’t officially at war with Duty at this time, but fights still break out between the factions from time to time. They hold the Munition warehause as their main base. Most of the time spending to open Zone to wolrd, growing plants and making diferent medicine stuff. Freedom as well growing „herbs“ in radiated zones witch have been known as Zone weed or freedom wind.
Loners are a nomadic semi-unified group of Stalkers who simply live off the Zone in order to earn some coin for their daily lives. Loners are neutral toward almost all other factions, but do have complications with the Military, and, to a lesser extent, the Mercenaries penly oppose the Bandit faction for their actions against free Stalkers. Most Loners are only concerned with the riches of the Zone, and do not pay attention to the other factions’ hatred for each other – provided, of course, they do not threaten them. Because of this, Loners are often recruited by various factions as mercenaries. Only free stalker are equipted with containers and can loot artifats.
The Scientists are sent into the Zone on behalf of the government, but seem to be affiliated with outside organizations. Their main purpose is the study of all aspects of the Zone, using scientific methods to further explain what the Zone is, and its purpose. The Scientists neutral to all factions, and are not involved in any of their conflicts. Due to the military’s slipping grip on the Zone, the Scientists rely on opportunistic Dutyers, Loners, and Mercenaries to provide them protection, and to perform errands that may require combat, since the scientists are better thinkers than fighters. For protection they are hiring people.
As more and more people wanted to help Scientists so formed new fraction known as Clear Sky. Most of the time Clear sky members doing scientific work in the field. Defending some locations. Working with Duty for mutants capture.