This article provides a list of characters and organizations encountered in Xbox 360 and PC video game Gears of War by Epic Games, and its Xbox-exclusive sequel Gears of War 2.
Long before the Pendulum Wars, the Coalition of Ordered Governments existed only as an obscure world-government philosophy, created by socialist politician Alexiy Desipich and based on eight guiding principle values: Order, Diligence, Purity, Labor, Honor, Loyalty, Faith, and Humanity. During the 79-year long Pendulum Wars, the COG grew into a legitimate, though minor, political party.
The Pendulum Wars began soon after the discovery of Imulsion, a substance exploited for its energy applications. Nations with little Imulsion available waged war with those that had a surplus of it. The wars ended 6 weeks before "Emergence Day," when the Locust Horde began their attack. COG leaders were the only ones who took the steps needed to help humanity to survive, instituting martial law and taking charge of the effort against the Locust. Fourteen years later, the COG is the only form of government left on Sera, the world where Gears of War takes place.
Throughout the Gears of War and Gears of War 2 campaign, the game experience is centered around the members of a COG unit known as Delta squad. During the first act of the game, several characters rotate in and out of Delta squad. The squad's line is augmented throughout the game's chapters due to casualties, and the inclusion of the remnants of other squads.
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