Worldbearer is a generic term for faiths which hold the planet itself as a central spiritual force. Some Worldbearer sects are spiritualist nature worshipers in the most classical possible sense, complete with stone circles and elaborate outdoor ceremonies. Others are simply environmentally-minded technocrats who believe Arcatia’s long-term well being should rank above that of their country or corporation. But all agree that humanity must take responsibility for the damage it has wrought on Arcatia’s dying ecosystem, whether it can remember committing the crime or not.
Since Worldbearers are such a broad group, they are technically the most numerous ‘religious’ faction on the planet, though only a small subset actually attribute a spiritual or intelligent force to the planet they revere. Most believe the greatest portion of blame is shouldered by pre-collapse and collapse-era human leaders and civilizations, though all hold that post-collapse and present failure to avoid and repair environmental damage is the greatest problem facing modern civilization. The Pax Equilibrium tends to host a thriving Worldbearer population, and its environmental initiatives and generally upstanding global policy insure it constantly has a strong support base in the Faith. The Dassadin Protectorate is the traditional foil, with its isolationist policy, selfish retention of terraforming and atmospheric manipulation technology, and alleged role in the devastating blast that ended The Reformation War, an event whose full environmental impact is still unknown. The Unity also tends to be unpopular, with its savage industrial pace and wanton exploitation of its arable land, some of the largest (and last) on the planet.
Much as the followers of Shura Jashi are not all violent separatists, Worldbearers are not all peace-loving idealists. After Shura Jashi, they are the religious group second-most affiliated with violence and terrorism, harboring everything from flagellants and mass suicide cults (who literally believe they must ‘bear the world’s pain’) to ecoterrorists whose attacks have caused billions of credits of losses and killed tens of thousands. A particularly savage string of attacks from 308-316 SEC was apparently orchestrated by a large international Worldbearer cult, targeting agricultural operations across Rastakgan, Serica, and the Unity. While Rastakgan eventually opened dialog with the terrorists and met their demands (or rather, enough to make further violence untenable for PR reasons), Serican and Unity authorities launched a massive joint operation to root out and purge local cells. The crackdown was notoriously violent and indiscriminate, especially in the Unity, to the point where the Equilibrium announced it would provide asylum to any who felt unjustly persecuted by the operation, denying Serica and the Unity any right to continue investigations inside the borders of Vilum. This led to a cooling of relations between the Unity and Equilibrium that stands to this day. In Serica this period of enmity is all but forgotten, due largely to the Equilibrium’s savior-like role in the Advance Agriculture Federation Famine almost a century later.