A megalithic secret society called the Order controls the US government and the major corporations, and rules the world through a neo-fascist, Orwellian, supernaturally-backed dictatorship.
Arranged against the Order is the Alliance, an armed, occultist resistance group which fights for liberty, chaos, and freedom.
The Free Societies
Stuck in the middle of the Order and the Alliance are the Free Societies, who try to get along the best they can. Pressure from both sides threatens to drag the Free Societies directly into the budding civil war in America.
The Independents stay out of Sects such as those above, and try to make it on their own. Their interests or philosophies hover on the edge of what is acceptable to the norm.
The Outer Societies
On the fringes lie the Outer Societies, who come from foreign shores or alien philosophies. Some are marked as outcasts, where others are merely "immigrant" powers.
None of the Above
Lastly, some Gifted owe no allegiances, and work as go-betweens, free agents, and mercenaries in the panorama of plots, schemes, and dirty deals that keep the Factions world spinning.