The Outer Planets Alliance, abbreviated OPA, is a loosely affiliated network borrowing or associating under a core common ideology that started its life as a labor union or advocacy group, fighting for the interests of inhabitants of the Belt, often in direct conflict with the inner planets' Earth Mars Coalition Navy. Its logo is a split circle and headquarters is located on Tycho Station.
The OPA is described as either a sociopolitical movement, according to people sympathizing with Belters, or a terrorist network, according to the inner planets. Because of its decentralized structure and the range of activities by groups claiming affiliation, both descriptions have more than a little basis in fact.
Eros Incident Edit
While the OPA consists of various cells and associated movements, such as the student group Far Horizons Foundation, by the time Leviathan Wakes takes place it has attempted to organize itself as a government, with Fred Johnson as its faction leader.
A group of about one hundred soldiers under the command of Fred Johnson, with the help of the crew of the Rocinante and Miller, are able to take over Thoth Station, the managing station for the Eros Project.
Later, in an attempt to give Miller more time to convince the Protomolecule infected Julie Mao driving Eros into Earth, Jim Holden has Fred reroute the UN nuclear missiles headed for Eros, and then store them after the crises is over.
Known OPA members Edit
- Fred Johnson, de facto leader
- Julie Mao, Far Horizons Foundation
- Anderson Dawes, Ceres Station liaison
- Diogo, soldier
Independent contractors Edit
"There's OPA and there's OPA"Although recognized by the general populace and media of Earth and Mars as a cohesive group, the OPA contains many groups and factions, all on varying points on the political spectrum.
Fred Johnson represents the largest faction, achieving a form of legitimate recognition by the United Nations and Martian Republic.
A violent terrorist-like faction is called Black Sky.
- A contemporary equivalent to the OPA, might be the Irish Republican Army. There are factions that believed in a independent and Irish free state through armed struggle (Old IRA, or Real IRA), and others that believe it can be achieved through political means, like the Provisional IRA, or Sinn Fein (Gaelic for "ourselves" or "we ourselves"), oriented around Marxist or leftist ideology. However, it is unlikely the IRA would have ever allowed even a figurehead leader from turncoat and British Army equivalent "Fred Johnson".