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The "Cartel" is a military-industrial global syndicate and violent non-state actor that grew to prominence sometime during the 21st century. The Cartel utilizes high-tech equipment, stolen and heavily modified prototypes, and stealthy operatives for their enigmatic agenda.
Originally conceived by several members of the US government as an underground pro-capitalist conglomerate to counter against the Soviet Union and communism during the Cold War era, the Cartel eventually outgrew its original mandate to become a NGO superpower as a result of a global economic crisis due to the 2019 Shanghai Crash.
At the end of the game, only the Olympus Cell is destroyed while others cells go into hiding.
- Main article: Cartel: Origins
The Cartel is well known for their excessive use of helicopters such as using those helicopters to build bases, collect resources and use them to battle in various ways.
- The Cartel shares similarities with the Consortium from Act of War.
- Their high-tech units seem to share the features like blue- to jet-black camo and red or orange colored lines, reminiscent of the movie Tron.
- Members codenames and Cartel cells are based on Mythical Gods like Greek Gods codename for Olympus Cell and Egypt Gods codename for Heliopolis Cell.