In the Merc-Verse, Hellcat Squadran collapsed in 2278 due to a heavy Nod offensive that left the Coalition's forces vulnerable.

In the Merc-Verse, Nod rules most of the galaxy. However, pirates, slavers, and other criminals are easily able to hide in the galaxy. Hiding out among these groups is RED, a group started by Aria Shadewood-Pahlke to try and overthrow Nod, formed by the Red and Blue teams, the Freelancers, and a group of 9 pro-Coalition civilians.