|“||"Come my friends. 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world."||„|
|~ Raul Menendez quoting Lord Tennyson's poem Ulysses|
Cordis Die (which means "Heart Day" in Latin - and is "Day of the Heart" if the words are reversed) is a global militant, anarchist terrorist, cult-like populist organization led by the narco-terrorist Raul Menendez. It is the main antagonistic faction of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Cordis Die officially became active on June 22nd, 2014 as a social networking political movement. Popularity of the group spread rapidly due to the charisma of its unknown leader, known as "Odysseus" or "Ulysses". In actuality, "Odysseus" is Menendez himself.
Cordis Die's motive is publicly portrayed as an organization fighting for the globally impoverished and downtrodden, exemplified by the riots it crowd sourced in both Iran and North Korea as well as its founder, Odysseus (Menendez), being proclaimed "Messiah for the 99%". Opposing economic inequality also appears to be a political motive, with Colossus, a floating paradise for the wealthy, apparently encouraging support for Cordis Die.
In actuality, Cordie Die is under the control of Menendez and the organization is used to further his goal of achieving his revenge against America for inflicting numerous injuries against him, such as the deaths of his sister, Josefina, as well as his father, Jose Luiz.
Cordis Die possesses extensive capabilities, with two billion followers worldwide and vast material resources. Its network is particularly strong in countries affected by the Second Cold War, such as those from South America, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. It is also known that rogue officials and agencies would ally with Cordis Die, such as the Pakistani ISI and the head of the Strategic Defense Coalition, Tian Zhao. Cordis Die has an extremely large military arm within its organization capable of challenging the might of the superpowers around the world such as China and the United States.
Because of the wealth obtained by Menendez, he used these resources obtained from his drug empire and weapons dealing to invest in experimental cyber weapons tech and the entire hidden armies of drones and highly trained sleeper agents infiltrated in most of the world's top organizations and communities, including many special forces units and intelligence agencies. These large number of unconventional armies, troops, armored vehicles, drones and special forces would cause rampant chaos around the world in many smaller conflicts to build up Menendez's empire.
As a result, his organization managed to recruit and equip large amounts of extremely well-trained operators from his huge political movement and gathered millions of unemployed former soldiers as well as civilians to Menendez's cause such as the Mercs and Militia. Cordis Die is also capable of constructing secret high-tech installations and bases around the world in places such as Myanmar and Haiti, which provide suitable sites for constructing weapons (aided via 3D fabrication and automated manufacturing) and advanced technologies such as Optical Camouflage and the new rare earth element Celerium, which offers massive computational power.
Overall, the strength of Cordis Die and their military allies and contacts would cripple the U.S. drone fleet and spread rampant chaos across the globe until JSOC would have a final showdown with their leader, the outcome of which is still determined by the player.
These capabilities allow Cordis Die to engage in multiple successful major actions including crowd sourcing major riots in both Iran and North Korea in 2014 and wiping $1 trillion off of the Chinese stock market whilst successfully placing blame on the U.S. in 2021.
- Raul Menendez - Founder & Supreme Leader (Incarcerated/K.I.A.) (player-determined)
- DeFalco - Mercenary Leader & Second-in-Command (K.I.A.)
- Javier Salazar - Undercover Operative (Incarcerated/K.I.A.) (player-determined)
- Farid - Double Agent for the CIA (K.I.A.)
- Erik Breighner (formerly) (K.I.A.)
- Tian Zhao (Alive/K.I.A.) (player-determined)
- Chloe "Karma" Lynch (Alive/K.I.A./Captive) (player-determined)
- Lev Kravchenko (K.I.A.)
- Mullah Rahman
- Manuel Noriega
- ISI Leader
- Felix Kaplan
- In the YouTube video of a "Cordis Die" video, The user "PrisonerKAR120C" refers to Dave Anthony of Treyarch. Anthony was one of the writers of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II story along with David S. Goyer.
- "Cordis Die" translates to "Heart Day" in Latin, an allusion to the shape of Josefina's pendant.
- There is an official YouTube channel made by Activision, where propaganda videos are found.
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