"All I want is a world without "isms", without extremists, lawless gangs, or madmen! This is just the spark, my friends. Don't take it personally, but the future needs you dead!"
- Boss Cass speaking to Blue Team during the battle onboard the Destroyer.
Atticus "Boss" Cassidy was an ambitious, influential, and unimaginably cruel cassowary dictator. He was the head of The New World Order for years, and in this amount of time, was responsible for the murder and slaughter of billions of soldiers, innocents, and even responsible for the murder of many members of Blue Team. He profoundly affected the world of Earth and his legacy still lives on to this day.
History - Rise to Power
Atticus Cassidy was born in an unknown year, presumaby during the late 21st century (2090s) in America. He was born into poverty, his family owning very little. Cassidy was born with a fire in his soul due to this suffering he and his family endured just to survive. Since he was young, he always had radical ideas, and he wanted to change the world around him, in a way that fit his vision for how the world should function, regardless of who he trampled on. With this fire in his belly, Atticus financed his own education through work, graduating from high school and studying law at Harvard University. There, he began his professional life as a politician in the Communist Party.
Atticus was a very outspoken person. He had a loud, carrying, and inspiring voice. He was a very powerful and factual speaker, and he gathered many followers. He even ran for president at one point, however, he lost every time he ran. To the public, he was a rambunctious and radical idealist (which was accurate), and so he was largely distrusted by the public. However, he was still popular, and his messages of segregation and disparities between races and classes were appealing to many. Cassidy was known for his favor towards several species, and contempt for the rest. For example, he disliked almost all anthropomorphic species, the slang term being "furries" among humans, and he hated the poor, and he hated the unemployed, disabled, and also, he held a secret contempt for many humans and dangerous "free-thinkers". However, Cassidy favored the "strong" Bears, reptilians, avians, moles, and hard workers across the globe.
Over the years, Cassidy's views were warped more and more by continued ridicule and failures to become President. Cassidy began calling the literal tearing down of the country's government, in order to prop it back up in the manner that he desired. In many of his speeches, he spoke out publicly against "furries", the poor, the disabled, as well as pokemon and humans he deemed "worthless", calling for their exclusion from society. This earned him a rather poor reputation among Americans. Regardless, Cassidy did not falter, and he garnered a significant following, forming the Anti-Establishment Party. This group made many public appearances and hosted talks from Cassidy himself that often called for violent overthrow of the government, and for the subjugation of those that were deemed "lesser".
While Cassidy was hated by many and loved by an increasing few in America, another force took notice of the radical avian politician. The eyes of the recently awoken Dark Master, Malefor, informed the ancient dragon sorcerer of Cassidy's intense, radical vigor. Malefor, being wise and fore-thinking, realized the incredible potential the avian mortal had in forming a totalitarian regime, which Malefor could rule from behind the curtains. The Dark Master spoke to Cassidy and offered him unimaginable wealth and power in exchange for servitue to the ancient dragon. The power-hungry Cassidy, tempted by Malefor's irresistible offers of power, wealth, and fame, accepted and became head of the newly formed New World Order. Thus began a new chapter in Cassidy's life, and a new chapter for Earth, and Blue team.
Once he took command, Cassidy gained an associate, a shrewd pokemon politician named Snivy . Together, they started the Hydra Initiative, a scientific research/development offshoot of the main Empire. Out of this rose the Helghast Program, an attempt at creating invincible super soldiers to rival the UNSC's Spartans. The Helghast soldiers became the head of the Empire's military, with the primitive Bears as allies, with the Chimera bio-engineered monsters, and the Terminators , the first fully-automated robotic army ever created. It was during this time that Cassidy earned the title "Boss Cass", the name that all nations would soon come to fear. The New World Order rampaged across Earth, with Blue team and the UNSC as their only resistance.
The war took a dramatic twist when Snivy was assassinated by Blue Team. Since Snivy was essentially the mastermind of the Helghast program, the program was left leaderless. At the same time, a genius Bear known as Hephaestus began to educate the primitive Bear species, and turn them from a crude tribe society, into a savage, brutal, and advanced threat to the world. When they returned to Boss Cass, Hephaestus proudly presented the new Bear species, ready to be used by the Empire's military. Boss Cass happily accepted, and, instead of taking over the Helghast Program, he shut it down. From there, he ordered the Bears to hunt down and kill all the Helghast they could find. They did just that; thousands and thousands of Helghast super-soldiers were slaughtered by the brutal Bears. Eventually, the Bears took over the military as its backbone. Also, Boss Cass extended an alliance to the Covenant, where he would pay them, and they would lend him as much of their military as they could spare. When they united, the Bears took charge, and thus began the New World Order's full-on, no holds barred assault upon Earth.