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"When the Black Marker was first discovered on Earth so long ago, the government at the time hid all evidence of it from us. When our prophet Michael Altman spoke out against them, he was silenced. Now EarthGov continues that legacy. They tamper with the Markers – making blasphemous copies as part of their secret research programs. They have taken our sacred relic and turned it into a disease. But nature has ways of correcting itself. By liberating the Markers we can end this cycle of death and begin the cycle of rebirth. Join me as we take back our future - the future the Marker promises to us all."
Jacob Arthur Danik's speech to the members of the Circle.[2]

The Unitologist Uprising is a conflict between EarthGov and extremist Unitologist groups such as the Circle. The conflict escalated to violence in 2514 after a year-long campaign by the Church of Unitology against EarthGov,[3] which took advantage of the general population's increasingly anti-EarthGov sentiments following the Titan Station disaster.[4]


"Markers are as much a part of nature as were trees and blue sky and pristine oceans, yet we destroyed those too. But nature has a way of righting itself if we are respectful. It is only by undoing the work of man that the Marker's true plan can blossom."
Jacob Arthur Danik[5]
DS3 Unitology Propaganda

Posters promoting Unitology and decrying EarthGov.

The Markers, the pillars of the Unitologist religion, were being used by EarthGov to generate seemingly endless energy and to be the objects of experiments, something considered heretical. The Necromorphs were considered by the Unitologists to be proof that the Marker could bring about eternal life, with their horrific nature merely being the result of EarthGov's disrespectful tampering with their captive Marker copies.[5] As such, the Unitologists soon began their campaign to free all the Markers from EarthGov control in an attempt to bring about a Convergence Event.[6][7]

The War[]

"EarthGov officials yesterday denied rumors that the government was no longer able to contain the widespread violence that has gripped the colonies in recent weeks. The violence began 16 days ago on Uxor following a year-long campaign by the Church of Unitology. Five colonies have gone dark since the Unitology riots began. There have been rumors of bombings at government laboratories and eyewitness accounts of brutal killings following shortly after."
—Excerpt from "An End to EarthGov?" in 2514.[3]
DS3 Unitologist Uprising

The Circle conducts executions on the New Horizons Security Force.

In the aftermath of the Titan Station incident in 2511, EarthGov experienced significant turmoil within its infrastructure. In the following three years, the efforts of the followers of Unitology to weaken EarthGov's military and favor among the public doubled. The Circle, a Unitologist group led by Jacob Arthur Danik, played a significant part in the insurrectionist campaign against EarthGov.

The Circle's belief was that EarthGov's experiments on Markers were sacrilegious; with the apparent end of human existence at hand, the Unitologists began to attack EarthGov Marker test sites to free the artifacts from the government's control. EarthGov's inability to curb the Unitologist efforts became apparent to the public, and at least five colonies, including Uxor, fell dark over a period of sixteen days. However, EarthGov refused to admit the severity of the situation. The next colony attacked was New Horizons on Luna.

By the year 2514, EarthGov's structure was failing; their status among the public had fallen. Even though there were a few hold outs, including the Earth itself, that continued to support the government establishment, the general interstellar population had become extremely opposed to EarthGov rule.[4]

Following Jacob Danik's death on Tau Volantis, the Circle supposedly dissolved, removing a powerful and influential faction from the conflict.



  1. Ben Wanat: ...this overseer in the radio broadcast at the end of the last game, he explicitly talks about the other Marker sites. That becomes an important element in the story of Dead Space 3. It is an extension of that that ultimately causes the situation that we end up in in three. Interview with Ben Wanat
  2. Log:Unitologist Artifact 01
  3. 3.0 3.1 Log:EarthGov Artifact 01
  4. 4.0 4.1 Steve Papoutsis: Earth Gov is in significant turmoil after the events of Titan Stations. There are hold outs hanging on to the old government but the population is very anti earth gov. Aegis7 - Meet: Steve Papoutsis (March 7, 4:00PM PST)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Log:Unitologist Artifact 02
  6. Log:Unitologist Artifact 03
  7. Log:Unitologist Artifact 04