The Eden Project was humanity's attempt to save a portion of itself from 99942 Apophis. Each of the world's superpowers participated in the endeavor, each creating numerous "Arks" which were the cryo shelters that would let some to survive the destruction that would inevitably result from Apophis's strike. The project was conducted in utter secrecy across every continent; even those who were to be interred in the Arks didn't know so until the final hours of the project, and only the few nations who discovered the Earth's fate in time were able to participate. Each Ark was created to hold but 1-2 dozens residents, and programmed to release the occupants at the right time as determined by the onboard A.I. When the general public finally discovered their fate, the world descended into chaos; nations fought nations, riots occurred in major cities, and in cases, Arks were discovered, their guards and residents slain by the frenzied mobs. Still, the majority of Arks were successfully buried, and their contents were secured for the future, whatever it may bring.
However, others intended a different purpose for the Eden Project. After the "Super Ark" capable of housing hundreds of people was created, its new purpose was unknown even to its original residents and planners. On the night that Apophis struck, the military personnel stationed at the Ark site performed a coup lead by General Martin Cross and interred themselves within the Ark, leaving the original residents to their fates. This group of soldiers were to emerge into the new world as a group calling themselves the Authority, and they would remake the shattered world in the image of one man's vision.
- The Eden Project may be a reference to "The Garden of Eden Creation Kit," or G.E.C.K. from Fallout.