History[edit | edit source]
In the continuity of the live action film, Alita: Battle Angel, The Fall refers to the Great War between the Imperium and the United Republic of Mars, its aftermath, and the beginning of the Dark Age that followed. The War began in the 23rd Century A.D. between the Earth-led Colonial Empire and the United Republic of Mars, and resulted in the death of most life on Mars along with the loss of colonies and cutting off of Earth from space Travel, along with human civilization becoming consolidated heavily in Iron City, which in turn survived on a symbiotic relationship with Zalem above.
With the dark age that followed, most of the details about the Great War are left unknown, except that Zalem (Tiphares) survived as the sole floating city on Earth, along with the destruction of the colonial empire, isolation of Earth from space, and Alita being left as an apparent sole survivor of the war, aside from Desty Nova. Sometime before the turn of the 23rd Century, Mars and other related colonies had become independent of Earth and The Imperium, as the URM, or United Republic of Mars. Hostilities arose, leading to warfare occurring at various points, such as on Earth's Moon, as shown in Alita's flashback, eventually leading to a devastation of the two capitals, with an unknown virus being deployed by the URM on Earth and reverse-terraforming nanites being released on Mars. The virus was more than 70 percent fatal and highly contagious, resulting in a massive emergency quarantine being enacted by the various floating cities on Earth. Numerous attempts at fleeing to Earth from off world colonies of the Imperium were made, many of which failed.
Mars was struck by reverse-terraforming nanites along with high energy projectiles. This attack left most life on Mars extinct, and the planet almost completely uninhabitable. Seeing their own people dying and facing apparent extinction, the URM consolidated its forces for a final desperate assault with URM Berserkers on Earth and it's floating cities. Alita and Gelda were both participants in the attempted strike on Zalem itself. Alita's body was mysteriously left in the scrapyard, buried in a state of hibernation, for over 300 years before Dyson Ido discovered her head and torso.
Key Events[edit | edit source]
-The interstellar colonies are recalled to assist their home worlds in the Imperium and URM
- Desty Nova develops numerous technologies to assist the War efforts against the URM, possibly including collapser nanites and reverse terraforming nanites used in the war.
-Desty Nova is chosen to become the Watcher, a protector of Zalem.
-Yoko is conscripted at 17 years old by the URM and selected as a candidate for the elite commandos known as the berserkers.
A biological weapon is released on Earth by the URM, a nanite augmented virus which adapts to treatments and is over 70 percent fatal.
The Imperium retaliates with nuclear strikes on multiple Martian CIties, killing many URM citizens. Numerous URM troops do survive, however, and Spec Ops retaliation is planned to cripple the Imperium Capital on Earth.
The Imperium develops de-terraforming nanites. The Imperium is hesitant to use such a weapon as it would be so destructive to potential infrastructure.
Yoko’s Berserker Unit performs a covert strike on Earth’s moon to cripple the warning systems and clear a path to invade Earth itself.
With URM forces closing in on Earth, and the threat of destruction imminent, the Imperium launches their de-terraforming nanites at the URM capital on Mars as an act of desperation.
Zalem’s main elevator shaft to the surface is destroyed to deny URM invaders access to Zalem.
Desty Nova is revealed by URM intelligence to be a key asset of the Imperium and is targeted for assassination by Gelda and her Berserker Unit.
The URM troops land on Earth. 11 out of 12 sky cities on Earth are destroyed, causing massive destruction all over the globe as falling or destroyed sky cities cause catastrophic explosions and impact craters on various continents and the oceans.
Yoko’s unit attempts to climb up Zalem’s supply tubes and many are killed by the Defense ring systems or killed by the automated defenses and militias present in Star City.
Yoko failed the mission to assassinate Desty Nova and destroy Zalem and is sentenced to death by falling from out of Zalem into the Earth below.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
The effects of the Fall were devastating. Earth and Mars both were ultimately isolated and rendered mostly uninhabitable as a result of the biological and nanite superweapons utilized by the warring factions. The virus deployed on Earth by the URM was over 70 percent fatal, with others shown being crippled or scarred by its effects. Extensive quarantines were performed by the sky cities to prevent the deadly disease from coming into them. The quarantines remained largely in effect for over 300 years in terms of very few humans from the surface ever seeing Zalem, and none recorded as returning. 
Mars suffered a mass extinction from the reverse-terraforming, the planet was rendered mostly uninhabitable except for possibly special equipment such as space suits, although with the extensive isolation, and reports from Zalem or the space elevator being isolated from the surface, details are mostly unknown as to the situation on Mars following the destructive nanite attack. Alita's birth parents on Mars are presumed dead due to the long time from the Fall as well as the brutality of the attacks.
- 20th Century Fox. (2019). Alita's World: The Fall. Retrieved from Alita: Battle Angel