Hey everyone, only been on the forum for a little while now, it's really cool to see writers coming together and getting help/critique from like-minded people. Hopefully you guys can help nudge me in the right direction. I've just started work on something I hope will be not just a novel, but a series of books. I have the basic "big-picture" ideas written out, and it's basically a "people against a tyrannical government" story - A sort of dystopia, but most dystopian novels begin with the world ALREADY in the grasp of tyranny, the story I want to tell begins right as it's happening, and the people's struggle to fight against it. I was hoping you guys could give me some ideas for characters that I could develop into emotional, deep story arcs to span over a series of books. Here is the premise verbatim as I've written it: 2024. The United States and other superpowers around the world have begun to lose a considerable amount of power and influence over their respective citizens. The continued emergence of tyrannical governance, extreme political corruption, resource consolidation, and the systematic removal of civil liberties have resulted in unprecedented levels of anger in citizens, and desire for the unification of all people against their domestic oppressors. The status quo continues to lie using mass media, ensuring the public their outcries are unfounded and for them not to support “wild conspiracy theories”. Political and religious differences continue to be exploited by the powers that be in an attempt to keep citizens separated and fighting amongst each other. The use of subliminal messages and propaganda are at all-time highs in an attempt to keep domestic citizens from breaking through the illusory roof of nationalism, and to hate and fear other nations. Whistleblowers are deemed heroes by popular opinion, but are quickly silenced and popular opinion quickly overshadowed by Governmental institutions branding them as traitors. Meanwhile, marketing and advertising have completely saturated consumer markets in an attempt to keep citizens distracted and in the dark. For an increasingly large amount of people, it is no longer working. Protests and disjointed human rights movements are attempted at every major political and sporting event, but have so far failed to gain any real momentum due to media minimization and Agent provocateurs. The vast majority of people are still told what to think, what to do, and what to buy, and are more or less unaware of it. They see people who are rejecting the system as crazy, unpatriotic, and disloyal to their country. Most major cities across the world have begun initiating an underground movement, quietly recruiting handfuls of capable, intelligent, angry people across all walks of life, from ex-military and ex-law enforcement to computer hackers and physicians. Calling themselves “The Awake”, they have begun networking and coordinating with other cells worldwide for a large-scale operation to expose and cripple the system that seeks to keep citizens obedient, oppressed and unaware. An operation code-named “The Uprising”. They have since been successful in obtaining libraries of classified documents, freeing whistleblowers, and instigating the world’s first “million-citizen riot” in New York City. Whispers of The Awake have reached high-ranking officials, and presented by the media as an “extremist terrorist group” and “the enemy of freedom”. Mainstream communication such as cell phones, computer IP addresses, postal services, online forums, e-mail, and all other means of communication have started to be monitored, tagged and categorized. People suspected of having any association with The Awake are arrested, detained and if necessary, tortured. The Governments of the world are growing desperate. For a list of main characters, I was thinking: A disgruntled office worker working a dead-end job realizing his life is wasting away doing nothing significant, working for "the man" An ex-veteran who can't seem to find his place in life after the military, and can't help but be lured into trying to put the world's problems on his shoulders because he can't be happy in his own life, a sort of "Messiah" complex A computer programmer (Don't know the background yet) A husband and wife, sort of "hippie activists" who have a son that they realize will inherit a destroyed, corrupted world unless they do something. And I want to include a police officer who switches sides to The Uprising in the middle of the first book when his conscience gets to him after he shoots an innocent protestor and his dog, and is rewarded for it and of course I'll have the President, various media personalities who cook up stories to feed to the "sheep public" Can anyone give some feedback or advice enriching the characters and include them into the makings of a story arc? I have a few basic story progression blueprints but I'm completely open to suggestions. Thank you so much!