Judging by the style of clothing, this faction seems to consists of war veterans or even criminals with urban style outfit. Several of them wear winter hats and they are all seen in thick brown jackets, suggesting that they hail from a cold region. They make a strong resemblance of Russian criminal/Terrorist groups, since they say Russian dialogue during their assaults.
The Balkans were first seen on Dust2 in the first Global Offensive trailer. The Balkans were the third terrorist model added to the Beta and appeared on more maps prior to the August 10th 2012 update. Their hand model features a thick brown jacket with a red sleeve poking out the end with black cloth gloves. They appear on four maps: Train, Nuke, Shorttrain and Monastery. In the first three maps, they fight the SAS, the Counter-Terrorists. In Monastery, they fight the GSG-9 instead.
- The only thing known about this faction is that they originate from the Balkan (obviously based off their name), which is a large area in Europe composed of countries like Bosnia, Croatia, Greece, Serbia or Bulgaria to name a few.
- There is a possibility that the Balkan faction could be based off of the recent riots in Greece sparked by the Greek Economic crisis, maybe Greek Revolutionaries, though no evidence has been found to support this claim.
- They are saying Russian words sometimes, like "Spasibo" (Thank you) or "Da" (Yes).