Officially known as Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), judging by their real-life and political appearance, separatism is described as "a political movement to gain autonomy for a group of people, and even full secession". They wear an iconic white mask, black beret, shirts with symbols on them, and olive/grey pants.
Claiming an overwhelming desire for self-determination, this European minority faction has stooped to heinous acts of terror in order to achieve their nationalistic vision.
The Separatists were introduced in the August 10th 2012 update and could be momentarily seen on Italy in the first trailer for Global Offensive. Their hand model features royal blue sleeves identical to the GIGN hand model with black cloth gloves and dark grey markings (identical to the gloves worn by the Phoenix Connexion and the Professionals). They appear on two maps: Inferno and Italy. In Inferno, they fight the SAS. Meanwhile, in Italy, they engage the GIGN.
Prior to the offical release of CS:GO, it was announced that the game would include a "separatist" playable faction with aesthetics and symbols similar to ETA. A Spanish official and a Spanish consumer group have requested the removal of this playable faction from the final version, claiming that its inclusion trivializes terrorist violence and is offensive to the victims of ETA attacks.
- Main article: Separatist/Gallery
- This faction is the second non-fictional Terrorist faction included in whole Counter-Strike series, the first being the Yakuza in Deleted Scenes. This faction is also the only one to have their origins in Southern Europe.
- A Terrorist faction based upon the ETA was first introduced in Counter-Strike Online with the name "National Liberation Campaign".
- Unlike the other factions, they make radio announcements regarding the chickens in Italy. Their statements include the comparison of the birds to their enemies, the Counter-Terrorists, and the desire to eliminate them swiftly.
- The Separatists are one of the two Terrorist factions to appear in both a Bomb Defusal and a Hostage Rescue map and have radio statements regarding the scenarios. The other faction is the Phoenix Connexion.
- To some players, the sleeves that the Separatists use is considerably confusing as it is similar to the SAS, GSG-9, and the GIGN sleeves.
- Some Separatist models feature an early and unused head texture underneath their heads, which can be viewed from third person.
- A Separatist Steam Trading Card seems to have been planned at first but never reached the final version. It was visible in an image on the official Steam page for Steam Trading Cards, but the image was later deleted.
- Euskadi Ta Askatasuna at Wikipedia