On this holiday, I was pondering the Empire’s relationship with aliens, robots, and cyborgs. Emperor Palpatine considered non-humans, err, less than human and ran an Empire dominated by humans. He did, however, have armies of droids (especially if you admit that the prequel series was made), and the best known symbol of the Empire was more machine than man. (I still love General Grievous from the cartoons.) The villains have lots of big, menacing machines and devices. The heroes have lots of friendly aliens.
Ingress features factions with differing visions of humanity’s future development, one leading towards man-machine hybrids while the other welcoming alien influence. The Resistance is the Empire and the Enlightened are the Rebellion. Which is also more or less the state of the balance of power in the game.