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"What's obvious is that my efforts to keep society united is the only chance we have against whatever's out here!"
—First Minister Mina Jinn's belief of order being the only defense the humans have against the Swarm.

First Minister Mina Jinn was head of the reconstituted Coalition of Ordered Governments in the post-Locust War era. She continued the policy of her predecessors in protecting humanity's surviving population by utilizing the DeeBees to handle dangerous tasks like construction work and handle high-risk security details. Believing that the Outsiders were responsible for the disappearance of several COG colonies outside New Ephyra, Jinn deployed the DeeBees to investigate.[1]

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

Mina Jinn was born during the late Pendulum-era and, as a child, saw the Pendulum Wars come to an end.

Locust WarEdit

Emergence DayEdit

However, six weeks later, the race of subterranean humanoids known as the Locust Horde attacked on the surface on what would be known as Emergence Day, as 25% of the human race was killed in the first 26 hours. Mina Jinn was still only a child, but even then knew how dark and terrible Emergence Day was and knew that the human race's victory against the Locust was not assured.

Hammer of Dawn StrikesEdit

Within a year after Emergence Day, the Locust continued to advance across Sera. Each city they overran meant occupation of land and technology, gaining footing until they arrived at Ephyra, the capitol of the Coalition of Ordered Governments. Ephyra, as well as other cities located on the Jacinto Plateau, were spared due to the impenetrable granite bedrock of the plateau.

Shortly after the death of Chairman Tomas Dalyell, Deputy Chairman Richard Prescott was appointed the leader. In order to deny Locust control over human ruins and halt their progress towards Ephyra, Chairman Prescott announced to the human population that he would commence a counterattack, using the Hammer of Dawn to scorch 90% of Sera's surface. Chairman Prescott urged survivors to relocate to the Jacinto Plateau to avoid being killed by the blast and protected from the Locust, but the remaining human population was only given three days notice.

Mina Jinn and her family were outside of the Jacinto Plateau when Prescott launched the counterattack, killing millions more humans. Among those killed were many of Mina Jinn's family. Mina and the remainder of her family would later become known as Stranded, survivors of the Hammer Strikes who resided out of COG jurisdiction and resented the COG for killing their own people.

Life as StrandedEdit

For the following years until 17 A.E., Mina Jinn and her family remained resentful of the Coalition and survived as Stranded. Eventually, the Jinn family set up camp in the ruins of Ephyra after 10 A.E., during which the Locust finally managed to breach and occupy the city.

During the Locust War, the Coalition was successful in the campaigns of the Lightmass Offensive and Operation: Hollow Storm - with the Locust being killed in the bombing, assault, and flooding of the Hollow. Despite the Lambent Pandemic that followed, Mina Jinn and her family survived, as did the Coalition when they finally activated the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon, killing the Lambent and neutralizing the Locust Horde.

Interwar PeriodEdit

Joining the CoalitionEdit

Sometime after the activation of the Imulsion Countermeasure, the Coalition returned to Ephyra in order to rebuild. The new leader of the Coalition, First Minister Anya Stroud, met Mina Jinn and her family. While initially rude to Anya, the two became good friends due to Anya's kind and diplomatic nature. However, not all Stranded were open to the reestablishment of the Coalition, and remained outside of COG jurisdiction. Those who remained Stranded or expatriate COG citizens who were disillusioned by the government were then known as Outsiders, who took to raiding COG cities, settlements, and facilities for supplies.

In spite of her upbringing, she embraced the new Coalition of Ordered Governments and its altruism. The COG's first decade allowed talented young people to take advantage of its fluid, meritocratic society, and Jinn impressed many with her intelligence, ambition, and devotion to the COG's ideals. By her early twenties, she was a skilled bureaucrat, and in her mid-twenties was selected to head the Ministry of Procreation, one of the most powerful ministries within the new COG. Minister Mina Jinn's methods made it possible for the once infertile First Minster Anya Stroud to conceive a child, James Dominic Fenix, with her husband, Sgt. Marcus Fenix. While First Minister Stroud continued to lead the COG, she appointed Minister Jinn as her protégé.

Elected as First MinisterEdit

In 27 A.E., First Minister Stroud once again applied for fertility treatment from Minister Jinn to have a second child. However, First Minister Stroud died due to birthing complications. The interim-First Minister, Dyer, was appointed to replace her. Sometime after, Minister Jinn was eventually elected by her fellow ministers to become First Minister, making her one of the youngest COG leaders in history. Like all previous First Ministers, Jinn viewed the Outsiders as a grave problem; unlike her predecessors, however, she was prepared to do something about it.[2]

At some point, First Minister Jinn re-purposed a number of DeeBees from simple construction and civil workers into a mechanized police force, a function that the creator of the DeeBees and CEO of DB Industries, Damon Baird, never intended.[3] The decision was a point of contention between the two. This was one of the many uses of power during First Minister Jinn's administration that caused more COG citizens to protest and abandon the COG, as First Minister Jinn was transforming the once altruistic government into a totalitarian one after the death of First Minister Stroud.

Settlement 2 Protest MassacreEdit

In 39 A.E., First Minister Jinn came to notice JD Fenix and Delmont Walker, new entries to the COG Officer Corps, and selected them to lead a unit of security DeeBees in Settlement 2. In 41 A.E., citizens of Settlement 2 became more infuriated with First Minister Jinn's leadership and led a protest to allow Settlement 2 autonomy from New Ephyra. Gears and DeeBees were sent to quell the protests, but once the protesters became violent, First Minister Jinn ordered Lt. Fenix to eliminate the protesters. Lt. Fenix then ordered the DeeBees to open fire on the citizens, known as the Settlement 2 Protest Massacre.

In the aftermath of the massacre, Settlement 2 became the most compliant Settlement within the Coalition, but out of fear. This incident was well classified, but the truth spread about among the Settlements, prompting more citizens to become disillusioned with the COG. The White Xiphium published a manifesto claiming an end of New Ephyra's power of the Settlements. Meanwhile, Lt. Fenix and Lt. Walker abandoned the COG due to witnessing and taking part in the massacre. The two became Outsiders and joined Fort Umson, led by Reyna Diaz, one of the most prominent leaders of the Outsiders. First Minister Jinn then branded Lt. Fenix and Lt. Walker as enemies of the state for treason and sedition.

Following the massacre, First Minister Jinn used her own fertility program to conceive her son. However, more issues arose in the Coalition - as Gears and citizens were inexplicably reported missing. While unknown to the true cause, First Minister Jinn blamed the Outsiders - specifically Fort Umson - as kidnapping her people. First Minister Jinn then increased her security measures, preventing the Outsiders to perform their typical raids and pulled back - fearing all out war.

25th Anniversary of Victory DayEdit

"Today, we are humbled by the presence of two generations of men and women who braved every danger. Who fought the battles that made us what we are. Including the most pivotal encounter in the Pendulum Wars: Aspho Fields. When valiant COG forces captured the UIR’s plans for the Hammer of Dawn, we ensured our survival in the worst conflict our world had yet known. But only two years later, a new horror. A new enemy. A new war. By nightfall, hundreds of thousands were dead. “Emergence Day” had earned its name. Like many of you, I was only a child then. It was a dark, difficult time – and our victory was in no way assured. But against all odds, a brave group of soldiers, led by Marcus Fenix, finally ended our Locust nightmare. How dearly I wish Sergeant Fenix could be with us here today. Stop and think about the men and women whose sacrifices guaranteed our survival. Thanks to them, we fought through the long twilight. We built a new prosperity. The world the new COG has ensured knows no war, no suffering. It’s a world of safety. Of family. A world finally, at peace."
—First Minister Jinn's speech commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Victory Day.

In 42 A.E., First Minister Jinn presented a memorial service commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Victory Day, also known as the end of Locust War. While she had invited Sgt. Marcus Fenix, he declined her offer. However, along with her on stage was former Colonel, Victor Hoffman, and former Privates Augustus Cole and Samantha Byrne, and gave tribute to the men and women who died during the Pendulum and Locust Wars, specifically the Battle of Aspho Fields, Emergence Day, and the Battle of Anvil Gate.

Shortly after the speech, she was alerted of security breach in the construction of Settlement 5, revealed to be Outsiders JD Fenix and Delmont Walker, along with Reyna's daughter, Kait Diaz, and brother-in-law, Oscar Diaz attempting to raid Settlement 5 for its Fabricator. While JD, Kait, and Del were extracting the Fabricator from the Government Tower, First Minister Jinn dropped in a convoy of security DeeBees, including her own Command Bot, to communicate and arrest Oscar Diaz, who was left outside. Upon emerging, First Minister Jinn attempted to arrest JD, Del, and Kait not for raiding, but for kidnapping her people. However, a bot-transport cart ran over Jinn's Command Bot and security force by an unknown benefactor. The group then fled Settlement 5 as First Minister Jinn released an onslaught of DeeBee forces.

Battle of Fort UmsonEdit

Immediately following the group's return to Fort Umson, First Minister Jinn arrived via another Command Bot to personally accuse Chief Reyna Diaz of abducting COG citizens and demanded their return, to which Reyna denied as the Outsiders were not responsible for the disappearances and chainsawed First Minister Jinn's Command Bot. Following the breakdown in communications, First Minister Jinn ordered a full assault on Fort Umson, consisting of multiple waves of DeeBee units including Bastions and DR-1s. While the invasion was repulsed, the village sustained heavy damage. First Minister Jinn then pulled her forces back to regroup.

Assault on the Stroud EstateEdit

Later, Jinn, still suspecting the Outsiders of being responsible for the disappearances, tracks JD, Kait and Delmont to the Stroud family estate, and interrupts a tense meeting between JD and his father Marcus Fenix by ripping the front door of Marcus's house apart in her DeeBee proxy suit, wryly apologizing to the former sergeant before warning him not to help his son. However, JD had reached him first and showed him a Locust crystal which he recognized, prompting Marcus to help his son and chainsaw her proxy suit in half. Jinn orders another full assault on the estate, destroying most of it in the attempt to capture the fugitives during a running gunfight across the estate grounds. During the pursuit, she loses most of the DeeBee units, including several Kestrels and a Vulture.

Swarm WarEdit

Discovery of the SwarmEdit

At some point in the following hours, Jinn becomes aware of the Swarm and realizes that her initial suspicions may have been wrong. She tracks JD's group to the abandoned town of Speyer, where she attempts to peacefully meet with the group. She insists on having them return to New Ephyra to discuss the threat of the Swarm, but her proxy suit is attacked by a Pouncer and promptly turned into a Reject before she could act.

Following the destruction of Jinn's remaining DeeBee forces within Speyer, she apparently decides to withdraw from the conflict, allowing JD and his group to assault the major Swarm Hive beneath Tollen Dam.

COG-Outsider SummitEdit

After the battle at Tollen Dam, Jinn reinstated JD and Del into the military at their previous rank of lieutenant, and inducted Kait Diaz as a corporal. Although Jinn opted for a defensive strategy that involved evacuating all humans to the safety of New Ephyra while using the DeeBees to eradicate the Swarm, Damon Baird feared that this would not be enough and began looking for ways to rebuild the Hammer of Dawn array despite Jinn warning him not to. It was also revealed that Jinn was several months pregnant, though the father of her child was not identified.[4]

Evacuation of Settlement 2Edit

COG-Outsider ArmisticeEdit

Classified Mission DetailEdit

Destruction of Old EphyraEdit

Personality and TraitsEdit

Jinn is a very politically motivated woman. She appears to be very charismatic, giving a touching, emotional speech during the twenty-fifth anniversary of the end of the Locust War, yet immediately afterward showing a ruthless, stubborn streak as she accuses the Outsiders of being behind the kidnapping of COG citizens without proof. Jinn also appears to have a ruthless streak using her position of power as First Minister to force CEO of DB Industries, Damon Baird, into giving her command of the DeeBee units, which she uses as a police and military force. Jinn seems to have an obsessive streak, as she sent a Vulture after JD, Kait, Del and Marcus, which Del addresses as "Jinn's overreaction".

However, Jinn does have some redeeming qualities, as she does appear to care for her constituency. She goes through great lengths in the attempt that she will retrieve her citizens, and shows that she is capable of admitting fault and showing reason when the Swarm threat is finally revealed. Further, during the course of the Swarm War, she had any settlement evacuated to save lives and authorized the plan to get the Outsider villages to ally with the COG to combat the Swarm.

These traits may be because that, unlike former leaders of the COG, Jinn was born and grew up during the destructive war with the Locust and knows full well the mistakes of the past. She has successfully instituted the rebuilding of civilization across Sera through the mass-produced Settlements and seems eager to replace Gears entirely with a mass-produced mech force (although this could also be contributed to her desire to control more than to protect). Despite this, Jinn has taken measures as First Minister that are much more authoritarian and is not prone to being argued or disobeyed. She attempted to used Kait's connection with the Locust Hivemind to give the COG an advantage and was willing to arrest her when she refused on the basis of a lack of trust but is mollified when her squadmates and friends defend her, leaving Jinn frustrated.

Like Anya Stroud, Jinn hated the Hammer of Dawn and refused to use it, even when Baird insisted that they needed to use it against the Swarm, having witnessed firsthand the destruction left in its wake. 

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gears of War 4: How Old Marcus and New Robots Fit In – IGN First
  2. Gears of War 4: Collector's Edition Guide, pg 11
  3. Dialogue spoken in Act IV, Chapter 2: Killing Time
  4. Gears of War: Ascendance
  5. Gears of War 4 credits
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