“I hate these chickens, scrawny little birds, just feathers and bones.”
The Separatists were introduced in the August 10th 2012 update.
Judging from their insignia, they were based on the real-life Euskadi 'ta Askatasuna (ETA), a now-dissolved left-wing Basque separatist group. Their goal is the independence of the Basque Country, which is located in Southern France and Northern Spain, and had engaged in terrorist attacks throughout Spain.
The separatists wear an iconic white mask, black beret, shirts with symbols on them, and olive/grey pants.
Their hand model features royal blue sleeves identical to the GIGN hand model with leather gloves.
Prior to the offical release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, 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.
- The Separatists can be momentarily seen on Italy in the first trailer for Global Offensive.
- This faction is the first non-fictional Terrorist faction included in whole Counter-Strike series. It 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".
- They will occasionally make radio announcements regarding chickens. Their statements include the comparison of the birds to their enemies, the Counter-Terrorists, and the desire to eliminate them swiftly.
- The default gloves used by the Separatist is identical to the default gloves of the Phoenix Connexion, the Balkan, and the Professional.
- They are one of the two factions that have quotes for planting the bomb on bombsite C, the other Terrorist group being the Professionals.
- Some Separatist models feature an early and unused head texture underneath their masks, 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. The most likely reason was the aforementioned controversy.