The Million Machine March

The Animatrix

From The Animatrix, a good film (collection of short films) that gives a pretty good insight into why the machines would wage war against us in the first place.

The Million Machine March (also known as the Machine Rights Movement) was an event that happened prior to the Machine War. It was a famous protest march calling for the equal rights of Machines and Humans that occurred around the early 2090s. The protest was a result of the execution of B1-66ER,  the first robot who killed his master in self defense when he was found defective and ordered to be destroyed.

Crowds of different machines, as well as some outraged pro-machine humans, took to the streets of cities in an initially peaceful demonstration that later devolved into rioting. However, they were met with deadly force by both police and anti-machine humans. Many machines who had surrendered or simply holding signs for the protest were brutally shot and killed. The immense number of destroyed machines were dumped into a river and junkyards. The surviving Machines then founded their own city nation, called Zero One, where they would live a separate life from their creators.

These demonstrations would become one of the events which contributed to the rise of the future Machine War and the creation of the Matrix.

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