In the game Gears of War, Soldiers are referred to as Gears while the military group they serve is referred to as the Cog.

My dad asked me the meaning of these when he was playing, I told them that most likely Gears was to refer to the soldiers as being Gears in the machine called War while Cog was the Acronym Coalition Of Gears since that's what they kinda were.

But I'm wondering if there is a canon source as to the meaning of Gears and Cogs in Gears of War.


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A few seconds with Google gave me the Wikia page which says COG stands for Coalition of Ordered Governments.

Your theory on Gears was right - Wikia says:

The term comes from the rotating machine which signifies the unity of the COG and the place of the Gear.

"I shall hold my place in the machine and acknowledge my place in the Coalition. I am a Gear." — Oath of the COG

  • I'm always a bit iffy with Wikia sites at first unless someone points that they do update with canon material. i don't think i've heard the Oath of the COG but then again i got heaps of JRPGs to play and only get called in to beat RAM or Scorch and only know the basic premise of the first 3 games from moments watching my dad when i go past his room
    – Memor-X
    Commented Sep 17, 2014 at 6:56

Might refer to the mechanical relationship of a smaller "cog" driving a larger "gear" - the cog provides the impetus, the gear provides the force.

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