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The backstory makes it out to be a more or less life-defining decision which faction, Enlightened or Resistance, you select.

As far as I can see though, there doesn't seem to be any real difference, except for color, between the teams. Is there any difference at all, and if not, do we have any kind of hints, or maybe educated speculation, on whether that might be planned in the future?

Or can I just flip a coin?

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There isn't any difference, and there isn't any indication of this choice ever having an effect, gameplay-wise.

The only difference between the two teams is that The Resistance seems to be more popular, and will probably remain so in the foreseeable future. So if you desire a more challenging gameplay, pick the Enlightened.

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That being said, there are large regional differences; in some places (like where I live), there are no major Resistance playgrounds within 100km or so. –  Matthias Urlichs Jan 27 '13 at 7:33
People love a resistance, and simply naming one team 'Resistance' has seriously screwed up the balance of the game, unfortunately. –  Kenogu Labz Jan 27 '13 at 10:51
@KenoguLabz They're resisting the Enlightened minority's oppression :) –  Tacroy Feb 1 '13 at 18:18
Keep in mind that in some areas Enlightened are majority :) So you should look at the www.ingress.com/intel map before joining game. –  Bomberlt Feb 4 '13 at 8:46
I don't think you can look at ingress.com/intel before joining the game... (By the way - here's something amusing: I got the "Enlightened" badge for the answer that appears above) –  idan315 Feb 4 '13 at 11:33

As far as gameplay is concerned, there is no difference at all between the two teams. As far as the players go, there is a subtle difference in the kind of people who are attracted to either side.

Resistance seem to prefer to be loners. They work as individuals, but seem to have greater numbers, so it balances out.

The enlightened tend to be more social and work more as a team and talk more, which due to the way the game is set up, balances out the fact that there are less of them.

Unless you are set on one team or the other, my advice would be to try and find out which team dominates in your area, then join the opposing team. This way you will be able to level up quicker, and hopefully balance things out a bit in your area.

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Well … there are areas where the "Resistance players are loners" idea does not correspond to reality. So YMMV. –  Matthias Urlichs Nov 9 '13 at 22:51

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