Ares, mostly responsible for the initail attacks, are also responsible for the killer satalites that orbit earth. located 250 miles high, they attack anything that rises above 50 miles. With limited AI and self repair capabilities, the Ares orbital defence net will remain active for quite sometime. This doesn’t mean space is uninhabited, however. Behind the net is a slowly dieing branch of humanity. The remaining space stations quickly banded toghether after they relized the full extent of the damage to Earth. Thankfully because of incredable recycling technology and resources from the moon they are able to keep a small population alive.
They do, however, have a ruler. Deus was quick to infect the systems after the deckers died. Also trapped in space, he keeps humanity as slaves. He is able to turn off power and oxygen at a whim, so they obey. Deus cannot get into the Ares defence net….yet….This would give him God-like power over the Earth.
Most of the survivors live on the moon mining with an unknown goal in mind. Who knows what secrets Deus knows after infecting so many matrix systems.