It's a shame but I really can't begin anything with the setting that AC3 establishes. Most countries replaced/taken-over by corporations? Supposedly just after the Aurelia-Leasath Conflict. It both seems a bit unfitting to me and the change takes place over the course of a mere decade, you'd think governments would do something against that. The whole idea just doesn't fit with my image of Strangereal, but that's what headcanon's for.
Well in either case it just made me wonder how others think about this. Same, different?
PS: This argument is nil if I managed to get something mixed up with the setting there, I honestly didn't play 3 so far and just aquired that knowledge via this site and others.