Yesterday, 1:35 PM · 8835 replies and 689252 views.
Let me try to clear up something for the final time.
CoR are entwined with Kahina's story, they have been long before the Rift story gained any momentum. They are the original Rifters who set up this series of threads. They set up the fleetcomm channel for Rifters, and invited fellow Rifters to come help roleplay the story, bring it alive in game, and make it more than a series of GalNet articles like some other mysteries seem to be. 99% of CoRs members today came from this thread or the 3 previous incarnations.
Until recently there has never been a divide between CoR and the Rifters - they're one in the same, expect one takes the story off the forums and tries to play it out in game via events and roleplayed narratives. This is something Drew has embraced from day one, and in recognition he has given those players a solitary role to play in his story's climax.
Now as for PAC - it has nothing to do with CoR as Saool pointed out. It was set up because dozens, then hundreds, and now close to 3,000...