South Pole Observation Base, Byflos Group
On August 16, 2038, the presence of an unknow virus was discovered by IPKF Surveillance Satellite radar in the vicinity of the South Pole Observation Base of the Byflos Group. On suspicion of violation of International Treaty Regulations, members of the IPKF’s elite White Lightning Polar Tactical Force were dispatched to conduct a fact-finding survey into the matter.
Minutes before landing at their destination, their Lyger Attack Helicopter was shot down by SAM missiles from the South Base’s Perimeter Defence System.
Captain Matt Coda and Lieutenant Carlos Potrero survived the crash and succeeded in penetrating the South Base. After a siege-like assault lasting days, they succeeded in destroying the South Base and the evil mastermind, Dr. Thomas Kim, as well as Karl Byflos. Thanks to the heroic efforts of Coda and Potrero, The Byflos Group’s Genetic Engineering Plan created by Dr. Kim was prevented from being unleashed and unprecedented international disaster averted at the last moment. The details of this mission have not been officially released to the public – and are still currently unclear.
After the death of Karl Byflos destruction of the South Base, he was succeeded by his eldest son Michael as 5th leader of the Byflos Group. Immediately following the incident, an unknown deadly virus -named the Gigari Virus – suddenly spread with unprecedented speed and lethal intensity. It possessed highly virulent infectious capabilities. The death rate was virtually 100% within 10 days after the appearance of symptoms. The Gigari Virus literally decimated earth’s population of over 10 billion people to less than 100 million in under two months.
Later experiments revealed that the virus was not transmitted in environments devoid of ultraviolet light rays. Upon announcement of these findings, Michael Byflos announced that the Byflos Group would accept all survivors as citizens and permanent residents and guests in a vast underground experimental habitation complex called Neural City, located in Latin America, under construction since 2032 and scheduled for completion in 2040. In 2038, Neural City became the last human outpost on planet Earth.
But the path underground was not to be a smooth one. Hostilities broke out between the Byflos Group and the International Peace Keeping Force over administrational policies concerning the government of Neural City. The struggle war ended in victory for the Byflos Group, which established itself as the official ruling body – with much leftover hostility on both sides.