In 2016, Ultranationalist forces led an armed assault on Severny Island in the north of Russia. Catching the Army troops stationed there offf guard, they gained control of the island, and its nuclear silo. They then proceeded to threaten to unleash the WMD on the capital, if the government did not step down from office. The President of Russia, seeing the significance of this event, secretly sent messages to the United States, seeking help. In turn, the United States sent for help from other NATO countries and thus assembled an international special ops team consisting of the best from around the world.