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The First Corporate War was the first war between corporations, specifically fought between the Euro Business Machines (EBM) and Orbital Air corporations.


The first corporate war began when Electronic Business Machines attempted a leveraged buyout of Transworld Airlines (TWA), a failing business. EBM attempted to make a deal with the CEO of TWA, but the CEO of TWA let the deal fall through. Orbital Air, another corporation interested in buying TWA (and desperate to claim TWA's air traffic facilities) blocked EBM's buyout attempt.[1]

After realizing what had happened, EBM sought to eliminate Orbital Air's chances of purchasing TWA. EBM hired terrorists to kidnap Orbital Air's business negotiation team, en-route to meet with TWA. However, the terrorists failed in their mission, and later it became known that EBM was responsible for hiring them. Orbital Air, after discovering the identity of their attacker, recruited the Zetatech technology corporation as their ally in the conflict. Zetatech's hackers began a large-scale net attack against EBM, but EBM was able to repel the attack and force Zetatech out of the war.[2]

After defeating Zetatech in cyber warfare, EBM began their own attacks - physical and technological - against TWA and the Orbital Air facilities. Both sides fought each other viciously using terrorism, net attacks, piracy, corporate solos and proxy soldiers from the Third World.[3] During this period, both companies lost hundreds of millions of Eurodollars.[4]

Major Battles

There were two major battles during the First Corporate War.

The first major battle occurred when Orbital Air commandos successfully raided and captured an EBM space station. The operation to capture EBM's space station was a response to EBM having hijacked an Orbital Air station in the past. Both parties in the conflict were denounced by the European Space Agency, who demanded that the two business not fight each other in low-earth orbit (LEO).

The second major battle, which ended the first corporate war, took place a year later. Commandos employed by Orbital Air were able to attack, breach, and capture the compound of EBM CEO Ulf Grunwalder, which forced him to surrender to Orbital Air.[5]


The First Corporate War was an example to other corporations, that using wholesale military-style warfare against one-another was a viable business practice. The First Corporate War was the first conflict of its kind, and it leads to other corporations following suit in fighting massive conflicts with each over resources and business prospects.[6]


  1. Firestorm: Stormfront p.4: "The First Corporate War began simply enough: EMB's leveraged buyout of the failing Transworld Airlines turned unfriendly after their initial deal with Transworld's CEO went sour. Orbital Air, foaming at the mouth to obtain TWA's air traffic facilities in the US, came to TWA's aid, blocking EBM's buyout attempt."
  2. Firestorm: Stormfront p.4: "EBM struck first, dispatching terrorists to kidnap the OA negotiations team en route to close the TWA deal. The terrorists bungled, and EBM's anonymity was compromised. Orbital Air immediately went to work, recruiting Zetatech as an ally, who unleashed a massive wave of Net attacks against EBM. These attacks, though damaging, were quickly put down, forcing Zetatech out of the war."
  3. Firestorm: Stormfront p.4: "EBM responded with a wave of attacks against TWA and OA facilities. Orbital Air met this challenge well, beefing up security and using their dominance in LEO to establish a blockade against EBM facilities. Orbital Air struck back with a wave of terrorism and piracy of their own. EBM answered this threat with an army of corporate solos and proxy Third World troops."
  4. Firestorm: Stormfront p.4: "During this period, both companies changed allies as frequently as a joygirl changes partners. Hundreds of millions in Eurodollars were wasted, stolen, or simply destroyed as both firms attempted to cut each other's funding. In fact, at one point, both sides had to find financial supporters just to save their current allies from being wiped out."
  5. Firestorm: Stormfront p.4: "There were only two major battles during the conflict. The first occurred when OA commandos captured a central EBM space station in response to a similarly large hijacking on that same day by EBM. Both sides were chastised by the European Space Agency, who lifted all the blockades and warned the competitors not to extend their fight into LEO again. The second battle didn't occur until a year later, when OA commandos attacked CEO Ulf Grunwalder's compound in Bavaria, capturing him and forcing EBM to surrender."
  6. Firestorm: Stormfront p.4: "The ramifications of this war were vast. It was the first conflict of its kind. More importantly, it gave other companies the green light to use wholesale military tactics to obtain favorable business results. Although some smaller firms had engaged in petty armed squabbles in the past, nothing had were matched the ferocity and size of this conflict. And it seemed only a matter of time before another one would come."

Sevile, A. Firestorm Stormfront. 1st ed. Berkeley CA; R.Talsorian Games Inc, 1997.

FISK, C. Solo of Fortune. 1st ed. Berkeley CA: R. Talsorian Games, 1989