The third global military conflict in Earth's history, fought in A.D. 2064 between the World Republic Federation and an alliance of opposing nations after a fracturing of views over space development rights. An initial attack with electromagnetic weapons designed to disable information networks and paralyze urban areas triggered a malfunction in unmanned drone bombers, causing them to launch nuclear missiles at cities. The chaos that prevailed over the next few hours resulted in the widespread use of weapons of mass destruction in retaliation, devastating the planet's environment and putting the human race in danger of total annihilation. A cease-fire agreement was signed between both sides two weeks later in the interest of preserving mankind, marking an official end to the war.