The First Tiberium War was a global conflict waged between the United Nations Global Defense Initiative (GDI) and the Brotherhood of Nod. This war began in the late 1990s and ended by the early 21st century in what was considered to be a Nod victory.
In 1995, a meteor containing Tiberium landed near the Tiber River. As the crystal slowly proliferated throughout Europe and Africa, people soon realized its potential, both as an economic foundation and as a weapon. The advent of Tiberium harvesting technology led to the rise of the Brotherhood of Nod as a global political and economic superpower.
Nod has originally been an underground society with secretive goals claiming ancient origins. Though it is suspected to have held much influence dating back to the Second World War, the arrival of Tiberium catapulted Nod onto the global stage, competing directly against the Western countries. Their primary objectives were controlling and harvesting the world's Tiberium supplies in hopes of unlocking the crystal's true potential, which led them to experiment in human 'augmentation'.
The rise of Nod prompted a reaction from the United Nations. The Global Defense Initiative was a united peacekeeping force, whose primary goal was to find a solution to the crisis brought to the world by the proliferation of Tiberium and to destroy the Brotherhood of Nod, whom they blame for terrorist activities in Central Europe.
Before the beginning of the conflict, Nod was already an economic power, controlling 49% of the world's Tiberium supply. Having amassed much wealth, the Brotherhood went on the offensive against the GDI on all political, media and military fronts. Nod began to consolidate control and influence over Second and Third World nations in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
After reports of terrorist activities in Austria and Slovenia, the United Nations Security Committee authorized GDI to openly engage Nod.
Nod Campaign for Africa
Nod's actions on a global scale were becoming increasingly aggressive and their anti-west rhetoric earned them many followers, especially among the impoverished populace in Africa; though the willingness of established governments there to challenge the power of the GDI understandably remained limited. A young Nod commander, under the command of Seth and Kane, led the conquest of Africa, beginning with the removal of African leaders suspected to be sympathetic to GDI. The Nod commander wrestled Egypt from GDI control and freed Nod sympathetic political prisoners in Sudan.
Chad fell into a civil war between pro-GDI and pro-Nod factions. GDI attempted to relocate civilians to new settlements, but a Nod task force eliminated the GDI convoys and razed the refugee settlements. Nod forces aided a pro-Nod village near Mao against a GDI incursion, hijacking a Gunboat in the process.
GDI Campaign for Europe
After the bombing of the Grain Trade Center in Vienna, the United Nations authorized the Global Defense Initiative to openly engage Nod forces. Through mass propaganda, corporate influence and government infiltration, the Brotherhood has successfully managed to control swaths of Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic states.
To begin their invasion of Nod-controlled Europe, GDI launched an amphibious assault led by Colonel J.C. Carter and James Solomon on the coast of Estonia in 1999. Having successfully gained a beachhead in Estonia, GDI forces would then launch an extensive assault on a Nod Tiberium refinery base near Pärnu, driving Nod forces out of the country.
After establishing a beachhead within Nod's territory in Eastern Europe, GDI focused on removing Nod troops from occupied lands, liberating Latvia and recovering stolen nuclear control rods from Nod near Belarus.
Cradle of my Temple
Despite GDI's best efforts in the war, they had lost their last foothold on Africa and the Brotherhood cemented their control over the whole continent. Nod forces assaulted a major GDI base in Cape Town, South Africa, and seized control of an Advanced Communications Center with access to GDI's Ion Cannon network.
In what would be considered the final blow of the First Tiberium War, the orbital weapon fired on the White House. The aftermath of the White House's destruction was a humiliating blow to the GDI. With global condemnation, the United Nations was forced to severely diminish funding and deactivate GDI bases around the world. Nod was left unchallenged, making them the victors of the First Tiberium War.
- GDI Campaign Introduction briefing