The 2066 European Continental War forced most European countries to the extreme in a bid to keep their sovereignty and assert their influence on their enemies. The Anglo-Franco-German Alliance however, may have taken their measures to the extremes. When the city of Hamburg was assaulted by the Northern Alliance forces, their generals thought it was to be an easy victory. Swedish General, Karl Sofner, had his speech prepared for the capture of the city. The forces were repelled when their positions were bombarded by nerve gas. The routing soldiers were then captured by an elite special force known only as the "I_ Y M E". Throughout the course of the war, the I_ Y M E were operational throughout all the battlefronts yet relatively little is known about them. When the Anglo-Franco-German Alliance won the war, they promised the disbandment of the I_ Y M E, although there are still reports of soldiers in I_ Y M E uniforms operating all across Europe.