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The Baikonur Cosmodrome (also known as Tyuratam) is the world's largest space-launch facility, located in Kazakhstan. Built by the Soviet Union in the 1950s, it was the base of operations for the Soviet space program. After the fall of the USSR, Russia leased the facility from the reinstated nation of Kazakhstan.
In 2013, increasing unrest in Kazakhstan led to concerns that the facility could be taken over by terrorist groups. In response, a large American and another equally large Chinese army base was constructed in the vicinity to protect Baikonur, and a large number of troops were stationed within the facility itself. All this protection could not save Baikonur though; its launch pads and its rockets from falling into the hands of the Global Liberation Army, who took the facility after a bloody battle. The GLA loaded the rockets with biochemical warheads, using them to attack US and Chinese bases overseas as a threat.
In response, the United States conducted a sustained offensive against the GLA in Kazakhstan. After the fall of their main base in Akmola, the GLA garrison at Baikonur still holding out was ordered to strike back. A biochemical missile was launched at a US Naval base in Northern Europe, and the GLA prepared for a second launch. The train transporting the second missile was hijacked en route by the Americans, who then ambushed the GLA in their own base. Finally, a MOAB air strike destroyed the launch facility.
- If the Baikonur Rocket Pad is placed on a non-campaign map, it will release a nuclear explosion with anthax fallout when destroyed instead of nuclear fallout.