Operation RECIPROCITY was a pan-corporate military operation conducted against the Aztlan/Aztechnology military base at Enseñada in 2048. It was a show of force by the other seven members of the Corporate Court to warn Aztechnology after it was accused of flouting corporate law.
The gravest offense was when Aztlan, at the behest of Aztechnology, began nationalizing corporate assets located within the country and "reselling" them to Aztechnology. Because Aztechnology could veto any proposal by the court authorizing the use of force against it, the other member corps formed the "Pan-Corporate Security Committee" to plan to send a message to Aztechnology and other corporations.
Virtually all of the information comes from a leaked Ares Macrotechnology report that was included among the files provided by the Aztechnology expatriate "Espectro" for the Aztlan sourcebook download submitted to Shadowland.
Fully Participating Corporations
- Ares Macrotechnology
- Fuchi Industrial Electronics
- Mitsuhama Computer Technologies
- Saeder-Krupp Corporation
These four AAA megacorporations contributed combat units for the military strike itself.
Limited Participating Corporations
The other three corporations provided logistical support and staging areas; their forces were not actively involved in the attack. Yamatetsu's support is believed to have included arranging the use of Japanese Imperial State facilities in CFS and the Force KWANTO carrier battle group.
The actual assault was comprised of three separate components staged from three sites:
- A carrier-based air strike off the coast of California, suspected to be near the Alameda Naval Air Station near San Francisco, CFS.
- A diversionary air strike from somewhere in the Caribbean League - suspected to be Mayagúez, Puerto Rico (now Borinquen) - against the east coast of Aztlan
- A ground-based air strike, likely from the Desert Range Proving Grounds in the Ute Nation.
RECIPROCITY began with the deployment of a pan-corporate drone squadron being launched from a location within the Caribbean League - suspected to be Mayagúez, Puerto Rico (now Borinquen) - towards a diversionary target located within Aztlan. The presence of the "bombers" activated Aztlan air defenses, and directed virtually all air interceptors east toward the drones, which were quickly approaching the Aztlan coast. This had the result of distracting aerial interceptors long enough to allow relatively safe air sorties from the Pacific Ocean carrier and ground base.
While forces from the Caribbean were approaching from the east, the combined Force KWANTO/Pan-Corporate Security Committee ships in the Pacific split up. Force KWANTO turned back and headed north under cover of jamming and at high speed. The corporate naval assets continued heading south, launching their own aircraft towards Enseñada. These forces attacked the base itself with air-to-ground missiles before withdrawing back under the cover of Force KWANTO. By the time aerial interceptors arrived, the air strike element had escaped.
This is when the ground-based corporate air units from western North America arrived. These units were air superiority fighters designed for air-to-air combat. They arrived to meet the Aztlan air interceptors and annihilated the defensive air forces without any casualties.
The strike on the Enseñada military base only reduced its capabilities by 10%, but it was seen as a success by the members of the Pan-Corporate Security Committee. Meanwhile, the seaborne strike element suffered 15% casualties during its assault, mostly from ground-based anti-aircraft defenses.
Following the attack, a covert message was sent from Ares Macrotechnology to Aztechnology ordering them to agree to a set of demands made by the Pan-Corporate Security Committee. The message included a threat of further force, and specifically a contingency plan named "Operation Big Gun" that would be unleashed against the Ensenada military base if Aztechnology did not comply before the deadline.