Another invasion of the United States is launched from Iceland. Backed by the Russian and European navies, large numbers of enemy troops land in New England and Canada. They steadily push the American military back. On the brink of complete defeat, the decision is made to launch the Exodus. The best special forces in the Freedom Alliance, consisting of the US Navy SEALs, Delta Force, remaining British Special Air Force, and Australia Special Boat Service tier-one operators, storm the satellite defense system’s main control station in Lisbon. The thirty colony ships depart from Earth, carrying fifty million people in rudimentary cryo-sleep.