General Resource Limited (ゼネラルリソース Zenerarurisōsu), also known as General Group, is a multinational corporation with enormous financial capital. The company has leading developments in many industries, particularly military technology. The company's headquarters on Earth is located in Port Edwards.
General Resource, along with its rival competitor Neucom Incorporated, functions outside of the framework of nations. The company has territorial holdings across the Usean continent and has sold many aircraft designs to the Universal Peace Enforcement Organization's Special Armed Response Force.
General Resource was one of the four factions the player could join in Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere. The company also appeared in Ace Combat Advance and made a cameo appearance in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
In the early 21st century, the global financial market continued developing capitalist principles, resulting in large corporate mergers and takeovers. In the process, prominent assets in many countries were consolidated into a single company, which became General Resource. One example was the In-sa-net Telegraph and Telephone Communication, which General Resource bought out in 2024.
Within years of its formation, General Resource would grow to become one of the largest conglomerate companies on the planet, nearly monopolizing various industries including broadcasting, publication, food, medical care, construction, heavy industry, military technology, and urban development. The company even went so far as to establish the Sandbury Defense College, a military research school in the Sandbury Desert. It was said that since General Resource owned everything necessary to live, it was necessary to live by following General Resource.
Due to its massive influence, General Resource transcended the borders of nations. Laws became meaningless, since governments lacked the capability to regulate a company as large as General Resource, and lawmakers themselves supported General Resource and would not want to cross the company.
Early armed conflicts
General Resource created two private military forces: the General Resource Defense Force (GRDF), to promote the effectiveness of General Resource products; and the Air Strike Force (ASF), to take out perceived threats against General Resource. The GRDF, in particular, acquired Abyssal Dision as one of their pilots following his graduation from General Resource's Sandbury Defense College in 2018.
In 2026, a terrorist organization was discovered operating on the Usean continent. Due to Usea's governments losing their individual power, they called on General Resource for help. The GRDF successfully destroyed the terrorist forces.
However, by the 2030s, General Resource's influence on Usea grew to the point where some countries saw the company as a threat. General Resource continued using the ASF to enforce its massive power. In 2032, an alliance of countries created the United Air Defense, an international squadron whose aim was to weaken General Resource and destroy the ASF. After fierce fighting, the ASF was destroyed and General Resource's hold on Usea considerably weakened.
Darkness of Enigma
Rise of Neucom
General Resources was not the only mega-corporation on the Usean Continent. Neucom Incorporated had existed for several years and had acquired numerous Usean industries, such as the Erusean Air and Space Administration, and even had its own space center in the Comona Islands. It was active in many of the same fields as General Resources as a competitor.After the Darkness of Enigma project was canceled, numerous General Resources scientists defected to Neucom.
In 2040, the first of many miscommunications between General Resource and Neucom had taken place. Afterwards, Neucom had said that it was a General Resource attempt to control Neucom growth and threatened General Resource. This was known as the Faith Park Dispute. The Neo-United Nations stepped in and talks were held. The conflict was settled immediately after this, with each group being assigned areas in which they are allowed to operate in, on the Usean Continent.
Weeks later, Neucom Inc had began to expand it's business into General Resource territory despite their agreements. Now General Resource was asking for the Neo-United Nations (NUN) to step in. As the NUN talked to Neucom Officials General Resource dispatched it's GRDF to patrol around and over the new Neucom Facilities at all times. Tension was building and Neucom soon began to plan to form its own 'Response Team' to match the GRDF.
The NUN calls in the Universal Peace Enforcement Organization (UPEO) to reinforce all Neo-United Nations sanctions on the continent. However, as they arrive Neucom begins to vector Transport Flights directly over cities in General Resource territory escorted by Neucom's own Fighter Aircraft. Finally shots are fired. A SARF Unit is launched from Expo City Air Base and they intercept a large Neucom Transport group. The following aerial battle resulted in Expo City, the second largest city on the continent, taking much damage from aircraft which were shot down and crashed into the city or bullets and missiles which had missed their targets.
The Neo-United Nations then put even harsher restrictions on each company because of this and established no fly zones around every major city on the continent. Unfortunately, this did not change anything.
In early 2040 a Neucom transport group entered Expo City airspace and did not heed UPEO warnings. The transport group was shot down by UPEO pilots.
- General Resource's logo has been used as an easter egg in some of Namco's other games, including Ridge Racer 7 (as a Nitrous brand), Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 (and its Europe-exclusive successor, Roland Garros 2005), and Tekken 7 (in which one of the concept logo designs is utilized for Arena).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Peek-A-Boom! in-game information on In-sa-net Telegraph and Telephone Communication, Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere.
- ↑ UGSF Series Official Site timeline.
- ↑ Ace Combat 3 in English | Mission 1 | Awakening. YouTube. Uploaded by User:ASF-X Shinden II on January 12, 2017.
- ↑ Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 040.
- ↑ PlayStation/エースコンバット３-エレクトロスフィア-.
- ↑ Soldier of Fortune, Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 034.
- ↑ Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 038.
- ↑ Ace Combat Advance. Retrieved on 12 November 2017.
- ↑ Ace Combat Advance.