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Operated by the Russian Federal Bureau of Aeronautics, or PФБA, the Cosmodrome was a vital link to space during humanity's Golden Age, and centuries after the Collapse, the remnants of forgotten colony ships on the launch pad can still be seen, waiting to fly again.
Every location in Old Russia, including the Plaguelands, lies within the confines of the Cosmodrome's vast security wall, with the exception of the Gateway and Felwinter Peak. The ruins of the Cosmodrome tell some of the history of the Collapse: hundreds of civilian vehicles are seen outside the facility's walls trying to get in, with tanks parked on the opposite side of the entrance. The colony ship that stands as the centerpiece of the area had been one of the last ships attempting to escape the Darkness, but failed to launch due to a fuel line explosion..
Besides launching colony ships, the Cosmodrome was vital for its planetary array which maintained contact with the colonies, and for housing the Warmind Rasputin, who was responsible for protecting Earth from outside threats. Since the Collapse, the House of Devils made their lair here, with a Hive invasion force fighting to establish a beachhead for a pending invasion of Earth and the House of Kings keeping watch from the old control center. By the time of the SIVA Crisis, the Kings have withdrawn and the Devil Splicers risen to power thanks to SIVA, threatening the remaining Hive nests. Ultimately, with the defeat of Aksis, Archon Prime and all of his forces, the Devils have pulled out of the Cosmodrome en masse, apparently following a trend set by other Fallen Houses. Following after, Zavala issued a quarantine forbidding any contact with the Cosmodrome. Only The Guardian returned during an investigation of Master Ives' murder.
Four years after the events of the SIVA Crisis, the Fallen returned to the Cosmodrome, most notably members of the House of Dusk and House of Salvation. Two hidden sects of Hive, lead by Navôta, Eir Spawn and her rival Ak-Baral, had also established a presence, replacing the Hidden Swarm forces that originally occupied certain areas. To counteract this, the quarantine in the Cosmodrome was lifted, and Shaw Han's fireteam was the first to be deployed in the region.
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