- "Sir, regardless of what you may have read in the tabloids, there have never been any spacecraft recovered by our government. Take my word for it. There's no Area 51. There's no recovered spaceship."
"Uh, excuse me. Mr. President? That's not entirely accurate."
"What? Which part?"
- ―President Whitmore, Albert Nimziki, and David Levinson
The Roswell Incident occurred on July 4, 1947, forty-nine years before the War of 1996, in which an alien scout ship crashed landed in New Mexico. Several military and intelligence branches of the United States government covered-up the incident, which subsequently became a popular interest in conspiracy theories and fiction.
Decades prior to their invasion of Earth in 1996, the aliens launched hundreds of reconnaissance flights to observe the human race and monitor their level of technology along with defensive and military capabilities. The information gathered allowed the aliens to identify priority targets based on population density and military deployments. These missions would continue until at least 1986, in which they conducted human abductions. Many of these missions were recorded by human observers, but were usually dismissed as hoaxes.
In July 4, 1947, one such scouting mission occurred over the American southwest, which was a center of nuclear weapon testings. The ship had been delivered to Earth by a carrier vessel and was moments away from completing its mission when the parent ship jumped away from the planet, as it was on the verge of being detected by human tracking stations. Suddenly isolated, the alien scout ship lost power and suffered a catastrophic engine failure before crashing outside the town of Roswell, New Mexico. Only one of the three alien scouts initially survived, but died a few weeks later.
On the afternoon of July 5, a local rancher, W.W. Mac Brazel, discovered wreckage belonging to the alien ship and later reported his discovery to Roswell Army Air Field. The U.S. Army recovered all three aliens and the ship, and discreetly relocated them to an undisclosed location. The incident was covered-up in which the Army informed the public that the crash was a weather balloon. The military feared that releasing knowledge of confirmed extraterrestrial existence to the public would cause mass panic. The cover-up even extended to the President of the United States, who was deliberately kept ignorant of the incident to further maintain the cover-up. Due to the very sensitive nature of the situation, the military locked the ship and its occupants to a heavily secured military compound, which is later designated as Area 51, where it was carefully researched.
Despite of the cover-up, the Roswell incident became a popular subject among conspiracy theorists and UFO enthusiasts for decades. By the advent of the War of 1996, the truth of the Roswell incident was revealed to President Thomas Whitmore, and the alien ship from the incident was instrumental in humanity's victory against the aliens. After 1996, the full scope of the Roswell incident became public knowledge.