Gründer Industries was originally the South Belka Munitions Factory, the prime weapons producer of Belka in the late 20th century. Based in the city of Sudentor, the company actively participated in the "Project Pendragon" plan put forward by Anton Kupchenko in the 1970s, being responsible for producing the ADFX prototype airplanes and their weaponry in the following decade.
In 1995, the company saw itself involved in the Belkan War, producing munitions and weapons for the Belkan army. By early June, many of its factories were destroyed by the Allied forces in the previous months, including its factories in Hoffnung. It supplied equipment to the Belkan forces in Sudentor during the planned Allied assault on the city in June 6, which failed to materialize because of the Northern Belka nuclear detonations.
Transition into GründerEditIn the post-war period, the South Belka Munitions Factory transformed into a full fledged corporation and renamed itself "North Osea Gründer Industries". The company retained its headquarters in Sudentor, and became a major producer of military technology for the Osean Federation. By the late 1990s, it began working on two notable projects, the ADF-01 FALKEN and the "Zone of Endless" artificial intelligence system.
During the aftermath of the Usean Continental War in the 2000s, the firm was involved in a deal between the Federal Republic of Erusea and the Union of Yuktobanian Republics, being hired to produce a license-built version of the EASA X-02 Wyvern for the latter country.
By the turn of the decade, Gründer Industries became involved in the Grey Men's plans to claim revenge for the defeat of Belka in the Belkan War. Its CEO feigning allegiance to Osea, the firm began the construction of a large underground tunnel in the border between South Belka and North Osea, which housed the controls of the Strategic Orbital Linear Gun.
Towards the end of the war, the Grey Men's plot was revealed to the world due to a televised speech by Vincent Harling of Osea and Yuke Prime Minister Seryozha Nikanor, which led Osean and Yuktobanian forces to besiege Sudentor. As a last resort, the corporation began requesting aid from pro-war forces of both factions, promising to give them a V1 nuclear warhead in exchange. However, the warmongers and the Belkans were defeated by the joint Osean-Yuktobanian troops, and the tunnel was destroyed by the Razgriz Air Command Squadron.
- The word Gründer is German for "founder".