After repeated and expensive attempts to seize power through brute force fail, Cobra Commander comes up with a new plan to recover its financial investments and at the same time seize control of world power. The plan begins with the seizure of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program array (HAARP), which superheats the ionosphere. Following this seizure various rockets carrying electronic equipment are launched into low earth orbit. A solar powered stratellite network is deployed just below the ionosphere, allowing Cobra to maintain a covert worldwide communication network. Finally, at a decommissioned nuclear missile silo in Siberia, a prototype particle beam weapon is unveiled and powered up.
With these pieces in place, the Cobra operative known as Firefly fires a special missile package through the wall of the United Nations building in Manhattan, NY, the missile deploys a small holographic projector. Cobra Commander then uses the holographic projector to make a broadcast to the assembled UN representatives in which he demands that all nations on earth turn control of their resources over to the Cobra organization within 24 hours, or face indiscriminate attacks upon their capital cities. As a show of force, the cannon is fired at Moscow, Russia, wiping the city off the map and killing approximately ten million men, women, and children by disrupting their atomic and molecular structures.