Benin, officially the Republic of Benin, is a country in West Africa, bordered by Togo to the west, by Nigeria to the east and by Burkina Faso and Niger to the north where the Brotherhood of Nod attempts to steal one of three nuclear detonators in three African countries including Benin during First Tiberium War.
From the 17th to the 19th century, modern day Benin was ruled by the Kingdom of Dahomey. This region was referred to as the Slave Coast from as early as the 17th century due to the large number of slaves shipped to the New World during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. After slavery was abolished, France took over the country and renamed it French Dahomey. In 1960, Dahomey gained full independence from France, bringing in a democratic government for the next 12 years.
A Marxist-Leninist state called the People's Republic of Benin existed between 1972 and 1990. In 1991, it was replaced by the current multi-party Republic of Benin.
First Tiberium War
The immense success of Nod's North African campaign had seen the fall of nearly all of northern and western Africa to Nod forces. The governments of Benin and the Ivory Coast were planning to defect to Nod forces in a bid to save themselves. At the same time the GDI appointed transitional government in Nigeria was on the verge of collapse with the old deposed government poised to resume power. In order to forstall these outcomes so that sufficiant reinforcements could arive to reinforce GDI forces in the area and push back the enemy the GDI had installed a nuclear device in a major city in each of the countries.
By hanging the threat of nuclear annihilation above the heads of all three governments (the Beninese, Ivorian and old Nigerian ones) they would be able to gain enough 'influence' to remain in control of the three countries.
However there was a key weakness in their plan. Presumably so that no fingers would point their way, the GDI had installed the nukes with seperate detonators located nearby in GDI bases, bases near Abuja in Nigeria, Abidjan in the Ivory Coast and Porto-Novo in Benin. But unfortunately for them Nod spies learned of the location of the detonators.
A small Nod force entered Benin and proceeded quickly to the location of the Porto-Novo bases. They then proceeded to fight their way inside, stealing the nuclear detonators located in the bases.
Once they had control of the detonators, they proceeded to the designated lift-off points where they transferred the nuclear detonators into the Chinook helicopter that had been assigned to support them. Having done so they then escaped either by land or in the helicopter.
By 2047, Benin become a Yellow zone.