In 2072, rioting breaks out after the local Seekers begin sabotaging the main Panzerwerks factory, claiming that the factory is damaging the local environment. This sabotage enrages locals and workers, who depend on the factory to keep their economy running, and the Order soon finds itself embroiled in such violence that both Her Holiness and Chairman Dumier of the WTO decide to hold negotiations geared towards bringing the two antagonistic organizations together (unbeknownst to all but a few, the two organizations are already allied; they are both faces of the secretive Illuminati.)
During the course of negotiations, Her Holiness is betrayed by Luminon Saman, the leader of the local shard, who believes that Her Holiness had betrayed the Order by meeting with Dumier. The kidnapping plot is averted by the intervention of Alex Denton and the WTO, and this results in the historic treaty between the Order and the WTO, but also spurs Saman to reveal himself as the leader of the anti-biomod extremist group the Knights Templar.
"Trier, Germany, was selected as the site of the WTO-Order summit. The city is proud to be part of making history. Trier is invested in the WTO because of heavy manufacturing interests there, but it is also the seat of an Order Shard. Panzerwerks, the world’s foremost producer of bots, has a Class A plant in Trier, Germany. Most of Trier’s population is employed by the Panzerwerks bot factory. Their production ranges from security to military grade."