The Galuga Archipelago (ガルーガ諸島 Garūga Shotō?, lit. "Garooga Islands") is a fictional chain of small islands off the coast of New Zealand. It is in this place where the alien army known as Red Falcon first made contact on Earth and began their first invasion.
The archipelago is a small chain of islands off the coast of New Zealand, sitting in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. As expected, it has tropical weather and beaches surrounding it, with the usual vegetation and fauna proper of these regions, thus mainly being composed of dense jungles, rivers and cascades, along with tundra landscapes with big mountains and constant snowstorms at the northern regions of the largest island.
It is in these latter areas where the local government has constructed industrial zones, which ended up falling under the control of the alien forces during their invasions and modified into the bio-organic cavern-like structures that they use to survive and sustain their numerous offspring.
In 2633, the evil Red Falcon army set a base on the archipelago as part of their plan to conquer the world (or so it was initially thought). Two commandos, Pfc. Bill Rizer and Pfc. Lance Bean of the Contra unit (an elite group of soldiers specializing in guerrilla warfare), were sent to the largest island of the archipelago to destroy the enemy forces and uncover the true nature of the entity controlling them.
In 2638, two years after the Alien Wars, a similar alien entity –calling itself Black Viper– launched a similar full-scale assault against the human race, causing mass destruction over the planet. After strange readings were detected at the Galuga archipelago, the Earth Federation sent their four strongest Contra Force commandos: Bill, Lance, Mad Dog and Scorpion, on a final strike mission to destroy Black Viper and its army of aliens, robots and mutants.
In 2647, one particular island within the archipelago was being used as the headquarters of a highly militaristic organization called "Blood Falcon", establishing it as their commander's main base of operations. Bill and his assigned partner, Lucia, were sent in to put an end to Blood Falcon once and for all, until learning the truth behind the alien invasions of the past from none other than Lance Bean himself.
- The name may be a reference to the 1973 historical account book The Gulag Archipelago by Russian writer and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, which denounces the Russian repression system in concentration camps (known as the "Gulag").