I just want to say how super stoked i am to here FA is being reprinted, that FFG is doing the reprinting and that K Wilson is involved.
FA was a huge boardgaming milestone for me back in the 80's. This along with A&A and CotE are the Holy Trinity of Ameritrash. I can't wait to finally add a new copy to my collection. (my old one went by the wayside years ago.)
As for the backstory? Lemme see if i have this straight. America builds big huge space lasers and the rest of the world get's pissed, forms up into three gigantic armies and attacks. Perfect. I like it.