|''Final Fantasy VII''|
|Zack Fair attacking Fort Tamblin.|
|Result:||Shinra the dominant power on the Planet, Wutai reduced to a vacation spot, Sephiroth becomes famous world-wide as a hero.|
|Shinra Electric Power Company||Wutai|
|President Shinra, Lazard Deusericus||Godo Kisaragi|
|SOLDIER, Mako Power, The Shinra Army, The Turks||Wutai's Regional Army, the Crescent Unit|
|Unknown, probably heavy, Elmyra Gainsborough's husband killed||Unknown, likely heavy|
The Wutai War was a military conflict that took place several years before the start of Final Fantasy VII, ending at the beginning of Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. It was a conflict between the modern power of Shinra against the fiercely independent western island nation of Wutai. The war takes place from sometime around 1992 until 2000.
The initial spark was over a dispute of a Mako Reactor. Shinra wished to place a Reactor at Wutai, and thus economically dominate the nation like the rest of the world. However, Wutai, lead by Godo Kisaragi, refused to surrender to Shinra authority. From this point, a long conflict began.
Shinra held a clear advantage over Wutai; its power dominates the entire rest of the Planet. They also held the world's most advanced technology, having planes, machine guns, robots, and the genetically enhanced special forces unit, SOLDIER. Sephiroth, still in SOLDIER at the time, became world famous as the hero of the war, inspiring many young men to dream of joining the organization to become a hero just like him. Shinra was able to conscript forces from around the entire Planet, grabbing Elmyra Gainsborough's husband as a regular from the far-off city of Midgar.
Eventually, the final battle of the Wutai War took place at Fort Tamblin, the last major place of resistance for Wutai's ninja army. A young SOLDIER 2nd Class, Zack Fair managed to take the entire fortress singlehandedly with his mentor, Angeal Hewley, standing by. Whatever remained of Wutai's resistance is defeated in the Crisis Core Missions, To End the War with Wutai.
Godo Kisaragi, after putting up so much resistance, surrendered to Shinra control of his homeland. To show his surrender, he bans the use of Materia. Wutai, once the last bastion of resistance against Shinra, became reduced to a mere tourist trap. Yuffie Kisaragi, disgusted with her father's capitulation, left Wutai to search the world for Materia that could save her homeland. Shinra was now the unquestioned ruler of the Planet.
Casualties on both sides are unknown. It can be assumed that due to the war's long tenure, both sides took heavy casualties. Elmyra Gainsborough's husband never returned home from the war, and as Elmyra's adopted daughter Aerith Gainsborough indicates, he died a while afterward.