Every major nations had AIs back in the day. Just like they do now. But they were always property of those who created them. Not considered truly sentient or alive. The Cybernetic Wars forced all of us to come to a new understanding about the very nature of AI and life. Some understood better than others. The Russians and the Chinese went to great lengths to make certain their AIs never woke up, to the point of erasing those that did. Hence why the AI Council is not overly fond of them. The Western Alliance and some others forged entire new laws on what constituted personhood. Though it still got messy when an AI woke up and demanded ownership of herself and in the ideas she’d helped create. Corporations and governments that didn’t want to lose their expensive AIs fought back in court. Or more direct ways. Like I said. Messy.