Amokolian War

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Amokolian/Ocian War
Shirereithan troops
Shirereithan troops besiege La Terre
Date 1st September - 7th October 2009
Location Northern Benacia, Southern Apollonia, Keltia, Leng
Result Ashkenatza and allies' victory in Benacia
  • Keltian campaign ended by forced peace
  • Amokolia independent
  • Ashkenatzi territorial expansions on Benacia
  • All Ocian overseas colonies with exception of Ocian Monovia are annexed or disbanded
Belligerents
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Ashkenatza
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Antica
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Babkha
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Shireroth
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Hamland
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National Amokolian Provisional Authority
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Ocian Federation
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Imperial Mercenary Empire
(from September 16th)
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Imperial Mercenary Empire
(until September 16th)
Commanders and leaders
Pachad Emet ben Mavet
Moshe Goltz
Szhmuel Astopov
Alex Allenby
Jess Heimer
Malliki Tosha
Greg Russell
Leo Dine
Christopher Octavius
Nick Foghorn
Kufukhaf Iskander Khan
Extreme 007
Matt Kovac
Lord Montague
Kolya Radchenko
Extreme 007

The Amokolian War (also known as the Ocian War, War of Amokolian Liberation and by Ocians as the Patriotic War of Liberation from Fascism[n 1]), was a Recwar fought between the 1st of September and 7th of October 2009 primarily in Amokolia on the continent of Benacia, but later in Ocian territories on Keltia and Apollonia. The culmination of rising tensions between Ashkenatza and Ocia at the time, it eventually drew in a large number of other micronations and resulted in some important changes to the political atlas of Micras, primarily on Benacia. Belligerents included Ashkenatza, Antica, Shireroth, Hamland, Ocia, the Imperial Mercenary Empire, Babkha and the National Provisional Amokolian Authority, and observer and peacekeeper forces from a number of nations including Batavia, Verac and Stormark.

Background

Ashkenatza and Ocia by 2009 had reached an impasse in diplomatic relations with regular belligerent declarations made on a regular basis against eachother by both governments- this hostility believed to originate in Ashkenatzi refusal to enter into full diplomatic relations with Ocia after being cautioned by wary overseas friends and diplomats as to the nature of the Ocian leadership under President Matt Kovac. By summer 2009 tensions had gotten worse due to the Ocian annexation of the formerly independent Kingdom of Amokolia as a member of the Ocian Federation. Ashkenatza, wary of the new Ocian presence to its north, feared for its long-term security and after the Ocian government closed the border between Ashkenatza and Ocia on July 11th, and began to fortify the long border region. Foreign Minister of Ashkenatza Moshe Goltz under the new provisional government of Nohsi Herr Pachad Emet ben Mavet declared war on the Ocian Federation on August 21st in a public announcement in the village of Bozparozbany, White Litovina, his reasons given were as follows:

the unilateral closure [of the border] is an affront to Ashkenatza's natural dignity which makes normal bilateral diplomacy [with Ocia] impossible. The dangerous and militaristic streak of unilateralism inherent in the foreign policy of President Kovac makes him a reckless leader who endangers the civil society in which he has been, regretfully, permitted to operate [...] in light of which the Republic of Ashkenatza cannot tolerate the Ocian intrusion into the civilised pantheon of Benacian nations. As such the Republic of Ashkenatza considers it its moral duty to liberate Amokolia from its disastrous decision to enter into a formal union with this dangerous pariah state.
Ashkenatzi Propaganda poster questioning the Ocian perspective

This was communicated in person to President Kovac by the then Nohsi of Ashkenatza, P.E ben Mavet. President Kovac responded by expelling ethnic Ashkenatzim from the Ocian Federation and Ashkenatza petitioned the MCS for a RecWar. On the 1st of September the MCS officially began a RecWar under the Anunia Convention ruleset and that very same day Amokolia erupted in open rebellion against Ocian rule, after several days of open political dissent against Ocia and Ashkenatza's prior recognition of the Amokolian Authority on August 25th. This National Provisional Amokolian Authority, led by former leader and founder of Amokolia Jess Heimer, armed itself and started acts of civil disobedience in the capital of Ocian Amokolia, Anun, and made diplomatic overtures to Ashkenatza to join their struggle. It was henceforth that Ashkenatza, which also had territorial ambitions itself in the region, began to refer to the war as the War of Amokolian Liberation. The Ocians, meanwhile, had begun to refer to it as a war of Liberation against 'Facsism'[n 1], a name rejected by every other participant in the conflict who tended to refer to the conflict as either the Ocian War or Amokolian War. Ocian forces had not by September 2009 deployed en masse to Amokolia, and the Ocian military presence there at the start of the conflict were solely border guards and special police units. The Ocian Federation, due to the revolt, therefore did not have de-facto control over large areas of Amokolia for much of the war and would have to deploy troops there during the conflict. By the start of the war it was clear that Ashkenatza would be supported by the Babkhan government of Hesam Jahandar Shahanshah in its war against Ocia (the Babkhan declaration of war given just a day after Ashkenatza's by the Shahanshah, offering 500,000 rials for the head of President Kovac), and with the inclusion of foreign powers such as a declaration of support to Ashkenatza from Universalis it became clear that this war would be far larger than a regional conflict in Benacia.

The war in Amokolia

The full diplomatic ramifications of the war had by its very onset become self-evident. Already foreign interest in the deteriorating situation was on the rise and Hamland, later to become an Ashkenatzi military ally, sent peacekeeping forces to Amokolia via Southern Ashkenatza. Ocian commanders such as Matt Kovac, Lord Montague, and Kolya Radchenko were preparing for war in Ocia's home territories on Keltia as leading Ocian minister Matthew Dervin failed to report for duty. Ashkenatzi commanders already starting a pre-planned military operation near Benaciastadt (a former divided city between Tellia, Amokolia, and Ashkenatza) included Pachad Emet ben Mavet, Moshe Goltz, Alex Allenby and Szhmuel Astopov. As per Anunia Convention rules, territorial concessions to be granted to either side in the case of defeat had to be stated by both belligerent parties before the conflict could begin and Ocian intransigence in the matter delayed the official start of the RecWar for several days- Ashkenatza's territorial demands in exchange for aiding the Amokolians in their liberation struggle included the extension of Izaria northwards to the northern coast of Benacia near the city of Cherokee, the transfer of the Benaciastadt salient to Ashkenatzi control, and smaller border rectifications near Zaprogia. Ashkenatza agreed to transfer non-Benacian possessions to Ocia in the event of an Ashkenatzi defeat.

Opening stages of Ashkenatzi assault on the Benaciastadt salient

Operation Bathsheba's Fecundity

On September 1st Ashkenatza launched Operation Bathsheba's Fecundity. A creeping artillery barrage across Benaciastadt and its rapid encirclement by Goltz's forces on the 1st of September saw the dividing wall between the Ocian and Ashkenatzi sectors of the city demolished and its quick capitualtion. Ocian border guards were quickly overwhelmed whilst Astopov's forces, the 5th and 6th Ashkenatzi divisions, advanced into Western Amokolia from Izaria on the city of Tel-Amok. Air forces controlled by Ben Mavet, Commander-in-Chief of all Ashkenatzi forces, destroyed much of Benaciastat's road and rail infrastructure and sent the city into a 24 hour communications blackout after issuing a statement that all Ashkenatzi airspace was henceforth closed to civilian traffic. General Allenby's Ashkenatzi forces arrived outside the Amokolian city of Veña. These early manouevres were the first ever use of Ashkenatza's indigenously produced military hardware- notably the MPF Ezekiel and Pachad Gringpanser tanks and PSI Helios Airship variants. Goltz's troops, leaving Benaciastadt on the 2nd of September, joined with Allenby's forces in Veña as the Babkhan military commenced a plan for the seizure of Ocian territory in Apollonia, in former Woodstanic territories. The Babkhan Admiral Kufukhaf Iskander Khan set sail for Newport from the Euran port of Susa.

Shirereithan intervention

Meanwhile, Shireroth had been watching the situation with some interest as Commander Malliki Tosha of the Elwynnbrigaden quickly mobilised forces along the Amokolian-Shirereithan border in Elwynn. The Shirereithan airforce was placed under a state of alert as Elwynnese Kampfgruppen marched for the Amokolian border. After deliberation, Kaiser Gaelen III declared Shireroth at war with Ocia in Kaiserial decrees #388 and #391, stating that:

A safe, stable Benacia is paramount to our national security. The last thing we want as a neighbour is a disaffected Amokolia under the rule of the politically unstable Ocia, liable to lash out at little provocation and difficult to trade and cooperate with

Gaelen III authorised an immediate Shirereithan assault on the Amokolian city of Petersburg which was met without resistance. Tosha was joined by Yardistani veteran admiral Greg Russell, whose 9th Shirereithan Expeditionary Strike Group set sail from Corrigible, Western Absentia, for La Terre, where one of the first true conflicts in the war was emerging. Shirereithan forces marching through Elwynn had seen aircraft with Ocian markings overhead and by the end of September 2nd the North-Eastern Amokolian city of La Terre had been garrisoned by Ocian crack troops. Montague's ingenious defence of La Terre would be one of Ocia's strengths throughout the war and he immediately set about creating a naval blockade of the city, barring access to its strategically important harbour by sinking unused transport ships. To the West, Astopov's forces had taken Tel-Amok, and were scouring the countryside for possible Ocian partisans whilst sending expeditionary forces northwards to the city of Cherokee. Goltz and Allenby's forces joined together north of Veña, and Allenby began aerial attacks on the Ocian naval forces outside La Terre, whilst support Goltz's advance under cover of darkness on September 3rd to Jeanezville. Allenby's overzealous use of aerial tactics would cost him dearly as an unauthorised and unsuccessful attempt to depth-charge sunken Ocian vessels blocking access to La Terre harbour led to his discipline and decommission on September 3rd after taking the city of East Mishalan Muse.

The Apollonian Front

Meanwhile in Apollonia Antican support for the Ashkenatzi cause and the growing diplomatic friendship between Antica and Babkha compelled the Antican Assembly to declare war on Ocia. Declaring the Ocian lands in Southern Apollonia around the city of Newport "rightfully Antican", Nick Foghorn of the Antican Naval Infantry began aerial drops of Antican troops into Ocian territory with a view to meet with allied Babkhan forces of Kufukhaf Iskander Khan's Taskforce Vanguard, who had just arrived in and occupied the Ocian city of Newport with massive civilian casualties. From the morning of September 4th a series of bizarre 'suicides' struck Ocian officials as Babkhan expeditionary forces consolidated control of Newport, commandeering civilian aircraft and deporting Ocian civilians deemed a threat to their security to Eura.

Siege of La Terre and the mercenaries' betrayal

The entry of Shirereithan general Leo Dine into the war on September 5th aided the Elwynnbrigaden in securing large regions of Amokolia around Petersburg, and both Shirereithan and Ashkenatzi troops were finding the rough terrain with poor roads very difficult to traverse, to the extent that Ashkenatza began commandeering Amokolian civilian airstrips and supplying its troops by air instead of by land. Shirereithan forces under Yardistani Admiral Russell had also landed near La Terre with the objective of destroying missile systems around the city whilst Elwynnese forces under General Tosha encircled La Terre- from this point onwards, command of the skies would be of crucial importance.

Seizing Cherokee on September 7th, Ashkenatzi troops consolidated in the North-West of Amokolia and awaited an Ocian amphibious attack on the city which eventually never came. The situation in the far north changed dramatically as the Imperial Mercenary Empire had seized Ocian Leng the previous day, with political and economic support from the neighbouring nation of Universalis, which had already declared sympathy with Ashkenatza. Shireroth and Ashkenatza had by this point begun to co-operate to a larger degree on the front, with Shireroth granting Ashkenatza access to its airspace for rebasing and refuelling purposes on the 7th. Ashkenatzi air units rebased to Civitas Nova and Bjorngard to support the Shirereithan war effort as Astopov's forces finally departed for the East, leaving Tel-Amok and Western Amokolia under a joint Amokolian Provisional Government and Ashkenatzi martial jurisdiction.

In a completely unanticipated move, the Imperial Mercenary Empire changed sides and declared its support for Ocia in what Shirereithan General Ardashir Khan Osmani described as a "squalid and despicable compromise". Theories for the betrayal included the possibility of President Kovac offering Ocian Leng to the Mercenary Empire in the event of an Ocian victory, but these rumours were never corroborated. Expertly timed to match with an Ocian counterattack in the form of a naval bombardment of Shirereithan troops outside La Terre, the betrayal would hamper the Shirereithan war effort considerably in this stage of the conflict. The Elwynnbrigaden began to suffer severe losses as a result of a combined Ocian-Mercenary aerial attack and the Mercenary aircraft of choice, the Trishul, began to dominate the skies around La Terre. Elwynnese naval forces vowed revenge and set out to hunt down Lord Montague's fleet's flagship, the Graf Spee. Amokolian forces began naval operations outside La Terre against Ocian vessels with limited success as Ashkenatzi troops advanced past Spring Valley and shifted air units east to Cherokee. The Shirereithan position was looking increasingly desperate as Tosha shifted his field HQ to Petersburg and Imperial Mercenary forces raided the Shirereithan cities of Caligae and Civitas Nova, severely damaging defences and almost entirely destroying their airbases, of crucial use to the Ashkenatzi and Shirereithan airforces.

In light of these new attacks, Shirereithan and Ashkenatzi policy became increasingly more defensive, with Shirereithan troops surrounding La Terre continuing to suffer extremely heavy losses. Nonetheless, a renewed Shirereithan offensive on September 9th broke the lines of the Ocian 7th Infantry regiment defending La Terre and Ashkenatzi troops moved closer, founding a forward airbase, Chi-Rho, outside Spring Valley and providing aerial and artillery support to the Shirereithan troops. As Ashkenatzi troops moved forward to Mittlere Stadt, Mercenary forces began another massive aerial bombardment of Caligae and Civitas Nova whilst the war in La Terre entered a heavy period of urban fighting, with Lord Montague proving a particularly cunning commander at this stage in the La Terre siege. A particularly daring move on September 10th was the Mercenary occupation of the Shirereithan city of Caligae by special forces, a pre-planned move which saw Shirereithan Tomohawk missiles seized by Mercenary troops and transported under cover of darkness back to Mercenary-controlled Ocian Leng. These missiles were put to use on September 12th and with the aid of Ocian intelligence directly hit Shirereithan forces encircling La Terre, nearly breaking their offensive on the city and causing massive losses in the Elwynnbrigaden.

Endgame

On September 14th, under renewed pressure with rapidly advancing Ashkenatzi and Amokolian forces arriving on the outskirts of La Terre from the west, Lord Montague officially surrendered all Ocian forces in La Terre to Shirereithan commander Malliki Tosha, signalling the beginning of the end of the war in Amokolia. As Ashkenatzi forces under Szhmuel Astopov arrived in La Terre to oversee the disarmament and surrender of the Ocian forces, the Imperial Mercenary Empire withdrew all forces to Leng and declared a ceasefire. Ocian Generalissimo Kolya Radchenko, with President Kovac in Ocia's home territories on Keltia, insists that Ocian forces continue fighting but his command goes unheeded. The Siege of La Terre had ended.

It became immediately apparent that the future of Amokolia itself had yet to be fully resolved. On September 15th Feldmarshall Pachad Emet ben Mavet of Ashkenatza and Steward Ardashir Khan Osmani of Shireroth issued the Mavet-Osmani Declaration on Amokolia, which affirmed a long term commitment to rebuild the continent of Benacia and to aid the Provisional Amokolian Authority in its transition to independence. This also formed IRAC, the International Reconstruction and Assistance Coalition (the acronym for 'International Reconstruction and Assistance Quango' was unaimiously rejected), which appointed Provincial Reconstruction Teams to oversee the rebuilding of Amokolia after the war. Ocian Amokolia was divided into zones of control for the Shirereithan and Ashkenatzi Provincial Reconstruction Teams, also including a seperate zone for the United Kingdom of Verac, whose King, Guy I, had a day before declared Operation Cooper, which sent the Veracois Royal Marechaussee ("Gendarmerie") to aid in the reconstruction of Amokolia. These PRT Zones were designed to last either three months or until a settlement on Amokolia was reached- whichever came sooner. Meanwhile, Babkhan troops landed in and occupied the Ocian Antartic territory of Vistoc, reporting no resistance.

Division of Amokolia into Provincial Reconstruction Teams' zones of control following the Mavet-Osmani Declaration on Amokolia. Lilac zones are Ashkenatzi, Red are Shirereithan and Pink are Veracois

Importantly, the Mavet-Osmani Declaration also stated that "those parties who played a significant role in the liberation of Amokolia shall be justly rewarded on the basis of a fair accord between the Republic of Ashkenatza and Provisional Amokolian Authority after a just peace has been reached with a defeated Ocian Federation.", effectively recognising the legitimacy of Ashkenatzi territorial claims in Amokolia. On September 16th, Hammish peacekeeping troops joined Ashkenatzi and Shirereithan troops in La Terre and Antican commander Christopher Octavius joined the Apollonian front and mobilised air units in Newport, increasing Antican participation in the conflict. The Imperial Mercenary Empire also negotiated a peace settlement with Shireroth, with its dignitaries to Shirekeep declaring that "The Imperial Mercenary Empire, has withdrawn from the war against the Republic of Ashkenatza, the Imperial Republic of Shireroth and other Coalition Nations, including the Provisional Amokolian Authority, and shall join with the Coalition led by the Republic of Ashkenatza in compelling the Ocian Federation to accept the conclusion of a general peace in terms set out by the Republic of Ashkenatza".

However, it was becoming clear that President Kovac's Ocian government had no interest in signing a peace treaty despite the defeat of Ocian forces on two continents. By September 16th President Kovac had point-blank refused to sign any peace treaty or legal instrument of surrender. The terms of the RecWar convention employed by the war necessitated such terms of acceptance by Ocia before the conflict could be concluded, and the second stage of the war began- this time in the form of an expeditionary force to Ocia's home territories in Keltia.

The War in Keltia

Operation Rösselsprung

Operation Rösselsprung (Knight's Leap) had been planned by Ashkenatzi and Babkhan military command since the 6th of September as it had become increasingly clear that ending the war would require Ashkenatzi troops on Ocian home territory. Hamland, whose King Lewis I had begun a close diplomatic relationship with Ashkenatza, had an official policy of non-recognition towards Kovac's Ocia and as such had no qualms about Ashkenatzi military use of its airspace, resources, and transport links. It was believed that an attack via Hamland would bring with it the element of surprise but more importantly decreased Ashkenatzi deployment time and reliance on naval and air transport in reaching Keltia. As territorial concessions in Keltia by Ocia to Ashkenatza and her allies were never an option, the aim of this operation was to depose Kovac as Ocian leader and install a sympathetic government in his place, or at the very least to "instil a general sense of failure in the Ocian war effort". By September 15th a draft plan had already been agreed upon which included an attack on Ocia from the west via Hamland by Ashkenatzi and Antican troops, and attacks from the north-east and south-east respectively along Keltia's main river basin by Babkhan and Imperial Mercenary forces by means of air and naval units. Shireroth and the Provisional Amokolian Authority had declared no interest in participating in the operation, so from here on in the war effort against Ocia became a greater gamble with less commanders committed to the next stage of the war.

Objectives of Operation Rösselsprung:
Red Arrows: Directions of attack
Dashed Red Arrow: abandoned plan of attack from Koradec
Yellow: Extent of area occupied by Ashkenatzi and allied forces
Green Line: Theoclymenos supply route

Perhaps the most difficult situation for the forces attacking Ocia was the distance between Benacia and Keltia. The Ashkenatzi military had to commandeer civilian airliners as well as borrow Globemaster transport planes from the Hammish peacekeeping forces in Amokolia, as well as obtain military access via Antican airbases in Kaikas to reach Hamland and the Ocian border. Operation Rösselsprung was put into effect from September 18th, and an Antican-Ashkenatzi force was mobilised immediately. The formation of Native Volunteer Battalions in Amokolia to help rebuild destroyed civilian infrastructure put pressure off Ashkenatzi troops in the region who could join the Keltian front and from September 21st the Judæo-Keltian Offensive Operations Unit was formed, commanded by Astopov and Goltz and based in the Hammish city of Koldoff. Hamland's King, Lewis I, had by this stage become much more explicit in his support for nations fighting against Ocia and supplied Ashkenatzi troops with ammunition, weaponry and vehicles with compliments of the Hammish government. Ashkenatzi garrisons in Jeanezville and Cherokee under Pachad Emet ben Mavet were mobilised and formed into the new Unified Judæo-Benacian Armoured Contingent, which also departed for Keltia on the 22nd, adding tanks and artillery to the Ashkenatzi forces in Koldoff. As troops in Koldoff awaited headquarters' order to enter Ocia, an Antican naval contingent led by Christopher Octavius set sail for Macsen, Hamland, and upon arrival commenced reconnaissance and patrol flights over the Ocian-Hammish border. The proximity of the target region, the Ocian province of Alpinska, to the sea and access to Antican naval air support was a major factor in the decision to abandon a plan to invade Southern Ocia via Koradec, much further inland.

General Astopov's units arrived in Koldoff on the 23rd and during their slow advance through the mountainous, heavily forested territory in snowy weather gained the nickname 'Hambear Legion'. Ocian forces had by this time begun to mobilise and Lord Montague moved Ocian forces to Izola, Rijeka, and Novo Mesto and started reinforcing the Ocian capital of Directus against aerial attack. He also made public his dissatisfaction with the Kovac administration, expressing his support for defeated presidential candidate Michael Dervin, which made the planners of Operation Rösselsprung consider the possibility of installing Dervin as Ocian president should their forces capture Directus.

On September 22rd Ocian commanders released information to the RecWar judges on Ocian military defences and fortifications, which included an impressive network of bunkers, early warning radar systems and hidden weapons stores and munitions factories. However the Ocian order of battle had not initially garrisoned many of these defences rendering the Ocian border near Koldoff ill-defended yet still a definite obstacle. Ocian defences were also announced on September 22nd, well after the war begun and by which time the location of the attack on Ocia was already known. As an Ashkenatzi commander later recalled "it was as if they'd suddenly remembered they'd hidden a Maginot line halfway through [the war]". In the early hours of the 23rd Goltz's Judæo-Keltian Offensive Operations Unit assaulted the Ocian border with little resistance in commandeered Hammish trucks and jeeps, followed by Astopov's 'Hambear Legion'. Antican assault teams and naval marines arrived in Koldoff to support the war effort later in the day as Octavius' Antican Air Carrier Group destroyed the majority of a series of Ocian missiles directed at the airbase in Koldoff, where Ashkenatzi commander Allenby's troops, Kampfgruppe Megiddo, had just arrived. This caused a major diplomatic incident between Ocia and Hamland, the latter not officially being at war with the former despite the presence of troops hostile to Ocia on its territory. Hamland officially declared war soon after, but was unable to offer military support due to its main contingent of troops still overseeing the reconstruction efforts in Amokolia.

Occupation of Lucern

As the situation along the Ocian front progressed, a source of great worry to the allied forces was the Ocian flagship Graf Spee, a formidable vessel running under a communications blackout whose whereabouts was still unknown. Reports had reached Kolmenitzkiy of an Ashkenatzi cargo vessel, the Judah, sunk by an unidentified battleship but these were never officially confirmed. Ocian movements in general remained a mystery as Ashkenatzi troops joined by the 1st Antican Naval Infantry began the march on Lucern, Ocia's westernmost city and capital of the province of Alpinska under Antican air cover. The creation of a forward airstrip, Omricon Mu, near Lucern, aided reconnaissance missions which led to a successful capture of Lucern by the joint Antican-Ashkenatzi forces on the 24th, initially cutting off all communications and power to the city. Ashkenatzi troops experienced a great deal of civil unrest and began closing down all presses in the town to stop the distribution of propaganda, and military police were installed around the city to enforce a halt on all civilian traffic. The central constabulary, police armoury and telephone exchange were immediately destroyed by advancing Ashkenatzi-Antican forces and in an extremely controversial move Goltz had his troops set charges beneath historic and cultural monuments in Lucern, stating that any mass civil unrest or acts of sabotage would result in their demolition. As news reached the forces in Lucern of Ocian Generalissimo Radchenko's advance on Lucern from Directus, preparations were made for large-scale urban combat in the suburbs of Lucern, mounting snipers on rooftops and heavy machine-gunners on the ground floors of the high apartment blocks of the outskirts of the city. It was clear that Ocian High Command was planning an assault on the city as Lord Montague established a forward operations base for Ocian troops along a railway junction some 120 kilometres from Lucern. Wary at Ocian usage of the country's extensive railway network for transporting and supplying their troops, Astopov began destroying the Ocian railway network in eastern Alpinska. Though Lucern was secure for now, the situation was looking precarious and the discovery of and subsequent attack on an Ocian Ajax Missile Complex between Lucern and Premorska led to fears for the future of the occupation of Lucern. Consolidating and reinforcing the supply routes from Koldoff to Lucern, Astopov created a lifeline to the troops in Lucern by way of the Theoclymenos Route, consisting of roadblocks, observation stations and constant air patrol over a makeshift road between the two cities.

Map of Ocian border defences and bunkers

A series of diplomatic developments ensued between the 25th and 28th as the situation in Alpinska remained, more or less, static and the nations at war with Ocia who had not committed troops to the Keltian campaign began to lose interest in what was becoming a long and protracted struggle. Firstly, PRT Zone 4 in Amokolia was transferred from Veracois to joint Veracois-Batavian control, and Ashkenatza and the Imperial Mercenary Empire signed the Boba Fett Treaty on the 28th of September, which formally transferred Ocian Leng and Vistoc to Mercenary forces. September 30th saw the arrival of Babkhan troops, the Military Expeditionary Unit Farhang, under Kufukhaf Iskander Khan to Lucern to aid the war effort. Mercenary forces had failed to deliver on their committal to attack eastern Ocia by air, possibly due to the extensive Ocian AA defences around Directus, and the Babkhan forces had provided ground troops instead of a naval contingent. The original plan of Operation Rösselsprung had thus been completely altered, and the two-front plan was no longer feasible. Ashkenatzi +I Corps and Astopov's Hambear Legion merged into the new Blue Pulse Legion, also under Astopov's command, and the Antican Air Carrier Group had relocated to Lake Tulsa, near the eastern shore of which lay the Ocian city of Premorska. Antican air units began to engage a particularly formidable Ocian variant of the Gripen Jet, but conflict came to a halt as RecWar judge Guido Zambelis issued a freeze on all military commands. Zambelis was frustrated with Ocian accusations towards him of bias and Ocian refusal to adhere to Anunia Convention rules and regulations. Chief among these were President Kovac's air drop of Ocian special forces to Lucern, without taking into account the significant number of hostile forces there, as well as a 900 points' worth Ocian Air Defence Command on the Ocian Order of Battle which the Ocian party refused to remove despite having exceeded their points allocation. On September 29th, President Kovac declared that he "bars any Ocian party or anyone on the Ocian side from participating in this biased RecWar" and that he was "not signing any treaty", ending the entire war and the Keltian front along with it.

Aftermath

Despite Antican, Babkhan, and Ashkenatzi troops still occupying Lucern, and Ocia losing territorial possessions on two continents, President Kovac declared an Ocian victory to his people. September 30th saw RecWar judge Zambelis, under Part II, Section F of the Anunia Convention, declared a forced peace to conclude the war. President Kovac had both refused to concede defeat yet barred any Ocian commander from partaking in the RecWar to even attempt an Ocian victory, so the peace agreement was signed on behalf of Ocia by Zambelis.

Map of Ashkenatzi territorial claims in Amokolia as presented at the Kolmenitzkiy Conference. Ashkenatza was awarded zones 1,2 and 4

Signatory nations were Antica, Ashkenatza, Babkha, Hamland, the Imperial Mercenary Empire, Ocia and Shireroth, and the treaty stipulated, besides a withdrawal of troops and cessation of hostilities, the award of Ocian Apollonia (Piran) to Antica, Ocian Leng and Vistoc to the Imperial Mercenary Empire (as previously agreed by Antica and the Mercenaries in the Boba Fett Treaty), and all Ocian lands on Benacia to Ashkenatza on behalf of IRAC, to be administered with a view to fully re-establishing the independence of Amokolia. The conference concluded on October 7th, marking the completion of the Amokolian War.

A summit to decide the future of Amokolia was hosted on the 31st of September in Kolmenitzkiy and attended by Shirereithan, Amokolian, Ashkenatzi, Veracois, Batavian, Hammish, Antican, and Babkhan delegates and confirmed the immediate independence of Amokolia under Jess Heimer, whilst satisfying the great majority of Ashkenatza's territorial claims in the region. However, insecurity about the future of Amokolia on Benacia- especially amongst Shirereithans and Ashkenatzim, still continued, as Amokolia's unions with both Gralus and Ocia had proved disastrous. Amokolia, however, would not enter into any more unions with larger powers and continued to maintain good relations with both Ashkenatza and Shireroth. Antican-Ashkenatzi relations strengthened after the war, leading to the signing of the Eagle-Bagel Pact some months later, whilst Ashkenatza and Ocia still remained enemies, with both nations continuing to make belligerent statements against eachother.

Notes

  1. ^ a b This misspelling of "Facsism" OCCURRED ONCE.

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