Great Trident War
|The Great Trident War|
Clockwise from the top: United South German States Soldiers march into Nambalonia, Waldovian Guns bombarding Nelsonburg, Latvian Spartopian Forces landing in Castianita, Epcan Defences on Divusian Border, West Kirkonian Forces prepare to charge during the Battle of Levont
Red Star Alignment 550,000
Palestinian States 370,000
The Iron Bloods 405,000
Castianita 120, 000Total: 8,181,750
San Cortez 650,000
Boslania 400,000Total: 11,980,000
|Casualties and losses|
Military Dead 2,600,000
Military Wounded 3,000,000
Military Dead 3,000,000
Military Wounded 3,500,000
The Great Trident War, also known as just the Great War, was a global war centred in Veterra that began on the 2nd of August 1854 and ended on the 24th of October 1856. More than 19 million military personnel were mobilised in one of the largest wars in history. Over 5 million combatants died as a result of the war, a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication and the occurrence of a tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history and paved the way for major political changes on Ullar, including the formation of the Empire of the Trident.
The war drew in all the world’s economic great powers, assembled in two opposing sides: the Coalition made up of various states and the Allies of the United South German States. The trigger for the war was the United South German Invasion of Nambalonia, this caused the Coalition to support Nambalonia and in a couple of days all of Veterra was entangled in the war.
On the 2nd of August, the South Germans declared war on Nambalonia and subsequently invaded. Most of the Coalition with the notable exception of Valerana declared their support for Nambalonia and attacked the Allies. Both sides had immediate success but the large distances between Coalition members resulted on the fall of both Nambalonia and Boslania in the first month. West Kirkon and Divusia found success against Epca and San Cortez respectively, but the 10 Day Offensive by Epca and the subsequent Allied push forced both West Kirkon and Divusia to retreat. Seeing as how the Allies were beginning to push back the Coalition, the Coalition asked for a ceasefire. During the ceasefire, Epca left the Allies after several nationalist movements had weakened the nation.
The Coalition having had months to prepare decided to break the ceasefire and finally push back the Allies, on the 24th of March the ceasefire was broken and the war continued. This time around with the arrival of new members, the Coalition was able to push back the Allies. Soon countries began to surrender and in 1856 the United South German States had surrendered, leaving Latvian Spartopian as the last standing member of the Allies. After heavy fighting against the Spartopians, Latvian Spartopia unconditionally surrendered, ending the war.
The Coalition ended the South German States and Latvian Spartopian empires, dividing them into new nations. Various members of the Allies were forced to cease territory to nationalist movements or other nations and heavy war reparations were implemented.
Various nations on Veterra, mostly Coalition members, were economically destroyed while some were on the verge of bankruptcy. Due to the dreadful situation of almost all of Ullar, Valerana established the Trident Union (Later renamed Empire of the Trident). With the promise of economic relief, military protection and peace, the new organisation attracted many members. In less than 20 years all countries on Veterra were member states of the Trident.
- 1 Background
- 1.1 South German Invasion of Greater Sevilla
- 1.2 The Coalition
- 1.3 The Allies
- 1.4 The April Crisis
- 1.5 Declaration of War
- 1.6 The Western Theatre
- 1.7 The Eastern Theatre
- 1.8 The Ceasefire
- 1.9 Re-Opening of Hostilities
- 1.10 The Western Theatre
- 1.11 The Eastern Theatre
- 2 Aftermath
South German Invasion of Greater Sevilla
The South German States in 1853 invaded Greater Sevilla in an effort to secure various important economic assets, to fund the growing South German Empire. The South Germans invaded Greater Sevilla on December 18th, 1853, quickly breaking the Sevillian Lines. Many nations in Veterra called the South German invasion a barbaric and imperialistic act. The signing of the Treaty of Greater Munich officially ended the war on the 26th of May, 1854. The South Germans annexed the country in its entirety.
After the signing of the Treaty, various nations began to call for new negotiations for more fair terms for Sevilla, which the South Germans ignored. The northern neighbour of the USGS, Nambalonia, had grown increasingly angry at the imperialistic look of Veterra and was the main force calling for re-negotiations. The Nambalonian Government on the 31st of March called for the creation of a Coalition against the South German Imperialism, which immediately caused great tension on Vettera. This was seen as a great attack on the South Germans, and on the next morning Nambalonian shops began to be burned, the South German Government quickly reacted sending an insult to Nambalonia and closing all diplomatic ties between the two nations. Lilotuka Island soon joined the Coalition on the 1st of June, while Ellisnore joined the Coalition on the 14th. But the Coalition received the support it needed once Valerana decided to join the coalition on the 20th of June. This greatly improved the Coalitions position, but few did know that if war was to break out Valerana would not intervene on the Coalitions side. Soon West Kirkon joined the Coalition seeing as Valerana and Ellisnore had joined recently.
Seeing as anti-imperialist movements began to appear on Vetterra, the South Germans began to negotiate with other empires. Latvian Spartopia had been able to avoid international attention for its own imperialist actions. Both the Latvians and the South Germans quickly realised the need of a force capable of fighting the Coalition, which led to the creation of the Allies. Latvian Spartopia joined upon its creation. After days of negotiation between Epcan and South Germans, the Epcan Empire joined the Allies upon hearing of Ellisnore, a historic rival of Epca, moving toward the Coalition. Soon Nelsonburg joined the Allies in an effort to pursue lands in Waldova and Vitami. Blitzenberg joined the allies in an effort to secure alliances with its northern neighbour and annex land from its neighbours, Xinaria quickly followed joining the Allies a couple of hours after Blitzenberg.
The April Crisis
Seeing as how the Allies outmatched the Coalition on power, decided to test the Coalitions ability to react by invading Itoiland on the 29th of April, the Coalition scrambled for a reaction many supporting direct Military Action against the South Germans. The South Germans easily annexed Itoiland a couple of days after the Invasion began. The Coalitions failure to act upon Imperialism greatly damaged it´s public view, and many especially in West Kirkon and Ellisnore called for the dismantling of the Coalition being it as a way to avoid Nambalonian occupation by South German Forces, this change in look of the Coalition made many optimistic of the Coalitions failure in case of an aggression by the Allies.
Soon Epca attacked Kettleburg testing the Coalitions strength, Latvian Spartopia soon followed. But soon fear of aggression by the Allies grew in various nations, and soon many began to join the Coalition, Boslania, Divusia, Waldova, and USSAR joined the Coalitions lines. Vitami soon began to support the Allies in an effort to avoid anexation, San Cortez soon joined looking to annex new land to it´s east. Valerana being as how the Coalition was forced to silence on both Itoiland and Kettleburg decided to release the Iron Bloods and Castianita, both of the new nations joined the Coalition looking to calm the Coalition.
Declaration of War
The South German Government had begun offensive plans against Nambalonia on Early July and had begun the process of Mobilisation along with the rest of the Allies, the Coalition did not expect any Allied aggression on the next months. The South Germans were able to convince all the members of the Allies except Vitami, who had just recently began the process of Modernisation of it´s army and was not ready for a war, the South Germans were able to convince the Allies to begin the war on Late July when all the Allies could have their Armies fully Mobilised. Soon Military Equipment began to be shipped to the borders of the Coalition in preparation of an attack, the Coalition lacked proper border defences and could not respond to an attack without reinforcements. Aklontosaurian informants were able to convince Adilović of an immediate Epcan Invasion on the 20th, the West Kirkonian Army confirmed this rumours on the 25th once large Artillery Guns began to be shipped into the border. West Kirkon called for an emergency meeting, most members of the Coalition classified an Allied aggression as a possible threat in the coming months and did not expect an Offensive so close to Autumn when heavy rain would stop the Allied push, Adilovíc was able to convince Divusia to mobilise a couple of Divisions if an Allied attack occurred. West Kirkon soon mobilised 30 Divisions to the border to counter an Epcan threat.
The South Germans were forced on the last minute to stop there attack on the 29th of July due to heavy rains across the Nambalonian Border and prepared for an attack on the second of August. On the first of August Nambalonian Planes spotted South German Movement on the border and warned the Coalition, soon reports came from the Divusian border and the Waldovan Border, Nambalonia sent an ultimatum demanding South German retreat from the border, after not being answered Nambalonia ordered mobilisation in preparation of an imminent attack, soon Divusia, Waldova, USSAR, Ellisnore, West Kirkon, and Boslania followed. Tensions grew high as many Generals feared for an attack on the coming days, being as how most borders were unsecured, General Thomas H gave the Nambalonian Prime Minister 4 days before the border could be secured. On the morning of the second of August the South Germans declared war on Nambalonia, all Allies members immediately join the conflict except for Vitami, the Coalition soon declares it´s support for Nambalonia and joins the war. Amid all the chaos Valerana decides to not declare war on the Allies, immediately prompting chaos on the determined Coalition.
The Western Theatre
The South German Army had since the beginning of July prepared offensive plans against Nambalonia, the Nambalonian Peninsula was a very thin and a push from a central position would lead to quick victory. The Nambalonian Army at the time fielded 62 Divisions of which 40 were on the border, the South Germans fielded 420 Divisions of which 200 were deployed on the border. The offensive plan was codenamed Werfen Stein (Throwing Stone), the attack consisted on a sudden push through the centre of the country facing little to no resistance using the overwhelming numbers of the South German forces, the Nambalonians were able to inflict higher casualties than the South Germans expected. At the moment of attack South German forces met no resistance when crossing the border as the Nambalonians had retreated to better positions farther north, the next day the first major town fell Erieau where little resistance was put up by the locals, the next morning as the South Germ
ans approached the town of Mildmay they found heavy resistance, for two days the outnumbered Nambalonians held but after heavy bombardment they were forced to surrender. Soon the South German push began to slow down as heavy fighting in both Clive and Whytecliff began, for two days the hole South German push was completely stooped, soon the Nambalonians began to counter attack all along the front inflicting heavy casualties on the South Germans and earning key towns especially Trail and Vermilion in the process. The South Germans began to counter attack and began breaking Nambalonian Lines quicker than they could be rebuilt, by the 15th all the Nambalonian forces had retreated to better positions, soon the Nambalonian Government knew they couldn't win against a force with such numbers and decided to launch small attacks and ambushes on small patrols and prepare for an evacuation to the northern islands. The strategy functioned as Nambalonian forces were able to repulse isolated South German attacks and win time for other units, by the 25th most of the country had been occupied and the evacuation plans were put in place for the rest of the army, the South German command saw a great surprise on the Nambalonian courage to keep fighting. On the 6th the Nambalonian Government ordered an evacuation up north, with no other option the Nambalonian Army was to held the north until capitulation, the coalition greatly opposed this and called for an evacuation of Nambalonian forces to help other Coalition members, Nambalonia approved and on the 7th it set sail for Nambalonia the West Kirkonian and Waldovan Fleets, the code name for the operation was Dinamo.
The two fleets met in the small ports of Quinsam, Dartmouth, and Mehan on the 12th where they began the evacuation. The San Cortezian Fleet had followed the West Kirkonian Fleet and engaged it off the coast of Mehan, the West Kirkonian Navy was able to repulse the attack and deliver heavy casualties to the San Cortezian Fleet sinking two Battleships La Santa Maria, and the Pinta. The evacuation force could only carry 25,000 Personnel so both fleets returned for two trips, the last West Kirkonian Ships left Mehen on the 28th the day of the Nambalonian Capitulation, the Evacuation was successful in evacuating 50,000 Nambalonian Soldiers and Government Officials, once the ceasefire was signed another Evacuation was secretly staged codenamed Running Goat which was able to evacuate 15,000 Nambalonian Prisoners. The Nambalonian soldiers re organised and formed the NLA (Nambalonian Liberation Army) which would fight on various countries along the war. South German estimates indicated 10,000 casualties meanwhile Nambalonia estimated around 15,000 casualties for the South Germans, the Nambalonians suffered 35,000 Casualties.
The Boslanian Campaign is considered as the single most brilliant campaign of the 18th Century for good reason, the careful planning and speed of the Allied forces made the campaign a quick engagement, the term Blitzkrieg is derived from the campaign. The Allied forces comprised of Blitzenberg attacked a capable Boslanian Army known for their deep Defensive positions, the Invading force was comprised of 90 Divisions against 80 Boslanian Divisions, the Blitzenbergian Army was unable to give greater support due to the opening of a front with the Iron Bloods. The Blitzenberg Plan comprised of 2 spears a northern one and a southern one, the idea was to break the Defensive positions of the North and chase the retreating army through the south. As soon as war was declared Blitzenbergian forces charged against the Boslanian Army, the Boslanian forces had prepared Defensive positions along it´s border with Blitzenberg 2 years earlier in preparation of any aggression the Defensive Positions were known as the Blurpon Line. The Blurpon Line was a carefully engineered Line with Defensive positions all across the border, the Blitzenbergian Army thought of a breakthrough in 8 days.
The Blitzenbergian calculations were wrong on just two days the Blitzenbergian Army had penetrated the line and by the 3rd day had forced the Boslanian out of the positions, to most of a surprise to the Boslanians was the slow reaction of the Blitzenbergian Army to react to the sudden opening, the Blitzenbergian Army lacked proper food and ammunition to continue the push the Blitzenbergian Generals ordered an immediate push, to most of the Blitzenbergian surprise the Boslanian did not attack the outgunned Blitzenbergian Army. The Blitzenbergian Army was after the battle on the line able to pursue the Boslanian Army across the north, heavy fighting on the south had stooped the south attack to continue, but it was able to break and push on the 9th. By the 14th all the Boslanian forces had been ordered into retreat as the occupation force had already secured half of Boslania, without much option the Boslanian Army began to sue for peace with the Allies, the Blitzenbergian delegation demanded immediate annexation of Boslania into Blitzenberg but this was opposed by Epca, instead a puppet Government was to be put in place and Bosnia was to join the Allies. The Boslanian Government did not like the idea but was forced to accept as Blitzenbergian Forces were on the verge of victory. In a couple of days Boslania joined the Allies so did it´s army, in an effort to stop a sudden push into Divusia 35,000 Boslanian soldiers were railed from Boslania to Divusia, later in the war the Free Boslanian Forces comprised of 50,000 Soldiers would help the Divisions.
West Kirkonian Front
Main Article: West Kirkonian Front
The West Kirkonian Army unlike many other armies had began plans incase of an Allied aggression and at the time of the attack had 45 Divisions on the border to counter the 80 Epcan Divisions. The West Kirkonian Army had at the time a force of 60 Divisions mounting 300,000 men, Epca had a force of 500 Divisions. The Plan for breakthrough was codenamed Helman Plan the plan was designed by West Kirkonian General Robert P. Helman, the attack would use the support of an Ellisnorian Landing to push the Epcans south the attack would use 3 main pushes, the first one would be an attack where the West Kirkonians would drive on the east of the Division Border, the second attack and main attack would follow a straight line to Soto where the Plan would end, the third and final attack would unite the Ellisnorian landing with the West Kirkonian Army the attack would then shift south and head to the sea. The Plan also called for a month long offensive against the Epcans forces in which Aklontosaurus would have been liberated.
The West Kirkonian push was for at first a great breakthrough the Epcan lines were utterly destroyed on the first week, and extensive attacks had gained the West Kirkonians time to regroup, an Ellisnorian landing in northern Epca helped the attack on the north. The Epcan High Command decided to call for a general retreat of the 60 Divisions into the better Defensive Positions were 30 Fresh Divisions had been assembling for a counter attack. Soon the West Kirkonian forces hit the Defensive line known as the Entantus Line, and the advance began to lose force but kept moving forward, soon the West Kirkonian lines began to face tougher opposition as they moved, Epca had planned an extensive Defense with 60 Divisions while 100 Divisions prepared for an Offensive. On the 26th 100 Epcan Divisions stormed the joint Ellisnorian-West Kirkonian Front launching the 10 Days Offensive, the Epcan push in just 5 days had delivered 45,000 Casualties to the West Kirkonian Army, which by the 1st of September held no ground on Epca, the Ellisnorian Army was pushed up north. The West Kirkonian Army on the 2nd and 3rd was able to stop an Epcan push into West Kirkon and delivered 7,000 Casualties to the Epcans, soon the 120 Epcan Divisions began to build Trenches on the authorised of the border the 58 West Kirkonian Divisions followed.
The West Kirkonian High Command began to plan a new attack in attempt to break the Epcan lines. The attack would use 20 West Kirkonian Divisions and use extensive Artillery to open a hole. On the 18th of September the West Kirkonian attack resumed along a 20km front with the objective of capturing the town of Levont, the West Kirkonian attacks in Levont found little success with hole Battalions being decimated by machine gun fire, just on the first 4 days of the attack Epcan forces were able to inflict 20,000 casualties. The attack on Levont was cancelled on the 25th once Epcan attacks in various points began to threaten the West Kirkonian lines. Once the ceasefire was signed West Kirkonian estimates counted 80,000 Casualties while modern estimates make it 83,000 casualties, the Epcan forces suffered 65,000 casualties on the hole front.
The Eastern Theatre
-In 1845 , the Nalish Economy is in recession to combat it, they joined the allies. In 1854 The Nalish paratroopers starts to invade Waldova and the Republican Fleet starts to combat Coalition Ships and most raids were successful until the Ceasefire was put in place. In 1856 , the unprepared Republican Fleet and 4 major airfields was destroyed by the attacking Coalition Planes, this raid was known as the Raid of Port Saxony. This weakened the Nalish War effort and the Republic Starts to fall to the Coaliton until 1858 the Republic surrenders. As the war ends the recession ends but the Republic was charged with heavy debt and the famine is still in the run , to pay the debt , the Republic declared war on Valerana, to get more food and plunder its banks, but at home the people rebelled against the Republic until they were defeated but Franz the Chancellor , overthrew the Republic and turned it into dictatorial slave state. Franz was overthrown by the Auttenbergs in 1872 led by soon to be king Edward.father of Queen Diana.