First War in Vulkaria
|First War In Vulkaria|
|Part of Ongoing Vulkarian Conflict|
Clockwise from top left: Zamastanian troops take cover during the Battle of Slagharen, General Norton Riqueti talks to Zamastanian troops, Zamastanian soldiers wade through a jungle stream, Zamastanian soldiers evacuate one of their wounded, Vulkarian tank divisions during the Battle of Anakanaren, Coalition of Crown Albatross peacekeepers near Novy
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The First War in Vulkaria, at the time known simply as the Vulkarian War or the Vulkarian Civil War was a military conflict in the nation of Vulkaria. The aftermath of a coup d'etat that failed to overthrow the capitalist government in 1982 faced violent retaliation by the splinter groups of the old Marxist rebel group known as the Malvarian Liberation Front and their leader, Samuel Kannit. Following the 1983 Alanis Pride Parade Bombing and several other terror attacks in Zamastan, the government of Zamastan under President Cassious Castovia sent in a fighting force to help the government of Prime Minister Eugenia Charles destroy the M.L.F.. In addition, the Coalition of Crown Albatross sent peacekeeping forces into the region to stabilize the recaptured territory. The nearly 8 year long war ended with the Malvarian terrorists fleeing the country in a sudden exodus, many of whom fled to ideologically-friendly Malvare in Southern Ausiana, while others fled across the border into Rumaztria or the D.S.C..
Hundreds of thousands of people died during the war, including tens of thousands of civilians. The war was also particularly infamous for the cruelty of the M.L.F. against civilians loyal to the Vulkarian government. Several instances of horrific mass murders and executions were documented, though they were largely overshadowed by the horror of the subsequent Second War in Vulkaria less than a decade later. The war set the stage for furthering Vulkaria's prominence on the world stage, as well as the foundations for the second conflict in 1999. The conflict cemented Zamastanian involvement in Vulkaria as the main focus of President Castovia's administration.
The 1982 Vulkaria Coup D'etat was the attempted militaristic overthrow by the far-left marxist of Vulkaria of the right-wing capitalist New Vulkarian People's Army government under the command of Bernard Coard. On April 2nd, 1982, Coard's forces were attacked at the Ministry in the capital city of Vulkar, which led to intense street fighting. Several executions and massacres were taken by both sides of the conflict, but eventually, the politics of the time won over for Coard's forces, when they were given supplies by several capitalistic nations - most notably Zamastan. On April 31st, Prime Minister Yaan'a Tillman was killed by the NVPA, along with many members of his cabinet. In May, the government was officially re-established when the NVPA took control of the capital, and Eugenia Charles was instated as the new Prime Minister. Resistance by the former-government forces and the new rebel-terror group, the Malvarian Liberation Front, continued to fight for control of the last urban centers. Fighting came to a stand still on June 23rd when NVPA forces took the last major city in Vulkaria, Amstelveen. However, sporadic fighting and isolated attacks from the M.L.F. would continue well into 1983.
After many terror attacks in Zamastan, including most notably the bombing of a gay-pride parade which killed hundreds in Alanis, Pahl, President Cassious Castovia declared that he would authorize military use of the Zamastanian Armed Forces to destroy the Malvarian forces with the assistance of the Vulkarian government, which Zamastan still saw as legitimate following the attempted coup, and the Coalition of Crown Albatross.
Battle of Tilbreg
On August 6th, 1985, Zamastanian troops entered the city of Tilbreg, which was controlled by M.L.F. forces. Marines launched an attack along the northern edge of the city. They were joined by two Zamastanian Army heavy battalion-sized units. These two battalions were followed by four infantry battalions who were tasked with clearing the buildings of the city that had not yet been cleared by Vulkarian forces, who patrolled the main highways to the east. The troops moved into the city under the cover of darkness; and once aligned with the reconnaissance elements, began the assault in the early hours of 7 August, preceded by an intense artillery barrage and air attack. This was followed by an attack on the main train station, which was then used as a staging point for follow-on forces. By that afternoon, under the protection of intense air cover, Marines entered the main square district. While most of the fighting subsided by 8th, Marines and Special Operations Forces continued to face determined isolated resistance from insurgents hidden throughout the city. By the 9th, after three days of fighting, the Marine command described the action as mopping up pockets of resistance. Sporadic fighting continued until the 15th. Even after clearing the city from insurgents, the battle deemed to be one of the deadliest of the war, with over 490 Zamastanian deaths.
Legacy and Aftermath
The war was the first state of direct armed conflict that Zamastan had participated in since the Tariel War, as well as its longest conflict since the Parabocan War. Zamastanian forces lost 8,738 troops during the course of the nearly 8 years in Vulkaria, making it the deadliest conflict since the World War. Over 20,000 troops were injured. The Vulkarian government lost over 23,000 soldiers with well over 67,000 troops wounded. Fighting for the Vulkarians was more brutal as they assured that they had operational command over the majority of missions during the war so as not to fall to Zamastanian influence. The Coalition of Crown Albatross lost 43 soldiers during their goal to stabilize and monitor the situation on the ground. 4 Cadairian troops were also killed when a delegation came under attack in Vulkar.