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Great War (Kylaris)

The Great War
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Clockwise from the top: Soldiers of the Gaullican Sartoux Division march through occupied s'Holle, a heavily-damaged Estmerish armoured war train, an Etrurian artillery gun provides counter fire amidst the war in Coius, a Weranian battle tank laden with soldiers, Xiao armour leaving the depots at Bantian, an Allied naval-and-air forces prepare for Operation Ruby.
Date7 June 1926 (1926-06-07) – 12 February 1935 (1935-02-12) (8 years, 8 months and 5 days)
Location
Result

Grand Alliance victory

Belligerents

Grand Alliance
Estmere
Werania
Etruria
Narozalica
Senria
Nuxica

and others

Entente
Gaullica
Xiaodong
Amathia
Marirana

and others
Commanders and leaders

Main Alliance leaders

H. H. Arterbury
Edmund G. Norcross
Leopold IV
Fortunato Parlatore
Vladislav Pudovkin
Katurou Imahara
Alaric Romagosa

Main Entente leaders

Rafael Duclerque
Zhanxun
Ghenadie Isărescu
Ottaviano Castello

The Great War, also known as the Negaran Emergency, was a global conflict centred on Euclea that began on the 7th of June, 1926 and lasted until the 12th of February, 1935. More than 37 million combatants and civilians died as a result of the war, worsened by the rapid pace of technological development employed by the belligerents in seeking an end to the conflict. The Great War saw the introduction of mechanised armies, atomic armaments, and air combat, and it remains the deadliest and largest conflict in world history to date.

The immediate cause of the war was the repatriation of international concessions by the Republic of Negara in the latter stages of the Negaran Revolution with the tacit backing of Estmere. A number of Euclean states issued protests to Negara, but Gaullican attempts to form an international coalition to destroy Negara drew them into a war with Estmere. A complicated system of alliances and Euclean colonial territories allowed the conflict to expand into a global war.

As a result of the Great War there were numerous territorial and political changes. The Gaullican Empire was dissolved and reformed into the Gaullican Republic, the Community of Nations was established to regulate international affairs, the first atomic powers emerged and the Great Game began.

Background

Political and military alliances

Estmerish Prime Minister H. H. Arterbury consistently worked to undermine Gaullican authority despite attempts to cool tensions

In the lead up to the Great War, the Euclean powers attempted to maintain a balance of powers. The five leading Euclean powers were Gaullica, Estmere, Werania, Etruria, and Narozalica, with all but the latter being among the foremost global powers. Among these states emerged a complicated network of alliances, between these powers and other states, most often in Euclea. The balance was threatened by Gaullican attempts to establish a global hegemony, the rising tensions between Senria and Xiaodong, and the collapse of the global economic system.

  • Gaullican attempts to establish colonial hegemony, semi-result of collapse of its traditional ally in Narozalica?
  • Anti-Gaullican Pact of Estmere, Werania, and Etruria
  • Tensions exasperated by Senria-Xiaodong and how that impacted the alliance webs
  • Four Powers Agreement and attempts to defuse rising tensions

Euclean arms race

  • everyone, build boats
  • !Washington Agreement limits the capacity for the Four Powers
  • most everyone ignores it

Political unrest and economic downturn

Conflicts in Coius

Tensions in Negara had already been building since the Negaran Civil War of 1919-1921, which itself came as a result of the devastating defeat of the Berseri Empire at the hands of the Euclean Powers in the Berseri War of 1862, with conflict between modernising and reformist forces both in the general population and the Imperial government leading to a general rebellion in the southern provinces which coalesced into the Republic of Negara. While Negara enjoyed widespread popular support in Euclea and among anticolonial elements in Coius, its ideological basis was centered around making Negara increasingly independent from the Euclean colonial powers, which soured relations with the imperialist Euclean powers. Relations were most notably impacted with Gaullica, who enjoyed significant influence over the Berseri imperial family and imperial court.

Gaullica also sought to support the Berseri in the face of the threat of a modernized Negara, and as a result contributed to the gradual modernization of the Berseri state. In order to gain a new ally in Negara and to retain the balance of power, the Estmere and Werania forged an alliance with Negaran and supplied it with armaments. Euclean arms sales to Negara and Berseri were ultimately limited by the Four Powers Agreement, which led to Negara seeking supplies from Valentir, who had not entered the alliance system and could thus be regarded as neutral despite broad support for the Grand Alliance.

By 1926 Berseri efforts to suppress domestic support for the anti-Gaullican Republican movement had resulted in a near breakdown of relations with Estmere, which sought to maintain the careful balance of powers between the Four Powers. The Arterbury government, aware that the Republic of Negara had a serious military advantage over Berseri, and fearful of reprisals against Estmerish concessions which bordered Republican territories negotiated a secret agreement with the Negaran government whereby Estmere would provide tacit support to Negara in the case of another civil war, and would also openly support Negaran reclamations of the concessions of foreign powers, in return for an extension of the loans on certain key concessions, to which the Negaran government agreed.

Prelude

Kelang incident

The immediate cause of the war was the Kelang Incident, which on the 15th of May led to the resumption of hostilities between it and the Berseri Empire. By the 22nd of May negotiations between the Imperial and Republican government had broken down, and as a result by the 30th Negara seized control of Gaullican territorial concessions along the coast. The Gaullican government delivered an ultimatum to Negara on the 31st on the condition of withdrawal from the coastal territories, and declared war on the 6th of June, leading to a Estmerish declaration of war on the 7th and triggering the Euclean alliance system.

Combatants

Grand Alliance

Entente

Progress of the war

Euclean theatre

Coian theatre

Asterian theatre

Aftermath

Legacy