Sentist War

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Sentist War
Seylosian soldiers ceris.jpg
Date12 January 2020 (2020-01-12) – 1 June 2021 (2021-06-01) (1 year, 4 months, 2 weeks and 6 days)
Location
Status

Coalition victory

  • Northern Sentist group dissolved
  • Sentist State established
  • Eastern Ceriser states join North Adlantic Union
  • Western Ceriser states join West Ceris Treaty
  • Spheres of influence established by Coalition nations
Main Belligerents

Ceris Coalition.png Ceris Coalition

Supported by

Fulgistan West Ceris Treaty

Sentist Flag.png Sentist Alliance

Commanders and leaders
  • Seylos Aidan Redmond
  • Seylos Cameron Ryley
  • Seylos Isabella Forrest
  • Tagmatium Kommodos III
  • Tagmatium Isaakios Akilios
  • Tagmatium Stylianos Ethelred
  • Secryae Karsten von Nusshorst
  • Salvia Patrick Saulius
  • Salvia Anio Manahia
  • Fulgistan Tomur Almas
  • Fulgistan Dong Liuli
Casualties and losses
Overall deaths: $$ million (est.)
Total civilian deaths: 1.5 million (est.)
 %% people displaced

The Sentist War, also known as the War in Ceris, was an armed conflict on the island of Ceris between a loose coalition of 7 states against the Sentists, a radical terror group. Beginning with the Sentist invasion of Hodrea in January 2020, the conflict raged throughout most of the island for over 16 months, coming to an end with the capture of High Priest Wetzel Carran and the subsequent collapse of the Sentist group. An estimated 1.5 million died in the conflict, most of which were civilians who lost their lives through the Sentist depopulation campaigns in northern Ceris. While some coalition forces have withdrawn, many remain in peacekeeping and humanitarian roles, with an estimated $$ soldiers and support personnel still deployed on the island.

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Background

Mandate occupation and independence

A Mandate tank advances through a Ceriser city.

In 1944 the Seylosian Mandate commenced its war into Ceris. It quickly secured alliances with Eastern Ceris countries before running into the Hodrean Kingdom, which controlled the rest of Ceris. Mandate tanks crossed the border in the early months of the year, quickly pushing back the Hodrean Kingdom. Though there were major setbacks, eventually the Seylosian Mandate gained control of the entirety of Ceris, turning its eye away to the rest of the world. After the conclusion of the war, Seylos reverted to its monarchy, releasing the whole of Ceris to the Hodrean Kingdom. What followed was a devastating series of independence wars which rocked the entire island.

Without the strong Seylosian presence, western and central Ceris fell into war. Splinter states appeared throughout the island, resulting in the many Ceriser countries that exist today. The most infamous of these wars occurred between Hodrea and Rewhain, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Rewhainians but eventual independence for the country.

Peace, overpopulation, and development of Sentist organization

For some time after the wars for independence, peace was relatively prominent in Ceris. However, the Ceriser population began to increase exponentially, far beyond its economic ability to sustain. With low economic opportunity, but access to more advanced Seylosian medical aid, the population increased to the point where it was several times larger than that of the island of Seylos. In the early 2000s, Seylos began a program to distribute aid across the island to combat the problem, but it was largely ineffective. By $$$$ (year), rival factions were again competing for power. In 2004 the Hodrean control of Occlait collapsed, leading to various warlords contesting for power over the vast area. The Dolch majority country of Rusheau began a campaign of harassment against its neighbors leading to numerous bloody border skirmishes.

During this period, a new religious faith, the Sentists, had begun to form that was centered on solving Ceris's growing issue of overpopulation. Shortly after its formation, the group began to splinter in 2016. A more moderate faction was formed in the south. Led by Dietmund Lorenz, who became known as “The Speaker”, the group differed from the more extremist North Sentists, led by “The High Priest” Wetzel Carran, the latter of which sought to solve the island's problem through depopulation campaigns.

An alliance of convenience occurred, and revolution spread throughout Ceris. Deep in the south, the Speaker seized control of weak Ceriser governments establishing Sentist control and a government to rule it, which would go on to form the Sentist State. In the north the High Priest did not establish a government, sending armies to conquer as much as possible without the consideration of governance, seeking instead to exterminate large portions of the population.

Major factions

Coalition

Sentists

North Sentists

South Sentists

Course of the war

Sentist invasion of Hodrea (January 2020 - May 2020)

On January 1st, 2020 Northern Sentist forces struck a major Hodrean city for the first time. They had already skirmished with Hodrean Militia members before the engagement, but only one survivor had escaped, who was picked up by Nicole and Kieron Bretz and brought back to Kassel. At the same time a Seylosian special forces unit, SF13, had been dispatched to the city to retrieve Nicole Bretz who was an intelligence operative for the Seylosians. By the time SF13 had arrived, the city was embroiled in conflict trying to hold off the Sentist attack. Traditional attacks had failed against the old walled city, and with a lack of artillery support, the commander decided to use chemical weapons to take it. Unwilling to lose her nephew, she gave him her only gas mask and a laptop containing her gathered intelligence. SF13 fled from the city, with only Lieutenant Maura and Corporal Oswin surviving from the original group.

With the destruction of Kassel, Sentist forces went on the full offensive. In the south, the Speaker began his campaign on the weak Ceriser nations that inhabited the region. They began to fall quickly as he established control. He was however careful to preserve infrastructure and civilians during his campaign. The Southern Sentists then began supplying the north with war material. The Northern Sentists continued their aggressive campaign, easily destroying what few Hodrean units stood in their path. Seylos became aware of the destruction in Kassel and dispatched the First Fleet along with its contingent of five hundred Royal Marines to the capital of Liechnenfax.

Variota, following negotiations with officials from Zaspa, purchased the territory, and established a military presence in the small northwestern country to secure the territory.

In late April, as Seylosian forces were sent to aid in the defense of Liechnenfax, the Seylosian government sent an official dispatch to the governments of Tagmatium, Fulgistan, Gallambria, and Variota, requesting military support to defeat the Sentist group. Tagmatium and Gallambria both answered this call by sending military units to support Seylos, with Tagmatium committing to the defense of their ally, Secryae, and Gallambria forming and dispatching Joint Task Force 800.1 to Hodrea to assist the Seylosian defense. Fulgistan continued its assistance of western Ceriser nations along with other ICEB members, and Variota declined the request following a vote of the Variotan parliament.

Upon their arrival Seylosian forces, along with a thousand remaining Hodrean militia set up defenses outside the city of Liechnenfax, supported by the First Fleet and the aircraft carrier HMS Defiant. Soon the Sentists struck with overwhelming numbers. At the beginning of the battle almost one hundred thousand Sentists assaulted the two forces only numbering one thousand five hundred. The allies continuously fell back until the Sentists reached the city center, their ultimate goal. With them, they had brought a large quantity of highly explosive materials, which were stockpiled at the city center. They gathered as much of the population as they could and forced them within the local area and retreated afterwards. They had hoped to destroy the Seylosian force, but it was saved by The Speaker of the Southern Sentists who had travelled personally to warn the Seylosians. Angered at his counterpart's turn to genocide, he had decided to betray him to the Seylosians. The Seylosian and Hodrean forces were saved, though the subsequent explosion devastated the city and lit fires which consumed most of it.

The battle, along with the subsequent occupation of the rest of Hodrea and numerous other massacres committed by the Sentists, led to Salvia joining the Coalition and deploying troops to western Secryae in mid-May, joining Tagmatine troops.

Coalition intervention

After the Battle of Liechnenfax, the Southern Sentists, now the Sentist State, cut off supplies to the Northern Sentists as well as any other support. Despite their religious affiliation, The Speaker did not believe death was the calling of their religion and broke off ties, ceasing his advances into Ceris and strengthening the State he had already established. By then, Gallambrian soldiers and Seylosian reinforcements had landed in Hodrea. In the east, Seylosian aligned nations had begun fighting back and Tagmatium had begun organizing a response from Secryae.

Sentist expansion halted

Rollback of Sentist gains

Collapse of Northern Sentists

Aftermath

Impact on Ceris

War crimes

Work camps

Sentist war crimes were committed on a mass scale, however they lacked any sort of industrial means to do mass killings. According to Seylosian units pushing into deep Sentist territory, there were few work camps encountered. It appears the majority of Sentist war crimes were executed in small regions that were quarantined and deprived of food and water for long periods. Entire sections of Hodrea sometimes numbering in the hundreds of square kilometers, were cut off from the outside world and starved out to kill sections of the population. For cities that the Northern Sentist armies had conquered, work camps were established and run to create labor for the Sentist war effort against the coalition. Due to the nature of these camps, little production efficiency was achieved, and mass causalities were reported amongst the workers.

The Northern Sentist Armies also enslaved sections of what they considered “excess population” to industrial work on war material and special projects. These peoples were given enough resources to survive to continue production, unlike their camp counterparts. However, conditions were still brutal, resulting in many casualties in the working environment. One camp of note was called the “Ketfallen Production Bereich” which was liberated by Brigadier Ryley at the end of the campaign.

Kassel and Liechnenfax

The most brutal of Sentist war crimes occurred in two areas. In Kassel Sentist launched a chemical weapons attack, slaughtering the population after they had successfully defended against traditional attacks. Kieron Bretz was saved from the destruction of Kassel by SF13 as well as the intelligence his aunt had gathered. The worst of all Sentist war crimes however occurred on May 19th, 2020 with the detonation of a massive cahce of explosives built up after pushing back Seylosian forces in the Siege of Liechnenfax. Though the initial explosion caused little damage, the fires spread throughout the city, creating massive firestorms and devastating the majority of the densely populated city.

Other war crimes