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On the Gascon War

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(Taken from MicrasWiki)

 

 

The Gascony War (Dutch: Gasconiaanse Oorlog) was a Recwar which erupted in the Gascony region of North-Western Benacia on August 3rd 2009 after an unexpected attack on the Batavian port of Zeehuysen. Batavia had for several weeks entertained the idea of annexing the lawless and remote Gascony colony after its breakdown in communications with its inactive owner the Kingdom of Bosworth, and rebel activity in the region had given Batavian leaders some cause for concern. This reached an impasse with the kidnapping of Batavian monarch Fränzi-Ferdinand I, and finally the Gascon rebels' attack on Zeehuysen. For several weeks fighting in the Gascony War and Amokolian War occurred simultaneously.

 

The conflict pitched the combined forces of Batavia, Stormark, and Alexandria against the Gascon Revolutionary Army, supported by the Republic of Antica.

 

Zeehuysen Raid

On August 3rd 2009, Batavian naval forces on manoeuvres near the small port of Zeehuysen, on an island off the coast of the Batavian province of Ingelsburg, detected a large unidentified enemy force approaching Batavian sovereign territory, along with a small fleet of submarines which by 10 AM that morning had sunk two Batavian battleships and one cruiser, severely damaging Batavian airforce hangars and runways near the port. Jeroen van Veen and Constantin Windsor emerged as strong Batavian leaders after this unprovoked attack and were able to sink two enemy aircraft carriers. Batavia had won the first conflict but the enemy forces, by the end of the day identified as the Gascon Revolutionary Army, had begun to regroup. The attack on Zeehuysen was the trigger of a larger conflict to start in Gascony proper, and alerted Batavian politicians of a situation which was rapidly deteriorating in the remote border regions of their country.

 

Invasion of Gascony

On August 12, 2009, after several minor bombing runs, Batavian Forces attacked Gascony. The three main army divisions advanced quickly and captured key towns and strategic points. By August 24th, the cities Amorica, Beauharnais, Sable d'Or, Marsannay and Girond were all in Batavian hands. Dantes and La Roche-Derrien remained unoccupied and were important centres of resistance for the Revolutionary Army and their Antican allies. However, the same day, trouble brewing in Keltia forced the Alexandrian naval contingent to return back to their homeland, weakening the Batavian allied forces. These two cities, most importantly the Gascony capital of La Roche Derrien, were assaulted numerous times by the Batavian forces but still held out. Nevertheless, the timely arrival of auxiliary troops from Stormark and strategic bombing raids on the defences of the city by the Batavian Airforce resulted in Duke Jeremy of the Gascony Revolutionaries surrendering to the Batavians on September 10th. A counterattack by the Antican forces of General Octavius, supporting the Gascon rebels, failed to divide Batavian armies besieging the city and on September 11th the Antican forces surrendered, leading the way to a full surrender of all Gascon and allied troops on September 12th.

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According to history, the following casus belli was produced on behalf of Stormark:

 

Gascony has, due to the collapse of the Kingdom of Bosworth, lost all communication with Bosworth proper and has fallen into anarchy. Its territory is being rampaged by countless criminal gangs, warlords-led mililtias, and other rebel groups.

 

Duke Jeremy of Gascony is still in control of the capital La Roche-Derrien and the rest of the Gascon peninsula. He is, with the forces under his command, a mix of the remnants of Bosworth's armed forces stationed in Gascony, peasant armies and urban vigilante groups, fiercely battling the criminal gangs, warlords-led mililtias, and other rebel groups. Duke Jeremy is determined to reconquer the whole of Gascony and to fend off any possible foreign invaders.

 

In Batavia the government is very worried about the lawlessness in Gascony which has caused a huge influx of Gascon refugees as well as incursions into Batavian territory by various rebel groups. It has set up several refugee camps along the border with Gascony and also has sent extra security forces there. Several skirmishes have already taken place between Batavian security forces and Gascon rebel groups.

 

Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda des Vinandy, favourite niece of the King of Batavia, has managed to persuade her uncle to allow her to do charity work as an auxiliary nurse for the aristocratic charitable organization called Noblesse Oblige in one of the refugee camps along the border with Gascony. During a raid on the refugee camp by one of the strongest rebel groups, which is known as the Gascon Revolutionary Army, she is kidnapped. Shortly after her kidnapping Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda des Vinandy is killed during an attempt to escape from her kidnappers.

 

Fabian Taré the leader of the Gascon Revolutionary Army, having heard about Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda des Vinandy's death and fearing severe retaliation by Batavia to avenge the death of the Princess, orders a pre-emptive air strike on Batavia's naval base Zeehuysen to destroy the Batavian fleet.

 

The vast majority of the Batavian fleet is still at sea, after having exercised there, due to the failure of its commander Admiral Michiel Adriaanszoon Jackson to give the order to return to Zeehuysen and therefore only a small part of the Batavian fleet, consisting mainly of a couple nearly obsolete soon-to-be decommissioned vessels, gets destroyed. It is later discovered that Admiral Michiel Adriaanszoon Jackson died during a nap after having been administered a overdosis of an experimental anti-gout medicine.

 

In Batavia the public is outraged about the Princess' death and the subsequent attack on Zeehuysen and demands that the government invade Gascony to end the anarchy.

 

Meanwhile a delegation of Gascon nobles has travelled to Haraldsborg to ask Emperor Harald for help. While holding talks with the nobles he hears about Princess Fränzi's death, who is also niece of Emperor Harald, and outraged he immediately decides to intervene.

 

But... did Fränzi-Ferdinanda actually die? And how come she became Batavian queen afterwards? :P AH history is strange!

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But... did Fränzi-Ferdinanda actually die? And how come she became Batavian queen afterwards? :P AH history is strange!

 

It was later discovered that the woman who was killed was not Fränzi-Ferdinanda but a noblewoman who resembled her. Fränzi-Ferdinanda had borrowed her coat to that noblewoman but had forgotten to take her ID card out of the coat. So when the noblewoman was found dead she was mistakingly identified as Fränzi-Ferdinanda.

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It was later discovered that the woman who was killed was not Fränzi-Ferdinanda but a noblewoman who resembled her. Fränzi-Ferdinanda had borrowed her coat to that noblewoman but had forgotten to take her ID card out of the coat. So when the noblewoman was found dead she was mistakingly identified as Fränzi-Ferdinanda.

 

How tragic for that dead woman and her family!

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