Bergenstein Civil War

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Bergenstein Civil War
Part of Bergen Wars
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Clockwise: Augenteine Tanks, Werdrecht Propaganda Parade, Loronan Troops, Mantindoran Soldier
Date August 24th - November 10th 2013
Location Bergenstein
Status Ended
Belligerents
Bergenstein State Governments
Traditionalists Supporters
Template:Country data al-Sawra
Template:Country data Loyalist Front
 Esdaad (21/10/13 -)
Template:Country data TPF Abbasidi Traditionalist Protection Front (TPF)
Template:Country data Modernist BergensteinModernists
Template:Country data AVAAbbasidi Volunteer Army (AVA)
 Grand and Belluterra IFK
 Mitron Mitron
Commanders and leaders
BergensteinHigh King Gottenburg Template:Country data Modernist BergensteinFritz Anglant
Strength


Template:Country data al-Sawra 20,000

The Bergenstein Civil War is a civil war that occurred in the nation of Bergenstein in Adonia. The war was predominately between two factions that believe in two different futures for Bergenstein. The two factions were the Traditionalists which included the governments of the states and the Modernists which were backed by the IFK and originally Mitron. The International Community supported the Modernist cause however retracted their support when war crimes were committed. The Modernist ethos is that Bergenstein should have a single for economic stability and semi-centralisation of government powers to block loopholes in the current law and general power. The Traditionalists wanted a continuation of the current government.

Background

After the Great Adonian War, the economy had been all but run dry. As the modern age dawned and the world changed, Bergenstein’s economy began to suffer. In the year 1978, a nationwide program aimed at revitalization of the various states' navies was begun, further damaging the fragile economy. This culminated in a major financial crash in 1983, sending ripples throughout the nation. Nationwide protests sprung up all over the country. The government responded by brutally cracking down on the leaders of the protests (who have not been seen since then), providing a quick end to the demonstrations.

Since then, the government has continually and repeatedly lied about the dire state that the economy was in. Support for the old system remained strong in many areas, the denizens of those locations believing it to improve their local identity; people who did manage to challenge the government were manipulated through a mix of propaganda and other means.

When foreign powers started to notice how improbable it was that the national financial system was working, a small group of men started to gather information on the truth of the economy. With the possession of this knowledge (and the fact that investments in Bergenstein had been rapidly slowing), they realized that a total economic crash was imminent.

When the crash happened, the militaries of the states quickly started to prepare for a possible revolution, and street protests both for and against the old system began to break out. King Charles of the Imperial Federal Kingdom decided to make a state visit to Bergenstein in his official capacity as the Margrave of Miensburg, in an attempt to stop the inevitable. They soon turned violent and transformed into riots, clashing with each other on regular occasions. When the police intervened, they were always instructed to not harm the Traditionalist rioters. When a number of Modernist rioters were arrested and found guilty of protesting against the government's cause they were sentenced to public execution by guillotine.

When Charles attempted to stop the executions, he was quickly arrested in a coup d’état and his younger brother, who had come to visit the country with him, was placed as Margrave in his stead by the leaders of the coup. The following day, the executions of over 160 Modernist political prisoners began, precipitating the breakout of a full scale civil war across the country.

Civil War

Shortly after the discovery of the coup and planned executions the IFK and then followed by Mitron, prepared and sent a small number of troops to Mienemstadt where the public executions were to take place. The executions started as planned and fully within Miet Law. During the executions it is tradition for the executioner to for ever victim take a large gulp of Miet beer from a large mug. Due to the large amount of victims half way through due to drunkenness the executioner had to be exchanged for another. Also due to insurrection 30 more prisoners were added to the death list. During the latter stages of the executions a band of ten Modernist supporters tried to halt the executions but there were all shot during the process.

At 11:44 Grandian and one hour later Mitrone soldiers; landed on the outside of the city and proceeded into the capital of Miensburg. Their advance was scattered and slow. They found support from Modernist supporters but did have to attack Traditionalists on the streets. Modernist supporters however did what they could to make passage as easy as possible for the foreign troops. The troops did not reach the Royal Palace in time to halt the executions; also to add to this Charles had been moved to a nearby prison.

The IFK forces demanded the surrender of the coup government but it was denied, the coup government in their statement pointed out that it was the IKF outgunned and that they should surrender.

On the 25th at 11:28 an official cease fire was created to make way for potential discussions and resolutions on the topic. To accommodate this, the 3rd USNW Summit was called and all members were called. It resulted in a temporary peace plan which meant spitting Bergenstein into two separate sections, Traditionalist Bergenstein and Modernist Bergenstein.

The peace lasted for some time however during that time many war crimes were committed and discovered. Torture chambers were found with implements that were sickening to just be thought about, one of such chambers did contain a prisoner, he died on the way to hospital. Another more deverstating crime was the masacar of the majority of a village. Celelfort was the site of the massacre, the village was pradominatly traditionalist but was in an modernist area. Not official details were ever released though both sides blame the other.

During the peace the forces from Mitron and the IFK left Bergenstein with the freed prisoners. There escape led them through the mountains and into neighboring Posillipo where they retreated further to Grand. Casualties were higher than expected but not too high that it was an embarrassment.

Also the three ex-states, Flangaren, Froisia, and Mantindor declared statehood and that if Traditionalists agreed to the statehoods then they would officially help the Traditionalist cause. This movement was nicknamed the separatists though is seldom used. Later on during the peace armistice the ex-state of Arncay declared statehood as well.

On the 24th of September at around five o'clock fighting once again broke out in the capital of Miensburg where the war originated. The violence spread throughout the nation within the next day once again plunging Bergenstein back into a deadly civil war. By the 26th the Miet Army had retaken the majority of Mienemstadt and a large proportion of Miensburg itself. The progress was put to the modernist army in the area just not being prepared for full combat against efficient professional soldiers and more importantly AVFs. Also the city of Mallerhime, a stronghold for modernists in Coutony, was put under siege by Schwieset artillery. The siege is ongoing though there is no information on the current status of the modernists.

On the 27th the air forces of the traditionalists started to severely hamper the supply of modernist armies by constantly harassing the supply line. The modernist army felt the impact almost immediately causing small losses of land in an attempt to preserve supplies. One of the most significant areas where this was visible was in Miensburg, it saw the Miet army advance up to ten miles in parts. Shwieset mountain infantry also made good progress in the Trier Foothills which was a big blow to the modernists mountaineers. However the Modernists did manage to gain a strong foothold in a weak spot in the defenses in southern Brendenland of which the Loronan Army instantly started to move into position to counter attack

The counter attack happened on the 29th which was much more powerful than expected knocking the Modernist advance back to almost where it started. However the Berge army in exile in Werdrecht started to push back to the state capital of Burgenburg. This thoigh meant leaving the state of Werdrecht vunrable to attack. This lead to a major argument between the two state leaders ending in an ending to all help towards the Berge army in exile. Werdrecht did loose ground

on the 1st of October a huge collection of artillery appeared to commit a siege on Soutenhide. The artillery came from an array of states but mainly from Schwieset. Over the next few days the city was turned into a complete killing zone by the huge quantity of shells. All of the city services collapsed with high demand. The death toll is presumed way into the thousands. On the third a modernist plane started firing on artillery positions causing great panic, though it was shot down by a LuftPanzer 68. Later it was discovered that the plane had been captured along with 5 others at a Berge airbase. How it fell to Modernist hands was unknown at the time. During this time the Berge push for Burgenburg continued and the Miet army nearly had control of Miensburg.

By the 11th the Modernist army had made significant progress. They had managed to exploit the weak point found earlier and had pushed a significant distance into Lorona. Lorona has one of the best militaries out of the states which has baffled experts; how could the modernists be making progress. Cellmradon had also see at this time significant losses of ground, with the enemy approaching the capital.

Traditionalist Militia in Kies, Miensburg

On the fourteenth the Kingdom of Abbasid got a new king. The new king announced his opposition to the Traditionalist cause including a promise to invade Bergenstein on the side of the Modernists. An alcohol ban in an emirate did also severely his the economy of Bergenstein. In reaction to this speech Abbasidi Traditionalists took to the streets to demonstrate their views. Pro-Modernists respectively took to the streets, though the Modernist marches did cause numerous Bergenstein shops to be pillaged and the death of an elderly couple who fought back. In response to the news and to end to Abbasidi aid in Traditionalist Bergenstein the High King released his speech: "People of Bergenstein, it seams that in our hour of need when all hope that we had has been obliterated by our closest ally. We throughout history have gone to the aid of those most in need. Abbasid, our closest ally was always happy to accept our help. So what does Abbasid do when we are in need, leave us. The new king has no right to commit such act. Therefore we proclaim that he is illegitimate and proclaim that we shall not falter. We live in a world of hatred, and our hatred bares strong against those who defy what we had, defy the life of us, and DEFY OUR TRUST. We stand, we hate, we prevail."

Positions 15-10-13; Red, Traditionalist and Blue, Modernist

By the 15th the Traditionalist Militaries once again pushed forward giving them significant gains. The gains were made easier by a major modernist restructure following an explosion to the size of the AVA. However the situation in Lorona did not improve as Modernists advance a record distance so far seen in the war. The capital however was nearly encircled by the Traditionalist southern armies. The panic in the capital was evident by the mass armament wit guns ranging from the 70s right back to the 20s. The likelihood these newly issued weapons actually make a difference was doubtful, fortunately the Tradtionalist never reached the city. The Bergen army though had been fully cut off from Werdrecht. The situation was said to have been dire and moral was reported to be extremely low.

The new state of Mantindor on the 17th officially started to parade it's self in a new smart yet slightly impractical uniforms. This was meant as a scare tactic following the century old fear of Mantindor. However it did not have the desired effect on the Modernists. No more publicity was given to it and was just left alone.

Positions 22-10-13, Red Tradditionalist, Blue Modernist.

On the 23rd October the Traditionalists signed a deal with Esdaad that would mean that Esdaad would help in the civil war but in return would be given military hardware and at the end of the war increased trade. Abbasid was horrified by the action but did not take decisive action leaving Esdaad mostly alone. Esdaad soldiers proved their worth on the open battlefield and on counter guerrilla exercises, most soldiers had fought Abbasidi in other wars that Esdaad had been involved with.

However a few days later on the 24th a more disturbing event was discovered. The major Bergenstein news company Bergenstein News wrote this report soon after: However we unfortunately have some much darker news that we must share. It starts with a small convoy of Miet soldiers in a very old ADGZ from GAW and three lorries filled with men. The lorries were old Saurer 2DMs. The troops were moving though enemy territory, but there were no enemy troops, they had retreated days ago. That is why the convoy had the obsolete equipment. They were approaching a small village which was deserted on appearance but it was soon not to be. The commander in the lead ADGZ car stotted something in a field right next to the village. The convoy drove up to it and what they saw was shocking. There were people layed out in the field. Some men went to investigate and then the true nature of the incident was discovered. The men who went to investigate found not dead bodies but not moving. Then it hit the men, the victims had been stabbed in the back severing the spinal cord. Each member of the village had been taken out of their homes and Paralysed from the chest down. They had been rendered T4 complete paraplegics. The newly injured had not been able to move. In all 785 people had been paralysed of which 30 had died in the process. People of all ages and both genders. School children in their uniforms were paralysed, shopkeepers were paralysed. It is one event to never forget. NEVER. The blame of this has not been officially placed but what little evidence there is it is the Modernists who must fall in the hands of justice. The Modernists have yet to release a statement. The exact people were not caught due to the lack of regimental numbering on Modernist troops but all Modernist troops were warned that such action would land them a nasty sentence, it was not strictly put but is was believed to be torture, which is considered a worse sentence than death in Bergenstein.

Positions 4-11-13; Red, Traditionalist and Blue, Modernist

On the Fifth of November at around at around ten in the morning Modernist troops crossed the boarder into Batavia and engaged with Aescailian troops. Modernist troops ignored the clearly displayed Aescailian regalia saying that it was a 'Dirty Traditionalist Trick'. It resulted in five death in all, two of which were Aescailian. Following the incident Grand Aescail released this statement: 'Today militants from the war torn nation of Bergenstein have crossed the boarder into our nation and subsequently opened fire on our men. Three of our countrymen have died. This is an official warning to the Modernists that if they dare ever cross into Aescail ever again in an act of war we shall act more decisively'. The Modernist Government responded with an apology. The event all in all was the beginning of the end for the civil war as such actions against non participants is illegal and gave Aescail the right to intervene with the civil war.

on the 9th November Grand Aescail went to the Sinopian Government to request assistance in the coming intervention to end the instability in Bergenstein by siding with neither side. Sinope naturally agreed to such actions believing they were due. Abbasid who had promised an invasion of Bergenstein on the sides of the Modernists changed to the Batavian-Sinopian invasion. Following this other countries promised assistance. The Traditionalists following this made a statement, well more of a plea, to the new invasion force to only invade the Modernists as they, the Traditionalists were the legitimate government, this was pushed aside and forgotten. The following day after hours of agreement the two opposing parties signed a treaty that would end the war and see a new coalition agains the impending invasion. It was received well as most citizens thought foreign invasion worse than any other outcome. The Bergen Coalition was born. The Civil War had ended.

Ending Statement

The leader of the Modernists released this statement after an entire day of negotiation concerning the new invasion with the Traditionalists.


..................Following the news that we, Bergenstein, is to be invaded by what feels every single nation on this god for saken planet; I have met with the traditionalists. The people who we have fought, now we have a common enemy. I have agreed with them to end the war, we ended the civil war yet we still do not have peace. Though before you look at me as a traitor I have secured us with some of the things we these last weeks been fighting for. I have not got us a single currency, but I have gained a law that the Skiler is to be accepted everywhere like it was originally to be. I have also created laws that will help against tax fraud, I have banned those dam internal wars. From now on we fight as Bergenstein. I have opened up our country, not just for ourselves but for future companies. A future successful economy is in reach. Our problem now is however is the impending invasion. An invasion on which we are expected to loose so dramatically is may not be worth a fight. But that paper is forgetting something. YOU. You are battle hardened. You are armed. You know what to do. For years you have been told time and time again what to do if such event was to occur. You know haw to fight, and you really better show why we can win. The Emergency Defence Act is now officially in practice on A scale. If you can hold a gun, hold it, if you can fire a gun fire it. Fire it into the heart of them. Go to that map in your mind you memorised, on every red road on that map, booby trap it. Lay explosives. Set up machinegun nests. On white roads let the enemy use the road itself, however lay traps to the side to keep them on track and most the import. The blue, protect these roads with everything, repair them with everything. BUT DO NOT STOP THE TRAFFIC. KEEP IT CLEAR. Take supplies into the shelters, hide supplies and eat the perishable items only, food will become scarce so be intelligent and plan. Save your ammunition and use every weapon you have. If you are low on weapons go to the supply depots and get more. This is a war for all of us, not just our militaries, it is for ALL of us. If we loose we will fall into that hole of no return that way that nothing good comes out. It is DEMOCRACY. That evil that prevents progress and asks for corruption. That is what you will suffer is we loose. And to you Esdaad, brave and noble Esdaad who has stuck to it true cause. We thank you, you are facing the might of our former friend. Abbasid is good, it has a skilled airforce which is its deadliest weapon, Point your guns to the sky. We have sent you plans on how to construct AA guns of all calibres. We will help you in this cause of protecting our beliefs. We thank you, and when this is over we will devote ourselves to improving you country in accordance to your traditions. Be careful Esdaad, be wise. We also look to Aescail and ask them to be wise and think what they are about to do. We ask them to consider who it was who protected them in the year of 39, and helped evacuate. We helped that nation resupply with the only cost being that they carried on fighting alongside us. We ask the citizens to look upon their government and consider that it may be time to restore the grandness in Aescail. Citizens do what is mods did and flex you voice. As voice is the single most important thing ever. Sinope, we are not so different, both cultures are based so heavily on traditions, and yet you invade us. Think what we could do, think of our similarities. Think what devastation you will cause. You must see. Look at yourself allying with powers so different to you, those difference will one day lead your relationships places they should not. No not allow it. People of Bergenstein, your future is in your hands only, use that power wisely. With that you will always win

Following this statement both parties in the war stopped all fighting though it took a few hours to pass the orders onto the combatants. Soldiers stopped and many went and shook hands with their old enemy. A fraise was trended "For protecting our future" showing that people were far more concerned about the coming invasion. In the following days full preparations were made for an invasion with the main focus on the air. The invasion finally started on the 16th named in Sinope Operation Last Christmas while many berg citizens call it the War of Treachery due to former allies taking part in the war.

International Reactions to the Civil War

The conflict in Bergenstein has received significant international attention. The USN and many governments condemned the central government's violent response to the protests, and many expressed support for the protesters' right to exercise free speech. Initially, many governments expressed support for the High King and the traditionalists, but they switched sides to the modernist movement as the death toll mounted. However, support eventually waned when both parties committed atrocities. The pinnacle of this was the attacks on Batavia which eventually caused the foreign intervention.