|The Dead War
Part of The Fraesian War
Acadian Propaganda implying that Folland would cause a nuclear war.
|Acadia President Alexander Johnson||Folland Chancellor Michael Moen|
The Dead War, often dated August-October 24, 2012, was a sustained state of political and military tension between the Euphemian powers of Acadia and Folland, along with their allies and puppet states. The conflict began after the Acadian Occupation of Fraesia, and escalated after the execution of Jacques Varcame and the Sovereignty Act. Folland felt threatened by Acadia's growing imperialism and attempted to remove Acadians from Fraesia through legal methods. Acadia then felt threatened by Folland and its allies, as well as economical pressure from several nations. However, Acadian forces, along with support from Marqualis, remained in Fraesia. The conflict began to calm when President Johnson gave a speech to the international community, and ended after the establishment of the Euphemian Bloc.
The Dead War's origin is sometimes referred to as the Fraesian War, which Folland was not in support of since the beginning, and started in June of 2012. However, the political and military tension began in August after the execution of Jacques Varcame. During the Fraesian War, Folland questioned Acadia's invasion of Fraesia City. Acadia responded by declaring the invasion "an act of self defense". Acadia's goal was to find the people responsible for the drone attacks on Davis, including the prime minister, Varcame. Fraesia was later divided into two countries; the South being controlled by Acadia, and the north being controlled by Varcame. This led to Acadia being labeled as "imperialist" and disapproval from several nations. North Fraesia was eventually captured by Acadia after an AIA operation to kill or capture Jacques Varcame.
On October 1st of 2012, representatives from the Government of Folland opened up a court case within the USNW International Assembly, charging the Government of Acadia with Violation of the USNW Charter, more specifically Article 4 of the Fundamental Rights, the Right to Life and Freedom. Although the nation of Fraesia wasn't under the jurisdiction of the USNW and therefore not abound to the Charter, the perpetrator, Acadia, was, and Folland used that however it could to try and force Acadia out of Fraesian politics, and the country itself. A heated debate soon followed between Folland and Acadia to which no ground was gained, and after over a month on October 13th, Folland withdrew all charges after the Acadian President made his speech, ending the turmoil.
The Fraesian War saw multiple international governments pledging their assistance to both sides. Marqualis, a recent addition to the USNW at the time, immediately backed Acadian occupation and moved five thousand troops into the region to bolster the occupation forces. Kuyrut and Kaskaskia, Euphemian neighbors to Folland and Acadia, joined Folland in it's opposition to the occupation, and both imposed economic sanctions against Acadia in an effort to force them out of Fraesia. The Commonwealth of Paradise, an Ally of Folland in Neridea also imposed sanctions on Acadia. The East Althenian country of Okaiken temporarily cut off relations with Acadia, but then re-instated them after a misunderstanding about Acadia's involvement in Marqualis's WMD's. It was said that the overwhelming sanctions ultimately forced President Johnson to make his speech to the world, ending the tension.
On October 9th in a news coverage, Folland's main news outlet, the Folland Informer reported on a deployment of Folland's 2nd Fleet which was stationed in Kristinsund Naval base on the southwest coast of Folland. The Folland High Council had ordered the deployment of the Fleet to sail north toward the Ruterian Canal which it could use to get to the South Dacian Sea. The Fleet would sail there as an investment against Acadian aggression, however tensions were eased before the Fleet even reached the Canal. They were called back to port shortly thereafter.
President Johnson's Speech
On October 9, 2012, President Johnson delivered a speech to the international community in Francistown asking for forgiveness and cooperation. His exact words:
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of the United Sovereign Nations of the World. I would like to begin today by telling you about a Fraesian man named Raymond Dubeau. Raymond was born in Oxford, Fraesia, in 1986. Living most of his life under Varcame's rule, he never knew the true meaning of freedom. In school, he was educated about the Acadian annexation of New Fraesia. He was told that the Acadians were "thieves", and stole the land that still belong to Fraesia. In his later life, he learned about how the East Fraesians succeeded from Posilliponian Fraesia for one reason: freedom. When the war started, he was among many of the protesters in Oxford demanding peace and justice. And now, Freedom is what he is getting.
I would like to address the confusion that many of Acadia's fellow union members have about the occupation. First, I would like to inform everyone that each and every man in Fraesia truly has his freedom. Even the former supporters of the Varcame government have been granted immunity, and live freely among the other Fraesians. All Fraesian citizens 18 years of age or older can now have a say in their own government. They can finally have the sense of democracy in their homeland that they've only dreamt of for years. Delegates from every corner of Fraesia have come to Fraesia City to write the new constitution; spelling out their freedom. The men and women of Fraesia will be voting at the polls on November 1st, deciding who they want in the government. They can rest assured that no one will attempt to seize power of Fraesia once again, as long as the international troops protect their new freedoms. They can return to their hometown, no-longer in ruins, and be free to leave and pursue new opportunities.
I ask every member of the USNW to forgive Acadia for its forceful invasion of Fraesia, and invite them to assist in rebuilding the nation and inspect the writing of the new constitution, if they so choose. Have we not been friendly with everyone else? We attempt to remain friendly with every nation, even if we do have our disagreements, the best thing to do is put them aside and help each other up when we stumble. 'A house divided against itself cannot stand.' This house being the Union as a whole. As the President of the Acadian Federation, I promise you that the occupation of Fraesia will end peaceably; and in the end, the Fraesians are free, the Acadians are safe, and the Union is happy. Thank you. I am willing to answer questions on this topic. Please ask any that you have and they will be answered to my best knowledge."
The speech was met with positive reactions, including Kaskaskia beginning to re-open relations with Acadia, approval from Okaiken, approval from Dantanaea, approval from Marqualis, and approval from Folland.
On Octover 23rd, in an act to stabilize the peace, Chancellor Moen of Folland approached the nations of the Euphemian continent with the proposal to establish the Euphemian Bloc. A coalition of Military and Economic power, the Euphemian Bloc is the attempt to stave off any future tensions and or conflicts between Euphemian neighbors, and unite them against any future threats as well as bring them together in mutual progress and prosperity. Ironically, the Acadian Federation immediately expressed their desire to join the Bloc. The nations of Shayden and Kaskaskia soon followed, bringing most of the mainland powers into the Bloc. The nation of Marqualis, Acadia's close ally expressed interest, however for different reasons which caused the other nations to deny Marqualis until the issues were sorted. The nation of Kuyrut remains undecided, but it is not expected to join due to its distrust towards Acadia.
The establishment of the Euphemian Bloc is seen as the official end of the Dead War as well as all political tensions between Folland and Acadia. Presently, Acadia and Folland maintain a very positive relationship, free trade; and in the near feature, the same currency.