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The Squirrel-Wolfcloak Civil War

Squirrel-Wolfcloak Civil War


Wolfcloak rebels attack a formation of Squirrel loyalists in the streets of 21st Century Rome.


Date:
February 9th, 2020 – February 27th, 2020
(2 weeks and 4 days)

Location:
21st Century Rome Regional Message Board,
Italia, Anatolia, Africa

Result:
Wolfcloak victory

Belligerents

Wolfcloak rebels
Nuke cultists
Squirrel loyalists

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Commanders and Leaders

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Strength

A cool faction name
Lots of Skyrim references
Large database of pro-Wolfcloak memes
Willingness to commit war crimes
Regional powers
Cold political ruthlessness
A knife

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Casualties and Losses

Lots of time lol


The Squirrel-Wolfcloak Civil War, also known as the Wolfcloak Rebellion and the First Nukesade was a civil war in 21st Century Rome, fought between the Squirrel loyalists (allied with the Squirrel Military Junta) and supporters of the Wolfcloak rebel movement. The conflict originally grew from a popular rebellion against the rule of Iroma, leading to the formation of the Wolfcloak Rebels faction. Continued Wolfcloak provocations led the Squirrel loyalists to declare war on the rebels on February 9th, 2020.

The war was a nearly three-week-long political and military struggle, fought primarily on the 21st Century Rome Regional Message Board, but also in the imperial territories of Italia, Anatolia, and Africa. After gathering a massive army in Germania, the rebels marched on the city of Rome, which was later occupied by the rebellion after a tense standoff with Papal forces. Afterward, the rebels were able to launch a surprise attack on the Iroman fleet anchored in the Battle of the Bosphorous, crippling loyalist forces in the eastern Mediterranean.

The rebel armies were on the verge of invading the loyalist-held Levant when the Iroman regime suddenly collapsed on February 27th, 2020. The rebel forces disbanded shortly thereafter.

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Background


Kalends of February coup

Hostilities between the two factions initially arose after the Kalends of February Coup, during which Iroma, Chief Squirrel Officer, and Novo Senatus et Populusque Romanus, former Imperator, seized regional power. Iroma formally declared himself dictator perpetuo and began his rule by openly supporting the controversial Squirrel Cult and its paramilitary wing, the Squirrel Military Junta. Previously, many nations in 21st Century Rome had fought against the Squirrels, so neither the religion nor its followers were very popular in 21st Century Rome. Iroma further alienated his subjects by adopting the title of "Maniacal Squirrel" and attempting to supplant the older Nuke Cult with squirrel worship. In an attempt to further cement his power, Iroma used the deposed Imperator of 21st Century Rome as a hostage, holding him at knifepoint to threaten the Roman people into worshipping the Almighty Squirrel.

Rise of the Wolfcloaks

Deep discontentment with the Iroma’s rule led to the emergence of the Wolfcloaks, a political faction that opposed the influence of the Squirrel Cult within 21st Century Rome. They were led by the mysterious Titus Cleraticus, and considered themselves the "true sons and daughters of 21st Century Rome", openly calling for rebellion against the rule of Iroma. The name “Wolfcloak” was inspired by the wolf-skin headdresses worn by the Linkvelites of the ancient Roman republic. The uniform was also a reference to the legend of Romulus and Remus. The Wolfcloaks adopted the uniform as a way of honoring Roman history and tradition.

The Squirrels declare war

The Wolfcloaks quickly became notorious for posting anti-Squirrel memes and agitating for rebellion. The rising tensions between pro and anti-Squirrel partisans eventually led to a declaration of war by the Squirrel Military Junta on February 9th, 2019.

Immediately afterward, Koroskvy declared their support for the rebels. Hadrian Gladius, Holy Nuke Pope of the Nuke Cult, also declared a “Nukesade” against the Squirrels, thus bringing Olivedrabia into the war. The Wolfcloaks would also gain the support of Netherbright, Draconovox, Sperio, Koedric, Kyrata,Protos primeros, Compakt Repsublic, Republic of Texas Texas, Spayn, and Albaeara.

Oddly enough, the Squirrels were supported by strongly Christian nations like Slobodovia and Pope Landia, the latter of which would later declare neutrality after the Siege of Rome.

Many Roman nations were indifferent to the war, and chose not to take sides. Nations like Greecelandia, Romau, Mantacore, Omto, Suwaya,
Kamchakta and Novo Senatus et Populusque Romanus officially remained neutral. Greecelandia would later join the side of the rebellion.

LinkCivil War Factions Map by Koroskvy
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Conduct of the war


Opening moves

Geographically, the Wolfcloaks started off controlling most of northwestern Europe, including the northern half of Britannia, most of Germania, and the north coast of Gaul. They also held territory in West Africa. In Europe, the Squirrel loyalists only had a foothold in Dacia. Most of their forces were spread out in South Asia and Indonesia, and an outpost in Judea.

When Kyrata joined the civil war on the side of the rebels, Scandinavia also fell under Wolfcloak control.

The Siege of Rome

After gathering sufficient forces in southern Germania, the rebels began an offensive on February 14th, 2020. A massive army estimated to be 2.5 million men strong, mostly consisting of Olivedrabians, Koroskvians, Wolfcloaks and Nuke cult militias and under the command of Cleraticus crossed into Pannonia, with the intent of marching on the city of Rome. The army faced little opposition as it moved through Raetia, crossed the Rubicon, and invaded the northern provinces of Italy. Cleraticus and his allies were within striking distance of Rome.



I. Pannonia- netural, occupied by SENATVS POPULUSQUE ROMANVS
II. Raetia- unoccupied
III. Venetia- unoccupied
IV. Etruria- unoccupied
V. Roma- netural, later occupied by Pope Landia

However, the city was held by Pope Jon, an ally of the Squirrel loyalists. He refused all initial demands for the city's surrender, despite the superior military strength of the besieging rebel army. A bloody urban battle seemed inevitable.

Under the direction of Cleraticus, the various rebel armies encircled Rome and began preparing to storm the city. A no-fly zone was established over the city, preventing any chances of airlifting supplies. Large numbers of civilians began fleeing the city and were allowed to pass through the siege lines unmolested. However, many Squirrel cultists were caught at checkpoints and summarily crucified on the direct orders of Cleraticus.

In Rome itself, the streets and buildings were fortified, effectively turning the city into a "fortress" that would have to be cleared in house-to-house combat. The city's defenders numbered 50,000, consisting mostly of ill-trained militiamen armed with modern weaponry. They were also supported by Pope Landia's elite guard unit, which consisted of 189 holy warriors. The defenders had little artillery or anti-aircraft weapons but did possess a large supply of landmines.

However, the anticipated battle was avoided through diplomacy. Just before his troops were to attack the city, Clerticus sent a letter to Pope Jon, expressing his regret that the cultural treasures of the city would likely be destroyed in the ensuing carnage. He pleaded for the defenders to surrender in exchange for clemency and a guarantee to prevent looting by the besieging rebels. This letter convinced the Pope to enter into negotiations with the rebels, eventually culminating in the Holy Treaty of Rome. The treaty prohibited any looting of the city or any indiscriminate killing of civilians. The rebels also agreed to respect the sovereignty of the Vatican within its own territory, and Squirrel cultists who were arrested by the rebels would be given a chance to repent of their heresy before facing execution.

In exchange, Pope Jon agreed to renounce his support for the Squirrel faction, to not oppose the occupation of the city by rebel forces, and to recognize the authority of Titus Cleraticus within the city of Rome. Thus, the treaty legitimized the rebellion's hold over Rome while depriving the Squirrels of a major ally.

Along with a small retinue of guards, Cleraticus entered the Vatican to present the finished treaty to the pope. While the negotiations were being finalized, Republic of Texas Texas mercenaries in the employ of the rebellion accidentally fired off several rounds of mustard gas into Rome, without orders from the rebel command. Several civilians died and many were wounded. During the chaos, a group of terrorists posing as Republic of Texas Texas helicopter crewmen launched a surprise attack after pretending to have been downed by a mechanical error. The attack forced Pope Jon and Cleraticus to take shelter in the Vatican vaults, where they would hastily sign the treaty. Meanwhile. papal guards cornered the terrorists into an administrative building next to St. Peter’s Basilica and a short but violent gunfight ensued. In the fighting, all the terrorists were slain, while a Papal guard named Kaspar Röist was mortally wounded by a grenade blast. The entire incident was an unfortunate blemish on an otherwise bloodless resolution to the siege

Suwaya also intervened in the siege by sending sailors to smuggle 3,061 Squirrel cultists to the Suwayan capital of Khaleeji. This operation, codenamed "Flaming Squirrel", would lead to tense relations between the officially neutral emirate and the rebel faction.

After Pope Jon signed the treaty, the siege was lifted and the city was occupied by Wolfcloak troops. Cleraticus re-entered the city at the head of a military parade reminiscent of a Roman triumph. He was acclaimed as “Salvator Imperii” and “Magnus” by the cheering crowds. After reaching an abandoned Squirrel cult temple, he stopped to give thanks to the goddess Concord by sacrificing a sheep. He also delivered a speech to the assembled citizens, calling for the goddess Concord to help bring about the end of the civil war, and officially adopting her cult as his religion. The other leaders of the rebellion would also parade their troops in the city to celebrate their bloodless victory.

The Olivedrabian "Hell March"

In addition to aiding Cleraticus's advance towards Rome, the Olivedrabians carried out their own operations in Italy, nicknamed "the Hell March". After crossing the Alps, the Olivedrabian army attacked the city of Venice and easily captured it, due to the lack of a garrison or defenses. Nuclear Cult militias descended on the city, leading to widespread looting occurs and killings of Squirrel cultists. The number of civilians killed during the chaos is unknown, but likely in the hundreds. Olivedrabian military officials made no effort to reign in the violence.

The Olivedrabian blitz through Italia continues, but now, the "Hell March" (as the Christian populace in Italia has come to calling it) is meeting fierce resistance from hastily gathered militias, and the Battle of Mediolanum appears to have devolved into total urban warfare, with much of the citizenry mobilized, not out of religious zeal, but out of sheer desperation, in order to try to prevent what happened in Venice, from happening to Mediolanum. With this unexpected roadblock, it appears the "Hell March" has been slowed, if not stopped entirely, and, for now, the Eternal City does not face threats from the Olivedrabian horde.

The High Seas, however, are another story. The War Fleet has gathered around the major ports on Italia's western coast, and has begun a blockade. The Carriers Olivia and Gladia have launched sorties over the Penninsula, bombing strategic installations and supply lines to the cities of Pisa, Florence, and Ravenna, cutting off supplies headed for the North. The Admiral has demanded the surrender of the city of Pisa, and the islands of Corsica and Sardinia. With the lack of Nuke Cult militias in the Navy, there is little chance of an event like the Sack of Venice, and any cities that surrender to the Navy would be under the jurisdiction of the Navy and Marine Corps.

500 Olivedrabian officers, of varying rank, branch, and theater, seeing the atrocities committed by the Militias as an affront to their honor, have issued a protest to Hadrian Gladius, stating that, if the Nuke Cult is not reigned in, that they will immediately withdraw their forces from combat, and return home. A meeting is being held by High Command, with Hadrian Gladius in attendance. Rumors abound as to what will be done, with guesses from the execution of all who signed the letter to a complete withdrawal from the front. The prevailing prediction, however, is the redeployment of the militias to the African and Asian theaters, away from the watchful eyes of the public. For now, it is business as usual, with the battle of Mediolanum forecasted to last, for the very least, 2 weeks, and, at the most, a year.

The African front

All African provinces Surrounding Draconovox Territories such as: Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Mali - Both provinces, Sudan, Niger, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania have agreed to a limited occupation and Military assistance act in accordance with 'The Red African Rebellion act'.
Using the benefits of this act, Draconovox heavily invests in outer regional Infrastructure and also uses the current Airports and air fields in Chad and Sudan to launch a stealthy paramilitary strike on Iroma's forces within Judea.
Military marine forces also make movements through the Nile river where they rendezvous with Small forces from Compakt Repsublic and Koroskvy to deliver a swift coastal strike to the judean Province simultaneously.
All Iroman reinforcements and supplies are intercepted while a steady stream of supplies from Mantacore assist in ensuring a Victory for Wolf Cloak rebellions.
The casualties on both sides are minimum, and Civilian deaths are very low.
After the end of the attack Draconovox assists in Rebuilding infrastructure and ensures that the population enjoys a relatively safe life style with Draconovox and Mantacore supplies.
The Judean Province is now continuing somewhat independently but under the hand and banner of Draconovox.

Despite the nation's official stance of neutrality, the National Army of Suwaya seized control of Suez and began limiting shipments to Europe. The port remained in Suwayan hands for the rest of the war.

The Battle of the Bosphorous

In addition to aiding Cleraticus's advance towards Rome, the Olivedrabians carried out their own operations in Italy.

Collapse of the Iroman regime

In addition to aiding Cleraticus's advance towards Rome, the Olivedrabians carried out their own operations in Italy.

Use of memes

The Wolfcloaks and their supporters made use of memes to make fun of the opposing side and to rally their supporters. Additionally, memes were deployed to keep the conflict entertaining and engaging.

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Chronolgy


Geographically, the Wolfcloaks started off controlling most of northwestern Europe, including the northern half of Britannia, most of Germania, and the north coast of Gaul. They also held territory in West Africa. In Europe, the Squirrel loyalists only had a foothold in Dacia. Most of their forces were spread out in South Asia and Indonesia, and an outpost in Judea.
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Aftermath


Geographically, the Wolfcloaks started off controlling most of northwestern Europe, including the northern half of Britannia, most of Germania, and the north coast of Gaul. They also held territory in West Africa. In Europe, the Squirrel loyalists only had a foothold in Dacia. Most of their forces were spread out in South Asia and Indonesia, and an outpost in Judea.

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The Dictatorship of Wolfcloak Rebels

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