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The Brasilistan War

The Brasilistan War, also known as the BelloCaprican-Brasilistani Conflict, was a war that lasted for two years, beginning in 2013 and finally ending in 2015, though tensions between the two countries began earlier. During the “state of war,” domestic affairs continued in BelloCaprica as usual, but both participants in the conflict put much of their economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, particularly toward the end of the war. It resulted in an estimated 27,000 fatalities. These made the Brasilistan War the deadliest conflict in BelloCaprican history.

The conflict began in late 2013 when a troubled country called Brasilistan abducted nearly three hundred BelloCaprican tourists and sent them to work in diamond mines in appalling conditions. Almost as soon as the news reached home, BelloCaprican Government and Military leaders assembled in its capital city of MikilVallé. An attempt to cooperate with the Brasilistani government was made, but they refused to return their prisoners. After six hours of discussions led by BelloCaprican president Dmitri Mikalowki, a decision was made that the best course of action was war.

The BelloCaprican government’s response to the overtures of aggression from the Brasilistanis was the tactical one—to strike only specific high-level, valuable assets in the nation. The BelloCaprican Air Force bombed key armament factories, military bases, and a military airport. Eliminating these targets not only harmed the enemy’s ability to mobilize an effective retaliatory attack, but it also minimized Brasilistani civilian casualties and made it easier for the BelloCaprican military to land troops on Brasilistan’s west coast.

Despite having had a considerable amount of cruise missiles launched at their military bases and airfields, the Brasilistanis showed no signs of giving up the fight. The BelloCaprican public opinion turned to ending the conflict, and there was a growing consensus that invasion was the only way to finish it. However, Dmitri Mikalowki did not want to unnecessarily put thousands of BelloCaprican lives at risk. The decision was made to cripple the chain of command by a decisive strike to the heart of Brasilistan. Elite commando units managed to take out the command structure of the Brasilistani military, but its remnants quickly began to attack BelloCaprican troops present in the country.

After reinforcements were landed on both the western and eastern coasts of Brasilistan, several brutal battles took place across Brasilistan, BelloCaprica coming out of all of them victorious. BelloCaprica laid down harsh justice and declared a regime of no tolerance, with instant death as a penalty, to fight back against Brasilistani insurgents, rebels, and guerilla warfare. A majority of Brasilistani forces surrendered to BelloCaprica. The BelloCaprican government accepted the Brasilistani surrender. The remnants of Brasilistani resistance soon died out, and all of the BelloCaprican hostages were returned safely.

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