Pictures of the Civil War- Top left to bottom center
Artillery guns of the 80th Regiment bombard Vahni, December 4th, 1914
The Loyalist Dreadnought 'Monarch', July 2nd, 1915
The Loyalist Zeppelin L-C38, 1914
Unknown Sappers, 1914
The 108th Company, of the 3rd Loyalist Infantry Company
Zkto' Zovbans Rebellion
The Loyalist Forces
January 1st, 1914
December 25, 1916
4.36 Million Rebels, 5.40 Million Loyalists
3.90 Million Civilians
Zkto' Zovban, General Zecori, Admiral Adama, Captain Calder
King Allate, General Vaho, Admiral Tennzi, Air-Commander Scarzo
The origins of the Rebellion can be traced as far back as the Napoleonic wars, when the Monarchists sent armies over-seas, and brought home foreign crops. Crops which required more nutrients- More water. More efforts. But they cash-crops. Uvoanian farmers descended on them with a fervor. Used up all the nutrients. This lead to a decade of famine- To the absolute upheaval which inspired Zkto' Zovban to write 'Volan Tzaese'- Or, roughly, 'This Rebellion'. He called for a removal of the foreign goods... Which would mean a removal of the Monarchy, to distribute power to local sectors.
Other flagrant violations of human decencies were included within this book- For example, the average tax-rate on the nearly broken working class was close to 85%, while the upper-class businessmen paid limited taxes, 10-15%. Many of the poor working class could not afford to pay this, and as such, farms were often sold to rich and wealthy land owners. This pushed many people out of their farms, and into the cities where their trades as farmers had no use. This lead to a falling out of experienced farm labor, which lead to rapid crop failure. This in turn lead to the wealthy land-owners buying more farm land to make up for their losses, and the cycle repeating.
Over a 30 year period, from 1870 to 1900, it is estimated that over 70% of Uvoanian farm-land was sold into the hands of wealthy land-lords, and nobles. This displaced an estimate 13.8 million people from the country side into the farms, and would lead to engulfing famine as city food-stocks began to drain rapidly. This would lead to food and hunger riots between 1905 and 1910, which crippled Uvoan as an economic nation. It was around this time that Zkto' Zovban began to write the book 'Volan Tzaese'.
In this 30 page book, he would present 5 times the Monarchy had failed Uvoan, and how they could be fixed by a democratic system elected by the people. The five points in basic follow-
How to fix it
Detached from Society
Locally elected 'Turaga'
Failing to act on behalf of poor farmers
Farming subsidies, trust-busting
Failing to adequately feed the people
Re-prioritizing local crops, instead of cash-crops
Failure to be held accountable
Elected officials would always have to answer to votes, when re-election cycles come around
Failure to build up the local economy
Elected officials are more likely to be re-elected after a period of economic growth
For the time, many of these 5 principles were incredibly revolutionary to Uvoan, and would worm it's way into the minds of all those who read the book. This small book, published at the cost of 25 cents each, would sell 56 million copies- Or all of Uvoan's working population, at the time. It would also work it's way over-seas, but was largely ignored as the Great War began to form.
The opening months of the Rebellion were characterized by chaos- The Rebellion, getting it's feet, was under-cut a dozen times by the Loyalist forces. No battle emphasized this more than the First battle of Pter- An important supply junction, on the Uvoanian Rail Network. This city would see dozens of battles throughout the war, but this initial battle is one used most common to paint the early pages of the Rebellion-
An outnumbered rebel force, which had occupied the town after the Loyalist Army had left earlier in March, would be crushed by the over-whelming firepower of the Loyalist army, which dragged over 15,000 artillery pieces into position to bombard the town into dust. The rebel force would surrender after 2 weeks of siege, with all the rebels being killed in 'reprisals' by the Loyalists.
In contrast, the Rebellion was always fighting on the back-foot, rarely having the strategic initiative. They enacted a brutal campaign of hit-and-run, raiding hospitals, prisons, and anything else to drive a dagger into the heart of the Loyalists. Alongside this, they fought a brutal campaign of infiltration- One of the largest examples of this would be the detonation of the Voroan Magazine- An explosion which would kill nearly 75,000, when nearly a million pounds of ammunition, fuel, and gunpowder was detonated inside it's magazine, within the Voroan Armory, underneath Voroan Central Station. This would cripple the Loyalist supply lines for the next few months of the war, and some historians point to this as being the turning point in the early stages of the war.
Of course, besides these larger battles, Loyalist cavalry units would run rampant through the countryside, looting and burning villages that were suspected to support the Rebellion. This chaos would wipe out entire towns- Or drive the remnants to join the Rebellion. Among these, would be Zkto' Himself, one of an estimated 1.2 million displaced in this stage of the war. Many of them would join just in time for the siege of Vahni...
The Rebellion, during this time, was forced back to the city of Vahni- Which they had taken in a sudden coup de'tat, in the first week of the Rebellion. The city had become home to many refugees fleeing the Loyalists, and was swelled to have a population of nearly 2.2 million. By the time the siege had ended, only 158,000 of these civilians would survive.
The last rebel force to enter the city was the command elements of Army Group Center, on the 1st of April, 1914. With all the rebel soldiers flooding in, an estimate 3 to 3.5 million were packed into a city which usually housed a total of 1.7 million.
Outside the city, rebel forces which were cut off would continue fighting- Guerrilla warfare, and striking from the shadows. An estimate 175,000 rebel soldiers were caught outside the city, with 25,000 re-grouping with the Rebellion when the siege ended in 1915.
The siege itself officially started on the 3rd of April, 1914. The Loyalists, during the course of the 356 day long siege, would fire an estimated 120 million shells into the city, leveling the coastal city to below sea-level in many areas, causing excessive flooding and casualties as the tides flooded the city every night, drowning those who didn't managed to get above the sea-level whenever high-tide came.
Throughout the course of this siege, the Rebels, under the cover of darkness, would often sortie into the Loyalist lines, raiding for supplies, and destroying ammunition caches. This would ultimately lead to a series of counter attacks spanning from the 7th of Feburary, to the 23rd of March, where the Rebellion would break out of the Vahni pocket, and encircle the loyalist armies which had been besieging them- During which the Rebellion, in a fit of rage, would wipe out around 2.3 million Loyalists caught within the reverse pocket. This would cause the Rebellion to over-take land rapidly, as the Loyalist forces had grown lazy over the extended year of siege warfare.
During the 356 days of siege, around 2.1 Million civilians were killed, and 1.7 Million Rebel Soldiers. 2.3 Million Loyalist soldiers caught within the pocket were killed
This would mark the beginning of the end. for the Loyalist forces.