The Belkan War
March 25, 1995 - June 20, 1995
In 1987 the Belkan Federation conducted its Federal Law Review, granting greater autonomy to its two eastern provinces, which had previously been under costly Belkan occupation. In 1988 both provinces peacefully seceded from the Federation, splitting into the newly-independent nations of Ustio, Recta, and Gebet. Meanwhile, Belka found itself in an economic malaise; its government sold land to Osea and its eastern neighbors, including its former provinces. However, allegations that Osea covertly aided the secession movements, revelations that Osea falsified surveys to deflate the cost of the 1991 land sales, and continued economic troubles gave rise to nationalistic and anti-Osean sentiments.
The Democratic Liberal Party (DLP) swept Belka’s elections in 1992 and set the nation on a path of militarism and rearmament, with the ultimate goal of reclaiming territory they felt was stolen from them by Osean meddling and duplicity. This was accelerated with discovery of natural resources in regions formerly belonging to Belka, such as northern Ustio. Before Belka mobilized forces to its borders, a ruling by the supreme court retroactively declared the 1988 secessions illegal, legitimizing attempts to retake them by force.
Belkan and Ustio fighters skirmished as early as March 1994 over the resource-rich border region designated Airspace B7R by the Belkan Air Force. [bap] As Belka’s saber-rattling intensified, its relations with its neighbors continued to deteriorate.
Belka launched a surprise attack on March 25th, invading Ustio, Osea, and Sapin. Over the first week of the war, Belka also gained air superiority over Gebet and FATO, deterring them from further involvement in the conflict without having to commit ground forces to an invasion. By April 2nd, Belka had reclaimed all of the Great Lakes region and most of Ustio aside from its remote mountainous regions, and continued to progress into Osea and Sapin. This lightning offensive on multiple fronts was accomplished by the BAF doctrine of tactical air supremacy, denying the defending armies any Close-Air Support.
Osea announced its intention to cooperate with Sapin and Ustio on April 3rd, [truth] reclaiming their postwar borders under the Assembly of Nations' nonaggression treaty, an agreement that all parties in the war were technically subject to. The alliance would be called the Allied Forces, and was joined by Yuktobania despite their earlier support for the DLP regime. [follow] The Belkan military had overextended itself and did not launch any further offensives after the 3rd, with the Belkan Air Force being especially fatigued due to its small size. [truth] This allowed the Allied Forces to regroup and prepare counterattacks.
Over the next two months, Osea and Sapin reclaimed territory from the Belkans and moved naval assets into the Great Lakes on April 24th. Osea aided Ustio's military by committing airborne assets to their front, resulting in the liberation of Directus on May 13th.
Having been pushed back into their prewar borders, the Belkan military withdrew to two defensive lines. The Allied Forces expanded their mandate to include an invasion of Belka under the pretense of nuclear arms inspections. On May 17th they launched offensive airstrikes against the outer line, followed by suppression of air defenses along the second line on May 19th. The second strike came under fire from Excalibur, Belka's BMD laser. Six days later, Excalibur was destroyed in a deep strike carried out by Ustio mercenaries.
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