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UNPROVOKED WAR?

For classified reasons, the Provisional Government has ordered thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks to cross into the neighboring Socialist Republic of Zurran, from the Stavropol Republic and without a formal declaration of war.

Receiving orders from the Military High Command (codenamed Operation Restoration), soldiers and tanks duly swarmed across the border, converging upon the cities of Krasnodar and Novorossiysk, among with others. If everything went according to plans, the whole operation would be over in hours. To forestall any potential foreign intervention, the Provisional Government has declared the "crisis to be entirely of Byzantium's concerns and nobody else." Any nation that decides to intervene do this at their own risk.

To this effect, a couple of squadrons were dispatched into the air, flying toward the Socialist Republic of Zurran; the aircraft carrier, the Constantinople, and several destroyers sailed toward the coast of Novorossiysk. They are to attain aerial and naval supremacy in the region. Supreme Commander William Hans was unavailable for comment. However, the media severely criticized this. "Is it unprovoked war?" One newspaper went. "Yes, it is and for wholly no reason! This is a complete betrayal of the Provisional Government's promise and what it stood for!"

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*Surprise. That was the word to describe the reaction of the Zurran High Command at the sudden Byzantium invasion. The Zurran Armed Force were not at any type of alert. There hadn't been any need as far as various intelligence agencies were concerned. Zurran's southern neighbor had just fought an intense war in Europe and had undergone nationwide political upheaval. War was not something anyone had been expecting.*

*Army units between Krasnodar and Novorossiysk and the oncoming wave of enemy soldiers and armor were overrun and thrown back before they were of what was happening. With no naval forces of its own there was nothing to stop the Byzantium from gaining total naval supremacy. The Zurran Air Force, reacted better than their army brothers, squadrons of F-15s launched from air bases to provide ground support to the reeling ground troops and challenge the Byzantium Air Force for control of the skies over Zurran.*

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*Surprise. That was the word to describe the reaction of the Zurran High Command at the sudden Stavropol invasion. The Zurran Armed Force were not at any type of alert. There hadn't been any need as far as various intelligence agencies were concerned. Zurran's southern neighbor had just fought an intense war in Europe and had undergone nationwide political upheaval. War was not something anyone had been expecting.*

*Army units between Krasnodar and Novorossiysk and the oncoming wave of enemy soldiers and armor were overrun and thrown back before they were of what was happening. With no naval forces of its own there was nothing to stop Stavropol from gaining total naval supremacy. The Zurran Air Force, reacted better than their army brothers, squadrons of F-15s launched from air bases to provide ground support to the reeling ground troops and challenge to Stavropol Air Force for control of the skies over Zurran.*

OOC: It's Byzantium, not Stavropol. The latter's a part of Byzantium, so to say. ;)

IC:

As fighters and interceptors flew the airspace of the Socialist Republic, they saw swarms of F-15s flying toward them. However, the pilots weren't alarmed or even panicked at all. They were all confident of their superior flying skills and knew they would triumph. And they did.

The advanced Byzantine fighters and interceptors took care of the attackers fairly easily, shooting most of them down. But they did take some casualties, too: two aircrafts were successfully shot down and one severely damaged and had to be abandoned by its pilots. Squadrons of bombers, accompanying the fighters and interceptors, wreaked havoc upon the bases, putting them out of commission.

Meanwhile, on the ground, the troops continued on their advance, capturing hundreds and hundreds of surprised Zurran soldiers prisoner. They were steadily approaching Krasnodar. At the same time, two landing ships steamed from Ordu toward Novorossiysk; they were to capture the city and launch an offensive against the Zurrans from behind.

It would be a success...

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Statement from the Slavorussian Empire:

The Slavorussian Empire cannot, in good conscience, do nothing while our neighbors are invaded. This is not the first time the leaders in Constantinople have declared war against a peace loving Russo-Caucasian country. It’s time for responsible countries to prevent the loss of stable and peaceful European countries, especially in these dark times. The Byzantine military should leave immediately, and preserve the peace between our three countries. If not Slavorussia will aid in the defense of the Socialist Republic of Zurran.

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Statement from the Slavorussian Empire:

The Slavorussian Empire cannot, in good conscience, do nothing while our neighbors are invaded. This is not the first time the leaders in Constantinople have declared war against a peace loving Russo-Caucasian country. It’s time for responsible countries to prevent the loss of stable and peaceful European countries, especially in these dark times. The Byzantine military should leave immediately, and preserve the peace between our three countries. If not Slavorussia will aid in the defense of the Socialist Republic of Zurran.

*Statement to the Slavorussian Empire*

We would like to politely request that you abstain from involvement from this 'war'. As we have stated earlier, this is of no particularly concern to you. Let us deal with it, and it won't be a problem. We do not want this to come in between us.

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OOC: Stupid me. Fixed that <_<

*As the cliché goes. Cooler heads prevailed at the High Command. The paralyzing sense of shock gave way to military discipline and training as they took in the grim situation: Byzantium troops surging into the country, air supeority lost, unknown naval strength and vessal movements. A number of rapid fire decisions were made. As Byzantium bombers focused on destroying Zurran's air bases, the High Command ordered the launching of all offensive missiles. Regardless of whether they were long, medium, or short range. They were well aware that striking at te Byzantium heartland would be pointless with so long as SDI protected it. Byzantium itself was not their target, it was the Byzantium naval forces right off the shore of Zurran that every guided missile in range were targeted at. Hundreds of missiles rocketed off at supersonic speed, surely some had to get through, hopefully hit the carrier lying right off Zurran's shore.*

*The second order went out to every F-15 still in the sky: Provide support to the infantry until you are forced down. Not the most hearting words those pilots could have heard, but these were not very heartening times. Surviving F-15 pilots flew at treetop level, machine guns and air-to-ground missiles punching holes in Byzantium tank columns, slowing their advance through Zurran. Giving some ground units enough breathing room to pull back and regroup. Unengaged armor and infantry moblized and sped toward Krasnodar as quickly as they could to head off the Byzantium advance.*

*The third and final command was an emergancy moblization of every available reservist throughout the nation.*

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*Statement to the Slavorussian Empire*

We would like to politely request that you abstain from involvement from this 'war'. As we have stated earlier, this is of no particularly concern to you. Let us deal with it, and it won't be a problem. We do not want this to come in between us.

Anything that happens so close to our borders is our concern. This is not purely a Byzantine issue, this is an international issue, and nothing the Byzantine government says will change that. Byzantium has no reason to invade Zurran, they are no threat to your people or economic and political interests. Remove your military from Zurran now and you can prevent this from coming between us.

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OOC: Stupid me. Fixed that <_<

*As the cliché goes. Cooler heads prevailed at the High Command. The paralyzing sense of shock gave way to military discipline and training as they took in the grim situation: Byzantium troops surging into the country, air supeority lost, unknown naval strength and vessal movements. A number of rapid fire decisions were made. As Byzantium bombers focused on destroying Zurran's air bases, the High Command ordered the launching of all offensive missiles. Regardless of whether they were long, medium, or short range. They were well aware that striking at te Byzantium heartland would be pointless with so long as SDI protected it. Byzantium itself was not their target, it was the Byzantium naval forces right off the shore of Zurran that every guided missile in range were targeted at. Hundreds of missiles rocketed off at supersonic speed, surely some had to get through, hopefully hit the carrier lying right off Zurran's shore.*

*The second order went out to every F-15 still in the sky: Provide support to the infantry until you are forced down. Not the most hearting words those pilots could have heard, but these were not very heartening times. Surviving F-15 pilots flew at treetop level, machine guns and air-to-ground missiles punching holes in Byzantium tank columns, slowing their advance through Zurran. Giving some ground units enough breathing room to pull back and regroup. Unengaged armor and infantry moblized and sped toward Krasnodar as quickly as they could to head off the Byzantium advance.*

*The third and final command was an emergancy moblization of every available reservist throughout the nation.*

"Sir! Something's coming, and it's headed our way!" An aide frantically hurried into the bridge of the Constantinople. The Captain raised an eyebrow. "Indeed?" He inquired.

The aide nodded. "Yes, and it seem--"

WHOOSH!

Something crashed onto the water nearby, sending ripples throughout the still waters of the Black Sea. It was a cruise missile! "What was that?!" The Captain gasped, shocked, as he regained his balance.

"That's what I was trying to say! It's th--" WHOOSH! Another missile hit the sea. "Do something about it!" The Captain yelled. The aide nodded. "Yessir."

Almost immediately, the fighters onboard the Constantinople flew up into the air and moved into positions to intercept the missiles before they damaged the ships, or worse. The majority of the missiles managed to be shot down by the interceptors, in conjunction with the missile defense systems. However, some of the missiles managed to land hits on one of the destroyers, slightly damaging it.

Meanwhile, on the ground, the Byzantines began to face heavier resistance, but nothing that they can't contend with. Any Zurran aircraft and missiles that tried to shoot the advancing Byzantine troops were (for the most part), shot down. But casualties were incurred: hundreds of Byzantine soldiers were killed or wounded, and several more fighters were downed. This slowed down the advance a bit, but the Byzantines still had the overall advantage.

After all, they were nearing Krasnodar...

(OOC: Uh, I think you can't have hundreds of missiles. You can only have 50 missiles, according to ingame stats. ;))

Anything that happens so close to our borders is our concern. This is not purely a Byzantine issue, this is an international issue, and nothing the Byzantine government says will change that. Byzantium has no reason to invade Zurran, they are no threat to your people or economic and political interests. Remove your military from Zurran now and you can prevent this from coming between us.

(OOC: Justinian, the only reason I'm doing this is because Raider's moving to CNRP-R, and thus I'm reclaiming my old territory back. This war is meant to be between Zurran and Byzantium, and that Byzantium would win.)

IC: And Slavorussia has no reason to interfere in Byzantine affairs. It doesn't concern you. Just stay out, and everything'll be resolved soon. The responsibility for escalating this war now lies on your shoulders. Also, how is this an international issue?

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OOC: I did say you two could fight over it. Don't see why Justinian can't get involved. ^_^

*Zurran troops and armor poured into Krasnodar ahead of the Byzantium advance. Snipers and machine gunners set up position on the upper floors and roofs of nearly every building over two stories tall. Anti-tank personal hid in cellars, ready to ambush tanks as they pass by firing from cellar windows. Zurran forces are determined to make the expected battle for control of the capital a house-to-house struggle for any of the invading armies who dare to attack it.*

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Again this is not exclusively a Byzantine affair. Zurran is not part of Byzantium, it’s an independent country, and because they are independent they have rights and freedoms which Byzantium is violating. When one independent nation invades another it becomes an international issue.

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OOC: I did say you two could fight over it. Don't see why Justinian can't get involved. ^_^

*Zurran troops and armor poured into Krasnodar ahead of the Byzantium advance. Snipers and machine gunners set up position on the upper floors and roofs of nearly every building over two stories tall. Anti-tank personal hid in cellars, ready to ambush tanks as they pass by firing from cellar windows. Zurran forces are determined to make the expected battle for control of the capital a house-to-house struggle for any of the invading armies who dare to attack it.*

OOC: Ah, that's true... <_<

IC: However, suddenly and unexpectedly, Byzantine soldiers and tanks stopped right in front of the Zurran capital. Byzantine fighters, interceptors, and bombers began flying back to the Constantinople to refuel. Byzantine troops began rearming, evacuating their wounded, treating any wounded Zurran soldiers they captured, and the like. They held their positions in front of Krasnodar while the Provisional Government sent a highly-classified telegram to the Zurran Government, outlining peace terms:

* The Socialist Republic of Zurran is to immediately and unconditionally surrender to the Provisional Government of Byzantium, and Byzantium as a whole. 
* The Socialist Republic of Zurran shall accept Byzantine sovereignty over its territories and people. In exchange, Zurran shall be allowed to retain a degree of autonomy and shall be allowed to run its own state of affairs within the Byzantine state. 
* Citizens of the Socialist Republic of Zurran shall become, immediately upon surrendering, Byzantine citizens and accorded full rights and liberties, of which shall be protected and assured by the Provisional Government and subsequent Governments. 
* Byzantium shall assume Zurran's debts and obligations.

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*Zurran forces used this lull to the fighting to move ever more troops, armor, artillery, and weapons into the capital. Reservists were armed and readied, scouts reported the strength and positions of Byzantine units. Fall back positions were set up, buildings of various size and shape turned into fortnesses.*

*President Sevan Naum, who refused to leave the capital, having said he would not do so if there was still one ZRA soldier still fighting. Replied to the Byzantine demands with a simple six word response.*

"We refuse all terms of surrender."
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*Zurran forces used this lull to the fighting to move ever more troops, armor, artillery, and weapons into the capital. Reservists were armed and readied, scouts reported the strength and positions of Byzantine units. Fall back positions were set up, buildings of various size and shape turned into fortnesses.*

*President Sevan Naum, who refused to leave the capital, having said he would not do so if there was still one ZRA soldier still fighting. Replied to the Byzantine demands with a simple six word response.*

The Provisional Government sent another classified dispatch:

What is the reason of your refusal? Perhaps we could come to an agreement regarding this? In addition to the original terms, this is what we have in mind:

* The Zurran people shall be accorded full rights and liberties as Byzantine and Zurran citizens. They shall have the right to exercise regional autonomy under the unified leadership of the Byzantine Government.
* The Provisional Government, as well as any subsequent Governments, shall help to bolster Zurran's national defenses. 
* The Government shall not alter the existing political system in Zurran. All public offices currently in Zurran shall be maintained, as usual. 
* Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, along with other rights, shall be protected. 
* Zurran language shall be developed, step-by-step, and with Byzantine assistance. 
* Zurran businesses and industries shall be developed, step-by-step, and with Byzantine assistance, protection, and support. 
* Zurran troops shall become a part of the Byzantine Army, and shall be eligible for honors, medals, and other honors that are applied to Byzantine citizens.
* Any more concerns shall be further assessed, considered, and taken into account.

We urge you to reconsider this carefully.

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Slavorussian Message to Zurran:

The Slavorussian Empire is sympathetic to your cause. Byzantium’s invasion of your country is unjust and we won’t sit by while a neighbor is invaded. We are prepared to send troops and equipment in your defense. All we need is permission to enter your borders.

Message to Byzantium:

Slavorussia is prepared to send our military into Zurran and defend the country from your invasion forces. We do not want to see this situation get out of hand, so we ask that you end your campaign and remove your troops from Zurran. If not we will take necessary actions to ensure Zurran remains independent.

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The reply to Byzantine's demands came swiftly:

There is nothing to consider. Byzantine has invaded it's northern neighbor, which has done nothing but look after its own internal affairs, for no reason but the imperialist drive to conquor and expand. Byzantine wishes peace? Than why did you start this war? You do not want peace, you want this nation to be part of your own. Rather than purse a relation of peaceful co-existence and mutual respect you have decided to seize what you can. Again I say -we- say, The Socialist Republic of Zurran rejects these terms of surrender. You want this nation? Come pry it from us!

The reply to Slavorussian's offer of help:

Whatever help you wish to sent is welcome and the you have the gratitude of the entire nation of Zurran for your support during these bleak times of our nation's history
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Slavorussian Message to Zurran:

The Slavorussian Empire is sympathetic to your cause. Byzantium’s invasion of your country is unjust and we won’t sit by while a neighbor is invaded. We are prepared to send troops and equipment in your defense. All we need is permission to enter your borders.

Message to Byzantium:

Slavorussia is prepared to send our military into Zurran and defend the country from your invasion forces. We do not want to see this situation get out of hand, so we ask that you end your campaign and remove your troops from Zurran. If not we will take necessary actions to ensure Zurran remains independent.

*Message to Slovorussia*

We are currently undetaking a pause, and we shall remain where we are for a while. Be forewarned, however, that the entry of Slovorussian troops into Zurran, even with permission, shall be treated as an act of hostility against Byzantium and shall be treated accordingly. So, we ask that you stay out of our affairs, lest we interfere in your future affairs from now on.

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*Message to Slovorussia*

We are currently undetaking a pause, and we shall remain where we are for a while. Be forewarned, however, that the entry of Slovorussian troops into Zurran, even with permission, shall be treated as an act of hostility against Byzantium and shall be treated accordingly. So, we ask that you stay out of our affairs, lest we interfere in your future affairs from now on.

Perhaps Byzantium has missed the fact that this is not only an internal Byzantine issue. This is a war against another independent country. The age of imperialism is over, the sooner Byzantium recognizes that the sooner we can all go back to our normal lives.

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OOC: Geez, Justinian, you surely ARE determined to get my former territory, aren't you? :unsure:

IC: War? We have not issued a declaration of war. But very well, we shall withdraw in time -- but only with the request that Slovorussian troops don't enter Zurran territory when we do withdraw.

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The response came swiftly, too:

You sure? This is your last chances.

OOC: Justinian in case you missed it I've granted permission for your troops to enter.

*There was no quick come back to the Byzantine's final message. President Naum was not actually considering to Byzantine's surrender terms. He sat in a his chair behind a desk locationed in an underground bunker under the General Assembly. He was not going to reply. Period. The longer the Byzantines waited for his answer, the better ready the Zurran Red Army when the Byzantines made there push into the capital and hopefully the sooner the Slovorussians could come to their rescue. So he sat and waited.*

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ooc: lol I just like to be difficult, and this was a good chance have a little fun.

ic: Slavorussia has no need to send troops to Zurran if there is no threat to it's continued independence. If Byzantine troops withdraw, then there will be no reason for Slavorussian soldiers to deploy.

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ooc: lol I just like to be difficult, and this was a good chance have a little fun.

ic: Slavorussia has no need to send troops to Zurran if there is no threat to it's continued independence. If Byzantine troops withdraw, then there will be no reason for Slavorussian soldiers to deploy.

OOC: Oh, lol. :P

IC: Hm, why are you concerned about 'threats against continued independence of another nation', especially when you didn't take any actions in the past when Byzantium, in one form or another, basically did the same thing? When Nova Roma invaded the former Agean Empire, another independent nation, you didn't do anything. When Byzantium invaded the Principality of Novorossiysk, you didn't do anything. When Byzantium invaded the Marxist Republic of Azzar, you didn't do anything. Why this time? Please do tell.

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The world was much different back then. Slavorussia was happy to appease Nordland and New Roma while their armies advanced across Europe unopposed. Now those days are long gone, and we will not look the other way while peaceful and stable nations are invaded, especially when Europe is lacking countries of that caliber.

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The world was much different back then. Slavorussia was happy to appease Nordland and New Roma while their armies advanced across Europe unopposed. Now those days are long gone, and we will not look the other way while peaceful and stable nations are invaded, especially when Europe is lacking countries of that caliber.

Ah, that is but an opinion of one nation. What does the international community have to say about this?

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Ah, that is but an opinion of one nation. What does the international community have to say about this?

We can't speak for others, but this has all the earmarks of a classic imperialistic move. Please withdraw your troops.

If Jed and Aaron Constantine were in power, this never would have happened.

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