Superskippy123 Posted April 29, 2010 Report Share Posted April 29, 2010 (edited) In the preceding two millenia the Kingdom of Samaria had existed at different times but in short intervals. They ranged in extremes from the record length of a 113 years in the 2nd century under King Omri VI and a record low of 121 days in the early 16th century in the anti-Khajar rebellion. Thus despite these fiery outbursts the Samarian people had never been capable of retaining their homeland's independence. The weight of outside powers had been too great to resist. Their people were too small in number and weak in strength to long keep the strategic Samarian land free of the invaders. So for the past four centuries the Samarian people had taken comfort in their tribes and their culture, tilling the land under the domination of the Khajar Empire. In the early 20th century natural gas and small oil fields had been discovered in the region it enriched the population though a substantial amount went to the central government causing great consternation amongst the populace. [IMG]http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x192/superskippy/early_oil_filed_250px.jpg[/IMG] The flash point came in the late 1980's when the patrons of the decrepit Khajar Empire ceased support for the regime. With a balance of payments and budget crisis mushrooming the grip on the various ethnic provinces of the Empire began to weaken. There were increased demands for autonomy from the far flung provinces and regions, these were backed up by stirring disloyalty in the ranks as ethnic leaders wooed their fellow conscripts and undermined the provincial authorities. In the midst of this long dormant Samarian political leaders suddenly sprang forward and began to open up networks abroad to acquire funnel arms to the provinces of Samaria. They found ready donors with the various rivals of the Khajars. As arms were being acquired the situation in the Empire continued to deteriorate. Attempts to curtail the rising dissension with a greater application of police force had failed in several provinces and led to violent clashes, soon troops were deployed from the capitol of Quramshar to put down the riots. This backfired as the riots bloomed into armed clashes and regiments began defecting on the basis of ethnicity. In response to the perceived weakness of the regimes response, the Khajar monarchy was overthrown by a military coup establishing a royalist influenced military junta. They instituted an Imperial wide curfew and ban on protest and authorized brutal measures of state security forces. In Samaria the nationalist spirit was finally being stirred. Encouraged by the chaos and riots in other countries, a crowd 20,000 strong organized by the Samarian Crown Party (SCP) an underground nationalist-monarchist political party marched in Shomron. The holy city was the economic, cultural, and demographic capitol of Samaria and the heart of the Samarian people. Centered there was the Tomb of the Prophets and the old Temple along with the ancient royal palace which was occupied by the provincial governor. The crowd was demanding the Khajars cede control of all Samarian heritage sites as well as vacate control of the city allowing it to come under Samarian control. The conditions in a normal time would have been outrageous to the Khajars, but in the tense atmosphere in the Empire it was seen like a dagger. Governor Bayzd sent police and paramilitary forces into the streets before the Royal Palace to block the crowd. [IMG]http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x192/superskippy/riot.jpg[/IMG] An archived account from an international news network of what follows can be reviewed: A man in uniform and riot gear stepped up before the gate of the Royal Palace with a mega phone attached to an amplifier on a security APC. "Citizens I am Colonel Dayik of Imperial Crown Security Forces, I urge you and warn you to disperse for your own protection. You will receive this warning once. Only once. We will give you 10 minutes to begin to comply." For the next few minutes one can hear insults roiling through the crowd and eventually the crowd surged forward as rubbish and stones were hurled through the gate. At first it seemed unclear what is going on as the first crack is heard. It was followed by another, and another, and finally a general volley. Security troopers with rifles and from emplaced machine gun nests began opening fire. The effect is amplified as the APC's begin to add their own cannon fire to the barrage. The slaughter was instantaneous as the first few ranks simply disappear. Hundreds fell as far as one can see from the palace grounds. The road is stained with blood and torn flesh, and sirens wail in the distance as more security forces are dispatched to pursue and completely rout the crowd. ----------------- [IMG]http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x192/superskippy/Riot-cops-with-guns-Reuters.jpg[/IMG] In the aftermath it became clear that the Shomron Massacre had killed nearly 523 civilians and led to the arrest of more than a thousand. The effects were thunderous. The SCP immediately issued a call to arms and was assisted by the timely defection of the 11th and 17th Imperial Crown Rifles two domestic Samarian raised regiments equipped with a compliment of artillery and engineering battalions. They were matched against several local Imperial regiments and police auxiliaries. The head of the SCP was Aaron Shomron, as pretender to the Samarian throne he had managed to coalesce an enormous amount of support around him. He authorized the dispensing of the stockpiled arms and explosives to the underground militia units who by the next morning had emerged in support positions alongside the renamed 1st and 2nd Samarian Crown Rifles. The goal was to take the city of Shomron quickly as a base of operations. In a wider sense their position was weaker as Khajar troops outnumbered them, but locally they had a superiority and by taking the capitol they could rally the people and demoralize the police forces still loyal to the Empire. The balance of forces in the 1st Battle of Shomron were as follows: Samarian Crown Army I SCR Rifles-1,600 troops, 11 155mm guns, Trucks/APC's II SCR Rifles-1,550 troops, 6 155mm guns, 9 122mm guns, Trucks/APC's Engineering Company- 350 Engineers I SC Irregulars- 1,500 fighters II SC Irregulars- 2,100 fighters III SC Irregulats- 900 fighters, makeshift armored cars and light cannon. Imperial Garrison I ICR Rifles- 1,400 troops I, II, III, IV Security Regiments-5,000 Police and auxiliaries. Samarian forced actually had a qualitative edge in the engagement and had the benefit of much higher morale and zeal for their cause. The self styled Prince Aaron had also authorized the opening salvo: A truck bombing of the Central Police Headquarters. A loyal police captain had stayed with the Imperial forces so he could personally deliver the truck laden with explosives. Captain Zachariah parked the truck inside the garage of the CPH. Miraculously he managed to escape the headquarters without being checked or stopped. Perhaps the security forces simply weren't expecting such an attack. When Captain Zachariah was several blocks away he triggered the explosives. The blast was so powerful it could be heard miles away. In an instant the building was sheared in two with the remaining pieces collapsing a few seconds later. Shrapnel was hurled in every direction while the garage became an ocean of rubble. The CPH had been a hub of activity when the blast was triggered and the casualties reflected it. Roughly 142 police officers had been killed outright, another 49 would die of their wounds, including the infamous Colonel Dayik, compounding the loss some 382 officials, police, and security agents were seriously wounded. [IMG]http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x192/superskippy/0_61_argentina_bombing.jpg[/IMG] The blast also signaled the Samarian offensive. Almost at once the two regiments supported by the irregular militias inside the side begin an artillery barrage and a mechanized blitz from the suburbs. Their goals were the capture of the radio and television stations and the seizure of the tactical positions within the city with an eye for taking the Royal Palace. Government troops still reeling from the blast only a few minutes before were disoriented and demoralized by the sudden 'whump' of 155mm shells crashing into their positions. Colonel Dayen of the 1st Samarian Rifles led the attack towards the central radio station. Blasting light cannon fire into police stations and crushing barricades their attack had gone off without a hitch as they arrived at the radio station. There they met resistance from Imperial troops in fixed positions. They rapidly disgorged troops from their transports and encircled the building, sending other companies off to secure other vital sites. [IMG]http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x192/superskippy/LARiot2.jpg[/IMG] Meanwhile militia forces had engaged police with automatic rifles and grenades in running street battles near the minority ethnic Khajar neighborhoods to the north. In a portend of things to come the II Irregular column under Colonel Menachem allowed his troops to massacre 70 Khajar citizens and expel nearly 4,000 from a neighborhood they had overrun. They then began using mortars and makeshift bombs to attack and terrorize the surrounding neighborhoods. Khajar police began equipping local militias to fight the Samarians. In brutal block by block fighting nearly 2,000 were killed in a frenzy of fighting. When Khajar troops and irregulars managed to retake or capture a Samarian block the civilians were killed, and vice versa. However Khajar forces were rapidly overwhelmed as troops and police had to be siphoned off to combat the regular thrust that threatened to take the city center. As a result 45,000 Khajar civilians fled as refugee's to escape the advancing Samarian militia. All told in a 100 hour period 545 Samarians and 2,420 Khajar had been killed along with 216 Samarian militia members and 493 Khajar security and militia forces. Hundreds of buildings had been destroyed as rockets, mortars, and IED's had been strewn about the neighborhood. [IMG]http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x192/superskippy/_1695828_chech300.jpg[/IMG] While the fighting raged in the Northern suburbubs Samarian forces augmented by popular militias being formed in the city hurled themselves at Khajar positions. The previously besieged Radio Station had quickly fallen after light cannon fire and sniper fire had suppressed the defenders who quickly surrendered. As the entire situation turned against the Khajar forces the local military commanders led by General Shavli who was responsible for the entire regions military forces pressed upon Governor Bayzd to initiate a withdrawal while such routes were still open. Finding him stubbornly obstinate General Shavli ordered a withdrawal unilaterally for all loyal Khajar forces to the southern city of Elom. His remaining Imperial troops began to withdraw followed by some state police and local security officials. Governor Bayzd fumed and raged but there was nothing in the immediate he could do. Others such as the local Khajar militias and some auxiliary units refused to withdraw. It was a devastating mistake. [IMG]http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x192/superskippy/prizren01_y.jpg[/IMG] When Samarian troops and militia discovered that the bulk of the Khajar forces had retreated during the night they immediately pressed the attack. Rockets, artillery, and mortar fire picked up all at once as large stocks of ammunition were expended with the hope of shattering the remaining positions. In many instances they succeeded as militia and regular forces led by the 2nd Samarian Crown Rifles reduced and destroyed a dozen key positions taking nearly 1,000 prisoners. This quickly brought them to a siege of the Royal Palace where Governor Bayzd had attempted to flee, but had been prevented by the rapid advance of the northern column under Colonel Menachem who had severed access to the highways. The palace was defended by a few hundred scared police mixed with some die hard Khajar nationalist irregulars. The storming of the palace was violent as the Samarians were not willing to use heavy weapons for fear of damaging their ancestral heritage. In a grueling three hour firefight the building was seized at a loss of 237 troops and militia. However Governor Bayzd and all Khajar personal inside the police had been killed either in battle or via quick execution. [IMG]http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x192/superskippy/30manila60021.jpg[/IMG] The city thus rapidly fell to the Samarian forces. Their militias also attacked the remaining Khajar neighborhoods killing hundreds and putting another 20,000 to flight. All told the Samarians had suffered 983 killed in action compared to nearly 2,000 for the Khajars, and some 4,000 Khajar civilians and 768 Samarian civilians had been killed. However the city had been secured, and the new government rapidly threw itself into preparing for its defense and the seizure of the rest of the Samarian homeland. The situation as of today is dire, but the Samarian people will endure and overcome. Edited April 29, 2010 by Superskippy123 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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