"The spider crawls out of Nubia and covers the realm of the Seven Seals with its webs“ -Unknown Lyncisian author, 99.318 CE
The First Eastern War was a 101-year-long conflict taking place across the entire Lyncisian sphere as well as the southern Sarmite Commune in Aylothn from 99.300 to 99.401 CE. Fought between the Lyncisian kingdoms of Nubia, Fersara and their respective allies, the war later escalated when the Sarmite Commune intervened.
Commonly referred to as „The Unification War“ by Lyncisians, the war would mark the beginning of a unified Empire of Lyncis.
- 1 Background
- 2 First phase: The Nubian-Fersaran War (99.300-99.336 CE)
- 3 Unification of the Empire
- 4 Second phase: The Ejyptican War (99.340-99.401)
The Lyncisian sphere had been politically divided ever since the first wave of Lyncisian migration around 80.000 CE that marked the emergence of the Lyncisians on the galactic stage. By 99.300 CE, the sphere was divided into eight major Lyncisian nations, several smaller buffer states in between and the Sarmite-occupied region Ejyptica. Two of the most powerful states, the western kingdoms of Nubia and Fersara, had been in a tense rivalry since their respective formations and spent most of their history on the brink of war.
Nubia, led by the relatively young king Rassilon XII Vremin, had recently undergone sweeping reform, replacing the old autocratic system with a constitutional monarchy that allowed equal representation of all species, worlds and social castes of the kingdom. Seeing this, many residents of the neighboring rival kingdom demanded similar reforms, only to be met with the iron fist of the Fersaran state. Fersara subsequently blamed Nubia for inciting the protests, which were turning more and more violent as time went on. Tensions rose as alliances were created throughout the Lyncisian sphere, guaranteeing that once the inevitable war between the two kingdoms broke out, almost the entire sphere would be dragged into it.
The starting shot came in 99.300 CE, when a ship carrying several high-ranking ministers of Rassilon’s government was shot down above the border world Nisha Eddis. All passengers died, and the Nubian government quickly accused Fersara of conducting the attack. Fersara denied this vehemently, but still issued an order of total mobilization. Nubia followed suit, and by the end of the early year, the two kingdoms, and by extension every independent state in the Lyncisian sphere, were at war.
The Sarmite Commune, which lies north of the sphere, watched these developments with extreme concern. As they were in control of the majority-Lyncisian region of Ejyptica, they were highly concerned that a powerful Lyncisian state could emerge from this conflict. The Commune would spent most of the early war trying to destabilize the warring nations to ensure that whatever state emerged from this conflict would remain too weak to pose a threat.
By the time the war broke out, most of the Lyncisian sphere was undergoing a cultural revolution. Mainly led by the youth of the different nations, of which Rassilon XII was a part of, many people shifted their focus away from what divided the different Lyncisian peoples to what united them. Finding common ground in language, religion, culture or a number of other factors, the Lyncisians increasingly started seeing one another as one people divided by political circumstances, a mindset that was not prevalent before.
The fact that this cultural shift was taking place at the same time as the war began is often cited as the reason why anyone was able to unite the Lyncisian sphere at all. Many argue that without the shift taking place, the Empire may well never have existed.
First phase: The Nubian-Fersaran War (99.300-99.336 CE)
The war officially began in 99.300 CE when Nubia formally declared war on Fersara. Dragging in all of their allies, the war spread throughout the sphere almost instantly. Nubia, being allied with the powerful nations of Seyvar and Caitre in the eastern and central southern sphere respectively, quickly gained the upper hand in the conflict.
The eastern front: Seyvar and Caitre vs. Collus, Karjal and Deryllia
Seyvar and Caitre launched invasions into the Fersaran’s southern allies, Collus and Karjal, in 99.301. They quickly managed to overrun any defenses the Collusi and Karjali put up and knocked both nations out of the war by the end of 99.302. The Fersaran’s northeastern ally Deryllia remained a thorn in their side, however, successfully repelling three Seyvo invasion attempts and even launching a counter-invasion in 99.307 that came close to taking the Seyvo capital before being repelled. Upon seeing this, the Karjali began a guerilla campaign against the occupying powers.
This led to one of the most notorious crimes of recent Lyncisian history, the Karjali genocide. Over the span of 10 years, from 99.307 to 99.317, a total of 77 worlds were completely sterilized, the capital planet Karjal was reduced to rubble and trillions of Karjali were either killed or displaced. The genocide remains a deep scar in the Karjali conscience to this day and was a source of internal strife until recently. Despite their fierce resistance, however, the Karjali were unable to drive the occupying forces out. The resistance largely died out by 99.318 and an independent Karjal ceased to exist.
Meanwhile on the Deryllian front, the Seyvo and Caitian forces were able to push the Deryllians back to their border in 99.308, despite heavy resistance, after which followed a period of stalemate with neither side being able to gain the upper hand. A large push into Deryllia finally followed in 99.318, after the forces tied up in Karjal joined the fighting, and by mid-99.322, the Deryllian capital was under siege. During the siege of Deryllia, the Seyvo used commando squads to weaken the planet‘s defenses for the first time, a tactic that would become commonplace in later Lyncisian wars. Through these tactics, the Seyvo were able to launch one final attack, taking the planet in late-99-322 and putting an end to Deryllian resistance and statehood.
The western front: Nubia and Fersara
Possessing the technological edge, the Nubians were able to launch an invasion in 99.300 that almost immediately took the northern border sectors and threatened the Fersaran heartlands. Under orders of Rassilon himself, the occupied territories were to be immediately reformed in the Nubian political system’s image, for now under military oversight. The Fersarans, possessing a larger manpower-pool than the Nubians, quickly launched a counter-invasion in 99.303, but they were unable to make any significant pushes. A stalemate on the western front ensued that lasted until 99.320.
The fighting on the western front was considerably more vicious than in the east. Both sides threw in more and more resources in an attempt to break the stalemate, almost all of which failed. Casualties rose quickly, and by the end of 99.304, they were desperate to find any advantage over their enemies. One such seeming advantage came in 99.305, when the Sarmite Commune started supplying both Nubia and Fersara without the other knowing. This was part of the Commune‘s plan to play off the states against one another to prevent a powerful Lyncisian state from emerging, as they wagered the Lyncisian nations would destroy one another with the weapons provided. These weapons included ones that were formally banned across the entire Lyncisian sphere, such as Starkillers capable of destabilizing stars, essentially weaponizing them to wipe out enemy systems.
The situation only changed in late 99.320, after Nubian-allied forces that had previously been tied up in the east finally arrived in larger numbers. The neighboring Caitre launched an invasion into southeastern Fersara and Seyvo forces started aiding the Nubians in the north. After launching one last attempt to stop the allied advance, the Fersaran forces were almost entirely routed during the battle of Ina Sigor, a system considered to be the entry into the Fersaran heartlands. The following Nubian invasion saw victory after victory for the allies, though the Fersarans fought vehemently, slowing down the advance. Unable to stop the advance entirely, however, the Fersaran capital fell in 99.325.
The invading forces, most of whom were veterans of the fierce fighting of the stalemate, proceeded to put Fersara to the torch in its entirety. Fersara, a planet that had been settled around the same time as the Nubian capital Ela Eddis, was subsequently stripped of all its resources, its cities bombarded and many of its inhabitants either displaced, killed or sold into slavery in the Caitian Republic, in which slavery remained legal until unification. Despite the fall of the capital, however, Fersaran forces, aided by the Sarmite Commune, continued their resistance and fought the Nubians and their allies until the last pocket of resistance was wiped out in 99.336, officially ending the first phase of the war.
Unification of the Empire
Once control over the occupied territories was solidified, Rassilon began backroom negotiations, first with Nubia‘s allies and then with the old leaders of the conquered nations, most of whom had been spared the fate of many of their countrymen. His declared goal was the unification of the Lyncisian nations and peoples into one overarching Empire, something that was received with mixed reactions. The most vehement opponents were the Nubian allies in the Seyvo Republic, who saw Rassilon’s bid as a betrayal and an attempted Nubian conquest. Other opponents included the Fersarans, who had little interest in being part of their conqueror‘s plans, and the Deryllians, who, while not opposed entirely to the notion of a united Lyncis, did not want one under Nubian control.
Rassilon’s bid also had its supporters, the most notable ones being the Caitian Republic. The cultural revolution that shifted the Lyncisians‘ internal perspective started there and the Caitians were openly receptive to the idea of a united Empire. The conquered Collusi were supporters of the notion as well, hoping to achieve an increase in trade for their mining-heavy economy. Finally, the Ejypticans, then under Sarmite control, looked favorably onto the idea too, with many Lyncisian community leaders starting to sway public opinion in favor of joining the Empire. The Karjali had mixed opinions on the matter, as did many of the minority species that inhabited the Lyncisian sphere. They feared getting sidelined in this new Empire, while all power rested within a single group of people, either only ethnic Lyncisians or specifically the Nubians.
Negotiations went on for decades without any meaningful progress. The Seyvo threatened to pull out several times and even preparing for an invasion of Nubia at one point. A series of compromises prevented any breakdown of negotiations however, and fears of a complete takeover of Nubian state structures were placated. Finally, the Empire of Lyncis was declared in 99.387, with the Lyncisian home world of Ralteyo as its capital and constituting of the provinces Nubia, Fersara, Caitre, Collus, Karjal, Seyvar and Deryllia. The territories within 200 light years of the Lyncisian home system were put under direct control of the new Imperial government.
Second phase: The Ejyptican War (99.340-99.401)