"The spider crawls out of Nubia and covers the realm of the Seven Seals with its webs“ -Unknown Lyncisian author, 80.318 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 Via Aylathiya from 80.300 to 80.401 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 (80.300-80.336 CE)
- 3 Unification of the Empire
- 4 Second phase: The Ejyptican War (80.340-80.401)
The Lyncisian sphere had been politically divided ever since the first wave of Lyncisian migration around 60.000 CE that marked the emergence of the Lyncisians on the galactic stage. By 80.300 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 80.300 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 (80.300-80.336 CE)
The war officially began in 80.300 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 80.301. 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 80.302. 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 80.307 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 90.307 to 80.317, 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 80.318 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 80.308, 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 80.318, after the forces tied up in Karjal joined the fighting, and by mid-80.322, 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-80.322 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 80.300 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 80.303, but they were unable to make any significant pushes. A stalemate on the western front ensued that lasted until 80.320.
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 80.304, they were desperate to find any advantage over their enemies. One such seeming advantage came in 80.305, 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 80.320, 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 80.325.
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 80.336, 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 80.387, 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 1000 light years of the Lyncisian home system were put under direct control of the new Imperial government.
Second phase: The Ejyptican War (80.340-80.401)
The destruction of the Fersaran state was observed with immense concern by the socialist Sarmite Commune. Having spent considerable resources trying to make the war drag on for as long as possible, the Nubians achieved victory well ahead of Sarmite schedule. Concerns about the security of the Sarmite state were immediately raised, as many factions within the Commune believed that the victory of Nubia and her allies would directly lead to conflict - a conflict they could not afford, being stricken with an ongoing economic crisis and political turmoil.
After it became clear that Rassilon‘s aim was to unite the Lyncisian sphere, the subject of war was brought up directly to the Council of Chairmen, the highest executive office of the Commune. While many factions in the different institutions of the Sarmite state were in favor of war, the issue proved to be extremely divisive, as several of the five Chairmen were opposed to any kind of intervention until the ongoing domestic problems were resolved.
Nevertheless, the more jingoistically inclined Chairmen eventually won over, and it was decided that the Sarmite Commune would go to war with the Lyncisian sphere.
Invasion of the Core (80.340)
After rumors of friction between the Nubians and their Seyvo allies reached the Sarmite leadership, it was decided that the war would begin in 80.340. True to their word, the Sarmite invaded the territories that would later be known as the Lyncisian Core in early 80.340. They accused the Nubian state of riling up violence in the Lyncisian-majority province of Ejyptica and used this as a justification for war, something that was seen as a fabrication by most Lyncisians across the sphere.
The Core, a region spanning an area of roughly 1000 light years around the Lyncisian system, was quickly overrun by Sarmite forces. Politically divided and possessing only negligible defenses, much of the Core was unable to offer any meaningful resistance, and by mid-80.340, the Sarmite were roughly 20 light years away from Ralteyo.
The Ralteyan Republic, a state in control of Ralteyo and the immediate area around the Lyncisian system, sent a request for Nubian aid shortly after the invasion began, but it took Nubian forces a considerable time to arrive. By the time they did, the Sarmite had already seized Ceopya, one of the oldest continuously inhabited Lyncisian colonies in close vicinity to Ralteyo, and were planning on pushing into the Lyncisian system itself.
It became clear to the Lyncisians that if the Sarmite managed to leave the Ceopyan system, the Lyncisian home system would be open for grabs. Moving to prevent that from happening, they mobilized a fleet to keep the Sarmite from leaving Ceopya. This fleet arrived in mid-80.340 and quickly moved to intercept. The ensuing Battle of Ceopya, as it is now known, was fought over a period of roughly three months in the orbits of Ceopya Prime and the gas giant Harakha at the edge of the Ceopyan system, as well as in relatively close orbit around the Ceopyan star. Lyncisian leadership quickly realized that a total victory could not be achieved here, as the Sarmite forces were too strong, so the focus was instead shifted on weakening them to the point where they would not be able to launch an offensive deeper into the Core. This plan succeeded, as while the Sarmite managed to repel the intercepting fleet, they were weakened to the point that a further push into the Core was impossible.
Quickly funneling additional resources into the defense of the Core, the Lyncisians managed to build up a formidable defense for the Lyncisian system. By the time the Battle of Ceopya ended, the Lyncisian system was too well defended for the Sarmite to attack. Instead, the Sarmite forces focused on consolidating control over more of the Core, aiming to encircle the Lyncisian system.
The Hell March (80.340-80.347)
Over the following seven years, the Sarmite attempted to put their plan into action, embarking on a campaign of system hopping in order to cut off the Lyncisian system from any hyperlanes connecting it into the other parts of the Lyncisian sphere. Moving to counter this, the Nubian-led forces desperately defended any system the Sarmite aimed to seize. Due to the massive strain this put on them, this period of the war was dubbed "Hell March“ by the fighting soldiers during its duration already.
The Hell March quickly shadowed the Nubian-Fersaran war in terms of death and destruction caused. The usage of starkillers almost trippled, with tens of thousands of star systems falling victim to the destructive weapons. This caused massive psychological damage to the Lyncisians, as the destroyed systems included some of the oldest Lyncisian-inhabited systems, their settling dating back to the first wave of migration.
The hyperlanes to the eastern Lyncisian sphere and the Seyvo-occupied regions were quickly severed almost completely, putting enormous strain on the Seyvo forces throughout the Core. Fighting desperately to keep the few passageways to the east open, the Seyvo suffered colossal casualties that they increasingly struggled to replace. As a result, they were the first to allow people from the occupied territories to enlist into their armed forces, promising them political freedom once the war ended. This offer was taken up by unexpectedly many people, who wanted to secure themselves a place in the new order of the sphere. Once this was settled, the Seyvo essentially entrenched themselves in a number of key strategic systems, aiming to grind the Sarmite down in a war of attrition.
In the western Core, the Nubian forces were struggling against the Sarmite invasion as well. While they managed to prevent the western lanes to be cut in the same fashion they had been in the east, each battle put an ever-increasing strain on the already stretched Nubian resources. By the time the Seyvo entrenched themselves in the east, almost a quarter of all Nubian resources had been eaten up. As a war of attrition was not an option to the Nubian leadership, they decided to engage the Sarmite in open battle as often as possible. This strategy proved costly, as while victorious in numerous battles, the Sarmite would respond to a defeat by destroying the stars of the defended systems. By 80.344, a total of 120 systems had been annihilated in that fashion.
Changing their strategy, Seyvo and Nubian forces started to coordinate for a counter-invasion. Neither had the resources for a prolonged push, so they adopted a scorched Earth policy similar to the Sarmite: If a world or system could not be reconquered, it would be destroyed. Starting in late 80.344, the allies engaged the Sarmite forces simultaneously. This push was initially highly successful, kicking the Sarmite out of several dozen systems, but slowed down by midyear of 80.345. True to their strategy, each system or world they could not take was destroyed, though they did warn the populations of the systems beforehand, if there was one, and assisted in prior evacuation if possible.
The counterattack proved successful in taking back the hyperlanes leading to the east, but it drained a massive amount of manpower and resources from both Nubia and Seyvar. By the time the year 80.345 ended, they realized that they would not be able to push the Sarmite out of the Core before they completely ran out of resources themselves. In order to ensure their defeat, they would have to defeat the Sarmite decisively in battle.
Battles of Ilyeno and Melasant (80.346)
Deciding on a plan, the Lyncisian forces amassed in the Ilyeno system in the northeastern Core, as well as the Melasant system in the southwest. Strategically important gateways to the rest of the Lyncisian sphere, both systems had been successfully defended so far. Most of the Seyvo fleet was positioned at Ilyeno, deliberately making it seem like they were amassing an invasion force, while the Nubians mirrored this at Melasant. The Sarmite forces moved in quickly to prevent such invasions from happening.
Aiming to use the Dyson spheres encompassing both stars to their advantage, the Lyncisians engaged the Sarmite in open battle. They proved to be hopelessly outmatched by the far more numerous Sarmite, but the open battle was little more than a distraction. While it raged on, the Dyson spheres were deliberately overcharged, which would trigger a chain reaction that would destroy them, unleashing a massive amount of energy if left unchecked. The Lyncisians only remained in battle for long enough for the process to be irreversible, and once it was, they immediately jumped out of the system. The Sarmite, who were convinced of a decisive victory, realized the instability of the spheres far too late to jump out themselves and were engulfed in the subsequent explosions.
This victory severely weakened the Sarmite presence in the Core and allowed the Lyncisians to retake most of it. By early 80.347, the last Sarmite forces were driven out, ending the Hell March and putting the Lyncisians in a possible position for a counter-invasion into Sarmite territoty.