The War of the Final Transition, also known as the First Intergalactic War or War of Erasure, was a galactic-scale civil war lasting from 1,285 BCE to 210 CE. At first, it only involved two states within the Triumvirate Civilization, but it soon came to involve the entire nation as well as surrounding ones. In a total war involving well over 10 quintillion total personnel (about 41% of total individuals alive in the Triumvirate), every state threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort. It saw usage of weapons unseen before in the galaxy, including the first utilization of Hardlight blades and Magi as soldiers. The death toll is entirely unknown, with estimation ranging from 1 to 7 quintillion, dwarfing the death tolls of any other conflict in Via Lacrimosa.
The War of the Final Transition is generally believed to have started in late 1,285 BCE when the Yohjan Confederacy, under Hal Drusus, attacked Florenta. Florenta's allies, Dotskgard and The Lowuks Entente, subsequently declared war. In a large number of theaters across the galaxy, the Yohjan Confederacy fought these three states. As the war went on, all sides took more and more desperate measures to defeat their enemy. The war quickly devolved into a war of attrition in which gains or losses in territory were rare. The federal government of the Triumvirate took centuries to intervene, finally doing so in 763 BCE. From then on, the war become a war not only against other states, but also against the federal government.
The war has several of what are known as "endings." The first ending occurred when the Yohjan Confederacy collapsed due to internal strife in 0 CE. Afterwards, the largest fragment of the YoC, Erstes Konsortium, started an offensive against the Triumvirate. The next ending came when Florenta and Lowuks Entente defeated the Triumvirate in a decisive battle, forcing the federal government to relocate to Martial Space as a shell of its former self.
The War of the Final Transition was so destructive that many records from before the war were destroyed or purged; most history from before the war comes from third party testimonials and archeological evidence, with actual documents being a rare find. Many times throughout history, what was known about the war was completely turned on its head by new archeological evidence. It is likely that new evidence could change a lot of what is known about the war in the future. It is directly responsible for the existence of almost every modern nation within the Via Lacrimosa galaxy.
Start and End Dates
The war is generally considered to have begun sometime in 1,285 BCE, beginning with the attack on Florenta by the Yohjan Confederacy. Some consider the war to have begun in 1,301 BCE with the Yohjan invasion into Un'oit space. Within weeks, the other states in the galaxy declared war on the Yohjan Confederacy. The second main phase of the war began in 763 BCE when the Triumvirate civilization began an invasion of almost all of its states, each one refusing to stop fighting. It invaded every state regardless of the side they were on.
The first phase of the war ended in 0 CE with the collapse of the Yohjan Confederacy. This marks the beginning of modern history. 210 years later, the Triumvirate federal government fell, ending the conflict.
The Triumvirate Civilization was an expansive superpower with sovereignty over what was essentially all of Via Lacrimosa. Originally, it was controlled entirely by "The Three," which headed the central government. Its subjects had little self-governing power. Numerous scandals, militia conflicts, and dissadence from local governors prompted a reform in the Triumvirate. In 15,089 BCE, its three leaders decided to give the provinces broad self-governing power in exchange for the states taking over the colonization of systems. They would also have to pay tributes to the newly-established Triumvirate federal government.
Overtime, the Triumvirate's leaders became less involved with their subjects. The states began skirmishing just as the provinces had, only more often. Numerous hypotheses exist to explain why they began doing this. Each state had all the resources they needed in their home territory. The most widely accepted reason is competition. The federal government allocated materiel and processed goods (beyond the capabilities of the states to produce) on a competitive basis. The states that produced the most surplus resources recieved more investment from the federal government. The states would compete constantly for resources, simulataneously causing them to advance technologically and militarily. While at first this was an issue, the federal government prefered having a large and experienced military even if it was the states that controlled it.
Since the beginning of the Republic, the Yohjan Confederacy has been far ahead of its sister states. The system created a positive feedback loop further pushing the Yohjans ahead of the other states. The other states, fearing what was known as "Yohjan Ascension," the idea that humans would become the dominant species, began taking drastic measures to secure their futures. First, these started as small sabotages and espionage. This quickly escelated into cold war. The Yohjans vastly expanded its reserve forces in an effort to secure peace through intimidation. This only caused the other states to similarly ramp up their own military spending, in particular Florenta.
Florenta was isolated in the Florescence galaxy and had little reason to fear a Yohjan ascension. In the 7,000s, it was Molonov, one of The Three and the founder of its state religion, that caused it to increase military spending. Molonov wanted nothing more than for all of the Triumvirate's subjects to follow his religion of Fuukanism. He would have forcibly subject the galaxy to his religion were it not for his peers. The Administrator attempted to make Molonov diffuse the situation and lower spending; however, this would require the approval of Legio. Legio had little interest in preventing this escelation.
Tensions between the Yohjan Confederacy and Florenta continued mounting as time went on. By 5,000 BCE the tensions increased even without outside influence. Other states within the Triumvirate began taking sides. Other comparable states, who populations despised the noxious economic system of the Yohjans and its imperialism, joined the side of Florenta. These nations formed an alliance called the "Local Axis." The Yohjan Confederacy had allies in the Interstellar Systems of Ysau and Regnum Aureiga, an independant nation.
Hal Drusus became president of the Yohjan Confederacy in 1,317 BCE; he fulfilled his various campaign promises. His election a huge point of contention between the Yohjans and the other states. He advocated for war against neighboring nations, was a human supremacist, and was explicitly in favor of forcably maintaining humanity's place as the largest producer.
In 1,301 BCE, the Yohjan Confederacy invaded and occupied large portions of Un'oit space. The Un'oit were not associated with the Triumvirate Civilization and this was not permitted by The Three. The Un'oit contacted the Three, which did, eventually, issue an official notice to the Yohjans to stop. The Yohjan Confederacy, however, ignored this message and continued its invasion. Tensions increased once more as this was the first major conflict in the galaxy in millennia. The Yohjan Confederacy destroyed thousands of worlds with no regard for civilian caussalties. Their advance was fast as well. Within a decade, their superior weaponry lay waste to most Un'oit nations. The remaining free Un'oit united to form the Un'oit Collective as a united front against the YoC. These nations had been fighting for longer than the Triumvirate existed; their sudden willingness to unite is only a testament to the devastation the YoC caused.
Florenta and the Yohjan Confederacy both had claims to the core region of Via Lacrimosa. Each had large numbers of military units in the core and, upon the invasion of Un'oit Space, the Confederacy simultaneously increased its presense in the core. This hyper-agressive behavior, predicted by other the other states, would cause them, especially Florenta, to increase their presense in the core. As ship numbers increased, war seemed imminant. The first battle of the war was called the "Battle of Nocturne," a relatively small engagement around the Nocturne black hole. It began as two relatively isolated units began hostilities, likely initiated by the Yohjans. When news of the incident came to the capitals several weeks later, war was officially declared.
As the Yohjan Confederacy and Florenta went ot war, almost the entirity of the rest of the Triumvirate came to support Florenta. States such as Dotskgard, The Lowuks Entente, the Orcubor Coalition, and the Alkan Order. Mahou and the Vexlores remained neutral on the side of the federal government. War began in 1,285 BCE.
Progress of the War
The Yohjan Confederacy had two main threats, Florenta and the Lowuks Entente. The other states, while significant, were not nearly as developed scientifically or militarily. The Yohjans would need to divide their military in two to fight the two other states at once. This posed a problem, however, given the Entente's location. Located only a few hundred light years from the seat of the Federal Government, and invasion in the region would surely cause them to become involved. The goal was to occupy their Via Lacimosan territory, build up signficant defense infrastructure within it, and make a counter-invasion possible. They would sue for peace and the federal government, pleased with the sheer superiority of the Yohjan's state, would give them sole sovereignty over Via Lacrimosa.
Florenta planned to petition the federal government to intervene on its behalf. Expecting The Three to intervene on the behalf of the majority of the Triumvirate's states, Florenta's strategy was more diplomatic. Their goal was to defend their possessions and outlast the Yohjans. Meanwhile, the Lowuks Entente was mostly interested in supporting Florenta as it was in no way a match for the Yohjan Confederacy. Smaller states only had the goal of fighting to secure their long-term sovereignty. The Yohjan Confederacy's only ally was the Interstellar Systems of Ysau. The ISY was bitter, eager to expand, and stagnant. Its decreasing population meant a sharp drop in support from the federal government due to a drop in productivity. It was a fading power eager to increase its status. It joined the side of the Yohjan Confederacy to do just this.
External nations not part of the war also had a vested interest in the conflict. For instance, Regnum Aureiga joined on the side of the Yohjan Confederacy. The simularities between it and the Confederacy culturally was a major factor in this. Florenta and the other states hoped that this would give even more of a reason to the Federal Government to intervene.
As war broke out amongst its states, The Three were divided on what to do. Molonov was in favor of immediate intervention against the Yohjan Confederacy and Legio was in favor of total nonintervention. The Administrator decided not to vote on the matter with the goal of waiting to see what was going to happen. Each of The Three had different reasons for their positions; however, only Molonov's reasoning is clear. In one of Molonov's many writings, he declared that the Yohjan Confederacy was a threat to Fuukanism and needed to be destroyed. Interviews with the fragments of Legio, called Legions, reveal what is likely a combination of curiosity and desire to weaken the states to reinstate federal control. The Legions also described The Administrator's standpoints. Its goal was likely a Via Lacrimosa galaxy united under one state, the Yohjan Confederacy.
While motivations are somewhat unclear, the results were obvious. The federal government took no action to restrain the activity of its states. Molonov, enraged by his peers' decisions, left, or perhaps fled, to Florescence where he took control of Florenta. He often fought on battlefields himself, giving a testament to his power. The federal government did give resources to support the Un'oit Collective in the form of reparations for the invasion as well as increase military spending. The capital, Veritas & Forma, was very close to territory controlled by the Lowuks Entente. The war posed quite the risk to most federal infrastructure; however, the Triumvirate was more concerned with outside interference than anything else. The Commonwealth of United Economic Nations, Quintet Payotari Association, and Sedrua, while unable to beat a united Triumvirate even together, could take advantage of this civil war and take out the Triumvirate in one invasion.
The Administrator invested heavily in defense of federal territory in Martial Space, the most likely invasion point given its proximity to Aylothn. No invasion would ever come. Legio himself moved to Martial Space to watch over the creation of the defensive infrastructure while the Administrator itself remained in Ventemir.
Battle of Torlak
The Battle of Torlak was the first major battle firmly within the conflict as significant numbers of craft had not yet reached the front lines. Torlak, one of the most ancient world of the Un'oit, became the capital of the Un'oit Collective by popular vote. The Yohjan generals decided to capture Torlak to deal a blow to Un'oit morale. In 1,280 BCE, the battle began without warning. Thousands of newly-manufactured Yohjan craft began to close in on Torlak. Within only a few months, they were within a quarter of a lightyear of the planet.
Yohjan generals expected that the only recently united Un'oit Collective's various sector officials would have little connection with the capital and neglect to protect it. This was far from the truth. Un'oit over 1000 light years away from Torlak, likely with outside assistance, genetically engineered and raised millions of space-based predatory organisms, Pestelentia pestilentia, to be friendly to Un'oit craft while hostile to outsiders. By the time the engineered P. Pestelentia made it to Torlak, it had nearly fallen. The organisms stalled the Yohjan attack, buying enough time for Un'oit to gather their forces to protect Torlak. It was a humilating upset that was so bad that Yohjan officials never declassified it.
For the rest of the war, Torlak remained as the center of constant battle, almost falling 12 more times throughout the conflict. This battle marked the first time in the war in which the native life of Via Lacrimosa proved to be a useful asset.