The largest stars go out in a blaze of glory, often leaving behind chaotic remnants, the most extreme objects in the universe. Such stars, in particular the giant stars, burn through their fuel very quickly, having life spans lasting relatively short periods. Much in the same way, the Triumvirate Civilization, the mightiest in the universe at the time, collapsed after a relatively short life. In what is known as the War of the Final Transition, one of the most powerful and influential civilizations to ever have existed met its end. In a violent explosion of conflict that was building up for millennia, the ancient universe ended, ushering in a new era of civilization, the Common Era. The War of the Final Transition, also known as the Triumvirate Civil War or the War of Erasure, was a galactic-scale civil war lasting from 1,285 BCE to 210 CE taking place in and around the Via Aylathiya galaxy. At first, it only involved two states within the Triumvirate Republic, 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 common Magi as soldiers. The death toll is entirely unknown, with estimates ranging from 1 to 7 quintillion, dwarfing the death tolls of almost any other conflict in Via Aylathiya.
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 its sister state of 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; much of the history of the Triumvirate Civilization from before the war comes from third party documents and archeological evidence, with original documents being a rare find. The war is directly responsible for the existence of nearly every modern nation within Via Aylathiya.
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. Since the Un'oit were unassociated with any galactic powers at the time, few batted an eye. It took until the attack on Florenta for the conflict to truly begin. Within weeks, the other states in the Triumvirate declared war on the Yohjan Confederacy. The second main phase of the war began in 763 BCE when the Federal Government 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 a nearly a fifth of Via Aylathiya. Hailing from the peaceful Inflorescence region of Aylathiya, the Triumvirate quickly exerted its dominance over the galaxy. After besting Sedrua in the 60,000s BCE, the Triumvirate would become the most powerful military, economic, and diplomatic power not only in Aylathiya but in the entire universe. Despite appearing seemingly out of nowhere, the Triumvirate became a defining aspect of the galaxy.
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 dissidence 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. It is not known why the Three stopped paying as much attention to their states. While historians argue over the Three's reasoning, no conclusive evidence has been found to definitely state why. What is known is how they maintained their detached yet firm control over their states.
The Three maintained their control using automated resource distribution facilities. 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 received more investment from the federal government. The states would compete constantly for resources, simultaneously causing them to advance technologically and militarily. While at first this was an issue, the federal government preferred having a large military even if it was the states that controlled it.
Since the beginning of the Republic phase of the Triumvirate, 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. Quickly, these attempts escalated 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 within Inflorescence, close to the federal government, and had large military reserves; it had little to fear. Even so, 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 Ibaradism. 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 escalation.
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."
As the tension among the Triumvirate's states became nearly palpable, Hal Drusus became president of the Yohjan Confederacy. In 1,317 BCE; he began to fulfill his various campaign promises. His election was a huge point of contention between the Yohjans and the other states as he advocated for war against neighboring states, was a Human supremacist, and was explicitly in favor of forcibly 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 cease these activities. The Yohjan Confederacy, however, ignored this message and continued its invasion. Quickly advancing across the vast and sparsely populated Un'oit space, the Yohjans made short work of what defenses they did come across. 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.
While the invasion of Un'oit Space continued on, the Confederacy greatly increased its presence around Nocturne. Florenta increased their presence in turn, causing what is known as the Nocturne Crisis. The galaxy held its breath as the posturing of the two states would greatly increase the likelihood of conflict. In 1,285 BCE, war began with Yohjan craft firing upon Florentan ones. States such as Dotskgard, The Lowuks Entente, and the Orcubor Coalition immediately declared war on the Yohjan Confederacy. Mahou and the Vexlores remained neutral on the side of the federal government while the Great Intendancy fought against the Yohjans without being aligned with the rest of the Local Axis. War began in 1,285 BCE.
Course 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, an invasion in the region would surely cause them to become involved. The goal was to occupy their Aylathiyan territory, build up significant 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 all Triumvirate territory in Via Aylathiya.
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, Florenita'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 the Entente by itself was in no way a match for the Yohjans. Smaller states only had the goal of fighting to secure their long-term sovereignty.
External nations not part of the war also had a vested interest in the conflict. 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 "all that is good" 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 Humanity gaining complete control over the Triumvirate to centralize authority.
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 Florenta, taking control of it as "prophet-king." 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 Aggregate Aylathiya, 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 nation were to significantly weaken.
The Administrator invested heavily in defense of federal territory in Martial Space, the most likely invasion point given its proximity to Sedrua and Commonwealth of Aggregate Aylathiya, two nations that could threaten this valuable territory. No invasion would ever come, however. Legio themself moved to Martial Space to watch over the creation of the defensive infrastructure while the Administrator 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 Torlak's star system and Torlak itself was visible to the naked eye from the vantage point of the ships.
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 their new capital.
After several months, the Yohjan ships had to retreat or the rapidly multiplying P. Pestentia would have overtaken their ships. Even though the Un'oit were beginning to lose control of the creatures, their main goal of protecting Torlak was accomplished. The defeat was as unexpected as it was humiliating. It was never officially declassified and no records of the battle exists outside of Un'oit documents. 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 Aylathiya proved to be a useful asset.
Via Aylathiyan Front
While Un'oit Space was quite demanding, the bulk of the Yohjan Confederacy's military was free to engage with its enemies.