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"Red July"

Timeline Date:

July 19th-July 21st, 2016

Important Factions:

Ilaa's government and military; Respirador's government and military

Battlefield:

Eastern Ilaa; Respirador

Total Casualties:

500,800

Pre-War Context

In 1946, only a year after Ilaa had become a nation, and despite being aided by the Stealasbeforians from the far west, they needed more help. The supplies weren't arriving fast enough for the ever increasing amount of settlers in the small Ilaan towns and it began to seem that they'd never make it by themselves on their own. However, the Stealasbeforian Prime Minister at the time, Naimad Rohtua, made a suggestion that they should seek the aid of the country of Respirador just across the ocean from the far east. Believing it to be a very good option, they sought out the Respirators for aid. The Respirators were eager to help and supplied them with various necessities they needed immediately while waiting for Stealasbeforia's ships to arrive.

After the declaration of the new capital of Ilaa being Goliath in 1956, an official trade agreement was made with Respirador. Then president, Marcus Tenyer, met with the Council of Twelve members of that day to make the plan. But, the Council made demands that were too much for Ilaa to fulfill at that time. After a continuous argument, the Council reluctantly made a more reasonable deal. The meeting had taken an hour and a half instead of the twenty minutes that was originally agreed on.

The trading between Respirador and Ilaa started off just fine. The Ilaans gave many different minerals to Respirador such as salt, gold, iron, and garnet. The Respirators gave Ilaa various types of vegetables and fruit, coal, and smithed tools. However, as the years went by and the amount of materials being traded started to cost more. Respirador charged double the price for their tools and triple the price of every crate of food. To match this decision, the Ilaans raised their prices for their best export to Respirador: iron. This made the Council of Twelve dog the Ilaans to dropping the price under the condition that they would drop their prices back down.

In 1972, tension between the two countries again became a problem that couldn't be ignored. The Ilaans working in the ports had issues with the almost all of the merchant ships, from either not being allowed to unload certain boxes until much later, which delayed the rest of Ilaa's trading partners, going through unnecessary port documentations, dealing with a nasty crew from the ship, and the high prices that were being demanded once again. President Red Motta made an appeal to the Council to talk about this again. Because there were the same members of the Council as in the last meeting, they were not very willing to work with him. In fact, Motta walked out on the meeting after only ten minutes of arguing; the Council returned to Respirador shortly after.

In retaliation to the Council's unwillingness to work with Ilaa, they refused to allow Respirador ships to enter their ports. The crews of the ships were not happy about this and, in one instance, a ship illegally entered the port and intentionally ran the ship aground on a major loading zone. Motta contacted the Council and told them that any attempt to get a merchant ship into one of their harbors would result in the ship being seized and the crew being arrested and deported. The Council never replied but their merchant ships never appeared off of Ilaan ports again.

In 1989, the new Council of Twelve contacted the Ilaan government wanting to restore trade relations with them. At first they were unwilling, not wanting to repeat the previous years of troubles. Until 1990, there was no reply from Ilaa and no more requests from the Council, but there was finally an agreement made that both countries' port police were to follow the same rules; thus the 89 Port Policy was formed.

In 2003, two ships from Respirador collided with a Stealasbeforian ship in the Port of Gulna in South Eastern Ilaa, killing 21 Ilaans, 30 Stealasbeforians, and 26 Respirators. The cause for this crash is still unknown but much speculation came from the recent tensions involving Respirador and Stealasbeforia, making it seem like an intentional sinking. Though Respirador denied such an accusation, the past actions from the Council of Twelve swayed otherwise. Offended, Respirador pulled all trade relationships with both countries; each doing the same as well.

The War

For 13 years there had been no talk between Ilaa and Respirador. In late June of 2016 the Respirador Navy began to sail into Ilaan waters. The Fajestic issued a warning to the Council of Twelve requesting that they watch their sailing paths. This only made them mad and they ordered their convoys to sail closer and closer each day to provoke Ilaa into trying something. After a final warning being ignored, the Fajestic torpedoed and sank the Bannered Stallion, the pride of Respirador's navy, damaged two others, and seized one more. For the next two weeks, Respirador prepared for an invasion of Ilaa. Respirador's military had more soldiers than Ilaa's and they were confident they could beat them.

The military was mobilized: navy, air force, army, etc., prepared to attack and take Goliath. Fajestic Red Paw and Blue Paw were mobilized to meet the Respirators only 100 miles off of the east coast while Fajestic Green Paw started to evacuate civilians in and around the planned warzone.

The first fights were brutal, a third of the Fajestic's aircraft were shot down while the others high tailed it home to refuel and rearm. Individual flights of 3 from Respirador's air force began bombing specific targets as well as dogfighting whenever possible. At first, they were actually doing very well versus the Fajestic, but that all changed when Western Ilaa was able to come to join the fight as well. The Respirators were outnumbered 3:1 and began to lose ground and air support fast. Only 17 hours after the fighting had started, Respirador was pulling out. Over 30,000 Respirators were killed just on Ilaa and some more killed while trying to flee back to Respirador.

The Fajestic quickly gathered together quickly and decided to pay the Respirators back for all the trouble they'd caused in the past. They flew and sailed all the way to Respirador and bombarded it from the air and sea, catching them completely offguard. The fighting was heavily in the Fajestic's favor due to the battle fatigue, surprise, loss of morale, and the damages and losses done to many aircraft and armor. The battle was over within 8 hours with only 3 Ilaan aircraft losses and 470,000 Respirators killed along with major destruction to the capitol and surrounding cities and towns.

Post War

With the losses so high for Respirador, their status as a world power was gone. Their military was almost completely destroyed, their country in ruins, and most of the population had been killed. The Council of Twelve had collapsed and the country was now in a state of anarchy. In dozens, citizens left for Stealasbeforia and any other countries, but Ilaa had banned Respirators from entering the country after the POWs they had taken were released two weeks later.

Respirador's population continues to decline. The only citizens staying are either staying to do what they feel is their duty: to repopulate the country, or because they have nowhere else to go. Those Respirators who immigrated to new countries have been treated fairly well and even Stealasbeforia's Ilaan population and Respirators get along rather nicely. However, Ilaa and Respirador's relationship has been completely destroyed with little hope of being revived.

Respirador: What happened?

  • The Respirators may have had their strength in numbers, but Ilaa was strong in both strength and numbers.
  • The Respiradorian military did not have the many technological advancements that Ilaa had and therefore was unable to match or defeat them when air superiority was gained. This was the fault of the Council of Twelve who had convinced those in the military that strength in numbers was far superior.
  • The airforce was equipped with pressurized cockpits and planes, allowing them to fly very high without the need of extra oxygen. However, when that pressure is compromised, they are forced to get lower to gain their oxygen. Ilaa pressurized their cockpits as well, but they still had extra oxygen in the event of a breach in the hull. This made many higher engagements easy victories for the Fajestic due to their planes not being equipped with any extra oxygen at all.
  • The Council of Twelve was extremely over confident and fatally underestimated both Ilaa's response and military strength for their actions.

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