|The Great War of
Liberation: "Loss zuei bour crehe"): February 828 Ė January
FRONTIER ARMIES VERSUS SECURITY ARMIES, FEBRUARY Ė APRIL 828
By the end of 827, Pareon had the two Frontier Armies of Yciel Atlantis, as well as the Internal Army there behind him, and he now secured the support of the Governor and the commander of the three Frontier Armies in Nundatlantidieh. (Armies, whether Frontier or Security numbered approximately 20000 each.) Soon after, the naval forces located at Achosil and Sulosos rallied to Pareon, although the navy in the Helvengio stayed loyal to the Emperor . Pareon planned to move most of his forces by sea to Sulosos, where he had been assured of the support of at least one Atlantean Frontier Army, out of the two stationed there. At the same time, the armies in Nundatlantidieh would move south, sweeping aside the Security Army, which had remained loyal but was concentrating on the Decanda Runix. By February, he had also been assured of support from the two Frontier Armies in Helvrieh, and he relied on these to threaten Atlantis from the south. Although he had no certain information from any of the other Provinces, Pareon trusted that most of the frontier Armies, and some Governors would rally to him, and he decided to set off in February 828, and trust to Fate.
His force of some 60000 troops successfully transferred to Sulosos in February, and was joined by the Atlantis Frontier Army. The city of Atlantis had a garrison of 9500 loyal troops and these shut themselves up in the city. Pareon had hoped that Brindor would be actually in Atlantis city himself, as he had declared it the official capital of the Federation, but he had earlier betaken himself to Cennatlantis, to mobilise troops in Atlantidieh and Chalcrieh against the rebels. Pareon was forced to undertake the Siege of Atlantis, as it refused to surrender. Pareon now moved his remaining troops east on a wide front to the river Bore, where it came up against Brindor, who had marched two and a half Armies from Atlantidieh and Cennatlantis westwards to smash the rebellion and relieve Atlantis city. Some of these troops also seize the Lillerunix for Brindor, frustrating an attack by rebel forces from Tuainnatlantis. Meanwhile, the rebel Sulosos navy had moved south to blockade the entrance to the Helvengio. The loyal navy had already moved out of the sea, however, and the two fleets clashed in the First Battle of the Zueltix Mandengix. The rebels won, and forced the Giezuat navy to retire to the shelter of the Cressix isles. In the north of Atlantis Province, the rebel Army pressed southwards to the river Ghesse, forcing back the two loyal Armies.
By the beginning of March, wide, thinly-held fronts thus emerged on the Lillerunix, along the river Bore, north of the Ghesse, and across the Decanda Runix. Attempts at negotiation failed, and both sides prepared for more decisive attacks after April. Meanwhile, civil war was also engulfing the east of the Empire. In Meistayieh, the future Thildo Gailonex was General in charge of the two Frontier Armies, and these soon came out in support of Pareon. They held the east of the province, with the support of the Governor, against the Security Army in the west, which also protected the southern approaches to Cennatlantis. One Security Army had fled ignominiously to Cennatlantis, where its leaders were captured, tortured and executed by Brindorís Bodyguard. The northern and eastern Provinces Ė Nunchalchrieh and Gestchalcrieh- remained neutral, that is to say, their Governors and all the troops were immobile, awaiting the outcome of the fighting. Dravidieh, with three Armies, stayed loyal to the Emperor, but its forces could not move out of the province without entering a "neutral" Province. The troops in Chalcrieh also stayed loyal, but remained in place to protect the capital from any attack by the neutral Provinces. Overall, there were ten Armies (220000), mostly Frontier ones, supporting Pareon, and eleven (250000), mostly Security, remaining loyal to Brindor. Troops in Miolrel and dealing with the rebellion in Iutieh (two Armies altogether) were at no stage involved in the civil war, and equally portions of all the armies on frontiers had to be left behind, in case of invasion by foreign troops. In fact only Rabarrieh was officially at war, and demonstrated it by taking advantage of the lack of any Atlantean navy within the Helvengio, and seizing the island Helvremon by amphibious assault in April.
THE CIVIL WAR BETWEEN BRINDOR AND THE REBELS LED BY
PAREON 1: FEB - APRIL 828
THE WIDENING WAR: THE WHOLE EMPIRE IS DIVIDED, MAY Ė AUGUST 828
Brindor determined to crush the rebellion once and for all, and planned a massive assault in the west to retake Atlantis. He concentrated 100000 men near Fourtis, and in May, attacked directly westwards on Atlantis city. Simultaneously, his forces in the west of Meistayieh attacked and forced Thildoís armies right back to the defences of Vulcanipand. The loyalists broke through the rebel lines at the Battle of Fourtis, and advanced as far as Failrun. Brindor is heartened soon after by the announcement from all three Armies in Gestchalcrieh, that they will henceforth fully support the Government. Brindor hastily asks 30000 men to march to his support from Dravidieh, through Gestchalcran territory. 10000 men from Gestchalcrieh also enter Meistayieh from the north, putting more pressure on Vulcanipand.
Pareonís troops north of the Ghesse now attack to relieve the pressure on Atlantis, and force Brindorís armies back behind the river Ghesse. In June, enemy attacks on Pareonís army at the Second Battle of Failrun are repelled, and rebel pressure to the north and south, plus heavy casualties force Brindor to retreat back to his starting-line. Then, at the beginning of July, the Frontier Armies of Nunchalcrieh, sensing Brindorís impending defeat, came out in support of Pareon. The Security Armies there retreat to the border of Chalcrieh, where they are backed up by loyal Chalcran forces. Shaken, Brindor now retires again in the west to the line of the river Rollepp, but manages to hold off attacks on the Lillerunix, and indeed advances forces north-west to take the Dallase Fembe. In August, 50000 troops from Nunchalcrieh sweep into Dravidieh, now rather denuded of defenders. Dravidos is taken, and the remaining Dravidien loyalists retire to the Crolden Hills.
So, by August, the whole Empire is at war. The Government holds a central position with Chalcrieh, Atlantidieh, and most of Meistayieh and Gestchalcrieh, plus Atlantis City, under siege. The rebels hold territory curving in a long line from western Helvrieh and Tuainnatlantis north and east through Nundatlantidieh and Nunchalcrieh, plus a completely isolated force under Thildo around Vulcanipand. Both sides have the equivalent of fifteen Armies involved, or about 350000 men each. Pareon has command of the western seas, but neither side now controls the Helvengio, which is virtually a Rabarran lake. Brindorís aim is to crush the isolated enemy force at Vulcanipand, and to try to attack westwards, split the enemy in Atlantis, and relieve Atlantis city. Pareon wants to relieve the Vulcanipand force, probably by an attack east from Helvrieh, or south from Nunchalcrieh via Dravidieh and Gestchalcrieh. He also aims to force Brindor back eastwards from the west, and take Atlantis city, a thorn in his side. He is also coming to see the possibility of a direct attack on Cennatlantis from north-east Helvrieh, across the Meilox Mountains. This would also cut off or threaten the communications of the government forces in west Meistayieh, which are pressurising Thildo at Vulcanipand.
NO QUICK END TO THE WAR: FRUSTRATION FOR THE REBELS, AND ANARCHY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, SEPTEMBER Ė NOVEMBER 828
By September, Pareon was becoming desperate to reach Cennatlantis and overthrow Brindor, whose troops were inflicting more and more hardship on those parts of the Federation which they still occupied. In the areas where his forces had been forced to retreat by Pareonís, for example in the west, between the rivers Bore and Rollepp, they had deliberately devastated the countryside and property of the inhabitants, supposedly to impede the onward progress of the rebels. They were also all too ready to take revenge on those who they suspected or knew supported Pareon, or appeared lukewarm towards Brindor himself. They routinely maltreated or executed any important supporters of Pareon, who were unfortunate enough to be captured, and dragged away into more central areas many Helvrans or Kelts as they moved into or away from those regions. Everywhere that the war passed through produced anarchy, spurred on by Brindorís army, and also set up by the populace itself, which, in the prevailing moral degradation of the period, turned to robbery, riots and murder amongst its own members.
Pareon planned now to try to shorten the war by striking directly at Brindorís centre of power, Cennnatlantis, by attacking the city from NE Helvrieh, across the Gonril. He aimed to send one prong directly at Cennatlantis, while one flanking force moved via Giezat to hold the Cresslepp against Brindorís forces to the south in Helvrieh, and south-east in Meistayieh; another force would cross the Cresslepp above its confluence with the Gonril, and descend on to the rear of the enemy forces defending Helvris behind the lower Cresslepp. He had built up a force of tanks to spearhead the attack. (It should be noted that Brindor had kept control of most tanks in the central areas of the Empire Ė deliberately, as he had never trusted the Frontier Armies to have them. But he, like Pareon, did not know how to use them to best advantage, and when they were used, they were distributed in small groups across wide fronts, merely supporting the infantry. Tanks were, in any case, were still rather small and under-armed in this period, and were fairly ineffective).
The Battle of the River Gonril, in early September, began successfully for Pareon, as Helvris was soon surrounded, and its defenders forced to retreat eastwards. Fortunately for the city, there was not enough time for the vicious defenders to cause much damage to Helvris before they retired, although a few Helvran monuments and buildings were damaged or destroyed. To the north, Pareonís forces crossed the Gonril, but could make little further progress from their bridgehead. Brindor, recognising the danger, quickly rushed a reserve force from Chalcrieh to defend Cennatlantis. However, pressure on Thildo at Vulcanipand was hereby relieved: the enemy armies turned back westwards to protect the borders of Meistayieh, and Thildoís armies pursued them. Rebel forces were able to take over the whole of Meistayieh, and force Brindorís forces, here in the south, back to the Cresslepp south of Cennatlantis. A subsidiary attack by Pareonís army in the west, seized the Lillerunix by moving from the Meilox mountains in north Helvrieh.
Pareon maintained his pressure on the enemy in October. Temporarily shelving the operation on the Gonril, he attacked across the Rollepp, into the Gaffeal, and threatened Brindorís armies defending the Decanda Runix. This led to the Government forces retiring generally back into north Atlantidieh, still, however, maintaining a thin but continuous front many miles. For November, Pareon planned to renew his attack on Cennatlantis, by attacking across the Gonril through Failrunn, NW of Cennatlantis in November. However, his preparations were seriously disrupted, when Brindor organised a strong counter-attack against the northern flank of the rebel bridgehead over the Gonril by attacking across the river from the north and north-west. In the Battle of Anapend, Government forces attacked from Failblo and further north, and succeeded in gaining some ground, including the town of Anapend, but the mountainous terrain made further advance eastwards impossible. Brindor continued to prepare a knockout blow directly against Cennatlantis, meanwhile carrying out further small operations around the periphery of Brindorís controlled area, which remained stubbornly unwilling to collapse. In the east, rebel armies attacked further into Gestchalcrieh and reached the Thyggis, but could not storm the Crolden Hills. In the far west, Pareonís forces tried to storm The Government forces defending Atlantis, but as Pareon was determined not to cause more damage to the city than was absolutely necessary, the attack lacked force and failed with heavy casualties. An attempt to negotiate the surrender of the defenders was brusquely rejected by the Government side, which deliberately shot the rebel negotiator in full view of both armies.
BITTER TRIUMPH: THE DEFEAT OF BRINDOR, DECEMBER 828 Ė JANUARY 829
Although by November it seemed impossible for Pareon to force the defeat of Government forces, however much he ardently desired to do so, in fact Brindorís regime was on the verge of collapsing like a pack of cards. The first sign of this came in mid-December, when, after another tentative attack on the Crolden Hills, the defenders suddenly surrendered, as soon after, did all the Government troops still led by the Governor of Gestchalcrieh. Soon after, the front across Atlantidieh also began to dissolve after some pressure from the rebels north of Tilrase. Pareon now set up a joint attack aimed at Cennatlantis, from the north-west from the Tilrase-Yalgor area, and from the south-west, his earlier disrupted attack towards Failrunn and Rundes. Now Government forces throughout Atlantidieh began throwing away their weapons, running away or surrendering. Brindorís most loyal troops were ordered to shoot all those who did not defend their positions to the death, but this only made yet more troops surrender to the enemy, who had already announced an amnesty for all ordinary fighting-men. Others took up arms against Brindor's ultra-loyalists, and added to the anarchy of the times. At the end of December, the navy at Cressix Mandengix went over to the rebels, and at the beginning of January, 829, nearly all the troops defending the Cresslepp south of Cennatlantis surrendered. They were in any case virtually surrounded, as Pareonís attack towards Rundes had taken Failrunn and surrounded Cennatlantis west of the river Dodolla. Brindor had moved himself and his last-ditch defenders, now no more than about 18000 men to Rundes. Pareonís forces were approaching him there from the south, as well as from the west of Atlantidieh, while other rebel forces were slowly making their way westwards through the anarchy and occasional resistance in Chalcrieh. On January 28th Ė 29th occurred the final Battle of Rundes: after a strong resistance, Government forces, completely outnumbered, collapsed. Brindor himself was wounded, and tried to flee. He was captured, recognised, and beaten to death there and then by Pareonís soldiers. There was little more resistance in the western provinces after this, apart from Atlantis and Cennatlantis. The latter in fact fell to rebel troops, led by Thildo, with little more ado, but many Government forces remained at large in Chalcrieh, whither some of Brindorís lieutenants had fled. The rebel armies from the east had found it difficult to advance westwards, and did not try very hard; it was some time before Pareonís armies from the west could restore complete order in the east.
By the time of the battle of Rundes, Atlantis city, had still not surrendered, and defenders were still launching attacks on the besiegers. The commander of these forces decided to storm the city, without seeking Pareonís permission, and he began this on January 30th, while Pareon was still dealing with the aftermath of the fighting at Rundes. Bitter fighting ensued, which resulted in considerable destruction to the city. 6000 of the 8000 defenders were killed, and over 7000 of the attackers killed or wounded. Of the 2000 defenders who survived, 1000 were executed or drowned at sea, and only 1000 wounded and badly beaten men were kept as prisoners. Pareon was furious when he learned of this carnage, and court-martialled his commander.
So at long last the barbarous reign of the Tyrants was over, and Pareon Gestil was the effective ruler of what remained of the once-proud Atlantean Empire. It would now be seen how successful he would be in leading Atlantis back to its former self. This would involve reconstituting the morale and self-esteem of its inhabitants, at least as much as reproducing its earlier political glory.
To read about the next part of
this war, click on The Liberation- (2) April - Aug 828
Home Page The Army- 740 - 890 Atlantean philosophy- 750 - 828 Atlantean religion- 750 - 828 Government and Society- (3)750 - 890 History of Atlantean costume The Code of 1816 The Liberation- (5) 828 - 829