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The Skernish War for Independence, also referred to as the Skernish Revolution or the New Albian Rebellion, was a conflict for freedom by the Serene Kingdom & Republic of New Albion (SKRNA/Skerna) in northeastern Nekcroz.
The origins of the Skernish Revolution date back to the early days of the Salrinoan Revolutionary Wars (4432 – 4450PCZ) to the far north of Aquilonis. The New Albians were inspired by the movements of independence from a government that had failed their people and many thought: "If they can do it, why not us?". They had reason to think so, as resentment against the Albinese government had been growing for years.
Albion had been levying high taxes on varying things in New Albion for years, without the consent of the locals. These taxes were primarily to pay for the debt they had accumulated as a result of overspending on several wars in recent decades, with were primarily on expansion in Nekcroz and Tarak, both against mainland Eurodyne powers and native nations in Nekcroz and Tarak, including the ongoing Nine Years' War (4432 – 4441PCZ). These taxes were seen by the locals as a threat to New Albion's autonomy. Each time certain patriotic groups, referred to by the populace as the New Albian Resistance, local governing authorities, and even influential local nobility, managed to get the taxes overturned through varying means, but finally the Albinese tried to exert their authority over the territory by force of arms by sending regiments made up of thousands of men to enforce Albinese rule.
On Yuisk 15th, 4439PCZ, a simple patrol in central New Albion turned into open engagement when the residents of the small town of Haxridgion, some of them Resistance Militia, met the patrol on the open plain outside the town and demanded that the patrol go around the town. The lieutenant in charge of the patrol refused and both sides shouted back at each other. Finally, a musket shot rang out of nowhere (no one knows which side, if either, fired first) and both sides exchanged volleys.
The Resistance Militiamen of Haxridgion were forced to withdraw after several volleys and fell back to the neighboring town of Jarktod. There a larger, more prepared, contingent of armed Resistance Militia stood ready. After nearly three hours of back and forth battle with every type of weapon available, the Resistance prevailed and the Albinese were forced to retreat. The Albinese made haste back to the port city of Garodion, their base of operations in New Albion, all the while pursued by the rebel army, which was growing in number with each step as people from all over flocked to it.
As the Albinese made it to the safety of Garodon, the rebels wasted no time surrounding the the city, beginning the Siege of Garodon.
Siege of Garodon
The Tide Turns
With the conclusion of the Nine Years' War in 4441PCZ, Albion was able to commit its full forces to the ongoing war in New Albion. At this point they were determined to achieve victory in a desperate need to show strength, as they had lost both territory and credibility in both Nekcroz and Tarak as a result of the Nine Years' War.
While the war achieved its desired outcome of gaining Skernish independence from Albion, the aftermath also had far-reach consequences for other parts of the world.
In Gallia, the country was rendered bankrupt as a result of overspending to fund the conflict, leading to a long-term economic depression. Poorly thought-out plans to remedy the situation, including raised taxes, only sowed resentment against the government among the lower class. In 4451PCZ, the people finally snapped when the latest tax on their staple foods resulted in a mob storming the imperial palace, the senate, and the residencies of various noble families, beginning the Gallian Revolution.
While the imperial family escaped the fall of the palace, anti-monarchist politicians rallied the people into the cause of republicanism. While the emperor set up himself and his loyalists in a far off city, the leaders of the revolution declared the establishment of the Republic of Gallia. Civil war ensued until the imperial government was defeated seven years later; Emperor Lothaire V (Lothaire Guillaume-Ludovic de la Gloire) was executed by guillotine, and his family fled into exile in Starkland.
While the Gallian Republic endured for the better part of fifty years under good leadership, in the last decade of its tenure the new leadership was poorly managed, primarily as the newly-elected president sought to establish himself as president-for-life and become the sole dictatorial ruler of Gallia. Widespread famine and economic collapse resultant from this led to increased poverty and renewed resentment with the government. In 4515PCZ, new revolts and a power struggle within the government caused Gallia to collapse and implode in on itself, breaking into at least seven states of varying governing types; three kingdoms and four types of republics. This period of division endured until 4526PCZ, when the kingdom ruled by House Glaçons – a cadet branch House Gloire, the former ruling house of Gallia – launched a campaign of conquest with Surtierran aide, culminating in the "Valois Restoration" with the reunification of Gallia under House Glaçons as the new royal house of Gallia.
Revolution in Tarak
A generation after the end of the Skernish Revolution, independence movements in central Tarak gained traction and gave way to the Taraki Revolutionary Wars, a series of conflicts for autonomy or independence from the Commonwealth of Edwardia, a dominion of Albion.
Notes & Trivia
- The Skernish War for Independence and the aftermath was primarily inspired by the American Revolution.