Lyoan conflict (2020)
|Lyoan conflict (2020)|
|Part of the Lyoan Conflicts, spillover of The Troubles, and the spillover of the Creeperian Conflicts|
Military situation in June 2020:
Karimun-aligned forces: |
Foreign state actors:
|Commanders and leaders|
Kemoh Foday |
Óscar Yagüe Melléndez
Adolfo Majano Ramos
23px Mikel Therúnk
Martín Elvira Abasto
Olivier Tamboa |
Antonio Gisbert Alcabú
Andrés Andino Cazalla
150,000+ (LNDF) |
25,000+ (LRCC) |
|Casualties and losses|
Lyoan government: |
897+ civilians killed |
The 2020 phase of the Lyoan conflict, also referred to as the Second Lyoan Civil War was a major conflict in Lyoa fought between government forces, supported by various allied international forces and rebel factions, also supported by various members of the international community.
The war was a direct successor to the Internal conflict in Lyoa, after rebel factions unified to more effectively resist the government. The war, which began on 12 March 2020, was being fought by several factions: the Lyoa National Defense Force and its international and domestic backers, the Lyoan Revolutionary Command Council, and the Rally for Lyoan Democracy. A number of countries supported various factions in the war, for different purposes and goals, notably Creeperopolis, Terranihil, and the Karimun Federation.
Creeperopolis and the Holy Resistance Movement, FRENAMI-EDPL, and Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Terranihil armed groups back the Lyoan government of Kemoh Foday. The nation of Terranihil, in opposition to the Lyoan government and the DFLT, backed the RLD. New Gandor, in the proclaimed interest of "spreading democracy", briefly supported the LRCC, but withdrew it after an incident involving Creeperopolis. The government of Karimun had also supported the LRCC. It was also alleged that other Terranilian armed groups are involved in the conflict.
- 1 Background
- 2 Opposing Forces
- 2.1 Pro-Government
- 2.2 Anti-Government
Revolutionary United Front Government
In 2002, during the Lyoan Civil War, the Revolutionary United Forces took power in Lyoa, overthrowing the government of Laurent Tulossa. Since then, Lyoa has been virtually dominated by the succeeding Revolutionary United Front party. The current political situation in Lyoa can be described as a "one-party dominant state", as other parties exist, but they have little chance of winning major office besides in the National Legislative Council. This has caused resentment among some Lyoans, and has motivated rebel factions in the past Internal conflict in Lyoa.
Internal conflict in Lyoa
The Internal conflict in Lyoa was a low-level insurgency that immediately followed the Lyoan Civil War. It was caused by a number of factors, including poor standard of living, failure to demobilize former rebel units, and fighting for control over resources. Many of the rebel groups that participated in the Internal conflict in Lyoa were direct predecessors to the LRCC and RLD. The Northern and Eastern rebel factions united to form the LRCC, while Tulossa loyalist factions and Altaia separatists united to establish the RLD.
Terranihil has maintained an interest in intervention in Lyoa ever since it was alleged that the Lyoan Special Security Service was providing equipment and training to the Terranilian DFLT rebel group. As the Rally for Lyoan Democracy formed immediately prior to the war's start, Terranihil immediately offered the group support, in hopes it would fight against the DFLT and their Lyoan allies.
Pro-government forces were largely represented by the Lyoa National Defense Force, but also contained a variety of armed groups fighting alongside the government.
Lyoa National Defense Force
The LNDF is the state organization responsible for the defense of the Lyoan Republic. Despite defections from some units during the early stages of the war, the vast majority of the LNDF remained loyal to the government of Kemoh Foday. The organization was the main force fighting for the government in the civil war. Many units are made up of former rebels of the first civil war, many who have been involved in military operations for over a decade.
Holy Resistance Movement
Vincent Okalo's Holy Resistance Movement had been involved in the Lyoan conflict since 2012, targeting Islamist groups in the Eastern Lyoa Conflict. Okalo's group was previously alleged to be allied with the Lyoan government, although minor clashes occurred between the LNDF and HRM. Since the beginning of the second civil war, the HRM had aligned itself with the government, fighting against the LRCC's Eastern Front.
The FRENAMI-EDPL armed group of Commandant Viper was established in early 2020 to specifically fight against Lyoan rebels with ties to the Mara Salvatrucha gang. The group was lead by Creepero-Lyoans, but its fighters were mainly recruited locally. The FRENAMI-EDPL announced its support of the Lyoan government at the beginning of the civil war, and mainly fights against the LRCC's Northern Front.
Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Lyoa
The FPLL entered the conflict in late April following the creation of a self-defense organization by Creepero-Lyoans living in the east of the country. The group was allegedly tied to a coalition of Creeperian death squads, but these allegations have been denied by the group.
Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Terranihil
The DFLT had previously been alleged to be backed by the Lyoan government. The group's leader, Mikel Therúnk, declared his support of the Lyoan government after Terranihil began backing the RLD. The DFLT mainly fought against the RLD's Isiru unit alongside the LNDF, although Lyoa continued to deny any previous backing of the group.
Creeperian Armed Forces
The government of Creeperopolis originally sent elements of the FAC to support the government in the Battle of Nyabari. Those units, notably the Black Division, remained in Lyoa and switched to fight against rebel forces in the new conflict. The FAC had made it a priority to defend mining concessions of the CORNAMIF from occupation by rebel forces, and had stated it will "do whatever is necessary to keep the government of Kemoh Foday in power".
A number of factions fought against the Lyoan government in the civil war, and many have received international backing, as well as support from other international rebel factions.
Lyoan Revolutionary Command Council
The LRCC formed as a wider coalition of existing anti-government factions fighting in the Internal conflict in Lyoa. It was lead by the two most powerful rebel warlords, August Yakata and Olivier Tamboa, commanders of the NCLOF and Free Lyoan Army respectively. The group originally received support from New Gandor, but this ended following the downing of Gandorian International Cargo Flight 238. Since then, unknown parties had been supplying the LRCC.
The Creeperian Government-in-Exile began basing itself in Lyoa following the failed 2020 Creeperian coup d'état attempt. It operated an armed wing, the Free Creeperian Army, that was allied with the LRCC. The GPRCE/FCA, while officially fighting against the Creeperian government, were mainly fighting with the LRCC's Eastern Front, notably participating in the Second Battle of Kabule.
The notorious gang, Mara Salvatrucha began participating in the civil war on the side of the LRCC due to certain LRCC commanders' previous ties to the group, as well as opposition to the Creeperian government. MS had carried out attacks on the Creeperian mainland in support of the rebels, and is reported to have had gang members fighting with the rebels on the ground.
Karimun Armed Forces
The armed forces of the Karimun Federation were also participating in the conflict on a limited scale due to the nation's support for the LRCC rebellion. It is reported that the KAF had airdropped supplies, and in a limited capacity, have forces on the ground fighting with the rebels. This was mainly due to concerns over the January 5th Movement rebel faction.
Rally for Lyoan Democracy
The RLD formed from a unification of Tulossa loyalist factions and Altaian separatist rebels. They were formed shortly before the official start of the war, but began occupying territory at the war's genesis. They had received backing from the government of Terranihil, hoping to fight against the DFLT and the Lyoan government who allegedly backed them. The group was smaller than the LRCC, but operated across Lyoa.
Terranilian Armed Forces
The government of Terranihil officially backed the Rally for Lyoan Democracy, and had since sent their own armed forces to participate in the conflict in support of this rebel faction. It was reported that several Terranilian units were working with Lyoan RLD rebels in Altaia province. The existence of Terranilian forces in Lyoa was revealed at the beginning of Operation Tigera. The Terranilian Air Force had attacked several LNDF and HRM positions to support advancing RLD ground forces.
Imperial Xussman Military
The armed forces of Xusma have been reported to be assisting the RLD rebels in Altaia by providing supplies and fighting alongside the rebellion. Xusma, an ally of Terranihil, intervened in the war reportedly at their request. Following General Alexander Nyarashe's allegation of Xussman intervention, Minister of Defense Nikolay Zhiglov denied all allegations, stating Xusma has no military involvement in the Second Lyoan Civil War. Despite this, there were continuing reports of Xussman troops in RLD-controlled areas.