Sequoyan Civil War

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Sequoyan Civil War
Part of the 2020 Sequoyan political crisis
Date
  • 27 November 2020 – 21 May 2021
  • (5 months, 1 week and 1 day)
Location
Result COMISEQ and RCGRS victory
Belligerents
Commanders and leaders

The Sequoyan Civil War was fought in Sequoyah between military forces loyal to President Diwali Wesa and dissident forces loyal to Usti Atagulkalu, the President-elect of Sequoyah. The civil war erupted as a result of Wesa's Executive Order 10455 and the arrest of Atagulkalu.

Background

Presidential election

The Sequoyan presidential election dominated Sequoyan politics in October 2020 as Sequoyans voted for a new President following Cheasequah Waya's resignation on 30 June 2020.[1] The elections were called for by interim President Diwali Wesa on 18 September 2020 with the ratification of the Second Constitution of Sequoyah.[2] Two candidates declared their candidacies for the Presidency, Diwali Yansa of the Republican Party and Usti Atagulkalu of the United Sequoyah Party.[3] The election resulted in a victory for Atagulkalu who won 56% of the vote, defeating Yansa by 22 points, however, the Cheasequah Front, a monarchist paramilitary, was alleged to have threatened and intimidated voters with rifles in Asequi and San Juan Diego which resulted in low tribal turnout in those areas.[4][5] Despite the allegations of improper voting practices committed by the pro-Atagulkalu paramilitary, Yansa conceded the election to Atagulkalu stating "[i]t is in the best interests of our republic that I respect the election that has been ordained by our constitution," while Atagulkalu celebrated and stated he will rapidly industrialize Sequoyah and defend the country from "Aurebeshian imperialism."[6][7]

Post-election tension

As a result of Atagulkalu's victory in the election, around 50,000 people protested the election results in Itse Gadu claiming that the election was "stolen by the Cheasequah Front."[8] The protest was lead by Lee Nerys, a third party socialist candidate who won only 9% of the vote.[8] Elsewhere, around 11,000 prostitutes, LGBT people, left-wing activists, and casino workers fled to House International and requested Greater Sacramento to lift their travel ban on Sequoyah and accept them as refugees.[8] Wesa promised that he would peacefully transition power to Atagulkalu stating "We worked hard for that constitution[, t]hat's what we fought for[, and i]t's my duty to protect it."[9] Later that day, a Sandy Creek tribal village was massacred by the Cheasequah Front.[10] In the massacre, 329 people were killed.[10]

On 9 November 2020, Atagulkalu released his 160-plan called the Separate Development.[11] It called for "separate development of the diverse ethnic groups that represent [Sequoyah]," which would implement segregation in the country, outlaw interracial marriages, and recognize around 90% of Sequoyah as a "white zone."[11] He stated that he would pass the plan as a Presidential Decree once he took office.[11] The anti-Creeperian fake news website El Faro claimed that the decree was 20,000 pages long but it was debunked by independent sources who assessed how impractical it would have been for Atagulkalu to write 20,000 pages worth of material in the week since he was elected or even since he announced his campaign.[12]

On 11 November 2020, two Caprican villages in Itse Ulagohisdi were massacred by the Cheasequah Front which resulted in 57 dead.[13] As a result of the massacre, Yansa, who was still the Territorial Governor of Itse Ulagohisdi, declared that he would mobilize the Itse Ulagohisdi Territorial Militia and "hunt down and exterminate the clan."[13] Atagulkalu criticized Yansa's declaration stating that "mobilizing state militias to hunt down Sequoyan citizens promotes separatism."[13] He continued to attack Yansa personally by stating, "maybe if Yansa wasn't the son of a tribal whore who didn't give a damn about him, he would be enlightened enough to know that the Cheasequah Front was merely preventing Caprican Terrorists from destroying their lands."[13]

Final buildup to war

On 22 November 2020, Wesa issues Executive Order 10455 that declared the Cheasequah Front a terrorist organization, effectively outlawing the group.[14] The order authorized the Sequoyan Armed Forces to destroy the clan and allowed native militias to do the same as a form of legal vigilante justice.[14] Atagulkalu responded and criticized Wesa stating:[15]

The Cheasequah Front is made up of very fine men who are protecting our wives and daughters from the treachery of Tribal Terrorism. How long until your daughter is scalped, now that the Clan is being hunted by our own government?

— President-Elect Usti Atagulkalu, 22 November 2020[15]

Progression of war

Arrest of Atagulkalu

Approximate locations of Wesa's troop mobilizations in November 2020.

Wesa deployed 5,000 soldiers in some of Sequoyah's largest cities, including the capital, Asequi, and along the Creeperian border on 25 November 2020.[16] At around the same time, the 50,000 tribals in self-defense forces began to cooperating with Wesa against the Cheasequah Front.[16]

On 27 November 2020, Wesa had Atagulkalu arrested at his family plantation outside of Asequi, breaking the promise he made earlier in the month promising a peaceful transition of power from him to Atagulkalu.[9][17] At around 10am local time, the Sequoyan Army secured the national capitol building.[17] Wesa made a radio broadcast following the events that just unfolded:[17]

My fellow Sequoyans. We have received word that President-Elect Usti Atagulkalu has aided and abetted the Cheasequah Front, a Domestic Terrorist group, in violation of Sequoyan Law. As such, President-Elect Atagulkalu has been arrested. He will be tried by an independent tribunal for violation of Executive Order 10455. As of this moment, I am calling representatives from each provincial government to meet with me in Asequi to discuss forming a provisional government. The Military is securing our cities to ensure a peaceful transition. This is a new dawn for Sequoyah. We will eliminate the terror that plagues our people. So say we all.

— Interim President Diwali Wesa, 27 November 2020[17]

The arrest lead to public outcry in San Juan Diego where 15,000 people protested Wesa's seizure of power calling the event a self coup.[18] Pro-Atagulkalu and anti-Atagulkalu demonstrators clashed in Kalgaduv with several being killed.[18] The Cheasequah Front responded to the events that unfolded by attacking the congress building of Sequoyah with 150 men, but most of their forces were killed and the attack failed.[19]

Paleocacherian-Sequoyan naval engagement

Six seaplanes carrying several refugees flew from Itse Gadu to a rendezvous point to meet with the MV Bacchante cruise ship on 17 November 2020, a cruise ship chartered by the Paleocacherian Civil Rights Alliance.[20][21][22] Each plane carried about 50 people and they were boarded to the cruise ship.[23] The same planes returned two days later with more refugees.[24]

On 29 November 2020, the cruise ship was approached by two armored Sequoyan Navy paddle steamers loyal to Atagulkalu.[22] The vessels ordered the cruise ship to surrender its refugees or be met with "deadly force."[22] The cruise ship made distress calls to the Paleocacherian frigate FPS Lyla Powell and destroyer FPS Tiobóid Mac Síthigh for immediate assistance.[22] When the Paleocacherian naval ships arrived, the two Sequoyan ships fled south, but the Paleocacherian ships fired upon the Sequoyan vessels.[22] One was disabled and returned fire while the other continued to flee south.[22] Both Paleocacherian ships were hit by return fire, but the FPS Lyla Powell disabled the gun and rudder of the disabled ship.[22] The second Sequoyan vessel was subsequently disabled by the FPS Tiobóid Mac Síthigh and the vessel surrendered.[22] The first one refused to surrender, and instead of forcing it to submit, the Paleocacherians contacted a local Sequoyan cruiser which forced the rouge vessel to surrender.[22] Following the naval incident, the Paleocacherian Navy ships returned to New Gandor while the cruise ship sailed north to Cordoba, Greater Sacramento.[22] The Sequoyan military announced on 30 November 2020 that Unaduti Atagulkalu, the brother of President-Elect Atagulkalu, was executed during the surrender of the fleet.[25]

First Battle of San Juan Diego

On 29 November 2020, Pro-Atagulkalu Dissident Armed Forces made up of the 3rd and 4th Battalion under the command of General Jackson Bedford ousted a contingent of 125 Pro-Wesa Marines from major Government buildings in San Juan Diego.[26] The Pro-Wesa forces regrouped on the Southern side of the city, aided by a force of 300 Deseret Rangers, however, the Pro-Wesa forces fell under attacks by the Cheasequah Front around 11pm local time on 29 November.[26] At around 8am local time on 30 November, Wesa ordered his forces to retreat from San Juan Diego and regroup at Fort Picard, located 15 miles south on the coastline.[26] The retreat of Wesa's forces from San Juan Diego was announced in a press release from the Sequoyan Air Force at 5:35pm on 30 November 2020.[26]

Operation Atonement

On 3 December 2020, Admiral Wesa ordered the Itse Amequohi Territorial Militia to begin a campaign designed to secure control of the numerous plantations under control of the Cheasequah Front to the southwest of Asequi.[27] The New Samaritans deployed a force of 5,000 to seize the plantations and free tribal laborers who were taken prisoner by the Clan.[27] On the first day of the Operation, the New Samaritans seized four plantations bordering territory controlled by Pro-Wesa forces.[27] Following the beginning of Operation Atonement, Bedford sent a message to the Clan forces in the territory recommending they regroup at the largest plantation in the area, Khitomer Fields.[27] The Cheasequah Front ordered their men to regroup at Khitomer Fields, fortify it, and attempt to cut off the New Samaritan advance there.[27]

COMISEQ Intervention

Invasion of Arapaho

On 5 December 2020, Augusto Cabañeras Gutiérrez, the Minister of Defense of Creeperopolis declared the formation of the Reorganized Constitutional Government of the Republic of Sequoyah in a broadcasted speech and announced the establishment of the CODECO Mission in Sequoyah (COMISEQ), a Cooperation and Development Coalition peacekeeping invasion of Sequoyah.[28] Following the announcement, 10,000 Lyoans crossed the border into Arapaho under the command of General Kitete Bokande.[29] They were accompanied by the Third Lyoan Air Wing, which included 20 aircraft that struck Sequoyan positions in Arapaho.[29] 15,000 Salisfordian troops under the command of Camillo di Savotta moved into Arapaho as well.[30] Following the invasion, Kilchii Sike, Chief of the Navaja, received orders from Wesa to cause as many casualties as possible using guerrilla tactics, including substantial use of military-grade dynamite.[31] 10,000 Navaja warriors engaged the initial forces, with 10,000 more Navaja, 8,000 Sequoyan Riflemen, and 1,000 Deseret Rangers en route.[31]

Siege of Caprica

On 5 December 2020, the Creeperian Black Division and the 32nd Army began their advance into Itse Ulagohisdi with orders to take Caprica, its capitol.[32] Governor Diwali Yansa gathered a force of 14,000 men to defend Caprica. 7,500 Caprican Warriors began heading towards Caprica to reinforce the Militia there. The Deseret Rangers and 2 Sequoyan Legions departed Kalgaduv on 5 December 2020 an began marching towards Caprica. The Itse Ulagohisdi Territorial Militia began set dynamite under several roads and prepared to detonate them to cause casualties for the Creeperian forces.[33] On 6 December 2020, Creeperan troops began shelling Caprica from three miles outside the city.[34] The Sequoyan troops in Caprica held their positions and took shelter in basements and buildings.[35]

Sequoyan Surrender to COMISEQ

On 3 January 2021, Wesa ordered his troops to surrender to COMISEQ forces and placed himself under arrest. Wesa agreed to recognize Dustu as the legitimate President of Sequoyah and recognized COMISEQ's mission in exchange for an assurance of Sequoyan independence and an eventual democratically elected government. On 4 January 2021, CODECO accepted Wesa's terms and Dustu took office as President of Sequoyah.[36]

Second Battle of San Juan Diego

On 11 February 2021, Sequoyan forces pushed into the Eastern part of San Juan Diego. COMISEQ provided air support and artillery to aid the Sequoyan advance.[37] Three days later, the remaining Atagulist forces surrendered as Sequoyan forces reached the center of the city.[38] By losing San Juan Diego, the Atagulist rebels lost their last major stronghold, although small-scale fighting continued.

End of war

On 21 May 2021, Dustu declared victory over the Atagulist forces after the last major Atagulist force surrendered. Dustu also extended his provisional presidency by a year, granting himself supreme power to implement any laws he saw fit.[39]

See also

References

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