United Self-Defense Movement

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United Self-Defense Movement
Participant in Northern Lyoa Conflict and Eastern Lyoa Conflict
Motive(s)Protection of communities from armed groups
LeadersGeneral Akata Nyanga (Northern Lyoa)
General Charles Lafontaine (Eastern Lyoa)
HeadquartersNorthern Lyoa, Eastern Lyoa
Area of operationsLyoa Flag.png Lyoa
Size~1,500 (2018)
AlliesLyoa Flag.png Lyoa
Opponent(s)Lyoa Flag.png Lyoa (sometimes)
FLA flag.png Free Lyoan Army
ARL Flag.png Army for the Rescue of Lyoa
NCLOF Logo.PNG National Coalition of Lyoan Opposition Forces
Lyoa Flag.png Tulossa loyalists
Lyoan Liberation Forces
Lyoan Revolutionary Movement
Allied Republican Forces
HRM Flag.png Holy Resistance Movement
Islamic Front
Alliance for Liberation and Restoration
Battles and war(s)Northern Lyoa Conflict
Eastern Lyoa Conflict

The United Self-Defense Movement (abbreviated SDM) was an alliance of numerous self-defense militias across conflict zones in Lyoa. It was a broad coalition of local movements that has a stated goal of protecting their villages and settlements from armed attack. It frequently collaborated with the Lyoa National Defense Force but has clashed with it on several occasions.

As of late 2019, there appeared to have been a split in the SDM, with some factions moving closer to anti-government viewpoints or being disillusioned with the SDM's leadership and cause. Fighting has occurred between SDM factions since the alleged split, and confidence in the movement has dropped.

The group was no longer functioning by March 2020, as its forces divided over the issue of the Second Lyoan Civil War.