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* Saxmark would be formally dissolved;
* Saxmark would be formally dissolved;
* Markus would remain Emperor of the Saxon Empire, and thus the Saxon Empire would be maintained, contrary to Earl Pende's announcement.
* Markus would remain Emperor of the Saxon Empire, and thus the Saxon Empire would be maintained, contrary to Earl Pende's announcement.
Johannes Andreassuun, formerly known as Earl Pende, withdrew from the Holy Empire because of a matter of conscience rather than a desire for his nation to be independent. He will have no further involvement in the Spice Wars, but instead wishes to maintain a state of peace and cordiality with New Israel. He remains open to dialogue and a full reconciliation should certain criteria be met in the future.
==Foreign response==
==Foreign response==

Revision as of 23:42, 9 February 2016

Freihetian Civil War
Freihetian Aggression
The First, Second, and Third Spice Wars
West Germanic Bishops' War (2014 War)
"Fourth" Spice War
Wurtige Aggression
DateDecember 2012 - ongoing
Ceasefire 10 Aug 2014
Anti-Yorkist Rebellion 10 Aug 2015
Rocklund/Sullivan Republic; Saxon Empire; Wurdigeland
Result  • New Israel rebellion against the Wurtige Empire; reunification of New Israel and Saxony
 • Rocklund Armistice (August 2014) initiates ceasefire
 • Rocklund Treaty (April 2013); Rocklund surrenders to New Israel
 • Oasis Islands cedes Christ's Islands to New Israel

Treaty of York


Oasis Islands

Carlington alliances (2012)

New Wessex

New Israel

Commanders and leaders

Würtige Empire


Oasis Islands




  • Noflag.png Jacques Miles

New Israel


Würtige Empire: 15
West Germania: 10

Kleinebayern: Unknown
New Israeli Expeditionary Forces

The Spice Wars refer to a series of former and ongoing conflicts (both military and ideological) between the Holy Empire of New Israel and the Würtige Empire and its allies; the Würtige fielding large coalitions against New Israel, including rebel states in the Freihetian Civil War, the Treaty of York in the brief Third Spice War, and so on.

The Treaty of York as well as the Rocklund Armistice were largely nullified by New Israel's actions in May and August 2015. The reunification of the Saxon Empire and New Israel, and the declaration of independence from the Wurtige Empire were major flashpoints resulting in renewed tensions. Wurtige leaders declared the unification of New Israel and Saxony to be unlawful, and Emperor Markus called the statements acts of aggression.

The most recent attack on the Treaty of York is the withdrawal of the Saxon Empire from the treaty, effectively undermining its purposes. This action, declared on 1 September 2015, solidified the union between New Israel and Saxony.

Freihetian Civil War

Main Article: Freihetian Civil War The beginning of the Spice Wars, though not formally called "Spice Wars" at the time, is traced to December in the year of our Lord 2012, when then-Freihetian Emperor Markus II violently opposed and fought against creation of the Würtige Empire. Attempting to create opposition to the Würtige Empire, which was gaining new states from a declining Confederate States of Prosperity, Emperor Markus eventually failed and the Confederacy was dissolved.

I will not serve a nation of fools and imbeciles, the lands of House George are hereby withdrawn from all Freedomian jurisdiction. The North is hereby declared from all House George protection and returned to the United States of America, except for the land held legally by House George itself.

— Dakoda George

(Formerly) being a lord in Knoll Island, Markus lobbied for Knollish secession from the Würtige Empire, eventually being tried for treason in a Würtige Court (in absentia). In this, he was expelled from Knoll Island (soon after renamed Nolland. Markus' attempts to prevent the dissolution of the Confederacy, and harsh, swear-ridden comments against the Wurtige, led to an internal rebellion in the Imperial Senate of Freihetia, commandeered by Dakoda George and Jacques Miles. The revolt of the 18 December happened in this manner: On 18 December, disillusioned members of the Senate, led by Dakoda George and Jacque Miles of Rocklund attempted a coup d'etat against the government of Freihetia. The Emperor summoned his mother, a senator from an obscure province of Freihetia, as well as a few of his micronational contacts, and managed to halt the attempt to remove him from power. In the following days, he spoke with Jacque Miles on the phone and was famously wiretapped, claiming to be a "champion of democracy". Markus maintains that this recording still exists, and the wiretapping is one example of the hostility to his government. The revolt of 18 December was crushed by Markus, but not before numerous states seceded from the Freihetian Empire, which began a decline almost at the same time as the Confederacy. Markus refused to recognize the secession of the states, which led to hostility; though the conflict between Markus and the rebel states was temporarily stymied by the 10 January Accords, negotiated by Yurt Kyong-yon. Yurt Kyong-yon of Yurtyzstan, representing the Freihetian Maturity and Pacifism Front, a political party calling for non-involvement in wars and democratic reforms, entered the scene, and proposed the Accords' sweeping reforms, which included the institution of a democratic government to largely limit the scope of the monarchy.

10 January Accords

The Accords called for a constitutional referendum on the status of Emperor Markus, as well as the appointment of Titus as a co-Emperor. Markus was to assume authority over the church, and Titus over the state. These accords also called for limits on imperial power.

Prior to the signing of the Accords, on 3 January, Titus Smith arrived unexpectedly, communicating his wishes to the Emperor to be re-introduced into the Freihetian government. Smith, who had previously served as a governor and a member of the Imperial Senate of Freihetia, had resigned during the summer of 2012, though his return was well-received by the Emperor. Titus was restored to previous government positions, including his seat in the Senate. The crisis in Freihetia continued, however, with the demands of the Emperor to annex Rocklund back into the Empire, by force if needed. This was opposed by Smith, who called for Rocklund's independence.

The 10 January Accords created a dual monarchy in the Empire of Freihetia - Titus I, a prominent (and elusive) Freihetian senator who had not joined the rebellion, was declared a co-Emperor with powers over the state, whereas Markus would govern the church. Almost immediately after the 10 January Accords' supposed peace, Markus declared New Israel had annexed Jacque Miles' rebel state of Rocklund (which had been declared independent in the Accords), and Emperor Titus condemned this, declaring to Markus that he was his mentor, and must listen to him. This created a feud between the two which culminated in a chaotic (final) meeting of the Senate in early February 2013. Soon after, the Senate was dissolved and Markus led a successful coup against Titus with the help of his newfound ally Sean Anderson. The Senate and Constitution were abolished, and Freihetia was declared a Christian theocracy. Also, Markus had secretly negotiated the creation of a league of Christian states, a united Christian empire, which was publicly announced after the coup. The united Christian empire consisted of West Germania and Freihetia; and Ultamiya was invited, but declined to join. The formation of the united Christian empire was due to the crises in the declining Freihetian Empire, but especially by a prophetic dream the Emperor claimed to have had in the beginning of the year, envisioning a large Christian state.

Formation of New Israel

Within a matter of days, the united Christian empire's leadership, Markus and Penda decided to unite their holy league into a formal state. This was the creation of the Holy Empire of New Israel, which was formally established on 1 March in the year of our Lord 2013.

Mere days beyond its establishment, New Israel declared war on the Würtige Empire, an act that was never officially recognised by the Würtige government. The declaration was re-issued on the 1 April 2014, which began the Second Spice War, as known by New Israeli historians. Following occasional flashpoints in the conflict throughout 2013, all-out war finally broke out in July 2014 when the Kingdom of West Germania, a part of New Israel, declared independence. The Würtige Empire immediately sided with their West Germanic allies, leading to the West Germanic War of Independence (also known as the West Germanic Bishop's War).

Declaration of War

Spice War Declaration1Mar2013.jpg

Emperor Markus issued a declaration of war first early in February. Upon the establishment of New Israel on 1 March 2013, the declaration was apparently reneged. This brief conflict throughout February was the First Spice War. On Easter Monday, April 1, 2013, New Israel declared war on Yurtyzstan, the Würtige Empire, Rocklund and the Oasis Islands, citing aggression to New Israel's establishment; this began the Second Spice War. The First Spice War is not often mentioned, as it was brief, and occurred during the existence of the Christian league (prior to New Israel was formed). The First Spice War had no particular outcome.

Oasis Islands involvement

On July 13, 2013, New Israel was allegedly criticized by a "MicroGroup community" after attacking Casey Hamlin unprovoked. Hamlin, the Emperor had declared, supported perversions, and forwarded a video comparing homosexuality to farm animals[2], thus ratcheting up the conflict. The war, which remained unrecognized by the Oasis Islands, continued with New Israel attacking the Oasis Islands for factually nonexistent inactivity and the nation's positive reaction to the overturning of the US Defense of Marriage Act.

In late July, Hamlin began to become wary of the effects of the conflict on his nation and its standing in the micronational community, believing that the conflict had become too overblown. Contact began between Hamlin and the leaders of the Holy Empire with Oasis Island News reporting on July 21st that the two nations were close to an agreement to end the conflict. These talks continued until 23 July, when New Israel's internet assets suddenly disappeared and contact ceased.

On August 8, 2013, New Israel's online presence came back up with their new news website, New Israel Today. Shortly after that, the President and the Emperor began contact again and on August 26, 2013 it was announced that the two nations had officially ended the conflict.

Annexation of New Wiltshire

The King of New Wessex, Declan I.

Emperor Markus happened to independently rule a possession of New Wessex (a colonial form of Wilcsland which existed between 2012 and 2014). Markus' religious zeal throughout the war prompted him to withdraw New Wiltshire on account of the behaviour of Declan I, the Wessaxon/Wilcslandian king.

This was coupled with an order of annexation, bringing New Wiltshire under New Israeli control. Subsequently, it was merged into Rocklund. This act of war against New Wessex was ignored - there was no official response from the Wessaxon king, who in the latter part of his reign abandoned the government of his nation. Declan I was deposed on 31 December 2014, and his successor Ptolemy II does not lay claim to New Wiltshire.

West Germanic Independence and the Treaty of York

In March of 2014, the Puritan Act of 2014 was passed by the Senate of West Germania, forbidding images of Christ, government-sponsored holy days, or bishops in the West Germanic church. It was not until 14 June when Markus discovered the act, and he contacted Penda two days later expressing his objections. This led to a long theological debate between Penda and Markus, where Markus claimed the Puritan Act was against "sound Christian principles established by New Israeli law", and would result in a "schism". According to King Penda II of West Germania, the New Israeli emperor repeatedly lectured him on theology[3].

On July 12, Markus sent several imperial decrees to King Penda, who administrated the legislative archive of the New Israeli government. He asked him to post the various decrees to the now-defunct government website. Among these decrees, Penda objected to a "theological synod" held on 1 April 2014, believing it to be further intrusion on the West Germanic church. Another decree recognized the Jewish religion in New Israel. In response, the Saxon monarch wrote an editorial calling for a peaceful solution to Palestine. Penda called Palestine antagonistic, but Israel a "bully". He confirmed he would not support Israel, or Zionism, and proposed a two-state solution [4].

This exchange prompted further debate between Penda and Markus over eschatological topics, finally resulting in the Saxon legislature issuing a decree against Judaism, which was called "filthy and vain", and not a true Abrahamic religion. Markus seized on this and confronted Penda through an imperial decree on 19 July.

The decree was essentially the New Israeli government declaring support for the state of Israel and Zionism, a move that was strongly opposed by Penda. After Markus refused to back down on the matter, Penda declared his intent for West Germania to secede from New Israel.

On 20 July, the arguments between Penda and Markus began to deteriorate, and news soon broke in the Yellow Bear Micronational Skype chatroom about the situation. King Penda immediately gained support from the several Würtige officials present there, along with other micronationalists such as Luke Albertschine and Joseph Kennedy. This encouragement prompted an official declaration of independence to be issued on the evening of the 20th at around 22:52 PM GMT. By 23:04, Penda had resigned from all his New Israeli offices.

A satirical Saxon propaganda poster from the war.[5]

Meanwhile, a document known as the Treaty of York was being drafted by Würtige officials. It was passed through the Imperial Council and posted online, signed by West Germania and their observer state, the Empire of Kleinebayern. This alliance solidified the the fact that the war was a continuation of the Freihetian Aggression, at least from the perspective of the Würtige Empire. Simultaneously, Joseph Kennedy proposed a declaration to the Federal Assembly of Ashukovo, however, this was later withdrawn. Similar preparations by Luke Albertschine on behalf of Hobartstown and Victoria were also withdrawn, with him instead advocating a peaceful resolution to the conflict (to the ire of Emperor Markus).

Over a week after West Germania declared independence, Emperor Markus and the New Israeli government issued a declaration of war against the Treaty of York. In the ensuing conflict, the NINBC, the state media of New Israel, produced several propaganda films, highlighting the anti-Jewish remarks of the West Germanic Senate.

This war, lasting from 28 July to 8 August, was brief and resulted in few exchanges. Markus insisted that West Germania had no right to secede and intended to form a government-in-exile for the Saxon Empire (this never materialized).

Ensuing Events

Emperor Markus was forced to capitulate after being notified by Würtige agents that his war on West Germania and Würtigeland would result in great personal distress if he did not surrender. According to Markus, the Würtige threatened to harass and blackmail him and perhaps his government if he did not issue a surrender. Despite the protests of prominent Würtige politicians from the Tsardom of Nolland, New Israel was coerced into surrender, signing the Rocklund Armistice.

Subsequently, the nation of Rocklund was recognized as an independent state, and the rest of the former Sullivan Republic was dissolved into two other states.

An Uneasy Peace

As a vassal of Mercia within the Wurtige Empire, New Israel was required to largely abolish its military forces and restructure them into a defense force. Emperor Markus was inducted as a bishop into the Mercian Church, but resigned shortly after.

Reconquista of Rocklund

After a lost copy of the Treaty of Rocklund was discovered in May 2015, Rocklund was declared a possession of the Holy Empire by order of the Edict Concerning the Several States, reversing the Treaty of York's provisions for Roccish independence. Throughout the previous year, the leader of Rocklund privately made several inflammatory remarks towards the Emperor; this was seen as additional justification for declaring jurisprudence over Rocklund.

Reconciliation of the Holy Empire and Saxony

A recent portrait of Earl Pende Johannes, formerly King Penda II

The Saxon Empire shall henceforth be an Imperial Circle of New Israel.

The Emperor of New Israel shall therefore hold the title of Saxon Emperor.

The Republic of Saxmark shall be admitted as an Incorporated State of New Israel, directly accountable to the Emperor and to the Constitution.

The other Saxon states, overseen by the Steward of Saxmark, shall remain as Special Autonomous States, retaining the right to their own governments, monarchies, legal systems, and monetary systems, and the right to secede at any time.

— The Treaty of Reunification[6]

On 10 August 2015, the Holy Empire of New Israel and the Saxon Empire renewed their covenant, bringing the Saxon Empire back into the fold and reversing the damage done by the Treaty of York. Following this, the Holy Empire declared independence from the Wurtige Empire and declared a referendum to approve independence several weeks later.

If everything is up front already, may I just remind New Israel that it's [sic] union with the Saxon Empire is illegal under the Wuertige State Joining Treaty, under Article 3 (3): "States may not possess federal, confederal, imperial, colonial and commonwealth claims under their authority and hegemony, unless these claims are given official permission by the Reichsrat to be claimed. Also, these claims must acknowledge the Würtige State Joining Treaty as the legitimate binding document between themselves and the Würtige Empire."

— Richard I of Mercia

Wurtige leader Richard I declared the union between the Saxon Empire and New Israel to be illegal[7], prompting Emperor Markus to declare the Wurtige to be aggressively intervening in New Israel's governance[8].

Saxon Withdrawal from the Treaty of York

On 1 September 2015, the Saxon Empire formerly withdrew from the Treaty of York alliance, as well as the Rocklund Armistice[9].

Second 10 January Accords

In December of 2015, the newly-formed Apostolate of the Holy Office issued a statement against false pretenders to the papacy, implicitly attacking the Austenasian Pontifex Maximus (who referred to himself as "Pope Alexander III") and declaring Francis I the only legitimate Supreme Pontiff. The statement also chastised the policy of iconoclasm in the Saxon Empire.

About a fortnight following, on 9 or 10 January 2016, Earl Pende of Saxony discovered Markus' statement, which he had quietly promulgated. He followed-up by declaring the dissolution of the Saxon Empire and a "rebellion against the emperor". To avoid war, Markus privately negotiated the Second 10 January Accords. These Accords declared:

  • The semi-autonomous states of the Saxon Empire (Prussia and Libertaria) were constitutionally withdrawn from the Holy Empire, as they were annexed to the Holy Empire under the contingency that they could choose to leave;
  • Saxmark would be formally dissolved;
  • Markus would remain Emperor of the Saxon Empire, and thus the Saxon Empire would be maintained, contrary to Earl Pende's announcement.

Johannes Andreassuun, formerly known as Earl Pende, withdrew from the Holy Empire because of a matter of conscience rather than a desire for his nation to be independent. He will have no further involvement in the Spice Wars, but instead wishes to maintain a state of peace and cordiality with New Israel. He remains open to dialogue and a full reconciliation should certain criteria be met in the future.

Foreign response

  • Source.png Democratic Republic of Leylandiistan - The President of Leylandiistan released a statement on the Béal na Tíre news blog [10] stating his sympathy for West Germania, but saying "Leylandiistan will likely (and hopefully) remain neutral" in the conflict. The rest of the government in Leylandiistan has yet to respond and make a decision on what their position on the conflict is, although the chances of Leylandiistan ever signing the Treaty of York are very slim. During the brief Third Spice War, Leylandiistan's Béal na Tíre state media heavily covered the events going on during the war, interviewing both Emperor Markus and the then-rebel king Pende II.
  • Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia: The government of Austenasia made no official stance on the Spice Wars. Emperor Jonathan I made some unofficial remarks in Skype on 21 July querying the validity of a war in which neither side is able to take physical action against the other [citation needed].