Battle of Carshalton Park
|Battle of Carshalton Park
|Part of the Austenasian Civil War
The battlefield just over two years on
|Empire of Austenasia
|Commanders and leaders
|HIH Crown Prince Jonathan
|The Hon. William K.
The Battle of Carshalton Park was the first battle in the Austenasian Civil War. It took place on 18 April 2010 in Carshalton Park in the United Kingdom. A small detachment of the Austenasian Army met and defeated the rebel commander William K. after he refused peace terms and attempted to steal AAF equipment.
HIH Crown Prince Jonathan went into Carshalton Park, where he had asked about half of the Austenasian Army to meet if possible to protect him while he negotiated peace terms with rebel commander William, who was to soon meet him in the park. However, it was a bad day on which to organise a peace talk, and only General Sir Ryan Dickinson, KCP - commanding officer of the 1st Outer Austenasia Division - turned up. The two walked out of the park and met with William, who refused all terms for peace: he would agree to no more than to personally withdraw from the conflict, and even then only if he could be reinstated with all his former titles and offices. This was unacceptable, and the two government soldiers attempted to handcuff William and force him to surrender in order to end the war. William fought them off, breaking the handcuffs in the process.
Crown Prince Jonathan asked the General to keep William occupied while he went to get something. William followed him (kept under guard by the General) as the Crown Prince unloaded weapons and walkie talkies from a car boot (trunk). William stole a bag of equipment, but neither of the government soldiers wanted to apprehend him there, surrounded by members of the public. They therefore followed him into Carshalton Park, where he attempted to escape with the equipment.
Crown Prince Jonathan and General Sir Ryan ran after William to attempt to retrieve the AAF equipment. Sir Ryan shot him with plastic darts, to no avail. The Crown Prince managed to get back the bag, but his mobile phone fell out of his pocket in the struggle. The three searched the grass for about 10 minutes, further discussing possible peace terms as they did so. Finally, William revealed that he'd had the phone all along. Crown Prince Jonathan took it back, and then William attacked the government force by swinging his coat at their faces. General Sir Ryan managed to bring him down to the ground, and held him there while Crown Prince Jonathan attempted to record a surrender. William would not even say which side he was on while on camera, and after a while the Crown Prince ordered him to be released before he got hurt from struggling. As soon as William was released, he attacked Crown Prince Jonathan, and the two wrestled rolling down a hill.
William realized that he had a nosebleed, and the Crown Prince immediately stopped and called for Gen. Sir Ryan to come and help. Neither of them had tissues, but William insisted that he had not been hit on the nose - more likely the nosebleed was brought on by so much excercise in the hot sun. Crown Prince Jonathan told William that they would stop and help him. While the General looked after William, the Crown Prince ran to the nearby church and back (the same one where the Vestry Conference was held) to try and get some tissue from the toilets. There was none, but by the time he got back William's nosebleed had stopped.
Although William insisted that he was better, Crown Prince Jonathan ordered that the Austenasian Army withdraw, taking William with them. All three left the park, William a POW in all but name. He was allowed to leave government custody a few minutes later and return to South Kilttown.
While neither side claimed victory immediately after the battle, it is generally accepted that the Austenasian Army won the battle, with the rebel having sustained an (indirect, minor) injury and then being escorted from the park.
A commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the battle planned for 18 April 2020 had to be cancelled due to restrictions on movement through British territory having been introduced by the UK government in response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.