Midlothian War

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Midlothian War
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3 Weg marines in line formation during the Battle of Astrud Lake.
Date30 November 2021 – 10 May 2022[‍a‍]
Location
Result
Belligerents
Flag of the Federal Union of Wegmat.svg Wegmat
New New Kariba flag.png Republic of Kariba
LCS Flag.png Lupis Contracting Services
Commanders and leaders
Strength

59

  • 50 administrative and support
  • 9 combatants
11
Italics denotes nations participating as diplomatic support.
a. Combat was only from 2 – 23 January 2022.
Wegmat
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The Midlothian War was a war between Kapreburg and Wegmat. It happened after the Weg Nationwide Attacks were found to be committed by Kapresh citizens. The Wegmat Marines invaded a colony of Kapreburg before being invaded by the Kapresh. Wegmat kicked foreign occupiers out of Wegmat in a week, due to complications with militaries on either side, Wegmat dropped its state of war after a 4 month period without combat. The East Lakeside Conference is supposed to settle any other complications caused by the war.

Timeline

Prelude

For the weeks leading up to the beginning of the war, Jackson I of Kapreburg had expressed a desire to declare war against Wegmat. Jackson refrained, however, stating that it would break the Treaty of New Albuquerque, article 4 of which stated that all parties involved could not wage war against each other for 6 months following the treaty's signing. The treaty would expire on 18 March 2022.

Operation Broken Bow

In mid-August, Kapreburg planned an invasion of Wegmat scheduled for 20 November 2021, that would involve Kapresh military units entering Wegmat from the south and the north. These units would meet in Hydrove, where they would force Wegmat to surrender. The plan was put on hold when the Weg government found out about it, and then formally abandoned once the Treaty of New Albuquerque was signed.

Operation Black Parade

In early November the Federal Weimar Defense Agency drafted invasion plans for the planned invasion of Wegmat using the "winter war tactic". This tacic, being fighting in the winter, would impair the Weg war machine, and in turn, the head start would allow the occupation of the southern Weg provinces. The New German High Command composed a strategy of landing the 2nd Observation Regiment in Bushwood, the capital of Madison. The regiment would conduct their invasion and occupy the rest of Madison in time for winter, so that other Weg provinces could be taken. However, Operation Black Parade was canceled, due to the fact that the invasion of Madison would have been an action fueled by the prospect of glory, rather than military strategic importance.

Declaration of War

WSPI Agents detaining the Kapresh terrorist following the Weg Nationwide Attacks.

On 22 November 2021, a Kapresh citizen, acting independently, carried out a terrorist attack on Weg soil. The Weg Nationwide Attacks quickly became a large scale investigation by the Wegmat Government. The Kapresh government was not involved with the terrorist, but reached out following the attack, curious as to what this terrorist could do to aid Kapresh plans to cripple Wegmat, as well as to gather any intel the terrorist may have acquired. The Weg government was notified of this and declared war on 30 November in response. They claimed that their signature on the Treaty of New Albuquerque was not affected by article 4, thus allowing them to take such an action.

Battle of Astrud Lake

The Battle of Astrud Lake was the first military action executed in the war. Weg forces conducted an invasion of New Kariba, a Kapresh colony, on 2 January 2022. Kapresh forces attempted a defense, but were overpowered by the invading force. Following the battle, the victorious Weg forces occupied the northern half of New Kariba.

Operation Auf Wiedersehn

Operation Auf Wiedersehn was a situation in which an agent of the Federal Weimar Intelligence Agency attempted to deceive the the low-ranking Weg politician Josh L. into thinking that New Germany was making a last stand in the city of Westerwald, a suburb of Bobbygrad, on Juanuary 9, 2022. It was in fact a lie that was meant to allow for a large Weg force to be ambushed by New German soldiers at what locals refer to as the "French Position". However, Weg Forces were never deployed, and New German forces left the area.

Battle of Jefferson Lake

[1] This engagement is also known as Operation Glad You Came. Before fighting, all three forces met at around 12:30 PM local time to eat and talk with each other. The battle occurred on 16 January 2022, shortly preceding the Battle of Bushwood. The Battle was short-lived due to Weg's lines breaking very quickly. It was a New German/Kapresh victory. New Germany also committed numerous war crimes during this Battle.

Battle of Bushwood

[2] Kapresh/New German forces moved south to the key Weg city of Bushwood immediately following the Battle of Jefferson Lake. Weg forces moved inside of the greater building structure that made up the Downtown borough of Bushwood. Intense fighting broke out until New German forces went through the garage of the building and flanked the Wegs from their left. The Battle of Bushwood was a major battle causing catastrophic land loss. No borough of Bushwood was not taken by Kapresh/New German forces however the rest of Madison was. The important province of Essef along with Paradise City was taken. Paradise City declared itself as a free city-state, independent of Wegmat and the occupiers.

Occupational period

Wegmat forces began Operation Off! as Weg positions were prepared in Hilda. The Weg strategy was to wait for an invading force and destroy them allowing them to retake Essef. The National Intelligence Agency began an aggressive campaign to get some non-military New Germans to fight with Wegmat. The Wegmat Armed Forces also began an aggressive recruitment campaign that ultimately failed when 3 Wegs were unable to show up to the Battle of the Highlands due to outside complications.

Battle of the Highlands

Weg Marines stand with a captured Kapresh flag.

A Kapresh/New German force moved across the Hilda-Essef border onto MoA Road 4 towards Rainbow Bridge on 23 January 2022. The Battle of the Highlands began at the southern end of the Hilda Highlands in Bailey National Forest. The invading force's goal was to move north to capture Hilda. Weg forces, LCS mercenaries, and a local farmer all repelled the attack. This resulted in Weimar leaving the war in exchange for Madison except for Bushwood and Southern Essef except for Paradise City. The rest of Essef was reclaimed, however, Paradise City refused to be reclaimed and remains a city-state. The Federal District of Bushwood was formed and the Province of Madison was dissolved.

Wegmat had now taken the offensive and prepared for military operations in Kapreburg.

Ceasefire

A temporary ceasefire has been called from 23 January 2022, officially called a month later in February until April 15, 2022 due to lack of resources for either side to fight. Negotiations are likely to happen during this time between Wegmat and Kapreburg for a peaceful resolution to the war.

Peace Talks

The first proposal came from the Wegmat Foreign Exchange Ministry requesting that Kapreburg was to complete 12 combined hours of service for the Wegmat Foundation. Weimar officials persuaded the Kapresh Government not to accept this peace deal claiming it was similar to that at the end of the Weg-New German War. The Wegmat Foreign Exchange Ministry offered a second peace deal, where Kapreburg could control a portion of the Weg economy in exchange for the end of the war and 16 hours of community service. Large parcels of public land, multiple commercial and industrial buildings in several Weg cities, and unlimited licenses for the largest markets in Wegmat were to be given to Kapresh companies or private citizens. Opposition immediately came from the left-wing Wegmat Council of State, Provincial governments of Whynofly, Drystone, Abierta and Irving, and Wegmat Ministry of Agriculture; which operated most of the lands that would become private property.

East Lakeside Conference

Due to no combat happening, the Wegmat Armed Forces eventually released a small statement that Wegmat will no longer be combating Kapreburg unless provoked. The Weg Ministry of Foreign Exchange has been trying to organize a conference in Downtown Chicago, Kepresh officials agreed to this when they are able to travel there. The war is considered to be over since the date of the last battle in the Hilda Highlands in January. No combat has occurred since Wegat dropped its state of war on 10 May 2022.

Reactions

  • New Flag of Cimbrun.jpg Cimbrun - The Basileus of Cimbrun condemns the Midlothian War. Kapreburg is blacklisted by the state for a reason, and the state encourages a peaceful solution to the war.

Midlothian Star

Midlothian War
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Country Baustralia
TypeCampaign medal
Campaign(s)Midlothian War
Statistics
Total awarded57
Precedence
Next (higher)Kapresh Star

The Midlothian Star is a medal given to any Baustralian civilians and soldiers involved in the Midlothian War. The riband is of nine sections: 1, 3, 7, 9, orange; 4 and 6 yellow; 2 green; 5 white; and 8 blue.

The medal is of a four-pointed star with pyramidal faces, with the emblem of the Baustralian Armed Forces, in the centre. A bar appears in between the crown and the wreath with the word Midlothian.

Awards by clasp
Clasp Period Awards Units
2021-2022 30 November – 30 January 30 Baustralia HMS Promise
King's Grenadiers
Feb-March 2022 30 January – 30 March 27 Baustralia HMS Cascadia
Royal Baustralian Regiment

References