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President Cory Findlay
The Southern-Awesomite war was a conflict of the Trussville Sector that lasted between October 7, 2010, to November 7, 2010.
Territorial expansion was a key platform of President Cory Findlay of the Southern Union. After the Confederation refused to recognize the territorial claims of his nation, war was declared by the Southern Union, who was backed by the Monarchy of Sophopolis. The war largely consisted of three failed attacks on the Confederation, all of which were victories for Coaltion forces. The end of the war on November 7 and the Treaty of Province 2010 declared the Southern Union ended and recognized the new Republic of Sophopolis, which disbanded shortly thereafter.
Causes and Background
When the Constitution of the Union of Samian City-States was written, a small, direct election between the few citizens of the young nation created a provisional Parliament which was headed by Prime Minister Brendon Weston. Cory Findlay lead the New Republican Party, which formed the Official Opposition. Findlay made many plans to seize power over the USCS, and reform the nation into a system of government more like the United States, with one exception- a President who serves a life term. After these eccentric schemes were made public, Findlay was put out of office in the election later that year, as the provisional parliament was set only to last three months. Seeing his chances to conquer the USCS through democratic means failed, he founded his own nation, the Southern Union.
This new nation was lead agressivley under President Findlay, who wished for his nation to re-conquer the territory of the Confederate States of America and become its modern day sucessor. The nation had tense relations with the Union of Samian City States, largely because the nations were territorially so close. When the USCS became a province of the Confederation, the political tensions between the two rival nations became more heated.
At the same time, the small Monarchy of Sophopolis began vieing for more power in the Trussville Sector. The nation shared a direct border with the Confederation of Awesome, and had previously come into conflict with the USCS. The Treaty of Vestavia, which had ended the previous conflict, was no longer effective, as the USCS had become a part of the Confederation and thus had a larger army and population. Feeling uncomfortable next to a great power, tensions escalated between Sophopolis and the Confederation.
Diplomacy broke down between the three countries when the Southern Union passed, through an act of Congress, its territorial claims of all of the ex-Confederate States of America, plus New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona. The Confederation refused to recongize these claims, and Findlay broke diplomatic regonition of the Confederation. Wanting to legitimize his territorial claims, and to ensure dominance over the Trussville Sector, a declaration of war was sent to the Confederation of Awesome on October 7, 2010.
The Course of the War
War Breaks Out
The Confederation declared war in response almost immediately. The Monarchy of Sophopolis sent a declaration of war to the Confederation the next day, in order to back the Southern Union. The next day, the Confederation War Council called for a Coalition of the Willing with any nation in the Trussville Sector. Only one, the tiny monarchy of Ashleyia, joined the war against the Allies. On October 11, 2010, two peace talks were held- one, with representatives of the Confederation and the Southern Union in New Montgomery, and another, with representatives of the Confederation and Sophopolis. Despite a desire to end the conflict on the side of the Confederation and among objectors in Sophopolis, no simple diplomatic solution was brokered.
The Battle of Province
The One Month’s war was shaping up to be a cold war, until October 13, when a division of Southern troops attacked the Confederation capitol of Province. The Southern Second Army advanced to the Cahaba River, surrounded the capitol, and attacked Confederation troops and government officials when they attempted to enter the building. Despite tough resistance on the part of the Southern Union, the Confederation was able to defend their capitol, and the Southern army retreated.
The Battle of Weston
On October 16, Sophopolian troops attempted their own invasion, with an attack on the Confederation city of Weston. In the midst of their attack, Sophopolian forces wishing to end the monarchy fired on their Loyalist comrades, and were assisted in their uprising on by the Confederation. The Monarchies attack on the Confederation had ended in a civil uprising, which lead to a democratic revolution in Sophopolis. Pro-Monarchist elements of the nation continued the war until October 30 when the Republic of Sophopolis was declared.
After the Battle of Weston, there was a short Detente between the two sides, in which neither conducted any major military operations against one another. A second round of peace talks were held on October 20, this time in the Confederation capitol. They were inconclusive, but less hostile than the previous conference. Small border clashes occured in Weston and New Tuscaloosa, given their proximity.
The Battle of Alabaster
On October 24, an army of Southern Union aligned mercenaries, and elements of the Southern Foreign Legion, attacked the Alabaster Armed Forces base in the Jakia Province of the Confederation of Awesome. The attack was legitimately a surprise, even to the Southern Union, as President Findlay had never officially authorized it. However, the fort managed to hold off long enough to exhaust the Union troops into a short retreat, during which, their ammo was stolen by a brave group of Confederation raiders. There second offensive was held off, and without these supplies, they were defeated. These allied forces formally surrendered to Generals West and Evans.
On November 5, 2010, a group of Confederation troops occupied and the disputed Cheyenne territory, and all Southern military forces retreated without resistance. Findlay, who was becoming largely unpopular within the nation, surrendered in New Tuscaloosa on November 7, 2010. The Treaty of Weston 2010 was signed, ending the war.
During treaty negotiations, Findlay requested his nation be disbanded, as he wanted to give up micronationalism after seeing the Southern Union fail. The Treaty of Province ended the Southern Union, and allowed Confederation military forces to occupy the Southern capitol of New Montgomery until 1 January 2011. The Sophopolian government voted to disband, the Confederation of Awesome had in effect unified the Trussville Sector.