Granzerian War

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Granzerian War
Part of the Véragyőr Spring and the Parabellum


Date4 November 1970 – 6 September 1971
(10 months and 2 days)
Location
Result

Granzerian victory:

  • Withdrawal of Vastava Pact forces from Granzery
  • Withdrawal of Granzery from the Vastava Pact
  • Fall of communism in Granzery
Belligerents

Granzery Granzerian State
 Gorbatov
 Transkarpatia
 Straknia
People's Republic of Ziridava Ziridava (limited)
 Stasnov (limited)

Granzery Republican Army
Granzery National Front
AK-ZG
Republic of Straknia
Kárpátia

Commanders and leaders
Granzery Sergei Acéloz
Granzery Kende Cseh
Granzery Gellért Fejes
Granzery Benett Sörös
Granzery Jenő Balázs
Gorbatov Ivan Kravchenko
Gorbatov Lazar Klimovich
Transkarpatia Goran Asenov
Transkarpatia Ivan Furnadjiev
Straknia Dušan Zima
People's Republic of Ziridava Ognyan Vancho
Stasnov Nikolai Bereza
Granzery Mihály Meggyesfalvi
Granzery Csongor Fodor
Granzery Róbert Gábor
Granzery Zsombor Hegedűs
Strength
Granzery GNH: (peak)
680,000 men
2,700 AFVs
1,700 artillery pieces
1,300 tanks
900 aircraft
Gorbatov PLA: (peak)
130,000 men
6,000 AFVs
2,000 artillery pieces
2,500 tanks
500 aircraft
Others:
91,500 men
1,800 AFVs
1,100 artillery pieces
200 tanks
550 aircraft
Granzery GKH: (peak)
703,000 men
3,000 AFVs
2,900 artillery pieces
1,700 tanks
570 aircraft
Granzery GNE: (peak)

210,000 men
700 AFVs
300 artillery pieces
500 tanks
120 aircraft
Others:
75,000 men
105 AFVs
300 artillery pieces
20 tanks
Casualties and losses
Total dead: 23,104
Total wounded: 87,650
Total dead: 31,057
Total wounded: 102,981
  • Total civilians killed/wounded: 250,000 (est.)
  • Granzery: 196,000 killed/wounded (est.)
  • Transkarpatia and Straknia: 54,000 killed/wounded (est.)

The Granzerian War (Gorbatovic: Гранская Вайна, Granskaja Vajna), known in Granzery as the War of Liberation (Granzerian: Felszabadítási Háború), was a war from 1970 to 1971 in Granzery, Transkarpatia and Straknia. The conflict was fought primarily between the Granzerian People's Republic and Vastava Pact against the Republic of Granzery and Granzerian National Front.

The War was considered one of the most important moments in East Vesperian history, directly leading to a wave of anti-communist uprisings such as in Elesar and Ziridava, causing irreparable damage to the Vastava Pact, which had, prior to the Granzerian War, had been the most powerful intergovernmental organisation in Atlas.

Background[edit]

Véragyőr Spring[edit]

The Granzerian War is believed to have started following the Véragyőr Spring, in which tens of thousands of student protesters took to the street to protest the increasingly harsh communist government, which at the start of the Stasno-Gorbatovic Split had become increasingly repressive and radical to win favour with the Gorbatovic government. The Stasnovan Premier Ilya Adamov made multiple attempts to negotiate with both the protesters and the Granzerian State, however due to the ongoing arms embargo placed on Granzery by Stasnov and the fallout of the Gorbatovic split, the Granzerian government remained unwilling to budge and on the 30th of September 1969, the Granzerian People's Army began to violently suppress the increasingly fervent protests.

The Granzerian State, seeing the situation deteriorate further, approached the Gorbatovic government for help, and the 3rd Guards Tank Army was deployed into Granzery to assist the Granzerian People's Army. By the 9th of December the rioting and protesters had all been dispersed, killed or arrested, while Stasnovan negotiators still attempted to de-escalate the situation in Granzery.

Start of the War[edit]

On the 4th of November 1970, elements of the Granzerian People's Army under Field Marshal Zsombor Hegedűs, deserted their post and formed the Granzerian National Front, with the intention of launching a coup d'état of the Granzerian government, and establishing a new fascist government based on the Granzerian Kingdom of the Second Great War. This coup was successful in securing the Granzerian capital building and surrounding areas, half of the Granzerian government was arrested by the GNF and summarily executed while the rest (including Acéloz) managed to escape to form a temporary government in Csongrád, while the Gorbatovic and Stasnovan embassy were both raided and destroyed. Much of the staff of the Gorbatovic Embassy were killed while the Stasnovan Ambassador was kidnapped by the GNF the rest of the Stasnovan staff was turned over to the Csongrád government.

Course of the war[edit]

Vastava Pact Intervention[edit]

Immediately afterwards the Gorbatovic government once again deployed forces to solve the situation supported by troops from Elesar and Ziridava, while Stasnov, after the raid on their embassy drew up contingencies to embark on an intervention of their own. The Bombing of Véragyőr began shortly afterwards, as Gorbatovic bombers embarked on an extensive carpet bombing campaign of the occupied areas of the capital, resulting in hundreds of civilian casualties and severe damage to the historic Senate Building and Royal Palace. Another series of defections occured in the Granzerian People's Army immediately after the bombings under Field Marshal Csongor Fodor. As elements of the Granzerian 3rd, 8th, 16th and 25th Motor Rifle Divisions turned their guns on the Gorbatovic forces, causing the Gorbatovic government to withdraw its crippled forces. Hundreds of thousands of civilian insurgents flocked to the forces of Fodor, fearing both reprisals from the Granzerian State and the oppression of the GNF. During this period the Ziridavan 6th Air Assault Battalion was deployed to support the Csongrád Government, involving 1,500 men and the support of the Ziridavan 22nd Fighter-Bomber Wing, which were armed with state-of-the-art VeK-21s and Lu-22.

Arrival of the 5th Guards Army[edit]

The VP and Gorbatovic Forces began another wave of intervention on the 17th of May, 1971 shortly after the inauguration of the new Stasnovan Premier Nikolai Bereza, with the 5th Guards Army deployed from Gorbatov via Straknia (which had seen combat spillover and ignite its own ongoing insurgencies) to Granzery, while the Stasnovan 1st Guards Airborne Division were deployed to Csongrád to evacuate Stasnovan Embassy staff from the country and assist in the extradition of the 30th Naval Infantry Brigade that were stationed in Granzery at the time of the war.

The Gorbatovic Forces, with logistical and military support from Elesar, made extensive strides into Northeastern Granzery, liberating Transkarpatia which had prior to May been largely occupied by a combination of the Kárpátia insurgent group and forces owing allegiance to Field Marshal Fodor.

Fall of Csongrád[edit]

By the 1st of June the vast bulk of the Granzerian People's Army had defected to the forces of Field Marshal Fodor, which had begun styling itself the Granzerian Republican Army (GKH). The GKH made great gains against what remained of the Granzerian People's Army, eventually capturing what remained of the Csongrád government in late June 1971. The fall of Csongrád marked the end of the Granzerian state, although the Republican Army continued to see sporadic clashes with Vastava Pact forces until the end of the War in September.

Conclusion of the War[edit]

After the capture of the Csongrád government the Granzerian Republican Army turned its attention on the National Front, with whom they had previously fought alongside, and by the end of August the Granzerian National Front had also been eradicated and the Capital secured. For a further few weeks sporadic clashes occurred between Granzerian Republican Army forces and the Proletarian Liberation Army, particularly in Straknia. After the Battle of Novak in September 2nd of 1971, and subsequent destruction of the Gorbatovic TBA Motor Rifle Division, the Gorbatovic and Stasnovan governments, fearing the loss of Straknia and Transkarpatia withdrew from Granzery. As reprisal for its loss in Granzery, and to cover its retreat from Novak, under the orders of Marshal Lazar Klimovich, the 5th Guards Army launched a number of Scud missiles with VX warheads at Grazerian forces in Novak, leading to a large loss of civilian and Republican military personnel in the city. On the 6th of September the new Granzerian government now led by the charismatic Mihály Meggyesfalvi who had been elected a month prior signed the Treaty of Novak, formally withdrawing Granzery from the VP and ending the Granzerian War.

Aftermath[edit]

The Granzerian War was a disaster for both Gorbatov and Stasnov, and directly led to the Stasno-Gorbatovic split. The subsequent political and economic turmoil that occured in Stasnov following the Granzerian War led to the conditions that began the Elesarian Revolution, Transkarpatian War as well as inspiring independence movements in Lavikona and Zolevskoy.

Foreign Involvement[edit]

Supporting the Granzerian Republican Army[edit]

Supporting the Granzerian National Front[edit]

Supporting the Granzerian People's Republic[edit]