Grand Campaigns

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The Grand Campaigns
Date15 April 1915 - 21 December 1925
(10 years, 8 months and 6 days)
LocationArtemia, Kesh, Eurybian Sea, Tethys Ocean and Iapetus Ocean
Result

Mixed results

Belligerents

Crown Alliance 1915-1919:
 Ovancia


1916-1924:
 Chezzetcook


1919-1920:
 Brigantica


1919-1925:
Ovancia Ovancian Royalist Movement
 Tiperyn
 Kaya
Agrana y Griegro
 Boaga
 Selengeria


1924-1925:
Goetia Goetic Communist Movement

Republican Entente

1920-1925:
Ovancia Ovancian Republican Movement
 Brigantica
Airgiallan Republican Movement
 Chezzetcook

Goetic Entente 1915-1925:
 Goetic Empire
Austrasien
 Albel
Mero-Curgovina


1919-1925:
 Kodeshia
 Beifang
 Akiteiwa


1918-1925:
File:Ayy.png Samot-Seratofian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Ovancia Roy Bruno Florent III
Ovancia General Jules Laurentin
Tiperyn Empress Fedde
Chezzetcook Marie Lebrun
PLACEHOLDER Goetic Empire Kaiser Frederick IV
Goetic Empire General Field Marshal Anton Seidlitz-Ruger
Prinz Ulrich
Casir Bargeisas II
General Field Marshal Wilhaim var Sacsis
Kodeshia Emperor Zhaozu (until 1923)
Kodeshia Emperor Jingzu (from 1923)
Kodeshia Field Marshal Yuan Guozhang
Beifang Emperor Lee Tong
Beifang General Poon Cheung Ho
Khadiga Ainhoa
Julen al-Ashfaq
File:Ayy.png King Lujist Wiśniew IV
File:Ayy.png General Viktor Djugashvili

The Grand Campaigns, also known as the Great War, was a global war or series of interconnected wars originating in Artemia and Kesh that lasted from 1915 to 1925. The war involved most of the world's major powers and is considered to be one of the clearest cases of total war in world history.

The Grand Campaigns are considered to have begun on 15 April 1915 with the Goetic invasion of the ethnically Goetic department of Husseren-Wesserling in eastern Ovancia, with Boaga declaring war on Goetia shortly afterward in an attempt to regain territories previously lost to Goetia in the Boaga-Goet War.

However, this allied faction would split in 1920 as republican rebellions would rise in Ovancia and the Goidel-dominant regions of Airgialla and western Tiperyn.

The world would see several concurrent civil wars, some of which would draw major powers out of the conflict. These included the Celt insurrection in Tiperyn from 1920-1926, civil war in the Vojiskiy Empire beginning in 1922, republican rebellions in Ovancia beginning in 1920, the Goetic communist revolution of 1924 and the collapse of imperial rule in Kodeshia and eventual civil war in 1927.

The conflict would have mixed results for each faction.

Background

Goetic ambitions

Artemian imperialism in Kesh

Burgeoning communism

Arms race

Artemian Front

Concurrent Conflicts

Main article: Vojiskiy War

Colonial Front

Aftermath

The Grand Campaigns is often regarded as the transformational event that defined modern geopolitics and its primary actors.

Reshaping Artemia

EDITOR'S NOTE - Should this be part of a different article on an 'Artemian revolutionary period' instead?

The outcome of the Grand Campaigns' various sub-conflicts defined many of the borders in Western Artemia that persist to this day. Many of the historically great Artemian colonizers collapsed or suffered territorial losses during the war, ending an era of colonial imperialism and opening the gates to a new era predicated on anti-communism and so-called "small wars". Through the Grand Campaigns rose the communist Goetia, while the once mighty Ovancian Empire fell to communism to form URSA and several other smaller breakaway states. Boaga, which suffered greatly at the hands of the Goets, was not only restored to its pre-Boaga-Goet War borders, but also acquired all of the disputed territories on its borders with Goetia, URSA and Austrasia, which remain to this day. Agrana y Griegro also seized some Goetic lands, which has led to ongoing ethnic conflicts in the country's north. The war is largely regarded as the beginning of the end for Mero-Curgovina as a great colonial power and the key event that led to the ousting of its monarch. In the east, the Vojiskiy Empire and Samot-Seratofian Empire collapsed, each breaking up into several states, including the Volkovist UPRZ.

The only great Artemian colonial powers that took part in the war to be exit in unambiguously stronger geopolitical positions were the Crown Alliance's Agrana y Griegro and Tiperyn. Although Tiperyn lost the archipelago of Airgialla to Goidel socialists during the conflict and has been suffering from an on-and-off insurgency in its western states ever since, its influence over North and East Kesh in particular grew as a result of the conflict and set the stage for the Great Kesh War in the 1950s. Insennia, one of the successor states to the Ovancian Empire, also became the host to a permanent Tiperyner military presence on the continent. Boaga—although not a significant historical colonial power—also expanded its territory with aid from the Crown Alliance and Kaya—after previously having little influence on the global stage—would grow in influence beyond Southern Avalonia as a result of the conflict.

Start of the Red Wave

The Grand Campaigns is considered to be the start of the Red Wave—a series of interlinked leftist uprisings throughout the world. The conflict saw the fall of Western Artemia's two largest continental empires (the Ovancian and Goetic Empires) and Artemia's largest contiguous country (the Vojiskiy Empire), each leaving behind leftist successor states. Tiperyn also lost the Airgiallan archipelago to an alliance of liberals and leftists with Brigantic support, representing the country's only loss of home islands since its formation in the 14th century. This significantly shifted the balance of Western Artemia, with URSA and Goetia emerging as large communist states in ideological opposition to all neighboring states. The Volkovist UPRZ acted similarly in Eastern Artemia. The resulting global struggle between these new communist states and the liberal and non-communist illiberal worlds is considered by many to be the defining conflict of the 20th century.

Communist uprisings became a large threat, especially to post-colonial states and the monarchies that remained in Artemia. Tiperyn for example has been engaged in several Goidel insurgencies in its west throughout the past century. While the conflict is primarily ethnically driven, most militant groups are socialist ideologically. The middle and small powers of Veikaia, Albel and Aftarestan also fell to socialism during the post-Kesh War uptick in leftist uprisings from the 1960s and 1970s. The Arbenz Revolution started in the late 1960s and resulted in the complete leftist takeover of the country in 1991, defeating a coalition of liberal and illiberal states. Leftist groups remain prominent—with support from large communist states such as URSA, Goetia and Aftarestan—and small wars are ongoing in Santa Magdalena and Nasiria.