NORTH DALMACIJA, A.R.S.E. – A conflict is brewing between the Apollonian Republic of Shireroth’s East (A.R.S.E.) and the Democratic Environmental Society of Senya over the River Warriors’ Autonomous Region, which is currently part of Senya, but of which representatives has sought rapprochement with the Apollonian Republic. An ultimatum from the A.R.S.E. was met with refusal, which raised tensions between the two camps.
The Apollonian Republic of Shireroth’s East – formerly known under the name Kildare – was not that long ago part of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth. Their recent independence struggle led them to be more active on the international stage and this didn’t stay unnoticed in Mahūti, the capital of the River Warriors’ tribe.
It was Ledari Kukat, a resistance fighter, who contacted the Caudillo of the Apollonian Republic with the request for annexation by the A.R.S.E. and with that the liberation of his country from the discriminatory government of Senya. This request was met with praise, but eventually a refusal followed: “We’re also happy to see the enthusiasm of joining the Apollonian Republic. However, we have not forgotten that your people have suffered at the hand of oppressors. For that reason, we consider it of utmost importance that the River Warriors will stay free. […] I propose that we establish the Apollonian Republic of the River Warriors Tribe (ARRWT), which will be closely aligned with the A.R.S.E. […]”
A promise to support the Riverorians in their struggle was made by the Caudillo and an ultimatum was issued. The ultimatum, issued on 5560 ASC, was immediately met with a hostile attitude in Senya, which led to the mobilisation of both troops at the Senyan and Apollonian side.
“We seek peace! Only peace!” shouted a high-placed officer of the A.R.S.E. while holding his gun in front of this reporter. “This has nothing to do with our modernisation of the armed forces!”
Nonetheless, sources in both countries mention that no shot has been fire yet. Neither has any side issued a declaration of war. However, large troop movements to the border show that the situation is critical. At Apollonian side three Legions of the National Protection Army – good for 60,000 soldiers – would be ready to take actions. They would be supported by the Kildarian Defence Forces (the reservists), which has over 150,000 soldiers moving towards the front line.
If war breaks out, it will probably result in the largest military conflict in the region in years.