First Vanili War: Vanilion-Zur WarEdit
The First Vanili War (3125-3126), was a rebellion of vanili elves against the Zur rule in Vanilion that re-established their independence, wich lasted 3 months, from december 3125 to march 3126.
The origin of the conflict was the annexion by Zur of Vanilion in 3122. Zur under the first republic tried to create a multi-ethnic, egalitarian state in which all the inhabitants -no matter race or specie- where the same, but this idealism clashed with reality. Needing to rebuild Zur's economy after the independence war, Zur settlers moved eastwards, into Vanili elven territory. The interest of Zur of controlling the trade routes that passed across southern Zarhuy, the discovery of minerals and gold in Vanilion in the previous decades, meant an increase in the inmigration to the east, and pression on elven populations.
While Zur tried to make the old elven state of Vanilion join peacefully the first republic, the Vanilion elves resisted, and where angered by the increasing presence of foreigners within their territory. However, there would increase tensions between elves of Vanilion and Zher Orcs, with the Zher orc tribes rising as a direct threat to the Vanilion elves. The Vanilion elves became more and more concerned, but the orc King of Zher policy was to maintain good relations with the Zur in an effort to counter the Vanilion threat.
In 3122, the Zur Secretary for Foreign Affairs annexed Vanilion, for Zur, using a special warrant. The Vanilion Elves objected but as long as the Zher threat remained, found themselves between the proverbial rock and a hard place; they feared that if they took up arms to resist the Zur annexation actively, the Zher Orcs would take the opportunity to attack. They also feared a war on two fronts, namely that the local tribes would seize the opportunity to rebel and the simmering unrest in Vanilion would be re-ignited. The Zur annexation nevertheless resulted in resentment against the Zur occupation and a growing nationalism.
Annexed by Zur, Zur was to provide protection to Vanilion against the Zher orcs, but when Zuri orcs -tribes settled in Zur territory- attacked the Vanili on 3122, the elves claimed that the Zur had not adequately assisted them. In 3124, after two years of border skirmishes between orcs and elves, Zur went to war against the Zher orc tribes supported by Vanilion auxiliaries, defeating the Zher orcs -but only after suffering some defeats as in the battle of Wisandwana at the 3124--
With the orc danger dissipated, the Vanilion elven concern turned against the occupation of Zur. The conflict occurred against the backdrop of the Zur government becoming increasingly ineffective at dealing with growing claims on southern Zarhuycan land from rival interests within the country.
The war was between the Vanilion elves and Zur. The Vanilion population included many who were in debt to Zur bankers, perhaps adding to negative Zur perception of the Vanilion and the Zur wished to bring Vanilion by force into a union to the Republic, which furthered chances of war. As well, previous defeats of Zur forces against the Zher orcs had encouraged Vanili to armed resistance.
After Vanilion formally declared independence from the Republic of Zir, the war began on 7 December 3125 with shots fired by Vanilion Elves. This led to other actions as Ashvali, where in the 12 december 3125 the vanili ambushed and destroyed a Zur Army convoy. From 15 december 3125 to the 5 january 3126, Zur army garrisons all over Vanilion became besieged.
Thilien, formerly dependant of Vanilion due historic relations with the elven city, but who wasn't annexed by Zur, supported the Vanili against the Zur.
Although generally called a war, the actual engagements were of a relatively minor nature considering the few combatants involved on both sides and the short duration of the combat, lasting some ten weeks.
The Zur government under President William Durr, was conciliatory as it realised that any further action would require substantial troop reinforcements, and it was likely that the war would be costly, messy and protracted. Unwilling to get bogged in the conflict wich was as well at odds with the ideology of the current government of Zur -who followed the ideals of the founder of the Zur republic, Duncan Durr-, the Zur government ordered a truce.
In the final peace treaty, the Vanilion Convention, the Zur agreed to complete elven self-government in Vanilion, as the Vanilion accepted Zur's control over external relations. This led to the withdrawal of the last Zur troops.
Second Vanili War: Vanilion-Ignacian WarEditThe Second War (3158-3162), by contrast, was a lengthy war. The Gastronomic Empire, who had conquered Zur at the 3157, put on a puppet colonial government in Zur, which void the Vanilion Convention, and requested the effective Zur rule over Vanilion and Thilien.
Being Zur a protectorade of the Ignacian Empire, this was then an attempt of seizing the elven nations for the Gastronomic Empire. The elven states either accepted this, or had to face war.
As the Ignacian still where facing some focus of resistence in the same Zur, Vanilion and Thilien rejected to even recognice as legitime the puppet Zur government, and the colonial Zur government proclaimed war against the elven states.
This will be a lengthy war—involving large numbers of troops from many Ignacian possessions, which ended with the conversion of the Elven republics into Ignacian colonies (with a promise of limited self-governance). These colonies later formed part of the Union of Suadabria. The Ignacian fought directly against the Vanilion and the Thilien Free State, defeating their forces first in open warfare and then in a long and bitter guerrilla campaign. Ignacian losses were high due to both disease and combat, which as well infuriated the ignacian command who began aplying policies of scorched earth and violent repression against civilians.