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THE  DALSTAVIAN  WAR

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May 2019

It is always thought that after a war peace should come, and with it also prosperity and knowledge ... but that was not the case.
The long and heartbreaking civil war in Ruthenia brought Supreme Leader Kars Delai to power after 9 years of sacrifices, deaths and hunger. Although the conflict ended in 2009, the nation was unable to recover economically from the disastrous situation it was in, leaving the population at the mercy of the dictator and death. There were those who had enough of all this, that it was time to stop trusting the government and decided to break away and seek luck with other partners. The Dalstavia region did so, proclaiming its independence from Ruthenia on April 28, 2019 to join the Republic of Anatea. At the time Anatea did not want to allow Dalstavia to join, to avoid a war with Ruthenia, but limited itself to sending humanitarian aid to the region. Despite this, Ruthenia's reaction was furious: loyalist forces in the region began to prevent anatean transports from reaching their destination, even going to arrest the members of the convoys with anatean military included, while the refugee camps began to be bombed or threatened by the ruthenian forces.
The situation was decaying more and more into total madness, and the only answers that politicians were able to give were threats. Fulvio Silani, prime minister in that year and president of the Set Party (center-right wing) repeatedly threatened to declare war on Ruthenia if it did not cease hostilities with refugees and anatean organizations in the dalstavian region. At first the message seemed not to have been received but one day, suddenly, hostilities ceased. Supreme leader Kars Delai had stopped any hostile action on the territory of Dalstavia. Did he finally understand that such actions would lead to a disastrous war for both nations? At the moment it is not known, but the leader has accepted a peace meeting in the neutral city of Sigta to speak in person with the anatean regents King Edward II and Queen Isabel II.


It seemed that the war had finally been avoided, so much that the anatean population had breathed a sigh of relief, but Ruthenia had other plans ...

 

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Briefer

<< Alright gentlemen, this is it.
It took us a long time to get to this point, so let's try not to mess up this delicate operation or we'll piss off the ruthenians more than necessary.
The regents of Anatea, more precisely King Edward II and Queen Isabel II must arrive safely in the city state of Sigta, where peace negotiations will take place between our nation and Ruthenia. The route the the VIPs will have to follow will be this, obviously it will be on the opposite side to Ruthenia to avoid problems with it, given the situation. Your mission will be to escort the royal cargo to the city of Sigta. For this operation several squadrons will be deployed, so it should be almost impossible to be intercepted.
Escort the regents and then bring them home safely, dismissed!
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The scarlet sky of that day was full of anatean planes, more precisely Sol, Starlia, Raylay and Horizon squadrons, an AWACS and the C-5 with the king, queen and some members of the anatean delegation of the Set Party on board. All those aluminum birds reflected the sunset sunlight that was setting more and more in the unclaimed lands. It was a peaceful and relaxing scene.

AWACS Sky Arrow

<< AWACS Sky Arrow to escort planes, all quiet at the moment. In a few miles we should get to Sigta. Still stay on alert. >>


Bradley_Lee_Image_Post.pngBradley Lee (Sol 1)

<< This is Sol 1, roger. I can' t wait to arrive, this Su-33 burns gas without problems. >>

 

 


Alis_Costi_Image_Post.pngAlis Costi (Sol 2)

<< And by the way i' m sick and tired to be on board this fighter without doing anything.. >>

 

 


AWACS Sky Arrow

<< Guys, cut the chatter. You' re on mission and you can't spea... wait, hold it... >>

 

At some point, total silence fell. Nothing was perceptible and no one dared to interrupt that silence to avoid not hearing an alarm or warning that would come from the AWACS. Suddenly someone spoke.

AWACS Sky Arrow

<< Anatean aircrafts on south? An extra escort? We weren' t informed... this is Special Transport Formation, what' s your affiliation? >>

 

asked the AWACS, but there was no response. The new aircrafts continued to advance more and more towards the anatean formation.

AWACS Sky Arrow

<< Incoming allied fighters, respond. >>

 

tried once again Sky Arrow, but nothing happened. No one answered on the radio.
A few seconds of anxiety passed, until someone answered the radio, but they weren't the approaching fighters.

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Anatean Air Transport

<< This is Galda! AWACS, they' re targeting us! What' s going on? >>

 


AWACS Sky Arrow

<< What..? They have our own IFF, how' s that possible? >>


Anatean_Army_Pilot_Female-Male_Image_Post.pngStarlia 1

<< Sky Arrow, what should we do? >>

 

 

 


AWACS Sky Arrow

<< ...Engage. We don' t know who they are, but if they' re aiming to the royal plane that means they' re not allies. >>

 

The escort fighters began to detach from the C-5, heading south to prepare for interception. Only Raylay Squadron remained close to the transport as last defense line.

 

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<< Remember, don't stay too much on a target, hit and run! >>

 

 

 


Daniel_Bivieri_Image_Post.pngDaniel Bivieri (Sol 3)

<< Of course Captain! >>

 

 

 

It took a few minutes before the fighters of both factions came face to face. The anateans had 12 Su-33s, the unknown ones were 22 between F-15Cs and Mig-31s. Planes absolutely not belonging to Anatea.

 

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Horizon 2

<< What the f*ck ..?! They are not anateans! How the hell did they get our codes for the IFF?! >>

 

 

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Starlia 3

<< I don't know, but get ready: we're about to engage! >>

 

 

There were a few seconds left to the point of no return, if both fighters had turned back to go in opposite directions nothing would have happened ... but that wasn' t the day.

In a few moments the sky turned into a show of missiles, flares and flaming aluminum carcasses. The fighters had engage. The aircrafts had begun to shoot each other relentlessly, chasing each other like a cat chasing a mouse, while chaos reigned supreme around them. The anatean pilots had not been fighting in skies of war for years, that was their first real battle.
 

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<< Horizon 2 to Sky Arrow! We have lost Horizon 1 and 3! >>

 

 

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<< Horizon 2, take over command. >>

 

 

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<< Captain, i need help! >>

 

 

It was Sol 4 who asked for help, engaged in that moment in a dogfight with an F-15C. The distances between the fighters had shortened so much that the training in that moment was almost useless: it was a matter of reactions by instinct and speed.

 

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<< Hang in there Sol 4, we' re coming! >>

 

 

Sol 1 managed to get behind the enemy F-15C, firing a salvo of GSh-301 that damaged the left wing of the unknown target. This allowed the enemy fighter to detach itself from the pursuit, but did not stop the battle going on around them.

 

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<< Damnit! They' re behind me! >>

 

 

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<< Ignore the escorts. Our primary target is the transport. >>

 

 

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<< ... Do we really have to do this? >>

 

 

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<< No questions. Just do your job. >>

 

 

The enemy Mig-31s managed to break through the air front with their rapidity as interceptors, managing to get a few kilometers near from their target: the cargo. Raylay Squadron managed to intervene in time, but although the enemy fighters had been intercepted and blocked, they managed to continue gaining meters.

 

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<< They' re too many, too many! >>

 

 

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<< You have to stop them at all costs! >>

 

 

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Jared Olsen (Minister of Defense on the cargo)

<< Damnit!They told me i' d be out from all this! Those bastards tricked me! >>

 

 

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<< They? What are you talking about? >>

 

 

Suddenly the unthinkable happened: one of the Mig-31s managed to disengage from the air battle and aimed at the anatean cargo with its missiles.

 

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<< Golyna 6, now or never! Don' t miss! >>

 

 

The anatean transport began to shoot its cascade of flares, but it was all in vain. The enemy semi-active radar guided missile had already been launched and the distance was too short to avoid the impact.

It all happened quickly.

The enemy missile crashed into the belly of the aircraft, exploding into a rose of smoke and deadly schrapnel. The metal bird that had been flying quietly in the scarlet sky just a few moments before, turned into another fireball resembling a second Sun that was falling further and further down.

The King and Queen of Anatea were dead.

 

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<< ... Damn it.  >>

 

 

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<< The delegate plane is...destroyed. T-The King is...  >>

 

 

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<< Mission complete. Let' s pull out. >>

 

 

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<< No... you' ll not get away so easily...  >>

 

 

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<< Yeah! Don' t let 'em get away!   >>

 

 

Animated by a mixture of anger and revenge, the surviving anatean fighters began to hunt the unknown aircrafts that were withdrawing from the operational area. The flares and chaffs launched by enemy fighters tried to cover their air retreat, but the anatean escorts engaged relentlessly and mercilessly, trying not to let anyone escape from that area. Only 7 enemy fighters managed to leave the airspace, while the surviving 9 anatean fighters could not help but be called back by AWACS Sky Arrow who ordered to not leave the operational area.

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<< Damn bastards... we couldn't destroy them all...  >>

 

 

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<< Well, it was impossible... they were too many. >>

 

 

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<< Yeah... Sky Arrow, i think we have to come back to the base, right? We're almost out of fuel... >>

 

 

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<< ... >>

 

 

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<< Hey, AWACS...? >>

 

 

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<< ...We will not return to the base. >>

 

 

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<< What? >>

 

 

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<< ...I' ve got some bad news. Ruthenia has just declared war on us, and is launching a massive attack in the Dalstavia region, where there are our guys. We have to go there too. >>

 

 

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<< ...Those bastards ... >>

 

 

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<< You can say that again. >>

 

 

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That evening the crowd of journalists waited at the royal palace for the appearance of Princess Sofia Soleri in the common room, for the interview that the survivor of the royal family had arranged to inform the whole nation about what was happening. The journalists were eager to hear what the new monarch had to say, while the anatean people remained with bated breath and eyes glued to a television, whether they were at home, public places, bars or other infrastructures.

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I can do that, i can do that...  -

 

 

 

said the young princess to herself, from behind the scenes, trying to hold back the tears that had repeatedly scratched her face at the news of her parents' disappearance a few hours before.

-  Are you ready, miss?  - said a male voice behind her suddenly. It was Fulvio Silani, the president of the anatean Set party, the right-wing party of the nation currently in charge.
The girl nodded shyly, continuing to look with resignation at an undefined point in front of her.

 I know it's really hard to lose a family and remain the only one able to carry on a nation on their own, without anyone's support. And on this, princess, i' m close to you because on that plane i' ve lost some of my friends and colleagues from my party too, and as minister chosen by our citizens, i want to tell you that you' ll not be alone in all this.  - 

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Princess Sofia Soleri

Thank you...  -

 

 

 

she managed to get out of her lips the young woman, raising her head for then, with a firm and slow step, go through the door that would take her to the common room, where the people waited for answers to the thousand questions they had.

Princess_Sofia_Soleri_Image_Post.pngPrincess Sofia Soleri

People of Anatea, who have inhabited our land for centuries and who rules this nation sovereignly.
Today is a black day for our nation ... My father and my mother, our beloved rulers of this peaceful nation, died a few hours ago at the hands of a vile attack by Ruthenia, that not only cowardly killed my parents without even showing itself, but it took the opportunity to attack and start an invasion of the Dalstavia region, south-west of Anatea.
Our diplomats worked day and night to prevent this, but Ruthenia didn' t want to listen and deceived us, even though we had all the peaceful intentions of resolving this thing in peace.
Now lots of our compatriots are fighting in the south-west to defend us from this imminent threat, wishing them to return home safe and sound.
I hope we will be able to get out of this situation without too many deaths, and hoping that madness and anger will not bath in blood the lands of both countries.
  -

When the speech was over, the woman returned to her personal room to lock herself in it.
She didn't want anyone to talk to, she didn't want to hear anything except the voice of her parents that she hoped to hear at any moment, as if everything that had happened had been just a mis-en-scene. But nothing was perceptible to the hearing, if not the sad silence that had enveloped the room and the chirping of some birds outside which accompanied the setting of the sun.
Sofia could not help but burst into tears, sitting exhausted near the closed door on which she had leaned her back, while her hands tried to unsuccessfully repress the tears that came plentifully from her eyes.
She didn't know what to do in this situation, she didn't even know how to handle the sudden conflict in which Anatea had been thrown. She felt lonely and abandoned in a world she was not yet ready to handle. How many people depended on her? And how many were dying elsewhere to protect the land that she alone had to govern?
The questions crowded her head without stopping, while the crying didn't decide to stop. She had never suffered so much in her life, and it came to her when she sometimes thought that the deaths of a few people in the world were worth very little.
It was a damn tragedy that no one was ready to face.
After a few minutes of venting she finally managed to stop crying, getting up and moving close to the large window that looked out on the capital. The world outside was dangerous and hard, but she knew in her heart that she had to do everything to protect her home and all its inhabitants.
Gone were the happy moments when everything depended on others. From today Anatea was her commitment, and not only did the present of the nation depend on her, but also the future.

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