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The Freeing of a Brother


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Tamäj Köseg - Chief Consul of Stedoria
Vulfgan Sigert - Chief of the General Staff of the Stedorian Defence Forces

November 13, 2022 (13.11.2022)

The outbreak of war had come semi-partially to the surprise of the government of the Stedorian People's Republic. Although tensions had clearly been building up throughout south-east Argis in the last few months owing to Anglia's influence in Dolchland, few within Stedoria's government expected this to eventually erupt into a full-scale conflict; many instead believed that these tensions, as was the case in many other historical geopolitical situtations, would simply die down, and eventually be completely forgotten. What came even more to a shock, however, was the audacity of Dolchland to declare a multi-front war in the face of an overwhelmingly large multi-national alliance created in the face of Dolchland's aggression. While these things did catch Stedoria's government off guard, this was not the case for the Revolutionary Defence Forces, which had been partially mobilised in the wake of brewing tensions in Argis, with hypothetical strategic plans being drawn up, military logistical tasks being carried out, and short military training exercises taking place.

Although this was the first instance for the modern Stedorian People's Republic in which its army would fight against the conventional army of another nation, this was not the first instance for the Stedorian army to experience conflict; counter-insurgency operations had, since the Stedorian Revolution in 2009, been conducted against pro-monarchy insurgents that had retreated to Stedoria's rural and mountain regions in order to wage a protracted guerilla war against the new Stedorian republican government. As such, many Stedorian professional soldiers, and a small amount of conscripted reservists, had, in some point in their military career been assigned to counter-insurgency operations. The insurgency, though remaining, had diminished significantly since the Revolution, after which violence had been the highest. Despite budding experience in counter-insurgency operations, the Stedorian military's high command was cautious in its potential against a more conventional-style army, though, with the support of the Argic Defence Coalition, the high command had a sense of cautious confidence through their newfound, albeit temporary allies.

The greatest worry for the Stedorian military's high command was their eastern neighbour, the Democratic People's Republic of Velaheria. Though a nation friendly to Stedoria diplomatically, doubts regarding their military capacity had arisen during the Baltican Civil War, in which the Velaherian army was plagued mainly by logistical and morale problems, something that only became more evident as the Baltican Civil War went on. Though the Velaherian army had no shortage of manpower, this was not something that always won wars throughout history, and, as such, the Stedorian high command greatly worried for the status of the Velaherian front, which, if defeated, could then pose a threat to the Stedoria directly.

Although the Stedorian government had officially joined the Argic Defence Coalition and issued a partial mobilisation order, they had not yet announced a declaration of hostilities, even after Dolchland's invasion of Iweenland and Velaheria, primarily in order to avoid any unneeded attacks on Stedorian territory against Stedorian forces in the middle of mobilisation. Now that that this mobilisation was largely complete with troops being ready to be transported, however, the Stedorian government finally felt that the time was right to come to the aid of not only the invaded nations of Iweenland and Velaheria, but also to the people of Dolchland themselves.

Tamäj looked over the strategic map of the Velaherian-Dolchland border, on which were marked the positions believed to be held by both Dolchland and Velaheria's army according to Stedorian intelligence. He had served in the Stedorian airforce during the country's military dictatorship, including during a brief war against Velaheria, and would later go on to fight in the Stedoria's devastating civil war of 1990s, which had finally led to him being imprisoned, before being once against released during the Revolution in 2009. Though he had experience leading troops during the civil war, leading a guerilla force differed greatly from leading a nation's army, the latter of which he never expected to play any role in outside of a purely ceremonial one.

"The 2nd Corps of the Defence Forces has been completely mobilised east of Kapojvar, and is prepared to be transported to wherever they may be needed." Vulfgan said somewhat without emotion. He, like Tamäj, had served during the military dictatorship, though as a platoon leader during the brief conflict against Velaheria, later joining Gemotamist rebels during the civil war, serving under Tamäj's leadership. Although a staunch Gemotamist like Tamäj, he disliked Stedoria's alliance with Velaheria, viewing the country's communist ideology as a threat. Despite this however, he, like Tamäj, knew that Stedoria could gain benefits out of Dolchland following the conflict's end.

"Very well, I shall order a diplomatic communication to be sent to Velaheria, informing them of our intentions and requesting access to their territory in order to support them agains Dolch forces. I shall also prepare a speech to announce the beginning of hostilities with Dolchland." Replied Tamäj, who, though not believing Stedoria to be under direct threat, worried about the ability of the Velaherian army.

"Good. Our plan is simple, we are to support the Velaherians. Upon receiving permission from Velaheria's government, our troops will be transported to the city of Erfur in south-west Velaheria. After this, they will again travel, this time south of the city, where defensive lines will be set up some ways away from the frontlines. We will not go directly to the frontlines as we believe that Velaherian forces will be pushed back by Dolch forces towards the direction of Erfur, where they will meet us and join in our defence. Of course, the plan might change in small detail depending of the developments, but this is the broad idea of our strategy." Vulfgan said, pointing to various parts of the map as he spoke, still monotonous, though calm.

"Excellent, I believe that we also may have an opportunity to hinder the Dolch from the interior. The politburo of the Dolchic Socialist Gemotam Party has indicated their belief in the existence of a presence of an small, underground, Gemotamist movement in Dolchland. Using pan-Dolchic propaganda, I believe that we can expand this base by more broadly appealing to pan-Dolchism and the idea that Dolchland is damaging to pan-Dolchism. Using this, we may be able to either start a small resistence movement within Dolchland, or at the very least spread dissent throughout the population by political means. I'd like to request for you to get in contact with the Committee of Public Safety; they have been co-operating with the DSGP in regard to this matter, and believe that if such a movement is successful enough, then such resistance groups could aid Stedorian forces once a drive is made into Dolchland's territory." Replied Tamäj, bringing in some of his own tactical, albeit more political experience he gained during the civil war.

"I shall get in contact with them following this." Vulfgan said, not voicing his opposition to the idea. He believed the idea to be a waste of time; although guerillas can hinder soldiers, he never believed them to be effective enough to topple a government, nor support a conventional military force. Seeing the failures of guerilla war by both his own side during the civil war, and by monarchist insurgents in the present day, he believed the idea would fail.

"And finally, the Sentists. They have offered us support in this war through armaments and naval support. While we have not yet responded to them, we plan for them to make attacks against Dolch ships and settlements along Dolchland's coast in the Bay of Morthal, allowing us to potentially prepare for an invasion of the region should such a time arise." Tamäj said, already leaving to prepare his speech announcing the declaration of hostilies against Dolchland. 

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