The Siddarmark Civil War, also known as the Rising, was a civil war fought in the Republic of Siddarkmark between the Church of God Awaiting and the loyalist forces led by Lord Protector Greyghor Stohnar. Its early stages were marked by several war atrocities, including pogroms against Charisian civilians settled within the Republic.
Even prior to the Battle of Crag Reach, the Church of God Awaiting had been seeking ways to chastise the growing liberalism of the Republic of Siddarmark, but had always held back due to the vast power of the land-based nation. In the past it involved complicated treaties such as the Treaty of Silk Town, and the maintaince of the Border States, or often as not, playing the powerful mainland nations off against one another. (BSRA)
However by the late YOG 890's the Church's temporal power had risen to such a degree that they could challenge the Republic and make them the example that the Old Kingdom of Charis was meant to be. (HFAF)
That being said the Church still would have held back had it not been for several additional factors:
- The inability of Greyghor Stohnar to stamp out the growing Reformist movement within his borders. (HFAF)
- Most importantly, Vicar Zhaspyr Clyntahn's ever present concern that the Republic would one day invade the Temple Lands. (OAR)
Early Phases (Late YOG 895)Edit
Prior to open conflict in late YOG 895, there were a gradual increase of tensions. These tensions had existed for some time between the various groups (Temple Loyalists, Reformists, and Charisian expatriates), but had been exploited by the Sword of Schueler, a group of highly dedicated to not only the Church, but especially to the Group of Four. (HFAF)
The Sword of Schueler had infiltrated the Republic all over, but especially in the capital of Siddar and other large cities, but also in the western portion in order to secure their supply lines from the Temple Lands. Not only did they infiltrate the citizenry, but also the ranks of the unemployed youth, and the military, sowing dissent, anger and slowly building a cadre of the willing.
Major events in the build up to the civil war included riots, especially the Fish Market Riot, which tested the resolve of all parties. The government failed to crack down and restore order (finding and defeating the Sword of Schueler), the Charisian émigrés had failed to prepare for a further escalation of violence, and the Sword of Schueler took all of these signs as indicators to proceed. (HFAF)
Outbreak of conflictEdit
The outbreak of fighting was simultaneously nation-wide, every province was hit at once, especially in the West, but also the larger cities and the capital. Several provinces succubbed quite quickly, but in the east several provinces were able to weather the attacks, and some were able to achive local superiority over the Temple Loyalists, and the Sword of Schueler.
Primary targets of the Sword of Schueler in the first wave of attacks included Charisian Quarters of the larger cities, and Reformist Churches where ever they were to be found. In the capital the large Charisian Quarter was to be destroyed, but of equal importance was the Lord Protector's Palace, along with Lord Protector Greyghor Stohnar himself. (HFAF)
Constitution Square MassacreEdit
In many cities across the Republic, the pogroms against Charisians and reformists were successful, but in Siddar itself, they were less so such as the attack on the Lord Protector's Palace, and the resultant Constitution Square Massacre. Although the casualties numbered several thousands, Aivah Pahrsahn arrived with her irregulars in time to save the Lord Protector and secure the capital. (HFAF)
After the first wave of attacks several provinces were secured firmly by both sides, and some were hold out pockets surrounded by enemies, and some were even still hotly contested by the early Year of God 896. (HFAF)
Progression (YOG 896)Edit
By early YOG 896 the Loyalists had seized the northwestern portions, but the sothern — and especially southeastern portions — were just as firmly under the Republic’s control. The middle was a wasteland, dotted with the ruins of what had once been towns and farms where hating, embittered men hunted one another with savage. Battles such as the Gray Wall Mountains Ambush, were all too common as combat shifted to fighting over food stores, rather then strategic objectives.
However dispite the bleak out-look of that time, things were slowly progressing. The Siddarmark Sea-Lift had begun, which provided great deals of food, animals, and fodder to the starving masses along the east coast. The Empire of Charis had also begun assembling military forces, such as the Duke Eastshare's Initiative, which would land 80,000 armed Charisian soldiers into Siddar City.
Later in YOG 896 displayed the awesome power of the newest weapons avaiable on Safehold. During several battles between the Royal Dohlaran Army, and loyalist factions of the Republic of Siddarmark Army, the end of the pike as a main weapon of war occurred, with several one-sided massacres. Shortly after this events the Imperial Charisian Army finally entered into the combat phase, and during the first battle with Dohlarans, they almosted routed the entire force, inflicting heavy losses upon them, and tying up large numbers of their forces in the town of Trevyr. Although superior weapons did indeed aid in the Battle of Thesmar, it must be mentioned that tactics and shock value also played a significant part. (MTAT)
By May YOG 896, most estimates had put the death count somewhere over two and three-quarters million people. Just under a quarter million had been Charisians, or foreigners. The rest had been native Siddarmarkians, more than half of them children, and while more had perished of starvation, hypothermia, or disease than from any other cause. (MTAT)
On earth a similar religious war once raged across the earth, although mainly upon Europe, especially the Holy Roman Empire. This was was called the 30 years war, fought between Catholics and Protestants, although towards the end, several nations had switched sides. It too caused massive starvation, and left large parts or the Holy Roman Empire uninhabited.