The Altian Civil War (2026-2030) was a five year-long conflict that took place on the Republic of Altis and Stratis. It was waged between Altian government loyalists and coup d'etat forces led by Georgious Akhanteros.

Background

Spurred by the ongoing economic depression that was gripping the nation, senior military officials from the Altis Armed Forces led by Georgious Akhanteros, occupy government ministries in the capital of Kavala and proceed to "arrest" the civilian officials.

Their justification was that they sought to bring down the corrupt civilian leadership that had led the country into their economic crisis. However, most of the government leaders were killed in the coup d'etat, and peaceful protests against them are violently suppressed.

Akhanteros and his junta proceeded to declare themselves as the rightful representatives of the country. However, they are not recognised as such by the international community, nor by the majority of the nation's citizens.

In response the Loyalists - a faction consisting of the civilian officials who survived the coup and anti-Akhanteros AAF members, sought to restore the leadership of the country back into civilian hands.

Amidst the backdrop of the fighting, both sides were also covertly backed by the superpowers; NATO and CSAT. CTRG Group 14 operatives provided arms and tactical leadership for the Loyalists, whilst the CSAT coalition channelled financial and political backing for Akhanteros' regime.

Early battles

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During the initial stages of the conflict, territories changed hands multiple times, with the island itself being completely divided along the lines of those who supported the Loyalists, the AAF and its allies, or remained neutral.

In order to address the growing humanitarian crisis, a brief six day ceasefire is eventually declared by the international community, with both sides agreeing to stop the fighting temporarily for aid to get through.

IDAP aid workers and supply convoys are rushed towards villages and towns being held by both sides, but encounter issues after the AAF begin to blockade and deliberately delay shipments from getting through to non-AAF held regions.

Battle for Orino

Loyalists advance upon Orino after neutralising its perimeter outposts.

Predictably, the ceasefire does not last long as both sides were using the opportunity to regroup their forces for further offensives.

The ceasefire is broken just hours after its declaration, following an ambush by the AAF against a Loyalist squad near the town of Orino on May 11th, 2026. The Loyalists responded by initiating a counterattack of their own against Orino, striking from multiple directions with a combination of several mechanised infantry platoons and artillery support.

Several outposts along the town were targeted before the main ground offensive commenced, spearheaded by an elite team of Loyalist scouts. In response to Orino's loss, the AAF dispatched a Quick Reaction Force in an attempt to retake it. They were quickly repelled by the defenders, and the battle ended in a decisive victory for the Loyalists.

Battle of Galati

Galati's defences are overrun by the Loyalists after its checkpoints are breached.

The Battle for Orino was followed by another Loyalist offensive, this time against the mountain village of Galati. To the north of Galati lay the mountain village of Abdera which consisted predominately of pro-Loyalist citizens. AAF checkpoints blocked the only roads leading into the mountain village and deliberately prevented NGOs from delivering aid.

To free the routes leading to the village, the Loyalists struck the AAF checkpoint at midday; a combination of ground troops and IFVs helped to breach the checkpoint. The Loyalists followed up their assault by besieging Galati itself, successfully eliminating its defenders while Loyalist snipers - supported by several members from CTRG Group 14, intercepted AAF reinforcements inbound from Syrta.

As with Orino earlier in the day, the Battle for Galati similarly ended in a decisive victory for the Loyalists.

Later stages

Mounting losses in the latter years sapped away much of the Loyalists' warfighting capabilities.

Whilst the Loyalists were successful in the first year of the war, support from the population was split against them, and attrition began to take a heavy toll in the following years.

NATO support also gradually began to wear thin; unable to keep up with the extensive financial and military aid that was being funnelled to the AAF by CSAT. CTRG's reluctance to supply modernised equipment to the Loyalists ensured that they would remain at a disadvantage against Akhanteros' CSAT-backed forces.

The Loyalists slowly lost more ground over time, and by the third and fourth years, were unable to hold onto any of the gains that they made.

Signing of the Jerusalem Cease Fire (2030)

By the waning stages of the conflict, the Loyalists were reduced to nothing more than a shadow of their original selves. Most of the initial members were either deceased, imprisoned, or missing in action. Meanwhile, Akhanteros' AAF were stronger than ever despite their heavy losses, and were emboldened by their unchallenged streak of victories over the Loyalists.

A true peace treaty would eventually be proposed and was largely arranged under CSAT mandate. The two sides would meet and sign a formal agreement to put an end to the fighting.

But for the Loyalists that remained, they had virtually nothing left to bargain with in the first place, and were forced to unconditionally give in to Akhanteros' one-sided demands.

Aftermath

Loyalist remnants are rounded up by the AAF.

With the signing of the Jerusalem Cease Fire agreement, Akhanteros was officially recognised as the legitimate leader of the country. The Loyalists were completely dissolved as a military faction, and ceased to exist as a political entity as well.

Many civilians were killed in the fighting and much of the country was completely devastated, with most of the smaller settlements being reduced to rubble and turned into ghost towns littered with landmines and unexploded ordnance. The conflict had also created a refugee crisis, with many citizens attempting to flee or find refuge in other Southern European nations throughout the Mediterranean.

For what was left of the Loyalists and the citizens who supported them however, the worst was yet to come. Many were rounded up, imprisoned and tortured by the new government. Most disappeared without a trace, and their whereabouts continued to remain unclear long after the conflict finished.

Nonetheless, victory had also come at a steep price for Akhanteros. As even though he gained legitimacy and was promised some sense of stability by CSAT, the brutal nature of the post-war crackdowns and corruption that was becoming rife within the AAF alienated many potential supporters.

Indeed, the circumstances that caused the civil war to start in the first place were being repeated yet again, but this time would spur the formation of the Freedom and Independence Army (FIA). While the FIA were not comparable to their Loyalist predecessors in pure strength, the new guerilla movement had better numbers, and held a majority when it came to backing from the civilian population.

The country's population had mostly turned against Akhanteros and were (though not overtly) providing support to the FIA, which was slowly becoming a credible threat to the new government's stability. Within the span of just a year, the first outbreak of fighting between the AAF and FIA would begin, forcing the international community to intervene once more.

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