Commonian Firetroopers burning down a neighbourhood in Arkhamsk, late 1936
|Date||April 15th 1936 – February 15th 1937|
|Location||Agarderia, Karamask |
|Result||Agarderian military victory
|Territorial changes||Karamsk cedes land to Agarderia|
|Commanders and leaders|
|President Dolanus Leever |
Marshal-General Memen Slanka
General Lduth Dul Henste
|50,000 infantry |
|Casualties and losses|
Unknown, estimated 10,000
|More than 50,000 civilians killed|
The Agarderia-Karamsk War, known as the 8 Months' War in Agarderia, was a war fought between the Republic of Agarderia and the Federal Republic of Karamsk. The conflict primarily concerned territorial control of southeast Karamsk, including Perwa and the Arkhamsk-Lubacz Region. There are major differences in Agarderian and Karamsk historiography regarding treatment of the war.
A localised east Ulethan economic crash and subsequent further hardships, politics in Agarderia became increasingly polarised towards the left and the right. Following coups, street violence and rebellions in 1935, the army had mobilised to prepare for a full scale conflict. On January 1st 1936, President Dolanus Leever utilised emergency powers, dissolving the Agarderian Parliament and proclaiming himself Dictator of Agarderia. Commonia took a particular interest in Agarderia after a dictatorship emerged, funding the government with weapons and ammunition. This quickly lead to an effective crackdown of rebels in Agarderia. In order to turn the public's attention away from the economic troubles that faced Agarderia, Dolanus Leever and the armed forces secretly planned an invasion of Karamsk, a move that had been under consideration for many months beforehand.
Breakthrough and advancement
On the morning of the 15th of April 1936, using Commonian tanks and guns, Agarderian troops broke through the border wall east of Weerhay (Werlanowice). They gave no explanation. The following day, Karamsk declared war on Agarderia. By May, attacks had been launched across the southern part of the Agarderia-Karamsk border and some units advanced a considerable way into Karmask. The Karamsk counteroffensive was launched on the 4th of May and succeeded to find a gap in Agarderian defenses. Karmask's army was unmobilsed at the time of the invasion, and had won no major engagement outside the Agarderian gap. The Agarderian forces in the gap were pushed back to the Agarderian capital, Aby as the rest of the front advanced deeper into Karamsk. The Agardirian Government had to be moved westwards to the more stable city of Hevaney.
Stalling of Karmask's offensive
The Karmamsk offensive stalled in early August, due to the majority of the Karamsk 1st Army being surrounded by Agarderian forces. The advancing front moved on without them and by October Weerhay had been put under siege. By the end of October the Karamsk 1st Army had been completely destroyed. On the 2nd of November, the town of Jeziorsko had been captured. The anger of the Karamsk people at this and the effective use of propganda in the previous months meant that Karamsk mobilised sufficient men to launch a counterattack.
The December Offensive managed to shock the Agardirian Army to a halt. By this point Agarderia had already exhausted its supply of men. Commonian imports into the country could not keep up with the rate of production. The Navy of Karamsk had started a blockade of Agarderia's small coastline, meaning all resources had to be transferred via Glaster. Dolanus Leever spoke to the High Command: 'if the war could not be won soon the war could not be won at all'. In December, in desperation, the Agardirian Army decided to cease attacking Weerhay and Perwa. Instead, they allowed the residents of the cities to starve. An official message to Karamsk stated that if operations would not cease, the residents of Weerhay and Perwa would die. On the 22nd of December, Agarderia received chemical weapons from Commonia. Shells of phosgene and chlorine gas were fired upon Karamsk troops, forcing them into a panicked retreat.
Stalemate and peace
Come January 1937, Agarderia could not sustain the war for much longer. In the north, Karamsk troops had broken through Agarderian lines and advanced a considerable distance. Agarderian citizens were starving and the army was weak and famished. Poor Karamsk intelligence meant that little was known about the condition of the Agarderian war effort and it was thought that the Agarderians were doing relatively well. As a result, on February the 15th 1937, Dolanus Leever called for a ceasefire on the front, which was hastily agreed by Karamsk. The resulting treaty and ratification of new borders was called the Treaty of Hevaney on the 20th of April. The speed of the arrangement has deemed it to be named 'The Lightning Treaty'. The borders roughly followed the front line of battle immediately prior to the armistice. Due to the facade that Agarderia put up to look like they could continue, the war has become known as 'The greatest bluff in military history'. Historians reckoned that if the war had continued, Karamsk could have pushed into and completely defeat Agarderia.
The Treaty of Hevaney
The desperation for both sides to end the war caused a treaty to be signed merely 2 weeks after the armistice was declared. Agarderia was to have its southern border move westwards, keeping almost all of land gained in the conflict, excluding the area around Perwa, which later became known as the Perwa Gap. The result was that more than half of Karamsk's coastline was taken along with the coastal towns of Weerhay and Arkhamsk. This caused much bitterness within Karamsk.
The Agarderian-Karamsk War left thousands of dead on both sides. The condition of Agarderia was generally unknown to the citizens of Karamsk. After the war the conflict became known as the 'Great Robbery' as Agarderian information slowly trickled its way into Karamsk. The citizens of Karamsk were extremely bitter about the war because of the Treaty and vowed to undo it.
Agarderia was left financially and humanly drained from this conflict. Commonian money and supplies rebuilt Agarderia but the occupied Karamsk territories never fully recovered from the effects of the war until they were liberated by Karamsk. The war did little to help the Agarderian economy or sway popular support as the government had intended, and through much of its fascist history, Agarderia was propped up by Commonian and Glastian aid.
In popular culture
Both the Agardirian State Media have made several shows and films by the events, the first being the series 'Blood and Water' in 1939. While during the times of fascism the depiction of the war was one of glory and justification, the subsequent Communist and democratic governments of Agarderia have attempted to show the war in a more realistic and negative aspect.
Literature regarding the event is somewhat rarer and the majority of books which have been published are non-fictional. The war is little known outside eastern Uletha and Commonia but due to the localised brutality of the conflict the war has been coined the 'Little Great War' by historians.