Battle of Shirahoshi
|Date||May 1, 2011 – July 30, 2013|
|Location||Hinahi, Edaleria; Shirahoshi Delta; Jasmine Mountains; Yamamari, Heartfilia; Zeref, Edaleria; Zerish, Erzanna; Zerephine City, Zerephine|
|Result||Victory for the samurai and the Guilds of Belphenia
|Territorial changes||All provinces and boundaries in Belphenia were renamed and redrawn by the samurai, the Guilds of Belphenia, and Great Heartists|
|Action||Samurai raids, seizures, coups, and military actions resulted in the eradication of the remnants of the Volkman regime|
|Factions and guilds|
|Samurai and the Guilds of Belphenia||Supporters of Sasuke Volkman and the Volkman regime|
|Casualties and losses|
|32,581 dead, 98,239 wounded, 303 missing, 199 rescued, 55 unaccounted||34,821 dead, 441 missing|
The Battle of Shirahoshi (Nihonish: しらほしの戦い Shirahoshi no Tatakai, commonly referred to as the Battle and Siege of Yamamari, Shirahoshi Uprising, Shirahoshi War, and most commonly 5/01) was a series of battles undertaken by the Belphenian samurai and organizations, or "guilds", against Sasuke Volkman's lieutenants and governors fighting for power to rule Belphenia in the aftermath of the sudden collapse of Volkman's regime, and ending that faction's totalitarian regime, restoring democracy. The war was divided into five stages (Siege of Yamamari, Shirahoshi Uprising, Battle of Edaleria, Battle of Zerephine and Edohanesse, and the Battle of Zerish), and lasting from May 1, 2011 to July 30, 2013, the battle and the siege in Yamamari put an end to the remaining Volkman era political factions' regime. Many Belphenians across Belphenia believed that the collapse of Sasuke Volkman's rule signaled a new chapter for Belphenia and its people who survived and rebelled against Volkman's regime.
On April 19, 2011, after the dethronement of Belphenian dictator Sasuke Volkman and the freeing of 170 victims in Remiville's Olympic Stadium, the Volkman regime weakened suddenly when Belphenians and factions knew the truth about the dictator and its cult of personality through the works of Reiko Beard and Erza Beard of the Liberate Belphenia Guild. Between April 20 and April 29, the exposure of Volkman's activities and war crimes were broadcasted on radio and the Belphenia Central News Authority. Becky Dearden, a samurai, established the Burning Horizon Guild in Zerish, South Belphenia (now Erzanna Prefecture) on April 27 to form a new Belphenian government, but the samurai from the Greridia shogunate warned Dearden that her attempts to form a new Belphenian government would be impossible due to traces of the Volkman regime still ruling most parts of Belphenia.
While the Volkman regime's destabilization started to take place in Sutton City, samurai Hajime Drain and his wife Luisa Drain formed the Zerephine Clan and launched a series of plots to bring down the remnants of Sasuke Volkman's government on April 30. Before the Drain Family recruits every samurai across Belphenia, they had to use email through Volkman Internet Services to communicate with the other samurai, shogunates, and organizations to meet in person in the Jasmine Mountains without being spotted by Volkman's military forces.
The Drain Family recruited more samurai to the Jasmine Mountains, but it was not enough for Luisa Drain to accomplish. The samurai heard several news reports from state-owned radio stations that almost every Volkman military force had already left Yamamari en route to Sutton City. Luisa Drain became the leader of the Zerephine Clan and revealed plots to bring down the rest of the Volkman regime by means of invasions, raids, and seizures. She wrote on a piece of paper to the remnants of the Volkman regime: "Sasuke Volkman, the People's Republic of Belphenia has had enough of you. Leave this country and never come back." Drain summoned more shogunates, samurai, and factions including the Knights of the Eraede and the Sword of the Neredgers from northwestern Belphenia to come to the Jasmine Mountains. In addiction, the total amount of recruited samurai jumped to 510. On the morning of May 1, 2011, Luke Drain, a samurai, approached to the Drain Family, provided assistance in gathering swords, supplies, clothing, and motor vehicles for the Belphenian samurai and local shogunates.
Prelude to battle
In August 2013, state media and local television news outlets in Remiville coined the word "post 5/01" in reference to the five war stages of the Battle of Shirahoshi, meaning that samurai Luisa Drain said "the war was divided in five stages... five stages, and one war from May 1".