Siege of Antigo
The Siege of Antigo is a two-year siege which eventually resulted into Antigo's admittance as the Shrine of Antigo part of the then Inaran Kingdom, which then became the Inaran Nation, and eventually Pretany. The siege lasted from around June 838 AD to 20 May 840 AD in Antigo City, the capital of Antigo. The Antigoans eventually surrendered on 20 May after food and water supplies ran out.
The subject of the siege is highly controversial as Antigoans point this siege as a way for the Inarans to conquer Antigo and exploit its resources, but the Inarans and Pretanic historians argued that the siege was launched against 'rebels' in Antigo City who are against the Antigoan king.
By the 7th century AD, trade routes via Antigo had been over several treaties signed by Antigoan kings to increase trade in the kingdom, but to limit the number of merchants, a flat tax was thus imposed which significantly impacted trade between Inara and other parts of Uletha. Wanting to expand trade and establish better connections through Antigo, past Inaran kings have tried persuading the Antigoan Royal Court to lift taxes and engage in trade to also improve the Antigoan economy, but even after the signing of the Feulwhite Declaration and Tesmonnes Agreement, the Antigoan court had done little to fulfill these agreements, as the people of Antigo often raised concerns over the dilution of Antigoan culture and invasion of 'foreign ideals' into Antigo.
At the beginning of the 9th century, then Antigoan King Aswad Renard decided to expand trade in Antigo by allowing more traders through its trade routes despite opposition from the Royal Court and the Antigoans. His new measures to increase trade was mainly welcomed by the Inarans, and trade talks resumed between the two sides. These talks resulted in new trade cities in Antigo and along the borders of Antigo and today's Pretany.
However, his measures resulted in massive rebellions, according to Pretanic and Inaran accounts, such as the 822 Antigo City Rebellions and the 7 July Roamur Strikes which greatly impacted Antigo's trade. Attacks on foreign merchants by Antigoans were frequent especially along the trade routes, resulting in the king to pass a decree to protect foreigners in the kingdom. However, the decree was never observed and such attacks still happened. According to Antigo, however, there are no such rebellions except attacks on merchants on orders by the Antigoan king, who was facing pressure by foreigners to open up the trade roads. These attacks, however, were justified as the merchants were 'insulting their culture', a vile act by the foreigners in the land.
From 835 onward, however, trade talks with Inara paused, as King Aswad cited 'unforeseen circumstances' which prevented him from meeting the Inaran court, according to the Daulselon letter sent to Inara. It was hypothesized by Pretanic and Inaran historians that such 'circumstances' most likely refer to rebels taking over the capital, and in response to the letter, the Inarans sent 700 troops to Antigo. Antigoan historians, however, said the letter is actually a forgery probably created by Pretany or Inara shortly after the conquest to 'justify their atrocities' done against Antigo. It said that the king was in serious health and his duties were then taken over by Crown Prince Alfred Kissa, who refused to continue the talks after much lobbying by the Antigoan public. The halting of such talks then resulted in the Inarans sending troops to take over the trade routes.
In June 838, about 16,000 Inaran troops were stationed outside the walls of Antigo City compared to the usual 200 or so. By this time, it was actually allowed to have Inaran troops stationed in Antigo in a military alliance between Antigo and Inara signed by King Jehun Belsassan, a predecessor of King Aswad. However, the sudden increase in troops raised worries especially the Antigoan Royal Court, and messages were sent for the withdrawal of the Inaran troops, to no avail. In July, after 87 people were killed by the Inarans after trying to exit the city, the Antigoan Royal Court declared an emergency and closed the city gates. Later in July, a letter by the Inaran General Reberto Trunmen was sent to King Kissa announcing that the Inarans will not withdraw until trade talks resumed and allow the full opening of trade routes. In response, there were attempted assaults on the troops such as throwing stones or other objects at them but these failed to deter the Inarans.
In August, when catapults were sent to the troops, the Inarans then launched bodies of plague victims into the city in hope of infesting the city with the plague and result in the city's surrender, but this failed as quarantine measures were quickly put in place and these bodies were then burned. Even those Antigoans who were infected later killed and burned themselves to prevent it from spreading. Only about 10 Antigoans died from the plague. The Inarans then stopped launching the bodies as about 50 of them were also infected and later died, so the Inarans also burned the bodies themselves to prevent the spread.
From December to February, some Inarans died from the winter cold while waiting for the city's surrender, and supplies to these troops were intercepted by rural Antigoans who were against the siege. (Antigo, however, said some of these people who intercepted the supplies thought they were gifts from Inara) The Inaran government then sent more troops to launch attacks on these villages and almost all of Antigo was then conquered by Inara.
However, between March and June, about 5,000 withdrew as more troops are needed to suppress rebellions in other parts of the Inaran kingdom. Another 7,000 were then scattered across other parts of Antigo to set up military outposts in the land. The Antigoans were lured into a false sense of security, but the Battle of Tenwallen in May was a disaster, as the Inarans were found to have better weaponry than the Antigoans. To prevent another attack, the Inarans added 3,000 more to the number.
By March 840 there were already plans for surrender due to severe shortages of food and water supplies as the Inarans even polluted the Antigo River such that it is undrinkable. It was said by this time 2,000 Antigoans died. Out of desperation, the King, using what was left of his troops, tried to use gunpowder to bomb the Inaran camps. However, there wasn't enough gunpowder to blow up the camps and an accident caused a part of the city wall to be destroyed, making the weak defenses of the city more vulnerable. Eventually, a week following the incident, the Inarans seized the opportunity to enter the city through the torn down wall and killed those trying to restore it and everyone else in their path. Many buildings in the city and the palace were burned to the ground.
King Kissa tried to escape using another route fleeing eastwards to Kontroga and then to Suria, but the Inarans managed to catch up and killed King Kissa by the sword. Eventually, the Crown Price of Antigo Henson Kissa signed a surrender agreement with Inara and Inara thus took over Antigo.
It was estimated that about 80 000 to 300 000 people died, including about 55 000 civilians and casualties by Inaran troops. Only 3000 survived, and out of which 2000 were exiled and forced to work in Inara. The lower class people were then forced to take care of the city. However, in 870 AD during a relocation program, the Inarans moved all the Antigoans into the city to repopulate the city.
In popular culture
The Briarmack government often used the subject of the siege in propaganda films and books (such as Red Spring, Blood-soaked Antigo and Stories of Inaran atrocities) to show how the Inarans forcefully conquered Antigo. The effects of such have created tension between Pretany and Antigo, on whether it was an attack on rebels or Antigoans. Inara and Pretany often argued that the attack is staged against rebels, but Antigo maintained its stance that it is an 'unjustified wrong'.
20 May is marked by Antigoans as Remembrance Day, the day when Antigo surrendered. Often on this day, public and military drills were held against a possible invasion by Pretany and Inara. The siege was also one main reason propagated by the Briarmack government regarding its nuclear program.