War of 2002
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|War of 2002|
| United States of Antarctica
Kingdom of Happyface141 (later stages)
| Freezeland |
| Billy Hall
| Rodger Shuffle |
Gregory Drummer Whatdyaseh
| 2,564,839 [a]
| 1,497,928 |
| 58,877 wounded
| 47,349 wounded |
| Based off of the War of 1812, with a few original elements |
^[a] Although a total of 2,564,839 Antarctican soldiers had been mobilized by the end of the war, most units were stationed far from the front, and only some 1,823,281 saw combat
The War of 2002, fought between the United States of Antarctica and the Kingdom of Happyface141, and Freezeland, Acadia, and Puffle'and, was a war that occurred in 2002. It was caused by the USA wanting to invade Freezeland and incorporate it into the United States of Antarctica, in order to establish Antarctican control and dominance over the continent. The War of 2002 was the third attempt by the USA to conquer an independent country to add to their territory, after the First Hontanan War and Goverruan-Antarctican War.
Founded just two years earlier after the end of the Antarctic Revolution, the United States of Antarctica was already rapidly developing into an Antarctic power, and many wished to expand the country's control to the rest of the continent of Antarctica, and to some other territories close to it as well. The Antarcticans fought against Francterre and Yow in the First Hontanan War over Hontana in 2001, in which they lost, and fought with Castilla a year later in the Goverruan-Antarctican War, in which they gained the Castillan territory of Albergue de Plata.
As a full scale war broke out in 2002 in the Archet region, the Freezelandians attempted to open up a second front in the Weddell Sea and northern Sub-Antarctic in order to cripple Antarctican trade and naval power, but lacked the naval strength to do so. The Antarcticans had the advantage of larger numbers than the Freezelandians and a more modern army that was well equipped due to the country's large economy. Despite the odds, the Freezelandians managed to hold their ground during the early months of the war, leaving largely a stalemate in the Archet region.
The war situation changed for Freezeland when Puffle'and and its dominions of Austiceia and Calada, and Acadia, joined the Freezelandian cause. Puffle'and had a large navy that was considered the largest and best in Antarctica at the time, while as a former Puffish commonwealth, Acadia also had a substantial and modern navy, which gave Freezeland the naval strength it needed to attack the coasts of the Antarctic Peninsula. A siege of Penguin Town, a major Antarctican port city and base, failed, but the Freezelandians and their allies were able to capture most of the Peninsula.
The end of the Antarctic Revolution led to the end of Puffish rule over the continent of Antarctica, resulting in the formation of five independent states on the continent, the United States of Antarctica, which was the largest and most powerful, Freezeland, Acadia, the Kingdom of Happyface141, and Pengolia. Despite the fact that these countries had just fought a war of independence together against Puffle'and, the former alliances quickly broke up, with Freezeland and Acadia looking for new allies, leaving the Kingdom of Happyface141 as Antarctica's only ally on the continent.
Though the United States of Antarctica was now the dominant power on the continent, and had become a major growing power on the Antarctic stage, many Antarctican irredentists wished for the country to control the whole continent as the High Penguin Confederacy and Olde Antarctica did, which many Antarcticans at the time saw the USA as the successor state of. The country also wished to spread its dominance and influence over other countries, waging both the First Hontanan War against Francterre and Yow, and the Goverruan-Antarctican War, both of which the United States of Antarctica lost.
Invasion of Archet
These two defeats didn't deter either the Antarctican politicians nor the Antarctican public, who still wished for the United States of Antarctica to expand its influence and land. In early 2002, the South Pole Council still voted sent troops to conquer southern Archet, a province of neighboring Freezeland, establishing a foothold for them to conquer the rest of Freezeland, who had been fighting to maintain their position in what is now lower Happyface State. The United States of Antarctica was supported by the Kingdom of Happyface141, which it was closely allied with.
In May 2002, Percy Spencerson, a prominent figure in the Archetian forces, was captured by USA soldiers after a small skirmish in Archet which the local Archetian forces lost. His successor, Lord Shiverpool, was more moderate than Percy had been and ordered the Freezelandians to treat Antarctican ships and sailors peacefully, even if they didn't get peace back, which became an unpopular decision among the Freezelandian public, who were angered at the attacks. The Freezelandian Royal Navy was instructed to avoid clashes with Antarcticans, not wanting to spark a full scale war.
This did not deter the South Pole Council members who wanted war, and the South Pole Council formally declared war on Freezeland on June 18, 2002, after having engaged with Freezeland in multiple skirmishes in Archet already. Many in the United States of Antarctica found the news of war exhilarating, seeing victory as a sure thing, and were excited that their nation would soon almost completely dominate the Antarctic continent. All over the USA handshakes abounded and a rejoicing as never seen before; guns and cannons were fired, and there was much festivity.
On July 12, a large Antarctican force, led by general Billy Hall, entered Archet to back the Antarctican forces that were already in the province. The local Archetian forces, who had mostly engaged in guerrilla warfare to combat the already large numbers of Antarctican soldiers, became even more outnumbered, and Freezeland began sending in reinforcements to aid Archet. Hall was driven back to Fort Shiverpool, on the border with the USA, and surrounded by Freezelandian soldiers and Archetian militias under Whatdyaseh. In the end, Hall surrendered the fort without firing a single shot.
In late July, an additional force of Antarctican troops burned down the towns of Rork and Nyark in Archet in revenge for the recent Archetian victories. The Archetians launched a major offensive in response, and drove them out of the highlands of Mammoth, and the lowlands in south Archet soon after. The Freezelandians planned to further retaliate, and sent a large fleet to sail through Weddell, blockade the north coast of Antarctica, and capture the ports on the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and the strategic port of Penguin Town, now Club Penguin.
Opening of a second front
In August, Freezeland was able to intensify the naval blockade of Weddell and to increase its troop strength in the area, and the war had now expanded to a second front. The Freezelandians attacked an Antarctican fort on what is now Club Penguin, but USA troops stopped their advance. They had also advanced on Shiverpool, the capital of the Antarctic Peninsula, hoping to establish a foothold in the Peninsula. The Freezelandians hoped to fight the Antarcticans on as many fronts as possible in order to slow down the war so that Freezeland could find foreign aid.
When the war had first begun, Acadia opted to remain neutral, seeing the war between Freezeland and the United States of Antarctica as no concern of theirs, although Acadia was concerned by Antarctican irredentism and the previous two wars that had been waged by the United States of Antarctica. Acadian President Greg Cleanington ordered the Acadian high command to continue monitoring the situation to see if Acadia should join the war, though the country's resources and soldiers were already being overstretched by the war in Snowiny, in which Acadia had supported the Republicans.
After Freezeland began attacking Shiverpool in August, many politicians and the public began to support the war against the United States of Antarctica, hoping to reclaim their former territories that had been "stolen" by the United States of Antarctica. Acadia hoped to take advantage of the United States of Antarctica in its weakened state in the Antarctic Peninsula and capture more territories. However, aside from that, many Acadians also supported Freezeland, seeing the country as their fellow High Penguin brothers, and as such wished to fight with them.
The Acadian Parliament declared war on the United States of Antarctica in late August, and Acadian soldiers began attacking Shiverpool, which bordered Acadia. Unprepared for the attack, and soon fighting on two fronts, Shiverpool quickly surrendered within days. with the city becoming a part of Acadia again. Shiverpool also had a large Acadian minority at the time, and many joined the Acadian Defense Forces, seeing the Acadians as their liberators. From Shiverpool, the Acadians pushed north, hoping to make it to Penguin Town to aid in the Freezelandian attack there.
Though many had expected the small Acadia to make little difference in the war, the Acadian involvement shocked even many in Acadia. The Acadian navy soon landed soldiers at many points along the Antarctic Peninsular coast, establishing Acadian control at multiple crucial points along the coast and cutting the United States of Antarctica off from an important center of trade and shipping. At height of the war, Acadia controlled the port cities of Shiverpool, EmotiVille, and East Bank, while the Acadian navy and air force dominated large areas of the Sub-Antarctic.
Puffle'and joins the war
In September, the United Kingdom of Puffle'and joined the war in support of Freezeland, and continued to bombard USA ports with its powerful navy, hoping to regain lost land from the Antarctic Revolution. Many in the United States of Antarctica were also angry at the Puffish attacks on Antarctican ships, and wished to declare war on Puffle'and as well, but the Puffish declared war first. It started to bombard the port of Club Penguin, and captured many other port cities in the Antarctic Peninsula, cutting off the inland Peninsula from the Antarctican soldiers.
In October, a combined Puffish and Freezelandian force attacked Club Penguin, hoping to stop the USA advance. However, the citizens of Penguin Town, who had lived during the Antarctic Revolution just three years, took up their weapons that they had used during the Antarctic Revolution again and fought against the invaders. The Puffish-Freezelandian force was forced to retreat, and a man named Scott Frank Keyes who had watched the battle from the top of a hill in Penguin Town wrote a song called the Booyah Banner, which many USA citizens want to be the national anthem.
Polar District front
After conquering a large portion of the Antarctic Peninsula and defeating all the Antarctican armies on the Peninsula, the Freezelandian high command began to make plans for an attack on South Pole City in order to end the war. That same month, the combined Freezelandian, Puffish, and Acadian forces advanced on South Pole City from the east, with the main Freezelandian army from the present day Happyface State advancing from the north, in Freezeland. There were no large Antarctican armies nearby to oppose them, and a series of battles routed the small numbers defending the capital.
After defeating an Antarctican army shortly outside of South Pole City, the forces of Freezeland and its allies advanced on the mostly undefended capital of the United States of Antarctica. In retaliation for the burning of Rork and Nyark earlier in the year, Freezeland and their allies sacked and burned many of the buildings in the government district of South Pole City while making sure not to harm any civilians or their property, before marching right up to the South Pole Council Building and demanding a surrender from the government of the United States of Antarctica.
In late December, a peace treaty was signed between the United States of Antarctica and the Kingdom of Happyface141, and Acadia, Freezeland, and Puffle'and, restoring "principles of perfect reciprocity," in the words of the treaty, "peace, friendship, and good understanding" between "Freezeland and the United States of Antarctica." Realizing their mistake, Antarcticans became overjoyed the war was finally over. They now knew not to be hostile to those who could be their allies, and most Antarctican irredentist movements lost popularity after the war.
Despite the Antarcticans having surrendered to Freezeland and its allies, neither side is considered to have officially won the war, as Freezeland still had to give up many of its territories, with the United States of Antarctica was annexing the Freezelandian province of Archet. However, Freezeland and its allies Acadia and Puffle'and were able to get many concessions and some small territories in the treaty, with Freezeland getting two islands in Weddell and free travel in the sea, Acadia getting free use of some Antarctican ports, and Puffle'and receiving Puffle Island back.
Founding of the Free Republic Union
The hostile South Pole Council members, except for the oblivious Judge Xavier were all overthrown or removed from office by the Antarctican government shortly after, replaced by the modern, peaceful Council delegates that we know today. The reformed Council quickly drafted the Treaty of Dorkugal to stabilize the continent and create the Free Republic Union, and Freezeland and Acadia, both of whom fought against the USA, both became the first signatories of the Treaty of Dorkugal, becoming close allies with the United States of Antarctica.
- This was the second and last attempt by the USA to conquer an independent country to add to their territory.