The Liberation of Borovanger

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  1. Serenierre

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    VILLESEN, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF SERENIERRE
    25. September. 1957

    As Commander of the Revolutionary Guards, General Delacourt had seen the month of September as a horrible disaster. The September Campaign launched by Field Marshal Blum had cost him valuable resources in men and weaponry all across the north-eastern front. In the Politburo meeting held that day, he had laid bare the situation to his fellow members of the Communist Party's senior most institution. They had listened quietly and gone on to console the General for the many volunteers he had lost. No one could, and this is quite true, have imagined that Blum was such a capable commander.

    "Be that as it may," Charles Bertrand spoke, "Which paths lie open before us now?"

    "The Revolutionary Guards have done their duty to the nation and the people of Borovanger," Elisabeth Martinique responded to her colleague's question, "And the Central Committee of the Commissariat of People's Deputies has decided that all military operations in Borovanger will henceforth be handled by the Military of Serenierre. The particular purpose of the Revolutionary Guards' operations in Borovanger was to make an opening for us at a time when we could not get involved in the awful situation directly because of our regional constraints. Now that the Confederation government has been established and recognised, we can get the relevant approvals from our friends in Saulot to grant an allowance for an expansion of military forces."

    "Will this permission be connected with any transfers of occupied territory?"

    "No," Madame Martinique responded, "Until the final peace is achieved, we will not be transferring territory over to the Confederation... at least legally. Although administrative responsibilities have been transferred over to Saulot over the former lands of the Prometheist Commonwealth. But Serenien military law applies across all territory occupied by our Army for the purposes of establishing order and ensuring that troublemakers can be dealt with effectively and briskly."

    "I suppose that General Renaudiere shall be granted command over the entire situation."

    There was a nod of approval from all present. Nothing more was needed to be said.

    HEADQUARTERS, 5TH SHOCK ARMY
    25. September. 1957

    In a tent, the commander who conquered Santo-Miguel, the first Serenien general in all of history to do so, sat next to a fan with a glass of cold whiskey in his hand. He had been informed a few days ago by the High Command that he would be given charge of the entire campaign in fighting the fascistic-Ortegan royalist army in the north. The fight to topple the Prometheist Commonwealth had earned him many laurels in Villesen. He had every intention of ensuring he left this campaign a general of equal stature to General Mazarin - the current chief of staff of the Military.

    He and his subordinates had decided that for the moment, it was best to lie low and let the enemy think that they had the upper hand. Let them rejoice, he had said in a meeting, they have yet to see the storm which awaits them. And what a storm he had in mind for Vallespir.

    In structuring an offensive, General Renaudiere had given reflection to the campaign plans for a theoretical war with Bourgogne. A ferocious all out assault of armoured divisions and self-propelled artillery battalions moving briskly and crushing the head of the enemy. So far, this aspect of his forces had not seen much action, the takedown of the Prometheists had been an entire infantry-driven affair. Now, in the north, his tanks would be put to use in a greater way.

    Often, in quiet moments such as this, as he sipped his whiskey or perhaps smoked his cigarette, he would wonder what his adversaries were doing, and over his life he had had many adversaries to ponder about. But he wondered what Field Marshal Blum was doing in that instant. He had found it rather amusing that in a country as small and weak as Borovanger, the sense of self-importance in the Prometheist regime attached to its commanders, that there existed a rank of field marshal. It was understandable if great powers such as Bourgogne chose to grant such grand titles evoking a majestic figure of a man leading his strong and mighty army across the fields of battle but to envision a Field Marshal in the employ of a military which did not have ships, nor much of a air force, and no tanks - at-least none that had been sent to the fields of battle, as yet - it was rather precious. And Renaudierre was not alone in that assessment. That very same thought, in all truth, had passed through the head of every member of the military and political establishment of Serenierre - from Serazin to Martinique to Mazarin - when they had heard that a pocket of Prometheist resistance was being set up by this hitherto insignificant commander in the army of fallen state.

    How wrong, it seems, they all were.

    As much as he hated what he stood for, Renaudierre did come to admire this strange unknown man who had with so little working for him, managed to successfully hold Vallespir and push back the Revolutionary Guardsmen a good distance in the north. Unlike the ideologues in Villesen, he could, as all military men can, with stoic grace appreciate the successes of a commander in the field of battle.

    He took another sip of whiskey and went back to reading a progress report on his desk.
     
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    Banyul-Sul-Mer, Kingdom of Borovanger, 9/10/1957.

    The Grand-Duke stared into his empty glass wondering how had it all gone so wrong, a few months ago the Royalists were driving back the Marxists and Prometheists back victory had been assured...then in an instant it had all gone so wrong. The damned Red League had jumped into bed with Serenierre and with doing so had changed the entire course of the war. Now the Serenien were ascendant and the Royalists were forced onto the back foot.

    Worse still was the Geotrian withdrawal, Geotri had been a resolute allying reclaiming Borovanger but now they were ready to desert their allies in their darkest hour. Morale among the Royalists had quite naturally plummeted adding to yet another problem besetting the Kingdom. The Geotrians had provided invaluable amounts of men and material that the Royalists would now have to do without, something that they had plenty of experience with. They would now have to retreat in order to hold what little territory they now had left.

    He filled his glass looking at disgust at the empty bottle, once he had been the leader of the Borovangen exiles now here he was forced to kowtow to a group of self-righteous priests and vapid aristocrats who would still be exile if not for him. while his most stalwart supporters remained trapped in Saro surrounded on all sides.

    But he would not...could not give into despair even though it seemed the world had deserted him he would fight on no matter the odds.
     
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    5th Shock Army - Headquarters
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    11. October. 1957

    General Renaudierre was frustrated by the slow pace of the transfer of forces to the north. The wet Autumn weather in northern Borovanger had stopped the momentum of the armoured and mechanised units of the Serenien military. The General had had to settle with deploying infantry divisions to shore up the lines and wait for the ground to dry up before the heavier equipment could take its place along the front.

    In the meantime, the General had decided that his troops needed to keep doing something as they waited for the northern climate to improve for the main campaign to begin and destroy the remnants of the Prometheist forces and those of the Grand Duke Ortega.

    To Valera all eyes were focused: Five thousand men from one of the infantry divisions under his command were sent to clear out the city and destroy whatever remained there of the enemy. No prisoners. No mercy.
     
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    The Bishop had called the leading members of the League of Saint Goratrix and the Blum junta for an meeting, none of the assembled priests and laity had any idea of why the meeting had been called…. Or why they had been sworn to secrecy.

    The room fell silent once the Bishop started to speak” As you know our situation is dire, we could fight on, till every inch of soil is soaked in our blood but what would this achieve? Whoever emerged the victor would win nothing but ruins, to this end I believe that we must extend the olive branch so that we may gain peace with honour”.

    At this the room erupted, the contingent from Vallespir were among the loudest decrying the Bishop as a defeatist and a traitor. After several more minutes of shouting from all sides the Bishop was finally able to continue.

    “The eyes of the world are on Borovanger, they are afraid of what might happen should we fall to either Fascism, Communism or indeed Prometheism”, this remark drew more calls of outrage from the Junta’s representatives. “Serenierre claims to be fighting to restore a free and democratic Borovanger but I do not that freedom can be forced upon us at bayonet point democracy in Borovanger must come from its people not from outside influence”.
    “We cannot give up on peace, I honestly believe that if we approach Serenierre and their allies in Borovanger with an olive branch then the world will see that we are the only moral choice for Borovanger, to this end we must also continue to distance our self from Ortega and the National Salvation Committee which is incidentally why they were not informed of this meeting. They have no place in the new Borovanger”.

    At this point an officer belonging to the Vallespir Junta spoke” And what of the king? You have stated that you wish to restore the monarchy, surely you can see that the restoration of an ancient old dated system goes against this new Borovanger of yours”!
    The Bishop replied” yes I can understand that the restoration of the monarchy is unpalatable for a great many in the nation, but I can assure you that this king will not be like the last…ours is to be a constitutional monarchy not the old autocracy but for the foreseeable future a regent will be appointed…the monarchy will be fully restored once the nation is stable
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