Istapalian Civil War

Istapalian Civil War

Postby jamescfm » Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:23 pm

Latest news on the conflict developing in Istapali.
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Re: Istapalian Civil War

Postby jamescfm » Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:23 pm

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Radical Officers Attempt to Seize Power
Effort to restore national order following election upset and subsequent protest triggers further instability

Tuesday 31st January, 4499
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Istapali is on the brink of collapse following the failure of an attempted coup by a group of military officials, aimed at restoring the rule of law in the country after months of protest and violence. The situation across the country is one of chaos, as the government scrambles to retain its authority amid a mixture of terrorism, insurgency and revolt. Since elections last November which left the far-right Party of Istapali six seats short of a majority, central government has been paralysed as other parties struggle to assemble a coherent platform.
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Above: Tizoc Xochipan of the Party of Istapali, whose presidency has been associated with a period of sustained instability, protest and radicalism in the country
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The military had been called in to deal with violent protests against both the government and the ultra-nationalist opposition in major cities earlier this month. Public resentment on both sides has been exacerbated by the terrorist, guerrilla Istapali Unity Movement (ISTUMO) who have been staging various attacks against high-profile targets from remote bases in the country's northeastern regions. Last week, ISTUMO leader Nopaltzin Zalli announced that the group fully endorsed the Party of Istapali, marking the first formal recognition of any link between the two groups. In response, the party published a statement disavowing and condemning the militants.

The attempted coup d'état was the response of a small group of radical officials who see the installation of a far-right government and a crackdown on protesters as the only way of ensuring the country's stability. Believed to have been spearheaded by Amoxnen Dahlke, the group attempted to take control of the Federal People's Congress building. Government officials were tipped off about the attempt in advance though and were able to have many of the ringleaders apprehended before they were able to implement their plan. In spite of the coup's failure, many members of the armed forces remain frustrated about the state of the country.

President Tizoc Xochipan has now reiterated his call for the legislature to support a cabinet of his party's representatives to prevent, in his words, "the total dissolution of our nation". In addition, the Llaqta and Liori governments have instituted further tightening of border restrictions in an attempt to prevent the spread of violence into their respective countries. Unconfirmed reports claim that the Llaqta regime may even be covertly supporting the ISTUMO militants by transporting cash and firearms across the border.
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Re: Istapalian Civil War

Postby jamescfm » Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:26 pm

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Second Coup Attempt Triggers National Crisis
Government loses control of large swathes of the country but public and police response prevents complete success for generals

Thursday 22nd February, 4499
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A second attempted coup d'état in less than a month by the Istapalian military has left the country in a state of national crisis. Despite apprehending an attempted revolt at the end of January, the capture of the city of Citlalt by the guerilla Istapali Unity Movement (ISTUMO) this week has proven to be the catalyst for disaffected members of the Istapalian Army who have now assembled a "transitional government" in an attempt to restore law and order.
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Above: A map showing the northern regions of the country currently under the control of the far-right insurgents known as the Istapali Unity Movement (yellow)
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ISTUMO had been reportedly in control of settlements throughout the northern regions for several months but the recent seizure of Citlalt, an industrial city of over one hundred thousand people, was received with shock and fear among the general populace. As protest and violence continued in the country's urban centres, a group of generals decided that it was necessary to take immediate action in order to prevent the country falling into anarchy.

General Xilo Malinalmina, who command Istapali's Army, assembled a transitional government involving President Tizoc Xochipan and his ultra-nationalist Party of Istapali. Numerous regional leaders have accepted the legitimacy of the transitional government but the military has failed to take control of some of the urbanised southern parts of the country. In the capital of Montezuma, armed police loyal to the elected government secured many important government buildings while in other cities, armed anti-fascist citizens took to the streets to deter the Army from attempting to move in.

The most violent clashes took place in the central city of Mezxoch, where armed police had been attempting to disperse far-right protesters shortly before Malinalmina made his declaration. After the revolt had been put into motion, the military entered the city's central pedestrian areas and began engaging with the regional police force. Governor Huitzilli Amina has claimed that the police have since been ordered to stand down until the scale of the national crisis can be determined. At present, it is not clear who the government of Istapali is.
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Re: Istapalian Civil War

Postby jamescfm » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:59 am

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Tide of War Turning Against Democrats
Agreement signed between radical guerrillas and military loyalists may spell the end for Istapali's elected government

Tuesday 19th September, 4499
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Momentum seems to have turned against the democratic forces in the ongoing civil war in Istapali with the capture of the city of Zenling, along the Cifutingani border, by the ultra-nationalist guerrilla Istapali Unity Movement (ISTUMO). The mountainous city had been a crucial stronghold for forces loyal to the elected government led by Tlazohpan Manicoh and the last major settlement they had retained control of in the northwestern section of the country.
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Above: Soldiers of the ultra-nationalist Istapali Unity Movement (ISTUMO), which now controls most of northern Istapali and large amounts of territory along the Llaqta border
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Over the past two months the conflict ravaging Istapali had reached a relative stalemate, with all three competing forces unable to make territorial gains due to difficult combat conditions and the threat of counterattack. The situation changed last week, though, when leaders of ISTUMO and the military-appointed "transitional government" led by former President of Istapali Tizoc Xochipan agreed to a ceasefire and a provisional power-sharing agreement. As a consequence, both have been able to shift their focus to a push south towards the capital.

Although there appeared to be relative similarity in the ideological background of the two forces from the outside, the destabilising effect of ISTUMO's insurgent campaign had prevented the transitional government from working with them until now. Their position changed, however, as the guerrilla group begin an assault against the important industrial region of Axaya in Istapali's northwest, crucial to ensuring the transitional government is able to properly supply its troops.

Reports from Montezuma suggest that Manicoh's forces have not been discouraged by the fall of Zenling, optimistic that public revolt will prevent this new radical alliance from remaining in control of the region. In spite of this, the democratic forces now face an extremely difficult task if they are to reestablish control of the country. Apparent financial support for the radicals from Dovani's so-called "Axis of Sovereignty"- Liore, Suyu Llaqta and Utari Mosir- has been important in creating a logistical uphill battle and the democrats are now facing a unified enemy.
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Re: Istapalian Civil War

Postby jamescfm » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:02 pm

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Fall of Montezuma Ends Conflict
Military-led forces capture Istapalian capital and begin reorganising the country's political system to consolidate power

Thursday 13th February, 4501
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Military forces loyal to Istapali's transitional government, formed after a military coup, have captured the national capital Montezuma from the elected government led by Tlazohpan Manicoh after a ten-month long siege, bringing an end to a civil war which has ravaged the country over the last two years. Since last year, the capital was the only territory remaining under the control of "democratic forces", with the rest of the country controlled either by the transitional government or the insurgent Istapali Unity Movement (ISTUMO).
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Above: A volunteer searches through the rubble of a building destroyed during the siege of Mentozuma by military forces loyal to Istapali's transitional government
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Since taking control of the city, the new government has begun an attempt to stabilise the country and consolidate their power. Members of the Manicoh government and many soldiers loyal to the administration have been arrested and are believed to be facing imminent execution. Tizoc Xochipan, the transitional government's president, has declared that the nation is once again at peace and that a new constitution is in the process of being approved which will "ensure the peace and prosperity of the Istapali people for all eternity".

Under the terms of an agreement signed in the early stages of the civil war, ISTUMO will be given a role in the governance of the northeastern region of the country along the border with Suyu Llaqta. The group's leader Nopaltzin Zalli appeared in a public broadcast with Xochipan to celebrate the capture of Montezuma. The Llaqta and Liori governments, who actively supported the anti-democratic alliance throughout the civil war, have made statements of congratulations to the new government and welcomed the President to their respective capitals to discuss regional cooperation.

In contrast, the governments of Cifutingan, Midway and Degalogesa among others have issued harsh condemnations of the new regime in Istapali, calling it undemocratic and threatening to expand economic sanctions implemented over the course of the conflict. Concerns are already being raised about the possibility of the one of the largest nations in Dovani aligning itself with the "Axis of Sovereignty", a defensive alliance composed of Utari Mosir, Suyu Llaqta and Liore.
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