Background and Causes
The 9 Year War was a 9 year long armed conflict between Cyrule and the Cimbrian Empire over border disputes between the two nations along the coast of the Cimbrian Sea and Cyrulean Gulf following the first contact between the two nations several decades prior. The Cimbrians attempted to expand into Cyrulean territory by mistake, and, seeing the Cimbrian soldiers, the natives of the area assumed it ws an invasion and attacked the soldiers, resulting in several deaths on both sides. This, of course, led to declarations of war and to the conflict itself. Although the Cimbrian emperor Anselm II wanted to make peace, emperor Benito I was quick to assume the worst, and attacked he Cimbrian colony of New Acheim along the Acheim Peninsula and captured it in 406 BC, sparking the war.
The Course of the War
The Colonial Campaign (406 BC - 399 BC)
The first 7 years of the war took place only along the colonial coast of each nation. Anselm II, having no military experience except being an excellent naval commander and strategist, did not fight alongside his troops on land, a move that was looked upon as cowardice. The Three Years' Offensive of the Cyruleans began with the invasion of New Acheim with around 20,000 men led by Benito I. The colony was captured quickly, and along with it a crucial Cimbrian port. Benito then led his men up the coast to the Adorf Peninsula, which, in a year and a half long battle, fell to his control in 404 BC. The Cimbrians began calling forces from the colonies to fight off the evil invaders, but to no avail. The Cyruleans continued advancing up the coast until they reached the city of New Cimbria, the original colony in the north, the only remaining colonial port. A very bloody battle took place there, in which both armies were devaststed. At this point, Anselm decided enough was enough, and it was time to put an end to the invasion.
The Triple Plan (398 BC - 397 BC)
Anselm II's plan was simple, and fundamentally guaranteed to succeed. Benito had become overconfident in his abilities, and his personal army was weary and its numbers were dwindling. Anselm planned his attack over a period of weeks and he and his commanders put it to action in 398 BC.
The Northern Point
In the north, several Cimbrian naval ships carrying weapons landed at a captured port near Benito's armies as ships dropped off massive amounts of soldiers at point just north and south of it as well. When Benito's armies were distracted by the ships and what was inside, the reinforcements surrounded them and killed every last one of Benito's soldiers, and even Benito. The fact that Benito let his guard down was a critical failure, and it put the nail in the coffin of his empire.
The Central Point
In late 398 BC, a small naval force landed at the Acheim Peninsula and let off troops there which liberated its colonies at the same time that the armies up north came south to meet them. In early 397 BC, the Cimbrians had restored their original boundaries. Anselm II's plan was working perfectly -- the people of Cyrule and the reserve armies weren't even aware their emperor had been killed or that the Cimbrians were about to enter their territories unopposed.
The Southern Point
In 397 BC, Anselm II commanded a massive naval fleet that attacked a large port city in mainland Cyrule as the other armies marched down the colonial coast of the Cyrulean Gulf. By the time the miliary of Cyrule realized how desperate the situation was, it was much too late, and Anselm's fleet had destroyed the Cyrulean fleet and landed on the coast, and pushed toward the city of Cyrule. Cyrulean forces had no commander, and, as a result, were crushed in several battles and slammed against Lake Cyrule. When the city of Cyrule fell, Anselm II proclaimed himself emperor of Cyrule until the Cyruleans could choose a new emperor. A few weeks later, emperor Nicolas I claimed the empire. At this point, Anselm II said that if Cyrule relinquished its territorial possessions, his forces would withdraw. Nicolas agreed reluctantly, and Anselm II left peacefully.