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|Cygnian Revolution (Joan of What?)|
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Revolutionary militants on the way to Swanstone posing in Margaret River, Augusta; Revolutionary troops marching into Swanstone; Protesters scatter as they are fired upon by Hellerist troops; Revolutionary artillery units moving through Theodora
Democratic Republic of Cygnia
Cygnian Provisional Government
|Commanders and leaders|
The Cygnian Revolution or April Revolution was a civil conflict in the Democratic Republic of Cygnia at the height of the Australasian War that resulted in the replacement of Cygnia's Hellerist government with a provisional government under the leadership of Prince Ellory of Cygnia. The revolutionary period lasted from 3 March to 8 April, when the Republic was dissolved by the Provisional Government, which after the war was itself replaced by the modern Empire of the United Cygnian States.
In 1933, the National Cygnian Socialist Party seized power in a clandestine coup, starting on 3 May 1933 when Hellerist agents assassinated the Imperial Family at their home in Ellingham Palace. Under the "regency" of Franklin J. Heller, Chief of Staff of the Imperial Armed Forces and leader of the Socialist Party, scapegoats for the assassinations were found, including Chancellor Wesley Orwell, who was executed several months after the takeover.
The Empire was dissolved in 1934 through the Empire Dissolution Act, which replaced it with the Democratic Republic of Cygnia. The Republic was formally proclaimed on 5 May 1934, the traditional date for the coronation of Emperors. Under the new Hellerist government, much of the economy was reorganised along military lines, and much of the government's revenue went to the expansion and militarisation of Cygnia's armed forces, as the expense of civilian matters such as education and healthcare.
When Cygnia was invaded by the Australien Rijk in 1939, the government was unprepared for war despite spending five years on militarisation. As a result, civil unrest exploded in the major cities of the country, as the population was furious at the military's failure to repel the invasion. By 1942 much of Cygnia had fallen under Australien occupation.
To make matters worse, many people, fearful of both the Hellerist regime and the Australien occupiers, flocked to the newly re-emerged Prince Ellory of Cygnia, who as it turned out survived the assassinations in 1934. This final straw, combined with all the military troubles and miscalculations on the part of the Hellerist government, threw Cygnia into open revolt at the height of the Australasian War.