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The First World War was a conflict fought from 1585 to 1610. The main battlefields were Holland, Germany, North Iberia, the Caribbean, Japan, and Italy. The conflict was fought between the Iraklion Alliance along with a few other countries (the Allies) against primarily France, Prussia, and Norway, and other nations (the Rights). After 25 years of bloodshed, the war ended with an indecisive victor.

Causes

Europe had been caught up in tension during the 16th century. An insignificant clash between Sicilian settlers in Holland with Prussian Muslims in the area was what started the war. Sicily and the Iraklion Alliance declared war on Prussia, who then sought Rome and France as its allies.

First Phase (1585-88)

During the first phase of the war, the victories were mostly Allied. Venice and Sicily launched attacks on southern France while the Spanish resisted French invasion of northern Iberia. The Iraklion Alliance also managed to send 1,000,000 troops to the Netherlands, and capture almost half of the region within a year. The Prussians and French were badly defeated up until 1587, when they won the Battle of Burgouis, which allowed the French to launch more offensives into Iberia. Through the winter of 1587-88, the war changed faces as the Rights would win more and more.

Second Phase (1588-92)

With the French successful in forging into Iberia and the Prussians finally defending their claims in Holland, the Romans entered the war in 1588 on their side. The Romans were an all new threat to the Iraklion Alliance, specifically Sicily and Venice, because they were embedded within the Italian peninsula and within a few hundred miles of their capitals. Venice and Sicily soon pulled their troops out of France to fight the Romans. In 1591, the Sicilians and Venezians besieged Rome, but failed. The Romans launched attacks on Naples throughout the next two years.

Also, in Holland, the Prussians regained half of the land they lost. Up to 30,000 lives were lost at the Battle of Urenskot in November, 1590, which was fought between Prussian and Belgian troops over a small village of 700 people.

Third Phase (1592-1607)

The war died down for a while during this phase. A few battles were fought in northern Iberia, Holland and at Pest (Battle of Pest-1599), but for the most part this era was just fortifying land.

Fourth Phase (1607-10)

The Fourth Phase of the First World War is the bloodiest. In 1604, Japan entered the war on the Righteous side, while Norway joined the Allies. In 1606, tension mounted in Asia and finally in 1607-8 the Allies launched a full-blown invasion of Japan. With Spain and Sicily's forces in Europe depleted, the Prussians launched a new set of offensives in Netherlands, regaining much land. In 1609, the last Allied city in Holland (Amsterdam) fell. It was retaken three weeks later, but still.

The French besieged Madrid in 1608. In 1610, the Roman city of Veii fell and the Romans sued for peace. Soon, all nations met at Veii to discuss a worldwide end to the war.

Peace of Veii

The Peace of Veii was officially signed on December 30, 1610. All nations put down their guns. The war proved to be pointless. An independent state in Holland was created, and the French got a few more miles of land in Iberia, but that was it. It was a waste of time and money, but it was an important aspect of Europe's social development.

Legacy

The economies of Europe died down after the war, but then picked up again. Veterans of the war came home, bringing a large population boost from 1611-24. New types of music (jazz, rock) were brought back by soldiers as well as new kinds of art (impressionism, abstract art). The war was thought to be a war to end all wars, but it definitely wouldn't be.

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