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The New Swabian War (referred to in contemporary New Swabia as the Maudlandic War and in Argentina as the Antarctic War) was a military conflict primarily involving the nations of Maudland and New Swabia, as well as their respective allies. The conflict was closely intertwined with the Warrahar War in 1982, and the two wars are sometimes grouped together as the South Atlantic War.
The establishment of the NSLP's dominance over the other anti-nazi factions in the New Swabian Civil War is seen as many to be one of the many reasons for the war. The NSLP finally had a legitimate claim to be New Swabia's governing party and the Maudlandic parliament had to pay attention to the possibility that the NSLP might win without their help. This caused the Maudlandics to increase their support for the NSLP to ensure their interests in New Swabia were protected. It was clear though the Maudlandics had no real interest in changing the leadership. This changed however when the High Commissioners Dassault Falcon 20 was brought down over the wastelands near Toll. Thankfully the Commissioner was taken in by farmers who were members of God's Army for New Swabia and was extracted by AFNM special forces.
On the other side the Nazi regime had come under more pressure from the opponents to its regime and the Nazi regime looked more unstable than ever. The creation of a dedicated division to fight the NSLP and its Allies helped alleviate the damage and brought some more stability to their regime. All that unraveled however when the NSLP brought down the plane of Walbert Rothlisberger with Maudlandic bombs. To all involved it was now clear that war was inevitable with the only question being what the spark would be.
After Spain's transition to Democracy in the 1970s, New Swabia was left alone as a Fascist state, but even then the nation was on the verge of change. Although the Nazi Party were still determined to maintain control of the country, there was a growing movement among the general public to bring Democracy to New Swabia, with some people advocating a violent revolution. The leader of the illegal New Swabian Liberation Party (NSLP), Otto Dietrich, went to Maudland to try to plead with Premier Thobias Mjoen to organise a Norwegian/Maudlanic invasion to remove New Swabia's Nazi government.
Mjoen promised that he would try to convince the Norwegian Parliament that the invasion was necessary, but that he would need some evidence of New Swabian activities against Maudland to convince the King and Parliament to invade. Therefore, the NSLP conducted fake raids into Maudlandic territory, disguised as New Swabian troops; thus giving the Norwegian Parliament reason to authorize the invasion.
After Parliament passed the bill authorizing the invasion, Norwegian troops moved into Maudland, and the Maudlandic Defense Force was mobilized so that there would be enough forces to both defend Maudland and attack into New Swabia. Supported by the NSLP, the Norwegian/Maudlandic forces (Armed Forces of Norway and Maudland/AFNM) quickly moved into New Swabia, but the New Swabian Army was able to push the AFNM back into Maudland and even make some small gains of its own. However, the Norwegians had one card that the New Swabians would be unable to counter, the Air Force.
Supported by the Norwegian and Maudlandic Air Forces, the AFNM counterattacked the New Swabian Army and captured several New Swabian towns. To many in the international community, the war now appeared to be a certain Maudlandic victory. Maudland and Norway had militaries equipped with the latest NATO equipment from the USA and Britain; while New Swabia had large amounts of French equipment, along with a numerical advantage. Soon, though, one thing would happen that changed the course of the war for good.
The War escalates
Desperate to gain support from New Swabia for its claims on the Scotia Sea Islands, Argentina declared its support for New Swabia at the beginning of the war; and when New Swabia came under direct threat, Argentina dispatched military forces to protect its principal Antarctic ally. Task Force 1 of the Argentine Navy (consisting of the Carrier ARA Veinticinco de Mayo and its squadrons; the Cruiser ARA General Belgrano; and two Destroyers) was dispatched immediately; and with Argentine support, New Swabia began to attack back into Maudland, and the tables seemed to be reversed.
Maudlandic ski troops, forces mounted in Snow Tracs, and old Aerosol units attempted to fight back against the New Swabians, but they were helpless when facing the combined New Swabian and Argentine forces. Despite their troops being forced back into Maudland, the Maudlandic government refused to surrender, and in early 1982, they requested NATO forces to assist them. Meanwhile, the Argentine junta believed that, now Maudland was pacified, they could safely gain the Scotia Sea islands from Ognia, as they believed Britain was no longer interested in the islands.
However, following Norway's request for NATO support and the invasion of the Scotia Sea Islands by Argentina, the United Kingdom entered the war in full force. The Scotia Sea Task Force (cooperation between the British and Ognian militaries in the Scotia Sea Islands) was reinforced by the carriers HMS Invincible and HMS Hermes; while the Maudlandic forces received Royal Navy support from the HMS Ark Royal, which was brought back into service and dispatched to Antarctica with Norwegian F-4 Phantoms on board, as well as an RAF Buccaneer squadron.
Immediately there were great successes for the Maudlandic/NATO forces, as the Cruiser ARA General Belgrano was sunk by bombs from a Buccaneer, and the ARA Veinticinco de Mayo was put out of action by a torpedo from the submarine HMS Conquerer. Despite this success, Maudland came under further attack by New Swabian ground troops who captured the city of Ny Kristiansand.
The end of the war
With the war showing no sign of ending soon, the Norwegian government approached several nations to seek their assistance in ending the war. As most nations declared that they wanted no part in another country's affairs, and with the British unable to lend further support due to their involvement in the Warrahar War, the Norwegians went to Israel. The Israelis had been providing limited support to the Norwegians since the beginning of the War, and with the confirmation that there were Nazi war criminals living in New Swabia who could be brought to justice with their help, the Israeli army deployed combat troops to Maudland to fill out defensive positions.
Freed of their defensive obligations, the Maudlandic Army made one last push against the New Swabians, and although the New Swabians fought well, the withdrawal of Argentine troops (who were being reassigned to fight in the Warrahar War) left their forces dangerously thin, and the Maudlandic troops succeeded in capturing Neumayer, toppling the Nazi regime, and bringing an end to the War.
Despite the reports coming in of the murder of over a thousand Norwegian civilians in Ny Kristiansand, the peace treaty was regarded as quite lenient. New Swabia was to:
- Accept the NSLP as a temporary government until elections could be held.
- Accept the annexation of parts of Norwegian-speaking New Swabia to Maudland.
- Hand over all Nazi scientists and officials who had escaped Allied prosecution after World War II, so that they could be tried at a multi-national court at the South Pole.
- Accept occupation by a joint NATO task force until elections were held.
In Maudland, the war would dominate popular culture for decades to come. Although it created a strong sense of national pride and unity, it also damaged the Christian Democrat Party's standing for the next 28 years – although Thobias Mjoen did succeed in being reelected. As a result of the War, Mojen was eventually assassinated by an ex-New Swabian soldier, and since his death, the Christian Democrat Party have struggled to regain control of the Maudlandic parliament.
As an additional result of the war, the carrier HMS Ark Royal was eventually bought by Maudland from the United Kingdom as the flagship of the Maudlandic Navy; although it is to expensive to operate in anything but rare circumstances, and is now commonly viewed as a museum ship.
In Norway, the war encouraged the cause of Maudlandic independence, with the Norwegian parliament realising that Maudland was, in essence, its own nation anyway. Although self-rule was not granted for another few years, the war sped the process up, and Norwegians began to realise that Maudlanders were different to Norwegians. Additionally, the war also created a sense of national pride.
In New Swabia, the war was originally supported by the majority of the New Swabian population, but as it dragged on, public support declined, and after the capture of their capital, the last traces of public support collapsed. The War has not adversely affected New Swabia's relationship with Maudland, and the two countries have grown much closer since the establishment of Democracy in New Swabia. Although an ex-New Swabian soldier killed Maudlandic premier Thobias Mojen; this was regarded as a tragedy in both Maudland and New Swabia.