The Reman Revolt or the Reman War of Independence was a military conflict that broke out in the Borealian provinces of the Roman Empire. The war was fought because of reasons like native Borealian nationalism as well as perceived wrongs perpetrated by the Roman government. The war was also exacerbated by the ongoing Roman Revolution back in Europe.
The war as a whole progressed poorly for the Romans and their loyalist allies, as the Roman government was divided and fighting a civil war back in the homeland. As such, the native rebels fought relatively minor resistance as opposed to the full military might of the Empire and had an easier time winning their independence.
The war had major consequences for the rest of the world, as the Reman Revolt was the first war of colonial independence that ended with colonies breaking off of their home country and declaring an independent nation. This would later be repeated with several other countries such as Brazil, California, and Emeraldie.
For the native Borealians, the war brought all of the native Borealian provinces except for Antillia into one single nation, which was proclaimed to be the Reman Republic. This republic only lasted for little more than fifty years before transitioning into a constitutional monarchy, but in those fifty years it became a major power in Borealia.
The Borealian provinces of the Roman Empire were colonized by the Roman Empire from the early 16th century onward. Compared to the rest of the colonial powers, the Romans avoided the practices of extermination or expulsion that other European powers practices, preferring instead to bring the indigenous peoples into the Imperial fold.
Following this practice, the Romans tried to elevate the natives past their tribal or iron age cultures into a more modern society, where the natives would become Roman citizens in a Roman state. Roman colonists, mainly Greeks or Latins with some Goths, provided the natives with knowledge that helped them survive the spread of disease and slowly begin to match the technology of the Europeans.
However, at the same time, society in the Borealian provinces was considerably tilted towards the European colonists. The Europeans were typically the wealthier and owned many, though not all, of the extensive plantations where cash crops like cotton, tobacco, and indigo were grown with native labor. While native nobility did get the titles and respect of European royalty, they also governed alongside European governors, something that they felt slighted by, thinking it robbed them of their independence and suggested that the Empire doubted their loyalty or intelligence.
As Roman control expanded into the inland by conquest, more and more natives had mixed feelings of Roman rule. While Imperial rule had improved their lifestyle and united them, it also meant an ambitious relationship with Europe and a noticeable gap in what the Senate in Constantinople wanted and what the chiefs in Borealia wanted.
The Roman Revolution that broke out in Europe sent shockwaves in Borealia, with many natives unsure of how to act. Many European Borealians were split between which side to support, and brawls and occasional riots in Borealian cities. The native chiefs sent letters to the leaders of both sides, asking for reform in the Borealian provinces and a removal of the joint governorship. The Senate replied that there would be no such reform, and the Illuminati faction replied that any reform would have to wait until the end of the war at home.
Beginning of War
The war first broke out in 1793, two years into the Roman Revolution. Unsatisfied with the replies of both factions of the Revolution, Chief Michael Pushmataha of the Muscogee suggested to the governor of Reme, Nicholas Leontius IV, that the Borealians initiate the reform process themselves and implied that he would do so regardless. Leontius refused, insisting on loyalty to the Empire and suggesting that the natives keep their faith in Imperial rule.
To Pushmataha, this answer was unacceptable, as the ongoing civil war made it clear that the Empire was not in a position to help its Borealian subjects. Instead, Pushmataha issued a general declaration for the native Borealians to "look to their own defenses" and readied his local forces, effectively seizing control over Muscogee Archonate and its capital of Etowah by the end of the year.
Feeling threatened by the mobilization of troops, Leontius likewise readied his colonial militia, although morale was low due to conflicting support between the Senate and the Illuminati. While the European Borealians were able to avoid the open warfare taking place in Europe, they were often at odds with each other. With his conflicted force and enemy knowledge of the terrain, Leontius opted to instead play defensive, hoping that the war in Europe would soon end and reinforcements would arrive to end the rebellion.