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Second Sicily War
Beginning:

October 11th, 2009

End:

December 15th, 2010

Place:

Mediterranean Sea

Outcome:

ADC and IPA are victorious, though damaged

Major battles:

Cape Matapan, 1st and 2nd Lecce, Surt, Corfu, Carbonia, Ancona, Tunis

Combatants

Flag of EuropeAtlantic Defense Community
Flag of ItalyItalian Peninsula Alliance
800px-Berber flagKabylie
Flag of TunisiaTunisian Freedom Army

Sicilian FlagSicily

Commanders

800px-Flag of Europe.svg Håkan Syrén
Flag of Italy Marco Conti
Logo of the Nordic Union Halldór Ásgrímsson
83DD-GFedFlag Admiral Panagiotis Hinofotis
Flag of Tunisia Prince Muhammad Bey

Sicilian FlagGiacomo Bertolucci

Strength

1.2 million ADC troops
400,000 IPA Soldiers
300,000 Northern and Alpine Volunteers
7,000 Kabyle Army soldiers
Approx. 128,000 Tunisian rebels
Small numbers of rebels

1.6 million Sicilian soldiers
Small numbers of rebels

Casualties and Losses

Approx. 550,000

Approx. 400,000

BackgroundEdit

The First Sicilian War lasted from 2004 until 2006, when Sicily conquered Sardinia and Tunisia, as well as attacking the Pais de Oro. Eventually, a western coalition forced them out of Pais de Oro territory, and, with them unwilling to go further, eventually resulting in an acknowledgment by these powers of Sicilian control over Tunisia and Sardinia - but not acknowledging it, or the Italian mainland, as belonging to them. This eventually led to the founding of the Atlantic Defense Organization.

The Sicilian Crisis broke out in late October of 2008 and gradually escalated until late December, when the Sicily Republic requested a cease-fire, which was readily granted. Peace talks were never held, and it can now be considered that they merely were unprepared for war at that time.

The 2009 Saguenay War began in September of 2009 when the Republic of Saguenay, backed by the Republic of Superior, declared war and invaded the Canadian Remainder Provinces. Canada and the Celtic Alliance called for an emergency session of the Atlantic Defense Community military bloc at its headquarters in Punta Delgada in the Azores. The ADC authorized an expeditionary force to Canada to assist in the war. By April of 2010, the war would be over, with the ADC and Canadians having won.

However, it was too late - back in October, Sicily had started another war, to try to take advantage of ADC preoccupation back in North America.

War Breaks OutEdit

Sicily, seeing an opportunity, re-ignited the conflict early in October, 2009. A Sicilian ship attacked a Greek-Libyan freighter in the waters off the Greek protectorate in Cyrenaica. The Confederation of Greece declared war within hours and called for another emergency meeting of the ADC on October 12th, at which war was declared. Nordic and Celtic aircraft would depart for Corsica mere hours later, to prevent an invasion of that island from succeeding if it were attempted. It was also agreed that Canada and the Celts would concentrate on dealing with Saguenay and Superior for the time being, and send forces to aid the rest of the ADC as possible - in practice meaning a few Celtic ships and a sizable number of planes being sent at first, with some Canadian ships and Celtic ground forces following when the war in North America ended. A pair of local headquarters, under overall ADC command from the Azores, would be established in the Balearic Islands in the west, and at the Greek military headquarters on Skyros in the east

Conduct of the WarEdit

October-November, 2009 - Sicilian Opening, Battles of 1st Lecce and Cape Matapan, Operation GrikoEdit

Starting on October 10th, and picking up even more on the 13th, Greek troops began amassing on Kerkyra in Heptanesa, giving the impression an invasion of Apulia would soon take place. However, Greek troops stationed in North Africa had already encountered naval-fighting miles from the Libyan coast, leaving such an operation in doubt. Another disturbing event was also revealed to the world on this day: Greek intelligence had learned from Dawada tribesmen that the Sicilians were gathering their North African military, along with some forces from Sicily itself, in various villages in Eastern Tunisia. There could be no doubt that they were preparing for an invasion of Cyrenaica by both land and sea.

On October 14th, the Greek intelligence was proved to be correct, when Sicilian units crossed the old Tunisian border and headed towards the ruins of Tripoli, advancing eastwards along the coastline. This was made even worse by the Sicilian fleet arriving on the 15th at Zitlan, east of the western boundaries of Cyrenaica, and landing troops there, just behind the main Greek defenses in the area. The combination of the two events meant that the Greek forces were forced to begin to retreat eastwards to Misratah, in order to avoid being surrounded when the main body of troops moving along the coast arrived in a few days.

News of this event, upon reaching the Greek headquarters on Skyros, caused great alarm, for they had not expected both of the attacks to occur. Hurriedly, it was decided to launch the planned attack - Operation Griko - on the Italian mainland much earlier than planned, with less troops than it was felt they needed, as a distraction. On October 17th, the Greeks land troops east of the city of Lecce, on the heel of the Italian boot, and initially make good headway, managing to secure the city itself by the 20th, before the arrival of Sicilian reserves halts any further advance, with the Greeks controlling roughly the northeast third of the province.

After unloading its cargo of troops in Cyrenaica, the Sicilian Fleet turned northwards back towards Sicily. With the ANZC battle fleet around Malta declaring "armed neutrality" in the conflict - essentially, that they would open fire on any Sicilian ships that got too close to their ships, as Sicilian attacks on then-neutral shipping had started the war - this meant that the Sicilian Fleet had to detour greatly on the voyage back to Sicily, only arriving back in the harbor at Catania on the 22nd, despite leaving Cyrenaica on the 17th.

Angered by the Greek landing at Lecce, the Sicilian government chooses to launch the next attack against the Ionian Islands, in order to claim what is "rightfully theirs" and to destroy the base of the attacks on Lecce. At the same time, reserves from the demarcation zone with the Italian states are moved southwards, and used against the Greeks near Lecce. They are forced back to their ships on the 30th, arriving back on Greek soil the next evening. Sicilian forces, under air cover from the mainland, put to sea on the 29th, and head towards the Ionians.

On the 21st, a Sicilian fleet, hoping to move into the Aegean Sea and attack Greek merchants, was met by a larger Greek fleet, after being sighted the day before by observers stationed on the island of Sapientza in Morea. This engagement, known as the Battle of Cape Matapan after the nearby peninsula, resulted in a loss for the Sicilians, with them losing five ships before retreating back to the southwest. The Greeks lose a single vessel in the lop-sided engagement, and in a strategic mistake, send the ships after the Sicilians, along with moving aircraft. This movement and chase fails to catch them, and merely makes the Sicilian actions in the Ionians easier.

With the change of the month into November, the Sicilians arrived at the Ionians, and began to bombard the more southern islands after temporarily establishing aerial superiority over them. Fearing an invasion, the Greeks rapidly evacuate civilians to the mainland areas of Heptanesa. On the 5th of November, they land troops on the islands of Kefalonia and Zakynthos. By the 10th, they have managed to secure Keflonia, but reinforcements arriving from nearby Morea prevent Zakynthos from being completely taken - it will hold out another two months before falling completely.

In Cyrenaica, Sicilian forces, after joining up east of Zitlan on October 20th, are slowly driving back the Greek forces, who are putting up a great deal of resistance along with the local population. Naval duels between Sicilian and Greek ships, attempting to aid their countrymen on shore, are near constant, and often end in draws - neither side can aid the army much, if at all. Misrata is secured by the 23rd, and by November 16th, the Sicilians have begun to advance into the city of Surt.

From the 10th to the 18th of November, the Greek forces that had been moving southwards, both chasing the Sicilians and moving to try to fight the Sicilians off Cyrenaica moved back northwards in response to the attacks on the Ionians. Aircraft moving there from further east, reinforcing Greek position near the islands. In combination with the naval re-inforcements, Sicilian aircraft moving west to try to prevent ADC bombers from Corsica from bombing at will, and a Sicilian move back to Italy to get re-inforcements, this allows the Greeks to regain air superiority near the islands, for the most part, as well as a fair measure of control over the seas. The Sicilians, however, retain the ability to reinforce themselves, mostly at night.

On the 20th, Sicilian reinforcements arrive at the Ionians, and land on Corfu. Despite making progress early on, they fail to completely take over the island. At around the same time, they also land troops on several of the smaller islands. Greek troop move to counter these attacks, and a back-and-forth battle erupts over the islands, with the changing hands several times. As re-inforcements arrive from either side, the front lines on Corfu - as well as control of the other islands - will go back and forth over the next few months. Also, in response to the landings on Corfu, the Kingdom of Macedonia - by no means a friend of either side - declares that it will join the ANZC fleet in taking a position of armed neutrality, essentially closing off the Strait of Otranto to Sicilian forces about a hundred km north of it.

Elsewhere, Nordic and Celtic aircraft arrived on Corsica within days of the declaration of war by the rest of the ADC, and secure the skies above it. Several Sicilian aircraft are shot down here before the Sicilians figure out why. Portuguese, Rif, and Spanish reinforcements arrive on Corsica and in the Balearic Islands by October 20th, ensuring that the islands are secure, and under the cover of the Nordic and Celtic planes, their naval forces, especially the submarines possessed by the Portuguese and Spanish, begin to raid Sicilian shipping, like the Sicilians are trying to do to the Greeks in the east. A small attempt at raiding the Corsican coast by Sicilian naval vessels is beaten off by ADC forces as well, decimating the Sicilians at almost no losses to themselves. All over the ADC, soldiers are being prepared for war, and the Greeks are moving what forces they can from their other commitments to the west. In Egypt and Cyrenaica, reports of Sicilian actions in both Tunisia and occupied areas of Cyrenaica against Muslims are leading the local Muslims to join the military - for the duration of fighting - in large numbers - with the encouragement of their clerics - in the name of "Muslim Brotherhood."

December 2009 - January 2010 - IPA Established and the Battle of SurtEdit

In the Ionians, assault and counter-assault by the Greeks and Sicilians are bleeding both sides badly. However, despite the easier time the Greeks are having getting reinforcements, the Sicilians are still coming in bigger numbers, and on Corfu and Zakynthos the Sicilians are still moving forwards, though at a snail's pace. Zakynthos is fully occupied by the Sicilians on the 15th of January. The whole invasion, however, has now cost the Sicilians most of the reserves that they held on the mainland, though new recruits and reserves on Sicily itself will soon make up for this.

With Cyrenaica, the story remains much the same. On December 4th, the Sicilian Army - now deprived of its naval support for the most part by ADC activities elsewhere - finally manages to clear out resistance from Surt, and begins to advance along the coastline again. By Christmas, they will have advanced another forty miles east of the city, as Greek recruits begin to arrive from Egypt to slow the advance, along with Sicilian reinforcements starting to fall in number. ADC submarines from the west, and to an extent the east, are beginning to take their toll, as they can concentrate much easier against Sicilian ships. By the end of January, Sicily is forced to cease reinforcing the front here directly, and is forced to funnel its forces through Tunisia.

The first soldiers and ships - as well as more planes - from the northern ADC members begin to arrive in December, and even more come in January. These forces are used to increase the defenses established by the Spanish, Rif, Portuguese, and Corsicans in the west. With this arrival, the ADC naval forces, previously the equal of the Sicilians, now outnumber them by a fair margin. As a result, the Sicilians pull back a fair number of their naval vessels to safer areas. ADC bombers, previously fairly limited in operations because of defense commitments, begin to bomb nearby areas of Sicilian-occupied Italy and Sardinia heavily. Invasion plans begin to be drawn up for Sardinia and Tunisia as well. ADC planes based at the Rif, and to a small degree Malta, begin to bomb Tunisia and drop supplies for the rebels there as well.

On January 2nd, the Northern Italian nations, as well as the Alpine protectorate of Venice, join together in an alliance - the Italian Peninsula Alliance - with Alpine backing and support. It can only be an attempt to take advantage of the situation, especially since volunteers from the Confederation and Northern Italy, along with supplies and ammunition, immediately begin to reinforce the IPA membership. By the end of the month, the Venetian and Genovese Navies have both left their bases as well. Considering that these nations have wanted payback against the Sicilians for quite some time - and been preparing nearly as long - their attack can be considered imminent.

February-March, 2010 - Counterattack and Operation PepeEdit

In Cyrenaica, Greek forces finally begin to counter-attack the Sicilians in early February. Using reinforcements from Egypt, Greek forces assault all along the Sicilian lines, and begin to force them back. Surt is retaken by the end of the month, without anywhere nearly as bad of a battle as when the Greeks lost it originally. By the end of April these forces will have caused a Sicilian retreat to a point roughly seventy-five miles northwest of Surt. Sicilian supply lines to Cyrenaica are slowly getting worse and worse as well, due to submarines from the ADC. By the end of March, the Sicilian forces there will be almost completely supplied by convoys on land moving along the coast from safer ports in Tunisia.

On February 16th, IPA forces attack Sicilian forces on the Italian mainland in Operation Pepe, opening an entire new front to the war. Backed by Alpine and Northern Italians volunteers, San Marinian, Venetian, and Tuscan forces cross the area between themselves and the Sicilians, attacking the weakened lines. Within days, the Genoan and Venetian Navies, reinforced by the small Marinian and Tuscan navies, begin attacking Sicilian vessels in areas that had previously been safe zones for the Sicilians. Genoan Marines also begin to land in the Tuscan Archipelago, taking the islands of Capraia and Gorgona within hours, only having to defeat forces already heavily bombed by the ADC. Venetian troops lead volunteers between Tuscany and San Marino, as well as providing bombardment support for the San Marinians. Genoan Marines will have the islands cleared by mid-March, after which they land troops both in support of the Tuscans, and the ADC forces going to Sardinia. By April's end, the front on the mainland runs on a line at roughly Piombino-Montevarchi-Fano.

Sicilian reserves, insomuch as there are reserves left outside of Sicily itself, are raced towards the Northern Front. While slowing the advance of the IPA, it has the effect of depriving reinforcements to other fronts. On the Cyrenaica Front, this means that reinforcements have slowed to a crawl, especially since Tunisian Rebels of the Tunisian Freedom Army, long active but only a minor force until supplied by the ADC, are starting to launch attacks, capitalized by their bombing of supply depots on March 16th. In the Ionians, reinforcements slow drastically, and are primarily routed to Sicilian efforts to capture the capital of Heptanesa on Corfu.

For the Ionian Front, this now means that Greek forces can finally undergo a meaningful counter-offensive. At first, several of the smaller islands are retaken. In late March, Greek forces land on Kefalonia once again - it will be recaptured by the 5th of April.

In the west, preparations for an invasion of Sardinia are being put into play ever faster. The entrance of the IPA into the war, and the capture of the Tuscan Archipelago by the Genoans, means that the ADC no longer needs to be concerned with taking them, so forces previously devoted to an operation there in May can now be devoted to the Sardinian Invasion, code-named Operation Blindfold. The Algerian nation-state of Kabylie, as per its semi-alliance with Greece, has also agreed to join the war in some capacity during the late summer.

April-May, 2010 - Saguenay War Ends and the Battle of CorfuEdit

The cession of hostilities in the Saguenay War on April 12th allows for Celtic and Nordic efforts to be directed against Sicily as well, further hastening the invasion date, even though forces deployed there by the two powers will not be able to leave until a peace is agreed on, which would not be done until the end of May. Canadian forces, outside of a few naval vessels, will be unable to get to the Sicilian theater of war because of their need to deal with the Lawrence Raiders in combination with the Vermont and Aroostook militaries for their own security. Upon hearing of the news that the war there had ended - and now knowing that the ADC could concentrate its capabilities on them - elements of the Sicilian government begin to question the war itself. The leadership, however, calms dissent for the moment, as it most of the ADC forces from the other side of the Atlantic will not be a factor until August.

On the mainland, the IPA advance has slowed significantly as Sicilian reinforcements arrive, and establish new defensive positions where terrain favors them, largely in the mountainous center of the peninsula. By the beginning of June, their lines run across the peninsula at roughly Grosseto-Arezzo-Senigallia.

In the Ionians, Greek forces mange to retake Zakynthos by Mid-May. The islands of Ithaca and Paxi are also taken at this time, and troops also land on Lefkada on May 28th. By this point, Sicilian reinforcements to the islands are going almost exclusively to Corfu. However, their advance is finally stopped just outside of the city of Corfu itself on the 21st of May.

Elsewhere, Sicilian forces are beginning to falter. In Cyrenaica, Greek forces are approximately fifty miles outside of Misratah by the end of May. ADC forces have now completely cut off supplies by ship to Sicilian forces there. Small bands of Muslims who oppose the Greeks have also been armed by the Sicilians in their retreat and are beginning to harass Greek forces, though they are very small in number and are not supported by the locals, by and large. Rebel attacks in Tunisia, covertly supplied by the ADC, are causing mayhem as well. A plan, code-named Operation Crescent Star, it being prepared for an invasion of the region sometime late in summer.

Sardinia can now only be safely supplied from the south as well. ADC commanders - now in concert with a detachment of Genoan Marines and their admiral - plan to invade in early June.

June-July, 2010 - Operation BlindfoldEdit

On June 14th, ADC and IPA forces - mostly from Genoa, North Germany, Spain, Corsica and the Nordic Union - land on the northeast part of the island, near the former port of Olbia. It comes as a surprise to the Sicilians, for while they had expected an invasion soon - the signs on Corsica were pretty hard to miss from Sardinia - it did not come where they had thought. Instead of the northwest coast, it came down on the northeastern coast, where air cover was not as secure for the invasion. By mid-July, ADC forces will have secured most of the northern half of the island, with holdouts in the middle of the island, and advances primarily occurring along the coast, to a line running roughly at Cabras-Ottana-Baunei.

By late June, Greek Federation forces in Cyrenaica have managed to liberate the city of Mistrah. They will have forced the Sicilians - whose supply situation is getting worse - to the original Greek lines, west of the city of Zitlan, by the end of July. The Greek advance is starting to stall, as they advance further west over damaged terrain.

Greek troops on Corfu have managed to begin to force back the Sicilians as well, though it is very slow going. Kythira and Lefkada are also liberated in mid-July.

In early July, Celtic vessels, joined by a small number of Canadian ships - loaded with marines and aircraft - arrive in the Mediterranean from North America, following the signing of the Treaty of Manchester on the 28th of May that ended the Saguenay War. The Marines are offloaded in the Balearic Islands, and the naval vessels continued onwards to help isolate Sardinia from Sicily. Celtic Armored forces from that conflict will arrive in August.

On the mainland, the Tuscan advance on the western coast of the peninsula has stalled somewhat - Tuscan forces need to take time to rest and resupply, and the Sicilians are concentrating reinforcements here. In the middle of the peninsula, IPA forces continue to make progress, though advances are still slow. On the eastern coast, IPA forces, while advancing slowly, manage a major feat when in mid-July, Venetian forces land just east of the city of Ancona - while they will spend the next month securing the city, it is a major shock to the Sicilians.

August-September, 2010 - Operation Crescent Star and the Battle of AnconaEdit

In early August, Celtic armored forces, having stopped back in Alliance territory for a month to rest and refit themselves, finally arrive in the Mediterranean from North America. Landing at the supply port fashioned by the ADC in the ruins of what was once the city of Alghero, they are rapidly sent southwards to the front lines outside of the town of Cabras. Some of the infantry stationed there is moved east as well. On the 13th, they launch an offensive southwards, which smashes through the Sicilian lines - a similar move, though less successful, occurs on the east side of the island on the 20th as well. The armored attack makes rapid progress, reaching the Sicilian capital of the island at Carbonia, which, along with nearby areas of the coast, manages to hold the tanks off for the time being. These forces also manage to secure much of the south of the island, with the eastern attack meeting up with them on the 30th. Sicilian forces remain holed up in the middle of the island, however, where they are taking advantage of the natural defenses, though find their lives increasingly difficult because of the attitudes of the local villagers and supply shortages. By the end of August, however, only the region near Carbonia and an area in the center of the island, roughly in a square between the towns of Samugheo, Fonni, Lanusi, and Mandas. These areas will hold out until early December and late October, respectively. The Celtic armored units are moved to another area of activity, Tunisia, in September.

In Heptanesa, Greeks forces finally manage to expel the last of the Sicilian troops from Corfu in mid-September, in part because of the Sardinia assault and what appears to be a build-up of Sicilian troops on the Italian mainland. However, their forces in the region are now tired and worn. Barring a large amount of troops as reinforcements, these forces will not be able to contribute offensively until at least the New Year.

On the Cyrenaican Front, Greek forces manage to liberate the town of Al-Khums in early September. They have now advanced almost back to their original defensive lines from the start of the war. With the increased numbers of troops they now have in the region, the Greeks will pursue the Sicilians back to the old Tunisia-Libya border, to act in concert with forces invading it in Crescent Star during late September.

September 15th sees the amount of attacks by the TFA on Sicilian forces in Tunisia skyrocket suddenly, leading the head of the Sicilian forces there to believe an ADC invasion to be imminent. This knowledge, however, was of little help, as the attack could come anywhere. On the 18th, infantry from the Rif, Spain, and Kabylie, backed by Celtic and Nordic tanks, land near the town of Tabaka, in northwestern Tunisia. Given that the landing location could not have been predicted, few local forces are immediately available to try to stop the invasion. Within hours, a large uprising by the TFA begins in most of the major cities of the area. While Sicilian forces manage to put down the majority of the rebels, they do manage to gain control over several cities in central Tunisia, and delay Sicilian forces by a couple of days. This allows ADC forces to consolidate their beachhead, and press inland.

Within days of the invasion, Sicilian forces in Cyrenaica start to rapidly retreat westwards, as the speedy advance in Tunisia by the ADC is starting to put them at risk of being surrounded. Greek forces pursue them to the old border as planed. A secondary landing, primarily of marines, lands near the east Tunisian city of Gabes on the 30th, making the matter worse. Between the two landings, mountainous areas in the west of Tunisia are made fairly impossible to defend - if they defend there, they lose everything due to a lack of forces to defend both locations while at the same time securing their rear areas. Very few Sicilian troops are trapped by the landing at Gabes, however - most, while fighting a rear-guard action, make it to defenses around the town of Wadraf.

By September, IPA troops have advanced to a line running at the towns of Scansano-Corciano-Ancona. Venetian forces have also managed to take Ancona itself. In late September Genoan Marines land in the Pontine Islands and secure them as well.

October-November, 2010 - New Rome Freed and the Battle of CarboniaEdit

In the Ionians, recovering Greek forces are planning another attack on the Italian mainland. Civilians, along with construction crews, moved back to the islands throughout October, where they began to repair damage caused by the fighting, as well as constructing temporary homes for the people. With the Rhodopian Army finally reliving Greek troops in their assigned sector of Thrace under the agreement between the two on November 10th following the successful conclusion of the Rhodope-Vidin War, Greek reinforcements for the planned attacked have arrived, putting plans ahead of schedule. The attack, code-named Operation Lombardi, will now be launched on December 12th, rather than in the New Year. Using lessons learned from the previous attack, it will be launched with better bombardment and more preparation, as well as landing near the town of Tricase, rather than the main Sicilian positions at the city of Lecce, which will mean Sicilian reinforcements are going to be slower to the invasion beaches.

ADC forces in Tunisia are succeeding at forcing back the Sicilians - by Mid-October, the Sicilians have been forced to a line running roughly at Tinja-Kairouan-Agarab, with their Garrison at Bizerte continuing to hold out as well - by the end of the month it will have been forced to evacuate eastward. Armored attacks, joined by a semi-organized military force from the TFA - now having officially come into the open in much of Tunisia, under a surprise leader, Prince Muhammad Bey of the former royal dynasty - manage to force them back even further, to a semicircle around Tunis itself running roughly between Tinja and Nabeul, by late November.

On Sardinia, Sicilian troops in the center of the island, after a couple weeks of essentially no supplies, surrender to ADC forces in late October, as shells of their former selves. The Sardinian headquarters at Carbonia, as well as the nearby Sicilian-constructed port, still hold out, however. While Sicilian vessels can re-supply them a little bit some nights, between the soldiers and fleeing Sicilian colonists there, it is not nearly enough.

November 13th sees the Sicilians finally, as intelligence has hinted at for a few weeks, launch a counter-offensive in Italy. In late October, the IPA reached their farthest line of advance, running roughly at Montalto di Castro-Orvieto-Perugia-Fanriano-Loreto. IPA forces, now overstretched to a certain degree, are forced to fall back in the face of the reinforcements to the Sicilian lines and the counter-attack they have launched. But, just like the initial Sicilian retreat, the IPA fights doggedly for every inch of territory, and holds the Sicilians to small, but continuous, advances. However, the counter-offensive also means that the Sicilians have weakened their defenses elsewhere on the mainland. This, in turn, allows the Genoan Navy to land troops at the main settlements of New Rome on the 30th, finally liberating it from the Sicilians as the north had long promised.

December, 2010 - Battles of Tunis and 2nd LecceEdit

On December 4th, the last Sicilian holdouts in Carbonia finally surrender to ADC forces, following an assault by marines on the harbor built near there that the Sicilians had in the rear of their lines, leaving the entire island under their control. In Tunisia, more advances occur, continuing the Sicilian occupation forces to the environs of the city of Tunis and placing them under a difficult inland siege by the end of the war. Advances continue to be very slow in Italy itself for Sicilian forces as well - the IPA, while exhausted, is fighting doggedly for every inch of soil, and by the end of the war has held their advance to a line running roughly at Montalto di Castro-Corciano-Fabriano-Osimo.

December 12th sees Greek troops land in Lecce Province once again, launching 'Operation Lombardi. Landing around the town of Tricase, they land virtually unopposed and begin to advance inland. Sicilian troops are quickly sent to counter them, but are minimal, aside from the garrison at the city of Lecce itself, in order to avoid weakening the attack against the IPA. Greek forces continue to advance, though slowly, towards Lecce itself. The 14th sees Greek forces enter the town of Galatina, ten miles south of Lecce.

Finally, this straw breaks the proverbial camel's back. Elements of the Sicilian government that has wanted to halt the war, believing it to have failed, finally took control, and offered a cease-fire to the ADC. Following deliberation, the ADC, at the urging of the Nordic Union, and against the wishes of the Greeks, who want to destroy Sicily despite the impregnability of the island itself, decided to accept the offer, so long as the IPA and other quasi-allies of the ADC would be included. In return, they would release Sicilian prisoners, allow the surrounded Sicilians in Tunis to go back to Sicily, and recognize Sicilian claims to Southern Italy, outside of the Greek-occupied areas of Lecce Province, as being "de jure" rather than "de facto" like had been the case previously. The Sicilians agree to the condition, and a cease-fire is put into place.

War's EndEdit

With the cease-fire agreement, the war ends. By the end of the month, all of the agreed provisions have been fulfilled as well - with the provisions guaranteed by the ANZC fleet around Malta. It can only be assumed that with this being the case, intervention in any fighting that violates the cease-fire would be likely.

Sicilian POW's, along with the forces from inside Tunis, are shipped by Spanish freighters to Malta, where they are picked up by Sicilian vessels and taken back to Sicily. While the Sicilians will not conform the information - indeed, they will claim after the return of the prisoners that some are missing - it is believed that about a third of the Sicilian troops on Sardinia and in Tunisia perished in the fighting, with another third wounded. Greek and IPA POW's taken by the Sicilians are also returned at this time.

ADC Intelligence estimates that the Sicilians lost around half of their pre-war naval forces. However, around a third of the Greek Navy, and a few IPA and Spanish vessels, have been lost as well.

Sicilian aircraft on Sicily are still intact, as is most of their planes on the mainland. However, planes deployed in Sardinia and Tunisia have been destroyed.

All told, Sicily has lost Tunisia, Sardinia, and parts of the mainland. However, at the same time, their core, loyal, areas are still intact - they lost the areas which were, for the most part, a drain on their resources. While they have suffered losses in the fighting, they will likely benefit more after a short time from the lack of resistance in their territories.

Most of the ADC members have suffered little. Corsica and Spain did suffer a couple of attempts at raids, which were driven off by ADC jets. The Greek Federation, however, suffered a fair amount of damage in two of its members, Heptanesa and Cyrenaica, both of which suffered fighting over half of their territories. The IPA, on the other hand, suffered worse, as while its goals were achieved, the membership of the Alliance is now exhausted by fighting, and possess much greater debts, and destroyed infrastructure, than they can easily handle.

The ADC, in preparation for independence, or at least rebuilding, has divided the Sicilian-occupied areas that they freed in the war into three mandates - Lecce, Sardinia, and Tunisia - that the members will work towards independence, or whatever option the locals support.

Tunisia, primarily under the Rif Republic, but with support from Spain and the Algerian nation-state of Kabylie, will be rebuilt alongside the TFA, who will play a pivotal role under their leadership and will likely end up in charge. Barring any sort of problems, the ADC hopes to have the area restored in about a year, at which point the independence of the area will restored as an ADC member.

Lecce, quite obviously, has been put under Greece, primarily for long-term use as a base to help ensure their safety. While it will operate primarily under a military government, civilian authority has placed under the government of Heptanesa, as a special district that will be autonomous in many respects.

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Mandated occupation Zones in Italy following the war

Sardinia, on the other hand, will be operated jointly with the IPA, because the citizenry is Italian. The IPA was given the main authority on the island, alongside ADC member Corsica. With the other IPA members occupied on the mainland, the Genoans have taken the lead on the island as well. After a couple of years to rebuild and re-establish a government on the island, a referendum on joining another state, on becoming independent will be held.

In Italy itself, the IPA has agreed amongst themselves on a split of the retaken territory. Tuscany has regained its claimed territories, Genoan Marines took some islands south of the Tuscan Islands for themselves, and San Marino has taken some territories around itself, expanding slightly.

Tuscan forces have received control over areas near their borders, San Marinese troops occupy areas east of there, and Venetian Marines control the ruined city of Ancona and its surroundings. It is unknown what the intentions of Tuscany are, but it is known that both Venice and San Marino have no desire to expand in the region, or at all, so some sort of state will eventually be set up.

New Rome, as well as the front itself in Italy, have once again become patrolled by neutral Alpine troops as well.

However, the situation is far from perfect: Sicily remains defiant, and has not dropped any of its claims. IPA and ADC members are tired of fighting, having fought for a year against the Sicilians. While the Sicilians are tired themselves, their stance on things has not changed, leading outside observers to suspect that another, bigger, war may be likely sometime in the future. And, to the east of the ADC, troubles seem to be brewing.....

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